Death metal melodic

Melodic death metal (or melodic death) is a variant of death metal where harmonies and melodies are more prominent and closer to the tonal system, unlike the chromatics and other dissonances characteristic of the genre. This subgenus is often associated with Sweden (especially Gothenburg) as well as Norway and Finland. Examples include Scar Symmetry, Amal Amarth, Kalmah, At The Gates, Hypocrisy, In Flames, Insomnium, Soilwork, Wintersun, Dark Tranquillity, Arch Enemy, Darkane, The Duskfall, GYZE and the early Eternal Tears of Sorrow, Amorphis, Sentenced or Raintime. A new wave of melodic death has emerged in recent years with the addition of pagan and historical elements to this music. This development is visible on bands such as Swashbuckle which includes melodies related to the theme of piracy in his music and Ex Deo which adds elements related to Roman mythology, as well as vocals reminiscent of black metal, adding a Pagan atmosphere to style. This evolution was announced by the arrival of groups such as Amon Amarth who is a pioneer of the genre giving Viking atmospheres to a very brutal death metal.

Death Metal Technical

Death metal technique is a style that can combine melodies and brutality, but is characterized more by the technical level of the musicians and the assembly of their compositions, which are often very progressive and rich in compound measurements (measure other than ternary or Binary, which can be divided in an irregular manner: for example, a 7/4 measurement can be divided into 3 + 4, or 4 + 3 and why not in 2 + 2 + 3,  etc.). The Necrophagist group, among others, even went so far as to favor the latter with respect to the 4/4 (which corresponds to four blacks in a measure, namely a binary rhythm). The forerunners in the 1990s were Atheist of Florida. Death is among the most popular and famous groups, as well as the Necrophagist, Quo Vadis, Psycroptic, Decapitated, Daath, Spawn of Possession, Cynic, Carcass, Nocturnus, Beneath the Massacre, Atheist, Neuraxis, The Faceless, Aeon , Kronos, Obscura and Pestilence (which would rather be classified in the death metal “classic”). In France, we can mention Gojira (whose notoriety is very strong in the United States), Trepalium, Gorod, Scarve, Massacra with their album Sign of Decline, Psychobolia,

Brutal death metal

The brutal death metal emerged with the mixture of some structural aspects of grindcore like blast beats, and death metal. This kind tends to be quite technical and very fast; The main difference between brutal death metal and death metal is undoubtedly its speed of execution, often between 230 and 280 BPM. The brutal death metal is associated with bands like Cannibal Corpse, Krisiun, Aborted, Vader, Nile, Vital Remains, Cryptopsy, Gorguts, Sinister, Suffocation whose album Effigy of the Forgotten is a reference in Brutal Death Metal that influenced a Majority of derived style groups such as Dying Fetus and Kataklysm. One of the first characteristics of brutal death metal is the style of grunt used, often very serious. The lyrics are usually connected to the gore and sung in a fast and jerky way. Guitar riffs are usually serious and fast, often with piercing harmonics. The drum scores are generally very varied in style, from the slow ambient battery to the famous blast beat. The production of most albums of brutal death metal usually gives a very dense sound. Groups such as Suffocation New Yorkers or Floridians Cannibal Corpse and Deicide can be considered as the origin of this style.


The first group of deathgrind is Napalm Death with  Harmony Corruption  in the early 1990s; For some [Who?] , It is Terrorizer with the album  World Downfall  in the late 1980s. One can also quote the English band Carcass with the album  Symphonies of Sickness  in 1989.

Deathgrind is a mixture of the intensity, speed and duration of classic grindcore pieces with the technicality of death metal compositions, while remaining different from brutal death metal. Deathgrind tracks are discernable from classic death metal songs by the rarity of guitar solos, by the duration of the tracks (usually under 3 minutes). Deathgrind also differs from grindcore by the substantial absence of the influence of hardcore in the compositions. Bands such as Cattle Decapitation, Cephalic Carnage, Blood Duster, Blood, Brutal Truth, Dying Fetus, Brujeria, represent this subgenre.

French groups of this style are rare [ref. Necessary] , but they include Morgue, Infest or Necrogrind.


The death-doom is a mixture of death metal elements, especially the grunt associated with the genre, and the slowness of doom metal. Many consider the Cathedral group to be the pioneer of the subgenre with its album  Forest of Equilibrium . That said, Winter, a year before, had also mixed death metal and doom. Generally, the three groups known to have evolved the subgenus are My Dying Bride, Paradise Lost, and Anathema (on their first two albums,  Serenades  and  The Silent Enigma ).

Symphonic Death

Symphonic death is a kind of extreme metal with very fast rhythms (the blast beat, for example) with an orchestral background and a growl singing accompanied by a lyrical song (opera type). Bands such as SepticFlesh, Fleshgod Apocalypse belong to this kind of metal.