Top 10 Brutal Death Metal Bands

!!!! IMPORTANT !!!!
This list is NOT about Death Metal bands, which appear to be brutal (obviously Death Metal is always brutal..). It's strictly ONLY about bands who belong to the "Brutal Death Metal"-Genre.

- (straight) Brutal Death Metal : e.g. Disgorge
- Technical Brutal Death Metal : e.g. Nile
- Slamming Brutal Death Metal / Slam Death Metal : e.g. Devourment

- Brutal Death Metal with slight influences of other genres : e.g. Dying Fetus (BDM+Grind)

- Everything else : e.g. Cannibal Corpse, Behemoth, Bloodbath, Decapitated, Meshuggah...
They all are very cool bands, but don't belong here!

(Also: no Deathcore, please... unless like "Cryptopsy" they changed their sound, but had a period, were they played actually Brutal Death Metal.)

If you want to submit a band, but aren't sure if it belongs in here, first check the band in "Encyclopaedia Metallum"! :)

The Top Ten Brutal Death Metal Bands

1 Nile Nile is an American technical death metal band from Greenville, South Carolina, United States, formed in 1993. Their music and lyrics are inspired by Ancient Egyptian/Near Eastern mysticism, history, religion, and ancient art, as well as the works of H.P. Lovecraft.

These are the kings of Technical Brutal Death Metal! Very intense riffing, showing off incredible technicality and skills, paired with blasting drums and brutal deep growling. The unique Egyptian influence make this an outstanding band even among the best of Brutal Death Metal!

They're technical death metal. Don't see how they're considered brutal.

One of my top 3 metal bands of all time.

2 Cryptopsy Cryptopsy is a Canadian technical death metal band from Montreal, Quebec, formed in 1988. The band has sold over 300,000 records.

They are definitely Top 5. Listen to None So Vile if you don't know them!

None So Vile is amazing.

3 Dying Fetus Dying Fetus is an American death metal band originally from Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Formed in 1991, the group is known for their consistently hook-laden song structures, characterized by blast beats, complex riffing, slam riffs and heavy breakdowns.


Favorite band riffs,brutal voices,attitude

4 Suffocation Suffocation is an American technical death metal band that was formed in 1988 in Centereach, Long Island, New York, United States.

This is where the genre of BDM started.

Definitely the best.

Only good one


5 Desecravity Desecravity is a technical brutal death metal band from Tokio/Kanto, Japan, which was formed in 2007 and is currently signed to Willowtip Records. They released 2 full-length albums so far, which are both very little known among metal fans. more.

Brutal death metal from Japan, this is just wow! incredibly fast, overwhelmingly brutal and extremely technical

These guys is sooo brutal. And very technical.

6 Abominable Putridity Abominable Putridity is a Russian slam death metal band formed originally from Moscow, formed in 2003. The band has released two albums; In the End of Human Existence and The Anomalies of Artificial Origin. They are one of the most popular brutal death metal bands to day. Abominable Putridity shares more.

Russian bastards that can kick ass. Just ignore their debut and listen to their second release.

7 Devourment Devourment is an American brutal/slam death metal band from Dallas, Texas. Formed in 1995, the band has split up and reformed three times and Brad Fincher is the only original member.
8 Defiled Defiled is a brutal death metal band from Tokyo, Japan, which was formed in 1992 and is currently signed to Season of Mist. They released 4 full-length albums and 1 EP until now, but no breakthrough so far. more.
9 Katalepsy Katalepsy is a Russian slam death metal band from Moscow. They have released two split albums, one EP, two full length albums, and one demo. Katalepsy has established themselves as one of the most prominent acts in the Russian metal scene, and a popular band in the extreme metal underground.

Best slam/brutal death band out there

Awesome Russian brutal death! worth checking out

10 Brain Drill Brain Drill is an American technical death metal band formed in 2005 from Ben Lomond, California. They are signed to Metal Blade Records and released their full-length debut album entitled Apocalyptic Feasting on February 5, 2008. In support of their debut, disagreements were engaged and members began more.

American technical brutal death metal band.

Lord Marco is sweet!

The Newcomers

? Beneath BENEATH is an Icelandic death metal band that was formed during the winter of 2007/2008. After a few minor changes, the current line-up was finalized in November 2008.

The Contenders

11 Deeds Of Flesh Deeds of Flesh is a four-piece death metal band from Los Osos, California, U.S. They were formed in 1993 by Jacoby Kingston, Erik Lindmark and Joey Heaslet and are still active.

Not a single bad album from Deeds of Flesh

12 Origin Origin is an American death metal band from Topeka, Kansas, founded in 1998. They have been recognized by music critics and metal fans alike for combining a harsh sound with a high level of technical skill.
13 Lykathea Aflame Lykathea Aflame is a death metal band from Czech Republic (Progressive/Technical brutal death metal).

Sadly they have just one album called "Elvenefris", but this one album is an incredible masterpiece! If you didn't hear of it, go listen to it!

Elvenfris is one of the best albums ever

14 Hour Of Penance Hour of Penance is a technical death metal band from Rome, Italy that was formed in 1999. The band has no original members remaining.
15 Beheaded Beheaded is a Death metal band from Malta. They were formed in 1991, by singer Marcel Scalpello, guitarist David Bugeja, and drummer Chris Brincat.
16 Hideous Divinity
17 Disgorge Disgorge is a death metal band from San Diego, California, formed in 1992. The band split up in 2006, although the announcement was never officially made.
18 Vomit Remnants Vomit Remnants is a Brutal Death Metal band from Tokyo, Japan, which was formed in 1997 and are currently signed to Unique Leader Records. They released besides 2 EPs and 2 split-albums only one full-length called "Supreme Entity" so far and are rather unknown among metal fans. more.
19 Gorefest Gorefest was a Dutch band from the Zeeland region of the Netherlands which was founded in 1989 as a death metal outfit by De Koeyer, Harthoorn, van Schaik and Hoogendoorn.

This is not brutal death metal... Gorefest's music was ranging from old-school death metal to groovier sounds like death'n'roll, but never brutal death metal...

20 Pathology Pathology is an American brutal/slam death metal band from San Diego, California, formed in 2006 by drummer Dave Astor (formerly of Cattle Decapitation and The Locust.) And vocalist Matti Way (also of Abominable Putridity.)
21 Gorgasm Gorgasm is a 1994 Death Metal band founded in Chicago. The group disbanded in December 2008 and reunited almost two years (2010) later, creating their third studio album Orgy of Murder a year later.

While their music is brutal, its also surprisingly catchy somehow. Listen to "masticate to dominate" and you'll know!

22 Severe Torture Severe Torture is a death metal band from the Netherlands, formed in 1997 by drummer Seth van de Loo and bassist Patrick Boleij.
23 Aborted

So damn sick

24 Infernal War Infernal War is a Polish black metal band formed in Częstochowa in 1997. The band is known for their extreme anti-christian and WWII lyrics, leading them to be mislabeled as a NSBM band. Critics describe the band as "brutal black metal."

This is Brutal Black, but ok

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26 Kraanium Kraanium is a Norwegian slam death metal band formed in 2001. Kraanium was founded by twin brothers Martin and Mats Funderud. Having played previously in hardcore and black metal projects together, the brothers seeked out for a heavier project.
27 Embedded
28 Abysmal Torment Abysmal Torment is a death metal band from Malta formed in 2000 by Nick Farrugia. The current line-up includes Nick Farrugia, David Depasquale, Max Vassallo, Karl Romano and Melchior Borg.
29 Vulvodynia


30 God Dethroned

This is BLACKENED death metal, not BRUTAL death metal

31 Kronos Kronos is a brutal death metal band from France. Their name is a reference to the titan Cronus, the father of Zeus in greek mythology.
32 Napalm Death Napalm Death are a British grindcore/death metal band formed in Meriden, West Midlands, England, in 1981. While none of its original members remain in the group, the lineup of vocalist Mark "Barney" Greenway, bassist Shane Embury, guitarist Mitch Harris and drummer Danny Herrera has remained consistent more.

This is not Death Metal, is Grindcore

33 Malevolent Creation Malevolent Creation is an American death metal band formed in Buffalo, New York in 1987. The band’s original members were vocalist Brett Hoffmann, guitarists Phil Fasciana and Jeff Juskiewicz, bassist Jason Blachowicz, and drummer Mark Simpson.
34 Mortification Mortification is an Australian Christian extreme metal band which was formed in 1987 as a heavy metal group, Lightforce, by mainstay Steve Rowe on bass guitar and vocals.
35 Cerebral Bore
36 Marduk Marduk is a black metal band from Norrköping, Sweden. The band formed in 1990 and released their first album in 1992. Their name is derived from the Babylonian god Marduk, patron deity of Babylon.
37 Abnormality

Female-fronted technical brutal death metal of quite high quality. love it!

38 Defeated Sanity Defeated Sanity is a German technical death metal band from Dachsbach, Bavaria, that was formed in 1994, originally as a side project of guitarist Wolfgang Teske and his son, drummer Lille Gruber.
39 Broken Flesh

These guys have got to be one of the heaviest and most brutal bands out their the only reason why they aren't a high rank is because they are RIDICULOUSLY UNDERRATED!

40 Ingested Ingested are a British slam death metal/deathcore band from Manchester. Since their formation in 2007, the group have built a reputation as one of the most savage death metal acts to come out of the UK for a long time and have built a large fanbase within their country as well as in the US, Australia, more.

One of the best new metal bands out there right now

All of their releases, including their EP, although their second album was disappointing.
Surpassing the Boundaries of Human Suffering is a good example of brutal death metal.

41 Benighted Benighted is a French technical deathgrind band formed in Saint-Étienne in 1998. The group comprises vocalist Julien Truchan, guitarists Emmanuel Dalle and Olivier Gabriel, bassist Pierre Arnoux and drummer Kevin Foley.
42 Disentomb Disentomb are an Australian death metal band from Brisbane. They were founded soon after the disestablishment of Brisbane death metal act Cadaverine by three of its five members: Jordan Phillip, Henri Sison and Jake Wilkes formed Disentomb, together with bassist Tom Joice.
43 Mortician Mortician is a two-piece brutal death metal band from Yonkers, New York founded in 1989. They have released most of their albums since the House by the Cemetery EP on Relapse Records but have released their latest album on their own label, Mortician Records.

Not all votes are counted...

44 Pyrexia

Sermon of mockery is a classic

45 Cannibal Corpse Cannibal Corpse is a American death metal band from Buffalo, New York, formed in 1988. The band is known for their graphic album covers, explicitly violent lyrics and song titles like "I C** Blood" The group got into mainstream after performing the song "Hammer Smashed Face" in the 1994 film Ace Ventura: more.

Cannibal Corpse is NOT "Brutal Death Metal".
Read the list description.

This is not brutal death metal at all.

I see that they're not but Cannibal Corpse kind of ARE brutal death metal because they have brutal lyrics.

First Brutal Death Metal band

46 Kataklysm Kataklysm is a Canadian death metal band. They call their musical style "northern hyperblast" after an advertisement in M.E.A.T.
47 Anaal Nathrakh Anaal Nathrakh are a British extreme metal band formed in 1999 in Birmingham, England. They are currently signed to Metal Blade Records.
48 7 H.Target

Russian brutal death metal. Psy slam damage

49 Anal C*** Anal C*** was an American grindcore band founded by vocalist Seth Putnam in 1988 in Newton, Massachusetts. The band is known for their highly offensive lyrics which included themes of misogyny, homophobia, racism, Nazism, antisemitism, and schadenfreude (ridicule of the unfortunate). Their music has more.
50 Brutal Truth Brutal Truth was an American grindcore band from Rochester, New York, formed by ex-Anthrax, Nuclear Assault, and Stormtroopers of Death bass guitarist Dan Lilker in 1990. The group disbanded in 1999, but reformed in 2006 and continued to release music until 2014.
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