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

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


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

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Slayer should definitely be # 1. Come on guys... This band has produced the riffs that are traditionally metal and has been loved all across the globe... and what about the drums? They're ferocious especially the double basses... Slayer haters and asss do listen to Angel of death, Raining blood...
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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


How is slayer #1
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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


Pantera is definitely heavier than Metallica. We all love Metallica, but they shouldn't be on this list. laugh out loud Neither should Sabbath, Avenged Sevenfold, Megadeth, or Iron Maiden.
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4Lamb 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.
Ok. First of all this band rocks and is truly what heavy is. Secondly' Metallica fans are kinda starting to get annoying. Every single list about metal they just blindly go vote for Metallica no matter what the topic. This list is about heavy bands; Metallica is not heavy.
Lamb of God is amazing. Nobody does vocal like randy Blythe. He kicks ass, their material is amazing and everything they have is kick ass, heavy, bad ass, and metal as HELL! They are heavier then half the bands on this list and although they aren't they heaviest ever, they are without a doubt one of the best ever!
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5Iron Maiden
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 heaviests, but Iron Maiden are more melodic and with complex songs, and with much better vocalist!
WTF? 8th place? You people don't understand the influence Number of the Beast gave to metal.


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
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6Avenged 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 your 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. Its the creativity that they have and how they all put something into their craft.

Everyone stop referencing nightmare you say your a a7x fan look at sounding the seventh trumpet and waking the fallen some of the heaviest metal albums I've ever heard... Do don't say your a huge a7x fan if you just gonna reference nightmare because if that's what your doing then your not a true deathbat like most of us
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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
I love Metallica and Slipknot and I'm okay with Slayer but Metallica was the true heavy metal in the 80s like For Whom the Bells Toll and Master of Puppets! But Slipknot is a very heavy metal band, dark lyrics, Corey's vocals, the down toned of guitars, and the masks. Metallica has gotten softer slipknot is getting more harder and awesome. I mean they weren't what they were like in Iowa and Subliminal Verses but they said the next album is darker than Iowa and Subliminal combined! Their darkest songs are Eyeless, People=S***, and Heretic Anthem. Well to me, MAGGOTS FOR LIFE
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8Cannibal Corpse
Well, this list says Avenged Sevenfold is heavier than Cannibal Corpse.
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
Ok this is a list of HEAVIEST metal bands, not the best metal bands and going by that Cannibal Corpse is the heaviest metal band out there, although not my favorite.
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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
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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
Really Avenged before "Sabbath and The Priest"? What the hell is wrong with you people?
Black sabbath invented heavy metal. they are #1!
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The Contenders

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.
Like on any other list, the top bands are not the best (in this case the heaviest), but the well-known bands.
Metallica is not heavy, like many other bands on this list, the top is completely false.
Meshuggah is also not the heaviest metalband, but on this list, in my oppinion they deserves to be the number 1
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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

13Judas 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.
So many good songs
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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.
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...


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

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.
Intended for fish only.
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16Anaal 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

17Strapping 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

18As I Lay Dying
I personally love this band a lot
HOLY CRAP WHERE DO I START oh yeah... 94 hours

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

20Cradle 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.


22Iced Earth
Listen to Dante's Inferno. You will understand.

23Infant Annihilator
Heavier than any band on this list.
Laugh out loud 3 words: torn from the womb

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

25Suicide Silence
Mot the best band but by far one of the heaviest

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.



29Motionless In White

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!
How in the hell is Death 30?

31Blood Has Been Shed

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
listen to them and you will become deaf immediately


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33Electric 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.
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34Job 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.



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...

38Abominable Putridity

39All Shall Perish
One of the heaviest bands on this list, and definitely one of the best.

40Deep 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

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



45As Blood Runs Black
My Fears Have Become Phobias

46Dir en Grey
Please people, this band is just the best. And Kyo the vocalist sings amazing. It's so insane. The best voice you can hear and how you listen his voice on videos or whatever... it sounds equal at live.


48The Black Dahlia Murder

49Arch Enemy


51System of a Down
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
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.

"Roots" is one of the heaviest albums ever... These guys should be in the top ten!
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.
Sepultura at 52 just shows how much of a popularity contest this is.

53Amon 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.

54The 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

Really heavy and fast. Should be higher up

Listen to the new order.
Listen to Demonic or The Gathering from Testament's late 90's era. Chuck Billy is the BEST extreme metal vocalist ever. Gene Hoglan and Dave Lombardo respectively KILLED the drums on these face shredding slabs of carnage. Testament should be top 5.

56Asking Alexandria
I love them there sound is just so different but in a good way
The way they keep the heaviness mixing with that punk type of sound is unbelievable.
Whole song is screamo! M/

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

Ps why is linkin park on here
Kirk Hammet from metallica used to be is exodus... That should tell us something...


59Vital 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!
In this list I prefer Metallica and priest but I really believe thet those guys are the heaviest ever... just hear the die for metal song!

61Dimmu Borgir
Dimmu Borgir should NOT be this far down!



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

65Machine 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!
Why arn't this band in the top 10s they are true metal heads these guys


65? THIS IS LAUGHABLE! Should be top 10.

66Chelsea Grin
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
Chelsea grin should be higher in this list. They are a lot heavier than five finger death punch.
Jesus christ, how are metallica heavy? They're only heavy metal, chelsea grin is bloody death metal, and then you have stuff like enjoy my bitch who are black metal who are satanic people and you can't get heavier than people woshipping satan and singing about it, come to think of it I should have voted for enjoy my bitch

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



This music is slow and fat.



73Dead 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.




78Demon 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!

79Six Feet Under

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


82Led 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!

83Attack 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

Is super heavy hell yea m/

87Acid Bath

88Last Days of Humanity

This list sucks, avenged sevenfold is soft, metallica is to. Sodom is probably the heaviest and most consistent band of thrash metal.

90The Dillinger Escape Plan

Agreed. 120 is a joke

Go back 38 years to the beginnings of Heavy as we know it now. The legendary Jerusalem (1972) managed and produced by Ian Gillan were years before their time. Listen to the official remastered reissue just released by Rockadrome Records, even heavier. 'Primitive Man ' has got to be amongst the heavist songs ever written

93Sadistik Exekution
This is definitely the heaviest band on this list. It looks like people completely mistook what the question was. These guys are ridiculously heavy and brutal and should definitely be #1 heaviest. I like most of the bands in the Top Ten better than these guys, but Sadistik Exekution is much heavier than any of my favorite bands (Metallica, Iron Maiden, Avenged Sevenfold, etc.)
The heaviest of my pick i think.






98Immortal Legacy
They are one word awesome!

99Vomit the Soul

You are donkey and monkey Iron maiden is best

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