Top 10 Best Death Metal Bands
Chuck is pretty much my biggest idol ever. I almost cried when I learned of this dudes death, just think about the possibilities had he still been alive. I bet Control Denied would've been only one of many epic side projects and experiments.
Also I consider his voice to be in a whole category by itself, to be honest I'm having a hard time enjoying growl, Chuck's delivery is more of a scream and it's hard to appreciate generic Death Metal vocals having heard Chuck's insane vocal sound, ya know what? I bet that throat bled, which almost makes it all the more impressive and beautiful, poetic even, that's true "art"
No one. Absolutely no one has or can top Death. The raw talent behind every musician Chuck had behind him was unmatched (in teems of technicality and precision). Chuck went from brutal gore filled topics about hell, guts, murder and anything death on a gore sense to philosophical and in depth topics surrounding death and other dark topics not many musicians would touch at the time. He was a master guitarist and diverse vocalist going from low growls to high screams between the first and last album. Many other bands focus on the brutal gorey aspects of metal just for the sake of it. Chuck added it because it was a part of his fictional world and he always evolved making each album different whilst maintaining his signature sound. Not a single bad or decent album by Death. All 8/10 to 10/10 essentials to getting into true death metal. R.I.P. Chuck Schuldiner and forever Death!
Chuck Schuldiner was a beast among men. His screams are the most brutal and his guitar skills are unmatched. His songwriting was the perfect combination of progressive elements, thought-provoking lyrics, and pure, heavy death metal. Unlike Cannibal Corpse who simply make heavy noise and overly gory lyrics, Death showed talent with every song and every album. Death easily gets my vote for this list, with Obituary being a very close second.
It is not only about (or not at all about) being gore fast and brutal... Death provided quality music, complex riffs (and keeping the melody in), 2 albums with fretless base, best vocal in death (in my opinion) until symbolic. Excellent production. Not my intention to minimize other bands on that list but I find the quality of Death not comparable to Cannibal Corpse (to name only one).
Even if you don't like that it music, you've got to understand that their hatedom is awful.
"We don't sing about politics. We don't sing about religion... All our songs are short stories that, if anyone would so choose they could convert it into a horror movie. Really, that's all it is. We like gruesome, scary movies, and we want the lyrics to be like that. Yeah, it's about killing people, but it's not promoting it at all. Basically these are fictional stories, and that's it. And anyone who gets upset about it is ridiculous." - George Fisher, lead vocalist
The moment I heard "Eaten Back to Life" I realised how great Cannibal corpse is. They may be shocking, but the music sounds amazing!
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I very much like songs such as sentenced to burn, evisceration plague, kill or become, death walk terror, decency defied, devoured by vermin etc. are very very awesome favourite songs to me...thanks to cannibal corpse for giving us these types of songs as nice gifts...thanks a lot to cannibal corpse...
Consistency and always delivering top quality death metal releases. They set the first blueprint for the 2nd wave of death metal with tomb of the mutilated and raised the technical bar with the bleeding. Great to their fans,cannibal corpse is consistently and overall the best death metal band ever.
It doesn't matter that death or possessed would be considered first ever death metal band. Their rank should not be bumped up due to that. What matters is how good the band is and morbid angel wins for me.
Morbid angel should be at least #2... They have made this genre. Actually death was first true death metal band.. But MA's contribution cannot be ignored.
Morbid Angel is so much better than Children Of Bodom, they're not bad but Morbid along with Death brought Death Metal to it's highest level not Cannibal Corpse.
Everything you would want in a death metal band, and would think a death metal band should be. Amazingly brutal, sick riffs, guitar solos, and lyrical content.
Although an undeniably great band, they're not death metal in the purest form especially if you take into consideration their 21st century albums releases. Overall, they were an (extreme) Prog Metal band akin to Edge of Sanity.
If you only judge their first 3 records then they fit into the Death/Black Metal category.
Orchid : Prog Metal/Melo Black/Dark Folk
Morningrise : Prog Death/Prog Rock/Dark Folk
My Arms, Your Hearse : Prog Black/ Prog Rock. It's probably their darkest, atmospheric and second least accessible album after Orchid.
Still Life: Prog Metal
Deliverance : Prog Death.
Prog Metal is common is every one of their albums.
Try imagine someone put together elements of Iron Maiden, Rush, Metallica, and King Crimson. That's Dream Theater. Now, imagine someone took DT and mixed it with Death and Behemoth minus the facepaint. That's Opeth, also known as awesome!
Opeth was my first death metal band (unless you count SLAYER as death metal as opposed to thrash) and they showed me that the genre I had once despised and avoided could be awesome!
Opeth has the perfect formula...their songs are absolutely gorgeous whether it be a death metal song, prog. rock/metal song, they nail it. Black Rose Immortal, Bleak, Ghost of Perdition are among the best Metal songs I've ever heard. The vocals are very clear despite all the growling..the growling sounds amazing...it's like an instrument itself..
Michael Akerfeldt is the number one death metal singer, and Opeth is simply amazing. Progressively Opeth wipes the floor with all these other death metal bands. Michael Akerfeldt also wipes the floor with all the other death metal singers. Number 1!
One of the most versatile Death metal bands. Jeff Walker's vocals are truly among the best in the business, and Bill Steer can pull off some amazing riffs and solos. Everybody in this band is a great musician and they really put their skills to good use. Carcass can be brutal, melodic and very technical at the same time.
This band was on the forefront of both grindcore and melodic death metal - and that is truly an accomplishment. Also - they are not dumb jackasses like some others and are actually cool people.
Genre classics (chronologically):
Vomited Anal Tract
Exhume to Consume
Embryonic Necropsy and Devourment
Corporal Jigsore Quandary
Incarnated Solvent Abuse
Tomorrow Belongs To Nobody
Cadaver Pouch Conveyor System
... And all of their albums are very distinct and different from each other, yet it's easy to tell it's still Carcass. Classic Carcass.
This band has everything, whether you like grindcore, melodic death metal, death 'n roll, or just straight up death metal, they have it! They're the band that got me into death metal, and they'll always be my favourite
They are unique. From the initial sick grindcore to the high technical melodic death metal. No one have done so different albums like them. I think they must be in the top 2 position
Carcass redefined (or straight up defined? ) the genre. They also did everything from grindcore to melodic, always with good results. Easily top 3.
I am not a Death Metal fan, yet I ironically find myself enjoying this band quite recently. I like their balance between aggression and melody and their vocalist's growls are actually quite natural for the band's content, which is a pretty good thing. That, and that this band is accessible enough is a bonus point too. They're overall a kickass band I could go back on.
Any band that can create beautiful, sweeping melodies followed by powerful grinding riffs like Amon Amarth is deserving of being in the top five. The atmosphere created by the tales of Norse gods and Viking warriors is unparalleled. Easily my favourite band!
Amon Amarth manage to capture the brutality of death metal while retaining the melodic nature of classic heavy metal acts. The viking theme adds a great level of depth and a grandiose nature that other death metal bands cannot match.
Awesome songs with awesome riffs. And the viking's feel to the music is unique and takes you to the great battles that must have been fought in those ages! Can't get tired of listening to them!
They were one of the pioneers of the death metal genre. John Tardy has a very recognisable voice, as he is one of the most well known vocalists in the genre. Cause of Death, The End Complete and Slowly we rot are incredible albums. Their newer album is also a banger!
There are very few death metals whose sound a non-death metal fanatic could distinguish from the herd within seconds. Obituary is one of them.
They are a one-trick pony, no doubt -- but it's a damned good trick.
Also, they sound BETTER live than they do on their records, which is really saying something in this age of live mediocrity.
Finally, unlike most death metal bands, Obituary makes music that is hooky, catchy, approachable, and focuses on solid grooves instead of speed and technicality only for the sake of speed and technicality.
Bands like Obituary, Morbid Angel, and Death are textbook death metal and I am surprised that Obituary are not rated higher.
Honestly cannot believe that Obituary isn't at least in the top 10. They are one of the most badass old school death metal bands ever. Along with Death, Morbid Angel, and Malevolent creation they practically created death metal. Go listen to Cause of Death and Slowly We Rot and then tell me that Obituary doesn't deserve to be at least in the top 10.
Deicide holds the record for having the 2nd and 3rd best selling death metal albums. Deicide along with bands like Death and Morbid Angel are very definitive in terms of their genre. Glen Benton is a really a death meta legend and has the most brutal and fast vocals in death metal. I don't get it how these overrated melodic bands like In Flames, cob and amon amarth are above the legendary Deicide and Morbid Angel.
In my opinion Deicide made one of the best Death Metal sounds, unlike Nile or Cannibal corpse even if their songs are brutal as hell they don't get boring due to the excessive amount of machine-gun blastbeats, they have an unique sound of their own and have been around for a very long while. Also their lyrical content is amazing. I can't believe someone actually voted Children of Bodom higher than them, Carcass or Behemoth. We're surrounded by sceneboys?
Got into death metal thanks to Deicide, I still get goosebumps when I listen "In Torment In Hell". 1995's Once Upon The Cross is a masterpiece. It's sad for this band to be behind Amon Amarth or Children of Bodom in a Death metal list.
They are everything a Death Metal band should be. They have created lot of controversy and they are Anti-christ... And most importantly, they are also considered as one of the forerunners of the Death Metal scene of '80s.
Karl Sanders and Dallas Toler-Wade form one of the best guitar duos of all music genres. Combined with Kollias' inconceivable drumming technique and speed, as well as with all of their interest and unquestionable knowledge in the Egyptian lore and mythology, Nile is one of the greatest metal bands of all time and quite frankly the best death metal act. Their live performances and their studio recordings are some of the best I've ever seen in terms of quality, musically as well as overall performances.
Brutal, nerve trampling metal. Insanely precise. Probably the best overall group both in technique and creativity. Also, I think the production and sound quality of Nile has no match in the genre.
Listen to Cast Down the Heretic or What Can Be Safely Written and tell me this band isn't the epitome of brutality...
I think that Nile are a better death metal band than Cannibal Corpse and the fact that they are not top 5 is criminal.
I absolutely love this band. I first fell in love with them when I came across some Clone Hero charts for Hatecrew Deathroll and I loved the whole album after giving it a listen. I then moved onto Follow The Reaper and Hatebreeder. Every album is a gem but in a different way. None of them are quite like one another, although there is a similar sound between FTR and HB. Also love the first album. I would say that their first 4 are definitely my tops. Overall great sound and I loved every bit of what they produced in the 23 years of running. RIP Alexi, and rock on to all of you have a great day.
Children of Bodom honestly has some of the most complex melodies in each instrument, every one of their band members are amazing at what they do, not just Alexi, even though he's the most famous. They totally deserve to be number one because everything they make sounds AMAZING!
This band is one of my top band and I hate death metal music. They are just too awesome for it to be possible to hate them. I love alexi's voice and the sick guitar solos mixed in with some epic keyboard playing. COB will always be the best death metal band.
This band is my favorite death metal band! But my judgement is not bias and clouded. This band plays exceptional masterpiece! They are like hi breed death metal bands, their solos are one of the best! They may not be the most brutal or fierce but they sure ire things and and let headbangers bang! Listen to mask of sanity, evereytime I die, warheart, follow the reaper. It never gets old!
Personally I think that suffocation show some of the best brutal/technical death metal. Also many bands don't seem to be able to do brutal death metal right but Suffocation does
All opinions aside, Suffocation basically created "technical death metal" with their EP "Human Waste" and debut album "Effigy of the Forgotten," 1990 and 1991 respectively. Absolutely absurd that Children of Bodom or Amon Amarth could possibly be in top 10, but no Suffocation.
The correct top 10 list should include: Death, Morbid Angel, Cannibal Corpse, Suffocation, Cryptopsy, Nile, and Deicide. Any top 10 without them is incorrect.
Lets be honest suffocation and CC are kings of brutal death metal. no top 10 is correct without Death, Possessed, Opeth, Cannibal Corpse, Carcass (kings of grindcore/goregrind, Deicide, Suffocation, Nile, Obituary and of course last but not least a tie between Cryptopsy and Morbid Angel.
It makes me cringe to see some mediocre and pseudo death metal bands above this ruthless and influential band.
Children of Boredom and Amon Amarth above Suffocation, are you kidding me? I bet 10 year olds who have no knowledge of death metal are engaging in serious vote botting.
Even though Behemoth is not originally a death metal band. They have great atmosphere in their music, and also has death metal influence in their songs. Also their lyrics is very dark and morbid, powerful and strong.
Why so low? The lyrics, combined with the attention to detail of the riffs, overall atmosphere? come on! Behemoth is just so much better than Children of Boredom... behemoth are black metal not death metal but whatever
Behemoth is one of the best bands I've ever heard. I admit I put Amon Amarth above them, but these guys don't mess around. 50% history, 50% satan, 100% brutal. I saw them once and it was equivilent to warfare. I rate this band 10/10.
Behemoth makes really extreme death metal. I must say that I uprated them because of Grom (even though it is actually black metal). Grom in my opinion Behemoth's best album
My mom managed these totally deranged kids back in the 80s and they definitely were pioneers of Death Metal.
They're still around but Jeff the singer is the only original, Mike Torryo was Possessed and if it wasn't for him no music and no possessed.
Seven churches was released two years after scream bloody gore. The coined the term death metal, it should be #2 to my opinion.
They either need to be #1 or tied with Death for #1. They coined the phrase "death metal" with the song of the same name.
I do see them as a thrash metal band but I do like them! Surprisingly underrated. They deserve more attention.
This band had an incredibly unique sound and approach to death metal (both musically and lyrically), yet they don't have a whole lot of influence, which is quite sad. They also are one of the few bands that never put out a bad album. My two favorites from this band are Realm of Chaos and Those Once Loyal.
I think that Bolt Thrower makes some of the best death metal and all of their albums are very consistent.
Have you heard Killchain...? What a riff. Bolt Thrower should be in the top ten just for the album Those Once Loyal. Awesome stuff.
Is there a band which sound and messages are quite different from others, this is Bolt Thrower they must be in first 10 places. that's for sure
I mean, come on. Music by Cattle Decapitation is utterly amazing. They blend the intensity of Grindcore and the brutality of Death metal- then add in melody (as of late)! One thing that keeps people away from this band are their lyrics, but those people are utterly stupid. If everyone thought like them The Anthropocene Extinction (intentional reference) wouldn't be a reality. And of course, there is Travis Ryan, delivering his controlled burps and nasty gutturals into the mic, along with nasty shrieks and melodic screams. Their guitars and Bass deliver an awesome sonic attack of technicality and brutality, and their drummer blast beats his way to stardom. Long live the kings of Metal!
I've gotta say, these guys are perfect matches for each other. They know what to put where and even their lyrics are some of the most meaningful lyrics to ever exist. It shows things from animal cruelty all the way to how stupid people of religion can be (doesn't mean I'm not religious.) And Travis is probably the most talented vocalist I've ever heard. All the way from shrill black metal screeches to raspy cleans to melodic and ear-shattering screams then to a signature low mid that normally drops somewhere in the song all the way to the pits of hell in how low it gets.
My all time favorite. Travis Ryan can do it all! A great death growl, high pitched gutturals, deep slam growls, everything. Great lyrics, energy, just an all around great band.
Extremely brutal with some unbelievable musicianship and also beautiful melodies. The new album Death Atlas may be one of the greatest death metal albums of all time
Why are these guys so low? They literally made one of the heaviest albums of 1988! (Severed Survival, which is an absolute banger of an album!)
23? Easily top 10 worthy, they're probably the only old skool death metal band that are still making quality music today. Severed Survival and Mental Funeral are two of the greatest death metal albums of all time, and they're still pumping out classics with Macabre Eternal, The Headless Ritual and Tourniquets, Hacksaws and Graves.
Easily top 10 material. Enjoy the riffs and vox very much.
Severed survival and mental funeral is some of the best death metal albums ever
Why are Entombed not in the top 5? They practically invented Swedish death metal...first as Nihilist, then as Entombed. There is something so unique, raw, and brutal about their style of death metal. Listen to Left Hand Path and Clandestine...you'll see why.
"Left hand path" is to Death Metal what Beatles "sgt Pepper..." is to pop music. This iconic band should definitely be top 5.
Fantastic band. Great riffs, great atmosphere, does not disappoint.
Their first two albums are death metal staples..
Out of all the Death Metal Bands I'm hearing these days GOJIRA gives me that Brutal Death Feeling. Gojira is Fresh Superheavy, and The Best for me!
Proves that French people can still be awesome... Gojira has awesome music with a lot of subtleties that are lost in most death metal- listen to the songs Esoteric Surgery or Flying Whales or Wolf Down The Earth
Gojira is thriving in the metal industry today, have you listened to the L'Enfant Sauvage album? Stuff like that gives hope for the future of metal in this pop corrupted industry
Gojira is amazing, the songs that they have made are quite impressive. Should at least be in top 10.
I think that at the gates should be way higher because the album "Slaughter of the Soul" is probably one of the most influential melodic death metal albums.
At The Gates may not be the most innovative or creative Death Metal band, but the perfection they bring to genre is mindblowing. Just listen to Blinded by Fear, Slaughter of the soul or The Swarm. Your outlook on Death Metal will never be the same. I will always place them in the top 10 of my favourite bands of all time. Deserves a top 5 spot anyday.
They are really sick! They have sutch great riffs and some very melodic riffs. The notes they play fits the ear just right. And same with the vocals.
"The Red in the Sky is Ours" is the best death metal album ever.
I listened to Death Metal for years and believe me, this band is monster. I have never heard such brutality and seen such talent. In my opinion they dominate in this genre. Mikael mutilated, Peter devoured and Nick grinded. They are the perfect Death Metal band... Not growling unrecognizable like Brutal Death Metal bands and not growling too weak. This is and always will be my favourite band.
Death metal supergroup! What's not to like? These guys can duplicate any school of the genre. They manage to bring out the best parts of all the classic scenes, being it Florida or Sweden. Their latest (last? ) album, "Fathomless mastery", is possibly the greatest death metal album to date.
This band is perfect, I don't know why it's not in the Top 10. It's way better than some Top 10 bands (I'm looking at you Cannibal Corpse). I recommend it to all old school swedish death metal lovers (and American! ).
Listen to the song EATEN by this band people and you will definitely see why I have voted for this band. Be it lyrics, vocal or the music, this band is the most influential band ever.
How is Necrophagist so damn low? This band's intricate riffs and beats are technically (pun intended) the best I have ever heard. The vocals are nice, the insturmentals are amazing, and no band has ever done or been able to do what they did. We do need that new album, though...
Necrophagist is amazing! I wish they would be a little faster with the releases, but you can't rush perfection!
My latest discovery. Necrophagist is one of the coolest tech-death bands I've heard. Easily one of my new favorites
The most sophisticated death metal band ever existed! They're on a whole different level!
Lyrically they aren't death metal at all, death metal has stuff about murder, dead bodies, necro philia, and is just about anything morbid. But vocally during the max cavalera era they sounded like death metal I'm not so sure about now though because I've personally never listened to it because I love the cavalera era too much.
Sepultura are practically the creators of Death metal. Max cavalera has one of the best death growls there is and is a pioneer of the vocal style. Beneath the Remains and Arise are two of the greatest death metal albums ever.
They may not be better than Death (when it comes to death metal, not going to comment on which is a better band) Arise is brutal. Amazing opening, and great vocals. And though it's not really death metal, Ratamahatta is an amazing song.
Bestial Devastation and Morbid Visions are the reason why Sepultura should be in the top 5. Both are brutal...especially for the time they were released.
Atheist are cool, but they are barely death metal. In my eyes, they are a thrash metal band with some death metal elements thrown into it.
One of the most technical bands ever. Unquestionable Presence is easily one of the best death metal albums of all time
Guys deserve top 20 at least. I can't believe they're all the way down here.
0,6% is very few for ATHEIST! These guys can play pure death metal.
I would vote Opeth in this rank for sure, but after I have seen Vader so low on the list - man it's a shame that such band is not in top 5 or at least top 10. They are probably the only group in existence with ability to make Slayer song sound even more brutal. Most of their songs are masterpieces of brutality and perfection.
Vader should be in every top "top x death metal bands" list. Pitor's vocals are so unique. If you think you have heard a fast song, listen to Dcapited Saints off the Morbid Reich album. I'm ashamed that as of the moment I'm tying this they are in the thirties. This band should be no lower than 9.
So it is written.
Must be something in the water in Poland and these guys probably put it there. In my opinion the best band for having very cool recognizable riffs without sounding too melodic.
Great Death Metal Band from Poland. Return to the Morbid Reich is my favorite, along with their new single, Triumph of Death. They also did a great cover of Black Sabbath and Raining Blood
Meshuggah should #1 on this list because they take jazz music and put it in there own deathly way which sounds so really good!
They're legends, I can't believe they're so low on this list.
Can't believe they're not on here already.