Best Heavy Metal Bands


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1Iron Maiden

Well, before voting for Metallica blindly.. You might want to listen to maiden... Just once...
1) Something Heavy? 2 minutes to midnight, Montsegur, Where Eagles Dare...
2)Awesome riffs? Rainmaker, Afraid to Shoot Strangers, Dance Of Death
3)Superb Solos? The Trooper( YES, AGAIN), Stranger in a Strange Land
4)Excellent Intros? No More Lies, Fear Of The Dark...
5)Best Vocals? Flight Of Icarus, Run to the Hills...
6)Epicness and awesome lyrics? Hallowed Be Thy Name, Rime Of the Ancient Mariner
7) Real Heavy Metal? Any thing by IRON MAIDEN!
UP THE IRONS! From India

Iron Maiden is heavy metal at it's best...
They have better live shows, better songs.
They have the best bassist. They have a great singer, great drummer and great guitarists...
Their songs have amazing solos, intros, riffs, vocals, drums, bass, lyrics that have deep meaning, etc.
And the best of all - they have been consistent for 30 years... And are still kicking ass.

Up the Irons! From India.

Iron Maiden rule...
They have been consistent over the years... And they will go on forever...
I bow to Maiden... They influenced many a band... Up the Irons!

Here we are, on a heavy metal thread, devoted metal brothers, yet no-one agrees with anyone but their own kind. This is the reason mankind cannot survive Global Warming, because unless ALL of you accept common sense and accept that Master of Puppets is the greatest metal record of all time, all your Maiden and Priest vinyl will be reduced to a swimming aid. I enjoy a stimulating debate, but not at the expense of the Planet! All Hail Hetfield or perish.

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One cannot resist such titillating lyrics as they lithe and throb from mastered instruments of pleasure as they seductively taunt and slowly tease all our most forbidden places with rhythms... Base lines... Solos... Versus... Unlike any prior... Like the naughty little girl... Lured so skillfully and willfully her most delicious desires... As each song, lip and breath... Move slowly working and working every sense of our being to a ones ultimate metal deliverance. Perhaps matched only by my pure carnal lust for all things naughty... Metallica is just that good.

No other bands can provide the energy that Metallica demonstrates. They have even perfected the heavy metal ballad through the years, which no other band has pulled off!

Metallica pretty much defines heavy metal for me. Metallica was the reason I started playing guitar. They are the reason I want to get a degree in music. Avenged Sevenfold are my next favorite but aren't as good as some other people Iron Maiden. I like where a7x is on this list. Four might be a little too high but top ten is good. But seriously though, Johnny Christ isn't nearly the best bassist ever. He just picks the guitar part on a bass. He is pretty much playing guitar on the bass. He is ridiculously overrated.

I love Metallica but they aren't really heavy, more thrash. They are one of the best thrash bands of all time though.

Can someone please remove that absurd comment that Metallica aren't really heavy, they're thrash. It has to be one of the most ridiculous, counter-intuitive statements I've ever read and it sounds like a teenage male trying to have sex with his English teacher.

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3Black Sabbath

I can't believe you put them in third Black Sabbath are god's of of Heavy Metal Read this you other morons
Black Sabbath is an English heavy metal band formed in 1968 in Birmingham, West Midlands, England, United Kingdom, originally comprising Ozzy Osbourne (vocals), Tony Iommi (guitar), Geezer Butler (bass), and Bill Ward (drums). In the early 1970s they were the first to pair heavily distorted, sonically dissonant blues-rock at slow speeds with lyrics about drugs, mental pain, and abominations of war, thus giving birth to generations of metal bands that followed in their wake. They are often credited with creating the heavy metal genre as well as the doom metal subgenre.

Black Sabbath was formed in Aston, a poor district of Birmingham damaged by bombing during World War II, under the name Polka Tulk Blues Band (soon shortened to “Polka Tulk”), later Earth. Initially a blues-rock band, Earth moved in a darker direction when the band, especially bassist Geezer Butler, ...more

Black sabbath behind slipknot. Who came up with this list?

Geezer Butler, the Godfather of Heavy Metal. He wrote the first heavy lyrics, he is the best

Reiteration time. The Scorpions were the inventors of metal, not Sabbath. Sabbath also swiftly removed its best aspect - its vocalist - in no time, and Dio aside, never managed to recover. That's why they're not the best. Sabbath without Ozzy is like Metallica without Hetfield.

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4Judas Priest

Judas is the definition of heavy metal, when the NWOBHM started around the '70s they brought the unique sound of the heavy metal, fast and heavy riffs, with the double bass gunfight of the painkiller album, down to the earth basslines ready to kick you of the chair and Halford, that's right Rob 'METAL GOD' Halford, one of the greatest(i assume people still have taste) singer in the whole world, awesome vibrato and high pitched banshee screams that I didn't hear even in horror movies, and the deep epic and technically perfect sound and co-ambition of the band that makes a perfect ambient with the two guitars K. K and Tipton (as said before the first band to include 2 guitarist) so this is not about respect for the oldies this is about knowing facts and having a bit of musical taste to make a difference between HEAVY METAL like judas priest and almost metal like avenged sevencrap or the poor bastards from Metallica whom have gotten over the age, in their 40s and can't pull a quick song ...more

wtf! judas priest is what straight up heavy metal is all about... I can't believe this, vox, guitars, drums everything about them is plain EPIC! jus listen to their unique sound... THAT IS METAL...!
should have been in top 5 at least... - riasathrazin

Its so sad that about 60% of kids at my school don't know a thing about heavy metal, let alone the often overlooked metal gods, Judas Priest. All great musicians, and contributed a lot to rock and metal music.

I feel you, my friends look at my Megadeth sweatshirt and say "they spelled it wrong"

For me better than Sabbath

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Genius band! They are gods of Thrash and Speed metal. Dave Mustaine is great composer and great guitarist. Also Nick Menza, David Efelson, Marty Friedman, Chris Poland, Gar Samuelson and Chris Broderick are also great musicians.
Megadeth's albums:
"Rust In Peace"
"Peace Sells... But Who's Buying"
"Countdown To Extinction"
"Killing Is My Business... And My Business Is Good"
"The System Has Failed"

Are almost a definition of Speed metal and Thrash Metal genres.
Mustaine is also a god of Guitar riffs and solos. Before voting on someone else listen to:
- last riff of "Wake Up Dead" from "Peace Sells... But Who's Buying"
- intro riffs and solo of "Holy Wars... The Punishment Due" from "Rust In Peace"
- last riff and solo of "Hangar 18" from "Rust In Peace"
- solo and riffs of "Tornado Of ...more

Should be top 5. Brilliant band dave is arguably the best guitarist in the world. The band has continued to perform at a high level and overcome adversity many times.

7th?! Bloody hell this band has to be better than metallica!
The worlds best comeback ever!

Megadeth's first 5 albums, like Maiden's, Metallica's, Priest's etc. Are all excellent, and when he got kicked from Metallica I received the great 'Killing is my Business...', 'Peace Sells...', plus 3 more great thrash albums as a result. Both Metallica and Megadeth are filthy rich, so neither party has anything to complain about. Pioneers of metal's best movement, thrash metal.

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Definitely one of my favorite bands for sure. Not the most talented musicians, but their songs are loved worldwide, and are timeless metal masterpieces.

Wow, my friend! Are you know what you say? :) slayer is not most talented musicians? Are you joking? :) reign in blood is heaviest metal album ever and you say they ain't most talented? I love others band but slayer must be higher than this!

Why these metal anti-gods didn't make it in the top ten is beyond any grasp of reality. With the combo solos of king and hanneman, the guteral screams and wails of araya, and drum master Dave Lombardo ( same level as Neil part and John Bonham). Four of the fiercest thrashers from show no mercys raw hate fueled lyrics all the way up to world painted blood. They have never let the hardcore fans down the same way so many other bands have (cough Metallica cough).

Not top? How is this possible? The TRUE founders of thrash metal. All hail the slaytanic wehrmacht

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their music is heaviest. only this make pantera in at least 3. dimebag is legend!
pantera good! good

no respect for dimebag darrell?

Beast songs n albums like cowboys from hell and theyre very underrated

Pantera were poor Kiss clones in the early 80's, switched to literally Power Metal in the late 80's, then switched to metal/thrash in the 90's. So their back catalogue, as a whole, is patchy at best. 'Cowboys...' and 'Vulgar...' and 'Far Beyond...' are monstrous albums, no question, but after that they were forgettable. And to imply that Dimebag doesn't have the respect he deserves is absurd. His talent and murder shook the entire metal community.

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Maggot till I die m/
And seriously.. Look at your list..
Led zeppelin? Seriously? No doubt zeppelin is legendary.. But it's rock.. Not heavy metal.. Same goes for AC/DC
To me.. Slipknot is the best band in the world.. Their music is unique.. Long live the 8 and RIP Paul

For me it's world's best band... It's music is unique... Every time it comes up with new ideas... New hopes... And this band never disappoints its fans... It is an amazing band... It should have been in the first position.. And long live slipknot... And RIP paul gray

Best band since 1999 to hit the metal scene they have their own style and it involves heavy songs like diluted, my plague, scissors, iowa, and can also create songs like snuff, and sircle that's what I like most about them the have let the world know that they are the best because their songs have corey's hardcore screamo vocals and the next moment he has clean vocals that shows so much emotion slipknot deserves a spot in the heavy metal hall of fame!

The best! I Repeat The best! Listen to their first album

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AWESOME! If Led Zeppelin is the most classic rock band, Motorhead is the most classic metal.

Motörhead is far superior to half the bands above it. The only ones I'd pout up against it would be Black Sabbath. These are the bands who created heavy metal.

Whoever is singing in that band is a beast at this style of singing. - LCS3BEASTMODE

Ace Of Spades though ; )

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10Avenged Sevenfold

You know that M. Shadows voice is the same in the music video and live..
You know that Johnny Christ has awesome fingers playing the bass..
Zacky vengeance & Synyster gates can play the guitar right and left handed...
You that I've saved the best and lastly Jimmy the rev sullivan can play the drums awesome & can play the vocals at the same time.

Even better. To my iommi lost two fingertips on his left hand, so he learned to play lefty - ryanrimmel

R.I.P REV awesome drummer was awesome in his parts of songs so sad he died

M shadow has best variety screams and clear, rev (R.I. P) was the best drummer ever, syn and zacky are best guitar duo ever and johnny christ is the best bassist, no doubt about it best heavy metal band.

This Band Should Be In Top 1.. In My Opinion✌

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The Contenders


I LOVE DISTURBED! Disturbed has saved my soul so many times! I can't get enough of Disturbed, they plain-out rule the world and blow away every other band! I am intoxicated with Disturbed, they are the BOMB! VOTE DISTURBED! People who don't like Disturbed don't know how to live!

Disturbed has been my best friend since the first album came out. David Draiman's voice just gives it the perfect effect. Man!

I like the sounds of Disturbed instruments. The lead singer has the perfect voice for rock music. I enjoy listening to their music, it is fascinating.

Some of they're best songs are, The Vengeful One, Stricken, Down With The Sickness, and In The Fire. Awesome band with unique vocals.

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12Ozzy Osbourne

John Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne is an English rock vocalist, songwriter, and television personality. Osbourne rose to prominence in the early 1970s as the lead vocalist of the pioneering English band Black Sabbath, whose dark and heavy sound has often been cited as key to the development of the heavy metal genre. Osbourne left Black Sabbath in 1979 and has since had a successful solo career, releasing 11 studio albums, the first seven of which were all awarded multi-platinum certifications in the US, though he has reunited with Black Sabbath on several occasions, most recently in 2011 to record the album 13, which was released in 2013. Osbourne's longevity and success have earned him the informal title of "Godfather of Heavy Metal".

Regarded as one the pioneers of heavy metal, Black Sabbath was formed by Ozzy Osbourne (lead vocals), Tony Iommi (guitar), Geezer Butler (bass guitar), and Bill Ward (drums). Alcohol abuse led to Ozzy Osbourne getting fired and replaced with former Rainbow vocalist Ronnie James Dio, and enjoyed success with the release of Heaven and Hell in 1980 and Mob Rules in 1981. Throughout the late eighties and early nighties Black Sabbath went through a number of different vocalists and enjoyed small success with Headless Cross, Tyr, Cross Purposes and Forbidden, released in 1989, 1990, 1994 and 1995 respectively.

The light in the window is a crack in the sky
A stairway to darkness in the blink of an eye
A levee of tears to learn she'll never be coming back
The man in the dark will bring another attack

Your momma told you that you're not supposed to talk to strangers
Look in the mirror tell me do you think your life's in danger here, ya

No more tears

Randy Rhoads was just as instrumental (king of puns) as Ozzy himself was in his during his solo career. But he's not number 1 because, when he took Metallica on tour with him in 1986, the opening act mopped the floor with him. The rest is history.

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The Godfather of metal, he is the one who first created the devil horns hand signal that is now famous around the world as a symbol of heavy metal.
One of the greatest voices of all time, even in his last years.

Amazing, R.I. P A true metal God. Dio the most influential vocalist. Every power metal band takes a page out of DIO's book

Try to find another singer that can last 50 years in a business of young talent and still school the youngsters. He started singing do-wop music in the 50's and ended up being THE touchstone voice of heavy metal... That's nuts and pure talent!

Slipknot and a7x are above this legend? Holy I don't wanna live on this planet anymore

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14Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin is the greatest BAND of all time. They shouldn't be on the list because they're NOT heavy metal, they are a HARD ROCK BAND! There's a difference between HARD ROCK and HEAVY METAL! But for the sake of this list, THEY SHOULD BE NUMBER 1!

led zeppelin rocks and going to california is my favorite song of all time and stairway to heaven, kashmir too!

Led Zeppelin is one of the best rock bands however I have voted in the Heavy Metal category because I think a heavy metal is influenced by Led Zeppelin and other bands that were not strictly 'heavy metal' such as Killing Joke. The magazine Rolling Stone described Led Zeppelin as "the heaviest band of all time".

They deserve to be on the list because, back in the day, they were a heavy prog rock band. They were one of the heaviest acts for their era.

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Anthrax is part of the Big 4 they deserve to be up there.

Anthrax's 'Spreading the Disease' and 'Among the Living' are the only reason they're part of this 'Big 4' business. Their releases after that were patchy, and Testament and Exodus mop the floor with them as far as quality and consistency go. Anthrax just happened to be in the right place at the right time, that's all.

I love these guys way too much not to vote for them! They are for sure a top ten heavy metal band

1st - Iron Maiden. 2nd - ANTHRAX. 3rd - Testament. 4th - Overkill. 5th - Black Sabbath

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16Lamb of God

You gotta be kidding me!
Log in 13th? It should be third.. Just behind iron maiden and Metallica!
Listen to laid to rest, walk with me in hell, black label and omerta to believe it yourself.. Also now you've got something to die for... I haven't heard a bad song by this band yet!

Lamb of God has some of the best lyrics I've ever heard in any band of any genre. They are one of the few bands I've ever heard whose music and lyrics come together like clockwork. They've had consistently amazing albums throughout their career and their live shows are nothing short of cathartic. I understand that it's competing with older bands that have seniority when it comes to this genre of music, but lamb of god is the best band all around when considering anything within the past 10-15 years.

What's wrong with you all! Guys! This is the best heavy metal band for me and I think it must be in the top 5 or not even top 5 but the first and you must listen first then judge they're really awesome!

What the hell! LOG on 16. I can't believe this . People have gone crazy. It has to in top 5 or at least top 10. Whoever voted for other bands must listen to LOG. They would change their opinions. This ain't right.

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17System of a Down

Not even 15? System of a Down is epic! You need to hear chop suey, lonely day, streamline, I can go on forever naming great songs. I kinda knew metalica would be first (and I am happy about that I love metalica) bot System of a Down is epic and so is children of bodom.

What? This should be number #1... Darons guitar skills are awesome.. Combined with serjs and shavos music skills... Why... System of a Down must be at least intop 5 bands.. This band headlined download and had the most greatest audience of all time... System of a down rules... They are the best

Are you kidding me...?
Listen to chop suey, spiders, BYOB... And then rate rhis band...

People claim these guys are the best metal band of all time? I'm a fan, but they're just a phase, unlike the greats of the scene. At-least they're ahead of Limp Bizkit.

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18Guns N Roses

Guns N' Roses is a great band, but they're not metal. They're hard rock.

Guns N' Roses should be in the Top Ten

Really Awesome, It should be on no. 1 instead of 19

They're a fad, that's what they are. Go play a slot machine - they're the same thing.

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Oh my god guys seriously!? This band released Operation Mindcrime the greatest album ever, but everything else is a steaming pile of feces.

I like 'Rage for Order' better. It is a lot more progressive and experimental than 'Operation Mindcrime' - as great as that album is. Check out Evergrey's 'The Inner Circle' if you want a more metallic progressive album. It's a conceptual masterpiece.

Unmistakable voice! Melodic riffs!

Oh, Come ON! Take a minute to listen to these awesome vocals and range

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Even though they have a huge fanbase, I still consider them very underrated. Yes, songs like Big City Nights, Rock You Like a Hurricane, and No One Like You were very big, but that's the 80's. What about the 70's Scorpions? Polar Nights, Sails of Charon, Virgin Killer, Hell Cat, and Catch Your Train? All AMAZING songs that get overlooked, and mostly never even looked at. Even in the 80's they still had amazing songs like Tease Me Please Me, The Zoo, Raised on Rock, China White, and Blackout. Just an amazing band. I don't believe they deserve to be #1, but at least in the top 10.

Scorpions are fathers of German heavy metal, one of the best rock bands in the world. Although they ate way underrated, cause they are german band, they have a combination of talent, technical skils and masterpiece that make them best of the best!

Scorpions Lonesome crow album is a testament that they are the ancestor of Heavy guitar riffs and should be considered as the principal element of the emerging of Heavy metal genre.. In Trance, Virgen Killer with Uli Roth cemented them as certified Forefathers of Heavy Metal..

THE FIRST METAL BAND! PERIOD! I don't like them, never have, never will, but they invented heavy metal, so All Hail Satan to them!

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