Top Ten Countries With the Best Death Metal BandsDeath Metal bands come from just about everywhere, let's look at the countries who have brought us the best death metal.
Swedish Death Metal bands tend to play Melodic Death Metal. Melo-Death is an extremely popular form of metal, so there are some big names here.
Bands like Opeth, Amon Amarth, Bloodbath, Entombed, At The Gates, Dark Tranquillity, Arch Enemy, In Flames, Repugnant, Edge of Sanity, Grave, Dismember, Katatonia (early), Unleashed, Carnage, & Dissection.
Sweden is good at making music, not just death metal but other genres too.
Not only did Death Metal originate here, but some of the biggest names in Death Metal are American.
Some notable examples are Death, Cannibal Corpse, Deicide, Possessed, Nile, Morbid Angel, Autopsy, Atheist, Obituary, Suffocation, Six Feet Under, Dethklok, Job For a Cowboy, The Black Dahlia Murder, Dying Fetus, Cattle Decapitation, Immolation, Jungle Rot, Vital Remains, Turbid North, & Hate Eternal.
This is a very good list - I agree with the order / ranking, although Sweden and Canada are very close. Swedish bands are more popular because they play melodeath whereas Canadian bands play mostly technical death metal, which is a more demanding version of death metal. Technical death metal is also heavier and can't become as popular as melodeath.
Also bands like:
Quo Vadis - technical melodic death metal, an old band, 1992 (songs - Silence Calls the Storm, Mute Requiem)
The Agonist - melodic death metal (this is the ex-band of Alissa from Arch Enemy)
Blackguard - melodic death metal, a new band, 2001, also known for their female drummer (song - Firefight)
Dream theater is not a death metal band. You're are off the subject.
A few big names have come from Canada, the music is similar to America's
Bands like Cryptopsy, Gorguts, Kataklysm, Blasphemy, Slaughter, Mitochondrion, & Martyr
Why are the Netherlands so low?
They have much good death metal bands like Gorefest, Pestilence, Asphyx, Severe Torture, God Dethroned, Sinister, Houwitser, Altar, Inhume, Thanatos, Prostitute Disfigurement, Sisters Of Suffocation, Legion Of The Damned, Portall, Dead Head, Eternal Solstice, Celestial Season, Nembrionic, Detonation, Callenish Circle, The Gathering, The Monolith Deathcult, Brutus, Hail Of Bullets, Morphia, and so much more!
The Netherlands is a real death metal country, should be in the top five of this list.
Pestilence, Asphyx, Gorefest, Sinister, Very good death bands from the Netherlands.
Demilich, Demigod, Abhorrence, Pertinence, Carnifex, and Depravity. The local scene produced some of the best death metal, inspiring bands from countries higher on this list.
Why is Finland down here. Finland has best bands, and I'm American FYI
Only a few popular bands came from Finland
Like Children of Bodom, Demilich, Amorphis, Demigod, & Abhorrence
In death metal Germany stands out thanks to quality and not quantity - Necrophagist and Obscura are enough to make me put Germany in the top 5.
Germany is more well known for Thrash Metal and Power Metal. Some pretty good death metal acts came from here.
Bands like Necrophagist, Fleshcrawl, Obscura, Heaven Shall Burn, and Dew-Scented
When people think of Norwegian Metal, the first thing that comes to mind is Black Metal. There aren't a lot of death metal bands from Norway due to the deep history with Black Metal.
Notable bands are Blood Red Throne, Kraanium, Abhorrent, and Gruesome
Apart from the legendary Vader and the piece of crap Behemoth (that is not even death metal), Poland has excellent bands such as Imperator, Armagedon, Supreme Lord and many others. And of course the amazing first to albums of the mighty Decapitated.
Not a lot of great metal bands come from Poland, but this country brought 2 absolutely legendary bands, Behemoth & Vader.
Bands like Behemoth, Vader, Decapitated, Hate, & Sceptic
The UK is legendary when it comes to metal. Metal originated here, it brought us the NWOBHM, early Grindcore, but was never known for death metal.
Notable bands are Carcass, Bolt Thrower, Napalm Death Akercocke, My Dying Bride, Benediction, Gorerotted, and early Anathema.
Not a place you'd expect to find good metal, but most Slam Death Metal bands come from Russia. Slam isn't popular, it's probably the most brutal form of death metal. If you are a Dying Fetus fan, these bands are definitely worth checking out.
Examples include Abominable Putridity, Katalepsy, Human, Broken Trust, Inhuman, & Dirt
Italy deserves an honorable mention for their band Fleshgod Apocalypse (technical death metal). I truly believe the drummer - Francesco Paoli - is currently one of the best drummers.
Check out: Fleshgod Apocalypse - The Violation.
Great death metal scene, Hour of Penance, Septycal Gorge, Hour of Penance for brutal death.
Dark Lunacy for melodic death!
Greece has one very popular death metal band, and that is Septicflesh.
Besides them, there are some good bands like, On Thorns I Lay, and Inactive Messiah
Number 13? Australia has Be'lakor, ne obliviscaris, parkway drive, thy art is murder, make them suffer, mortification, disentomb, mortal sin, LORD, Aversions Crown, Northlane, Karnivool, Feed her to the sharks, pegazus, Alchemist and more...
Japanese death metal, anybody?
I would add Gojira.
In the middle of Europe but politically neutral Switzerland is the neighbor of Germany, France, Italy, Austria and Lichtenstein and has four national languages.
With Hellhammer and Celtic frost death metal has a part of its roots in this country.
A very solid and long lasting death metal scene with a huge output of high quality bands and some festivals, in relation to the number of citicens of the country.
Carnal Decay, Oral Fist f***, Omophagia, Hellhammer, Celtic Frost, Requiem, Amagortis, Mumakill, Disparaged, Female Nose Breaker, Anachronism
Dripping gore and