Top 10 Death Metal Songs for Beginners

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This list isn't for metal haters. It's for metal fans who already like some metal subgenres and would like to try death metal, too.

Some of the best death metal songs are not on this list because they would be too heavy for beginners.
I have chosen mostly melodic death metal songs.

Usually death growls are the thing that stops beginners and I included several songs by Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy, The Agonist). Presumption - maybe her female growls are softer and she also includes clean vocals.

Advice from me:
1) Focus on the instrumental components of the songs and try to ignore the growls. Riffs, drums and solos are awesome - focus on them;
2) If you are already into thrash or even power metal, start with thrashier death metal bands;
3) If clean high pitched vocals are not your cup of tea (Rob Halford), you probably should start with Amon Amart - Johan Hegg growls are low and he doesn't scream, unlike Alexi of Children of Bodom;
4) If nothing works for you now, don't worry and don't push yourself. Try death metal at a later stage but you should know that you may never get into death metal. Again, don't worry - death metal is an extreme subgenre after all.

If you are already into death metal, share what song(s) got you into death metal and what was your level. I got into death metal after thrash but before thrash it was heavy/classic metal - mostly Iron Maiden and Dio.

The Top Ten

1 The Pursuit of Vikings - Amon Amarth

This was the song that worked for me. Several bands before Amon Amarth didn't work (now I love these bands! ). I am talking about the phase of my development as a metal fan when I didn't like growls. But I just liked the riffs to this song and wanted to listen to it again and again despite the growls. At a point I suddenly realised growls didn't bother me at all. After a while, I already liked them and even understood the words he growls. - Metal_Treasure

2 Thank You, Pain - The Agonist

A very soft song for this genre standards - there are long sections with clean vocals and not growls. Vocals: Alissa White-Gluz. - Metal_Treasure

3 Needled 24/7 - Children of Bodom

This song isn't exactly death metal but it's close to it - at least it has some growls. It's a combination of thrash metal and heavier power metal with some growls from time to time. This was the reason to think it's good to start with this song because you already know thrash and power metal. - Metal_Treasure

4 Septuagint - Obscura

This song of 2011 would be a good introduction to the current sound of progressive and technical death metal. The song has soft melodic parts and long instrumental sections so death growls are not gonna bother you all the time. Moreover, there are also clean vocals and thrashy sections. - Metal_Treasure

5 Time Immemorial - Into Eternity

This is Stu Block of Iced Earth (vocals). Yep, he was a death metal growler before Iced Earth. The song is progressive melodic death metal and has melodic parts with clean vocals. OK, if you don't like the growls you can still enjoy his powerful and beautiful clean vocals.
Stu Block is one of the most versatile metal singers - only in this song you can hear 3 vocal styles from him. - Metal_Treasure

6 War Eternal - Arch Enemy

Vocals: Alissa White-Gluz. Listen to the melodic guitars. - Metal_Treasure

7 Everytime I Die - Children of Bodom

I forgot to mention that now, when I am already a death metal fan, I like very much Alexi intro growl. You can hear it on the song sample below. Haha, death growls are made to scare you. But not me anymore. - Metal_Treasure

This is already classic Children of Bodom. - Metal_Treasure

8 Mortal Share - Insomnium
9 Panophobia - The Agonist

Vocals: Alissa White-Gluz. If her growls scare you, focus on her looks - she's very very beautiful (there's a video to this song). - Metal_Treasure

10 Leprosy - Death

This song in particular opened the door to the genre for me. While Between the Buried and Me made me interested, Death made it all fall into place. - cjWriter1997

The Contenders

11 Crystal Mountain - Death

This is standard /old school death metal and not melodic death metal but it's not very very brutal. Try it and if it's too heavy to your ears, leave it for later. - Metal_Treasure

12 White Walls - Between the Buried and Me

Maybe considered more to be Progressive Metal, Between the Buried and Me were the first band to introduce me to death growls. White Walls is perfect for Progressive Metal fans who want to lean closer to Death Metal. - cjWriter1997

@cjWriter1997 - I agree with you. This song is acceptable on this list because we are talking about a big transition beginners have to make and any song that can make this transition smoother is OK. White Walls can help the prog guys. I added Needled 24/7 for this reason - it can help thrash and power metal guys. - Metal_Treasure

13 Tattered Banners and Bloody Flags - Amon Amarth

THE RIFFS! Listen to those riffs! - Metal_Treasure

14 Timeless Winter - Into Eternity
15 Beautiful Death - Wintersun
16 Spirit Crusher - Death
17 Silence Calls the Storm - Quo Vadis
18 Voice of the Soul - Death

It's completely instrumental so maybe it could be good for beginners.

19 Sword of the Witcher - Vader

It could be easy for Witcher fans to get into.

20 Raining Blood - Slayer

Somebody added this song but it's thrash and not death metal. - Metal_Treasure

I bet The Vigilant Christian added this

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1. Needled 24/7 - Children of Bodom
2. The Pursuit of Vikings - Amon Amarth
3. Thank You, Pain - The Agonist
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1. Mortal Share - Insomnium
2. War Eternal - Arch Enemy
3. Crystal Mountain - Death
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