Hey everyone just tell me your favorite melodic death metal albums that you can never, ever stop listening to. It can even be a little metal core, but not the metalcore that claims they have melodic death metal influences like KSE or something like that Mine are:
In Flames: Lunar Strain, The Jester Race, Whoracle, Colony, Clayman, (or course the old in flames)
Scar Symmetry: Symmetric In Design, Pitch Black Progress, Holographic Universe
Fear My Thoughts: Vulcanus, Hell Sweet Hell
Shadows Fall: The Art Of Balance, The War Within, most of Of One Blood
At The Gates: Slaughter of the Soul, Terminal Spirit Disease
Soilwork: The Chainheart Machine, Natural Born Chaos, Figure Number Five
Opeth: Their whole discography of course
Children of Bodom: Hatebreeder
Kalmah: They Will Return
Katatonia: Night is the new day (though not death metal obviously anymore, still melodic metal)
Darkest Hour: Deliver Us
Dark Tranquillity: The Gallery, Damage Done
Mnemic: Mechanical Spin Phenomenom, The Audio Inject Soul
Arsis: We Are The Nightmare
The Human Abstract: Nocturne
Disillusion: Back to Times of Splendor
Into Eternity: Scattering of Ashes, Buried In Oblivion, The Incurable Tradegy
Absence - Noumena
Anatomy of life - Noumena
Be'lakor - (all)
Curse of the red river - Barren Earth
In flames - (early)
The gallery - Dark tranquillity
Slaughter of the soul - At the gates
In mourning - (All, if you consider them melodeath)
No love for Heaven Shall Burn, Dark Age, myGRAIN, Degradead, Enforsaken, Skinlab or Descending? I love the few that mentioned Disarmonia Mundi and Eventide as both I feel deserve more attnetion even though Disarmonia is done (The Stranded's first album isn't bad, but it's not true Melodeath to me). More like newer Soilwork and In Flames which I still love, but I see it as something different.
In Flames, Soilworks early stuff, Mercenary, Mos Principium Est, Wintersun, Arsis, Adversary, Scar Symmertry, Mnenic and COB is more melodeath than anything else really. I know they have a lot of speed and power metal in their music too but melodeath is their main ingredient.
My favorites are:
In Flames: The Jesters Race, Whoracle, Colony and Clayman (all are fucking awesome and I never get sick of any of them)
Soilwork: Steelbath Suicide, The Chainheart Machine, A predators Portrait and Figure Number Five (i really love these guys)
Heaven Shall Burn: Veto (new album fucking kicks ass), Whatever it May Take and Deaf to our Prayers (brutal awesomeness)
Dark Age- everything
Wintersun- both albums are truly remarkable and I can't until Time II comes out. Jari is kick ass!
COB- Follow the Reaper (Alexi dominates on this album)
Degradead- Out of Body Experience (very solid, nothing ground breaking, but catchy and well put together)
Arch Enemy- Khaos Legions, Doomsday Machine and Anthems of Rebelion
Disamonia Mundi- everything. Ettore Riggoti is an incredible musician
Mors Principium Est- everything
I could keep going but I've had too many beers to continue typing. Have a good night and keep listening to melodeath as it along with the new wave of thrash are taking over metal. Metalcore will be dead soon I'm sure.
Well for me, I love all of DT's discography. But as far as In Flames goes... I sorta gotta go with the crowd that stops caring after Clayman. Although I admittedly like some of Reroute to Remain... specifically Dawn of a New Day. But I was just plain angry at Soundtrack to your Escape, and can't get into anything after that either.
Dark Tranquillity is one of my all time fav bands though. The Gallery, Damage Done, Fiction, Character, Projector, Haven, those would be the favorites.
When it comes to melodeath in general, the genre is marred by derivation, and a lot of cloning of ideas, yet what is great about melodeath is that the most memorable and greatest efforts from the most talented bands in the genre are very memorable and you just don't get sick of them. A great melo album just often sticks out in your mind more so than great albums in a variety of other genres.
Carcass - Heartwork
Carcass - Swansong
Children of Bodom - Something wild
Children of Bodom - Hatebreeder
At The Gates - With Fear I Kiss The Burning Darkness
At The Gates - Slaughter Of The Soul
Dissection - Somberlain
Dissection - Storm Of The Light's Bane