Top Ten Heaviest Metal Bandsmetalmaster 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.
The Top TenXW
Metallica is great but has nothing close to slayer in terms of heaviness.
Combining skill and "heaviness" slayer should definitely be #1 - metalmaster
You know Slayer are the heaviest Metal band ever, simply by just listening to any one of their albums.
A perfect example of Slayer's epic heaviness would either be their Reign In Blood or Seasons In The Abyss albums...
Slayer is the definition of HEAVY in Heavy Metal!
Slayer is a very heavy band for sure and extremely aggressive and hardcore but Cannibal Corpse is heavier by far. (Slayer is way better though)V57 Comments
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
I expected the top 20 to be full of Death Metal bands... What I found: Metallica, Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Black Sabbath, Pantera, Megadeth, Motorhead. Guys, it's 2016 and you still think that those bands are the heaviest? Slayer is the only band that doesn't play Death Metal to belong near the top. About the modern metal bands in the top 20: I can accept Slipknot, but AX7 shouldn't even be on the list!V63 Comments
Music in general is very subjective. It is all about the person listening the song etc. But briefly to the point: Metallica, within their time as categorized as "heavy metal" the band made their Black/Metallica album. It is, and still is very, very heavy, to the sound, feel and how it is performed.
Yes, it was produced very well. It has many good songs, even so good that they could be thought to be made as simply in purpose of making money... or just to make sure that future kids have some tunes to play to their chicks.
Sad But True is a good example of very heavy song as musically. There are much, faster, slower, deeper, lover - what so ever bands/songs there. I would love to challenge Dimmu Borgir, Cradle of Filth and Moonspell to make a cover song of Ozzy's Mr. Crowley... Oh wait... They are "heavier", why shouldn't/couldn't they make cover of Enter Sandman? - They could, but they don't want to?
In the end, we can go back in the history towards the great classical ...more
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
This is the greatest metal band of all time and they are pretty aggressive sometimes but they are by NO means the heaviest. Metallica is way better than Cannibal Corpse but Cannibal Corpse is a billion times heavier.V31 Comments
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.
Yeah, pantera is heavier then lamb of god and slayer and why is metallica on this list - tonses
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
Not heavy at allV44 Comments
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 it's 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.
Nobody touches these guys. Chris Adler is the best drummer on the planet right now.V22 Comments
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 are truly heavy especially their 7th album demigodV9 Comments
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.
"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.
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 probably the heaviest song I have ever heard.V24 Comments
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 thoughV4 Comments
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
Listen to Surfacing, Eyeless, (Sic), Purity, Pulse of the Maggots, Three Nil, AOV, Skeptic, Lech, and every song on the Iowa album. Try to tell me they are not heavy then!
Heavy thrash metalV48 Comments
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
GREYBOYY seems to know very little about Heavy Metal and is citing bands that just use speed and relentless noise to quantify what is 'Heavy'. For volume to have impact there must also be silence in the music. How can you seriously be discounting bands that are responsible for creating Heavy Metal in the first place? Maiden are a Heavy Metal band (How can this band NOT be in the top 30? ). Priest is a Heavy Metal band. Sabbath are a Heavy Metal band. Metallic are a Heavy Metal band. Heavy does not equal constant racket and growling tuneless vocals.
As much as I love iron maiden they aren't super heavy they are more of a classic 70's metal band which back then was very much like more heavy version of rock and roll.V24 Comments
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
Really Avenged before "Sabbath and The Priest"? What the hell is wrong with you people?
There are so many comments saying they're not heavy. Sure they're not as heavy as Iron Maiden, Metallica, Slayer, Pantera, etc., but in the the early '70s, they were the heaviest band of all time! There was no other band heavier than them.
Sabbath is the greatest metal band in history and possibly the greatest band in general, but far from the heaviest.V21 Comments
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.V15 Comments
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
They set the standard for heavy at the same time Metallica was thrashing just because they're not as big doesn't mean they aren't infinitely more brutal
Why isn't this number 1 this was almost on the same time as slayerV9 Comments
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.
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!
Just like Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath and Metallica. Motorhead doesn't belong anywhere near the top 20 in regards to heaviness
I'm confused when classic metal bands like Motorhead are below 10. Motorhead are a brilliant band!
OK, I am a big a7x fan, but seriously, what are they doing above pantera? Only 5 songs from Nightmare were heavy.
Are you kidding me? Avenged Sevenfold shouldn't be on this list. They are an okay band but they are nowhere near heavy. The only reason this is on there is all the A7X fangirls voting for this thinking its heavy. You want heavy? Check out Slayer and Carach Angren - SirSkeletorThe3rd
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!
While they're definitely not the heaviest band, just listen to their first album "Sounding The Seventh Trumpet". It's pretty heavy. Songs like "Turn The Other Way" and "The Art Of Subconscious Illusions" are probably the heaviest.V17 Comments
The only reason they aren't higher is because of how underrated they are. Trust me if they were more popular they would be much higher. Listen to songs like "Deceiver", "Death Will Reign", or "Murderer" All of these are very heavy songs
Just listen to their older stuff like Nailed. Dead. Risen. Or My Nemesis they are pretty insane if you ask me. Plus most of the bands on here aren't even heavy...
These guys knock slipknot out of the park when it comes down to heaviness!
Huge blast beats and ridiculously heavy
What? I like this band, but there are definitely WAY heavier bands then this. its core. come on.
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