Melodic death/doom metal
There also some quality bands that mix death/doom with melodic death metal, such as Ghost Brigade, Insomnium and Wolfheart. These type of bands can be hard to classify, as they rarely play exclusively slow and mournful music. A good example of the style is Insomnium’s song “Down With the Sun”. Another Finnish recommendation is Barren Earth, a band that takes the style in a progressive direction influenced by Opeth and classic progressive music. As usual with intricate genre tags, the melodic death/doom metal tag doesn’t have much distinction compared to the death/doom metal one. Most Finnish death/doom naturally falls under the melodic umbrella, for instance bands like Swallow the Sun, Rapture, Kaunis Kuolematon and early Amorphis.
Five melodic death/doom metal albums to check out
Here is a starter pack of five melodic death/doom metal albums that are worth checking out!
Daylight Dies – Dismantling Devotion
Daylight Dies combines classic Katatonia style death/doom elements with melodic death metal and a slight progressive twist to create a great sound. All of their albums are high quality, but “Dismantling Devotion” is the absolute masterpiece for me.
Ghost Brigade – Guided by Fire
Ghost Brigade mix a lot of styles, everything from Neurosis style sludge to newer Katatonia hooks and classic Finnish melodic death/doom. Whatever style they choose to focus on, the songwriting and emotion is usually spot on.
October Tide – Rain Without End
An old classic that masterfully fused the Katatonia – “Brave Murder Day” template with what was going on in the melodic death metal scene at the time.
Rapture – Futile
Rapture took the “Brave Murder Day” sound and wrote very catchy songs based upon it. “Futile” is a great album that succeds in being both infectious and strongly depressing.
Slumber – Fallout
A masterclass in melodic death/doom metal from the Stockholm suburbs. It’s almost undividedly hailed by the scene as a masterpiece for good reason, and the newer bands featuring the band members (Atoma, Enshine and Exgenesis) are really good too.