!!!! 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.
ALLOWED: - (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)
NOT ALLOWED: - 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
1NileNile 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! - Flav
They're technical death metal. Don't see how they're considered brutal.
One of my top 3 metal bands of all time. - Metal_Treasure
2Dying FetusDying 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
3SuffocationSuffocation is an American technical death metal band that was formed in 1988 in Centereach, Long Island, New York, United States.V 3 Comments
4CryptopsyCryptopsy 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! - Juli
None So Vile is amazing. - Caleb9000
5DevourmentDevourment 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.
6Abominable PutridityAbominable 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 ...read more.
Russian bastards that can kick ass. Just ignore their debut and listen to their second release. - Metalhead1997
7Deeds Of FleshDeeds 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.
8DesecravityDesecravity 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. ...read 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.
9Brain DrillBrain 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 ...read more.
American technical brutal death metal band. - Metal_Treasure
11KatalepsyKatalepsy 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.V 1 Comment
12Cannibal CorpseCannibal 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: ...read more.
I see that they're not but Cannibal Corpse kind of ARE brutal death metal because they have brutal lyrics.
Cannibal Corpse is NOT "Brutal Death Metal". Read the list description. - Flav
First Brutal Death Metal band - Daimonos
Are u kidding me? Cannibal should be top of Brutal death metal. Totally nonsense Top list 👊👊👊
13PathologyPathology 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.)
14Hour Of Penance
15Lykathea AflameLykathea 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! - Flav
Elvenfris is one of the best albums ever - Caleb9000
16KraaniumKraanium 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.
17Defeated SanityDefeated 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.
While their music is brutal, its also surprisingly catchy somehow. Listen to "masticate to dominate" and you'll know!
20OriginOrigin 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.
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!
23Abysmal TormentAbysmal 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.
25KataklysmKataklysm is a Canadian death metal band. They call their musical style "northern hyperblast" after an advertisement in M.E.A.T.
So damn sick
28BehemothBehemoth is a Polish blackened death metal band from Gdańsk, formed in 1991. They are considered to have played an important role in establishing the Polish extreme metal underground.
29IngestedIngested 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, ...read 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.
30DisentombDisentomb 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.
31Fleshgod ApocalypseFleshgod Apocalypse is an Italian Death metal band. Formed in 2007, the group resides in Perugia and are currently signed to Willowtip Records and Nuclear Blast. The band is known for their fusion of metal with technical death metal.
I'd say it isn't brutal death metal, but this is one of few borderline cases. Encyclopaedia Metallum also says this is just Tech Death. - Flav
33BeheadedBeheaded is a Death metal band from Malta. They were formed in 1991, by singer Marcel Scalpello, guitarist David Bugeja, and drummer Chris Brincat.
34Soils of FateSoils of Fate is a Swedish slam death metal band from Stockholm, formed in 1995. Mostly known for their unique "Ultra Groovy Slam Death Metal-style". Soils of Fate is sometimes credited with crafting slam death metal and the brutal death metal underground.
They are pretty awesome! the album covers are disgusting though...
38Power Of Ground
Russian brutal death metal. Psy slam damage
40RevocationRevocation is an American technical death metal band from Boston, Massachusetts founded by guitarist and vocalist David Davidson, bassist and vocalist Anthony Buda and drummer Phil Dubois-Coyne in 2000. Originally known as Cryptic Warning, the band changed its name to Revocation in 2006. Revocation ...read more.
41The FacelessThe Faceless is an American technical death metal band from the Encino neighborhood of Los Angeles, California.
42Anal C***Anal C*** was an American grindcore band founded by vocalist Seth Putnam in 1988. 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 been received negatively ...read more.
43MortificationMortification 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.
44Brutal TruthBrutal 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.
47KronosKronos is a brutal death metal band from France. Their name is a reference to the titan Cronus, the father of Zeus in greek mythology.
48BenightedBenighted 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.
50MorticianMortician 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.