music The Best Melodic Death Metal Bands  

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Melodic death metal artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good melodic 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 melodic death metal bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Melodic 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 melodic death metal bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest melodic death metal bands of all time, since the most famous melodic death metal artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best melodic death metal music.

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

List artists include As I Lay Dying, Pat O'Brien and more. Your favorite artists on this list deserve to be at the top. This is what they're doing. If you're not a fan of All That Remains or Dan Swanö, then vote those down so that the list takes your preferences into account.

All important, significant and iconic names in melodic 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 melodic 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 melodic death metal, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into melodic 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 melodic 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 melodic death metal bands.

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

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Amon Amarth is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Melodic Death Metal Bands
Amon Amarth Melodic death metal, Viking metal, Technical death metal

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2
551 201
Dark Tranquillity is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Melodic Death Metal Bands
Dark Tranquillity Progressive metal, Melodic death metal, Heavy metal

3
658 286
In Flames is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Melodic Death Metal Bands
In Flames Nu metal, Melodic death metal, Metalcore

4
506 216
Arch Enemy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Melodic Death Metal Bands
Arch Enemy Thrash metal, Melodic death metal, Heavy metal

5
548 239
Children of Bodom is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Melodic Death Metal Bands
Children of Bodom Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Symphonic black metal

6
435 179
At the Gates is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Melodic Death Metal Bands
At the Gates Thrash metal, Melodic death metal, Heavy metal

7
420 172
Insomnium is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Melodic Death Metal Bands
Insomnium Doom metal, Melodic death metal, Technical death metal

8
409 176
Opeth is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Melodic Death Metal Bands
Mario Dominguez added Opeth Doom metal, Thrash metal, Progressive metal

9
350 161
Carcass is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Melodic Death Metal Bands
Carcass D-beat, Goregrind, Melodic death metal

10
319 170
Soilwork is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Melodic Death Metal Bands
Soilwork Progressive metal, Melodic death metal, Metalcore

11
390 221
Dethklok is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Melodic Death Metal Bands
Dethklok Melodic death metal, Heavy metal, Death metal

12
287 157
Kalmah is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Melodic Death Metal Bands
Kalmah Thrash metal, Melodic death metal, Power metal

13
278 156
Wintersun is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Melodic Death Metal Bands
Wintersun Progressive metal, Melodic death metal, Viking metal

14
193 115
Hypocrisy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Melodic Death Metal Bands
Hypocrisy Melodic death metal, Technical death metal, Heavy metal

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199 120
Ensiferum is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Melodic Death Metal Bands
Ensiferum Melodic death metal, Viking metal, Black metal

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233 148
Eluveitie is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Melodic Death Metal Bands
Eluveitie Melodic death metal, Folk music, Folk rock

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195 124
Be'lakor is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Melodic Death Metal Bands
Be'lakor Melodic death metal, Technical death metal

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185 119
Amorphis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Melodic Death Metal Bands
Amorphis Doom metal, Death-doom, Progressive metal

19
232 162
The Black Dahlia Murder is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Melodic Death Metal Bands
The Black Dahlia Murder Deathcore, Melodic death metal, Metalcore

20
186 128
Kataklysm is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Melodic Death Metal Bands
Kataklysm Melodic death metal, Heavy metal, Death metal

21
246 196
Trivium is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Melodic Death Metal Bands
Trivium Thrash metal, Rock music, Melodic death metal

22
237 191
DevilDriver is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Melodic Death Metal Bands
DevilDriver Nu metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

23
181 144
Scar Symmetry is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Melodic Death Metal Bands
Scar Symmetry Progressive metal, Melodic death metal, Power metal

24
114 90
Dissection is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Melodic Death Metal Bands
Dissection Melodic death metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

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130 111
Omnium Gatherum is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Melodic Death Metal Bands
Omnium Gatherum Melodic death metal, Technical death metal, Heavy metal

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133 115
Fleshgod Apocalypse is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Melodic Death Metal Bands
Fleshgod Apocalypse Melodic death metal, Technical death metal, Symphonic metal

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112 96
Mors Principium Est is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Melodic Death Metal Bands
Mors Principium Est Melodic death metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

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110 95
The Haunted is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Melodic Death Metal Bands
The Haunted Nu metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

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110 102
Norther is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Melodic Death Metal Bands
Norther Melodic death metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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45 30
Septic Flesh is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Melodic Death Metal Bands
Evi Kolovou added Septic Flesh

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119 113
Heaven Shall Burn is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Melodic Death Metal Bands
Heaven Shall Burn Thrash metal, Deathcore, Melodic death metal

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122 118
Darkest Hour is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Melodic Death Metal Bands
Darkest Hour Melodic death metal, Metalcore, Heavy metal

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108 103
Skeletonwitch is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Melodic Death Metal Bands
Skeletonwitch Thrash metal, Melodic death metal, Black metal

34
101 97
Edge of Sanity is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Melodic Death Metal Bands
Edge of Sanity Progressive metal, Melodic death metal, Technical death metal

35
78 77
Dismember is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Melodic Death Metal Bands
Dismember Melodic death metal, Heavy metal, Death metal

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62 64
Eternal Tears of Sorrow is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Melodic Death Metal Bands
Eternal Tears of Sorrow Doom metal, Thrash metal, Melodic death metal

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81 88
The Faceless is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Melodic Death Metal Bands
The Faceless Progressive metal, Deathcore, Melodic death metal

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81 89
Sylosis is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Melodic Death Metal Bands
Sylosis Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Melodic death metal

39
89 99
Cradle of Filth is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Melodic Death Metal Bands
Tim Battle added Cradle of Filth Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Extreme metal

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76 83
Disarmonia Mundi is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Melodic Death Metal Bands
Disarmonia Mundi Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Melodic death metal

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98 111
All Shall Perish is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Melodic Death Metal Bands
All Shall Perish Deathcore, Melodic death metal, Technical death metal

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16 9
Rotting Christ is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Melodic Death Metal Bands
Donna Black added Rotting Christ Gothic metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

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53 57
Unleashed is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Melodic Death Metal Bands
Unleashed Melodic death metal, Viking metal, Heavy metal

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72 82
Swallow the Sun is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Melodic Death Metal Bands
Swallow the Sun Doom metal, Death-doom, Progressive metal

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71 83
The Agonist is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Melodic Death Metal Bands
The Agonist Deathcore, Melodic death metal, Gothic metal

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52 59
Graveworm is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Melodic Death Metal Bands
Graveworm Symphonic black metal, Melodic death metal, Gothic metal

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54 63
Arsis is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Melodic Death Metal Bands
Arsis Thrash metal, Melodic death metal, Technical death metal

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45 55
Sentenced is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Melodic Death Metal Bands
Sentenced Doom metal, Melodic death metal, Gothic metal

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37 45
Nightrage is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Melodic Death Metal Bands
Nightrage Melodic death metal, Heavy metal

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42 53
The Duskfall is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Melodic Death Metal Bands
The Duskfall Melodic death metal, Heavy metal