Top 10 Melodic Death Metal Albums

Which is your favourite melodic death metal album? If you can't find your album add it to the list. Note the order I put them is only very roughly ordered.

The Top Ten

1 Heartwork - Carcass

This is the number #1

A classic and a true masterpiece.

Every track on this album is a complete masterpiece. Best death metal album EVER.

This should be #1 or at least top 3!

2 Follow the Reaper - Children of Bodom

I understand that this band is quite mainstream and popular, but not gonna deny the fact that Follow the Reaper is one of the best Melo Death albums out there..Quality album. A must listen for the fans who are into this sub-genre of music.. In fact, their first three albums in general are a must listen, rest of them are garbages that you can better avoid especially that Roll Coll Deathroll garbage. - Vip3r

What this is the best melodeath album that I ever heard just listen to one song and you will listen to the other instantly so awesome

Never knew what I was looking for in a melodic metal album until I found Children Of Bodom. They are one of my top bands now and Follow the Reaper is perhaps their best.

I think this should be first actually!

3 Twilight of the Thunder God - Amon Amarth

Easily my favorite melodic death metal album and band! It sounds melodic, heavy and badass. - RogerMcBaloney

This is the definition of melodic death metal.

Love this album, those melodic riffs - Metal_Treasure

After listening to the current top 10 in this list, I like Amon Amarth most. And Twilight of the Thunder God is their best album (together with Oden and Versus in my humble opinion). They really deserve to be in the top 3.

4 Slaughter of the Soul - At the Gates

This album got a lot of hate because of something it didn't create

The album that inspired so many different genres of metal it's ridiculous. You can hear At the Gates' influence in (of course) the Gothenburg Melodic Death Metal scene, but also infinite groove metal / metalcore / thrash metal and even deathcore bands have to pay homage to this extraordinary metal album. From the almighty Lamb of God to the opening riff of Unholy Confessions by Avenged Sevenfold, At the Gates' influence is much more widespread than most modern metalheads know.

Melodic and epic, I think its best, then Dark Tranquillity's The Gallery album is second in my list, In Flames' Clayman is third, but The Jester Race is not there in my top 3.

To me this is actually one of the few albums that actually makes up to the title of "Melodic Death Metal", along with Carcass' Heartwork, unlike some of the other bands on this list which sound like metalcore. Somes relentless passages with melodic riffing and those arpeggios that make up the atmosphere.

5 The Jester Race - In Flames

All best tracks!

Strong album, but Subterranean strongest!

Love this incredible album

This is one of the best 3 for sure, its when it all started

6 Fiction - Dark Tranquillity

"The Mundane and the Magic", "Misery's Crown" and "Terminus" are just some of the examples of how awesome this album is.

Every song is amazing. it's the best. Nothing to No One is a great opener. Everything about the album is amazing

Dt is the god of melodic death, and that's all

Great album, probably my favorite DT album.

7 Wintersun - Wintersun

Just perfect. If you haven't listened it, you have missed one of the greatest metal-albums of all time. Powerful, melodic, insanely diverse. It brings me chills every time I listen to it.

Epic is he perfect word to describe this album. A must-listen in my book.

Incredible album on every level

From beginning to end amazing

8 Crimson - Edge of Sanity

It's progressive death metal and NOT melodic death metal. - Metal_Treasure

I always viewed at the gates as progressive melodic death metal - danimey

Just an absolute masterpiece in both melodic death and in prog metal. A full album with one song (along the likes of Meshuggah's Catch 33) and you never even get bored of it. Truly brilliant. -

What an Absolute Blinder of an album. Dan Swano got everything right on this. Listen to it in one go, the entire 40 minutes gel so well, it gives a very holistic song experience.

9 The Gallery - Dark Tranquillity

This is the great album from Dark Tranquillity

Easily THE best melodeath album out there. How it is below Fiction, to just name their own, is beyond me. On par with The Jester Race, but I prefer this personally, because I like the vocals of Stanne a lot more

Gallery is the best, I fully agree.

Masterpiece of Dark Tranquillity

10 Hatebreeder - Children of Bodom

Amazing album - no bad songs on it - Metal_Treasure

This and follow the reaper should be number 1 and 2 - Disturbedpotato

Amazing guitar and keyboard interplay. Razor sharp riffs and solos

Best Children of Bodom album and among the few greatest Melodeath album of all times

The Contenders

11 Stone's Reach - Be'lakor

Great songs I love

Great Album.

Perfection. Every song is a masterpiece, especially the final track Countless Skies which is one of the greatest songs ever written

Perfection from start to finish, especially with the newly released remaster!

12 Hate Crew Deathroll - Children of Bodom

Live this album from start to finish, can listen to it over and over again an never get sick of it. ANGELS DON'T KILL! - wolphert

This album is amazing it does deserve the top 10 at lest.

Amazing album, but not melodic death metal. - Souleater318

One of the first melodic death metal albums Ilistened to.
Still loving it...

13 Clayman - In Flames

The last listenable in flames album but sadly this one is only sort of good. Everything they released prior to this was far better.

This album is awesome. "Pinball Map" is one of the best songs ever.

Awesome album, one of the bests of In Flames

Some of the best songs I've ever heard, ever.

14 Doomsday Machine - Arch Enemy
15 Banquet In the Darkness - Intestine Baalism

Kickass brutal album from Japan. - Flav

16 Swamplord - Kalmah

So far of all the albums I've listened to from this sub-genre, Swamplord and Wintersun's self-titled album does justice to the genre of Melodic Death Metal. I didn't vote for the latter because, Wintersun is very well-known among the metal community and their debut venture has deservingly received glorification overtime. Coming to Swamplord, the album blew my mind straight after one whole spin of the CD, stellar musicianship and the passionate & melodic guitar work invokes overwhelming sensations in both the departments of brain and mind. It's that sort of an album, that I can listen to on repeat and never feel a slight drop in the level of energy. I can say that even after some 5 decades from now, I'd be listening to this album with the same amount of enthusiasm and mood that I'm in at this phase of life. Incredible and memorable album. - Arhaan95

I never hear mdm fans mentioning this album which is a shame. gret

Phenomenal album.

One cannot find better melodies than this album.

17 With Oden On Our Side - Amon Amarth

Great album! Cry of the Black Birds and Runes to my Memory are some of my favorite songs from it. - RogerMcBaloney

I am happy to see this this album in the top 5. Cry of the Blackbirds is amazing.

Very epic album. Each song is amasterpiece. With Oden on our side we are victorious!

Melodic and a voice that doesn't suck.

18 Unhallowed - The Black Dahlia Murder
19 The Living Infinite - Soilwork

Best Soilwork album and one of the most complete and epic metal albums in existence! The vocals, the drumming, and the guitars are perfection! The flow and quality from song to song is unheard of for a 20 song album!

Aside from having twice the music, there are a solid number of sonically gorgeous tracks. One of the best from one of melodeaths all-stars.

20 Versus the World - Amon Amarth

Definitely in Amon Amarth's top 3 best albums. And the album cover is pretty cool too. - RogerMcBaloney

The best album from the best death metal band!

21 Blackwater Park - Opeth

It's progressive death metal and NOT melodic death metal. - Metal_Treasure

This is one of the best death metal albums, definitely. But you all know that this is not melodeath, right? This is a progressive death metal record. - BekoT.

This is an absolutely incredibly album but it is nowhere near melodic death metal.

The writing on this album is perfect, the heavy parts are devastating, the acoustic parts are beatiful, and Steven Wilson's godlike production only adds to the experience. My personal favorites from this one are Bleak, The Drapery Falls, and the title track, but every track on this album is amazing. Melodeath is one of my favorite genres, and it is home to some of my absolute favorite albums of all time, but I couldn't help voting for this. - AngryByrd

22 Defiant Imagination - Quo Vadis
23 Hexed - Children of Bodom

Amazing! Children of Bodom with another future classic of Melodeath. - RogerMcBaloney

Children of Bodom are back with a killer album in 2019. - Metal_Treasure

24 Purgatory Afterglow - Edge of Sanity
25 Cradle of Insanity - Serpent
26 Nocturnal - The Black Dahlia Murder
27 Tales From the Thousand Lakes - Amorphis

One of my absolute favorite albums of all time. - Fjunegull

28 War Eternal - Arch Enemy

Love this album. Arch Enemy is a great band. They really don't get enough credit on these Melodic Death Metal lists. - RogerMcBaloney

29 Pitch Black Progress - Scar Symmetry
30 Fate of Norns - Amon Amarth
31 One for Sorrow - Insomnium

By far the greatest album in this list. Insomnium are truly the greats of melodic death metal.
With songs like "Regain the Fire" and "One For Sorrow" they truly have mastered what it means to play this genre of music, while obtaining a sad and depressive lyrical image which makes even the greats of Doom Metal crawl back to their corners.

This is definitely a Masterpiece! HAIL INSOMNIUM!

Insomnium are the greats of melodic death metal.

I agree. Best lyrics + Best voice + Best instrumental fused as one. Simply great. The Doom Metal kings can weep, for Insomnium has reached the top in melodies.

32 Above the Weeping World - Insomnium


This album is absolutely amazing. Every song uses simple but effective melodies, allowing for a truly breathtaking experience. - MistaCrave

This album is a masterpiece of melodic death metal!

Best melodeath album, heard them all.

1 Comment
33 Whoracle - In Flames

This is the best In Flames album. I can't listen to Food for the Gods enough.


34 Dethalbum II - Dethklok
35 Natural Born Chaos - Soilwork
36 The Dethalbum - Dethklok
37 Surtur Rising - Amon Amarth
38 Are You Dead Yet? - Children of Bodom
39 Shrouded Divine - In Mourning

A masterpiece.

40 Oracle Moon - Garden of Shadows

This is an epic masterpiece of melodic death metal. It has great atmosphere and great riffs! - Isaax

41 Core - Persefone
42 Antares - Sybreed
43 Kuruoshiku Saita Seisan Na Mukuro Wa Kanaderu - Imperial Circus Dead Decadence

Incredible album full of heavy riffs, beautiful melodies, ear-crushing brutality and an thrilling atmosphere. - quantumtea

Very interesting piece of Symphonic Melodic Black/Death. It has many influences of different Metal-Styles and man does it sound good! - Juli

... You have to listen to the first song on this album...

It's a masterpiece

Andr the rest is just as good

44 Dethalbum III - Dethklok

This album is so goog. In all respects, definitely deserves a higher place

45 For Aeons Past - Solution .45
46 Will to Power - Arch Enemy
47 The Chainheart Machine - Soilwork

I also like Follow the Reaper, but this album... This album is criminally underrated. No drops in quality throughout, memorable songs, raw, brutal sound... I especially like the first 3 tracks.

48 Colony - In Flames

I agree with that guy! This album is the heaviest and the fastest

Best In Flames album

49 The Diarist - Dark Lunacy
50 Victory Song - Ensiferum
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Top Remixes (15)

1. Cradle of Insanity - Serpent
2. Banquet In the Darkness - Intestine Baalism
3. Oracle Moon - Garden of Shadows
1. Heartwork - Carcass
2. Twilight of the Thunder God - Amon Amarth
3. Follow the Reaper - Children of Bodom
1. Stone's Reach - Be'lakor
2. Banquet In the Darkness - Intestine Baalism
3. Slaughter of the Soul - At the Gates

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