Most Influential Melodic Death Metal Bands


The Top Ten

1 Carcass Carcass Carcass are a British extreme metal band from Liverpool, who formed in 1985 and disbanded in 1995. A reformation was enacted in 2007 without one of its original members, drummer Ken Owen, due to health reasons.

Heartwork was a legendary album with hyper melody sound that helped to defined the Melodic Death Metal. - GREYBOYY

Heartwork marked the birth of melodic death metal.

2 In Flames In Flames In Flames is a Swedish melodic death metal band from Gothenburg, Sweden, formed in 1990. more.

They have influenced most of the bands I listen to today including my own band

Lunar Strain, Subterranean, Jester Race, Whoracle, Colony, and Clayman. 'enough said.

3 At the Gates At the Gates At the Gates is a Swedish melodic death metal band from Gothenburg, and a major progenitor of the Gothenburg sound

They should be first, since every metalcore band is basically slaughter of the soul+breakdowns+emo choruses

4 Dark Tranquility
5 Amon Amarth Amon Amarth Amon Amarth is a Swedish melodic death metal band from Tumba, formed in 1992. The band takes its name from the Sindarin name of Mount Doom.
6 Children of Bodom Children of Bodom Children Of Bodom is a melodic death metal band from Espoo, Finland. Formed in 1993, the group currently consists of Alexi Laiho, Janne Wirman, Henkka Seppälä, Jaska Raatikainen and Daniel Freyberg.
7 Kalmah Kalmah Kalmah is a melodic death metal band from Oulu, Finland that formed in 1998. In less than a year after its formation, Kalmah was signed by Spinefarm Records.
8 Insomonium

Just one of the best band ever existed. Their fusion of acoustics in the songs are just beautiful. Lyrically they are the best I've seen and heard. Melodies are deep and atmospheric. m/Insomniumm

9 Norther
10 Wintersun Wintersun Wintersun is a metal band from Helsinki, Finland and was originally created by guitarist, keyboardist, bassist, songwriter and vocalist Jari Mäenpää as a side project to folk metal band Ensiferum for whom he was lead singer and guitarist.

The Contenders

11 Dethklok Dethklok Dethklok is both a virtual band featured in the Adult Swim animated program Metalocalypse and a real band created to perform the band's melodic death metal music in live shows. Both bands were created by Brendon Small and Tommy Blacha. more.
12 Paul Wardingham
13 Hypocrisy Hypocrisy Hypocrisy is a death metal band from Sweden. It was formed in 1990 in Ludvika, Sweden by Peter Tägtgren.
14 Disarmonia Mundi

Cold Inferno is beautiful and Mind Tricks was just a hell of an album.

15 The Black Dahlia Murder The Black Dahlia Murder The Black Dahlia Murder is an American melodic death metal band from Waterford, Michigan, formed in 2001. Their name is derived from the 1947 unsolved murder of Elizabeth Short, often referred to as Black Dahlia.
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Top Remixes

1. At the Gates
2. Carcass
3. Dark Tranquility
1. Carcass
2. In Flames
3. Dark Tranquility


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