15 Melodic Albums that Defined 2023


As we approach the end of 2023, we’re looking back at a year filled with awesome melodic metal albums that have truly made their mark. These 15 albums were chosen for their unique sounds and powerful music, showcasing the vibrant and innovative spirit of melodic metal. They serve as a testament to the genre’s creativity, and as we move into 2024, these albums will undoubtedly continue to resonate with fans.

Warmen – Here For None

WARMEN‘s “Here For None” is a melodic death metal gem that combines powerful riffs with infectious melodies, showcasing the band’s prowess in crafting memorable tunes that stay with you, making “Here For None” a fabulous return to the scene!

Bloodred Hourglass – How’s the Heart

BLOODRED HOURGLASS delivered a melodic death metal punch with “How’s the Heart,” an album that seamlessly blends aggression and melody, leaving a lasting impact with its intense energy and dynamic compositions.

Kalmah – Kalmah

With a self-titled album, KALMAH‘s latest release cements their legacy in melodic death metal, striking a perfect balance between heaviness and melody that solidifies their position as a formidable force in the genre.

Suotana – Ounas I

SUOTANA‘s sonic expedition, “Ounas I,” melds atmospheric elements with fierce metal instrumentation, creating a melodic death/black metal experience that captivates with its compelling journey through sound.

Orbit Culture – Descent

Unleashing a very refreshing melodic death metal onslaught, ORBIT CULTURE‘s “Descent” is a powerhouse of raw energy, where aggressive intensity and melodic finesse converge to deliver a standout album leaving listeners craving more.

In Flames – Foregone

In the realm of evolution, IN FLAMES explores new sonic territories with “Foregone,” a melodic death metal venture that maintains the band’s signature sound while pushing the boundaries of the genre, that is true to their roots.

Thulcandra – Hail The Abyss

Within the depths of “Hail The Abyss,” THULCANDRA crafts a melodic death metal triumph, intertwining intricate guitar work with a dark atmospheric undertone that showcases the band’s mastery in creating a brooding yet melodic atmosphere.

Insomnium – Anno 1696

Navigating through rich storytelling and powerful instrumentals, INSOMNIUM‘s “Anno 1696” unfolds as a melodic death metal journey, where emotional depth meets a relentless musical experience.

Before the Dawn – Stormbringers

“Stormbringers” by BEFORE THE DAWN merges aggression with melancholy, offering a melodic death metal experience that reflects the band’s ability to craft emotionally charged and sonically intense compositions.

Dethklok – Dethalbum IV

DETHKLOK‘s “Dethalbum IV” brings forth a melodic death metal extravaganza, seamlessly combining brutal heaviness with tongue-in-cheek humor, showcasing their unique ability to bridge intense metal with animated entertainment.

Kataklysm – Goliath

KATAKLYSM‘s “Goliath” unleashes a ferocious melodic death metal onslaught, capturing the band’s relentless energy and drive as a powerful addition to their extensive discography.

I Am Your God – SINister

“SINister” by I AM YOUR GOD packs a melodic death metal punch, with aggressive riffs and memorable hooks that highlight the band’s commitment to delivering a high-energy and engaging listening experience.

Mors Subita – Origin of Fire

MORS SUBITA‘s “Origin of Fire” blazes a trail in the melodic death metal landscape, combining ferocious energy with intricate musical craftsmanship. With blistering guitar riffs and thunderous drumming, the album showcases MORS SUBITA‘s evolution, offering a relentless and exhilarating sonic experience.

Marianas Rest – Auer

“Auer” by MARIANAS REST is a melodic death metal masterpiece that weaves melancholic melodies with powerful aggression, standing as a testament to the band’s ability to create emotionally charged and atmospheric metal.

Hinayana – Shatter And Fall

Within the realms of “Shatter And Fall,” HINAYANA crafts a melodic death metal journey balancing intense heaviness with melodic intricacy, showcasing their talent in creating a dynamic and immersive sonic experience.

Written by Laureline Tilkin