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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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522 103
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
315 103
Morbid Angel is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
Morbid Angel Heavy metal, Death metal

3
296 117
Obituary is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
Obituary Heavy metal, Death metal

4
402 173
Cannibal Corpse is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
Cannibal Corpse Brutal death metal, Death metal

5
319 134
Carcass is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
Carcass D-beat, Goregrind, Melodic death metal

6
258 119
Deicide is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
Deicide Heavy metal, Death metal

7
204 88
Bolt Thrower is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
Bolt Thrower Doom metal, Heavy metal, Grindcore

8
238 109
Suffocation is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
Suffocation Deathcore, Brutal death metal, Death metal

9
264 125
Nile is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
Nile Technical death metal, Brutal death metal, Death metal

10
211 96
Entombed is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
Entombed Death 'n' roll, Heavy metal, Death metal

11
99 33
Vader is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
marcoanjos1982 added Vader Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Death metal

12
160 72
Dismember is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
Dismember Melodic death metal, Heavy metal, Death metal

13
131 60
Autopsy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
JorgeBizarroAldea added Autopsy Goregrind, Heavy metal, Grindcore

14
189 100
Dying Fetus is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
Dying Fetus Goregrind, Technical death metal, Heavy metal

15
247 141
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
133 66
Cryptopsy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
JorgeBizarroAldea added Cryptopsy Deathcore, Technical death metal, Heavy metal

17
167 91
Possessed is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
Possessed Thrash metal, Rock music, Black metal

18
164 90
At the Gates is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
marcoanjos1982 added At the Gates Thrash metal, Melodic death metal, Heavy metal

19
110 52
Grave is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
JorgeBizarroAldea added Grave Heavy metal, Death metal

20
127 65
Immolation is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
Immolation Technical death metal, Heavy metal, Death metal

21
116 58
Gorguts is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
Gorguts Technical death metal, Heavy metal, Experimental metal

22
111 56
Celtic Frost is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
Celtic Frost Doom metal, Glam metal, Thrash metal

23
165 97
Decapitated is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
Decapitated Technical death metal, Heavy metal, Death metal

24
158 92
Bloodbath is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
Bloodbath Heavy metal, Death metal

25
136 76
Necrophagist is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
marcoanjos1982 added Necrophagist Progressive metal, Technical death metal, Heavy metal

26
66 26
Atheist is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
anil-resat added Atheist Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Technical death metal

27
129 75
Malevolent Creation is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
Malevolent Creation Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Death metal

28
193 126
Sepultura is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
Sepultura Nu metal, Heavy metal, Extreme metal

29
93 50
Asphyx is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
Asphyx Death-doom, Thrash metal, Heavy metal

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30
101 57
Unleashed is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
possumprincess added Unleashed Melodic death metal, Viking metal, Heavy metal

31
133 86
Opeth is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
marcoanjos1982 added Opeth Doom metal, Thrash metal, Progressive metal

32
154 104
Arch Enemy is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
JorgeBizarroAldea added Arch Enemy Thrash metal, Melodic death metal, Heavy metal

33
119 76
Kataklysm is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
Kataklysm Melodic death metal, Heavy metal, Death metal

34
154 107
Gojira is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
Gojira Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

35
76 45
Incantation is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
Incantation Black metal, Heavy metal, Death metal

36
46 21
Nocturnus is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
Nocturnus Technical death metal, Heavy metal, Death metal

37
127 93
Kreator is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
Kreator Thrash metal, Gothic rock, Industrial metal

38
56 31
Cattle Decapitation is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
jotte added Cattle Decapitation Goregrind, Heavy metal, Deathgrind

39
79 53
Massacre is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
Massacre Heavy metal, Death metal

40
60 37
Carnage is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
Carnage Heavy metal, Grindcore, Death metal

41
53 34
Sinister is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
Sinister Heavy metal, Death metal

42
83 62
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
108 91
Dark Tranquillity is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
Dark Tranquillity Progressive metal, Melodic death metal, Heavy metal

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44
115 98
In Flames is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
In Flames Nu metal, Melodic death metal, Metalcore

45
74 60
Krisiun is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
Krisiun Technical death metal, Brutal death metal, Death metal

46
107 95
Children of Bodom is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
Children of Bodom Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Symphonic black metal

47
35 23
Demilich is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
Demilich Technical death metal, Death metal

48
86 75
Six Feet Under is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
JorgeBizarroAldea added Six Feet Under Groove metal, Death 'n' roll, Heavy metal

49
49 38
Anaal Nathrakh is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
Anaal Nathrakh Industrial metal, Technical death metal, Black metal

50
46 35
Necrophagia is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Death Metal Bands
Necrophagia Death metal