Top Ten Heaviest Metal Bands

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This list is not a list of the "best" metal bands, but the "heaviest" metal bands. This is the best of the "heavy" ones. The "ingredients" used include: Quality of music, style, skill, and how well you can bang your head to it.

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1Slayer

Metallica is great but has nothing close to slayer in terms of heaviness.

Combining skill and "heaviness" slayer should definitely be #1 - metalmaster

It is now a battle between Metallica and Slayer. Yes Metallica is extremely heavy, Master Of Puppets, Ride The Lightning yet if you listen to Reign in Blood and World Painted Blood, you will see Slayer is heavier than Metallica.

When it comes to the amount of aggression, speed, and heaviness that a metal band puts out in their music, there is really nothing that can match Slayer

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2Metallica

Seriously have you even listened to for whom the bells tolls, fight fire with fire, disposable heroes, blackened, call of ktulu? How can anyone say Metallica aren't heavy, back in the 80's they where the heaviest around along with slayer. Heaviness has nothing to do with drop tuned guitars or growled vocals and Metallica are proof of that

Their first 4 albums are kinda heavy, but they don't belong anywhere near the top 10. The people that think Metallica is the heaviest must not listen to a lot of metal. Bands like Cattle Decapitation, Pig Destroyer, Abominable Putridity, Cannibal Corpse, Napalm Death, Dying Fetus, Behemoth, Ingested, and Deicide are 1000x heavier than Metallica. If you think they should be #1, listen to bands that belong to the following genres: Grindcore, Deathgrind, Death Metal, Slam Death Metal, Black Metal, or anything associated with those genres. They aren't even the heaviest thrash band. Kreator, Slayer, Sodom, Ghoul, and Skeletonwitch are a lot heavier - ryanrimmel

Well, firstly let's put their post... AJFA albums aside. Consider their first four masterpiece albums. Pretty heavy eh, Metallica haters? They were easily the heaviest back in the 80s along with Slayer. James had a amazing voice which goes well with their songs. They have original riffs unlike those recycled ones by Slayer. I don't think Maiden should be in the top ten, yeah they're amazing but not that "heavy". A7X are a joke they shouldn't even be remotely close to the top ten. And where the hell are Black Metal bands like Gorgoroth and Mayhem?

Slayer may scream loud, but Metallica has a raw, deep-sounding intensity that no other band could match. These guys are the GODS of heavy metal! If you've ever listened to Motorbreath, Battery, or Fight Fire with Fire as loud as you can, you'd understand why they deserve the #1 spot.

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3Cannibal Corpse

Well, this list says Avenged Sevenfold is heavier than Cannibal Corpse.

Avenged Sevenfold is NOT HEAVY. Cannibal Corpse is #1 and I agree.

Cannibal Corpse is the most hardcore, aggressive, and kick ass band I have ever heard. I enjoy many of the bands above but they are no where near as hardcore as Cannibal Corpse. This is one of the rare bands you find that can sound like they do. Bands like bring me the horizon and peirce the veil do not even need to be close in the ranking, as they are not hardcore, and are not the best bands out there. This band knows how to scream and make riffs, unlike so many other bands

Cannibal corpse and lamb of god are the only ones that should be on this list. It clearly says heaviest not thrash metal whitechapel or black dahlia murder come to mind

Why is Cannibal Corpse after Metallica

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4Pantera

Heavy? Walk. Hollow.

This list is actually a measure of band popularity and public familiarity.
It is certainly not a list of heaviest.

For ultra heavy bands see:
Born Of Osiris, Electric Wizard, Bongripper, Admiral Angry, Candlemass, Gorguts, Nile, Job For A Cowboy, Dethklok, The whole genre of djent with Animals as leaders and Periphery are super heavy, also Pentagram and the Doom genre are slow and brutal.

I could go all day listing heavier bands than these classics and popular bands.

Heaviness is available in all tempos, slow and fast and mid tempo, and the techniques and sounds involved are different. I love Sabbath, Priest, Maiden, Megadeth, Metallica and Slayer, and yet also how the younger bands have pushed the envelope.

And anyone who thinks Maiden or Metallica or LoG are heavier than Slayer listen to Reign In Blood, Seasons in the Abyss, God hates us all, and Crionics personally is better than fight fire with fire.

Metallica is for sure not heavy and pantera should be much higher on the list and sabbath should to but only the ozzy sabbath - GodsNameIsDime

Yeah, pantera is heavier then lamb of god and slayer and why is metallica on this list - tonses

Far Beyond Driven is brutal.

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5Lamb Of God

If someone is calling Metallica a heavy metal band then its sure you haven't listen to true death metals.
Come on I like metallica too but its a list of heavy metal so you shouldn't consider metallica in the list at all. Where are the Thrash metals, death metals, black metals!

This is the list of "Heaviest" metal bands. That means the list should be based solely off who has the most intense sound. All bands on this list play great music, but Lamb of God has the heaviest sound, without a doubt.

I love Black Sabbath. With that said, no other band besides Meshuggah should be on this list with Lamb of God. The first Slipknot album was decent, Metallica isn't half bad, and I do enjoy Pantera. Cannibal Corpse is a total joke, so there's that. The rest, I can totally do without. Especially on a "Heaviest Bands" list. Seriously, what.

Very heavy, good mix between groove and death.

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6Meshuggah

Meshuggah is by far one of the heaviest bands today. The 8 string guitars and the quick off beat drums just add that special sound that makes you want to punch whatever is closest to you.

As much as I love Metallica, Sabbath etc... But in terms of heaviness, they are NOWHERE NEAR the sheer brutality and awesomeness of Meshuggah! Just listen to New Millenium Cyanide Christ and Rational Gaze.

"Bleed" is not their heaviest. Listen to any of their other songs. Meshuggah is easily the most intense, heaviest band on this list. They are completely underrated.

Where is Gojira on this list?

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7Nile

Annihilate the wicked on this page. Nile is amazing band who really understand technical death metal. Enough said and those who think a musically oblivious 8th graded is voting well I am musically smart 9th grader

Only one band in the top 10 is death metal and that's cannibal corpse lamb of god aren't death metal their heavy thrash someone just listen to kafir and then you will know what heavy means

Apparently Linkin Park, Slipknot and A7X are grind core because they're heavier than this. NOT! Cannibal Corpse are high on the list because they're more mainstream now.

Definitely heavier then all the other bands on here altho there are MANY heavier bands PATHOLOGY SHOULD BE NUMBER 1 though

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8Black Sabbath

SABBATH>ALL
Man seriously Black Sabbath pwns them all.
They invented heavy metal, and they are the heaviest among the heaviest.
Tony is the RIFFMASTER, nothing is heavier than his riffs, actually he is so good he probably:
"let two of his fingers being cut off because becoming a guitar legend with ten fingers was just too easy" Tony Iommi Fact #015

OH COME ON GUYS! Seriously how can Black Sabbath not be number 1!?! Bеfore you comment stupid stuff don't just listen to their famous songs but to others as well, like N.I.B, Black Sabbath, and for me the heaviest song ever, a song that is terribly underrated and is from the terribly underrated Sabotage album(And please check it out)-MEGALOMANIA

It seems that people have voted to their favorite bands instead of Heavy ones, compare Black Sabbath with Electric Wizard, which one is heavier? Of course Electric Wizard, Black Sabbath=not heavy at all, not every Heavy Metal band is "Heavy", know the difference. - GREYBOYY

Sabbath is the greatest metal band in history and possibly the greatest band in general, but far from the heaviest.

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9Slipknot

I listen to Slayer and Cannibal Corpse and Death, I listen to lamb of god and Pantera. I've listened to all the stuff that most Metalheads would say SlipKnoT is no where near as heavy as, all that Black Metal and Death Metal and I do believe that SlipKnoT are the heaviest band of all time, I believe that Iowa is the heaviest album ever made and, if I have the correct definition of heavy, Disasterpiece is the heaviest song you could possibly listen to. My ten heaviest bands would be:
1. SlipKnoT
2. Immortal
3. Lamb of god
4. Cannibal Corpse
5. Slayer
6. Machine Head
7. Black Sabbath
8. Marduk
9. Pantera
10. Mastodon

I love slipknot and when I get older I will show my children this band. When I first heard of slipknot I was already addicted to it... I found after slipknot, betraying the martyrs and I love them too. Then after them I found dead by April... Their music sounds a little like dubstep n the beginning and I love them. The first song I heard by slipknot-psychosocial
Betraying the martyrs- let it go
Dead by april-beautiful nightmare
Also I like black veil brides and the first song I heard by them was in the end... Mine and my girlfriends song by them is rebel love song but ita not really metal

love metallica, but they're just not as heavy. mine would probably be like, 1. Slayer 2. Slipknot 3. System of a Down 4. Raubtier 5. Rammstein. really heavy. metallica isn't really heavy but still I think, better - freezerman75

They aren't as dark and gory as cannibal corpse, but they make up for it in speed.

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10Behemoth

Come on guys, this list is not bout voting for yer favorite band.. My favorite metal band is lamb of god and pantera and not to mention I'm not a very big fan of behemoth but I have to agree their music are extremely heavy take slaves shall serve for example, the song itself sounded like it want to kill you

Behemoth are one of my favourite bands. This list is basically all the well known bands. I haven't even seen nile on the list and behemoth/nile are so much heavier. And the people who voted deathcore bands like BMTH are posers who don't know real metal

Half of these bands aren't anywhere near as heavy. They're good but seriously, Metallica, slipknot? They're good (slipknot isn't that good in my opinion) but they aren't heavy.

Behemoth under slipknot, really?

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11Iron Maiden

WE ARE TALKING HEAVY! IRON MAIDEN IS MELODIC AND NOT HEAVY! You people (except for who put on the top 4) Are idiots. This is a problem.

Iron Maiden? Heavy? Seriously? This band is awesome but when it comes to heaviness Iron Maiden has no place even in the top 30! - GREYBOYY

Yes, I have head Fear Of The Dark and saw no heaviness, and you know nothing about heaviness. - GREYBOYY

The heaviest maiden songs would be:dance of death, number of the beast, hallowed be thy name, the wicker man, the reincarnation of Benjamin bregg, the alchemist and a few others

Come on there epic but not so @the heaviest of heavy there great but not super "heavy".

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12Megadeth

Big maiden fan but honestly 6th lets look at it this way
Countdown to extinction vs walk
Rust in peace vs now you've got something to dy for
Hanger 18 vs hallowed be thy name
S for destruction vs raining blood
Holy wars vs master of puppets
No competition who's heavier

Metallica's heavy? Heavier than Megadeth and Lamb of God and Slayer? Ha Ha. Really, there should be some sense among people. Come on.

Megadeth, along with slayer, are very heavy bands, listen to albums like united. Abominations, endgame, or rust in peace, those r heavy albums

This band isn't even that heavy. They're about as heavy as Metallica was. Listen to some real heavy thrash like kreator, dark angel, and morbid saint.

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13Decapitated

This list is a joke. Cannibal Corpse is the only heavy band at top ten. Check the remix that I made of this and you will see the real heaviest metal bands... - SamTheDestroyer

Very technical, fast and heavy death/groove metal band. If you think Cannibal Corpse is either too gruesome for you or your a Meshuggah and Slipknot fan you'll easily get into these guys. System of a Down is hard rock and CoF is mall core. What's next, Bathory being heaviest on this list? I hope not.

GOD DAMN. Decapitated is heavy as all hell. Just check out Winds Of Creation.

14Death

Some people don't know the definition of heavy. Were talking chunky riffs, layered raw sounds, relentless tempo, growling vocals and technicality here. not popular bands and certainly not fcking nu metal!

Listen to "Denial Of Life","Leprosy",feel the heaviness. - GREYBOYY

Haha, number 26? This band should be number 1 and slayer number 2, number 26!

The real death metal

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15Motorhead

Lemmy would SMITE these emo-metal bands down with sheer power of his bass playing hand, and yet alone melt their souls with his voice.

Q: Who would win in a wrestling match, Lemmy? Or God?

A: Trick question, Lemmy IS God!

I'm confused when classic metal bands like Motorhead are below 10. Motorhead are a brilliant band!

This must be a yank site as motorhead are the gods of heavy metal, How can maiden be heavier than motorhead. Haha

16Avenged Sevenfold

OK, I am a big a7x fan, but seriously, what are they doing above pantera? Only 5 songs from Nightmare were heavy.

Come on guys, Avenged Sevenfold isn't the heaviest on the list. I know that. But they're heavier than several people above them like Maiden. Just listen to God Hates Us, The Art Of Subconcious Illusion, I Won't See You Tonight Part 2, Requiem, Critical Acclaim,etc. Just take a listen. Yes they do lots of slow/ melodic songs, but they do several heavy songs that people are unaware of!

A7x is a little screamo band compared to the rest of these, can't even believe people call it metal, get off the list

Man I grew up on this band thro my mom I no longer know... My favorite album is city of evil and we have a lot in common. I don't trust any one either and I don't care what people say about me etc

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17Judas Priest

Rob Halford is Metal God. Priest, Purple and Sabbath started it all. Priest metalized Joan Baez and Fleetwood Mac songs for crying out loud. Beyond The Realms Of Death, hello. Priest had horrible record producers in their early albums, yes I said albums but were an amazing live act. Bringing a Harley Davidson on stage? There would have been NO Slayer or Metallica or Pantera without Halford. The fact that Megadeath is even on this list is laughable.

Let's face it Judas Priest started it all when it comes to metal. Many say it was Ozzy and Black Sabbath who started metal when in reality the Priest is the inspiration for all metal genres. Their loud sheiks and heavy riffs inspired those bands from death metal all the way to nu metal. If there was no Judas Priest THERE WOULD BE NO HEAVY METAL!

Speed, heavy riffs, long solos, and the screaming voice of Rob Halford.
What else you need? They have (with Black Sabbath) invented modern metal.
METAL GODS!

Painkiller, 'enough said. Very Heavy

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18Anaal Nathrakh

Suprised that I actually know these guys, they are black metal, which I guess is heavy. I don't really see why they are different from other black metal bands though

Hey man this year, the music. The first day, but the most part. The best

19Strapping Young Lad

This appears to be a popularity contest, rather than what is really "heaviest". Love slayer, slipknot... Etc but nothing can compare to SYL (except maybe meshuggah) for heaviness. - andrewtuckey

Devin is a genius

Devin's STRAPPING YOUNG LAD a bloody heavy band when they were around, with LOVE being a contender for the heaviest song title

Stop what you're doing. Go and listen to 'Oh My God' by Strapping Young Lad. Come back and vote then.

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20System of a Down

Um... Disturbed over System? Maybe you should listen to their earlier stuff like Sugar or Spiders and compare that to Down with the Sickness or Stupify.

By the way, Testament should be higher in my opinion. And Dio.

What the hell is this? System of a down is one of the amazing bands which must be in top 15. Vocals by serji, malakian were amazing. These are awesome, you should listen to System of a Down in lifetime. System of a Down is forever

I love System of a Down, but this list is about heaviest, not best.

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