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Melodic Death Metal

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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 (can even be thought as a Gateway Series to the latter); 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


Halo Effect-"In Broken Trust"

The Halo Effect is a supergroup formed by several former members of Gothenburg melodic death metal legends In Flames, which deliberately seeks to recreate the '90s "Gothenburg sound" in their music. "In Broken Trust" features current Dark Tranquillity frontman Mikael Stanne performing with harsh vocals on the verses and clean vocals on the chorus.

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