Best Hard Rock and Heavy Metal Bands of the 90s

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1PanteraPantera was a Heavy Metal band formed in 1981 by guitarist Dimebag Darrell and drummer Vinnie Paul. The group got into mainstream after changing from Glam Metal to Groove Metal. The band's most successful album is "Vulgar Display of Power" . ...read more.

Pantera is probably the best heavy metal band ever and they kept metal alive in the 90's better than slayer and Metallica

No need to explain, when you think of the 90's these guys are the second to pop up after Nirvana

No need to explain these guys are the first band you think of when it comes to 90's metal.

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2Guns N' Roses

Most overrated band of all time

Most popular band of the 80s/90s needs to be in the #1 spot!

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3Blind GuardianBlind Guardian is a German power metal band formed in the mid-1980s in West Germany. They are often credited as one of the seminal and most influential bands in the power metal and speed metal subgenres. Heavily influenced by Queen, they use the technique of overdubbing. They also incorporate large ...read more.

One of the metal bands that kept underground metal alive - great musicianship and creativity; developed their own unique style and sound.
Their albums Nightfall In Middle-Earth (1998) and Imaginations from the Other Side (1995) are considered as essential power metal albums.

They are the only metal band I know that has been improving over time - every next album is better than the previous one (altogether 10 awesome albums). Similarly to other people, I'm also beginning to think that Blind Guardian are comparable to Iron Maiden and Judas Priest in terms of quality and consistency. - Metal_Treasure

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4KornKorn is an American nu metal band from Bakersfield, California, formed in 1993. The band's current lineup includes founding members Jonathan Davis, James "Munky" Shaffer, Brian "Head" Welch, and Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu, with the addition of Ray Luzier, who replaced the band's original member, David ...read more.

Korn REALLY popularized the
Nu metal genre they're definitely one of my favorite bands

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5Iced EarthIced Earth is an American heavy metal band from Tampa, Florida. It was formed in 1985 under the name Purgatory by guitarist and main songwriter Jon Schaffer and original drummer Greg Seymour.

90s - not the best timing for new metal bands but these guys were (and still are) awesome.
Dante's Inferno (1995) - one of the most epic metal songs (16:26) and one of the best. - Metal_Treasure

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6AnnihilatorAnnihilator is a Canadian thrash metal band founded in 1984 by vocalist, guitarist, bassist, songwriter, engineer, producer, mixer and mastering engineer Jeff Waters and former vocalist John Bates.

Awesome technical thrash metal.
Songs: Phantasmagoria, Imperiled Eyes, Sixes and Sevens, King of the Kill, The Fun Palace, 21. - Metal_Treasure

7Alice In ChainsAlice in Chains is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1987 by guitarist and songwriter Jerry Cantrell and original lead vocalist Layne Staley.

Why is Nirvana ahead of Alice in chains? I never got that. - Sabbath

Great band aic and pantera were the best heavy metal bands of the 90's

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8DeathDeath was an American Death Metal band formed in 1983 by Chuck Schuldiner. Death is considered to be one of the most influential bands in heavy metal and a pioneering force in death metal. its debut album, Scream Bloody Gore, has been widely regarded as the first death metal record, while the band's ...read more.
9MegadethMegadeth is an American thrash metal band from Los Angeles, California. The group was formed in 1983 by guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson, shortly after Mustaine's dismissal from Metallica.

This band had some great records in 90's with there best lineup they the all time classics rust in piece (still thrash metal) and the more heavy metal albums countdown to extinction, youthNasia, and cryptic writings only bad album was 1999 hard rock attempt risk people think of them more of an 80s band but the 90's definitely had there best lineup and a lot of good records

Should be #1, best mix of technical playing and song quality.

An incredible band that reinvents their sound. Should be higher on the list.

10MetallicaMetallica is an American Thrash Metal band formed in 1981 . The original lineup was James Hetfield (Vocalist and Rhythm guitarist), Dave Mustaine (Lead Guitar), Lars Ulrich (Drums), Ron McGovney (Bassist). The group came into mainstream from their Self-Titled album and the hit single "Enter Sandman". ...read more.

Yes, they sohuold be higher one of the first pioneers of thrash metal with an original sound that has evolutioned, with ups and downs. They should be first or second.

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11Dream TheaterDream Theater is an American progressive metal band. The band was formed in 1985 under the name of "Majesty", but had to change its name to Dream Theater later. ...read more.

Absolutely fantastic impressive band!

12NirvanaNirvana was an American grunge band that was formed in Aberdeen, Washington in 1987. Nirvana disbanded after Kurt Cobain committed suicide in 1994. The drummer of the band, David Grohl, went on to start the Foo-Fighters, an alternative rock band. ...read more.

Yeah I agree with @Metal_Treasure here they are not a hard rock or heavy metal band. - zxm

Nirvana's a bit overrated and definitely isn't metal

They were good, a bit overrated though.

My opinion is I like Nirvana way better then pantera. Nirvana should be #1

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13SavatageSavatage is an American heavy metal band founded by the brothers Jon and Criss Oliva in 1978 at Astro Skate in Tarpon Springs, Florida.
14ToolTool is an American progressive metal/alternative metal band, that was formed in 1990. ...read more.

It's sad that Limp Bizkit is above them

Tool and Pantera were the best metal bands in the 90's

It's truly sad that such a huge band is this low on the list.

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15Rage Against the MachineRage Against the Machine is a Nu-Metal band formed in Los Angeles, California. The band consists of vocalist Zack de la Rocha, bassist Tim Commerford, guitarist Tom Morello and drummer Brad Wilk.

When it comes to Rap Metal they beat KoRn and limp bizkit by a LONG shot

Great band pretty much invented nu metal way before korn

16Limp BizkitLimp Bizkit is an American nu metal band from Jacksonville, Florida, formed in 1994. Their lineup consists of Fred Durst, Sam Rivers, John Otto, and Wes Borland.

U r joking right? It's great that "numetal" artists r included but to put these yackoffs above System..,Tool etc. Is blasphemous.

17ObituaryObituary is an American death metal band formed in October 1984 in Tampa, Florida, United States, under the name Executioner, then changed the name's spelling to Xecutioner before eventually changing their name to Obituary in 1988. The band comprises vocalist John Tardy, drummer Donald Tardy, guitarist ...read more.
18Morbid AngelMorbid Angel is an American death metal band based in Tampa, Florida. UK music magazine Terrorizer ranked Morbid Angel's 1989 debut Altars of Madness first in its list "Top 40 greatest death metal albums".
19PrimusPrimus is an American rock band based in San Francisco, California, currently composed of bassist Les Claypool, guitarist Larry LaLonde and drummer Tim Alexander. Les Claypool is regarded as one of the best bassists of all time for his slap-bass ability in notable songs like "My Name Is Mud", "The Toys ...read more.
20Marilyn Manson

Manson deserves a higher spot. He brought back the amazing live performance showmanship that died after Alice Cooper, Kiss, Oz...passed their prime. Tourniquet is my favorite and AS best album

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