9 Best Rock Bands Started By Death Metal Musicians

Even in extreme metal, the irresistible charm of some vintage rock ‘n’ roll is too tempting to resist, at least for some. For many, it’s about revisiting their personal roots as musicians and playing the music that inspired them from their earliest days. Here we have dug up the top 9 rock bands created by death metal musicians.

It should come as no surprise that this list is mostly dominated by Swedish musicians. Even thinking back to the early albums of trailblazers such as Entombed, Dismember and Grave, there was still a sense of rock, whether in the riffs or the overall songwriting. The death ‘n’ roll style was also developed by these same bands. Hey, a good hook is a good hook, even within the confines of extreme music.

There’s also a thriving rock scene in Sweden where glam never really went out of style – a trait that remains the envy of less savvy rock fashion cultures elsewhere in the world…or so this writer sees it. in this way.

Not all Swedes switched from death metal to red rock, as you’ll see below.

  • Hellacopters

    Formed by: Nick Andersson (Entombed)

    Sweden has always valued honest rock ‘n’ roll – even their death metal bands still showed obvious 70s influences amid their maelstrom of buzzsaw distortion. Buried drummer Nick Andersson has a blast as a vocalist and guitarist in The Hellacopters and is also a fairly handy multi-instrumentalist in the studio.

    Formed in 1994 and disbanded in 2008, this group has delivered seven volumes of post-punk garage rock glory. Despite reuniting in 2016, no new material has surfaced, but at least they’re still together.

  • spiritual beggars

    Formed by: Michael Amott (Arch Enemy, ex-Carcass, Carnage)

    If Michael Amott puts as much effort into naming his guitar sounds as Carcass did into naming their leads and solos, anything used to describe his tone in Spiritual Beggars less brash than “Tectonic Thunderfuck” is a disappointment. .

    Prior to joining Carcass, he was also part of Swedish death metal band Carnage and found time to form Spiritual Beggars in 1992, before Arch Enemy was founded. Do you have all that? Heavy guitar, stick-smashing drums and thick bass play drive this stoner powerhouse.

    Amott’s Arch Enemy bandmate Sharlee D’Angelo joined the band in 2005.

  • Jess and the Elders

    Formed by: Antti Boman (Demilich)

    Although no longer in the band, Antti Boman quit playing mind-altering death metal on Demilich’s 1993 single album. Nespithe channeling dark, psych-rock energy on guitar with Jess and the Ancient Ones. Boman is particularly known for the belching vocal style he unloaded on those nervous riffs in Demilich. At least he was able to open for King Diamond before its release, which left singer Jess down an Ancient One.

  • The Night Flight Orchestra

    Formed by: Björn Strid (Soilwork) + Sharlee D’Angelo (Arch Enemy)

    Sweden, we understand – ABBA is a big deal for you. There’s no hate here, especially when dance-pop and Duran Duran fuel an obsession with AOR. That’s the story of The Night Flight Orchestra, or at least that’s how we like to tell it.

    Björn Strid of Soilwork and Sharlee D’Angelo of Arch Enemy founded the band in 2007 and we’re grateful to have a few albums to showcase those buttery hits Strid dazzled us with for so long in tandem with his growling screams. The Night Flight Orchestra makes us want to get up and dance… it’s just a shame that us metalheads don’t really know how to do it.

  • Phantom

    Trained by: Tobias Forge (Repugnant)

    Is Ghost a metal band or a rock band? The answer is…well…both. They never really commit to one or the other and that’s what brings us back to those happy days when it didn’t matter if a band was rock or metal – heavy was heavy, you know? Before Ghost broke out in the 2010s, visionary Tobias Forge was tearing it up with death metal fiends Repugnant. Their only album, 2006 quintessence of darknessis steeped in horror-focused elements, so there are a few dots to connect regarding Forge’s trajectory.

  • Me and this man

    Trained by: Nergal (Behemoth)

    If One Direction and Imagine Dragons can be called rock bands, then Nergal’s dark folk/blues band Me and That Man definitively is what we are looking for here. Look, rock’n’roll is a loose thing these days – almost as loose as Nergal’s wrist as he goes “strummin'” on a pair of albums that evoke funereal moods countered by jitter-oriented injections of folk music. of campfire.

  • Bird of Fire

    Formed by: Bill Steer (Carcass)

    The blues-driving Firebird comes courtesy of Carcass slice n’ dice riffmoner Bill Steer. With straight hair like that, you’re destined to play licks worthy of a pair of acid-washed flare panties, even if you never wear those damn things. Steer founded the band in 1999, three years after splitting from Carcass, leaning into rock-oriented areas on swan song. Firebird hung up in 2011 with six albums to their name.

  • Unicorn

    Trained by: Dan Swanö (Edge of Sanity, ex-Bloodbath)

    With two Edge of Sanity albums out and another on the way, Dan Swano had already proven himself an ambitious songwriter, evidenced by his death metal band’s labyrinthine songs and a few theatrical eccentricities. Unicorn, a full-fledged love letter to the most heartfelt of ’70s progressive rock heroes, had no hesitation in straying far enough from the concept of heaviness. The beginnings of 1993 Since is a beautiful piece of music, just be prepared for lots of major tones, adorable guitar melodies and don’t forget to dim the lights and light some candles.

  • Opeth (end of career)

    Trained by: Mikael Åkerfeldt (sort of)

    Alright, maybe that’s cheating. What is certain, however, is that this is our list, so we’re putting Opeth here no matter what you think. Mikael Åkerfeldt was actually invited to join the band by founder David Isberg, and his arrival caused the rest of the lineup to leave. Eventually Akerfeldt was the last man standing and Opeth became his.

    He was later in and out of (eventually) death metal supergroup Bloodbath. Akerfeldt’s last grunts on an album date back to 2008 with Bloodbath and Opeth.

    The stylistic reboot took place in 2011 Heritage where Opeth presented themselves as a progressive rock band, leaving their death metal habits behind. It counts, right? Maybe we just want to celebrate this underrated part of the Opeth catalog…

Virginia F. Goins