Amon Amarth: The Crusher: Tough to pick just one album from this band, but if forced, this one wins.
Apophis: I am Your Blindness: Criminally underrated German death metal band with powerful melodies.
Arsis: United in Regret: Technical melodeath band from America proves to have stunning abilities for both technicality and catchiness.
Dark Tranquillity: Character: Melodeath masters on one of their most powerful albums.
In Flames: Clayman: The last great album by the Swedish melodeath powerhouse.
Insomnium: Above the Weeping World: Heart-wrenching melodic death with doom elements from Finland.
Kalmah: They Will Return: Finnish melodic death metal speedsters inject some elements of power metal a la their countrymen Children of Bodom.
Mors Principium Est: Liberation=Termination: Finnish band massively influenced by Gothenburg style and incorporating technoesque effects.
Omnium Gatherum: The Red Shift: Finnish band that is part of a new wave of melodic death.
Skyfire: Spectral: Swedish melodeath band that mixes in elements of power and progressive metal.