Top 7 Death Metal Bands

Top 7 Death Metal Bands

Since its emergence in the 80s, the beautifully weird death metal genre has developed to gain acceptance and has grown to attract more followers. The genre evolved from thrash metal and is quite discernible with clichéd boundaries and unique music culture. Today the genre is big and impressive. Here is a compilation of top influential death metal bands.


Death was an American death metal band with roots in Florida. Guitarist cum vocalist Chuck Schuldiner founded death in 1984, and the band is among the top influential bands in the heavy metal genre. The band is famous for pioneering the extreme metal sub-genre of death metal. Their debut album, Scream Bloody Gore and their first records from Necrophagia and Possessed are widely considered the first metal records. The band dissolved after the death of its founder but remains a lasting inspiration on heavy metal.

2-Cannibal Corpse

Cannibal corpse is another influential death metal band founded in 1988 in Buffalo, New York but currently based in Tampa, Florida. The band emerged into fame in 1990, featuring furious musical assaults characterized by throaty vocals, blast beats, and extremely violent lyrics video porno. The group’s horror imagery coupled with graphic album artwork and despicable song titles has attracted controversies. However, they have managed to accrue a rabid cult following and album sales that make them the most commercially successful death metal band of all time.

3-Morbid Angel

Morbid Angel is another successful death metal band based in Tampa, Florida, and among the most influential and emulated bands in this genre. The band played a crucial role in the evolution of death metal from its thrash metal origins by integrating up-tempo beats, a dark atmosphere, and guttural vocals. Morbid Angel was the first death metal band to achieve mainstream success, and their initial three albums are regarded as classics in this music genre. Nielsen SoundScan data ranked the group as the third best-selling death metal band in the US.


The Swedish progressive metal band Opeth hailed from Stockholm and was formed by lead vocalist David Isberg in 1989. The band incorporates progressive, blues, folk, and jazz into its lengthy death metal compositions. They are also famous for integrating Mellostrons in their work. The band began conducting world tours in 2001 after the release of Black Water (their fifth album). Their first eight albums were quite popular across the US, but the band achieved commercial success in 2008 after releasing Watershed, their ninth studio album. In its initial week of release, the album topped the Finnish album chart and peaked at number 23 on the Billboard 200.


Carcass, formed in 1986, is an English extreme metal band hailing from Liverpool. The band broke up in 1986 and regrouped in 2007, with its original member and drummer Ken Owen missing. The group pioneered the goregrind genre. Thanks to their morbid lyrics and horrific album covers, their early composition was labelled as splatter death metal and hardgore. Heartwork, their fourth album, is regarded as revolutionary in the melodic death metal genre. The group is among the few death metal bands to sign to a major label – Columbia Records and Earache.

6-Children of Bodom

Children of Bodom was a Finnish melodic death metal band formed in 1993 but split in 2019. Their third studio album, Follow the Reaper, was their first to receive gold certification. Their subsequent studio albums attained the same status. The band’s next four albums topped the Finnish album charts and ranked chart position on the US Billboard 200. Children of Bodom are among Finland’s best-selling bands, with over 250000 records sold in Finland alone.

7-Amon Amarth

Amon Amarth is a melodic death metal band with roots in Tumba, Sweden. The band was formed in 1992, and their lyrics tend to focus mainly on Viking history and mythology. The band released its first studio album, Once Sent from the Golden Hall, in 1998. They released another five studio albums before the group saw a breakthrough with the album Twilight of the Thunder God. The album debuted at number ten on the Swedish album charts and position 50 on the Billboard 200 in the US.




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Dork-rock fans around the world were shattered by the sudden demise of Ben Folds Five in 2000. On the bright side, this event allowed band-member Darren Jessee to step away from the drum kit and spread his songwriting wings. Based on the excellent debut from Jessee’s band, Hotel Lights, his wingspan may be large enough to overshadow even the mighty Ben Folds in time.

While Ben Folds Five made an art of drawing in listeners with their cheese-filled, tongue-in-cheek anthems, Hotel Lights takes a more serious and somber approach. Hotel Lights’ debut album primarily consists of reflective ballads with catchy melodies. Jessee’s mellow vocals, which are reminiscent of Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, accentuate the overall melancholy mood. Lyrically, Jessee explores the mix of emotions associated with broken relationships, from confusion (“Anatole”), to regret (“Miles Behind Me”), to drunken ambivalence (“Stumblin’ Home Winter Blues”). One of the standout tracks is “Follow Through,” a beautiful yet painful take on the timeless theme of “if you love someone, set them free—even if it hurts like hell.” Throughout the album, the lyrics are well-written and poignant—they have an instant accessibility and universality that draw in the listener.

The album’s slow vibe is uplifted by a few songs with faster tempos, including “I Am a Train,” “What You Meant,” and “Marvelous Truth.” These tracks are as melodic as the album’s slower songs and Jessee’s vocal styling helps these songs blend with the overall reflective tone of the record. Hotel Lights is also an excellent live band with the talent to go far in the music business—look out Ben.

PIGEONHOLE: Somber alterna-pop with catchy melodies and reflective lyrics.
CAVEATS: Although this album is an indie release, the music may sound a little too commercial (read: polished) for some listeners.


It’s time for a little “edumacation,” Sloppy style. In the new millennium, many threats face our fragile–yet still rockin’–democracy. Some see Bushy #2 as the biggest threat to the existence of our musical nation. I can’t argue with this one, but I can’t dwell on it too much either–I’ll either start crying, start breaking shit, or both. You don’t want to see Sloppy cry. It’s ugly with a capital “G,” baby. Of course, breaking shit is fun–as long as it’s your shit. Breaking other people’s shit is a crime, so don’t do it. Although Bushy #2 could bring the whole free world down with him, maybe we should just be thankful that Tipper G. isn’t slapping “explicit lyrics” warning stickers on our assholes right now. (Dear Al G., you know I love you, but keep your wife off Sloppy’s First Amendment).

Others see Darth Vader as the new American–dare I say “galactic”–threat. If you feel this way, I would recommend hitting yourself in the face, readjusting your dental headgear, curling back up with your Ewok doll, and going back to sleep. If you still feel this way after all that, please see Star Wars Episode VI again–Vader gets the shaft, so there’s nothing to worry about until Cheney gets elected. Fear the Wookie in 2008. At least, this occurrence will give Lucas some new material for the next series of movies.

Although Bushy #2, Vader, and the Wookie are all good candidates, Sloppy’s here to tell you that the scenester butt monkey is the biggest threat to our rockin’ democracy and all of our musical youths (pass the Dutchie, baby!). If I had a scenester butt monkey right now that could speak into a microphone he might sound like this (note that it’s hard to get them to speak because they get very focused on staring at their shoes and sniffing their pits).

Get over it! You’re still that same socially dysfunctional nerd that you were in high school–I don’t care if you hung out with Jeff Tweedy backstage, you moron. Be kind and compassionate to others (You dip shit–don’t make me kick your pathetic ass, because I’ll get thrown in jail! And Sloppy doesn’t do well in jail). Please? What’s so funny about peace, love, and understanding?

Butt monkeys of the world unite! Redeem thyself. Lose your “loser” tag. Reach out and touch someone in a place that won’t get you arrested. The heart, man, I’m talking about the heart! Share your love of music with others. Embrace others with your musical knowledge–don’t use it as a vehicle to snub. Be open to the musical preferences of others. Even if it hurts your ears, love it for the fact that it has enabled someone else to make a connection to music, the rhythm of life. So many people don’t have any connection to music. And that’s just sad.

So go now, misguided scenester butt monkeys, and use your musical powers for good. Put your dental headgear back on and go back to sleep. Dream of musical harmony in the galaxy–Wookies and Ewoks dance happily in the forests of Endor, as Leia caresses your light saber. Sweet dreams, young Jedis.