This list is about japanese Death Metal bands (no matter which subgenre: Melodic Death Metal, Brutal Death Metal, Death/Thrash Metal etc.)
The Top Ten
1Intestine BaalismIntestine Baalism is a death metal band hailing from Tokio/Kanto, Japan. The band was formed in 1991 as "Euthanasia" and changed 1992 their name to "Intestine Baalism", which is a term for the Sumerian god of the harvest. ...read more.
This is a very unique band mixing pure and brutal Old-School Death Metal with Black Metal influences and also euphonious Melodic Death melodies. Some call their style "Brutal Melodic Death Metal", while other say this is pure "Death Metal" with just some other influences. Nevertheless their music is incredibly awesome and interesting!
Recommended to everyone who likes Death Metal and those who like more Death Metal in their Melodeath! - Flav
2Imperial Circus Dead DecadenceImperial Circus Dead Decadence (ICDD) is a Japanese metal band with a lot of different influences. The band was formed in 2007 in Fukuoka. They have released 2 EPs and 2 full-length albums so far, which are received well among fans of Japanese extreme metal, especially their second full-length "Kuruoshiku...". ...read more.
Very cool mix of melodeath with symphonic and black metal. can't understand a single word, but it sounds awesome!
3Gotsu Totsu KotsuGotsu Totsu Kotsu is a Death Metal band from Tokyo/Kantō, Japan. Formed in 2000, they released 3 full-length albums so far, which all had success in the underground scene, but are still very little known in the metal community. Their band name comes from the name of an ancient samurai, which they also ...read more.
This band is incredible! They play superb Death/Thrash Metal similar to Vader with great technicity and excellent songwriting. Every instrument sounds interesting on its own and you can find new cool parts with every listen, and together they blend perfectly into an awesome musical experience. - Flav
4SerpentSerpent is a Melodic Death Metal Band from Kobe, Japan. They formed in 1993 as Awaken and changed their name in 1994 to Serpent. They split up in 2000, but reformed in 2002 and are still active. ...read more.
Incredible band! Only 2 albums sadly. - Juli
5DesecravityDesecravity 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.
6Vomit RemnantsVomit Remnants is a Brutal Death Metal band from Tokyo, Japan, which was formed in 1997 and are currently signed to Unique Leader Records. They released besides 2 EPs and 2 split-albums only one full-length called "Supreme Entity" so far and are rather unknown among metal fans. ...read more.
Dying Fetus clones. Amazing!
7Deadly SpawnDeadly Spawn is a Death Metal band from Tokyo, Japan, which was formed in 1997. One of the members was a former guitarist in Japanese Death Metal band Intestine Baalism, which explains the somehow similar sound. ...read more.
They are Intestine Baalism 2, I guess.. Mostly same members and similar sound, but slightly different style with less melody and more death
8Serenity in MurderSerenity in Murder is a Japanese symphonic melodic death metal band with black metal influences, formed 2009 in Tokyo. ...read more.
9TransgressorTransgressor is a Death/Doom metal band from Tokyo, Japan, which was formed in 1989 and split up in 2002. They released only 1 full-length, 1 EP and 1 split-album, before their break-up, but still their only LP "Ether for Scapegoat" is considered as a metal classic in the death metal underground scene. ...read more.
11CoffinsCoffins is a Death/Doom Metal band from Tokyo/Kanto, Japan, which was formed in 1996 and is currently signed to Relapse Records. They released 4 full-length albums, 3 EPs and several split-albums so far, but are still little known in the metal community. ...read more.
13Dir En GreyDir En Grey is a Japanese heavy metal band formed in 1997 and currently signed to Firewall Div., a sub-division of Free-Will.
18DefiledDefiled is a brutal death metal band from Tokyo, Japan, which was formed in 1992 and is currently signed to Season of Mist. They released 4 full-length albums and 1 EP until now, but no breakthrough so far. ...read more.