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749 bands
Rank Image Band / Formed / Genres Albums
1
Opeth
1990, Sweden
Progressive Metal, Death Metal, Progressive Rock
Blackwater Park (2001)  #13
Damnation (2003)  #77
Ghost Reveries (2005)  #86
2
Arch Enemy
1995, Sweden
Melodic Death Metal
Burning Bridges (1999)  #54
Rise of the Tyrant (2007)  #106
Wages of Sin (2001)  #271
3
Dark Tranquillity
1991, Sweden
Melodic Death Metal
Damage Done (2002)  #18
Fiction (2007)  #44
Atoma (2016)  #225
4
In Flames
1990, Sweden
Melodic Death Metal, Alternative Metal
Colony (1999)  #183
The Jester Race (1996)  #199
Whoracle (1997)  #205
5
Children of Bodom
1997, Finland
Melodic Death Metal, Power Metal
Hate Crew Deathroll (2003)  #116
Follow the Reaper (2000)  #159
Hatebreeder (1999)  #216
6
Death
1984, United States
Death Metal, Technical Death Metal, Progressive Metal
Symbolic (1995)  #31
Human (1991)  #50
Leprosy (1988)  #74
7
Sepultura
1984, Brazil
Thrash Metal, Death Metal, Groove Metal, Nu Metal
Beneath the Remains (1989)  #33
Schizophrenia (1987)  #190
Arise (1991)  #215
8
Omnium Gatherum
1996, Finland
Melodic Death Metal
New World Shadows (2011)  #23
Beyond (2013)  #184
Grey Heavens (2016)  #906
9
Darkthrone
1987, Norway
Black Metal, Death Metal, Heavy Metal, Speed Metal
10
Cannibal Corpse
1988, United States
Death Metal
Torture (2012)  #552
A Skeletal Domain (2014)  #1034
Kill (2006)  #1147
11
Carcass
1986, United Kingdom
Death Metal, Melodic Death Metal, Death 'n' Roll
12
Insomnium
1997, Finland
Melodic Death Metal
Winter's Gate (2016)  #52
Heart Like a Grave (2019)  #235
One for Sorrow (2011)  #341
13
Deicide
1989, United States
Death Metal
Legion (1992)  #88
Deicide (1990)  #107
Once upon the Cross (1995)  #438
14
Behemoth
1991, Poland
Black Metal, Death Metal
The Satanist (2014)  #109
Evangelion (2009)  #312
Demigod (2004)  #318
15
Kalmah
1998, Finland
Melodic Death Metal
12 Gauge (2010)  #96
The Black Waltz (2006)  #484
They Will Return (2002)  #520
16
Amorphis
1990, Finland
Progressive Metal, Melodic Death Metal, Progressive Rock
Silent Waters (2007)  #428
Halo (2022)  #489
Skyforger (2009)  #562
17
Soilwork
1996, Sweden
Melodic Death Metal, Alternative Metal, Metalcore
Övergivenheten (2022)  #709
The Living Infinite (2013)  #801
Verkligheten (2019)  #802
18
Fleshgod Apocalypse
2007, Italy
Technical Death Metal, Brutal Death Metal, Symphonic Metal
King (2016)  #152
Oracles (2009)  #650
The Fool (2016)  [Single]
19
Cryptopsy
1992, Canada
Brutal Death Metal, Technical Death Metal
None So Vile (1996)  #29
Blasphemy Made Flesh (1994)  #301
Cryptopsy (2012)  #878
20
Eternal Tears of Sorrow
1994, Finland
Melodic Death Metal, Symphonic Metal
A Virgin and a Whore (2001)  #192
Chaotic Beauty (2000)  #404
21
Therion
1988, Sweden
Symphonic Metal, Death Metal
Vovin (1998)  #122
Secret of the Runes (2001)  #440
Theli (1996)  #891
22
Obituary
1988, United States
Death Metal
Cause of Death (1990)  #47
Slowly We Rot (1989)  #385
The End Complete (1992)  #2347
23
Persefone
2001, Andorra
Progressive Metal, Melodic Death Metal
Aathma (2017)  #120
Spiritual Migration (2013)  #203
Shin-Ken (2009)  #354
24
Amon Amarth
1992, Sweden
Melodic Death Metal
25
Septicflesh
1990, Greece
Death Metal, Symphonic Metal
Infernus Sinfonica MMXIX (2020)  [Live]  #472
Codex Omega (2017)  #502
Mystic Places of Dawn (1994)  #506
26
Napalm Death
1981, United Kingdom
Grindcore, Death Metal, Hardcore Punk
Scum (1987)  #293
The Peel Sessions (1989)  [Compilation]
27
Scar Symmetry
2004, Sweden
Melodic Death Metal, Groove Metal
28
Morbid Angel
1983, United States
Death Metal
Altars of Madness (1989)  #43
Covenant (1993)  #781
Kingdoms Disdained (2017)  #1309
29
Nile
1993, United States
Technical Death Metal, Brutal Death Metal
30
Vader
1983, Poland
Death Metal, Thrash Metal
De Profundis (1995)  #667
Litany (2000)  #868
31
Heaven Shall Burn
1997, Germany
Melodic Death Metal, Metalcore
Invictus (2010)  #459
Iconoclast (2008)  #1759
Veto (2013)  #2205
32
Suffocation
1989, United States
Technical Death Metal, Brutal Death Metal
Pierced From Within (1995)  #188
Human Waste (1991)  [EP]  #1833
33
Mors Principium Est
1999, Finland
Melodic Death Metal
The Unborn (2005)  #954
Dawn of the 5th Era (2014)  #1196
34
Gojira
2001, France
Progressive Metal, Death Metal, Groove Metal
Fortitude (2021)  #372
From Mars to Sirius (2005)  #791
Magma (2016)  #1142
35
Dissection
1989, Sweden
Melodic Black Metal, Death Metal
The Somberlain (1993)  #1480
Rebirth of Dissection (2006)  [Video]
36
At the Gates
1990, Sweden
Melodic Death Metal
Slaughter of the Soul (1995)  #214
At War with Reality (2014)  #1918
37
Wintersun
2003, Finland
Melodic Death Metal, Symphonic Metal
Time I (2012)  #162
Wintersun (2004)  #1313
The Forest Seasons (2017)  #1479
38
Celtic Frost
1984, Switzerland
Death Metal, Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal, Doom Metal
To Mega Therion (1985)  #244
Morbid Tales (1984)  [EP]  #1858
Into the Pandemonium (1987)  #2357
39
Nocturnal Rites
1990, Sweden
Power Metal, Death Metal
Grand Illusion (2005)  #444
The 8th Sin (2007)  #768
Shadowland (2002)  #1046
40
Krisiun
1990, Brazil
Death Metal
Southern Storm (2008)  #323
Black Force Domain (1995)  #505
41
Disarmonia Mundi
1999, Italy
Melodic Death Metal
Mind Tricks (2006)  #597
42
In Mourning
2000, Sweden
Melodic Death Metal, Progressive Metal
The Weight of Oceans (2012)  #280
Monolith (2010)  #560
Shrouded Divine (2008)  #655
43
Cynic
1987, United States
Progressive Metal, Technical Death Metal, Progressive Rock
Focus (1993)  #320
Traced in Air (2008)  #812
44
Fear Factory
1990, United States
Industrial Metal, Death Metal, Groove Metal
Demanufacture (1995)  #1122
Resurrection (1998)  [Single]
45
Mercenary
1991, Denmark
Melodic Death Metal
Architect of Lies (2008)  #644
The Hours That Remain (2006)  #903
46
Obscura
2002, Germany
Technical Death Metal, Progressive Metal
Akróasis (2016)  #173
Cosmogenesis (2009)  #738
Omnivium (2011)  #842
47
Norther
1996, Finland
Melodic Death Metal
Death Unlimited (2004)  #1191
Mirror of Madness (2003)  #1735
Dreams of Endless War (2002)  #1745
48
Amaranthe
2008, Sweden
Trance Metal, Melodic Metalcore, Melodic Death Metal
Amaranthe (2011)  #909
Manifest (2020)  #2473
The Nexus (2013)  #4674
49
Be'lakor
2004, Australia
Melodic Death Metal, Progressive Metal, Gothic Metal
Stone's Reach (2009)  #416
Vessels (2016)  #423
Of Breath and Bone (2012)  #680
50
Shade Empire
1999, Finland
Melodic Death Metal, Industrial Death Metal, Symphonic Death Metal, Black Metal
Anti-Life Saviour (2017)  [Single]
Omega Arcane (2013)  #353
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Info / Statistics
Artists : 42,696
Reviews : 9,980
Albums : 153,530
Lyrics : 198,741