The Best Melodeath / Extreme Power / Gothenburg Metal Album

1.  Amon Amarth - Deceiver Of The Gods 336
2.  Omnium Gatherum - Beyond 284
3.  Dark Tranquillity - Construct 193
4.  Persefone - Spiritual Migration 181
5.  In Vain - Ænigma 150
6.  Children Of Bodom - Halo Of Blood 105
7.  Wolfheart - Winterborn 68
8.  The Black Dahlia Murder - Everblack 66
9.  Fractal Gates - Beyond The Self 35
10.  Soilwork - The Living Infinite (write-in vote) 34
11.  Kalmah - Seventh Swamphony (write-in vote) 20
12.  Moth - Endlessly In Motion 15
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Amon Amarth - Deceiver Of The Gods

The melodic death metal titans are back with yet another rhythmic journey through Viking mythology, as thickly bearded and barrel-chested as they come. Deceiver Of The Gods is an album written by a veteran outfit at their most mature, a band that after all this time has still not taken their collective foot off the pedal. This time around the focus is centered around the power of their melodies rather than soloing and lighthearted leads, yet the typical Amon Amarth sound is still completely intact.

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Children Of Bodom - Halo Of Blood

After a few pitfalls, Children Of Bodom deliver their best effort in a decade. Halo Of Blood showers you with the sort of electrifying melodies and engaging virtuosity that made Hatebreeder and Hate Crew Deathroll great. This twisted chunk of searing hot metal testifies that the trademark Bodom genius has not died; it was just in hiding. Now it emerges with an array of crunchy guitars and catchy hooks to reap once more.

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Dark Tranquillity - Construct

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Gothenburg masters are back, and this time they finally decided to evolve their sound a bit after a string of albums following the same formula. Sure, you'll still find classic, anthemic songs ("The Science Of Noise"), but this time twists and surprises are lying in wait. Different yet the same, this is still unmistakably Dark Tranquillity.

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Fractal Gates - Beyond The Self

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What better way to describe the sound of Fractal Gates than as wholesome. This French outfit bears no unnecessary frills and their progressive tasting melodeath is a very meaty metal offering. Finding their sound situated at the denser side of the subgenre, these tracks are by no means light fare and the delivery is strong, moving and consistent. A driving and powerfully melodic metal album in its entirety.

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In Vain - Ænigma

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In Vain draw from the strengths of both melodic death and melodic black in this nimbly crafted blend of metal. Merging these sounds into one, Ænigma flows with progressive undercurrents and the band have reached a point of mastery over their own sound, resulting in a streamlined set of tracks. Adding a touch of folk character only enhances the overall experience of what is one of the most original sounds in recent melodic death.

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Moth - Endlessly In Motion

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Too melodic to be pure death metal, not proggy enough to be called prog? Maybe, as Moth ain't a band to fit snugly in a little box. Endlessly In Motion is an adept mix of technical and interesting death metal, with a great sense of melody and harmony thrown in for good measure. And it is bloody damn good and catchy too!

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Omnium Gatherum - Beyond

Masterfully merging melodic and atmospheric soundscapes with ferocious death metal vocals and putting their own stamp on their music, Omnium Gatherum are darlings of the modern melodeath scene, and no wonder. The Finns aren't shy about taking aural cues from AOR and indulging their love of softer music, which is a part of what makes Beyond so special.

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Persefone - Spiritual Migration

From up high in the Pyrenees Mountains comes Persefone with their fourth album already, and this Spiritual Migration evolves their trademark sound of intricately crafted songs mixing aggression, melodies and progressive riffing and soloing. We're in for an epic ride into the crazy and dark-but-uplifting side of extreme metal! A must-listen, no less.

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The Black Dahlia Murder - Everblack

The Black Dahlia Murder return with another perfectly executed display of modern death metal, as melodic as it is brutal and, even better, remarkably consistent. Unsurprisingly catchy and technical, Everblack offers something for every fan of contemporary extreme metal without coming across as too much of anything. This is a well-balanced and accessible release, one that shows off some brilliant musicianship with innovative riffs and soloing techniques.

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Wolfheart - Winterborn

Tuomas Saukkonen has said goodbye to all his previous endeavors and focused all his artistic energies on Wolfheart, and the results are fabulous. If you were a fan of Tuomas before, this album is going to blow you away; if you were prone to giving his music a miss, do not repeat the same mistake with Winterborn, and especially don't give it a miss if you like ferociousness in your melodic death metal.

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