Best Metal Bands

The best metal bands of all-time. 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

1
Metallica
Michael Jackson is the king of pop
Elvis Presley is the king of rock
Metallica is the KING OF MUSIC
METALLICA! That's sums it all. World of metal would never be the same without them. They've been through it all, creating masterpieces, even had their downfall. Yet they still came back strong with stuffs like Death Magnetic. They've played pure thrash, heavy metal, ballads etc.. You name it. Black Sabbath influenced them but that's can't be a reason why they can't be better. Nobody can deny their epic products especially in 80s.. Ride The Lightning and Master of Puppets is truly masterpieces. Megadeth, Black Sabbath, Slayer, Pantera, Judas, Anthrax, Ozzy, should be place higher or at least in top 10. X Japan is a great band but their place is unacceptable. Newer band such as A7X, Disturbed, Lamb of God, Slipknot & COB should be in the list but definitely not in top 10. G&R, Korn not even metal in my humble opinion. Linkin Park can GTFO & kiss every single band asses.. Should be write off forever.
I remember that day in 1983 when a friend of mine came at home and told me "listen to this":he had recorded "wiplash" or"metal militia"(not quite sure)on the radio the evening before. I kept silent for a while after listening and had a look to my friend. I guess we realized something huge and amazing had just happened in the metal sphere. I rushed to the nearest record-dealer to buy "Kill' em all", Metallica's first LP, and may have listen to it a thousand times! Then we saw them live twice (once at the "heavy sound festival of poperinge, Belgium) with unforgettable Cliff! The following albums are so great and impressive! (Ride... Master... Justice)As many, less conviced with the black album (except sandman & wonderful"nothing else matters"of course)and following load and reload but bought them in spite of everything cause Metallica is Metallca! Anyway, in 2008, they signed they lost nothing of their ill-temper and genius with "death magnetic". Sometimes when I remember that day in 1983, Ican't help telling to myself:"we weren't mistaken. Some years later Metallica has become the greatest metal band of the world and of all time!
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2Iron Maiden
Iron Maiden are one of the most revolutionary and original metal bands in the history of metal! Not only are they a huge role model for other bands such as Metallica but they are original in terms of lyrics and song meanings. Their songs aren't about sex and drugs but usually about mythical stories. Their signature songs captivate the audience with a slow and delicate introduction which jumps into a fitting arpeggio of melodies and riffs which makes up the concerts which are voted one of the best!
This band made me love Metal! Come on man, Iron Maiden SIMPLY THE BEST. Metallica is great, but come on its Maiden!
Iron Maiden
Judas Priest
Metallica

In my opinion
They are the gods of metal.. Metallica is also amongst the best metal bands but even metallica is inspired by maiden
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3Black Sabbath
These guys are the reason why all heavy metal bands are born..
I mean come on!
I think these guys should be in number 1 in the first place!
Come on! Black Sabbath created metal. How come Slipknot is higher... They suck!
They are the god of metal how come they are at 9th position this is nonsense
I don't believe it ozzy is the best metal artist in the world
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4Megadeth
No band even compares to these guys. Especially not Metallica. Metallica holds the distinct honor of being the single most overrated metal band of all time.
Iron maiden, black sabbath, slayer and judas priest all deserve recognition, but Megadeth is my favorite of all time. Slipknot, x japan, disturbed, and avenged sevenfold are not deserving of this list. What a joke!
Who the f is x japan. A snowball's chance in hell they're better than megadeth. And also megadeth>metallica because megadeth stayed metal their entire career. Metallica TOTALLY sold out after and justice for all
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5Avenged Sevenfold
I don't like it that people think that in order to be great, you have to be such and such years old. Newer bands can be just as great and even greater than these bands from the 80's. Since their very first album they've been god-like. Even when they switch up their sound, it still sounds incredible. Great performers, great people, and definitely one of the greatest bands ever.
Perfect band is all I can say, we can found the greatest screamer, MATT SHADOW, we can hear a greatest riff by SYNYSTER GATES, and the drummer icon and the best voice, THE REV.. ZACKY also give a big dealing with the guitar by his left hand, and not least, JOHNNY CHRIST, without him play his bass guitar, AVENGED SEVENFOLD song will never perfect...
Avenged Sevenfold is the best band I have ever heard. It is not very inappropriate, beside from the slashing and cannibalism in one or more of their songs. Its a nice mix of instruments, and I think adding the violin in more of their songs would be sweet. Their songs are beautiful at times and just awesomely awesome. I wonder why this is not number one. IT SHOULD BE!
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6Judas Priest
Judas Priest is the best Metal band, there's not another better. They're called Metal gods, thing that others can't be called. On the top with them Black Sabbath has the place, and after them, shall be Iron Maiden and Accept.

JR

Please tell me why Judas Priest is notnumberone... I mean tht voice is like WAy out there.. NO DUPLICATIONS! I mean I may only be 17 but I know JUDAS PRIEST was the BEST!

Asianavynuke

I can't understand why JP is on 7. You people are insane. Really. JP and Iron Maiden should be the first two. Get metallica out of there, RAM IT DOWN!
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7Pantera
Pantera should be in 1st. Their songs are hardcore and fresh still today. A true metal band of all time... Don't judge me that's the fact.
Have to agree that pantera should be first I mean darell shreds at the electric guitar I mean he is insanly good I can only play like 2 or 3 of his songs they are really hard and you can't forget about phil anselmo
Pantera rocks Cowboys from Hell was just pure metal amen
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8Slayer
Too many fangirls voting it seems. Slayer are probably one of the greatest metal bands ever and avenged sevenfold are above them oh dear
Slayer surely is number 1... Lame people dunno why its so down to 16... Slayer is best band ANGEL OF DEATH is one of the best song in the metal history... SLAYER are the direct reason for DEATH METAL... Slayer should be at least within top 5! SLAYER METALLICA SABBATH MAIDEN JUDAS PRIEST COB PANTERA MEGADETH DREAM THEATRE MOTORHEAD are definite top 10
Slayer at 16? Whos x japan? Slayer is the best metal band ever.. Metallica, black sabbath, judas priest, iron maiden, megadeth, cradle of filth, cob, log all come after Slayer
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9System of a Down
Serj tankian is one of the best metal vocalists of all time. These guys deserve to be just a little higher on this lest
not as traditional as iron maiden, megadeth etc. but farout these guys have created their own sound and made some amazing music. I love system
I simply love toxicity! It's awesome! They should really be number 1 like really I mean yeah
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10Slipknot
Slipknot below x japan? X japan doesn't deserve top 10 list!
Slipknot is awesome. They're not just about kicking ass or being hardcore, they have strong and well thought out ideals coupled with a great sound.
Slipknot is one of the best bands, if not the best metal band in the world. It songs are amazingly played and the lyric are just epic. The best combo for me. Plus I like the masks
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The Contenders

11Dream Theater
The reason that a lot of people don't like DT is because they aren't musicians - which is OK. However, I feel that they are definitely underrated, although I was actually surprised to find them 12 on the list; they are really not that popular. But I am a bit surprised that they are below SLAYER and SYSTEM OF A DOWN! I mean, this IS a metal list which does include nu and death/really heavy thrash metal but those bands are way too evilish and scary and screamy for me. I, however, would strongly recommend anybody (particularly Metallica and rush fans, but anybody nonetheless) to listen to the WHOLE SONG Pull Me Under or even better, Octavarium. At the very beginning, when I first got into DT, I only really liked and had heard of the songs Pull Me Under and Panic Attack. I loved them both, and I wanted to know more songs by this band, because they were so great in my opinion. SO, I came to this site, and I looked at the top 10 DT songs. Octavarium was on the top of the list. I went on iTunes and listened to the preview... HATED IT. I was like, "Wow this is really stupid and makes no sense at all why is this so high on the list? " But, I figured there must be a reason that this song is so liked, so I put on my new beats (got them that day), and listened to the whole thing on grooveshark. I paid strong attention to the musicality and the lyrics and everything, and oh my gosh, I loved it. So much that, with the remainder of an itunes gift card that I had, I bought the whole album (you can't buy the song on its own). What a fantastic decision that was.
How is Dream Theater 14th!? Dream Theater pushes progressive metal to the limits and offers KILLER drum solos and riffs in all of their songs and not in a couple of their hits
14th!. Well I think the people who vote here is too young to understand Dream Theater
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12Disturbed
disturbed rules! but I mean come on! I've looked at the band rankings and most of you are morons. first ozzy osbourne was declared the king of metal a few years ago. second its not about the stupid message the song gives, its about how badass they can be with a guitar and drums. Also most people who have known the older bands and listened to their music would agree that they truly invented the music of metal. And You buttholes who say " Ohh but the newer bands are way better ", SHUT UP! you don't know the true meaning of rocking out.
I like them too much to have an complete impartial opinion. :)
Go ahead Disturbed. You're the best new metal band which I listen until now.
David Draimans voice is strong and beautiful its just sex to the ears
Dan Donegan is a master on the guitar
John Moyer is a beast on the bass
and Mike Wengren is the best drummer of the newer metal bands
in my opinion
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13Bullet For My Valentine
Only one word is enough for them. The best band ever, however I'm unhappy to see them so down here. Vote for bullet. Let bullet devour you. Metal, metal, metal...
Their songs are really very very good. They have given a new meaning to the metalcore genre. The voice of Matt Tuck is awesome. The riffs and solos of Paget are impressive, Jay does a good work on the bass and the drumming by Moose is just too good, I mean the way he blends the double bass with the drums is really impressive.
They should at least be in top 10 if not in top 5.
Those who have not listened to them, please please Listen to these an you will know-
Waking The Demon, All These Things I hate, Tears Don't Fall, Your Betrayal and Hearts Burst Into Fire.
Bullet For My Valentine for the win.
HOW DARE IT COME IN THE 11TH POSITION?
The list is rigged...
Guys just listen to their songs...
The best of the best... How could it not be in the top 3?
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14Lamb Of God
Why is this 19th?
this is one of the best...
lamb of god deserves more...
Lamb of god is the best band of them all, because their songs are like math, They count out every note in the riffs and makes them like a puzzle. Incredible to listen to! EPIC!
In my opinion every band I've seen so far deserves to be acknowledged on this list. Every band I've heard on it are brilliant. Maybe some wouldn't be considered metal, but those bands are still awesome. Lamb Of God are one of the best. I think that the new and old metal types of metal on this list should be divided up, as they do sound very different. The bands that stand out to me the most have to be Slipknot and LOG at the minute, although that doesn't mean to say that the others are bad. Randy Blythe's scream is by far the best here! Listen to the dongs 'Set To Fail' and 'Now You've Got Something To Die For' trust me, if you're a true metal fan you will love them. Oh and by the way Linkin Park are in fact nu metal, well Hybrid Theory and Meteora anyway and they are an excellent band.
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15Motörhead
Too much love for these guys, they deserve to be way further up.
It's Motorhead. When talking about the best metal bands not including this one is equal to blasphemy ( if you're religious) or idiocity ( if you're not religious)
"Ace of Spades", "Overkill", "Iron Fist", "We are Motörhead", "Orasmatron", and way too many other gems all sung and played by God himself, Lemmy Kilmister. Mickey Dee's drumming still gives me chills whenever I hear it in "Overkill". Their unique style of metal should place them at least somewhere in the top 10. Give them a listen, you won't be dissapointed.
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16Tool
Linkin Park and Bullet For My Valentine better than Tool? What's wrong with you people!

Baseline

No Offense, (which means get ready for an insult) but it seems like a profound number of people who listen to Metal here has no regard to the suspense mystery and intelligibility of the songs.

I am not surprised that Tool is not in the Top Ten; not many people appreciate them, not many people understand them, not many people appreciate lyrics (if you do you will have great regard to what the hell they are singing), and not many of them has reached that great switch of perspectives...

I wager many of these people don't listen to classical music.
What does it have anything to do with Tool?
It means you are not resilient. You only like Metal. That is all.
Bringing musical thought back to music.

snufftherooster

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17Death
Haha, Death should be top 10 easily. Avenged Sevenfold? Seriously? LINKIN PARK? Well, I'm just saying Death slaughters most of these bands. At least Pantera and Megadeth are in a quite fair spot.
Death being this low on the list is an absolute joke. Every song by Death is amazing, Chuck's vocals are just incredible, and you can't forget the fact that this band practically started DEATH METAL. Which is one of the biggest sub genre's to Metal.
I am feeling so Symbolic about death. Death mixes a perfect pitch in their music.
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18Anthrax
Yall' know nirvana, ACDC, van halen, red hot chili peppers, and 30 seconds to mars isn't metal right?
The should be within the top 5, with iron maiden, megadeth, Metallica and black sannath. If anyone needs further reminder of the awesomeness of this band, listen to their new album
Come on. At least the top ten. Nirvana, van halen, red hot chili peppers are all not metal. I'm not saying that they are bad bands but this is a metal band list. Also, how the hell are slipknot and linkin park above Anthrax. The most underratted band in the big four.
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19Rammstein
great band, underrated 'cause they sing in german..
Music is so different to any other metal band in the world. Puts on the best live shows ever, and you never get tired of listening to their music. Just plain Amazing! Legends!
Best German band ever. Best Industrial band ever. Best performances live ever. Many awesome song ( Du hast, P, Ich will, Moskau, Ich tu dir weh, Rosenrot etc)
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20Ozzy Osbourne
How is ozzy only 29 th behind linkin park and dragonforce. He is the prince of darkness and the king of metal. At least number 5!

RossMcC

GRR! Ozzy was the one in my life who showed me how heavy metal was good and I'm only ten years old. Give a hurray for awesome songs like crazy train, mr. Crowley, no more tears, let it die, gets me through and the rest of his but road to nowhere. I hope this made you think he should be number one.
Man ozzy should be higher than this. Without him none of these guy's on the countdown would even be here. And he can still rock hard!

JXJ

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21AC/DC
This right here is the definition of epicness. Bon Scott and Angus Young, kings of their craft. Even though they are not metal, I have to vote for them they are my favorite band hands down
Metallica are just overrated! They are not even near AC/DC and I'm a Metallica fan but still AC/DC were the ONES that gave metal a whole new dimension!
This is the greatest Band ever. They should be in first place by far, man. The difference from other bands is that most of them have like 3 songs that are outstanding, AC/DC has over 10.
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22Dio
How the hell is Dio not higher on the bloody list?
He was one of the founding fathers of what we call metal!
Hail to the king! M/ Dio started the evil horns, had an amazing voice, was on Black Sabbath, and wasn't a cocky bastard about it! You guys need to stop voting up the latest popular trend and vote for the guys that have lasted!
Most people in this time probably don't know. He created awesome singles, popularized the sign of the horns, joined Sabbath, and is one of the best vocalist of all time. As it says OF ALL TIME, Dio should be on the top! RIP Dio.
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23Nirvana
Nirvana is the one who broke punk
Did a lot in few time
If kurt is still alive then nirvana must shook the world today I bet..
Nirvana is the best
Awesome band! Shame they're not still going ;(
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24Children Of Bodom
I think COB is the best of all ever. And Alexi (The Wildchild ) is guitar guru, I just can't but help listening to them even I can't think of heavy metal without cob... Love you!
Why 18th? Is this some kind of joke! Children of bodom don't deserve to be in the top 20, they deserve to be in the top 3! People should consider looking at the advantage that this band has. They melodic, fast and skilled! Alexi and Roope have absolute technique and speed. Watch the bodom beach terrot solo lesson and see how talented Alexi is. COB IS AWESOME AND THEY SHOULD KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK! NOT MY FUNERAL IS ALSO A GOOD SONG TO PICK UP CONSIDERATION
My personal Favorite band of all time I Loved all their albums.
Their new album is okay, its meh it has some cool solos and guitar playing.

Bloodrunk was awesome though, I don't know why fans complain about it.
I've loved bodom since Something wild and They really progressed their style A lot into a great band.

There is a reason The ESP guitar website puts Alexi Laiho's Name above george lynch, Jeff Hannamen ( slayer), Gus G ( ozzy), Stephen Carpender ( deftones), Mycheal paget ( bullet), Will Adler ( lamb of god), Ron Wood ( rolling stones), Max Cavaleria ( Soul fly, Sepultara)
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25KoRn
Okay as far as a list goes I don't know exactly where the placement of KoRn should be. But I know one thing, personally it should be just a bit higher than this. Jonathan Davis has an amazing voice. He can do a wide range of different things with his voice. And not only that but have you heard a lot of their music?! And no I am not talking about all of their overplayed songs. I am talking about the songs that you don't hear much. There is so much emotion put into the music. You can literally feel the anger, and the pain in some of their harder and softer stuff. And the crazy things they do with their instruments really makes their music very different. With Fieldy slapping his bass like a pro. And Munky is a exceptional guitarist. And takes different approaches to things. And the drums no matter who it was that was playing them at the time were amazing. I just think this band should be up a bit more on the list.
My #1. Best nu-metal band ever, great vox, awesome riffs and so much emotion and understanding. No words for the work of this band. I have goosebumps every time I hear the voice of Jonathan Davis. It's just embarrassing that KoRn wasn't in this top 200 before I added it. Their latest album, tPoT, is the best album ever made. The mix of Dubstep and Metal is just perfect. They're great inventors in the field of music. Much love and respect for this band.
Korn is maybe the best metal band of all time, especially Untouchables
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26As I Lay Dying
What the hell is AS I LAY DYING doing down here?... Its obviously the god of all metal bands of all times. People have seemed 2 f'ed up their minds by just sticking their hearts to Metallica and considering them as the ruler of all times. Come on man, a ruler doesn't remain the ruler forever. People don't seem to have heard the quality of music that these guys produce. This is really very unfair... AS I LAY DYING definitely needs justice. Please vote for this wonderful band and if you don't believe me then hear these:
This is who we are
Anger and Apathy
Paralyzed
Through Struggle
Forsaken
Separation
Reinvention
Darkest nights
Moving Forward
The kings of metalcore!
Come on guys! As I Lay Dying is one of the greatest and most special bands
Some bands don't deserve to be above these metal masters, like X Japan.
30 is very low number for this awesome band!

rock2metal

What is Japan X and Linkin Park doing up there when AS I LAY DYING is sleeping right here? It seems people still don't have enough idea about "metal". How could Linkin Park and Dragon Force be called metal bands man? Please vote 4 AS I LAY DYING! I am DYING to see it up in the top 5
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27Linkin Park
The old linkin park yes, Hybird Theory and Meteora are awesome. However there latest stuff I wouldn't call metal.
Linkin Park should be higher, at least in top 5. Two albums, Hybrid Theory and Meteora, are Linkin Park's metal album, but Minutes To Midnight is a little bit of Metal too.
Linkin park is the perfect combo of Hip-hop and Rock (Rock and Rap -Mike Shinoda). However, it also has an amazing metal element to it that still remains in their new albums everyone complains about. (Victimized, Lies Greed Misery... ) Without Chester, this band wouldn't be on this list. This band is first on the alternative rock list. Nirvana is a good second place winner though. :P
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28All That Remains
come on people? why isnt this band even on the list? listen to some of their songs like this calling, six, the weak willed, the deepest gray, chiron, for we are many

someguy12345

Get your ears checked people
Y you NO GIVE IT A LISTEN? UHM? THE GUITAR, THE DRUMS, THE VOCALS, THEY HAVE A GIRL ON THE BASS THAT DOES BACKING SCREAMS! O. O Y WON'T YOU LIKE IT?

29Opeth
At least they're higher than before, but this still is not acceptable. Mikael is probably the greatest vocalist in metal alive being able to go from epic death growls yo sweet harmonizing singing. Just look up the songs "the moor" and "burden" and you'll see what I mean
The completness of apparent uniform uneducated/uninformed nature of the community voting on this list is the most apparent by Opeth's exclusion from the top 3. Easily the best band on this list, although to all the Metallica haters, you are kidding yourselves if dismiss the incredible legacy left by that band's first 4 albums. Opeth itself initially sounded like a similar ( much more complex) Metallica clone as so many other bands have. To call metallics entire career in summation equal to the #1 spot is ludicrous though. Opeth's consistency in producing excellent music that demands and rewards repeat listens is unrivsled
Opeth rules! Anyone who think A7X and Bullet For My Valentine is metal should be decapitated and mutilated! Bullet For My Valentine and A7X are NOT metal. They are both metalcore and metalcore is not metal metalcore is hardcore hardrock both of those are not metal and combining two non genres of metal together does NOT give you metal. And no just because wikipedia says metalcore has extreme metal influences and hardcore punk doesn't mean it's true. HCP is black flag and misfits and EM is cradle of filth and new dimmu borgir and metalcore has non of these. Trivium, As I lay Dying, Unearth and Killswitch engage are the only metalcore bands that are actually metal.
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30Guns N Roses
Most talented band as they only released 3 albums. Had the most high-profile songs of any metal band
40th? Heh really? Who made this list? Noobies? Come on youngsters, this band should be around the top ten and most of ya'll know it. I'm a guns and roses fan since day 1 and this band inspired lot of kids like me when it was our days.
Guns N' Roses must be on top it's like the best band everr and slash rocks Guns N' Roses to death and metal never die m/
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31Led Zeppelin
Why the hell is Zeppelin so low on this list? This is easily the greatest and most influential rock band in history with Pink Floyd
Let me explain why Led Zeppelin is not high on this list: they are not a Metal Band. They are Classic Rock. Even that's too specific, because they've tried everything in the book. They've tried reggae, rock, country-rock, heavy metal, and even mixed in some folk. I'm only voting for them because I like them, but they belong on a different list.
You have to be kidding me since when is avenged sevenfold better than possibly one of the best bands of all time Led Zeppelin
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32Manowar
40?... WTF manowar are the true kings of metal the should be on top
One of the most underrated bands ever just listen to hail and kill or warriors of the world or die for metal or sons of Odin or Sleipnir almost most of there songs are awesome there the true kings of metal
No other band so purely represents the soul of metal. The first note I ever heard them play live sent a chill to my spine. The strenght and power of their songs are a whole other level, and all their songs drip with pure metal. So old, yet still so METAL!
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33Five Finger Death Punch
AMAZING - Best Modern Metal Band on this list so far, in my opinion! And I know most of these bands! I am in love with every single song they have ever produced, they're all amazing!
Holy hell Five finger death punch are way better than all of the bands below pantera. They should be in the top ten.
How in the hell can anyone think that 5fdp is not top ten quality. I mean seriously. Between the vocal range and their emotional meaningful lyrics... They are one of the best.
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34In Flames
In Flames doesn't make music. They create melodic poetry. Rhythms that make you want to beat someone up, along with lyrics that can give you goosebumps. Is and will always be my favorite music, they changed Melodic Death Metal. In Flames we Trust.
I would rather go to In Flames concert than to Metallica or Iron Maiden concert. To me they are the best band on this planet, tough they really should be in top ten at bare minimum.

Try listening to Slipknot's Psychosocial and then listen to In Flames' Only for the Weak and then explain me how In Flames number 28 and Slipknot 10!

They don't just make few awesome songs, their every songs is awesome and worth listening. If you would point a gun at me and ask me what are my top ten In Flames songs, I honestly couldn't tell you. There are just so many insanely good songs.

Everything about this band is brilliant: vocal, lyrics, melody, rhythm, guitar solo... And I don't care what people say about their new albums. They are as great as the old albums.

In Flames we trust!
In flames is way more talented then most of the bands listed above
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35Testament
The combination of Alex Skolnick and Chuck Billy make Testament a force to be reckoned with. They should be the fifth member of the "big 4." (Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax, considered the "big 4" of thrash metal, for those who don't know) They have been writing great music since the 80s and they are still writing great music. One of my favorite bands.

thethrasher

Why people voted Avenged Sevenfold?
Testament is the best!
Testament deseves to be way higher, definitely one of the best.
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36Trivium
Trivium bloody best band ever!
Why so low?... Really very disgusted to see them in so low in ratings its the best metal I ever heard... And how come likin park become a metal band...
Ascendancy, Shogun and In Waves have to be the 3 greatest albums I've ever heard. Theses guys are also the best live musicians I've ever seen. They surely deserve number1!
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37Accept
They are invencible on stage, their sound is amazing, their set list is perfect, and the performing is awesome. Shall be at the top behind Judas Priest.

JR

mad songs especially balls to the wall I love that song
The best German Metal ever existed.
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38Cradle of Filth
Cradle of Filth should be in the top ten! My preference laugh out loud
Love the guys! I can listen to them forever hahahahaaha! (><)//
Their lyric can make a movie you know
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39Amon Amarth
Is this even a pure metal list? Rock and metal are two entirely different genres of music. 3-4 bands among the top-ten don't even have their roots in metal. And those that are metal are all specifically heavy metal, except Slayer. Whatever happened to the variety in subgenres. Moreover, folk metal bands are nowhere to be seen. Not even Eluveitie or Wintersun, which show traces of melodic death metal and are deservedly more popular and talented than most other bands on this list. In Flames, Amon Amarth, Cannibal Corpse, Opeth, Orphaned Land, Dark Tranquillity, Children of Bodom, Carcass, Insomnium, and the likes have shockingly found their places in double figures above 30! And I don't consider any metal list worth a dime without the likes of Korpiklaani, Alestorm, Moonsorrow, Eluveitie, Tyr, Amorphis, Anathema, Adorned Brood, Falkenbach etc featuring in it. And these either aren't even in this list, or they lie somewhere near the century mark. This list has clearly been created and voted on by the pop/rock audience, and is absolutely worthless.
Half the bands on this list aren't even metal. Amon Amarth kicks ass, and needs to be further up the list since we are talking about metal, after all.
Amon Amarth being out of the top 40 (instead of the top 5) only goes to show how underrated they are and/or unknown in the states. Give a listen to Destroyer of the Universe or Pursuit of Vikings and tell me how these guys are not rated MUCH HIGHER. Number one melodic death metal band on the planet Earth in my book!
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40Cannibal Corpse
This is an absolute joke. Cannibal deserves to be way higher on this list because no other band comes close to their brutal sound.
Pardon me? Who let A7X, Slipknot and X-Japan in the top 10? Cannibal Corpse started death metal, one of the most brutal genres in music history! Can't they at least be in the top 5? Or 10 maybe?
Great Pure Metal band right here. Their oldest albums to their newest ones are still brutal as ever.
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41Helloween
Helloween are the best power metal band in the world! only listen their EPIC saga "Keepers Of The Seven Keys", prepare to enter heaven!

How in hell Helloween is 39? They created Power Metal, which is an amazing Metal Style, also they have the best members in this category, awesome composers, great vocals, bass, guitars and drums, mostly drums with Ingo amazing work. They deserve much more than poser bands like Slipknot and A7x
Listen to Keeper of The Seven keys, followed by The King for a Thousand Years, then Halloween, that's it, you prepared to enter in Heaven, now knock on the door listening How Many Tears, A Tale that Wasn't Right and Forever and One. They opened it, now make your triumphal entrance with Victim of Fate, Kids of The Century, The Invisible Man and Dr. Stein, now finish this pack, preparing to be in eternal freedom listening to the best music with Eagle Fly Free.

Kai and Weikath are both amazing guitarists! Weiki is my inspiration since before I started playing guitar.
Deris and Kiske have one of the best voices out of there.
Ingo was the best drummer ever! No discussion about this! No one is better than Ingo! Rest in Peace - Ingo Fly Free
Uli Kusch and Dani Loble plays drumms very well too
Markus Grosskopf is an amazing bassist, just listen to Halloween, KOTSK and Eagle Fly Free to know what I mean.

Are You Metal? And Where The Sinners Go? What would you ask to a mountain if A Mountain Could Talk? You Run With the Package that contains a Pleasure Drone to give you Power as we're in a Time that is just Before The War. Laugh out loud, almost all up there was written with music titles
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42Deep Purple
Technically good or not, I don't care.
They have so many good songs with good riffs and good guitars.
You don't have to be fast to be a good guitarist, Ritchie Blackmore
Is on my list of good music.
I enjoy their music, this is what heavy metal is all about!
Amazing they help put down the ground work for all recent Metal along with Sabbath. They had the Original Metal in the 70's. Helped with two great albums in the 80's metal shred. Gave us the epic intro to the Battle Rages on in the 90's and In 2013 gave us an astounding progressive Metal album Now!? Clearly they are one of the best metal bands of all time!

STLRams1

53 on this list presently, this is a joke for deep purple
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43Antim Grahan
Many of you may not have heard of Antim Grahan because its band from nepal. But If you give a try and listen one of the song then the real metal lovers can not stop them from loving this band. Listen to their songs like FOREVER WINTER or 300 and you will know what I'm trying to say
-Nepali Metal Lover
Antim Grahan is a ultimate metal band. I would really like to thank this site because through this site, I discovered Antim Grahan and now I am proud to be one of the antim grahan fan...

Hell Yeah... Antim Grahan take metal genre to new level... Shame to all those people who call themselves metal lover and do not listen to Antim Grahan.
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44HammerFall
They are great! These folks should be in the top ten! I know they are Swedish but they rock, if you don't agree you have never heard them.
The best heavy metal band!

45Arch Enemy
If Metallica is the god, Arch Enemy is the goddess! WE WILL RISE! Angela Gossow's voice rules!
Only retards who follow rhymes think Metallica is the king of metal. Rhyming words don't reveal talent. Arch enemy is the perfect metal band ever. Voice of Angela Gossow, Drums and riffs make them unstoppable.
Arch enemy deserve the position of top 10... this band just too awesome
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46Marilyn Manson
Absolutely amazing, such a shame that he is so understood to be 33rd.
One of if not the best stage man ever.. Been to 5 of his shows eachone one amazing.. Nothing bad I can say about him or his music I love it

travislong

Lyrically and musically I think his album trilogy of 'Antichrist Superstar, Mechanical Animals, Holy Wood' are the most complex and intelligent I have ever had the privilege of witnessing.
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47Venom
Formed in Newcastle, England in 1979.
Classic albums: Welcome to Hell, Black Metal, At War With Satan.
Metal changed to black
Create black metalm influenced death and speed!

48Rage Against the Machine
Agreed, why the hell is this band down at 44, they are one of the most important bands of not only the 90s, but of all time. Very political, and very heavy. Definitely heavier than most of the bands on this list, and the lyrics are also controversial and heavy. Only Metallica, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden match up to these guys.
Iron maiden are, always have and always will be my favourite metal band but RATM have really grown on me the last couple of months. Deserve the vote!

wolphert

Morrello revolutionised guitar effects

And the riff were ledgendary

Top 10, at least
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49Bloodbath
This band stands for goregrind they're the most brutal band iv'e ever heard. They deserve to be higher than cannibal corpse!

50Iced Earth
I am sorry if I make a lot of people to get angry, but honestly I think that Iced Earth are 2 classes above every other band metal or not even classics as Iron Maiden and Metallica.
Dantes Inferno, A Question of Heaven, Coming Curse, Damien, I Walk Alone, Travel In Stygian, Gettysburg, Declaration Day, Pure Evil, Cast In Stone, The Hunter, A Charge To Keep, When Stars Collide, Anthem, Dystopia, Burning Times...
One of the best bands on the planet, so amazing, songs like Dracula, Ten Thousand Strong, A Question Of Heaven, Travel In Stygian and others are so amazing.MATT BARLOW on vocals the best metal vocalist after Halford and Dickinson.None can sing Travel In Stygian, A Question Of Heaven or Dracula like Barlow.Listen to their live album Alive In Athens it's insane.One word for this band EPIC.
Favorite metal band ever. They've got some of my favorite songs out there, and they're a great balance between iron maiden and Metallica. Great lyrics in all their songs and tons of meaning in their lyrics. Highly recommend listening to their night of the storm rider album or the glorious burden
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51Motley Crue
Why the Heck did they put Motley Crue in 59? Its just wrong man, they should be arrested for that kind of stupid stoned and dumb thing that they did. I know Ozzy, Guns N Roses, KISS, Scorpions, and AC/DC and other ones are good but Motley Crue is the best IN THE Best Metal Bands.
Another hard rock list crossover, but metal enough to be here. Some great albums, and a great show in Santa Monica.
They invented the sex drugs rock and roll lifestyle were the hell are they they are way better than avenged sevenfold, slipknot, and all that nu-metal crap
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52Machine Head
This band is just perfect. The instrumental is the most complex you can find, Robb's vocals are unbelievable in studio, such as live, and the lyrics are pure art. Plus, they adopted many styles throughout their career, so it's the best Thrash metal band you'll ever find!
Best live band I've ever seen, and I've seen a lot. They just blow me away.
The blackening has to be one of the best metal albums of all time.
Machine head should be a lot higher. Locust and halo are truly amazing songs. Their cover of hallowed be thy name is absolutely brilliant
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53Three Days Grace
THREE DAYS GRACE ARE AWESOME!
Their awesome because I can't find a single song by then that I didn't like. I don't think they're the best to everyone cause there are other bands better but some of those other bands songs aren't good but all of Three Days Grace are awesome! Though it may not be the best metal band because not all of their songs are metal, most of then are hard rock, but they're still awesome
This is the best inspirational band I ever seen. They I Believe they should have shot right pass Linkin Park though. I think they are way better and deserve a better ranking. No disrespect to Linkin Park though, they have written some of the best songs I've ever heard also. Although with that said I believe if you would listen to every TDG album and song you'd have them in you're top 5 and possibly, as you're number 1 band. Because we have to be honest, its not a band on this list that has all metal songs. I believe overall, and by overall I mean all around potential and the quality and persistency of the songs a band writes. TDG makes in the top 5 easy. I wont go so far and say there better then the classic rock bands like the Beatles, but they do come close to those standards. And speaking of the Beatles majority of their songs are not metal. This my opion.
I think this is so lowly ranked because I wouldn't really consider it a "metal" band. It's more rock to me. They are very good, though.
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54Meshuggah
43?

World. Wake up! There's more beyond mainstream music.

#The undisputed masters of underground music.
Meshuggah are absolute monsters!
Just such a huge sound with amazing rhythms.
I seriously rate these guys.
Nothing to say! Just listen!
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55Overkill
What can I say? They've been thrashing since the 1980s with no selling out whatsoever, and with 16 (16! ) albums to their credit, they are clearly showing no signs of slowing down. They are better than every single band in the big 4, and deserve much more credit than they get. Incredibly consistent, excellent musicians, and a sound that never grows tiresome, Overkill is easily one of the best thrash metal bands of all time. I LOVE THEM!
There is no more of a consistent thrash band than Overkill.

Wut the bloody hell they need to be in the top ten their classic and their album covers are badass kids this days don't know true metal from crap seriously come on vote for overkill there badass
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56Evanescence
This is not metal, they're rock. And what Gun's N Roses, Aerosmith, AC/DC, Nirvana and Kiss doing at here. They are not metal. Metal and rock is very different
How come does evanescence is not on the top 3! Amy has a great, awesome& strong voice her songs are insipiring!
Evanescence deserves to be in the top 3! This is a great band, their music and lyrics are both powerful. And Amy's voice is amazing...

Metallica is quite overrated.
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57Emperor
The sun has set on emperor but the music is still alive Ihsahn has started doing more progressive metal which is really good anyone who had not listened to emperor, or to Ihsahn, is really missing out this is some of the best metal ever.

the_winds_of_mayhem

I was young. Still are. Black.
Didn't expext Emperor to be here. They should be at number one together with Nile

58Dethklok
Although it was started on a T.V. show, the level of talent show by the band is greater the most on this list. Gene Hoglan, is one of the best metal drummers ever, and Brendan Small is an extremely good guitarist, together they create the MOST METAL MUSIC EVER.
This is the greatest Death Metal band I've ever heard of. They take everything which is brutal and make it into a song. For example, when the world needs a song about mass mermaid murder, they're there to make it real. Not only that, but the riffs in their songs will rock (or metal) your world when you hear them.
What can I say dethklok like gives me the adrenaline no other music gives me it makes me mad and happy at the same time, also I love lifting weights to their bad ass riffs and lyrics. Dethklok kicks ass.
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59Dragonforce
Why would you put dragonforce this low, as my favorite band that I enjoyed hearing most of my day to Through fire and flames, heroes of our time and soldier of our time, they deserve a place to be in the top ten. They put up some powerful notes that words can not describe even when herman li starts playing his guitar, YOU ROCK GUYS!
I Love Dragonforce because the notes they play is Technically hard And Love to hear them... Dragonforce rocks... Herman li Is Awesome Their finger skills is so good... And I want to meet them as me myself is a guitarist of a small band... Thank you
Amazing guitar solo, herman lee rock!
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60Papa Roach
How come paparoach so low here.. They should be top 50 at least for sure.. They far better than Linkin Park or Green Day
This Band is so awesome
PAPA ROACH, BEST BAND EVER,

61Killswitch Engage
Killswitch Engage is definitely up there, their sound is unique without being too unfamiliar to the ears of metal fans.
Greatest band of all time every song s different unique and amazing Howard jones has the best vocals of any band. This deserves to be a lot higher on the list
Should be way higher. Howard Howard Jones sings like a god and Jesse Leech is just as good.
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62Nightwish
One of the best bands still going on in this decade. If you've never heard of them, look up their albums Once, Oceanborn, and Imaginaerum. They are such a creative band. They DEFINITELY deserve to be in the top ten. I'm not saying it's a crime if someone's not a fan of them, but more people need to look them up to begin with! Dark Chest of Wonders, The Pharaoh Sails to Orion, Devil and The Deep Dark Ocean, End of All Hope, Planet Hell, She Is My Sin, Ghost Love Score, The Phantom of the Opera (live versions), Storytime, Sahara, Scaretale, 7 Days to the Wolves, Ghost River, and Last Ride of the Day are just a selected few of their masterpieces. Not to mention they have some of the best songwriting of all time - the lyrics, which are heavily influenced by fantasy, are literally poetry, and that is no exaggeration.  
This is the best for me.
since the lyrics is not about evil, the concept is not about evil.
everything is great!
THIS IS MUSIC!
NOT SCREAMING AND EVERYTHING.
BEST BAND EVER PERIOD! How they aren't in the top 10 at least I don't know fajpfjgjeprvgj slipknot ahead of them WHAT?
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63Epica
Epica should be in top 25!
One of the best fantasy-metal bands out there.. Should be a lot higher in this list!
Symphonic metal is jsut as mteal as any other metal, and my favourite metal sub-genre, with epica being one of the very best band doing this kind of music.

64Born of Osiris
This is gonna be the future ruler of metal world; the "Metallica of the future". This band is very young and fresh so popularity is its biggest problem. But once it gets into the years of metal lovers, Metallica will be doomed. This band is worth hearing 4 its guitar, drums, screaming and keyboard skills. This deathcore band deserves a chance in the top 3 list. Hear songs like:
Follow the signs
Singularity
Recreate, etc.
please vote 4 this band and hear the songs.
This band is certainly too young and unpopular but once it gains popularity, it will reach the top for sure.
Hear songs like:
Follow the signs
Open arms to damnation
Singularity
Abstract art
Devastate
Shaping the masterpiece
Recreate
I was literally stunned and amazed at hearing Follow the signs. This deathcore band is so damn skilled and beautiful. I am sure that time will lift up this band! Please vote 4 this band!
Somebody lend me your ears so that I can inject some quality progressive deathcore music here! Listen to this band man! It will blow your mind! My suggestions to you my mates-
Follow the signs
Devastate
Recreate
The Omniscient
Singularity
XIV
Behold
- Listen to them and your life will seem different. If you don't get goosebumps while listening to them, I'll stop listening to metal music!
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65Blind Guardian
One of the best power metal groups in the history of metal. The vocals of Hansi Kürsch are simply wonderful. BG isn't the greatest band ever, but it deserves to be at least in the first 40.
Metallica on top? Metallica died with Cliff Burton
Blind Guardian is still good. "Nightfall in Middle-earth" is best when live
Guardian is the only band that hasn't failed to amaze me on this list.
How are we under HammerFall, Manowar and Dragonforce?
Should be much higher! Best metal band ever! So unique!
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66Dimmu Borgir
Dimmu makes Behemoth look like Hannah Montana.

Every single track they play gives me goosebumps 63 is nothing... They are the kings of death metal
Dimmu Borgir 61? What!? This is the most successful extreme metal band and they work with several orchestras! What are them doing out of the top 10!?! Listen to their albums Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia, Death Cult Armageddon or Spiritual Black Dimensions and you will never more listen to Linkin Park or System of a Down!

67Bathory
They started the music that we call folk and pagan metal, I can't write down how I feel when I listed to their tracks but I think Mother Earth and Father thunder are very proud of them!
They are the black metal creators and pioneers od viking metal too. Best extreme metal band.
May Quorthon rise from the grave
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68Exodus
What these guys are making some of the best thrash ever recorded right now. Their last 4 albums are unreal. Tempo of the Damned, Shovel Headed Kill Machine, The Atrocity: Exhibit A and Exhibit B; The Human Condition are absolute mammoth albums that stack up against anybody. Seriously these guys deserve more recognition.

69Mudvayne
Should be at number 1. Chad gray has best voice among these band. This band have created some epic song does not deserve rank 54.
The reason know one votes mudvayne is because know one knows not a lot about them or have listen to them like they all have heard the song not falling or scream with me look them up trust me you wont regret it
They're amazing and you know it vote higher
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70Suicide Silence
Suicide Silence... Always my best... I fisrt listened to suicide silence and I was shocked by Mitch Lucker's voice but now he's no more. Still I love Suicide Silence very much, forever
LIVE LIFE HARD!
Haha I love Suicide Silence and it shocks me they are not already on this list!
Suicide Silence the best Metal band I know. Simply Suicide Silence is the best!
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71Sonata Arctica
Sonata Arctica have had a popularity fall with their newest albums, The style is more mainstream and love related from before when there was more anger and moral choices. They still holds one of the two best albums ever made in the "power metal" genre. Winterheart's Guild and Reckoning Night. With their stunning preformance with "The Cage". Great band, but I understand the low rating, since power metal is not really a popular genre.

72Agalloch
In fact their sounds are the best folk metal I heard till now.

73Mayhem
Metal was supposed to be hard, all these bands are so soft. Mayhem is one of the only real metal bands on this list. Honestly all the other bands talk, but mayhem did, and still does. Real metal is mayhem.
I miss dead. I guess he would have wanted to go out that way though. One of my most favorite bands of all time.
Hail Darkness, hail dead
I am in love with the old lineup... The se mysteriis dom santhanas album is the best metal album ever.. With dead on vocals

74Dark Tranquillity
True mucicians, beautifuls melodies. They're so perfect.
Completely underrated - icons of a whole metal sub-genre (Gothenburg Sound)
Listening to them right now gallery one of the best death metal album ever
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75Kreator
Kreator and testament keep thrash alive. Not like that rubbish Metallica and toxic holocaust

76Old Man's Child

77Rainbow
Ritchie Blackmore, the king of guitar solos, so below. Unbielivable
My List, 1. Led Zeppelin, 2. Deep Purple, 3. Blackmore's Rainbow/Black Sabbath with Dio on vocals, 4. Iron Maiden, 5. Judas Priest 6. Scorpions. The erst like metalica and co are all follow ups from these bands listed.
Are you kidding me this dio and blackmore

78Sepultura
This band is great... They have beautifull songs... They are simply awesome! Respect! :X ( they are more awesome than Bullet For My Valentine
These guys ( well when Max and Igor were there ) were the sh! T. From the slums of Brazil to Metal Gods. Arise, Beneath the Remains, Choas AD and Roots are all masterpieces
One of the heaviest metal bands of the 90's After Max left who cares though.
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79Mastodon
There's no comparing mastodon to anyone on this list they are in a league of their own. I would have expected them to be much higher on the list. They are constantly evolving.
I have no idea how to describe this band in english... It's sort of a mature, and heavy sound. My favorite band of all tinme!

One of the best metal bands to play! Ever! No other sound can compare to their own. They changed the world of music to me. Songs like crack the Skye, the last baron, and oblivion have gave me a new outlook on progressive metal, and music in itself. Please give them a listen because they deserve a little respect for the music they create and for their technical mastery!
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80The Acacia Strain
Highly underrated simply due to be pigeon holed into the hardcore genre. Heavy, destructive music.
The baddest band ever. Pure brutal sound!

81Sevendust
These guys are literally, one of the best bands on this list... Along with the insightful lyrics, the amazing vocals, and great instumemtalization I'm gonna say they deserve top 25

82The Human Abstract

83Eluveitie
I LIKE THIS BAND'S EVERY SONGS... Welcome to the land of questions
Welcome to the isle of lore
Where the veil came crumbling down

There it all began, the germination
Unveiling a cryptic door
There it was revealed, hopes and aspirations
Unclosing an enthralled door

Escalate the sense
Enhancing to join the dawn

I close my eyes, Inis Mona
And reminisce of those palmy days
I moon o'er you, Inis Mona
As long as I breathe, I'll call you my home

20 years I have walked your barrows
Years of emulous youth
I followed the path of the wise

There it all was sown, the inspiration
Removing the seven seals
There it was revealed, enigma and freedom
Unclosing an unseen door
AND I love THIS SONG VERY MUCH...
Best rhythm in the world! Best melodic music combination ever!
Inis Mona is probably the best song in the world and you say this band is No 133? Are you kidding me?
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84Van Halen
Really? All the way down here Van Halen is the king of guitar with out him there would be no tapping of metal VAN HALEN RULES ANYONE!

macrox16

Such a classic band. Should definitely be in the top 10
Eddie is GOD! There is no one else like him and there never will be. 45th place on this list is a shame. X Japan in 4th!?!? I don't think so.

85Symphony X
Symphony X Is awesome. This band has so many songs that once you hear them you can't stop listening to them. songs like Inferno (Unleash The Fire). This band should be ranked higher.
They are really good! Vocalist is 10x times better than the vocalist Yu think is the best readers!
Love this band. definitely above a7x or three days grace. Seriously people.. Romeo is such a talented guitarist.

86Rhapsody (Rhapsody of Fire)
The most epic and brilliant band in all of heavy metal. Kings of power metal and one of the few non-disastrous attempts to truly fuse classical forms of music and heavy metal. The first two Rhapsody albums represent the band's classic signature sound and the pinnacle of power metal, while the last two full Rhapsody (of Fire) albums represent a by and large successful move to a more refined and modern sound. A few albums in between fell short, but records like Power of the Dragonflame are undoubted power metal classics.
ARE YOU KIDDING ME RHAPSODY SHOULD BE AT LEAST THE VERY LEAST IN THE TOP 50 OR 30 SEEING AS MANY GREAT BANDS LIKE SODOM/DROWNING POOL/IMMORTAL ARE SO LOW IN RANKING RHAPSODY IS THE GREATEST POWER METAL BAND what IS WRONG WITH THIS LIST :@

87The Devil Wears Prada
THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA is a great heavy metal band. Mike vocalist and writer is great. James vocals and guitarist is great as well. Lyrics are symbolic and straight forward that sends meaningful message. They have been out for about 8 years but should be higher up on the list.
I don't say they deserve to be the first but they are one good emocore like band plus they are gospel
This band is awesome. They deserve more...
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88Parkway Drive
How is Parkway Drive this low down! Easily the best metal band as they are so consistent. Every single one of their albums are excellent and they are awesome live. These guys brought me into the metal genre and I have never turned back. If you have never heard this band and are a fan of metal. I seriously recommend this band. You won't regret it!
Best Band to have ever created music, great aussie blokes who also tour around poverty stricken countries as well
I wonder why there are not Even in the list..!
Just Listen To Them They Are Awesome..
The Vocal, The Double Bass Drummer! Man Will Blow your Mind!
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89Fear Factory
By far, Fear Factory is one of the most underrated Metal bands out there. I'm not sure if it's because they haven't fit into a neatly defined category of metal, but certainly when you look at 1995's Demanufacture, you can hear the genius of getting Rhys Fulber to mix the album and participate as the unncredited 5th member of the band.

Fear Factory has also not been content to stand pat; they've taken risks, and experimented when they could have churned out the same stuff over and over again, If you haven't taken a moment to listen to Fear Factory, give them a whirl. I mean, when Black Sabbath wishes they could play with Fear Factory, they've gotta be doing something right!
Fear Factory is definitely the best metal band. They were partially responsible for the development of several major subgenres in metal today such as industrial and death metal. Few bands can change their style and sound like FF and still maintain who they are as a band; most bands that try end up alienating their original fan base in the end. And to add to the heavy music, a number of their CDs play into a detailed concept-scheme which is both refreshing and interesting.
Fear Factory 98th place? Lmao Should be in top 10.

90Insomnium
Half or more than half of the bands in this list aren't metal at all. Just look at names like Bullet for My Valentine : it's Melodic Metalcore. Guns 'n' Roses? In what world is that metal?
It's not popular band, but personally, I think it's one of the best melodic death metal in the world. Just listen to: Through the shadows, Inertia, Down with the sun.. Incredible
Just listen to "In the grooves of death". No mortal soul could write such lyrics!
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91Ministry
Ne of the moust important metal bands of 90"s

92Amorphis

93Skid Row
This one of the greatest rock band in the history of music..
They were great in the late '80s, early '90s
Some one had to and they are an amazing band x
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94August Burns Red
Best ever metal songs are here...don't know why its on 86th place..Songs leveler, back burner, marianas trench, composure, white washed are so energetic...and their new album RESCUE AND RESTORE chanceless complete metal I ever heard.
They have a real different style and they are just started
The Best Metalcore-Band ever. Their Songs are very good!

95Alice in Chains
"Them Bones"- even ignoring the fact that Layne was the greatest and most original, distinctive male vocalists of all time- even ignoring the fact that virtually everything they did was pure genius, honest beauty... There is "Them Bones". Even that track alone would make them a notable case for a Metal Top 10. I mean it's iconic- you know it's coming and it knocks you down and runs over you like a thundering steam train of nihilistic existensial pain... it's raw, rough, agressive and you feel it in your chest. They are great music, and thankfully didn't find it necessary to 'fit in' with genre stereotype.
These guys were not a grunge band. Jerrys riffs were pure metal!
Lets get this straight. Yes these guys were in the grunge period, and were from seattle, but the nature of their music, particularly Dirt and Facelift, had very strong metal sounds. And Bullet For My Valentine and Linkin Park are not only not metal, they are also both crap!
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96Death Angel
Death Angel doesn't get the respect the deserve. Their a really good band that came out of the Bay area Thrash scene and their last album Relentless Retrubution is awesome. Ultra Violence, and Act I are trash classics in my opinion and Death Angel needs to be shown a little more love.
These guys belong in the top 10 for sure (but I put them in the number one spot). Even when they were teenagers on their debut album them blew most of these other bands away.

jimocracy


97Underoath
THIS MUSIC IS SO INTERESTING
These guys definitely deserve to be higher on this list
Heck they are #1 in my opinion. Sooo cool. Aaron Gillespie is an awesome drummer

98Apocalyptica
If you love both classical music and metal (as I know many metallers do), you will find Apocalyptica absolutely great and original. How many metal bands are there that just use cellos and kick ass? I wouldn't dare putting them on the top ten places, as they are way too eccentric to common understanding of metal, ok. Yet they are brilliant in their kind. It's a shame that they stand at place 96, so grossly underrated.

99Atreyu
Atreyu shouldn't be down this far, this is an outrage! Listen to them and you will em guaranteed. Korn is a messed up name for a band just saying. And cannibal corpse like which drongo named their band Cannibal corpse.
Great band listened to these the other day, quite a few bands on here should be further up towards top 20, unfortunately these bands span such a wide time period the style has change considerably so we should split the groups as best 80s 90s etc or have all the oldies in a father of metal group.
Great covers and just superb songs listen and understand
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100Burzum
...life has new meaning...
My favorite black metal band! M/

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