Top Ten Metal Artists Best at Their Sub Genres

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1Metallica - Thrash Metal

Metallicas best album master of puppets has only 4 thrash songs, while megadeth and slayer are way better with thrashing

Master of puppets is pure thrash. After rust in peace Megadeth was hard rock for a while with some thrash here and there. - Sabbath

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2Black Sabbath - Traditional Metal

Runner up: deep purple - gemcloben

3Iron Maiden - British New Wave Metal
4Slipknot - Nu Metal

What the heck. They are the ones who yuk nu metal to a different level. They are hell

Slipknot sucks, Linkin Park is better.

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5Megadeth - Thrash MetalMegadeth 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.
6Pantera - Groove MetalPantera 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.V1 Comment
7Blind Guardian - Power MetalBlind 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.

I honestly feel Blind Guardian should be here for not just power metal but speed metal as well.

Agree, and based on their 2015 album - for symphonic metal, too. The most amazing metal band ever. - Metal_Treasure

8Cannibal Corpse - Death MetalCannibal Corpse is a American death metal band from Buffalo, New York, formed in 1988 . The band is known for their graphic album covers, explicitly violent lyrics and song titles like "I C** Blood" The group got into mainstream after performing the song "Hammer Smashed Face" in the 1994 film Ace Ventura: ...read more.V2 Comments
9Yngwie Malmsteen - Neo-classical MetalYngwie Johan Malmsteen is a Swedish guitarist, songwriter and bandleader who was born on June 30th, 1963, in Stockholm, Sweden. He was known for his neoclassical metal playing style back in the 1980s.
10Slayer - Thrash MetalSlayer is an American thrash metal band from Huntington Park, California, formed in 1981 by guitarists Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King.V1 Comment

The Contenders

11Judas Priest - Traditional Heavy MetalJudas Priest are a British heavy metal band formed in Birmingham, England, in 1969. The band has sold over 45 million albums to date.

Judas Priest are not in the top 10? Such a shame. - Metal_Treasure

12Motörhead - Speed MetalMotörhead were an English heavy metal band formed in June 1975 by bassist, singer, and songwriter Ian Fraser "Lemmy" Kilmister, who was the sole constant member; guitarist and songwriter Larry Wallis; and drummer Lucas Fox. The band's harsh vocals and fast paced tempos helped inspire speed metal and ...read more.

I see people don't know what speed metal is - speed metal is a version of power metal and not every fast Rock N Roll or punk song. Classic speed metal was played by bands like Blind Guardian, Helloween, Primal Fear, Gamma Ray, and long ago - Deep Purple. - Metal_Treasure

One the best metal bands ever! You can still feel their influence in genre today, many of other great bands are saying that Motorhead helped em to form their music. Motorhead for life!

13Death - Death MetalDeath 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.
14Annihilator - Technical Thrash MetalAnnihilator 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.
15Tool - Progressive MetalTool is an American progressive metal/alternative metal band, that was formed in 1990. ...read more.
16Blind Guardian - Speed MetalBlind 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.

"Majesty" is probably the best speed metal song of all time but their "Banish From Sanctuary" is also excellent. - Metal_Treasure

17Korn - Nu Metal

Well, they created the genre. - Pony

18Blind Guardian - Symphonic MetalBlind 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.

Their 2015 album is awesome and proves they are leaders in this subgenre, too. - Metal_Treasure

19Mastodon - Sludge MetalMastodon is an American heavy metal band from Atlanta, Georgia, formed in early 2000 and composed of bassist Troy Sanders, guitarists Brent Hinds and Bill Kelliher and drummer Brann Dailor.
20Equilibrium - Folk MetalEquilibrium is a German folk metal band. The band's music combines elements of folk music, power metal, black metal and symphonic metal with various other influences.
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1. Metallica - Thrash Metal
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