Top 10 Most Brutal Death Metal BandsThis is a list of Death Metal bands based on their brutal sounds, heavy guitar riffs, harsh guttural vocals and deep death growls.
They are the gods of brutality. I don't want to hear any bull about Cannibal Corpse being "mainstream." They are not even close to being mainstream. If they were mainstream, they would be mentioned in the same sentence as popular pop acts, but they're not. Cannibal Corpse is more popular than probably any other death metal band ever, but that doesn't make them mainstream because death metal is underground to begin with.
Some people might try to pretend they are mainstream to make them seem less brutal, but even if they were, it wouldn't make them any less brutal, just more popular. They are the heaviest, most brutal death metal band of all time.
I love Cannibal Corpse! Their heaviness and their violent content really bring death metal to life. They have so many violent song names such as I Blood, Meathook Sodomy, Messed With A Knife, and Entrails Ripped From A Virgin's Womb. SO BRUTAL! I'm not praising actual murder, but I really like how poetic their lyrics are and how addictive their riffs are.
I'm really disappointed that Chris Barnes left the band, but I also really like Corpsegrinder as well. They've been banned in many countries due to their lyrical content and their album cover artwork. Butchered at Birth and Tomb of the Mutilated are their best albums!
What can I say? The dual guitar works by Toler-Wade and Sanders followed by George's brutal double bass drumming followed by 240 BPM all at the same time makes for a brutal powerhouse of a band. They are definitely redefining technical and brutal death metal. And they deserve number 1 in my book of most brutal death metal bands.
They do brutality right. When they're fast, it rips your face off. When they're slow, it feels like the hammer of the gods on your spine. Absolute best Brutal Death Metal.
Still as technically brutal as ever in 2016. Caught them in London this week, and the show was outstanding! Great atmospheric death metal, neck break speed, and flawless.
Their riffs are relentless, the drums are thunderous, and Nergal's vocals sound just plain bestial if not outright inhuman at times. The raw intensity of their music cannot be understated. Their work is devastating Pagan war magic as music. Tracks like Sculpting The Throne Ov Seth are testament to their raw musical might.
Yeah, Behemoth might not sound as 'brutal' as Cannibal Corpse, but they're the true tough guys! Cannibal Corpse always sounds hilarious to me. They're making fun of death metal. I like Cannibal Corpse. Corpsegrinder is a nice guy. But I can never think of them as a 'true death metal' band.
How is Behemoth not even in the top ten? Or better yet, why aren't they number one? We're talking about BRUTAL. And Behemoth turns your ears into dust and you'll still enjoy it. Get Cannibal Corpse out of here.
This band is FAR more brutal than Bloodbath, Nile, and Cryptopsy. They're not even that guttural compared to this guy's growls. These guys are WAY heavier. Plus, just look them up on iTunes and compare the song names and lyrics to the other bands. There's no comparison. "Babykiller" and "Molesting the Decapitated" by Devourment make "Eaten" by Bloodbath look and sound like a lullaby.
This is a list of the most brutal bands, not the best. Devourment makes most of these bands seem like pub rock. Devourment, Brain Drill, Cryptopsy, Abominable Putridity, Benighted, Suffocation, Nile, and Dying Fetus should be up top.
The greatest slam band in history, Devourment managed to be stupidly brutal and groovy as all hell both at once. Way more brutal than stuff like Cannibal Corpse or Behemoth.
My absolute favorite band. Bloodbath has a dark ambiance mixed with good and heavy groove. Taking from bands like Entombed and Dismember. I wish these guys would come across North America, sadly they seem to only play in the Netherlands.
All I gotta say is that the guitars and the drumming are just unexplainable in my opinion. I can't even put it into words. I love Behemoth and CC as well as Infant Annihilator. Those are top 5 bands but this band just throws those bands out the window. The gutturals are just something inhuman.
Mikael Åkerfeldt did it all. In combination with the sheer evil melodies and virtuoso drummer, they're easily the most brutal sound-wise and the scariest as well - soundwise.
Dying Fetus is really brutal and honestly one of the heaviest bands I've heard. I really don't understand why so many people hate Dying Fetus. I mean, they're so talented. The guitarist/singer, John Gallagher, is such a talented guy. He plays really heavy and complex guitar riffs while singing guttural vocals and headbanging at the same time. I really want to see them live, and I really want my band to go on tour with them. Here is a list of my favorites by Dying Fetus:
- Grotesque Impalement
- Intentional Manslaughter
- Invert the Idols
- Bathe in Entrails
- Procreate the Malformed
(SUPER HEAVY SONGS!)
Maybe the biggest influence on brutal death metal besides Cannibal Corpse and Suffocation. Should be ranked much higher.
Listening to this band's music makes me want to pet kittens and ride on a unicorn over a rainbow.
One of Cryptopsy's earliest albums, Blasphemy Made Flesh, is extremely loud, fast as hell, and downright heavy and insane, and that was just when they first started! Their other albums continue to amaze with incredible sound and brutality. These guys will never disappoint if you're in the mood for the slams!
Blasphemy Made Flesh and None So Vile are hands down two of the best Death Metal albums ever recorded. A true showcase of the severity of the Canadian Metal scene.
Some of the most brutal music ever crafted. Insane vocals, intense guitars, chaotic drumming, and heavy bass. A recipe for brutality.
I had been constantly in the search of some serious brutality until I came across this band, and I knew I had struck gold. I mean it's not that CC is not good enough, but I personally favour Suffocation.
Number 8? Are you joking? Suffocation crushes and has been for more than 25 years despite numerous lineup changes. The band deserves more respect and has earned the top spot.
The true kings of Death Metal. I don't need an explanation for why. Just listen to "Effigy of the Forgotten," and you'll understand.
Brutal, blasphemous, and satanic. That right there should say it all. Guttural vocals and super fast tremolo guitar work... Going strong for twenty-five years as of 2013. Soldiering past bans and extreme controversy and censoring while laughing at it all the way... What's NOT to like?
Perhaps the most infamous bands in the genre, Deicide took the satanic lyrics to a whole new level. Loved the band during the Hoffman brothers era. I like Vital Remains more than Deicide.
I love Deicide and think they are heavier than Cannibal Corpse, which happens to be my second favorite band.
Meshuggah aren't really death metal, but they're still one of the heaviest and most brutal bands ever. Their song Corridor of Chameleons will make you want to smash everything in the same room.
One of the heaviest bands out there, but they aren't Death Metal. The vocalist doesn't use death growls. I'd call them Progressive Groove Metal/Djent.
Dude, Meshuggah is the most brutal out there. Should be on top!
They should be way higher up than this. Personally, I think they're on par with CC on brutality, but they're slamming brutal death, so it's a step further.
All these people who are not voting for these guys just haven't heard them. They are relentless!
Dude, check these guys out. If you've never heard them, you don't know what brutal is.
Day 69 is full of collateral bloody damage. CC is what everyone says, and they're the Nickelback of death metal (too generic, sold out).
One of the best metal bands.
They are the masters of metal.
I think some of the comments and votes are based on, or too greatly influenced by, people's favorite bands instead of the question at hand, which is "Who is the most brutal?" Although what is more brutal to one wouldn't be to another, there are several bands on this list I like better than Brain Drill. Though, I think Brain Drill are by far the most brutal. They are savagely intense, loud, insanely fast, super technical, and spastically aggressive. There might be a few bands that come close but not quite touch them, and whilst not being a whole new level up in the genre, they have definitely raised the bar some.
What are they even? I can't wrap my head around their riffs. They all sound like solos, except the bass is playing the exact same thing! They are completely insane.
Listen through Somatic Defilement and then tell me they don't belong on this list.
It's deathcore, not death metal. Still amazing!
There are two kinds of people: those who love Whitechapel and those who have never listened to deathcore.
Blasphemous growling comes from the doors of hell. Hail Vader!
Where is Luke Skywalker when you need him?
You guys have not listened to Vader yet?
The songs "Blindfold Surgery", "Remnants of the Tortured", and "Letting Them Fall…" should give you enough evidence to support the fact that this great Russian band can kick ass.
They should be in the top tens. Their two albums are more brutal than half the bands in the top tens.
Just listen to these guys, and you'll understand why they belong in the top 3.
Most bone-crushing, heart-stopping, completely insane death metal band I can find. These guys set a new standard for the whole metal genre. If you haven't heard about or listened to this band yet, you are missing out!
These guys are crazy, but they have great sound and base to every song they produce. I personally think that they are the most violent death metal band out there. In my own opinion.
I have yet to find any bands more brutal or violent than them. I mean, come on, all of their songs are about raping women and babies. What's more brutal than that?
This is the pure definition of brutal. Growling, guttural vocals, and almost minute-long insane bass drops. Simply amazing slam.
Pure demonic bile for humankind. Their recent albums (The Harvest Floor, Monolith Of Inhumanity, The Anthropocene Extinction) are apocalyptically heavy. Dangerously fast and insanely technical, they are more than just a vegetarian grind core. They are black metal, progressive metal, death metal, tech death, and overall, they are brutal!
Each new album they release is faster and more brutal than the previous one. Their last album was kick-ass good and heavy and brutal.
Travis Ryan's vocals are by far the most extreme, mixed with Dave McGraw's insanely fast blasting and Josh Elmore's most unique writing style. Cattle Decapitation is a monster.
Intensity, brutality, and full aggression played at high speed with incredible technical skill... this band must be in a top position.
Technical enough, but not consistent with their songwriting. The drummer is insane. Effing machine.
Origin is pure death!
I feel that The Bleeding and Maximum Violence are my two most memorable death metal albums of all time. Chris Barnes just provides something that strikes a nerve with me.
A gateway band for many metalheads who are looking into entering the passages of death metal. Maximum Violence did the trick for me when I was a teenager. Chris Barnes needs his due credit, come what may.
Best death metal band overall. Each album is consistently bone-crushing good. No bad albums. Yet!