Top 10 Rock Bands That Have Improved Over Time

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21Killswitch EngageKillswitch Engage is an American metalcore band from Westfield, Massachusetts, formed in 1999 after the disbanding of Overcast and Aftershock.
22The BeatlesThe Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. The members consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. They were soon known as the foremost and most influential act of rock era. Rooted in skiffle, beat, and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented ...read more.

Totally! Their original songs from the beginning of their career were awesome, but they just got better and better! They just got legendary! - MontyPython

People tend to forget that the earliest Beatles albums were truly awful, just because their generally overrated status blinds people to the fact that they had NO musical talent in their beginning stages. Of course, by the end they created some of the greatest albums of all time (mostly thanks to George Martin being the best producer in history). Even if they still are overrated.

They were amazing all throughout their career, however they became even stronger towards the end. Best band ever

Jumped to the top and continued to dramatically and consistently improve throughout their existence - Billyv

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23X JapanX Japan is a Japanese heavy metal band from Chiba, formed in 1982 by drummer Yoshiki and lead vocalist Toshi.
24Avenged SevenfoldAvenged Sevenfold is an American heavy metal/metalcore (early) band, that was formed 1999 in California . Their longest lineup of members was M . Shadows (Vocals), Synyster Gates (Lead Guitar), Zacky Vengeance (Rhythm Guitar), Johnny Christ (Bass Guitar), and The Rev (Drums) . ...read more.

Started off as a terrible metalcore band and evolved into an amazing heavy metal band. Not that there is anything wrong with metalcore, such as great bands like All That Remains (Fall of Ideals era), but a7x's adoption of it was awful. Matt Shadows is an extremely talented vocalist, but not meant for screaming. His screams in Unholy Confessions were dreadful, but now his powerful vocal range is properly showcased in their newer work. Ever since the 2005 album City of Evil, a7x has been one of the best bands there is. Now Shadows can display his vocal prowess, Gates can shred, and the Rev could drum like no one else.

These guys should be number one! Listen to Sounding the Seventh trumpet compared to Hail to the king! Especially the vocals. I'll admit this, well to me Matt didn't sound the best on the first 3 albums. But the white album, Nightmare and Hail to the king sound 10 times better! And without the Rev they have continued and gained power to make awesome music again! My opinion

The music was always great, but the singing just wasn't there on the first two albums. Once Matt stopped growling, they instantly sounded much better. I wish they would re-record their first two albums, they would be great. But even after City of Evil, they just continued to get better and really focus on what makes heavy metal as great as it is. - Songsta41

WHAT? They are just becoming worse and worse in every single album after Nightmare...

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25MushroomheadMushroomhead is an American heavy metal band from Cleveland, Ohio. Formed in 1993 in the Cleveland Warehouse District, the band is known for their avant-garde sound which includes influence from heavy metal, art rock and electro-industrial and their imagery which features masks and costumes as well ...read more.
26Red Hot Chili PeppersThe Red Hot Chili Peppers is a Californian funk-rock and alternative rock band, that was founded in 1983. ...read more.

Like 10 of these bands on here got worse over time. Korn, Green Day, megadeth, and pearl jam are trash now - Sabbath

When they started, they were terrible.

Eh. They remained a great band for 24 years, until 2011 came around, and I'm With You failed abysmally. They got better throughout the 1990's with each album, but after Californiacation, their albums ranged from "meh" to "What the hell has happened to these guys?! "

To me they stayed the same

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27Blind GuardianBlind 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 recent album (2015) is my favorite and it's an awesome result of constant improvements. They've been improving for 30 years - Metal_Treasure

28ParamoreParamore is an American rock band from Franklin, Tennessee, formed in 2004. The band currently consists of lead vocalist Hayley Williams and guitarist Taylor York.

I still enjoy their debut and love listening to Riot! Whenever I can, but with their new stuff they are appealing to a much broader audience. Even though the Farro brothers quit and the band went through hardships they picked themselves up and still continue to do great live shows.
They're a band who have really grown up through their ordeal and they show that if you lose something keep at it and you might end up with something better. In this case a better band.

They use to be awesome but guess what THEY STILL ARE. They've grown and matured. For example in their older albums some of the songs sounded really similar to each other but they've fixed that problem.

Yup, their first album sucks but when the second album comes up, BANG! Popularity explodes like a big bang theory. then BNE cames up, BANG! BANG! BANG! Popularity and improvement explodes even more, then their current album, BAM! A very big popularity and improvement explodes like a giant (A lot more bigger I mean) big bang theory!

They good all the time

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29Primal FearPrimal Fear is a German power metal and speed metal band formed in 1997 by Ralf Scheepers and Mat Sinner.
30MeshuggahMeshuggah is a Swedish progressive metal band from Umeå, formed in 1987. They are credited with crafting the Djent subgenre. Meshuggah's line-up consists of founding members vocalist Jens Kidman and lead guitarist Fredrik Thordendal, drummer Tomas Haake, who joined in 1990, rhythm guitarist Mårten ...read more.
31Judas PriestJudas Priest are a British heavy metal band formed in Birmingham, England, in 1969. The band has sold over 45 million albums to date.

Pendejos means stupid ignorants, judas early work and 80s is the best and that's why jp established themselves as fathers of metal, hhaahaha so many kids here saying and voting

32NickelbackNickelback is a Canadian rock band formed in 1995 in Hanna, Alberta, Canada. The band is composed of guitarist and lead vocalist Chad Kroeger, guitarist, keyboardist and backing vocalist Ryan Peake, bassist Mike Kroeger, and drummer Daniel Adair.

They have always sucked, they got worse

Only had one good song. Then, they were terrible. VERY terrible.

They were ok at first, but then the singer started sounding more constipated

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33RadioheadRadiohead are an English rock band from Abingdon, Oxfordshire, formed in 1985. The band consists of Thom Yorke (lead vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards), Jonny Greenwood (lead guitar, keyboards, other instruments), Colin Greenwoood (bass guitar), Phil Selway (drums), and Ed O'Brien (guitar).

I don't think any band could ever reach the heights of Ok Computer and Kid A, including Radiohead yet somehow they release In Rainbows and raise th bar again. If developing from the putrid Pablo Honey to art rocks masters and electronics innovators isn't improving over time, well I don't know what is.

They went from just being an average alt rock band with a few hits to a brilliant and heavily influential indie band. We all know Creep, but listen to there entire first album and then listen to Kid A. There is no comparison.

Forget about your house of cards and I'll do mine. - uweuan

Burn the witch is great. My precious babies.

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34Arctic MonkeysThe Arctic Monkeys, otherwise known as the Death Ramps, are a British indie rock band formed in 2002 in Sheffield, England. The band consists of Alex Turner (lead vocalist, songwriter, electric and rhythm guitarist), Jamie Cook (electric and rhythm guitarist, songwriter), Matt Helders (percussionist, ...read more.

They were always good, but now it's gotten to the stage where they will go down in history as The Band That Changed Rock. Hipsters in 60 years time will buy their vinyls and say that Alex Turner was a genius

AM's more modern, but I like their first album and Favorite Worst Nightmare more. - Songsta41

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36Iron MaidenIron Maiden are an English heavy metal band formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. They were known for some big hits such as The Trooper, and The Number of the Beast, and as of 2015, the band sold over 90 million albums.

Modern maiden is amazing, but I don't think they're necessarily improving. Their 80's stuff is the best, and their 21st century stuff is nearly as good (it's also incredible), but I have to say yes to that because they had a bit of a lull with Blaze Bayley and they've been improving ever since he left. Their new album The Book of Souls rivals Number of the Beast for their best album, in my opinion. - Songsta41

Iron Maiden got better over the course of their first 3-4 albums and then plateaued and then went down hill in the 1990's but now they are bigger than ever! Their 2010 release, Final Frontier, went #1 IN 28 COUNTRIES!

That doesn't mean that this album is their best work, the best albums are killetrs, number of the beast, powerslave! Idiots

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37AcceptAccept is a German heavy metal band from the town of Solingen, originally assembled by former vocalist Udo Dirkschneider, guitarist Wolf Hoffmann and bassist Peter Baltes.

Their comeback album was amazing (2010). Their new material is maybe even better than their 80s stuff - Metal_Treasure

38Fear FactoryFear Factory is an American heavy metal band that was formed in 1989. During the band's career, it has released nine full-length albums and has evolved through a succession of styles, including industrial metal, death metal, groove metal, and thrash metal.
39AC/DCAC/DC are a Australian hard rock band, formed in November 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young, who continued as members until Malcolm's illness and departure in 2014. They were fronted by Bon Scott until his untimely death due to alcohol poisoning in 1980, after which they hired Brian Johnson to ...read more.

Just a great rock band that enjoys playing music.

40Pierce the VeilPierce the Veil is an American post-hardcore band from San Diego, California. Formed in 2006, the band was founded by brothers Vic and Mike Fuentes after the disbandment of the group Before Today, which was formed out of the San Diego punk rock scene.
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