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

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

This should be #1 or at least top 3!

No. 5?
This list is wrong

Pinnacle of MDM

2 Follow the Reaper - Children of Bodom

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

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

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.

Best of the best

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3 Slaughter of the Soul - At the Gates

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.

Nothing to say except it's just perfect.

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4 The Jester Race - In Flames

Strong album, but Subterranean strongest!

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

The one that started it all!

All best tracks!

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5 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

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6 Twilight of the Thunder God - Amon Amarth

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.

This list isn't bad, but this needs to go un the top 10. Suprised not to see dethklok on here though

Seriously not number 1. No disrespect to the others but this is legendary. Every track ranges from very good to iconic. Seriously head banger heavy. Also got the best album artwork evah. Just my opinion. Keep it brutal brothers and sisters m/

I'm surprised this isn't on the top 10

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7 Crimson - Edge of Sanity

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.

8 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

My first and best MDM album purchase.

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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.

How can this album be at number 7? IT's the best melodeath album hands down

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10 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.

Awesome album, one of the bests of In Flames

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

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

The Contenders

11 Doomsday Machine - Arch Enemy
12 Stone's Reach - Be'lakor

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!

The only reason this one isn't higher is ignorance, this is an absolute MASTERPIECE!

Great Album.

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13 Blackwater Park - Opeth

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

Opeth is technical death metal, not melodic death metal. Know your subgenres!

I would vote for this... If Opeth were Melodic Death Metal!

Opeth is definitely melodic death metal. Why? Because their music mixes death metal with the perfect amount of melody. It's as simple as that. - AngryByrd

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14 With Oden On Our Side - Amon Amarth

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!

Come on it should be #1

Melodic and a voice that doesn´┐Ż't suck.

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15 Unhallowed - The Black Dahlia Murder
16 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.

17 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...

18 Hatebreeder - Children of Bodom

Amazing guitar and keyboard interplay. Razor sharp riffs and solos

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

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

19 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, although I must admit that Dissection's "Storm of the Lights Bane" was luring me to death, but as they lean more towards the Black Metal genre, didn't consider them and thank God otherwise I would've had constipation making decisions. 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 ...more - Arhaan95

One cannot find better melodies than this album.

It's amazing how this album isn't even on the list

An melodic death metal album that really includes "death metal", and black metal influences. Most energetic album so far.

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20 Purgatory Afterglow - Edge of Sanity
21 Nocturnal - The Black Dahlia Murder
22 Pitch Black Progress - Scar Symmetry
23 Tales From the Thousand Lakes - Amorphis

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

24 Cradle of Insanity - Serpent
25 Banquet In the Darkness - Intestine Baalism
26 Dethalbum II - Dethklok
27 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.

28 Whoracle - In Flames

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


29 Natural Born Chaos - Soilwork
30 The Dethalbum - Dethklok
31 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.


32 Defiant Imagination - Quo Vadis
33 Shrouded Divine - In Mourning

A masterpiece.

34 Oracle Moon - Garden of Shadows

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

35 Core - Persefone
36 Antares - Sybreed
37 Dethalbum III - Dethklok

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

38 For Aeons Past - Solution .45
39 The Diarist - Dark Lunacy
40 Victory Song - Ensiferum
41 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.

42 Colony - In Flames

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

Best In Flames album

43 Fate of Norns - Amon Amarth
44 Across the Dark - Insomnium

This is Insomnium's best album in my opinion. Every song is a masterpiece, lyrically this album beats all the other albums out there. Its heavy and very melodic at the same time. Kind of different album by Insomnium comparing the other albums. Tracks like Down with the sun, The harrowing year, Into the woods, Weighed down with sorrow, Lay of the Autumn, Where the last wave broke are some of Insomnium's best songs and is in this album. Not a single weak song. In every aspect this album is just awesome.

End to end superb

45 A Virgin and a Whore - Eternal Tears of Sorrow

The most underrated metal album of the last 15 years! While not every track is brilliant and there are some lows that muddle the flow of the thing, the highs are just spectacularly high. Don't believe me? Go ahead, have a listen to "Aeon".

46 Since the Day It All Came Down - Insomnium

A poetry masterpiece

47 Kuruoshiku Saita Seisan Na Mukuro Wa Kanaderu - Imperial Circus Dead Decadence

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

48 Divine Revolution - Dominia
49 Seventh Swamphony - Kalmah

The best of Kalmah since Swamplord!

50 Iconoclast (Part 1: The Final Resistance) - Heaven Shall Burn
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2. Twilight of the Thunder God - Amon Amarth
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