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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 the band, they may even incorporate clean singing into the mix.


From one 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, while several bands from Finland (Children of Bodom, Norther, and Kalmah) created a flashier, more bombastic style that borrowed heavily from power metal and helped influence both that genre and a host of other, newer melodic death acts.

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:

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Alternative Title(s): Melodeath


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