The Best Death Metal Bands Bands/Musicians

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. (183 items)


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    Symbolic, Human, Individual Thought Patterns

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    Butchered at Birth, Kill, Gallery of Suicide

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    Blessed Are the Sick, Domination, Altars of Madness

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    Deicide, Once Upon the Cross, Legion

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    Heartwork, Symphonies of Sickness, Swansong

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    Human Waste, Effigy of the Forgotten, Pierced From Within

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    Cause of Death, Slowly We Rot, World Demise

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    Black Seeds of Vengeance, Annihilation of the Wicked, Festivals of ...

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    The Apostasy, Demigod, Pandemonic Incantations

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    Nihility, The Negation, Organic Hallucinosis

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    Breeding Death, Nightmares Made Flesh, Resurrection Through Carnage

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    Epitaph, Onset of Putrefaction, Necrophagist

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    Reign Supreme, Infatuation With Malevolence, Destroy the Opposition

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    Chaos A.D., Arise, Beneath the Remains

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    Like an Ever Flowing Stream, Death Metal, Massive Killing Capacity

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    Inferno, Left Hand Path, Wolverine Blues

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    Those Once Loyal, ...For Victory, The IVth Crusade

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    Seven Churches, Agony in Paradise, Beyond the Gates

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    Mental Funeral, Severed Survival, Retribution for the Dead

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    Into the Grave, Dominion VIII, As Rapture Comes

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    Slaughter of the Soul, The Red in the Sky Is Ours, Gardens of Grief

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    None So Vile, Blasphemy Made Flesh, Once Was Not

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    Majesty and Decay, Close to a World Below, Stepping on Angels... Before ...

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    From Mars to Sirius, The Way of All Flesh, L'Enfant Sauvage

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    Wages of Sin, Doomsday Machine, Stigmata

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    Monotheist, To Mega Therion, Morbid Tales

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    Envenomed, Retribution, Eternal

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    Northern Hyperblast, In the Arms of Devastation, Serenity in Fire

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    Last One on Earth, The Rack, God Cries

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    Sworn Allegiance, Warrior, Midvinterblot

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    Blackwater Park, Damnation, Ghost Reveries

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    Enemy of God, Pleasure to Kill, Phantom Antichrist

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    Follow the Reaper, Hatebreeder, Blooddrunk

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    Obscura, The Erosion of Sanity, Considered Dead

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    Black Force Domain, AssassiNation, Bloodshed

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    Impressions in Blood, Future of the Past, Armageddon: The Best Of

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    Mortal Throne of Nazarene, Onward to Golgotha, Diabolical Conquest

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    I, Monarch, Conquering the Throne

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    Haunted, Maximum Violence, Warpath

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    Fiction, Projector, Haven

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    Clayman, The Jester Race, Come Clarity

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    Oracles, Labyrinth, Agony

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    Empire of the Obscene, Revocation, Teratogenesis

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    From Beyond, The Second Coming, Tyrants of Death

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    Retaliate, Heirs to Thievery, Discordia

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    The Archaic Abattoir, Strychnine.213, Coronary Reconstruction

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    Subconscious Terror, Transcend the Rubicon, Killing Music

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    Progression Towards Evil, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead

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    Benighted, Identisick, Psychose

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