The Best Melodeath / Extreme Power / Gothenburg Metal Album

1.  Insomnium - Shadows Of The Dying Sun 395
2.  At The Gates - At War With Reality 210
3.  Mors Principium Est - Dawn Of The 5th Era 108
4.  Allegaeon - Elements Of The Infinite 82
5.  Scar Symmetry - The Singularity (Phase I - Neohumanity) 61
6.  Novembers Doom - Bled White 43
7.  Whispered - Shogunate Macabre 41
8.  Bloodshot Dawn - Demons 36
9.  Arch Enemy - War Eternal (write-in vote) 21
10.  Descend - Wither 16
11.  Son Of Aurelius - Under A Western Sun 11
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Allegaeon - Elements Of The Infinite

Who knew melodic death metal could be so technical? Well, a handful of guys from Central North America did, and Elements Of The Infinite is a perfect testament to that fact. Allegaeon exploded onto the scene with their debut back in 2010 and haven't looked back since, whetting the appetites of old Arsis and Amoral fans worldwide. This album is a perfect addition to an already impressive discography - one that takes their advanced level of technicality to the next level.

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At The Gates - At War With Reality

Last year, we saw Carcass return after nearly two decades with an unbelievable comeback album; this year's resurrected melodeath icons are At The Gates, whose first album since the 1995 classic Slaughter Of The Soul kicks, rips, and shreds with the same ferocity that made them great 20 years ago. At War With Reality is an icy blast of cutting riffs and Tomas Lindberg's perfect, ragged growls that makes it hard to believe that this is a comeback - it sounds like they never left.

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Bloodshot Dawn - Demons

Bloodshot Dawn plow through these songs like a raging behemoth, tearing the roof off the stagnating modern melodeath scene and injecting some vitality back into it. The massive, incredibly precise guitars and chainsaw bass grind through these eight installments of harsh, melodic fury. Demons bristles with sheer energy and raw talent.

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Descend - Wither

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When your usual melodic death metal isn't enough to take your mind off the vicissitudes of life, Descend's progressive touch might be just the thing you need to cast off. Coherent, heavy, catchy, well-crafted, and reminiscent of Opeth, Wither should hit whatever spot of yours that needs hitting.

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Insomnium - Shadows Of The Dying Sun

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Never ones to veer from their own consistent track record, the Finns in Insomnium successfully integrate the style and presence of Omnium Gatherum's Markus Vanhala into their identifiable sound, resulting in one of the year's finest releases in melodic death metal.

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Mors Principium Est - Dawn Of The 5th Era

Offering a steadfast style and strong all-round performance in their latest effort, Mors Principium Est continue to deliver what melodic death metal fans know and love with their incisive rhythm section driving home what is surely one of their most energised and consistent outings in recent years.

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Novembers Doom - Bled White

Bled White is a stylistic anomaly amongst our other yearly contenders in this category, as the band's writing in melancholy melody continues along a path of death divergence in their trademark blend of doom and death. Less doom, more death, it's all about an experience in evoking sadness around an aggressive impact. A yearly stand-out in style and sound.

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Scar Symmetry - The Singularity (Phase I - Neohumanity)

With the loss of Christian Älvestam long behind them, generic restrictions aren't something Scar Symmetry abide by in their most recent albums. In 2014 we find them escalating to new heights in The Singularity (Phase I - Neohumanity), which streamlines their progressive edge in a melodious synergy of sound, taking their fresh approach beyond its limits and presenting a trajectory in melodic death metal that is all their own.

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Son Of Aurelius - Under A Western Sun

Son Of Aurelius apparently set out with one task in mind while writing this album, and that was to produce an album that could convince even the most jaded melodic death metal fan that the scene is far from dead. Simply put, Under A Western Sun is beautifully melodic at its core, wonderfully complex throughout, and progressive in all the right ways - a landmark album in more ways than one. On a related note, Riley McShane's vocals may very well be the cure for cancer.

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Whispered - Shogunate Macabre

You probably wouldn't guess that Whispered are from Finland, for their expertise in seamlessly weaving traditional Japanese instrumentation and melodies into their music. On top of what was already exceptional bombastic melodeath, these unique elements add an entirely new flavor to Whispered's sound. Shogunate Macabre follows Thousand Swords with the same unmatched quality and the same passion for the art.

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