Best Little Known Melodic Death Metal Bands

This is a list about the best rather unkown Melodic Death Metal Bands.

What means rather unknown? - Well... maybe "over 75% of Melodic Death Metal fans, you know, don't know this band" would be a good measure.

This list is about sharing and learning about new bands and listening to new material, so please don't submit bands like Amon Amarth, DT, IF, ATG, Insomnium, CoB, Kalmah, AE, Dethklok, Wintersun etc everyone knows! Thank you! :)

The Top Ten

1 Serpent Serpent Serpent 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. more.

Serpent is a Japanese Melodic Death Metal with some symphonic/neo-classical influences. It's one of those bands, who rarely bring out a new album, but when they make one it's incredibly awesome!

Great album to start with: "xGODx" - Flav

2 In Mourning In Mourning In Mourning is a progressive death metal band from Falun, Sweden. They are currently signed to Spinefarm Records.

Its well executed progressive Melodic Death Metal from Sweden. Very awesome music with much diversity!

Great album to start with: "Shrouded Divine" - Flav

3 Unanimated Unanimated Unanimated are a Swedish Melodic Death Metal band. They were founded in 1989 in Stockholm and dissolved in 1996. They have 7 current complete members.

Great Melodic Black/Death Metal from Sweden reminding of Dissection.

Great album to start with: "Ancient God of Evil" - Flav

4 Persefone Persefone Persefone is an Andorran progressive death metal band formed in October 2001. The band's name is derived from Persephone, a figure in Greek Mythology.

Persefone is a unique Progressive Melodic Death Metal band hailing from Andorra. They adapted also buddhistic influences in their last releases ("Spiritual Migration" and "Shin-Ken").

Great album to start with: "Core" - Flav

5 Imperial Circus Dead Decadence Imperial Circus Dead Decadence Imperial 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...". more.
6 Dominia Dominia

This MDM band from Russia uses many symphonic and classical influences.
Some songs even sound like epic symphonic ballads.

Great album to start with: "Divine Revolution" - Flav

7 Intestine Baalism Intestine Baalism Intestine 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. more.

Intestine Baalism hailing from Japan are one of my favorite bands overall. Their very unique sound is rather rooted in the Death Metal section (with some little Black Metal influences).
They do a very interesting mix of Old-School Death Metal with parts of euphonious melodies, which fade extremely well into eachother.

However, one of their albums is more actual Melodic Death Metal than "Death Metal with some melody" in my opinion. Check out (start with the 2nd song, if you aren't a fan of pure DM):
"Banquet in the Darkness" - Flav

8 Dark Lunacy Dark Lunacy Dark Lunacy is an Italian melodic death metal band, often using a string quartet and Red Army choirs.

This is a band from Italy, mixing Melodic Death with classical Instruments and even choirs!
Unfortunately they got very boring after their 3rd album, but the first 3 are all recommended!

Great album to start with: "The Diarist" - Flav

9 Be'lakor Be'lakor Be'lakor is an Australian melodic death metal band from Melbourne, Victoria. The band's name originates from the character Be'lakor the Dark Master, in the Warhammer Fantasy game setting.

I think they're the best mdm now

10 Meadows End

Really intresting Swedish band

The Contenders

11 Wolfheart Wolfheart
12 Serenity in Murder Serenity in Murder Serenity in Murder is a Japanese symphonic melodic death metal band with black metal influences, formed 2009 in Tokyo. more.
13 Burial Vault
14 Gates of Ishtar Gates of Ishtar

Gates of Ishtar is a Melodeath band from Sweden, sounding like a more Gothenburg-styled Unanimated. If you like At The Gates and old In Flames, you'll probably like this also!

Great album to start with: "At Dusk And Forever" - Flav

15 Inferi Inferi Inferi is an American melodic death metal band forged from the bowels of Nashville, Tennessee. The band formed in 2006 and strived to merge the classic melodic metal sound with a taste of crushing technicality.
16 Swallow the Sun Swallow the Sun Swallow the Sun is a Finnish melodic death/doom metal band. They have a melodic, atmospheric doom metal sound.
17 Acephalus Acephalus
18 Thousand Leaves Thousand Leaves A Thousand Leaves is the 10th studio album by the American experimental rock band Sonic Youth, released on May 12, 1998, by DGC Records.
19 Parasite Inc. Parasite Inc. Parasite Inc. is a melodic death metal band from Aalen, Germany. Formed in 2007 the band currently consists of Kai Bigler, Dominik Sorg, Stefan Krämer and Benjamin Stelzer.
20 Bloodshot Dawn Bloodshot Dawn
21 Noumena
22 Quo Vadis Quo Vadis Quo Vadis was a technical melodic death metal band from Montreal, Quebec, Canada, formed in 1992 by Bart Frydrychowicz, Yanic Bercier, and Arie Itman, named after the novel by Polish writer Henryk Sienkiewicz.

The best Technical Melodic Death Metal in my opinion. Not many bands manage to make the combination of incredible technicity and great melody work well.

Great album to start with: "Defiant Imagination" - Flav

23 Adastreia
24 December Flower December Flower December Flower is a British single drama first broadcast at Christmas 1984. It featured the first acting appearance for 17 years by Bryan Forbes.

MDM band from Germany playing in the vein of old In Flames (and even named after one of their songs). They don't contribute anything really new, but their music is very well executed MDM.

Great album to start with: "When All Life Ends..." - Flav

25 Arghoslent Arghoslent Arghoslent is an American death metal band formed in the summer of 1990. The band's lyrics have been the source of much controversy for advocating racism, particularly promoting white supremacist views of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade and The Holocaust.

Lyrics are messed up and full of nationalsocialism.. the music itself is good though... great riffs, great sound..
but the lyrics may ruin it for many - Lemoon

26 Garden of Shadows Garden of Shadows

Great Atmospheric Melodic Death Metal from the USA. Listen to "Oracle Moon" if you haven't yet! - Flav

27 MergingMoon MergingMoon
28 Thousand Eyes Thousand Eyes
29 Exmortus Exmortus Exmortus is an American extreme metal band formed in 2002, whose lyrics mostly deal with battles and war.
30 Allegaeon Allegaeon Allegaeon is an American death metal band from Fort Collins, Colorado, founded in 2008. They have released one EP and three studio albums.

They make awesome technical melodic death metal. a littler catchier than quo vadis

31 Deadlock Deadlock Deadlock is a German melodic death metal band from Schwarzenfeld, Bavaria, Germany. In 2010 they supported Lacuna Coil on tour.
32 Before The Dawn Before The Dawn
33 Sins Of Omissions
34 Battlesword
35 Sacrilege

Should not be here, but on top of the "Best Melodic Death Metalband" - Rating...

36 Burden Of Grief
37 Whispered Whispered
38 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.
39 Nightshade

They only released one album (Wielding the Scythe) and then split up. It's really sad, they were awesome. If you like old CoB and Norther, check them out. They definitely deserve some recognition, even though they don't exist anymore!

40 Abnormality
41 Aeternam
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