Top Ten Countries With the Best Death Metal Bands

Death Metal bands come from just about everywhere, let's look at the countries who have brought us the best death metal.
The Top Ten
1 Sweden Sweden, officially the Kingdom of Sweden, is a Scandinavian country in Northern Europe. ...read more.

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.

2 United States The United States of America, or the U.S.A. for short, is a federal republic composed of 50 states, 48 of them are contiguous states. There are two other states, Alaska and Hawaii, which are north and south of the contiguous states, respectively. The United States declared its independence from the ...read more.

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.

3 Canada Canada is a country in North America that is next to the United States, and it's the 2nd largest country in the world by area (size is 9.985 million km²). This country has 10 provinces, and 3 territories. Canada became a dominion on July 1, 1867. Its 10 provinces are: Ontario, British Columbia, Quebec, ...read more.

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

4 Netherlands The Netherlands, informally Holland, is a country located in north-western Europe with overseas territories in the Caribbean. It is the largest of four constituent countries of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The Netherlands consists of twelve provinces, and borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the ...read more.

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.

5 Finland Finland, officially the Republic of Finland, is a Nordic country in Northern Europe. It shares land borders with Sweden to the northwest, Norway to the north, and Russia to the east, with the Gulf of Bothnia to the west and the Gulf of Finland across Estonia to the south. Finland covers an area of 338,455 ...read more.

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

6 Germany Germany was formally united in 1871 under the initiative of Bismarck with King Wilhelm of Prussia as emperor. The previous 'Holy Roman Empire', basically a continuation of the empire of Charlemagne/Karl der Grosse was dissolved in 1806. ...read more.

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

7 Norway Norway, officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a sovereign and unitary monarchy in Northern Europe whose territory comprises the western portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula plus the island Jan Mayen and the archipelago of Svalbard. ...read more.

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

8 Poland Poland, officially the Republic of Poland, is a country in Central Europe, bordered by Germany to the west; the Czech Republic and Slovakia to the south; Ukraine and Belarus to the east; and the Baltic Sea, Kaliningrad Oblast (a Russian exclave) and Lithuania to the north. With a population of approximately ...read more.

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

9 United Kingdom The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly shortened to United Kingdom, UK or Britain is a Sovereign State located of the Northwestern coast of Europe. It is a Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy currently lead by Monarch Queen Elizabeth II and its current prime minister is ...read more.

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.

10 Russia Russia, or the Russian Federation (RF), is a transcontinental country spanning Eastern Europe and Northern Asia. It is the largest country in the world by area, covering over 17,125,191 square kilometres (6,612,073 sq mi), and encompassing one-eighth of Earth's inhabitable landmass. Russia extends across ...read more.

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

The Contenders
11 Italy Italy, (Italian: Repubblica Italiana), is a unitary parliamentary republic in Europe.

Italy covers an area of 301,338 km2. With almost 62 million inhabitants, it is the 3rd most populous EU member state. Located in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, Italy shares open land borders with France, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, San Marino and Vatican City. The Capital and largest city is Rome. Other major cities are Milano, Naples, Turino, Venice, Florence. Italy's official language is Italian.

The contribution of Italy to Western civilization is immense. Italy is the cradle of Etruscan civilization, the Roman Empire, the Holy See, the Maritime Republics, the Humanism and Renaissance. Along with Germany and France, it was part of the Holy Roman Empire (25 December 800 - 6 August 1806).

Existing as a unitary State since the Risorgimento (renaissance or resurrection) in 17 March 1861, Italy is a republic since the abolition of the Italian monarchy by referendu, in 1946. ...read more.

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!

12 Greece Greece, officially the Hellenic Republic, is a country in Southeast Europe. It is situated on the southern tip of the Balkans, and is located at the crossroads of Europe, Asia, and Africa. Greece shares land borders with Albania to the northwest, North Macedonia and Bulgaria to the north, and Turkey ...read more.

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

13 Australia Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a sovereign country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands. With an area of 7,617,930 square kilometres (2,941,300 sq mi), Australia is the largest country by area in Oceania and ...read more.

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...

14 Japan Japan is an island country in East Asia in the Pacific Ocean. It lies off the eastern coast of the Asia Mainland (east of China, Korea, Russia) and stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and near Taiwan in the southwest. ...read more.

Japanese death metal, anybody?

15 France France, officially the French Republic, is a sovereign state comprising territory in western Europe and several overseas regions and territories. The European part of France, called metropolitan France, extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea, and from the Rhine to ...read more.

I would add Gojira.

16 Belgium Belgium, officially the Kingdom of Belgium, is a country in Northwestern Europe. The country is bordered by the Netherlands to the north, Germany to the east, Luxembourg to the southeast, France to the southwest, and the North Sea to the northwest. It covers an area of 30,689 km2 (11,849 sq mi) and ...read more.
17 Indonesia Indonesia, officially the Republic of Indonesia, is a country in Southeast Asia. Ruled by the Dutch for over 300 years and Japan for 3 years and 6 months, the country gained independence in 1945, or exactly in 17th August 1945. Jakarta is the capital city, located in the island of Java. Major languages ...read more.
18 Switzerland Switzerland, officially the Swiss Confederation, is a federal republic in Europe. It consists of 26 cantons, and the city of Bern is the seat of the federal authorities. ...read more.

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

19 Bangladesh Bangladesh, officially the People's Republic of Bangladesh, is a country in South Asia. It is the eighth-most populous country in the world, with a population exceeding 163 million people in an area of either 148,460 square kilometres (57,320 sq mi) or 147,570 square kilometres (56,980 sq mi), making ...read more.

Dripping gore and

20 Brazil Brazil, officially the Federative Republic of Brazil, is the largest country in both South America and Latin America. At 8.5 million square kilometers (3,300,000 sq mi) and with over 214 million people, Brazil is the world's fifth-largest country by area and the sixth most populous. Its capital is Brasília, ...read more.
21 Vatican City Vatican City, officially Vatican City State or the State of Vatican City, is a walled enclave within the city of Rome. It is the smallest nation on Earth, and is the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church.
22 Czech Republic The Czech Republic, also called Czechia is a landlocked country in Central Europe. Historically known as Bohemia, it is bordered by Austria to the south, Germany to the west, Poland to the northeast, and Slovakia to the southeast. The Czech Republic has a hilly landscape that covers an area of 78,871 ...read more.
23 Estonia
24 Spain Spain, or the Kingdom of Spain, is a country in southwestern Europe with parts of territory in the Atlantic Ocean and across the Mediterranean Sea. The largest part of Spain is situated on the Iberian Peninsula; its territory also includes the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean, the Balearic Islands ...read more.
25 Denmark Denmark is a Nordic country in Northern Europe. It is the most populous and politically central constituent of the Kingdom of Denmark, a constitutionally unitary state that includes the autonomous territories of the Faroe Islands and Greenland in the North Atlantic Ocean. European Denmark is the southernmost ...read more.
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