Top Ten Best Rock Artists That Have Changed Their Sound Over Time

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1Metallica (Trash Metal to Hard Rock)

From thrash to heavy metal, and not to hard rock. - Metal_Treasure

Sorry but Metallica never played hard rock. Hard rock is ACDC, Guns N' Roses.

They changed their sound from thrash metal to heavy metal - a less harsh metal subgenre.

But they never stopped playing thrash and never lost their thrash sound, even on their non-thrash songs. - Metal_Treasure

2Linkin Park (Nu Metal/ Alt Metal to Alternative Rock and Electronic Rock, Then Hard Rock
3Avenged Sevenfold (Metalcore to Heavy Metal and Hard Rock
4Papa Roach (Nu Metal to Alt Metal, Hard Rock, Alt Rock)Papa Roach is an American rock band from Vacaville, California. Formed in 1993, their first major-label release was the triple-platinum album Infest.
5T-Rex (Folk/ Psychedelic Rock to Glam/ Hard Rock)

Glam rocker David Bowie made the same transition at the same time. - PetSounds

6Skid Row (Glam Metal to Hard Rock / Metal and Trash Metal)Skid Row is an American heavy metal band, formed in 1986 in Toms River, New Jersey. They were very successful in the late 1980s and early 1990s, with their first two albums certified multi-platinum.
7The Pretty Reckless (Alt Rock to Hard Rock)
8Pop Evil (Pop Rock and Post Grunge to Hard Rock and Alt Metal)
9Blind Guardian (Speed Metal to Power Metal to Progressive Metal to Symphonic Metal)Blind 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.

A great band that succeeded to create at least one masterpiece in all metal subgenres they have explored:
Thrashy speed metal: Majesty, Banish from Sanctuary
Power metal: Nightfall, Valhalla
Progressive metal: Fly, Age Of False Innocence
Symphonic metal: Sacred Worlds, Wheel of Time

If you listen to Majesty and then to Sacred Worlds, you will feel how much the band has evolved over time. They sound like a completely different band but not less awesome.

I think that Majesty is the best speed metal song, Nightfall - the best power metal song, and Sacred Worlds - the best symphonic metal piece. - Metal_Treasure

10Kid Rock (Nu Metal , Hip Hop , Rap Rock/ Metal to Country, Country Rock, Heartland Rock)

I tell you one thing, he had something amazing, then he went the safe route - RustyNail

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11Bon Jovi (Hard Rock/Glam Metal to Country)

So good before they went country. JBJ is trying to ruin his band. No wonder the members keep leaving, they're rock stars, not country singers - Shake_n_Bake13

12David Bowie (Psychedelic folk to glam rock to soul/funk to art rock/experimental)
13Michael Bolton (Hard Rock to Heavy Metal, Glam Metal to Pop Rock)

Bolton even auditioned for the lead vocalist position with Black Sabbath but was denied (in 1983, after Dio's departure).

His band Blackjack was an opening act for Ozzy Osbourne on tour. - Metal_Treasure

14Black Sabbath (Heavy Blues Rock, Psychedelic Rock to Heavy Metal

They radically changed their sound, style AND genre in 1980, with the album Heaven And Hell. - Metal_Treasure

15Opeth (Death Metal to Progressive Rock)Opeth is a Swedish progressive death metal band from Stockholm, formed in 1990. Though the group has been through several personnel changes, singer, guitarist, and songwriter Mikael Åkerfeldt has remained Opeth's only founding member and primary driving force throughout the years. Along with Edge of ...read more.

Listen to the Still Life album. Then listen to the Heritage album. They are the same band. - IronSabbathPriest

16Michael Poulsen (Death Metal to Hard Rock, Psychobilly, Heavy Metal)Michael Schøn Poulsen is a Danish vocalist and guitarist. He is currently the singer and main songwriter of the band Volbeat.

Known as a singer and main songwriter of the band Volbeat. Also famous for sounding like James Hetfield of Metallica.
He was a death metal growler in Dominus but he can sing like an angel, too (Volbeat - Our Loved Ones, A Moment Forever).
This is quite a big transition. - Metal_Treasure

17Morbid Angel (Death Metal to Industrial)Morbid Angel is an American death metal band based in Tampa, Florida. UK music magazine Terrorizer ranked Morbid Angel's 1989 debut Altars of Madness first in its list "Top 40 greatest death metal albums".

What happened to Morbid Angel. Only Steve remains in the band I think. - IronSabbathPriest

18Asking Alexandria (Metalcore to Hard Rock and Alt MetalAsking Alexandria are an English metalcore band from York, North Yorkshire formed initially in 2008 by lead guitarist Ben Bruce along with former lead singer Danny Worsnop, bassist Joe Lancaster, keyboardist and synth player Ryan Binns, and current members drummer James Cassells and rhythm guitarist ...read more.
19Korn (Nu Metal to Dubstep and Electronic Rock)V1 Comment
20Rush (Hard Rock to Progressive Rock)
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1. Blind Guardian (Speed Metal to Power Metal to Progressive Metal to Symphonic Metal)
2. Black Sabbath (Heavy Blues Rock, Psychedelic Rock to Heavy Metal
3. Bon Jovi (Hard Rock/Glam Metal to Country)
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1. Metallica (Trash Metal to Hard Rock)
2. Linkin Park (Nu Metal/ Alt Metal to Alternative Rock and Electronic Rock, Then Hard Rock
3. Papa Roach (Nu Metal to Alt Metal, Hard Rock, Alt Rock)
RustyNail
1. Metallica (Trash Metal to Hard Rock)
2. Avenged Sevenfold (Metalcore to Heavy Metal and Hard Rock
3. Linkin Park (Nu Metal/ Alt Metal to Alternative Rock and Electronic Rock, Then Hard Rock
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