Worst Metal Bands of All Time

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The Top Ten

1
Limp Bizkit
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.
This band is so cringy, at least Linkin Park have talent. This, Brokencyde and iwrestledabearonce should be ringing this list at the top.
Limp Bizkit might be the worst band of all time. Also, why is Linkin Park at number 1? I for one think that they are an actually talented band.
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2Black Veil Brides
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!
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.
I have no idea what these guys are trying to attempt. Their "music" sounds like a constipated Yakuza eating horse radish.
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3Linkin Park
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

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4Nickelback
Is Nickelback even metal? No. Who put Lamb of God and Avenged Sevenfold on here? At least they have talent.
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.
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!
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5Marilyn Manson
He's nothing special I have a few friends that say oh he's so amazing, he's a genius but he's nothing really special. And when somebody defends him in a conversation they say how he always shocks everyone. SO WHAT! It should be about the music and his music sucks
The only reason I am voting for marilyn manson is because they should not even be on this list. They arn't metal, they have even said so themselves. They are shock rock not metal so they don't belong hear. As for myself, I am actualy a fan of marilyn manson, of all pop mucisians out there, I think the lead singer, brian Warner's lyrics have the most meaning to them. I also like how he is not afraid to be unique but he doesn't do things just to get attention. (Most people I know have never heard of him) so yeah, they are the worst metal band because they are'nt metal.
WHY IS HE SO LIKED! A few distributing music videos and suddenly he's a musical genius.
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6iwrestledabearonce
I can't bear seeing all of these great bands on this list (pun only slightly intended)

7Bring Me the Horizon
They are not awfully stern to shadow Moses then you will just love them
Well done for keeping them close to the top by defending them, Will.
Lies. You guys obviously don't even listen to metal if you voted these guys down. BMTH is amazing and you are all crazy

Will_sha4

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8Brokencyde
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.
THIS "BAND" GAVE ME AIDS
BROKENCYDE GAVE ME AIDS TOO.

9Hollywood Undead
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.
Bunch of wannabe gangsters...
Metal and rap should never be together, just like peanut butter and ketchup
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10Poison
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.
Brett Michaels is a drama queen
Joke! And a bad one.
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The Contenders

11Slipknot
Laugh out loud, I love how many bands on this list are also on the list "Best Metal Bands of All Time". :D
How the hell is slipknot on this list like come on they rock!
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!
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12Waking 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

Scrap my previous comment. These days, they have actually improved tremendously. Their first album was god awful. They're second album was still bad with a slightly improved sound. It's their latest album Real Life Death that impressed me. Now they're still not the best (obviously) but they're not as bad anymore as they initially were, and that says a lot

MetalFoREVer1228


13Design the Skyline
No talent at all. Just a bunch or strange noises.
I had a cringegasm when I first heard this band.

14Judas Priest
What? Whoever voted for this just die please
One of the most ridiculous metal bands of all time. They almost make Spinal Tap completely useless, inane cartoon songs, stupid imagery. Nobody guessed in the 80's that Halford was gay? Freddie Mercury was super straight compared to these ass-clowns. I wanna go hot rocking' indeed.

15Saxon
Saxon are great! And they are metal.

16Emmure
Why is Judas Priest on this list? Anyway Emmure blah! I like Nu metal, I like some death metal, and even viking metal but I can't stomach whatever the hell kind of metal emmure supposedly is. They are not good the singer barely does anything but says blaah for like 2 minutes says a word then blaah again... I just saved you a whole Emmure ticket. I mean in death metal there are some crazy weird growls but they play real instruments instead of a stupid computer or whatever they use in emmure. They are just a bad band! Well maybe not in this day and age because these days less real instruments you play the better a muscian you are. Makes a lot of sense right? Thanks Emmure for destrying whatever metal we have left
Fake tough guy hardcore makes me want to vomit.
They aren't that bad, actually. I get it, their songs aren't exactly the most creative or technical or whatever and I get that many "metalheads" are annoyed by the constant breakdowns and that their frontman looks like a swaggot, but I find some of their songs rather catchy. Take this from a guy who listens to EVERYTHING from alt metal to black metal & death metal, Emmure aren't as bad as everyone says

MetalFoREVer1228

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1730 Seconds to Mars
What? , this isn't even close to metal..
Idiots these dudes are rock not metal.
This is a good band I do admit myself

18Arch Enemy
Another half metalcore half death metal project with a chick as a lead singer!

SERIOUSLY? A girl and a death metal vocalist? Oh please...

Nord666


19Dimmu Borgir

20Him

21Bon Jovi
They aren't metal. They're glam rock, and great
Not metal, not even close to "worst band ever". More like the opposite
The lead singer sounds like a girl.

22Asking Alexandria

23Diamond Head

24Papa Roach

25Kiss
They rely on gimmicks
Make over the top rock
Cheesy choreographed guitar moves, horrid vocals

Probably the most embarrassing band ever... If they took themselves less seriously, it would make them less annoying.
Kiss is the best band in the world and dude who put the other coment sucks

26Megadeth
What. Peace Sells is one of the best metal albums of all times. Killing is my business is awesome as well.
If Megadeth sold as much as Metallica and were as popular then they would be considered more overrated then people consider Metallica to be.

Sabbath

Megadeth is over rated. Bad Vocals, Simple Lyrics, Talks in songs instead of sings, Changed style, Rips off riffs from glam metal bands when, HORRIBLE FANBASE!

Sabbath

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27Slayer
I hate the guy who put slayer ANYWHERE on this list!
Whoever put slayer on the list I like.
I hate slayer because they are satanic.
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28Dio
How dare anyone put Dio on this list...

29Cradle of Filth
I'll agree that they aren't that great of a band, but a few songs are decent. And anyone who thinks they're a black metal band is a retard. Paul Allender even said that they've never tried to be a black metal band. They're more of a gothic metal band.
Those stupid banshee farts (screams) have ruined my taste of black metals once I found out what genre they were. Dimmu Borgir don't do them, neither do real black metal bands like venom and bathory.
Dani Filth is a pants vocalist, they've never been a black metal band even though the Hot Topickers seem to think so as they think Slipknot is a Death and Groove metal band.

metaldude8

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30I Set My Friends On Fire
WORST BAND EVER THEY GIVE ME HEADACHES.-.

31Bullet For My Valentine
You poser, bullet for my valentine is one of the worst band ever, and why is it not metal when it's metal core you dumbass, bullet for my valentine is THE WORST
Bullet for my valentine? Really? ? They're a awesome band, one of my favorites. And they're not even metal you douchbags, its called metalcore A.K. A post hardcore. And they're ranked #1 on best metalcore bands so shut up!
Linkin park is epic. Never deserve to be 'worst' tittle on any category, even if they changes they're genre.

32Mudvayne
Mudvayne is the band that got me into music. I don't get why this list completely sucks

33Attila

34Children of Bodom
Children of bodom, disturbed, and slipknot should not be on this list. Espeaciallychildren of bodom. They are so epic. If you voted them as bad you should listen to angels don't kill or triple corpse hammerblow. They are way too good to be on this list. >:-(
Who kept them here I think those who think cob are worst they have no taste of music.
Here I've added another fail 'metal' band for you to vote, though I almost feel embarrassed to call this a metal band... They sound more like metalcore to me. Anyway, I see many stupid people love to call them a death metal (oh, really? ) band... But, I'm sorry guys, CoB suck.

Nord666


35Skid Row

36Godsmack

37Rammstein
If you've EVER seen Rammstein live, there is no way that you could place them on this list in good conscience. They may not be the best, but they know how to carry a crowd. One of the few industrial metal bands that does it right...
Bad singer, bad drummer, no good riff, worst fanbase ever who think this band is the best ever.

38Winds of Plague

39Suicide Silence

40Steel Panther

41Guns N' Roses
Whoever put Guns N' Roses on here hates metal. You all know Slash is the greatest guitarist ever to live
They deserve to be number 1 on this list.

42DragonForce
Metal for people who don't like metal...

43Vhumi

44Cactus

45Nightwish
You seem to know a lot for hating this group so much.
God damn at! How nobody nominated Nightwish?
The worst of the worst! Disney metal for retarded!
Awful arrangements, singer who forgot the lyrics, has the worst technics ever, never graduated on academy, but still calling her self "opera singer", frustrated keybordist and his chauvinist friend, the singers jealous manager husband, and all the drama in the end like the world is going to collapse without this circus!
Everything but the metal!
Metal is not wearing black and showing horns every minute (like mrs Turunen) thinking that you are dangerous if you do that!
Metal is way of life, the attitude, the guts, the strength to be different not cloned! And above everything-listening to death, thresh and black as basics of metal, not drooling to the ridiculous woman called "goddess"! Goddess my a**!

46Gorgoroth
These guy are awesome black metal rules
Even if their live with blood, dead cattle and crucified nude girl is cool, if think that they are not TRVE.

47As I Lay Dying

48Five Finger Death Punch

49Anthrax
Maybe not the worst but very overrated

LMARINE


50Hammerfall
Okay, I am a huge Power Metal fan but Hammerfall really sucks.

51Blood On the Dance Floor
I voted for them because of how bad they are, but BOTDF IS NOT METAL! If anything, they're closer to rap.

roarktenjouin

Not metal. more like sh! T

52Misericordiam

53August Burns Red
Its all the same. The singer can't sing or scream, the guitarist can't play to save his life and the bassist and drummer are boring. Terrible band.

54Satanity

55Evanescence

56Darkthrone

57My Chemical Romance
In order to be one of the worst metal bands, you have to be metal. Metalheads would be really mad if they were in the best metal bands list. And My Chemical Romance never claimed to be metal, whoever nominated them and is sincerely voting for them thinking that they are the worst metal band ever is
WOAH WOAH NO. NOPE. I can't believe My Chemical Romance is on this list. They're not metal what? And they're an amazing band.

58Cannibal Corpse
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.
Why this on list? They are the backbone of death metal after death disbanded
Sounds like cookie monster made a metal band.
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59Krypt

60Venom

61Winger

62The Devil Wears Prada

63Chelsea Grin

6410 Years

65Sleeping With Sirens
THEY SUCK PEOPLE ONLY LIKE THIS BAND TO GET ATTENTION AND IF YOU LIKE THIS BAND TOU ARE ONLY DESCRIBED AS ONE WORD... POSER!

66Dream Theater

67Cryptopsy

68Anal C***
Its not even that I find them offensive they just make godawful music

LMARINE

Horrible neo Nazi music

69Alesana
This is post-hardcore, not metal; I could slightly understand someone putting them on here if they were a metalcore band, but post-hardcore isn't metal.

roarktenjouin

The singer sounds terrible with his whining kind of tune and the screaming... even worse, sounds like a someone's being raped. They are still a good band, because of the fact that they make good lyrics. But it they want to be a great band, they should change their vocal style, seriously...

70AxCx

71Fair to Midland

72Primus
Primus a bunch loners trying to make music

73Korn
0% votes. Calm down guys, KoRn is on the list because 1 person didn't like them. 1. KoRn is awesome
Korn r legends whoever the hell put korn as one of the worst metal bands is a retard they r legends
Whoever added legends like Megadeth is an idiot. Children of Bodom is a very good band and it is certainly melodeic DEATH METAL. Lamb of God is also an awesome groove metal band. I am very surprised to see a band as crappy as Korn not even mentioned on this list yet. Well, they suck more than other nu-metal bands like Limp Bizkit, which is already terrible.

74Metallica
Dude who ever put this on here can go to HELL AND BURN FIR THE REST OF TIME!
Why are Metallica even in this list, having made one lousy album (St. Anger) does not ruin a band's career. They made a hell of a job in the first four albums, but it would've been boring to go your whole career on copypaste basis
People soon need to realize these guys aren't that amazing. I mean, they got some amazing tracks. But a lot of terrible ones on top of that.

IronMainiac666

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75Avenged Sevenfold
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!
I think A7x can go to the top worst metal bands of all times.I sure they will improve their skills.Synyster Gates can imprve his lead guitarist skill.M.Shadow has a good and same voices with metals songs.I sure they can get award of best heavy metals band this year.Avenged Sevenfold!
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

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76Lamb of God
Can I ask you guys what this band is doing on this page? Just... what dudes... what...
Do you guys even aknow what metal is? Come on! Log n a7x are the best modern heavy metal n hard rock bands respectively.

vishaljagannath


77Disturbed
WOAH WOAH WOAH, whoever put Disturbed here has not listened to ANY of their songs.

ScottTheAstronaut

Seriously... Disturbed? They are the first band that actually made me want to listen to all their songs! They are amazing

78Iron Maiden
They are considered either the greatest metal band of all time, in the top 3 metal bands of all time. There is no denying their success. They have probably the largest fanbase of any metal band ever. Even today, after over 30 years of Iron Maiden, they carry the flag for the Heavy Metal Nation. Whoever put them on this list can go to HELL!
Iron Maiden is on top 5 best Heavy Metal bands ever. If you have ever seen them perform live, you would agree.
Best metal ever made by these guys

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