Top Ten Countries With the Best Death Metal Bands

Death Metal bands come from just about everywhere, let's look at the countries who have brought us the best death metal.

The Top Ten

Sweden Sweden, officially the Kingdom of Sweden, is a Scandinavian country in Northern Europe. ...read more.

Swedish Death Metal bands tend to play Melodic Death Metal. Melo-Death is an extremely popular form of metal, so there are some big names here.

Bands like Opeth, Amon Amarth, Bloodbath, Entombed, At The Gates, Dark Tranquillity, Arch Enemy, In Flames, Repugnant, Edge of Sanity, Grave, Dismember, Katatonia (early), Unleashed, Carnage, & Dissection.

Sweden is good at making music, not just death metal but other genres too.

+ Arch Enemy, In Flames

HUGE DEATH FAN, AND I'M AMERICAN. But...Opeth...Just Opeth...

United States The United States of America, or the U.S.A. for short, is a federal republic composed of 50 states, 48 of them are contiguous states. There are two other states, Alaska and Hawaii, which are north and south of the contiguous states, respectively. The United States declared its independence from the ...read more.

Not only did Death Metal originate here, but some of the biggest names in Death Metal are American.

Some notable examples are Death, Cannibal Corpse, Deicide, Possessed, Nile, Morbid Angel, Autopsy, Atheist, Obituary, Suffocation, Six Feet Under, Dethklok, Job For a Cowboy, The Black Dahlia Murder, Dying Fetus, Cattle Decapitation, Immolation, Jungle Rot, Vital Remains, Turbid North, & Hate Eternal.

This is a very good list - I agree with the order / ranking, although Sweden and Canada are very close. Swedish bands are more popular because they play melodeath whereas Canadian bands play mostly technical death metal, which is a more demanding version of death metal. Technical death metal is also heavier and can't become as popular as melodeath.

Hey man I appreciate it. This took quite a bit of research and listening to put this together - ryanrimmel

We have frigin Metallica for christ sake

Netherlands

The Netherlands is a real death metal country, should be in the top five of this list.

Pestilence, Asphyx, Gorefest, Sinister, Very good death bands from the Netherlands.

Why are the Netherlands so low?
They have much good death metal bands like Gorefest, Pestilence, Asphyx, Severe Torture, God Dethroned, Sinister, Houwitser, Altar, Inhume, Thanatos, Prostitute Disfigurement, Sisters Of Suffocation, Legion Of The Damned, Portall, Dead Head, Eternal Solstice, Celestial Season, Nembrionic, Detonation, Callenish Circle, The Gathering, The Monolith Deathcult, Brutus, Hail Of Bullets, Morphia, and so much more!

Canada Canada is a country in North America that is next to the United States, and it's the 2nd largest country in the world by area (size is 9.985 million km²). This country has 10 provinces, and 3 territories. Canada became a dominion on July 1, 1867. Its 10 provinces are: Ontario, British Columbia, Quebec, ...read more.

Also bands like:
Quo Vadis - technical melodic death metal, an old band, 1992 (songs - Silence Calls the Storm, Mute Requiem)
The Agonist - melodic death metal (this is the ex-band of Alissa from Arch Enemy)
Blackguard - melodic death metal, a new band, 2001, also known for their female drummer (song - Firefight)

@visitor: 1) Dream Theater is an American band, only the singer is Canadian. 2) Dream Theater isn't death metal.

Dream theater is not a death metal band. You're are off the subject.

A few big names have come from Canada, the music is similar to America's

Bands like Cryptopsy, Gorguts, Kataklysm, Blasphemy, Slaughter, Mitochondrion, & Martyr

Finland Finland, officially the Republic of Finland, is a sovereign state in Europe. It has a capital of Helsinki and got independence from the Soviet Union after WWI.

Demilich, Demigod, Abhorrence, Pertinence, Carnifex, and Depravity. The local scene produced some of the best death metal, inspiring bands from countries higher on this list.

Only a few popular bands came from Finland

Like Children of Bodom, Demilich, Amorphis, Demigod, & Abhorrence

Why is Finland down here. Finland has best bands, and I'm American FYI

Germany Germany was formally united in 1871 under the initiative of Bismarck with King Wilhelm of Prussia as emperor. The previous 'Holy Roman Empire', basically a continuation of the empire of Charlemagne/Karl der Grosse was dissolved in 1806. ...read more.

In death metal Germany stands out thanks to quality and not quantity - Necrophagist and Obscura are enough to make me put Germany in the top 5.

Germany is more well known for Thrash Metal and Power Metal. Some pretty good death metal acts came from here.

Bands like Necrophagist, Fleshcrawl, Obscura, Heaven Shall Burn, and Dew-Scented

Poland Poland, officially the Republic of Poland, is a country in Central Europe, bordered by Germany to the west; the Czech Republic and Slovakia to the south; Ukraine and Belarus to the east; and the Baltic Sea, Kaliningrad Oblast (a Russian exclave) and Lithuania to the north. With a population of approximately ...read more.

Not a lot of great metal bands come from Poland, but this country brought 2 absolutely legendary bands, Behemoth & Vader.

Bands like Behemoth, Vader, Decapitated, Hate, & Sceptic

Apart from the legendary Vader and the piece of crap Behemoth (that is not even death metal), Poland has excellent bands such as Imperator, Armagedon, Supreme Lord and many others. And of course the amazing first to albums of the mighty Decapitated.

United Kingdom The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly shortened to United Kingdom, UK or Britain is a Sovereign State located of the Northwestern coast of Europe. It is a Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy currently lead by Monarch Queen Elizabeth II and its current prime minister is ...read more.

The UK is legendary when it comes to metal. Metal originated here, it brought us the NWOBHM, early Grindcore, but was never known for death metal.

Notable bands are Carcass, Bolt Thrower, Napalm Death Akercocke, My Dying Bride, Benediction, Gorerotted, and early Anathema.

Russia Russia, known as the "Russian Federation", was formed on Dec 25, 1991. It is located mainly in Asia. The capital and largest city is Moscow, followed by Saint Petersburg in terms of population. The country primarily speaks Russian, a Slavic language.

Not a place you'd expect to find good metal, but most Slam Death Metal bands come from Russia. Slam isn't popular, it's probably the most brutal form of death metal. If you are a Dying Fetus fan, these bands are definitely worth checking out.

Examples include Abominable Putridity, Katalepsy, Human, Broken Trust, Inhuman, & Dirt

Norway Norway, officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a sovereign and unitary monarchy in Northern Europe whose territory comprises the western portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula plus the island Jan Mayen and the archipelago of Svalbard.

When people think of Norwegian Metal, the first thing that comes to mind is Black Metal. There aren't a lot of death metal bands from Norway due to the deep history with Black Metal.

Notable bands are Blood Red Throne, Kraanium, Abhorrent, and Gruesome

The Contenders

Japan Japan is an island country in East Asia in the Pacific Ocean. It lies off the eastern coast of the Asia Mainland (east of China, Korea, Russia) and stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and near Taiwan in the southwest. ...read more.

Japanese death metal, anybody?

Infernal Revulsion, Cohol, Death I Am, Inherited Truth

Not well known, but some are very unique actually.
Death Metal:
Intestine Baalism, Deadly Spawn, Gotsu Totsu Kotsu, Transgressor, Desecravity, Defiled, Coffins, Vomit Remnants
Melodic Death Metal:
Serpent, Imperial Circus Dead Decadence, MergingMoon, Serenity in Murder, Thousand Eyes

Greece Greece, officially the Hellenic Republic, also known since ancient times as Hellas is a country located in southeastern Europe.

Greece has one very popular death metal band, and that is Septicflesh.

Besides them, there are some good bands like, On Thorns I Lay, and Inactive Messiah

Septic flesh
nightfall
dead congregation
nightrage
iveracity

Italy Italy, in italian Repubblica Italiana, is a unitary parliamentary republic in Europe. ...read more.

Italy deserves an honorable mention for their band Fleshgod Apocalypse (technical death metal). I truly believe the drummer - Francesco Paoli - is currently one of the best drummers.
Check out: Fleshgod Apocalypse - The Violation.

Great death metal scene, Hour of Penance, Septycal Gorge, Hour of Penance for brutal death.
Dark Lunacy for melodic death!

Australia Australia, officially known as the Commonwealth of Australia, is a country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands. Australia has a very warm climate and is very dry. The country's official language is English.

They have Psycroptic and Disembowelment.

Ne Obliviscaris and Be'lakor!

Number 13? Australia has Be'lakor, ne obliviscaris, parkway drive, thy art is murder, make them suffer, mortification, disentomb, mortal sin, LORD, Aversions Crown, Northlane, Karnivool, Feed her to the sharks, pegazus, Alchemist and more...

Sadistik exekution, slaughter lord, Disentomb, mortification, Ne obliviscaris, Thy art is murder, Portal, Grave upheavel, Bestial warlust, psycroptic,
Separatist

Belgium Belgium, officially the Kingdom of Belgium, is a country in Western Europe bordered by France, the Netherlands, Germany and Luxembourg. A small and densely populated country, it covers an area of 30,528 square kilometers (11,787 square miles) and has a population of more than 11 million.

Aborted

Indonesia Indonesia, officially the Republic of Indonesia, is a country in Southeast Asia. Ruled by the Dutch for over 300 years and Japan for 3 years and 6 months, the country gained independence in 1945, or exactly in 17th August 1945. Jakarta is the capital city, located in the island of Java. Major languages ...read more.

You must listen to Humiliation, Jasad, Deadsquad, SiksaKubur and many more

Jasad and burgerkill is the best of death metal bands.. yeah..

Switzerland Switzerland, officially the Swiss Confederation, is a federal republic in Europe. It consists of 26 cantons, and the city of Bern is the seat of the federal authorities. ...read more.

In the middle of Europe but politically neutral Switzerland is the neighbor of Germany, France, Italy, Austria and Lichtenstein and has four national languages.

With Hellhammer and Celtic frost death metal has a part of its roots in this country.
A very solid and long lasting death metal scene with a huge output of high quality bands and some festivals, in relation to the number of citicens of the country.

Carnal Decay, Oral Fist f***, Omophagia, Hellhammer, Celtic Frost, Requiem, Amagortis, Mumakill, Disparaged, Female Nose Breaker, Anachronism

France France, officially the French Republic, is a sovereign state comprising territory in western Europe and several overseas regions and territories. The European part of France, called metropolitan France, extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea, and from the Rhine to ...read more.

Gojira has brought France into the family

I would add Gojira.

Benighted and Gorod are awesome!

Shaka Ponk of course.

Bangladesh Bangladesh, on the northern coast of the Bay of Bengal, is surrounded by India, with a small common border with Myanmar in the southeast. The country is low-lying riverine land traversed by the many branches and tributaries of the Ganges and Brahmaputra rivers.

Dripping gore and

Brazil Brazil, officially the Federative Republic of Brazil, is the largest country in both South America and the Latin American region.
Vatican City Vatican City, officially Vatican City State or the State of Vatican City, is a walled enclave within the city of Rome. It is the smallest nation on Earth, and is the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church.

I love good old liturgical catholic death metal

Czech Republic Czechia, officially the Czech Republic, is a nation state in Central Europe bordered by Germany to the west, Austria to the south, Slovakia to the east and Poland to the northeast.

Check out dymytry and kabát, they are awesome

Estonia
Spain Spain, officially the Kingdom of Spain, is a sovereign state largely located on the Iberian Peninsula in southwestern Europe, with archipelagos in the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea, and several small territories on and near the north African coast.
Denmark Denmark is a Scandinavian country in Europe. The southernmost of the Nordic countries, it is south-west of Sweden and south of Norway, and bordered to the south by Germany.
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