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Melodic Death Metal
aka: Melo Death
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Melodic death metal, occasionally called "Melodeath", is a notable subgenre of Death Metal that is characterised by harmonized, Iron Maiden-styled guitar melodies and a generally higher-pitched growl, though low-pitched ones are occasionally used.

Depending on your perspective, melodeath was created by the British band Carcass; however, it's unclear whether they were truly the first. Whatever your stance, everyone can agree that the style was popularised by three bands from Gothenburg, Sweden: In Flames, At the Gates, and Dark Tranquillity. The success of these three bands resulted in a number of mainly Scandinavian bands that took on the style.

Melodeath is seen as a less underground style than standard Death Metal; its lyrics generally do not focus on gore, although there are exceptions (Dismember is one of them). Melodeath was also a huge influence on many Metalcore bands. When fused together, they become Melodic Metalcore
Bands classified as melodic death metal include:

This genre exhibits the following trope examples:


DeathcoreMusic/Heavy MetalTechnical Death Metal
DeathcoreHeavy MetalTechnical Death Metal
Death MetalMusic TropesTechnical Death Metal
Reel Big FishMusic Of The 1990sAt The Gates

alternative title(s): Melodeath
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