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Best Death Metal Bands

Death metal artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good death metal bands includes a filter so you can sort by the groups’s label and what albums they've put out. This list of the top death metal bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Death metal groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all death metal bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest death metal bands of all time, since the most famous death metal artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best death metal music.

You can click on the death metal band names to see more information about that particular notable death metal group. If they're near the top of the best death metal artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top death metal bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the death metal band names themselves.

List ranges from Dave Grohl to Dave Lombardo and more. Make this one count by downvoting the worst items on this list. What's better, Joey Jordison or Papa Roach?

All important, significant and iconic names in death metal music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list.

The list includes all new death metal bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of death metal, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into death metal music. Especially since the bands at the top of the list will at the very least be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good death metal bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent death metal bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best death metal bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest death metal musician ever?"

If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular death metal bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Technical death metal

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    D-beat, Goregrind, Melodic death metal

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    Heavy metal, Death metal

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    Brutal death metal, Death metal

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    Thrash metal, Technical death metal, Black metal

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    Heavy metal, Death metal

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    Deathcore, Brutal death metal, Death metal

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    Technical death metal, Brutal death metal, Death metal

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    Melodic death metal, Viking metal, Technical death metal

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    Nu metal, Heavy metal, Extreme metal

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    Doom metal, Heavy metal, Grindcore

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    Thrash metal, Rock music, Black metal

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    Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Death metal

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    Death 'n' roll, Heavy metal, Death metal

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    Heavy metal, Death metal

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    Melodic death metal, Heavy metal, Death metal

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    Heavy metal, Death metal

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

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    Progressive metal, Melodic death metal, Heavy metal

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    Heavy metal, Death metal

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    Thrash metal, Gothic rock, Industrial metal

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    Technical death metal, Heavy metal, Experimental metal

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    added by dan808 Neoclassical Dark Wave, Doom metal, Death-doom

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    Thrash metal, Technical death metal, Black metal

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    Doom metal, Death-doom, Progressive metal

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    Goregrind, Technical death metal, Deathgrind

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    Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Deathrash

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    Avulsed Heavy metal, Death metal

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    Grindcore, Death metal

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    Technical death metal, Brutal death metal, Death metal

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    Deathcore, Goregrind, Brutal death metal

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    Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Death metal

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    Heavy metal, Death metal

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    Death metal

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    Deathcore, Brutal death metal, Grindcore

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    Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Death metal

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    Thrash metal, Death metal

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    Thrash metal, Death metal

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    Heavy metal, Death metal

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    Heavy metal, Brutal death metal, Death metal

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    Goregrind, Deathgrind, Grindcore

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Rock music

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    Asphyx Death-doom, Thrash metal, Heavy metal

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    Post-metal, Death-doom, Symphonic black metal

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    Exhorder Thrash metal, Groove metal, Rock music

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    Goregrind, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Symphonic black metal

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    Crossover thrash, Black metal, Crust punk

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    Heavy metal, Brutal death metal, Death metal

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    Technical death metal, Heavy metal, Death metal

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