Top Ten Heaviest Metal Bands


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. Don't agree with the list? Vote for an existing item you think should be ranked higher or if you are a logged in, add a new item for others to vote on or create your own version of this list.

The Top Ten

Metallica is great but has nothing close to slayer in terms of heaviness.
Combining skill and "heaviness" slayer should definitely be #1


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.
[Newest]When I listen to reign in blood, god hates us all and world painted blood I don't understand there are people saying Metallica is heavy. testament, megadeth and exodus are much heavier, too.

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
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?
This is the best metal band of all time you cannot beat the classics like one master of puppets enter sandman or hit the lights metallica rock


[Newest]Way heavier than Slayer.

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
[Newest]They are to heavy, the ground shaking heaviness is to heavy to have Earth stay in orbit. Gravity can not hold them up.

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


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


[Newest]Regular People, Throes of Rejection, Strength Beyond Strength, Live in a Hole, Shedding Skin. May I go on? Pantera is much heavier than Metallica and Slayer

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.
Don't get me wrong, Lamb of God is my favourite band of all time, I mean, they kick serious ass and have the best riffs and drum progressions.
However, they are not the heaviest band, heavy bands are like Chelsea Grin, Cannibal Corpse etc
Come on people, learn what heavy means, not just who is the most intense...


[Newest]Lamb of God beats out cannibal corpse in heaviness. No ridiculous lyrics and memorable heavy riffs that pull you down into hell

6Iron 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!


Black Sabbath has nothing to do with extreme metal, it's a classic blues-rock band, then it became a hard rock/heavy metal band, Metallica and megadeth have some heavy songs, but there are much pop metal bands, Slayer is among the heaviest, but Iron Maiden are more melodic and with complex songs, and with much better vocalist!

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.
[Newest]Where is Gojira on this list?

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
[Newest]Megadeth used all of that high pitch treble and people call them heavy? Megadeth is overrated


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
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


Listen to any song on IOWA its disgustingly heavy
[Newest]Slipknot is at most the heaviest I've heard, heard Metallica and not as heavy in my opinion slipknot should be #1

10Black Sabbath
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.


[Newest]Megadeth is not heavy. They are more like quick rock and roll to my ears. Black Sabbath is on the top of the food chain

The Contenders

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!
Haha, number 26? This band should be number 1 and slayer number 2, number 26!
Listen to scream Bloody Gore, feel the heaviness.


12Avenged Sevenfold
OK, I am a big a7x fan, but seriously, what are they doing above pantera? Only 5 songs from Nightmare were heavy.
I don't know why people keep bashing nightmare it was the revs last album. They still are a great band. They put in a show like no other and if you're a true fan of them then it wouldn't matter how they're last album is. You stick by them threw it all. I love their music for what it is. Their 5 friends and losing one of them still is with them going to their shows show that they still have jimmy in their hearts and still have him as part of the band. He's watching over everyone that's in the family and all their fans. It's the creativity that they have and how they all put something into their craft.

A7x is a little screamo band compared to the rest of these, can't even believe people call it metal, get off the list
[Newest]Their first two albums are heavy as Pantera. Pantera is the heaviest one this list. Enough said.

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.
[Newest]These guys play some hard rock, for sure.

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.
[Newest]Nile - real metal

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

16Judas Priest
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.
Painkiller, 'enough said. Very Heavy

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...


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.

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

19Children of Bodom
How is A7X and Linkin Park on this list?!
Children of bodom 19th seriously!
This band should be in top 5 because people we are talking about death metal, black metal, gothic metal etc... ,
And this is where you expect COB to dominate many of their songs are even better than those of iron maiden!
No way cab is so low. They are better than black sabbath, pantera and other bull. COB has superb melodies

Exactly I mean I'm a big fan of A7X but I still and will always think dethklok is heavier and should be in the top 10 preferably at 5
Nothing is heavier than Dethklok. They're the strongest cultural force in the world. If you defy the heavieness of Dethklok. You will simply die.
Dethklok is a melodic metal band and they are not heavy.

21Strapping 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.


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


23Amon Amarth
People seem to be just voting for their favorite bands instead of who the think is heaviest, cause a lot of good heavy metal bands aren't really all that "heavy" no matter how good they are.

24System 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
Serjs voice is so beautiful I've never been so happy to go home and listen to someone elses music

25As I Lay Dying
I personally love this band a lot
HOLY CRAP WHERE DO I START oh yeah... 94 hours

26Electric Wizard
One word "Dopethrone". It really can't get any heavier than that! I really believe (in my opinion) that Avenge sevenfold is a joke band. Its hard for me to grasp a lot of these new bands that semi learn to play an instrument and change their name to something stupid that they feel sounds evil. Synyster HAHA! Joke
How the hell is this band not even on the list, they are the heaviest band of all time, maybe not the best, but they are heavy as hell. Metallica is not very heavy, Slipknot isn't heavy, and Iron maiden isn't heavy. I like all those bands more than EW, but EW is the heaviest band of all time
Yeah, this is just a popularity contest. This is definitely the heaviest band I've ever heard. Maybe not the best band in all categories, but in terms of heaviness Electric Wizard should be at least in the top 5.
[Newest]Before you vote for any other band, please, do yourself a favour and listen to the heaviest band on the planet.

27Infant Annihilator
Heavier than any band on this list.
Laugh out loud 3 words: torn from the womb
Where is black tongue as well

28Iced Earth
Listen to Dante's Inferno. You will understand.

29Cradle of Filth
Cradle definitely has the best vocal of all metal bands I've ever listened to. The music is also exciting compared to many other bands as their variety is big in between the albums and they've got so much going for them. And most importantly, all the elements they put into their music goes so wonderfully well together. Few bands has that.


31Suicide Silence
Mot the best band but by far one of the heaviest

32Motionless In White

Dragonforce a one of the best and they mix speed metal and power metal so there doing powder meatl :D


35Brain Drill


Periphery is a great and very heavy band. I think they should be Higher on this list, maybe not in the top 10 because they are also very melodic. Still, the play better than almost everybody else on the list. Their drummer plays SICK stuff.





42Alice In Chains
Their self-titled album is so heavy that it will crush the earth's core, Cantrell's Tony Iommi inspired earth-crushing doom-laden riffs are impeccable.

43Pig Destroyer




46Blood Has Been Shed

47Fleshgod Apocalypse

Heaviest Black Metal Band



50All Shall Perish
One of the heaviest bands on this list, and definitely one of the best.

51Job for a Cowboy
Unfortunately, this list is people voting for what is most comfortable in their realm. They're not going out and exploring what is truly heavy; it's merely people who aren't really into the genre voting for what is most prominent and mainstream. When put up against Job For A Cowboy, Behemoth, Thy Art Is Murder, etc., Metallica simply does not compare in terms of heaviness. And yet they remain at the top. Why? Because people recognize it. It's the "safe" part of metal. I will cede that Metallica was revolutionary. They brought a niche genre to a wider audience. However, that was 25 years ago. They are just not relevant to metal anymore.
You guys have no idea what metal is until you've heard these guys. Metallica's okay and Slipknot's okay, but this band is super ' heavy.

52Arch Enemy
Why are they so low? They are the heaviest melodic death metal band and they are just awesome :D

Metallica is definitely one of my favorite bands but is no way heavyier than most these bands, trivium Cradle of filth, thy art is murder, cannibal corpse, behemoth, dying fetus and infant annihilator should be near the top but it just goes to show the literal "band"wagons are going heavy with there soft rock and mediocre metal
This whole list is just crap...

These guys were/are heavy. It's different from any other band, there's no band like Obituary. Chopped in half is one heaviest songs ever.

55Deep Purple
Deep Purple should be higher!

This band is one of the heaviest band I've ever heard.
True death metal at it's finest, definentely deserves to be at number one

57Abominable Putridity

58Dir en Grey

So You Die. so much better than slayer
The song eaten is super heavy

Really kreator should be 2. Listen to violent revolution
Celtic Frost should be on this list!

61The Black Dahlia Murder

62Celtic Frost

Is super heavy hell yea m/

64As Blood Runs Black
My Fears Have Become Phobias


66Rage Against The Machine
This great band should be in the 20's.

67Dying Fetus

How can anyone listen to Arise or Chaos AD and think Slayer or Metallica are better Heavy Metal bands than Sepultura? Metallica are a bunch of whiny millionaires and Slayer are Nazi glorifying mascara wearing poseurs.
"Roots" is one of the heaviest albums ever... These guys should be in the top ten!
Sepultura at 52 just shows how much of a popularity contest this is.

You can't deny that Testament got heavier over the years. Most bands get mellow over time. Testament should win for raising the bar. Plus, musically their song writing is superior to most. Just listen to Dark Roots Of Earth.
Really heavy and fast. Should be higher up

Listen to the new order.

Death metal and black metal are the heaviest

71The Devil Wears Prada
While most other bands just play for the fun of it, these guys put their heart into it. They're heavy and sound like they've been playing for ages.
Come on! It is a christian band but at least put it higher on this list

Thi is heavy too, but my list is
1. cannibal corpse
2. behemoth
3. torture killer ( swarm album)
4. six feet under
5. blasphemy
This is as much heavy as good


Metallica's the best, followed by Megadeth, but neither can compare to Exodus' new stuff when it comes to heavy! Lamb of God doesn't compare, Slayer compares, but doesn't win, and no offense to Maiden and Priest, but they aren't that heavy!
Kirk Hammet from metallica used to be is exodus... That should tell us something...


Just listen to songs like no love and a lesson in violence

Ps why is linkin park on here

75Vital Remains

Surprised they weren't on here already, some of the band already high on the list such as Linkin Park are just embarassing, and although I like Cradle of Filth, I wouldn't describe them as heavy.
Definitely one of the heaviest bands out there. I saw them live once, and I felt like the bass obliterated my guts. The drums can be fast as they can be slow, but they never cease to blow your head full of lead. Hail and Kill!
Should be top 10

77Dimmu Borgir
Dimmu Borgir should NOT be this far down!
Maybe not the 1st of all but of course Black METAL is waay heavier than Slayer & Metallica! Some poeple don't know, and also being the heaviest is not always the best


79Machine Head
How are they not on this list!? Obviously they have there softer songs, but songs like impirium, Halo, Locust and Davidian they are the so heavy its unreal!
Hell yes to top ten!
Why arn't this band in the top 10s they are true metal heads these guys


80Dead End
morrie, crazy cool joe, minato, you. one of the most infuential japanese bands



Though their sound may encompass a wider range of genres, Boris personified heavy music in more ways than one. With aural techniques such as feedback, drone, atmosphere, etc, they've created their own awe-inducing musical pit of death. Gongs, e-bows, fuzz pedals, and other esoteric instruments are constantly at their disposal. This band has collaborated with several of the other big names in heavy music, like SunnO))), Ian Astbury, and Merzbow just to name a few. Over seventeen full album releases since their debut in 1996, not including various mash-ups, remixes, singles, and so forth. Their intensity is encapsulated in their refusal to subscribe to any particular credo, as they consistently defy all expectations of what heaviness means to their fans, and to their music. They are truly one-of-a-kind.

Melvins aren't blast beat, Cookie Monster heavy. They're slow and chunky heavy and I like that. This is just a popularity contest.

84Demon Hunter
You must not be listening to these guys people. This band is the epitome of heavy metal, and their melodic, deep, unapologetic lyrics, combined with the most talented musicians make them hands down NUMBER
1, your all crazy. Now, GO LISTEN TO DEMON HUNTER and be easy on yourself for failing to recognize before now!

85Chelsea Grin
Chelsea grin should be higher in this list. They are a lot heavier than five finger death punch.
Their much heavier compared to these other bands... Listen to their first EP and their first album... Fkcing amazing... Their newer stuff is okay too... Like the foolish ones and my damnation

Anthrax killed at the battle for san bernadino. how the hell is rage against the machine before anthrax. -antisocial-


This music is slow and fat.



91Six Feet Under
Well not a lot of people know who they are.

Listen to horrorscope, evil never dies, or shred. And their newest album, the electric age is heavier than most metal albums nowadays.



95Led Zeppelin
Doesn't get much heavier then dazed and confused, immigrant song, communication breakdown! Live zeppelin is a whole nother beast in itself (how the west was won) pure power!


97Attack Attack!

This list is absolutely appalling. The fact that Metallica somehow holds the number one spot is somewhat disheartening. How Cannibal Corpse is lower then Avenged Sevenfold is confusing. Don't let the fact that Antestor is Christian detract from their heaviness. They are one solid band.
This list is ridiculous. Look I like Metallica and a7x but antestor are WAY heavier. They're black metal for Pete's sake I mean come on. And why is nickel back on this list? They aren't even metal!
The Defeat Of Satan yes, but later albums were not heavy.


Is heavier than the top 15 at least

100Acid Bath

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