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.
NOT ALLOWED: > 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.
ALLOWED: > Old-School Death Metal > Brutal Death Metal (incl. Slam) > Technical Death Metal > Deathgrind/Goregrind > 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 Contenders: Page 4
62Lykathea AflameLykathea Aflame is a death metal band from Czech Republic (Progressive/Technical brutal death metal).
They only recorded one album called 'Elvenefris' so far, but this album is an awesome masterpiece. It kind of reminds of Nile, but has a very own unique signature. Brutal as hell and beautiful as heaven!
Completely underrated Death/Thrash out there. Give them a try, they easiliy keep up with Vader, if not they are even better.
64Torture SquadTorture Squad is a Brazilian death/thrash metal band, founded in 1990 which has released six studio albums and one live album.
65Deeds Of FleshDeeds of Flesh is a four-piece death metal band from Los Osos, California, U.S. They were formed in 1993 by Jacoby Kingston, Erik Lindmark and Joey Heaslet and are still active.
The creme de la creme of brutal death metal along with Suffocation and Nile!
Italian Brutal Technical Death Metal. If you like Nile this is definitely your music!
68Defeated SanityDefeated Sanity is a German technical death metal band from Dachsbach, Bavaria, that was formed in 1994, originally as a side project of guitarist Wolfgang Teske and his son, drummer Lille Gruber.
69Abominable PutridityAbominable Putridity is a Russian slam death metal band formed originally from Moscow, formed in 2003. The band has released two albums; In the End of Human Existence and The Anomalies of Artificial Origin. They are one of the most popular brutal death metal bands to day. Abominable Putridity shares ...read more.
70DefiledDefiled is a brutal death metal band from Tokyo, Japan, which was formed in 1992 and is currently signed to Season of Mist. They released 4 full-length albums and 1 EP until now, but no breakthrough so far. ...read more.
Incredible and brutal death metal! I just love it! Especially the Divination album kicks ass
Awesome brutal death metal from Japan. its not the best but defiantly worth to check out!
71BeheadedBeheaded is a Death metal band from Malta. They were formed in 1991, by singer Marcel Scalpello, guitarist David Bugeja, and drummer Chris Brincat.
72Vomit RemnantsVomit Remnants is a Brutal Death Metal band from Tokyo, Japan, which was formed in 1997 and are currently signed to Unique Leader Records. They released besides 2 EPs and 2 split-albums only one full-length called "Supreme Entity" so far and are rather unknown among metal fans. ...read more.
Slamming brutal death metal like Devourment, but better! Check it out!
73Abysmal TormentAbysmal Torment is a death metal band from Malta formed in 2000 by Nick Farrugia. The current line-up includes Nick Farrugia, David Depasquale, Max Vassallo, Karl Romano and Melchior Borg.
74Soils of FateSoils of Fate is a Swedish slam death metal band from Stockholm, formed in 1995. Mostly known for their unique "Ultra Groovy Slam Death Metal-style". Soils of Fate is sometimes credited with crafting slam death metal and the brutal death metal underground.
76FleshcrawlFleshcrawl is a death metal band formed in 1987 in Illertissen, Bavaria, Germany. Their most recent album, Structures Of Death, was released in 2007, under Metal Blade Records.
Cool German band playing some good old school death metal
77ConvulseConvulse is a Finnish death metal band from Nokia, Finland, active between 1988 and 1994 and again since 2012. They were one of their country's first extreme metal bands and considered by some to be the forefathers of the local 'Nokia' metal scene.
78EntombedEntombed 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.
The first 3 LPs slay hard! After that they became boring in my opinion. - Juli
79PestilencePestilence were a death metal band from the Netherlands founded in 1986. They are known for incorporating jazz and fusion elements into their music.