This country should come as no surprise, but the bands I chose might.
1. Falkenbach (Viking metal)
2. Apophis (death metal)
3. Suidakra (Celtic folk)
4. SpiRitual (gothic/folk/electronic/progressive)
5. Equilibrium (Viking/folk)
The first thing you'll probably notice is the complete lack of thrash. From a country famous for its thrash scene, this probably seems a little strange. You may also notice a lack of power metal, another sub-genre where Germany features prominently. Rather, it's Germany's Viking/folk/pagan metal scene that interests me the most. Long before I started listening to metal I was a fantasy nerd, so that musical style really strikes a chord with me. And Germany has some of the greatest depth there of any nation on Earth, churning out bands like Gernotshagen, Nastrandir, and Dyrathor at an incredible rate. It's that depth that pushed Germany so high on this list, and deciding on bands after the top 2 proved to be difficult. Incidentally, I realize how strange it must seem to include a band with only a lone EP in my top 5, but SpiRitual's sole release ranks amongst my favorite records of all time, so I'm comfortable putting them up there despite the lack of material.