Worst Metal Bands of All Time

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1Limp BizkitLimp Bizkit is an American nu metal band from Jacksonville, Florida, formed in 1994. Their lineup consists of Fred Durst, Sam Rivers, John Otto, and Wes Borland.

Fred Durst is a guy that makes deliberate mistakes. I have no idea why they were considered metal. I'm glad that they moved to Lil Wayne's record label. Brokencyde are worse but they are not considered metal, they're crunkcore.

Ya I think Limp Bizkit should be first, the first 30 seconds to 9 teen 90 nine was good then it just... Well what do you even call that? I can see what they were trying to do but rap and metal are kind of an odd combination.

I hate this band so much, but not for any crazy reason that you would typically find on this website, I only hate this band cause it always feels like they put 0% of effort into their performance. The lead singer is just embarrassingly awful in his singing, their lyrics can be summed up with just the words uninspired and immature, plus the fact that they single-handedly ruined the Nu Metal genre for me. I used to feel as though I was alone with my distaste for their music, so seeing them at #1 was very reassuring on my stance.

Should be No. 3. After Baby Metal and Nickelback. - GeoffTheThrasher

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2Black Veil BridesBlack Veil Brides is an American rock band currently consisting of Andy Biersack (vocals), Jinxx (guitar), Jake Pitts (guitar), Christian Coma (drums) and Ashley Purdy (bass), that formed in 2006 in Ohio. ...read more.

I don't think that are a bad band at all, I just don't think they are the best band. I've heard worse. The only thing that annoys me are all the Andy fan girls who think he is good looking, He is probably the least talented member of the band, That guitarist is pretty good, He's not Hendrix, Slash or Jimmy Page or whatever but he's good. Just like that drummer is good, He's not the Rev, Dave Grohl or Mike Portnoy but he's good. Just like this band is not Metallica or Iron Maiden but they are good. They're just different, And this is coming from someone who used to hate the band with a passion, I finally decided to give they're stuff a listen and I quite liked some of they're stuff. To conclude they aren't the best by far but they also aren't the worst by far.

These guys are quite terrible. Boring vocals, boring music, stupid outfit, boring everything. These guys are really bad, and the fact that so many people that like them is disappointing.

Black Veil Brides suck so much they're not even cool enough for me to give them the initials BVB. They're overrated and only one of them is a girl (must be gay). Plus they wear retarded elaborate outfits that make children either laugh till they die or run away screaming. If you have any dignity, DON'T LISTEN TO BLACK VEIL BRIDES!

I actually like Black Veil Brides, but they're not metal, they're more Glam Rock and Metalcore. I just hate the fanbase who only like the lead singer, their guitarists are great, drummer is pretty good and their bassist is mediocre. They're not the worst band, but they're not the best and plus they're not metal. But people put them into metal (Which is what fans do). - Plonderss

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3Linkin ParkLinkin Park is an American rock band formed in Agoura Hills, California, in 1996. The members include Chester Bennington (vocals), Mike Shinoda (rapping vocals, pianist), Brad Delson (guitar), Dave "Phoenix" Farrell (bass), Joe Hahn (DJ) and Rob Bourdon (drums). Linkin Park are associated with a mixture ...read more.

Linkin Park IS NO LONGER METAL! But they are still an amazing band. Respect to them for changing, but its time to rock again. Always love them

Change the title into "Best Metal Bands of All Time" and there, Linkin Park is the Best Nu-Metal! Even though they've changed I still loved them!

I honestly hate the fact that they aren't metal anymore. It's like they completely lost touch with their roots. I grew up on nu metal and thrash metal, and Linkin Park's Hybrid Theory was one of the best albums I've ever heard. After Minutes to Midnight, however, they went downhill. What happened to Linkin Park? - MetalFoREVer1228

Have any of you heard the hunting party

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4Bring Me the HorizonBring Me the Horizon are a British rock band from Sheffield, Yorkshire. Formed in 2004, the group currently consists of vocalist Oliver Sykes, guitarist Lee Malia, bassist Matt Kean, drummer Matt Nicholls, and keyboardist Jordan Fish. They are signed to RCA Records globally and Columbia Records exclusively ...read more.

I don't mind the music as much as I hate the band in general. For one they all are in it because they wanted to be famous. The second this is the lead singer, Oliver Sykes, basically came out as being a former drug addict, but then in a interview not too long after that he stated that he didn't regret doing drugs, and he said that everyone should do drugs in some point in their lives. I used to occasionally listen to their music, but after that I've gone completely off them. I don't find how people would want to support someone who says everyone should try drugs at some point in their lives. Marilyn Manson almost had his complete career destroyed after being blamed for a school shooting that he was in no way responsible for the boys behaviour, yet some lead singer of a "metal" band can come out, tell millions of his fans that they should try drugs and people couldn't give two cents? Do you realize how many of his teenage fans would've then thought it would've been ok to go ...more

There are only a couple of songs that I like from these guys and it was back when they were actually metal. I personally don't see Bring Me The Horizon as band, I see them as a bunch of guys being out shadowed by Ollie Sykes. Nobody cares about the other members, only Ollie and that is not how a band should be. Also their lyrics are stupid. Repetitive, dumb, recycled. Also their fan base is full of teenage girls who fancy Ollie, hardly anyone actually care about the music

Atrocious vocals, sound that's barely qualifiable as music, practically meaningless lyrics, douchebag band members, and a retarded fanbase that can rival that of Justin Bieber and One Direction combined is a recipe for one of the worst bands ever formed (not just in Metal).

I actually really liked their first two albums but after that they changed... and not in a good way either - Metalmaniakkk

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5Marilyn MansonMarilyn Manson is an American rock band from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Formed in 1989 by frontman Marilyn Manson and Daisy Berkowitz, the group was originally named Marilyn Manson & the Spooky Kids with their theatrical performances gathering a local cult following in the early 1990s.

What Marilyn manson shouldn't be on this list he his such a great singer and honestly smarter than all of you combined so this list it crap - stephieswag

He's Industrial Metal, which is far from average metal. It's just to different for people to relate - mr_crossover27

How is Marilyn Manson crap you don't know music

No no no! He doesn't belong here at all! This is one of my favorite bands!

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6NickelbackNickelback 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.

Is Nickelback even metal? No. Who put Lamb of God and Avenged Sevenfold on here? At least they have talent.

Avenged Sevenfold's only just famous thanks to The Rev's death. - Mumbizz01

Linkin Park, at 1st? WAKE UP PEOPLE! Nickelback should be the at the 1st. Linkin Park shouldn't be here. Posers like Pierce The Veil, Sleeping With Sirens and Asking Alexandria should be in HERE, not Linkin Park, Slipknot, Avenged Sevenfold, Metallica, and Lamb of God, 'cause these bands are real MUSIC!

Nickelback is just bad. The vocals are monotonous, the guitars are long-drawn out, and not to mention the songs, althought having little meaning, wear on your mind and bore you to death over time.

Who put this there?

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7Avenged 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.

Avenged Sevenfold is 4th place for best metal band of all time but 6th plave for worst metal band of all time - that doesn't make sense at al, I mean come on what nonsense!

Funny how people hate these guys just because they're overrated. Laugh out loud! It's also funny how they're on the Best Metal Bands list - MetalFoREVer1228

Exactly. I love them, but I understand they're in no way underrated. - Songsta41

Why are they here? They make great songs! Don't hate them just because they're overrated. Overrated doesn't mean bad - BlueFrostOfThunderClan

This band is bad but there are lots of Metal bands I heard that is worse. - Rambles

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8PoisonPoison is an American hair/glam metal band that achieved great commercial success in the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s.

Poison has to be the first band that comes to my head when I think of commercial crap, pre fabricated, bull. I quit listening to metal long ago because of crap such as that and how the whole genre had become nothing but monkey see, monkey do.

Not the whole genre, only the poser metal segment but glam metal crap gave metal a bad name. - Metal_Treasure

The 2 sub-genres that destroyed metal were glam an nu-metal - gemcloben

Brett Michaels is a drama queen

This is a great band come on now

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9Emmure

Fake tough guy hardcore makes me want to vomit.

Fake tuff guy hardcore? Even real tuff guy hardcore makes me want to vomit. Then put on my fur coat, have a smoke, have a drink and then eat a steak hot off the grill to fill the empty spot.

Everything that makes Limp Bizkit awful, but about 10 times worse.

Can't say I even know them. A good thing? Lol.

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10iwrestledabearonce

I can't bear seeing all of these great bands on this list (pun only slightly intended)

No, you guys never wrestled a bear.

Nightwish, epica, evanescence, within temptation are better metal bands fronted be girls than this bull, this aren't deathcore, carnifex and whitechapel are better deathcore

Hard to say this but because they looked like Black metal or Deathcore kinda thing when I saw them. But they aren't really a metal band. RIP IWRESTLEDABEARONCE - Dark_Revival

Lol I never heard of that before - FerrariDude64

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The Newcomers

?TriviumTrivium are an American heavy metal band from Orlando, Florida, formed in 1999. After getting signed to Roadrunner Records in 2004, the band has released seven studio albums and nineteen singles.
?Killswitch EngageKillswitch Engage is an American metalcore band from Westfield, Massachusetts, formed in 1999 after the disbanding of Overcast and Aftershock.

The Contenders

11SlipknotSlipknot is a Heavy Metal band formed in 1995 from Iowa. The band released their first album in 1999 and was well received by critics and fans. The group gained success after the release of their second studio album, "Iowa". ...read more.

How the hell is slipknot on this list like come on they rock!

Laugh out loud, I love how many bands on this list are also on the list "Best Metal Bands of All Time". :D

Excuse me but how come this is exactly in the same place as it is on the best metal bands ever. Also get it off this list now!

I damn hate them they're all like brutal and stuff but when I hear the vocals...

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12AttilaAttila is an American metalcore band from Atlanta, Georgia, formed in 2005. Frontman Chris Fronzak started the band in high school and, not wanting to use typical death metal terms, adopted the name from Attila the Hun, which he came across in a book.

What is the one thing worse than Limp Bizkit (who is actually number 1 on this list right now)? A band that takes the utter crap of Limp Bizkit and uses it as inspiration to make even crappier crap. What drives me crazy about this group is that they are on record, hugely influenced by Fred Durst.

I might just quit my job, and make it my full time profession warning people against this band. They are so bad, the have the potential to ruin music forever. Even the earliest tribal beats, the music of Motzart, the sounds of the Beatles, will all be eclipsed under the umbrella term of music - that thing that Attila ruined, and no one wants to hear sounds anymore. A whole planet of people who tore their own ears off just for the sweet silence.

The creation of this band was probably foretold in some ancient writing on the side of some pyramid their music, signalling the end of music itself. This band really are the most wretched piece of excrement. They should use their music to punish deviancy.

Alright, so for people who actually haven't heard of this group...just go to youtube and look up "Soda In The Water Cup". I'm pretty sure that'll tell you all you need to know.

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13Asking AlexandriaAsking 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.

Their music is lame. Their band name is lame.

From Death To Destiny is a Slipknot-inspired album, is very good, very mature, and Andy Worsnop also had a major problem with alcoholism. One good album doesn't mean they're good, but that album actually is, as hard as it is to believe.

Utter abomination of a band, made for teens as it's sole purpose. The music sucks, the image sucks, everything SUCKS.

Their music is so cliched and rubbish. Why are they even popular?

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14Brokencyde

I voted for this band as it is not even metal. I mean Lamb of God, Cradle of Filth, Skid Row, hell all these bands could at least be considered as metal. But just listen to Brokencyde. There are hardly any elements in their music that even resembles metal. The closest thing that even makes them resemble metal is the screamed vocals, and they are still done in the wrong technique.

Why Limp Bizkit and Linkin Park are on this here? This band definitely number 1. - 05yusuf09

The fact this band is not in the Top 10, yet Avenged Sevenfold, one of my all-time favorite bands, is #10! Just because they're overrated doesn't mean they deserve to be on here!
Also Brokencyde is terrible, they should be in the Top 5 at least! This band has terrible vocals and atrocious songs! - CastlevaniaFanboy128

While I don't mind Limp Bizkit or Nickelback, I simply cannot STAND Brokencyde. What they do is pop music with screams to attract the scene kids. They are an absolute disgrace to metal and should never have seen the light of day.

Oh my god. These guys are mind numbingly bad - ryanrimmel

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15Hollywood UndeadHollywood Undead is an American rap rock band from Los Angeles, California, United States. They released their debut album, Swan Songs, on September 2, 2008, and their live CD/DVD Desperate Measures, on November 10, 2009. Their second studio album, American Tragedy, was released April 5, 2011. All of ...read more.

Metal and rap should never be together, just like peanut butter and ketchup

Tell that to Rage Against the Machine, but yeah Hollywood Undead sucks.

No way their songs are good many good songs by the band you just need to find the right song

I don't understand why they are compared to Linkin Park. LP has talent, and say what you want, but they're not posers. Hollywood Undead might be the worst band ever. Crappy music, crappy look, it's the complete package of what bad bands should be like. I saw "Swan Songs" cover and thought they were like those bank robbers from the beginning of the Dark Knight movie. So, I thought theyd be cool. Nope. Never been more wrong in my life. Listen to real music like Linkin Park, or even From Ashes to New. WAY better.

I don't think they're metal. They're rap rock, and don't hate them just because they rap. Their rapping is pretty good - BlueFrostOfThunderClan

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16Cannibal CorpseCannibal Corpse is a American death metal band from Buffalo, New York. The band is mostly known for their graphic album covers, explicitly violent lyrics and song titles like "I C** Blood" The group got into mainstream from their most known song "Hammer Smashed Face" After Chris Barnes left the band, ...read more.

Why this on list? They are the backbone of death metal after death disbanded

Sounds like cookie monster made a metal band.

When I listen to music, I have to understand what the singer is saying. But with Cannibal Corpse, there's really no point in listening to their lyrics, unless you want to lose sleep.

Did people like Gangnam Style? Yes. Did they understand a single word? No. So that argument is nothing but complete bull. - gravecrawler

Absolutely disgusting lyrics...worse than Justin Bieber.

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17BabymetalBabymetal is a Japanese metal idol band. Their line-up consists of Suzuka Nakamoto as "Su-metal", Yui Mizuno as "Yuimetal", and Moa Kikuchi as "Moametal".

So it isn't what is expected of metal. Big deal. I don't see J-pop as very radio-friendly. It doesn't appeal to everyone. I don't care for all of there material, but I like a few of their songs from their debut. But Metal Resistnce is one of my favorites from 2016. Also, even if you don't consider it metal, why the hell is that a reason to hate a group. Opening for Lady Gaga was an idea from the producers who represent them. Even if it is a marketing plan, it doesn't sound plastic like the top 40 does. The backing musicians and the talented vocals of Su prevent that. There new album is more metal anyway. The three girls themselves have contributed to some of the materials writing process. I think that is is sort of a gimmick, but a bit more than one. The man who writes the majority of the material seems to enjoy what he writes, as well as even helping the three get into metal. There seems to be more music involved. I think that the hate that surrounds Babymetal is ridiculous. - Caleb9000

It's a gimmick. There's something wrong with what they do - they call themselves metal but hey, they are an opening act for Lady Gaga!!!
There's no metal band in the world to agree on touring with Lady Gaga! Babymetal just use metal music for other purposes (mainstream popularity outside metal).
This whole thing is quite controversial and I don't like it. Obviously they don't care about metal and the values of the metal community. - Metal_Treasure

I actually like some of their music. And of course they don't care about metal, they just do whatever their producers tell them to do. It's not their fault, it's actually quite sad. It was probably the producers' idea for them to open Lady GaGa's concert. In fact, they didn't know what metal was before they entered the group. All in all, they're catchy, but not really my idea of metal. Not the worst though, and it doesn't deserve the top 5.

This is stupid babymetal rocks better than 80% percent of the bad modern "metal" bands out there today, hell in my book they're one of the most creative and unique bands ever and one of my favorite

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18Waking the Cadaver

This band is awful. I'm a fan of brutal music, but no. Their music is just bad. Not to mention that in their first album, the drummer was terrible. He couldn't keep a beat if his life depended on it. Their second album is a big improvement but it still sounds terrible. They are the worst deathcore band in existence - MetalFoREVer1228

I can comprehend death metal vocals just fine, but waking the cadaver is incomprehensible. Not to mention the drummer can't play

Their debut album is worse than anything any band in the top ten has ever done

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19Bullet For My ValentineBullet for My Valentine are a Welsh heavy metal band from Bridgend, formed in 1998. The band is composed of Matthew Tuck (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Michael Paget (lead guitar, backing vocals), Michael Thomas (drums) and Jamie Mathias (bass guitar). Former members include Nick Crandle and Jason James; ...read more.

Why is Bullet For My Valentine in this list? They are NOT posers, they are a great melodic metalcore band and they have never pretended to be something that they are not, so I really don't get why you call them posers when there are like 100000 bands that are 100000 times more poser than Bullet For My Valentine.

Their ok some good songs some band but they do have some crap songs but their still good

Why is bullet for my Valentine considered a bad band? They are not posers, I mean sure the vocalist doesn't always have a heavy tone, but nonetheless they are great. Bullet for my Valentine- you want a battle (here's a war)

Does the creator of this list know anything about metal? Not gonna judge, but really? Half these bands are the BEST metal bands!

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20Suicide SilenceSuicide Silence is an American deathcore band from Riverside, California. Formed in 2002, the band has released four full-length studio albums, one EP and eleven music videos.

The worst tried death metal band. They copied Cannibal Corpse with their growl of blood spreading all of his mouth of drug.

I don't think deathcore is a metal genre but yeah these guys suck.

They are a disgrace for death metal...

Me, my ears and my windows hate 'em...

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