Melodic Death Metal 101: The Gothenburg Sound

What is melodic death metal? Probably the best metal genre ever. Surprisingly Wikipedia does a great job of summarizing where melodic death metal came from, so I’m just going to copy that here.

Melodic death metal (also referred to as melodeath or MDM) is a subgenre of heavy metal music that combines death metal with the melodious and harmonic elements of the new wave of British heavy metal. The style originated and developed in Sweden (pioneered by At the Gates, Dark Tranquillity and In Flames) and the United Kingdom (pioneered by Carcass) during the early and mid-1990s. The Swedish death metal scene did much to popularize the style, soon centering in the “Gothenburg metal” scene.

There are three albums that are said to be the ones that started it all. These albums are: At The Gates’ Slaughter of the Soul, In Flames’ The Jester Race, and Dark Tranquility’s The Gallery.

If you want to get your feet wet with melodic death metal these are the albums you should start with. They are what modern bands now draw their inspiration from. They are all great from start to finish.

Modern Melodic Death Metal

Here are some newer melodic death metal bands you might also enjoy.

I’ll continue to link more bands in the future but I think this is solid start.

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I’m pretty sure that Gojira counts as melodeath :

Drakarium, currently one of the rising stars of metal in Canada

The now split-up Kälter was also amazeballs (though the Ubuntu title isn’t a Linux reference):

Winter’s Gate, although more experimental rather than pure melodeath, was probably one of the best music purchases I made this year.

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Winter Gate was really interesting, very different than what Insomnium normally does but very solid album.

Logan where are you, we need your metal input here!