The Best Death Metal Bands

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Not to be confused with thrash metal and black metal, though both of which are instrumental in shaping its sound, death metal is one of the most popular subgenres of heavy metal. Known for its distorted guitars, aggressive drumming, and growling and screaming vocals, death metal emerged in the 1980s in Florida and is still one of the best metal genres today. Lyrically, death metal addresses exactly what you'd expect the genre to focus on. Satanism, the occult, religion, politics, mysticism and science fiction have all found their into death metal bands' lyrics. The best death metal bands have cult followings and among heavy metal bands, their fanbases are among the most rabid.

So, what are the best death metal bands? Well, bands like Death, Cannibal Corpse and Morbid Angel are at or near the top of the death metal bands list and deservedly so. They are among the most popular death metal bands and among death metal bands, are generally the most talked about bands within death metal. While many of the death metal bands on here achieved most of their success during the early 1990s, they were never considered mainstream metal bands. The lack of commercial appeal has allowed death metal bands to retain a strong base.

That said, it's up to you to determine what are the best death metal bands. If you notice someone on this list who is missing, feel free to add any death metal band that should be on this poll. 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. (178 items)
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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Technical death metal

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    Heavy metal, Death metal

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    Brutal death metal, Death metal

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    D-beat, Goregrind, Melodic death metal

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    Heavy metal, Death 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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    Thrash metal, Technical death metal, Black metal

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    added by marcoanjos1982
    Progressive metal, Technical death metal, Heavy metal

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    Death 'n' roll, Heavy metal, Death metal

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    Technical death metal, Heavy metal, Death metal

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    Deathcore, Technical death metal, Heavy metal

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    Goregrind, Technical death metal, Heavy metal

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    Melodic death metal, Heavy metal, Death metal

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    added by JorgeBizarroAldea
    Goregrind, Heavy metal, Grindcore

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    Doom metal, Heavy metal, Grindcore

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    Heavy metal, Death metal

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    added by marcoanjos1982
    Thrash metal, Melodic death metal, Heavy metal

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    Thrash metal, Rock music, Black metal

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    Nu metal, Heavy metal, Extreme metal

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    added by JorgeBizarroAldea
    Heavy metal, Death metal

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    Technical death metal, Heavy metal, Death metal

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    Doom metal, Glam metal, Thrash metal

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    Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Death metal

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

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    added by marcoanjos1982
    Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Death metal

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    added by JorgeBizarroAldea
    Thrash metal, Melodic death metal, Heavy metal

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    Melodic death metal, Heavy metal, Death metal

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    added by possumprincess
    Melodic death metal, Viking metal, Heavy metal

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    Asphyx is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands

    Death-doom, Thrash metal, Heavy metal

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    added by marcoanjos1982
    Melodic death metal, Technical death metal, Symphonic metal

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    Thrash metal, Gothic rock, Industrial metal

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    added by marcoanjos1982
    Doom metal, Thrash metal, Progressive metal

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    Technical death metal, Heavy metal, Experimental metal

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    Technical death metal, Brutal death metal, Death metal

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Symphonic black metal

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    Black metal, Heavy metal, Death metal

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    Technical death metal, Heavy metal, Brutal death metal

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    added by jotte
    Goregrind, Heavy metal, Deathgrind

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    Heavy metal, Death metal

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    added by JorgeBizarroAldea
    Groove metal, Death 'n' roll, Heavy metal

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    Progressive metal, Melodic death metal, Heavy metal

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    added by anil-resat
    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Technical death metal

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    Nu metal, Melodic death metal, Metalcore

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    Heavy metal, Death metal

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    Goregrind, Deathgrind, Grindcore

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    Goregrind, Technical death metal, Deathgrind

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    added by Josh Davis
    death metal / melo death t

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    added by JorgeBizarroAldea
    Thrash metal, Groove metal, Technical death metal

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