Death metal musical groups from California

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  1. Abriel



    Abriel was an American metalcore band based out of San Francisco, California that was formed in 2008. Best known for their female vocals, mixing metalcore with pop, and their "DIY" approach to the industry funding their own tours, album releases, and marketing.

  2. Abscess



    Abscess was a hardcore punk-influenced death metal band from Oakland, California. The band was formed in June 1994 by Chris Reifert and Danny Coralles, both former members of Autopsy. Abscess disbanded in 2010.

  3. Abysmal Dawn

    Abysmal Dawn


    Abysmal Dawn is an American death metal band from Los Angeles, California. Their latest album, Obsolescence, will be released in October 2014.

  4. All Shall Perish

    All Shall Perish


    All Shall Perish is an American deathcore band from Northern California, formed in 2002. Currently, the band is signed to Nuclear Blast and have released four full-length albums through the label. Their latest record, This Is Where It Ends was released on July 26, 2011.

  5. Antagony



    Antagony is an American deathgrind and metalcore band from the Bay Area of California, formed in 1999 and disbanded in 2009. They are known for being one of the pioneers of deathcore. Antagony has released three albums, each on a different record label. Members of Antagony have gone on to form bands such as Oblivion, All Shall Perish, Suffokate, Oblige, and Hacksaw to the Throat.

  6. Autopsy



    Autopsy is a death metal band, founded in 1987 in the United States by Chris Reifert and Eric Cutler. They disbanded in 1995, but reunited in 2009.

  7. Bleeding Through

    Bleeding Through


    Bleeding Through was an American metalcore band from Orange County, California. Formed in 1999, the band blended influences stemming from modern hardcore punk, symphonic black metal, and melodic death metal. Although the band was often labeled as simply metalcore, when Brandan Schieppati was asked if he considered Bleeding Through a hardcore band, he said: "I think we're a hardcore band and I'll never say we are a metal band, we're all hardcore kids and we came from the hardcore scene. Ours is just a different version of hardcore, we're trying to do something which adds a different variety to the hardcore scene, which has been sounding the same way for so long."

  8. Brain Drill

    Brain Drill


    Brain Drill is an American death metal band formed in 2005 from Ben Lomond, California. They are signed to Metal Blade Records and released their full length debut album entitled Apocalyptic Feasting on February 5, 2008. In support of their debut, disagreements were engaged and members began to leave, which led to rumors that Brain Drill was disbanding on March 19, 2008.

  9. Burning the Masses

    Burning the Masses


    Burning The Masses is an American death metal band with a very progressive and technical style based in San Diego, CA. They are signed on Mediaskare Records and have already released two full-length albums and an EP under that label.

  10. Carnifex



    Carnifex is an American deathcore band from San Diego, California. Formed in 2005, they are currently signed to Nuclear Blast after having been signed to Victory Records and have released five full-length albums and one EP. The name of the band is derived from the Old English Latin word Ă€Ășexecutioner; literally meaning, "executioner".

  11. Cattle Decapitation

    Cattle Decapitation


    Cattle Decapitation is an American deathgrind band from San Diego, California, formed in 1996. The band's current line-up includes Travis Ryan (vocals), Josh Elmore (guitar), Dave McGraw (drums), and Derek Engemann (bass guitar). Cattle Decapitation has released six albums, their most recent being Monolith of Inhumanity (2012).

  12. Cephalotripsy (band)

    Cephalotripsy (band)


    Cephalotripsy is an American death metal band from California. The group formed in 2003 and have released one full-length album, three demos and promos and have been included on a split with Membro Genitali Befurcator. The band is characterized by their very slow death metal style, which focuses primarily on playing slam riffs.

  13. Decrepit Birth

    Decrepit Birth


    Decrepit Birth is a technical death metal band from Santa Cruz, California, USA. They have released two studio albums through Unique Leader Records and one through Nuclear Blast, and a demo independently. All of their studio albums feature artwork by renowned fantasy artist Dan Seagrave. Their latest album, Polarity, was released on July 27, 2010.

  14. Deeds Of Flesh

    Deeds Of Flesh


    Deeds of Flesh is a four-piece death metal band from Los Osos, California, USA. They were formed in 1993 by Jacoby Kingston, Erik Lindmark and Joey Heaslet and are still active. They founded their own label, Unique Leader Records, which has since become home to a number of other death metal bands from around the world. Deeds of Flesh have released eight studio albums, their most recent being Portals to Canaan which was released in 2013.

  15. Disgorge



    Disgorge is a Mexican deathgrind band.

  16. Disgorge (band)

    Disgorge (band)


    Disgorge is a death metal band from San Diego, California, formed in 1992.

  17. Divine Heresy

    Divine Heresy


    Divine Heresy is an American metal band formed by founder of Fear Factory, guitarist Dino Cazares and Devolved, drummer John Sankey. Although the band's origins trace back to 2002, Divine Heresy was officially formed in 2006. The band currently consists of guitarist Cazares, former Vital Remains drummer and current World Under Blood drummer Tim Yeung, former Nile bassist Joe Payne and vocalist Travis Neal. Tommy "Vext" Cummings was fired from Divine Heresy following an onstage altercation on April 26, 2008. After holding auditions for a new frontman for the band, it was announced on August 14 that The Bereaved vocalist Travis Neal is to fill the position.

  18. Elysia



    Elysia is an American deathcore band from Shingle Springs, California. Originally called Elysium's Revenge, the band was started in 2003 while the members were just freshmen and sophomores in high school. Since 2003, they have released two EPs and one full-length album, and have completed two US tours despite almost constant line-up changes. Having settled into a more solid line-up, the band released their latest full length, Lion Of Judas, on June 10, 2008, through Ferret Records. The band disbanded in 2008, but announced their reformation in 2013.

  19. Epidemic



    Epidemic was an American death/thrash band which was part of the Bay Area thrash scene.

  20. Exhumed



    Exhumed is an American death metal band from San Jose, California that is currently signed to Relapse Records. The band plays an old school style of death metal influenced by early Carcass and Entombed and is known for its gore-themed lyrics. The band, which has endured a highly unstable line-up since inception, formed in 1990, went on hiatus in 2005, and reformed in 2010, with guitarist/vocalist Matt Harvey being the band's only consistent member.

  21. Faxed Head

    Faxed Head


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  22. Fear Factory

    Fear Factory


    Fear Factory is an American heavy metal band, formed in 1990. Over the course of their career, the band has released eight full-length albums, and have evolved from a succession of styles, frequenting industrial metal with flavors of death metal, groove metal, and thrash metal. Fear Factory proved to be enormously influential on the metal scene in the mid- to late-1990s. Fear Factory disbanded in March 2002 following some internal disputes, but reformed later that year without founding member Dino Cazares, adding bassist Byron Stroud, and casting then-bassist Christian Olde Wolbers as guitarist.

  23. Ghoul



    Ghoul is a thrash metal band from Oakland, California. Though the members' actual identities are meant to be concealed, it is known that some members or past members of Ghoul also play or have played in other bands such as Impaled, Dystopia, Wolves in the Throne Room, Exhumed, Phobia, Asunder and Morbosidad. Ghoul released their debut album in 2002 and since then have released four full studio albums.

  24. Impaled



    Impaled is a death metal and goregrind band from Oakland, California. The band's name is a backronym, standing for "Immoral Medical Practitioners And Licentious Evil-Doers".

  25. Impending Doom

    Impending Doom


    Impending Doom was a German blackened death metal band. The band was formed in 1993 but split-up in 2001. Their song "Screams of a Raven" appeared on the compilation album Voices of Death (Part I), produced by Voice of Life Records. Through the band's eight year career they released three full-length albums, two EPs, three split albums, four demos, and two compilation albums. Much of the band's lyrical content revolved around Satanic themes and imagery.

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