Top 10 Extreme Metal Songs with the Most Melodic Guitar Lines (Excluding Melodic Death Metal)I excluded melodic death metal because it's melodic by default as its name suggests.
From my experience, the extreme metal songs with the most melodic guitar lines come from these subgenres: progressive death metal, black metal, and technical death metal.
Usually these melodic guitar parts aren't rhythm-oriented headbanging riffs, they are just melodies (but not solos).
The question of this list is: can brutality and melody co-exist in a song, and sound good? According to this list, the answer is 'Yes'.
Oh, and by "melodic" I mean "metal melodic" and not imported poppy and cheesy melodies from pop(ular) genres that aren't metal.
The Top Ten
In my book Obscura is the absolute winner in the category "melodic brutality". They just found that balance between "technical perfection" and "melodic fluidity".
Just play the song sample to get an idea of what I'm talking about.
Yes, many of you probably already noticed that I love and respect this young band, and what I said above is one of the reasons I highly appreciate them. - Metal_Treasure
Their approach is very similar to Obscura's - Metal_Treasure
Beautiful progressive death metal (play the sample) - Metal_Treasure
One of those incredibly beautiful and melodic black metal riffs (in the 2nd half of the song sample). - Metal_Treasure
Just play the song sample - the guitar line is absolutely awesome. And melodic. - Metal_Treasure
Play the song sample - Metal_Treasure
The intro in very melodic and it's 2 minutes long, plus there are very melodic sections later in the song - Metal_Treasure
This is more brutal than Akroasis but it's still very melodic - Metal_Treasure