Most Technical Heavy Metal Bands

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List and vote on what you think are the most technical heavy metal bands. I'm only going to give A few of examples (I'm not even going to choose the most difficult songs by them and I'm not going to choose the most technical bands I know either... I want YOU to blow me away. ) Any form of Metal.

There will more than likely be A massive gap between musicians on this top 10 list (and it will probably be out of order, this IS NOT by accident)... why you may ask... well again I'm hoping the VIEWERS will fill in the blanks. If I wanted to show the most technical bands/artists I knew... there'd be nothing but technical death metal, neo-classical metal and blues shred bands/artists on this list (I still plan to have A few. ) all of them would sound almost exactly the same as brain drill, ygwnie malmsteen and Joe satriani and trust me there's more than you'd think (especially tech death bands... there's hundreds of thousands that have poped up in the last couple of years.).

I'm happy for YOU to put these bands on this list as they do make up the majority of the most technical heavy metal artists but I'm leaving that for you. This list is not about "feeling" or "how good it sounds" it's about pure technicality.

There are rules though, you can't choose A band based on ONE SONG, the band/artist has to be A technical band/artist in general. So no one off sped up youtube videos.

Please re frame from putting bands like Metallica, Pantera, slipknot, slayer, megadeth or the spice girls on here, They're all good and all haha but this is A list of the MOST TECHNICAL BANDS, not your favourite bands.

The Top TenXW

1Dream Theater (Progressive Metal)Dream Theater is an American progressive metal band. The band was formed in 1985 under the name of "Majesty", but had to change its name to Dream Theater later. ...read more.

Not the best band out there, but they are technical grand masters.

Incredible technique and incredibles musicians!

Just listen to the intro to Honor Thy Father

2Nile (Brutal Death Metal)Nile is an American technical death metal band from Greenville, South Carolina, United States, formed in 1993. Their music and lyrics are inspired by Ancient Egyptian/Near Eastern mysticism, history, religion, and ancient art, as well as the works of H.P. Lovecraft.V1 Comment
3Brain Drill (Technical Brutal Death Metal)Brain Drill is an American technical death metal band formed in 2005 from Ben Lomond, California. They are signed to Metal Blade Records and released their full-length debut album entitled Apocalyptic Feasting on February 5, 2008. In support of their debut, disagreements were engaged and members began ...read more.V1 Comment
4Coroner (Technical Thrash/technical Death/thrash)Coroner is a Swiss thrash metal band from Zürich, formed in the early 80s. They have been called "the Rush of thrash metal" for their increasingly complex style of progressive rock-infused thrash. They garnered relatively little attention outside of Europe.V1 Comment
5Death (Death Metal/Technical Death Metal/Progressive Death Metal)Death 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.
6Jason Becker (Neo-classical Metal)
7Annihilator (Technical Thrash and Speed Metal)Annihilator 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.

Songs: Schizos (I & II), Human Insecticide, Imperiled Eyes, Ultra-Motion, Alison Hell.
- Metal_Treasure

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8Decrepit Birth (Brutal Death Metal.)Decrepit Birth is an American technical death metal band from Santa Cruz, California. They have released two studio albums through Unique Leader Records and one through Nuclear Blast, and a demo independently.

As the lead guitarist is influenced by chuck their riffs and solos are the best I love this band

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9Blotted Science (Technical Progressive Death Metal)

Tech death supergroup blotted science. With members from bands like watchtower and spastic ink, hate eternal and obscura. Very complex band in general most of their music is quite technical, extremely fast at parts but always complex.

You might be wondering why some of the bands on this list are slower... as I've already stated I'm putting A bunch of bands As A base purposely skipping the majority of ultra speed tech groups (not because I think they have "no feeling" or "aren't music" but because then you're just voting and not truly engaging with this. I want you to fill in the blanks.

Anyway another reason is All of the slower bands I'm choosing are quite technical, they're not like Metallica or megadeth who usually play mid-fast paced simple riffs in A repetitive fashion. These bands generally play quite complex songs that have little repetition and that's the point. The most "Technical" and Technicality is A mixture of SPEED and COMPLEXITY. - technicalbrutaldeath

10Necrophagist (Technical Death Metal)Necrophagist is a German technical death metal band, founded and fronted by guitarist and vocalist Muhammed Suiçmez.

The Newcomers

?Puya (Progressive/Latin Metal)

They are the most underrated metal band Puya is a progressive metal / experimental metal / latin metal band from Puerto Rico they mix thrash metal, groove metal, death metal, rap metal, funk, alternative metal, rapcore, nu metal, jazz, neoclassical metal, salsa and traditional puertorican music (bomba,danza and plena).

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The Contenders

11Ygwnie Malmsteen (Neo-classical Metal)

I was SO tempted to put morbid angel's 1986 DEMO on here (hahah it's basically A long guitar solo with vocals on it... and some drums. ) for A joke. Not because it isn't technical... because it is still quite complex but compared to A lot of the Neo-classical shred musicians obviously doesn't compare. - technicalbrutaldeath

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12Spawn of Possession (Technical Death Metal)

I know I said I wasn't going to add many technical death metal bands but the reason I chose this one is because they are NOT an "ultra-technicaldeathwankery" band. - technicalbrutaldeath

13Oblivion (Technical Thrash/Heavy Metal)

While somewhat obscure, their album "From This Day Forward" is the epitome of technical metal.

14Iron Maiden (Heavy Metal)Iron 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.
15Between the Buried and Me (Technical Death Metal)Between the Buried and Me is an American progressive metal band from Raleigh, North Carolina. Formed in 2000, the band consists of Tommy Giles Rogers, Jr.
16Bitter Frost (Melodic Black Metal)

These guys by the end of this will probably be somewhere near the bottom but they do truly have some ridiculously technical stuff. Probably one of the more technical modern BLACK METAL bands

Their self titled first album was recorded with A group of guest vocalists (all instruments are done by - Christopher A. Erikson) Just look through the entire album, there's some technical master pieces within it. - technicalbrutaldeath

17Obscura (Technical Death Metal)Obscura is a German technical death metal band from Landshut, Germany. The band became prominent when members of Necrophagist and Pestilence joined Steffen Kummerer to release the critically acclaimed second full-length album, Cosmogenesis.V1 Comment
18Behold... The Arctopus (Technical Progressive Death Metal)

Very unique sound, and while not akin to other bands on this list it's this variety that allows them to be technical

19Cryptopsy (Technical Death Metal)Cryptopsy is a Canadian technical death metal band from Montreal, Quebec, formed in 1988. The band has sold over 300,000 records.

They can't beat Brain Drill and Nile but deserve a mention. - Metal_Treasure

20At Vance (Metal/Neo-Classical)

An obscure band within the Neo-classical tradition. They sound similar to Yngwie and put lots of emphasis on guitar work.
Check out their metal covers of Vivaldi's Summer and Beethoven's 5th. - Metal_Treasure

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