Worst Metal Bands of All Time

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The Top Ten

Limp Bizkit
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.
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.
I don't know why Fred Durst was featured on Korn's greatest album Follow the Leader. I'm just glad Korn and people finally realize that Limp Bizkit are phonies and that's why you don't hear from them anymore.
[Newest]I say Sepultura is the worst

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.
[Newest]This is actually a good band. But for gods sake, did anybody who hates on them actually try to listen to them? Don't pay attention to the makeup, pay attention to the music. This list is NOT called "Worst looking guys in metal".

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
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?


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!
[Newest]I love them from their old stuff to their new stuff.

Is Nickelback even metal? No. Who put Lamb of God and Avenged Sevenfold on here? At least they have talent.
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.
[Newest]NICKELBACK, METAL? They're not even rock.

5Bring Me the Horizon
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).
Well, I have to give it to them, they were good, then they put out stuff like Drown. I mean, Count Your Blessings and Suicide Season were great. What happened?
They are not awfully stern to shadow Moses then you will just love them
[Newest]Their first 3 albums might be good, but now they suck. And I loved them...

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

7Marilyn Manson
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


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


[Newest]How is Marilyn Manson crap you don't know music

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


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
Should be number 1, Limp Bizkit is better. Stupid masked maggots, Slipknot is horrible, they are suck, this band is horrible and terrible. Corey Taylor is the most swearing singer in the world. This guy is disgusting. Stupid masks, disgusting voice, awful music and worst metal band of all time.

Slipknot and Iowa are the most douchebag albums. Really disgusting!
[Newest]You want to hear bad and non-complex riffs, meaningless screams and over-distorted guitar sounds? You came to the right place!

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.
It's not metal, but to be honest I pretty much like all the actual metal bands they put on here. So I picked this one.
If you think BVB or limp bizkit are bad, you don't know this band

The Contenders

11Avenged 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!
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


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!
[Newest]What the hell? A7X is awesome, Slipknot sucks!

12Hollywood Undead
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.
Bunch of wannabe gangsters...
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.
[Newest]They aren't trying to be metal. why are they on this list

Fake tough guy hardcore makes me want to vomit.
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
Emmure is basically just a heavier version of Limp Bizkit.

14Asking Alexandria
Most BORING band ever.
Their music is lame. Their band name is lame.

15Waking 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


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

16Design the Skyline
No talent at all. Just a bunch or strange noises.
This is why metal has a bad name
I had a cringegasm when I first heard this band.

17Bullet For My Valentine
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.
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
Their ok some good songs some band but they do have some crap songs but their still good

18Judas Priest
What? Whoever voted for this just die please
No what WHO PUT THIS HERE? Judas Priest have tallent!
Only a MORON would put Judas Priest as a terrible metal band
[Newest]Get Judas Priest off the list

Saxon are great! And they are metal.
Whoever even included one of the greatest metal bands to ever come from Britain, along with Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Motorhead, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Diamond Head, Raven, Tank, Tygers of Pan Tang, and UFO, just do us all a favor and go get a vasectomy.
I don't understand why one of the best bands from the NWOBHM is doing on this list

2030 Seconds to Mars
What? , this isn't even close to metal..
Idiots these dudes are rock not metal.
I'm glad everyone admits these guys are nowhere near metal and a great band altogether.

21Cradle 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.
They shouldn't even call themselves black metal. They are nothing but mainstream rock with black metal screams.


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.
Oh God, they're not even metal nor close to metal


23Suicide Silence
Suicide silence is possibly a the worst band ever. Firstly they are just trying way too hard to be death metal, when their growls just sound like the singer has a lougie in his throat and they look to emo/scene/douchy to ever be hardcore, Second, they inspired all these stupid deathcore/ metalcore bands there are now, like Black veil Brided and waking the cadaver.
Sucide silence just suck because they suck, my most unfavorite metal band ever

24Five Finger Death Punch
Five finger death punch are awesome how can you hate them songs they have are good
Very overrated band. The Nickelback of metal.
From their name they sound like a hardcore band but all their hits are slow songs. hmm... Interesting.

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.


They are popular because they are cute, not because of talent.
WHAT? BABYMETAL IS NUMBER 36! This band really sucks! Tehy are just three teen-age girls who think they belong to metal band and barely can sing.
[Newest]This band is a joke

26Cannibal Corpse
Why this on list? They are the backbone of death metal after death disbanded
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.


Sounds like cookie monster made a metal band.
[Newest]When I think of Metal. This is what you would hear if it was watered down about three times. These guys don't sound heavy they sound soft.

27Dimmu Borgir
What is one of the best black metal bands doing here?

28Arch Enemy
Don't know how they're on this list, but each to their own I guess...


Him is a Gothic Rock band genius.


Why is this on here? Their first 4 albums were amazing! Their modern stuff sucks though :T
0% votes. Calm down guys, KoRn is on the list because 1 person didn't like them. 1. KoRn is awesome
What are they doing on here? Korn is awesome.
[Newest]I agree, KoRn is one of my favorites

Funny to find THIS on the list, cause Evanescence is NOT metal at all.
It is a pop-rock band with Emo-influences, for wannabe gothic teenagers
Who want to seem like they are deep and cool while
Secretly they are listening to Britney Spears, just like the ugly singer does herself.
Their lyrics are all about the same subject (whining about nobody loves u),
And all the songs sound the same. Using some electric guitars and screaming like her ass is on fire doesn't make it metal.
Whoever add Evanescence in this list, I Will Kill You.


What. Peace Sells is one of the best metal albums of all times. Killing is my business is awesome as well.
Why on earth are amazing bands like slayer, Judas Priest, and megadeth on this list. Megadeth is perhaps the best thrash metal band, (Either Megadeth or Slayer in my opinion) and extremely influential. It pains me to see them on this list, and I suggest that anyone who voted for them should just stop listening to metal
Who put Megadeth on this list?! Dave Mustaine may be an ass and a crappy singer, but he's a great guitarist and songwriter and their lead guitarists have all been amazing. Not to mention how great a bass player Dave Ellefson is.
[Newest]This band is good but it depends on an album Rust In Peace rocks and everyone knows that. Quote of a Metallica fan boy


Hard to work out who the worst is. I didn't like any of my Mudvayne CD's even after multiple listens and ended up giving them away. That's how I've chosen them


35Chelsea Grin


I hate the guy who put slayer ANYWHERE on this list!
I Hate this Foolish List!
This list is garbage, slayer is the best band, not the worst
[Newest]Why are megadeth and slayer on this list?

38Attack Attack!
These need to be higher on this list! THEY SUCK!

39Diamond Head

40Papa Roach
Not that bad, but also not good.

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...
They're nothing special really. I know people in real life who say they're such a great band and how many people they can shock because they like to push boundaries. SO WHAT! It should be about the music and their music sucks.
All they ever sing about is sex. Big perverts.

You seem to know a lot for hating this group so much.
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**!

Dude who ever put this on here can go to HELL AND BURN FIR THE REST OF TIME!
To the person who put this on the list, I have guards and I shall hunt you down and when I find you I will sue you and then kill you and feed you to wolves IN THE NAME OF Metallica!
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.


[Newest]I'm the only voter. Wow

How dare anyone put Dio on this list...
Maybe it's because they were painfully average, their rainbow shtick got old very quickly as did the formulaic approach of start-with-a-fast-song-then-the-title-track with every album.
Did is great get them off the list

45Rage Against The Machine

46I Set My Friends On Fire

47Sleeping With Sirens
They are, along with 5sos, the worst and most poser band I've ever seen in rock music. This band is a joke, ugh.

48Skid Row

49Children of Bodom
Who kept them here I think those who think cob are worst they have no taste of music.
It's an awful band? NO! I think the Jonas Brother took too much ecstasy and don't even listen to their songs. By the way, Today the modern kids world is almost only techno, pop and dubstep! But dubstep is good but not good like Children Of Bodom, Metallica, Iron Maiden and etc metal bands.
Clearly people added all the metal bands they could think of
First listen and then judge

Venom? Are you serious... They are definitely not the most talented musicians or anything but they inspired so many Black/Death/Thrash etc.. They are basically the godfathers of extreme metal...

Metal for people who don't like metal...
I don't understand why people hate these guys so much.


Because they use too many effects to make their cheesy wanna be power metal listenable. This makes them a completely different live band. Since you cannot use a whammy pedal and many other pointless things while playing in harmony with multiple other guitars live, Dragonforce are at best a mediocre live act and are therefore, a disgrace to Metal.

52Steel Panther
Judas Priest is not a joke ass
By far the worst. Joke band. and it's jokes for 11 year olds. sucks.
At least this joke is funny, whereas the joke called Judas Priest is just sad.

53Winds of Plague

54Guns N' Roses
It is very clear that those who vote on this list have a really poor knowledge and taste in music... I can't even believe that some great bands like Linkin Park or Guns N' Roses etc are on this list... This is pure STUPIDITY!
First of all, Guns 'N' Roses is hard rock not metal. Second, they are amazing. Third they are amazing (old lineup new line up sucks ass)
Whoever put Guns N' Roses on here hates metal. You all know Slash is the greatest guitarist ever to live

55As I Lay Dying
Definitely do not belong on this list. Clean vocals are decent, and everything else about them is nothing short of amazing.

56Dream Theater
? Anyone who listens to Technical Death Metal ow this band.


The only bad thing about prog rock and metal is that they inspired this band.

57Bon Jovi
They aren't metal. They're glam rock, and great
Bon jovi aren't metal, duh. Who was the genius that put them here?
Hard rock/Glam Metal but they're not bad.


What are they doing on here? They're an awesome band. They shouldn't be on here at all.
Okay, I am a huge Power Metal fan but Hammerfall really sucks.

59Blood 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.


Before you ask, I did take time to listen to several of their songs. Didn't like even one.

60August 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.
Drummer with technical skills that could blow most metal drummers out of the water. It's not about mindless double-bass with these guys, but rather overall superior songwriting.



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

Are you kidding me Anthrax is heavily underrated
I'm a john bush fan... Sorry yo
Maybe not the worst but very overrated


Sorry, but I just hate everything about these guys...


6710 Years

Darkthrone got me into Black Metal, they don't deserve to be in this list.


69My 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.
My Chemical Romance is an amazing band :/ they spurred my love for the heavier genres. besides, this band isn't even metal.

Primus a bunch loners trying to make music

Why is this band on here?
Are you kidding me. Pantera rocks

This is just ridiculous to consider tool as an option for this list. there are a lot of other great bands on this list as well. I guess everyone is entitled to their opinion, but good lord.





77The Devil Wears Prada


79Anal C***
Its not even that I find them offensive they just make godawful music


Even if this band was a joke, the joke got old and not funny as soon as their fist note played.
This is grind core not metal. They still suck though.
[Newest]I'm not even kidding they are a real band look them up, I can promise you that these guys are even worse that any of these bands!

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.


So bad they're on here twice!

82Fair to Midland



Judging by the name, I don't even wanna know about this band.

Who put AC/DC on this list. What an idiot
Get AC/DC off not only are they a good band but they are hard rock not metal
They are not metal


Laugh out loud I thought since all the good bands are on this list why not add another?

88Napalm Death
I love metal, so maybe I just don't "get it" or something. I love death metal, meoldic death, technical death, groove metal, death thrash, and deathcore. I must not be cool enough to listen to grindcore

These guys SUCK! For real. One of the worst bands of all time.

Over kill the name says it all.
That vocalist Ellsworth is the worst I've ever heard. He sounds like Nicki Minaj and the singer from ACDC combined.

The vocals are just... Atrocious

92Horse the Band
I hate this band they give me a headache and they pop my ears whenever I listen to em and there pretty nuts and there music is weird and annoying and loud


94Cattle Decapitation


These guys suck so bad I can't even describe it... They are a bunch of old guys who are trying to rock out 1 more time and they suck on so many levels at what they do!

97System Of A Down
Who put them on this list?


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 has no talent.
Kiss is the best band in the world and dude who put the other coment sucks

Who put these guys on this list?

Whoever put Death on this list is a complete idiot. One of the best death metal bands.

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