Best Technical Death Metal Bands

The Top Ten

1 Necrophagist Necrophagist is a German technical death metal band, founded and fronted by guitarist and vocalist Muhammed Suiçmez.

Necrophaist is THE tech death band. They redefined the entire genre and every band now attempts to mimic them. Death is a great band who I have the utmost respect for, and are a death/melodeath band with some chops. Necrophagist redefined the entire genre, and to this day no one has surpassed them, unless Archpsire can follow up Relentless Mutation. With something else as good. Archspire is the only band that even comes close to Necriphagist, and may honestly surpass them, but as of now Necrophagist is still the king.

Listen to stabwound and try to air guitar it then we'll talk (i wont take any responsibilty for broken fingers)

This band still the best tech deth for me

Fermented offal discharge

2 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 ...read more.

Chuck gave birth to a new kind of music by mixing some technical death metal issues in a progressive mood. One of the best ever.

No, they aren't Technical Death Metal. In the 90s they became more progressive and more technical but never been Technical Death Metal.

R.I.P Chuck Schuldiner... He's everything to tech death metal

Deaths style is not ment to be technical, but they were and still are incredible!

3 Nile Nile is an American technical death metal band from Greenville, South Carolina, United States, formed in 1993. Their music and lyrics are inspired by Ancient Egyptian/Near Eastern mysticism, history, religion, and ancient art, as well as the works of H.P. Lovecraft.

Hmm, Death, Nile & Necrophagist tied with 13%. Honestly, while I love Death, it isn't really tech-death. in my opinion I like Nile more, but Necrophagist is good as well.

Nile has insane riffs and super fast drumming. It deserve to be no. 1 on this list.

The best in my book.

Nile is just pure awesomeness. enough said

4 Obscura Obscura is a technical/progressive death metal band from Germany, founded in 2002. The band became prominent when members of Necrophagist and Pestilence joined Steffen Kummerer to release the critically acclaimed second full-length album, Cosmogenesis. The band was named after the Gorguts album Obscura. ...read more.

Orbital elements, infinite rotation and universe momentum!

Overrated band. Beyond Creation and Gorguts are much superior to this joke of a band.

The band that is the closest to perfection

Jaw dropping techniques and heavy as hell!

5 Archspire

I get why they're low, they haven't been around that long, but jesus christ Relentless Mutation is the best tech album I've ever heard. If they keep it up they will go down alongside Necrophagist as the best of all time

What!? They deserve to be in the top ten. Think I'm wrong? They only have 2 albums thus far (1/1/17) so I highly suggest you go listen to them, they are probab

Relentless Mutation is the best tech death album since Necrophagist's Epitaph.

Echo everyone else, Relentless Mutation ripped my face off.

6 Cryptopsy Cryptopsy is a Canadian technical death metal band from Montreal, Quebec, formed in 1988. The band has sold over 300,000 records.

One of the greatest tech death bands without having the need to constantly play as technically as possible just for shots and giggles. Provides a brutal and heavy atmosphere and throughout all their style changes have still remained the greatest tech death band. I love Death very much but I feel that they don't deserve #1. They had some tech elements in their later works but they were never tech death. It's like putting Metallica as #1 on a best death metal bands list... they're a great band, but not death metal.

Although this band has seen many changes threw the years Classic Lord Worm is what I think everyone should be listening to first! Canadian musicians gets so much less fame than American musicians, it's too bad. Cryptopsy all the way! If you can sing a verse of the bible in metal and sound so deathly. Congratulations your #1 in my book

First two albums were game changing.

7 Spawn of Possession Spawn of Possession was a technical death metal band from Kalmar, Sweden, founded in 1997. In 2017, the band announced their split up via their Facebook page.

I LOVE Death, Opeth, Meshuggah, and Between the Buried and Me is even my favorite band atm, but none are tech death. These guys are underrated, think of a more intense Necrophagist with better riffs

They are really very good, deserve to be higher than 19

Way underrated

Quite disappointed that these guys aren’t higher! I am very fond of their album ‘Incurso’ particularly the song ‘Apparition.’

The integration of beautiful classical melodies with the brutalness of their metal riffage, whilst remaining very technically impressive is magnificent.

Spawn of Possession are a prime example of how well classical and metal can work together- like they were meant to be. As a classically-trained musician I am proud.

8 Vale of Pnath
9 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.

A death metal band that incorporates sweep picking and tapping. Pure epicness.

My favourite band

Love them they put the b in brutal

Well,at least fetus deserve no.5

10 Beyond Creation Beyond Creation is a Canadian technical death metal band from Montreal, Quebec. They are currently signed to Season of Mist records.

This band will make it big! got both CDs and every single song is killer. This band can go so hard! And slow down but be so catchy the whole time! And they sound just so good live! Wicked dudes!

God awful overrated band. Obscura are superior in every way. Only an untermensch would suggest otherwise

One of the new masters of the genre

Technical and brutal yet melodic

The Newcomers

? Neurogenic
? Oppressor

The Contenders

11 Decapitated Decapitated is a Polish technical death metal band formed in Krosno in 1996. The group comprises guitarist, founder and composer Wacław "Vogg" Kiełtyka, vocalist Rafał Piotrowski, bassist Paweł Pasek, and drummer Michał Łysejko.

Come on, they need to be at least top 5, they released a masterpiece of an album when they were still teenagers, not to mention their later work such as organic hallucinosis which is also a masterpiece and Vogg is a riff machine enough said!

Everyone who voted Death doesn't know that Technical Death Metal means.

12 Sutrah
13 The Faceless The Faceless is an American technical death metal band from the Encino neighborhood of Los Angeles, California.

Ever since I made this list I've been exposed to more tech-death bands old and new and these guys are one of the best bands so far. Their latest album has good songs that mix tech-death and prog metal with some jazz influences that sounded sick as hell. The album before that was just pure, ruthless tech-death

14 First Fragment
15 Gojira Gojira is a progressive metal band from Bayonne, France. The band was known as Godzilla until 2001. Gojira is composed of Joe Duplantier on vocals and rhythm guitar, his brother Mario Duplantier on drums, Christian Andreu on lead guitar, and Jean-Michel Labadie on bass.

Well... I am very disappointed that the most influential technical death metal band is not in the top ten, or even near it. Listen to "The Heaviest Matter in the Universe" for something heavy, "Flying Whales" for like eighteen movements, and "L'ephant Sauvage" for a beautiful representation of their unique sound.

I love this band, really, but for me, it is not technical death, it is much more a prog/death band. So I understand why they are so low. (But this is clearly the best metal band of all times)

Why is Gojira so low? Seriously one of the heaviest bands out there. And not a single bad album at that!

They are the best death metal band ever

16 Unhuman
17 Gorguts Gorguts is a Canadian technical death metal band from Sherbrooke, Quebec. The band was formed in 1989; its only constant member has been Luc Lemay.

Pleiades Dust. Say no more.

18 Allegaeon Allegaeon is an American death metal band from Fort Collins, Colorado, founded in 2008. They have released one EP and three studio albums.

In my opinion should be op the top of the list. Best Albums: Fragments of Form and Function and Proponent of Sentience, but basically they are all good.

19 Wormed
20 Diskreet
21 Suffocation Suffocation is an American technical death metal band that was formed in 1988 in Centereach, Long Island, New York, United States.

Lol@ necrophagist being number 2, just sweep picking wankery. Suffocation easily deserves spot 2

One of founders of subgenre. Why so low?

One of the subgenre's pioneers sitting at 15th? nO. jUST nO.

22 Virvum
23 Brain Drill Brain Drill is an American technical death metal band formed in 2005 from Ben Lomond, California. They are signed to Metal Blade Records and released their full-length debut album entitled Apocalyptic Feasting on February 5, 2008. In support of their debut, disagreements were engaged and members began ...read more.
24 Cytotoxin
25 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 are insanely technical and underrated, piece of time was probs the first technical death metal album, if you want a good example of this band listen to "piece of time" and "no truth".

They are the first technical death metal

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