Swedish Metal part 1 – WorldWide Metal series

Sweden: A Forge of Metal

Sweden’s Metal scene has long been revered for its raw power, technical prowess, and innovative spirit. From the bludgeoning riffs of Death metal to the soaring melodies of Power metal, Swedish bands have continuously pushed the boundaries of the genre, earning them a global reputation as Metal pioneers.

One of the most influential movements in Swedish metal is Melodic Death metal, a subgenre that emerged in the early 1990s from Gothenburg, Sweden. Characterized by its blend of Death Metal’s aggression with melodic guitar lines and soaring vocals, Melodic Death metal bands like In Flames, At the Gates, and Dark Tranquillity helped to redefine the genre, attracting a wide audience beyond the traditional Metal scene.

Beyond Melodic Death Metal, Sweden boasts a rich diversity of metal subgenres. Power metal bands like HammerFall and Sabaton embrace epic themes and soaring choruses, while Black metal outfits like Dissection and Bathory explored the darker depths of the genre. Swedish Metal has also had a significant impact on Progressive Metal, with bands like Opeth and Meshuggah blending technical proficiency with experimental elements.

With its diverse array of subgenres and a long history of innovation, Swedish metal continues to captivate fans worldwide. The genre’s influence can be heard in the music of countless bands across the globe, cementing Sweden’s status as a true metal powerhouse.



  • Genre: Melodic Death Metal
  • Location:  Gothenburg, Västra Götaland
  • Status: Active
  • Formed in: 1990
  • Link: Encyclopedia Metallum


  • Genre: Black Metal
  • Location: Uppsala, Uppsala
  • Status: Active
  • Formed in: 1998
  • Link: Encyclopedia Metallum


  • Genre: Death Metal 
  • Location: Stockholm
  • Status: Active
  • Formed in: 1988
  • Link: Encyclopedia Metallum


  • Genre: Technical Groove/Thrash Metal; Djent
  • Location: Umeå, Västerbotten
  • Status: Active
  • Formed in: 1987
  • Link: Encyclopedia Metallum


  • Genre: Progressive Death Metal, Progressive Rock
  • Location: Sörskogen, Stockholm
  • Status: Active
  • Formed in: 1990
  • Encyclopedia Metallum