Most Influential Death Metal Bands

The Death Metal bands who had the greatest roles to define the genre.

The Top Ten Most Influential Death Metal Bands

1 Death Death was an American death metal band formed in 1983 by Chuck Schuldiner. Death is considered to be one of the most influential bands in heavy metal and a pioneering force in death metal. Its debut album, Scream Bloody Gore, has been widely regarded as the first death metal record, while the band's more.

I can not say for certain if Death truly invented the genre, but Chuck Schuldiner definitely took it, raised it, and molded it into a sound that can be heard in the music of almost every death metal band today, as well as many progressive metal bands, drawing influence from Death's later albums.

Released the first pure death metal record and constantly evolved their sound. Huge influence in most sub-genres of metal in general.

Well, Evil Chuck was the mastermind behind the genre. That's why he is called the Father of Death Metal.
Listen to albums like Scream Bloody Gore, The Sound of Perseverance, Symbolic etc. Technically he defined the genre. - Nord666

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2 Possessed Possessed is an American thrash/death metal band, originally formed in 1983 in the San Francisco Bay Area. Noted for their fast style of playing and Jeff Becerra's guttural vocals, they are routinely called the first band in the death metal genre. Possessed is the sometimes credited with being the first more.

But later it was the Possessed that were influenced by Death's scream Bloody Gore.

The original death metal band
They invented the term death metal with their song death metal the band death did not create the term
The fact that jeff was shot and still preforms in a wheelchair is inspirational in itself

The term "Death Metal" actually came from a thrash metal band known as Onslaught - ryanrimmel

As much as I like Death these guys created the genre so they should be number 1 - christangrant

3 Morbid Angel Morbid Angel is an American death metal band based in Tampa, Florida. UK music magazine Terrorizer ranked Morbid Angel's 1989 debut Altars of Madness first in its list "Top 40 greatest death metal albums".
4 Carcass Carcass are a British extreme metal band from Liverpool, who formed in 1985 and disbanded in 1995. A reformation was enacted in 2007 without one of its original members, drummer Ken Owen, due to health reasons.

Carcass is definitely one of the most influential bands, left a huge impact on my playing style and compositions.
Bill Steer is a gentleman, very humble and very down to earth.
This band is what every death metal artist should look upto, not just brutality it's philosophy in their music.

The inventers of Goregrind and Melodic Death Metal. - GREYBOYY

Huge influence in grind, death metal, and melodic death metal.

Very influential in melodic death metal and grindcore

5 Deicide Deicide is an American death metal band formed in 1987 by bassist and vocalist Glen Benton and drummer Steve Asheim. They are known for their blasphemous and satanic lyrics which have resulted in bans, lawsuits and criticisms from religious groups and the public. Frontman Glen Benton is also known for more.

Deicide is the powerhouse of death metal. Every death metal fan knows Scars Of The Crucifix or When Satan Rules His World, right? They're one of the few bands that refuse to conform to society (That alone should make them number one), they have very vulgar music and lyrical themes (Which I very much enjoy) and they've sold more albums worldwide than EVERT death metal band out there (Except Cannibal Corpse). Glen is a monster vocalist and Steve is one of the most technical drummers I know of

Do u ever hear Legion album? Awesome album

6 Cannibal Corpse Cannibal Corpse is a American death metal band from Buffalo, New York, formed in 1988. The band is known for their graphic album covers, explicitly violent lyrics and song titles like "I C** Blood" The group got into mainstream after performing the song "Hammer Smashed Face" in the 1994 film Ace Ventura: more.

Back when they started, they took the whole genre to a whole new level by being more brutal than every single other death metal band there was. Don't believe me? Listen to Tomb of the Mutilated and compare it to Human by Death for example.

7 Obituary Obituary is an American death metal band formed in October 1984 in Tampa, Florida, United States, under the name Executioner, then changed the name's spelling to Xecutioner before eventually changing their name to Obituary in 1988. The band comprises vocalist John Tardy, drummer Donald Tardy, guitarist more.

"Slowly We Rot" is one of the fist Death Metal albums that discussed politics and social issues. - GREYBOYY

8 Napalm Death Napalm Death are a British grindcore/death metal band formed in Meriden, West Midlands, England, in 1981. While none of its original members remain in the group, the lineup of vocalist Mark "Barney" Greenway, bassist Shane Embury, guitarist Mitch Harris and drummer Danny Herrera has remained consistent more.
9 Opeth Opeth is a Swedish progressive death metal band from Stockholm, formed in 1990 by David Isberg, who invited Mikael Akerfeldt into the band as a bassist. Isberg ended up leaving the band, which lead to Mikael becoming the band's vocalist, guitarist, principal songwriter, and driving force. Along with more.

I would place them at #1 on the list of Influential Prog Death Metal bands.

What in hell is opeth doing above sepultura and cannibal corpse?

Influential act for Progressive Death Metal. Mikael Åkerfeldt's unique vocal style combining acoustic, rhythmic singing and deep death growls defined the progdeth genre. - Nord666

10 Dark Tranquillity Dark Tranquillity is a Swedish melodic death metal band from Gothenburg formed in 1989. They are one of the longest-standing bands from the original Gothenburg metal scene.

Pioneers of Melodic Death Metal. The use of keyboards in Death Metal was first invented by them. - Nord666

Potentially the cleanest and most consistent use of vocal growls in the genre

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11 Autopsy Autopsy is a death metal band, founded in 1987 in the United States by Chris Reifert and Eric Cutler. They disbanded in 1995, but reunited in 2009.

With they're fist album not only they released a Death Metal album in 1989 along Morbid Angel and Obituary but also they helped to craft the Death/Doom genre with they're sound (though "Severed Survival" was more Death Metal than Death/Doom. ) - GREYBOYY

12 At The Gates At the Gates is a Swedish melodic death metal band from Gothenburg, and a major progenitor of the Gothenburg sound.

Because of them I like melodic death metal

One of the pioneers of melodic death metal

13 In Flames In Flames is a Swedish melodic death metal band from Gothenburg, Sweden, formed in 1990. more.

The Inventors of the Melodic Death Metal Ladyies and Gentleman

14 Entombed Entombed is a Swedish heavy metal band formed in 1987 under the name of Nihilist. Entombed began their career as an early pioneer of Scandinavian death metal which initially differed from its American counterpart by its distinct "buzzsaw" guitar tone.

Influential swedish death metal band who started the Death n Roll genre. - Nord666

15 Dying Fetus Dying Fetus is an American death metal band originally from Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Formed in 1991, the group is known for their consistently hook-laden song structures, characterized by blast beats, complex riffing, slam riffs and heavy breakdowns.
16 Suffocation Suffocation is an American technical death metal band that was formed in 1988 in Centereach, Long Island, New York, United States.

All modern deathcore tunes and most of the technical death metal bands are obviously influenced by suffocation. They must be in the top of this list

MOST INFLUENTAL BAND EVER. Thousands dm bands spawned by them, every cd booklet have thanks to suffocation.

17 Amon Amarth Amon Amarth is a Swedish melodic death metal band from Tumba, formed in 1992. The band takes its name from the Sindarin name of Mount Doom.

The heaviest vikings around.

18 Sepultura Sepultura is a Brazilian heavy metal band from Belo Horizonte. Their first album, Morbid Visions presented a proto-black metal sound with Wagner Lamounier of Sarcófago. Sepultura's sound varies by the album, from thrash metal, groove metal, and even death metal.
19 Children of Bodom Children Of Bodom is a melodic death metal band from Espoo, Finland. Formed in 1993, the group currently consists of Alexi Laiho, Janne Wirman, Henkka Seppälä, Jaska Raatikainen and Daniel Freyberg.
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Should be top 10

21 Sarcófago Sarcófago was an influential Brazilian extreme metal band. They were fronted by Sepultura's original singer, Wagner Lamounier, and Geraldo Minelli.
22 Atheist Atheist is a progressive/technical death metal band from Florida, founded in 1984 by drummer Steve Flynn and singer/guitarist Kelly Shaefer.

These guys paved the way for tech death, and have the most creative song structures and technical musicianship in any band.

23 Edge of Sanity Edge of Sanity was a Swedish progressive death metal band that, alongside Opeth, is commonly regarded as being the first to fuse extreme metal styles like death and black metal with progressive rock. Their sound is often described as "Progressive Melodic Death Metal".
24 Immolation

Pioneering Death Metal from NYC, Suffocation, Mortician

Best band ever! - GreenDayFan21

25 Pestilence Pestilence is a death metal band from the Netherlands founded in 1986. They are known for incorporating jazz and fusion elements into their music.
26 Bolt Thrower Bolt Thrower are a British death metal band from Coventry, England. They formed in 1986 and released their first album with Vinyl Solution in 1988. The band then shifted to a new record label, Earache Records, soon becoming one of the best selling bands on that label.
27 Incantation Incantation is an American death metal band that was formed by John McEntee and Paul Ledney in 1989. They are one of the leaders in the New York City death metal scene along with fellow bands Suffocation, Mortician and Immolation, even though the band is currently located in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

More bands have tried to copy Incantation's sound than any other on this list.

28 Massacre Massacre is an American death metal band. They were formed in 1984 by Allen West, Bill Andrews, Rick Rozz, and Terry Butler, and soon after vocalist Kam Lee joined. The band has reunited several times with varying line-ups, most recently in late 2016.

Old school Death Metal band from Possessed and Death era. Band's first and most famous album is From Beyond. Band reunited and announced new album in 2012.

29 Mortification Mortification is an Australian Christian extreme metal band which was formed in 1987 as a heavy metal group, Lightforce, by mainstay Steve Rowe on bass guitar and vocals.

Scrolls of the megilloth, blood world, Break the curse! Pioneers of death metal!

30 Meshuggah Meshuggah is a Swedish progressive metal band from Umeå, formed in 1987. They are often considered the fathers or founders of the djent metal sub genre due to their use of downtuned guitars. They are also known for their song “Bleed”, which is known for its extremely complicated instrumentation, more.
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32 Slayer Slayer is an American thrash metal band from Huntington Park, California, formed in 1981 by guitarists Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King. They rose to fame with their 1986 album Reign in Blood, and is credited as one of the big four of thrash metal bands, the others being Metallica, Megadeth, and Anthrax. more.

Slayer is not death metal at all, but it did have some important influence, especially for being very extreme for a regular thrash band - yungstirjoey666

Who ever put this on the list is a dumbass slayer is an awesome band but they aren't death they're thrash

33 Exhumed Exhumed is an American death metal band from San Jose, California that is currently signed to Relapse Records.
34 Cynic Cynic is an American band which incorporates elements of progressive, experimental, alternative, and heavy metal. Founded in Miami, Florida. Founding members Paul Masvidal and Sean Reinert publicly revealed their homosexuality in May 2014, a move that was broadly supported by the heavy metal community. more.
35 Vader Vader is a Polish death metal band from Olsztyn. Formed in 1983, the group was founded by then-bassist Piotr "Peter" Wiwczarek and guitarist Zbigniew "Vika" Wróblewski. Starting as a heavy metal group, Vader eventually went to thrash, speed, and then in the late 1980s became a death metal band. The more.
36 Cattle Decapitation Cattle Decapitation is an American Deathgrind band from San Diego, California formed in 1996. Cattle Decapitation's songs protest the mistreatment and consumption of animals, the abuse of the environment and touch subjects such as misanthropy and genocide of the human race. Much of their music is based more.
37 Behemoth Behemoth is a Polish blackened death metal band from Gdańsk, formed in 1991. They are considered to have played an important role in establishing the Polish extreme metal underground.
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