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

2 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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3 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!

Love this incredible album

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4 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 think this should be first actually!

I think the best Cob song is Needled 7/24 amazing riffs

Best of the best

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5 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.

6 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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7 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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8 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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9 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

Best band evaaa!

10 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!

Such a grower - never tired of this!

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The Contenders

11 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.

12 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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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 Hatebreeder - Children of Bodom

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

15 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...

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 Unhallowed - The Black Dahlia Murder
18 Tales From the Thousand Lakes - Amorphis

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

19 Swamplord - Kalmah

One cannot find better melodies than this album.

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

Literally my favorite album of all time.

Still leaves me speechless

20 Doomsday Machine - Arch Enemy
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