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 Heartwork - Carcass Product Image

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

This should be #1 or at least top 3!

A classic and a true masterpiece.

This is the number #1

2 Follow the Reaper - Children of Bodom Follow the Reaper - Children of Bodom Product Image

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.

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 Twilight of the Thunder God - Amon Amarth Product Image

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

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

This is the definition of melodic death metal.

4 Slaughter of the Soul - At the Gates Slaughter of the Soul - At the Gates Product Image

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.

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

5 The Jester Race - In Flames The Jester Race - In Flames Product Image

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!

This album is unique

6 Wintersun - Wintersun Wintersun - Wintersun Product Image

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

7 Fiction - Dark Tranquillity Fiction - Dark Tranquillity Product Image

"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.

8 Crimson - Edge of Sanity Crimson - Edge of Sanity Product Image

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.

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

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

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 The Gallery - Dark Tranquillity Product Image

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 Hatebreeder - Children of Bodom Product Image

Amazing guitar and keyboard interplay. Razor sharp riffs and solos

This and follow the reaper should be number 1 and 2

Amazing album - no bad songs on it

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

The Contenders

11 Stone's Reach - Be'lakor Stone's Reach - Be'lakor Product Image

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!

Such a grower - never tired of this!

12 Hate Crew Deathroll - Children of Bodom Hate Crew Deathroll - Children of Bodom Product Image

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!

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

Amazing album, but not melodic death metal.

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

13 Swamplord - Kalmah Swamplord - Kalmah Product Image

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.

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

One cannot find better melodies than this album.

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

14 Clayman - In Flames Clayman - In Flames Product Image

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.

15 Doomsday Machine - Arch Enemy Doomsday Machine - Arch Enemy Product Image
16 Banquet In the Darkness - Intestine Baalism Banquet In the Darkness - Intestine Baalism Product Image

Kickass brutal album from Japan.

17 With Oden On Our Side - Amon Amarth With Oden On Our Side - Amon Amarth Product Image

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

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 Unhallowed - The Black Dahlia Murder Product Image
19 The Living Infinite - Soilwork The Living Infinite - Soilwork Product Image

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 Purgatory Afterglow - Edge of Sanity Purgatory Afterglow - Edge of Sanity Product Image
21 Versus the World - Amon Amarth Versus the World - Amon Amarth Product Image

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

The best album from the best death metal band!

22 Blackwater Park - Opeth Blackwater Park - Opeth Product Image

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.

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.

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

LOL, the irony... "Know your subgenres! "... "Opeth is technical death metal". Haha, Opeth is NOT technical death metal either. They are progressive death metal. And Progressive Rock. - Metal_Treasure

23 Defiant Imagination - Quo Vadis Defiant Imagination - Quo Vadis Product Image
24 Hexed - Children of Bodom Hexed - Children of Bodom Product Image

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

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

25 Cradle of Insanity - Serpent Cradle of Insanity - Serpent Product Image
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