Melodic Death Metal
An Attempt to Explain
Originating out of Gothenburg in Sweden.
Melodic Death Metal contains more melodic guitar riffs, melodic solos, and acoustic guitar work than death metal. It also contains more comprehensible lyrics with traditional death growl and screaming vocals. The pioneers of Melodic Death Metal would include Ceremonial Oath, Carcass and Dark Tranquillity.
In the late 1990s, many Melodic Death Metal bands changed their style of playing by adding more melodic elements; more melodic choruses and riffs and making more prominent use of keyboards. Also many Melodic Death Metal bands moved away from the lyrical themes of death, gore, and murder common in other death metal groups.
Although there is often some debate as to which bands fit within this genre, some of the bands that have been put under this banner would include;-
Gates of Ishtar