Originally Posted by mankvill
I can say for sure that Heartwork is influential for melodic death metal. That and Slaughter Of The Soul are pretty much the only good melodeath releases.
While I think that must Melodic Death Metal is repetitive and somewhat boring, there are definitely some bands that I think stand out from the other ones. For instance, I think Unleashed, Amon Amarth, Dark Tranquillity, and old Children of Bodom stand out. Some of the old In Flames albums were alright too.