Best Non-Melodic Death Metal BandsFlav This is just a personal opinion, but I think Melodic Death Metal diverged from Death Metal more and more and now sounds like an very own steady genre and not like a subgenre of Death Metal (in most cases).
So here is a list of bands, who play "genuine" Death Metal, strongly rooted in the old Death Metal sound and keeping its brutality.
> Melodic Death Metal
> everything else not Death Metal related
Also: Be careful with Progressive Death Metal bands. Many are labeled this way, but are actually "Progressive Melodic Death Metal" (the "Melodic" is often just left out, because the name is very long).
So bands like Opeth (who are obviously very melodic) are NOT allowed in this list, while bands like Horrendous (playing in the vein of late-era-Death) are.
> Old-School Death Metal
> Brutal Death Metal (incl. Slam)
> Technical Death Metal
> Death/Thrash Metal
> Blackened Death Metal
> Death/Doom Metal
Also: Some bands like Dismember are playing Old-School Death Metal with some occasional melodic parts in it, while still being a pure Death Metal band. This is of course allowed.
The Top Ten
True legends of Death Metal! First they pioneered the Old-School Death Metal style with 3 amazing albums and then pioneering the Progressive Death Metal style with another 4 incredible albums. Every record from them is a classic masterpiece.
All hail the masters of Death Metal! Must be number one!
Hails to Lord Chuck Schuldiner! May Your Legacy Live Forever Chuck!
They need to be at the top along with Death! This is one of the pioneers and most influential bands of death metal!
These are the kings of Death Metal!
Altars Of Madness, Blessed are the sick and Covenant remain true classics for all time! - Juli
My all time favorite death metal band. Travis Ryan does it all, from a great pure death growl, deep slam growls, gutturals, and melodic vocals. Add that the intensity of the bands music and great lyrics, just an awesome band. - ryanrimmel
Great band but they don't fit the death metal sound. More of a goregrind/deathgrind band. - Oliwally
They are not bad, but I think they aren't top 10 material. live they were pretty cool, but their Albums were somehow dull... the production and drum sounds are oftenly overcooked to an unpleasant extreme and fast drum beats and unprepared guitar pieces are thrown together into blur
Nile is a Brutal Technical Death Metal band, who play Egyptian melodies in a incredibly brutal manner. I'm not a huge fan of Brutal Death but Nile somehow became one of my favorite bands. They display great musicianship and overwhelming skill combined with creativity and technicity.
They are definitely one of the best Death Metal bands ever!
Incredibly technical and extremely brutal! What else do you Need?
I'm wasn't that into Brutal Death, but then I found Nile! They are good
Technical Death Metal at its best! They only have 2 albums, but they both rule! - Lemoon
High Quality Death Metal with extreme technicity and one of the few Tech Death bands, who are insane on their instruments AND Sound good. I think many Tech Death bands just end in a furious wankery...
Necrophagist is definitely Top 10 worthy!
Since Heartwork they are Melodic Death, but the previous releases are excellent Deathgrind. The best in my opinion.
"Necroticism..." and "Symphonies Of Sickness" slay really really hard. - Juli
Awesome! They are the founders of satanic death metal
The first 4 full-length albums and Stench Of Redemption are a really cool listen. The other 6 LPs up to date are very boring in my opinion.
One of those pioneering bands in death metal, who then influenced many other bands. They should be in Top 20 along with Death, Morbid Angel and Possessed!
They are good, but kind of overrated in my opinion
One of the best modern death metal bands today. Nightmares Made Flesh is an incredible album and one of the best records of all-time in my opinion
What happens when legendary musicians team up for a godlike project? Bloodbath!
They are good, but not top ten in my opinion.
The origin of all this...
One of the best death metal bands out there. Far better than most of the bands in the current top ten!
#26 seems a bit low for this great band. Top 10 should be sure!
Realm of Chaos among other DM releases back in '89 made them all lack intensity, power, heaviness and even class. 26 years latter they unleashed whta would be their last release (Those Once Loyal) wich actualy is one of their bests (if not the best) and leave us a stainless legacy in the genre. Who else can claim these achievements?
Opeth are Melodic Death Metal...
(Progressive Melodic Death Metal to be exact)
They do not belong on this list!
Opeth and non-melodic? Are you kidding me?
Opeth is one of the best progressive MELODIC death metal bands
they are awesome but shouldn't be on this list
Never heard of this band. Listening to this band just in this moment and I'm astonished and highly impressed. These guys definitely know how to make superb death metal!
Unique Japanese Death Metal band, who implement occasionally melodic parts between their brutal riffs! Reminds of Dismember or Fleshcrawl
Awesome band! I'm not sure if its Top 10, but Top 25 should be realistic!
Immolation definitely deserves top ten. They are one of the earliest and most creative bands out there. I really like their brutal dissonant and pummeling riffing.
Close to a world below is a true metal classic
Very cool brutal death + grindcore band from the US. I really like their album Destroy The Opposition. The rest is not that great, but still good.
Winds Of Creation and Nihility are one of my all time favorite albums. Really really good stuff
The best Christian death metal band
Scrolls of the Megilloth is a hell of an album. Their seld-titled and Post Momentary Affliction are also pretty good.
After that they became boring in my opinion.. what a pity!
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