metal 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. (181 items)
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508 100
Death is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
Death Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Technical death metal

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2
308 99
Morbid Angel is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
Morbid Angel Heavy metal, Death metal

3
394 166
Cannibal Corpse is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
Cannibal Corpse Brutal death metal, Death metal

4
290 114
Obituary is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
Obituary Heavy metal, Death metal

5
316 128
Carcass is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
Carcass D-beat, Goregrind, Melodic death metal

6
252 114
Deicide is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
Deicide Heavy metal, Death metal

7
235 106
Suffocation is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
Suffocation Deathcore, Brutal death metal, Death metal

8
199 86
Bolt Thrower is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
Bolt Thrower Doom metal, Heavy metal, Grindcore

9
258 123
Nile is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
Nile Technical death metal, Brutal death metal, Death metal

10
203 92
Entombed is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
Entombed Death 'n' roll, Heavy metal, Death metal

11
152 69
Dismember is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
Dismember Melodic death metal, Heavy metal, Death metal

12
88 30
Vader is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
marcoanjos1982 added Vader Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Death metal

13
128 57
Autopsy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
JorgeBizarroAldea added Autopsy Goregrind, Heavy metal, Grindcore

14
184 98
Dying Fetus is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
Dying Fetus Goregrind, Technical death metal, Heavy metal

15
238 137
Behemoth is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
Behemoth Thrash metal, Technical death metal, Black metal

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16
130 63
Cryptopsy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
JorgeBizarroAldea added Cryptopsy Deathcore, Technical death metal, Heavy metal

17
108 50
Grave is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
JorgeBizarroAldea added Grave Heavy metal, Death metal

18
162 89
Possessed is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
Possessed Thrash metal, Rock music, Black metal

19
114 55
Gorguts is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
Gorguts Technical death metal, Heavy metal, Experimental metal

20
158 88
At the Gates is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
marcoanjos1982 added At the Gates Thrash metal, Melodic death metal, Heavy metal

21
123 63
Immolation is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
Immolation Technical death metal, Heavy metal, Death metal

22
162 94
Decapitated is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
Decapitated Technical death metal, Heavy metal, Death metal

23
155 90
Bloodbath is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
Bloodbath Heavy metal, Death metal

24
133 74
Necrophagist is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
marcoanjos1982 added Necrophagist Progressive metal, Technical death metal, Heavy metal

25
106 54
Celtic Frost is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
Celtic Frost Doom metal, Glam metal, Thrash metal

26
93 46
Asphyx is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
Asphyx Death-doom, Thrash metal, Heavy metal

27
127 73
Malevolent Creation is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
Malevolent Creation Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Death metal

28
62 24
Atheist is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
anil-resat added Atheist Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Technical death metal

29
189 123
Sepultura is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
Sepultura Nu metal, Heavy metal, Extreme metal

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30
153 99
Arch Enemy is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
JorgeBizarroAldea added Arch Enemy Thrash metal, Melodic death metal, Heavy metal

31
97 55
Unleashed is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
possumprincess added Unleashed Melodic death metal, Viking metal, Heavy metal

32
126 84
Opeth is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
marcoanjos1982 added Opeth Doom metal, Thrash metal, Progressive metal

33
115 75
Kataklysm is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
Kataklysm Melodic death metal, Heavy metal, Death metal

34
151 105
Gojira is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
Gojira Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

35
76 44
Incantation is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
Incantation Black metal, Heavy metal, Death metal

36
45 19
Nocturnus is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
Nocturnus Technical death metal, Heavy metal, Death metal

37
56 30
Cattle Decapitation is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
jotte added Cattle Decapitation Goregrind, Heavy metal, Deathgrind

38
125 91
Kreator is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
Kreator Thrash metal, Gothic rock, Industrial metal

39
59 36
Carnage is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
Carnage Heavy metal, Grindcore, Death metal

40
76 52
Massacre is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
Massacre Heavy metal, Death metal

41
52 32
Sinister is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
Sinister Heavy metal, Death metal

42
81 60
Fleshgod Apocalypse is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
marcoanjos1982 added Fleshgod Apocalypse Melodic death metal, Technical death metal, Symphonic metal

43
114 95
In Flames is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
In Flames Nu metal, Melodic death metal, Metalcore

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44
106 89
Dark Tranquillity is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
Dark Tranquillity Progressive metal, Melodic death metal, Heavy metal

45
106 90
Children of Bodom is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
Children of Bodom Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Symphonic black metal

46
73 59
Krisiun is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
Krisiun Technical death metal, Brutal death metal, Death metal

47
34 22
Master is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
Master Heavy metal, Death metal

48
48 36
Anaal Nathrakh is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
Anaal Nathrakh Industrial metal, Technical death metal, Black metal

49
50 39
Benediction is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
Benediction Heavy metal, Death metal

50
45 34
Necrophagia is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
Necrophagia Death metal