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10 Essential Melodic Death Metal

Been awhile since I've made one of these...10 essential melo-death albums.

One of the first, and one of the best. While very melodic, it's also extremely br00tal.
2At The Gates
Slaughter of the Soul

Also helped pioneer the melo-death scene, At The Gates delivers a fast, relentless and raw sound in a melodic form.
3Dark Tranquillity
The Gallery

Dark Tranquillity is more on the melodic side of the spectrum. Unlike Heartwork and Slaughter of the Soul, The Gallery shows lots of diversity with fast and slow sections, acoustic passages, and a hint of folk influence for good measure. They're later albums are synth-infused and still holds up to most of the albums on this list.
4In Flames
The Jester Race

The Jester Race features tons of guitar harmonizing and tasteful acoustic passages throughout. While not incredibly brutal or fast, the guitar work and Anders's vocals more than make up for it.
The Chainheart Machine

Soilwork is generally not well liked on elitist music sites mainly because of the metalcore influence and alternative metal in later albums. This album has by far some of the best guitar soloing in the melo death scene though.
Above the Weeping World

It's really fucking good. It's because it has some doom metal influences.
They Will Return

Really fast paced and very modern-sounding, They Will Return relies on guitar shreding and smooth keyboard melodies to create their own sound.
8Into Eternity
Buried in Oblivion

While not traditional melo-death, Into Eternity deliver a prog-infused melo-death sound with some sick shredding and a wide range of different vocals.

This album gave melo-death the revitalizing breath that it really needs. Sounds very similar to 90s melo-death bands. It's Peter Tagtgren's band so it has to be good.
10Garden of Shadows
Oracle Moon
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