Best Technical Death Metal Bands


The Top Ten

1 Death 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 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.

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

Greatest band of all time! - Oliwally

The best forever!

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2 Nile 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.

Nile should be #1

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.

The best in my book. - Metal_Treasure

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

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

Solos are sooo good, and the riffs are punchy as hell

This band still the best tech deth for me

Fermented offal discharge

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

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4 Obscura 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. more.

God-awful band.

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

The band that is the closest to perfection - Metal_Treasure

Orbital elements, infinite rotation and universe momentum!

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5 Dying Fetus 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.

That name though. lmao - CaptDeadeye

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

My favourite band

Love them they put the b in brutal

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6 Sutrah Sutrah
7 Beyond Creation Beyond Creation

Technical and brutal yet melodic

One of the new masters of the genre - Metal_Treasure

Amazing band

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!

8 Vale of Pnath Vale of Pnath
9 Cryptopsy 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.

10 Unhuman

The Contenders

11 First Fragment
12 Gorguts 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.

13 Archspire

Echo everyone else, Relentless Mutation ripped my face off.

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

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

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

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

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)

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.

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

Why is this so low...

16 Wormed
17 Suffocation Suffocation Suffocation is an American technical death metal band that was formed in 1988 in Centereach, Long Island, New York, United States.

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

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

18 Decapitated 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.

19 Virvum
20 The Faceless 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 - MetalFoREVer1228

21 Brain Drill 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 more.
22 Cytotoxin Cytotoxin
23 Spawn of Possession 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.

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

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

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.

24 Fleshgod Apocalypse Fleshgod Apocalypse Fleshgod Apocalypse is an Italian death metal band. Formed in 2007, the group resides in Perugia and are currently signed to Willowtip Records and Nuclear Blast. The band is known for their fusion of metal with technical death metal.

The description is incorrect, this band is a fusion of *classical music* with technical death metal to create symphonic death metal.

I love this band though.

Yes, it isn't correct - they just play symphonic technical death metal. - Metal_Treasure

25 A Loathing Requiem
26 Atheist Atheist Atheist is a progressive/technical death metal band from Florida, founded in 1984 by drummer Steve Flynn and singer/guitarist Kelly Shaefer.

They are the first technical death metal

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".

27 Rings of Saturn Rings of Saturn Rings of Saturn is an American extreme metal band from the Bay Area, California. The band was formed in 2009 and was originally just a studio project.

Just a good tech death band, should be higher as some of the bands on this list aren't tech death, (still good though).

28 Origin Origin Origin is an American death metal band from Topeka, Kansas, founded in 1998. They have been recognized by music critics and metal fans alike for combining a harsh sound with a high level of technical skill.

They don’t know how how to write a song - mool

Origin isn't even on the list?!?!
I am offended. What is anyone thinking?
Personally I my top tech-death band, by far. - Xenosapien

29 Inferi Inferi Inferi is an American melodic death metal band forged from the bowels of Nashville, Tennessee. The band formed in 2006 and strived to merge the classic melodic metal sound with a taste of crushing technicality.


30 Opeth Opeth Opeth is a Swedish progressive death metal band from Stockholm, formed in 1990 by David Isberg, who invited Mikael Akerfeldt into the band as a bassist. Isberg ended up leaving the band, which lead to Mikael becoming the band's vocalist, guitarist, principal songwriter, and driving force. Along with more.

They aren't technical death metal, they are only progressive death metal. - Metal_Treasure

31 Cynic Cynic Cynic is an American band which incorporates elements of progressive, experimental, alternative, and heavy metal. Founded in Miami, Florida. Founding members Paul Masvidal and Sean Reinert publicly revealed their homosexuality in May 2014, a move that was broadly supported by the heavy metal community. more.
32 Gorod Gorod Gorod is a technical death metal band from Bordeaux, France. They formed in 1997 under the name Gorgasm releasing their debut album Neurotripsicks on Deadsun Records in 2004. They changed their name to Gorod in 2005 to avoid confusion with an American band also called Gorgasm, re-releasing their debut more.
33 Psycroptic Psycroptic Psycroptic is an Australian technical death metal band formed in Hobart in 1999. Mainstay members are Dave Haley on drums, his brother Joe Haley on guitar, and Cameron Grant on bass guitar.

Should be much higher, technical to a t!

34 Decrepit Birth Decrepit Birth Decrepit Birth is an American technical death metal band from Santa Cruz, California. They have released two studio albums through Unique Leader Records and one through Nuclear Blast, and a demo independently.

Great band! Sophisticated yet brutal tech-death - ryanrimmel

35 Anata Anata Anata is a technical death metal band from Varberg, Sweden that formed in 1993. To date, they have released two demos, four albums and a split album with Bethzaida.

A very solid band. And they really play Technical Death Metal unlike many other bands on this list.
I'm listening to them right now, as I'm writing this comment. - Metal_Treasure

36 Martyr Martyr Martyr is a Canadian death metal band from Trois-Rivières, Québec, founded in 1994 by brothers Daniel and François Mongrain.
37 Ulcerate Ulcerate Ulcerate is a New Zealand-based technical death metal band formed by guitarist Michael Hoggard and drummer Jamie Saint Merat in 2000. Over the course of the band's career, Ulcerate has become more focused on generating darkness and atmosphere than on sheer technicality.
38 Viraemia
39 Rivers Of Nihil
40 Spheron Spheron
41 Demilich Demilich Demilich is a death metal band from Finland which formed in the early 1990s and consisted of vocalist/guitarist Antti Boman, guitarist Aki Hytönen, bassist Ville Koistinen, and drummer Mikko Virnes.
42 Desecravity Desecravity Desecravity is a technical brutal death metal band from Tokio/Kanto, Japan, which was formed in 2007 and is currently signed to Willowtip Records. They released 2 full-length albums so far, which are both very little known among metal fans. more.
43 Soreption
44 Lost Soul Lost Soul Lost Soul is a Polish technical death metal band established in 1990 in Wrocław. Lost Soul has released four studio album, which have been highly acclaimed by both fans and journalists.
45 Between the Buried and Me Between the Buried and Me Between the Buried and Me is an American progressive metal band from Raleigh, North Carolina. Formed in 2000, the band consists of Tommy Giles Rogers, Jr.
46 Judgement Day
47 Die Grauen Herren
48 Tehace
49 Revocation Revocation Revocation is an American technical death metal band from Boston, Massachusetts founded by guitarist and vocalist David Davidson, bassist and vocalist Anthony Buda and drummer Phil Dubois-Coyne in 2000.

Definitely one of the best technical bands out there, very very good band

This band is very strongly keeping the torch of metal ignited. Every release from them is phenomenal. Revocation is the new Death: never releasing a dud. - surgeonsanic

50 Blotted Science Blotted Science Blotted Science is an instrumental technical metal supergroup formed in 2004. It is headed by Ron Jarzombek, bassist Alex Webster and drummer Hannes Grossmann.

Instrumental technical metal supergroup. Br00tal and technical. - Metal_Treasure

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1. Sutrah
2. Vale of Pnath
3. Unhuman
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