My Top Ten Favorite Musical Artists (Favorite to Least)metalheaddylan1996 The bands that have had the biggest influence on my life, or also those I think are talented enough musically to make it on such a list (both ideologies aren't necessarily mutually exclusive).
The Top Ten
I love how diverse this band is. No one album sounds the same and these dudes can literally play anything in any style. It's hard to get tired of them because if you get bored with one sound, they've definitely tackled another. They've covered everything from Beach Boys to Mr. Bungolo and they've recorded everything from power ballad, to power metal, to heavy metal, to metalcore, to pop, to country, etc. The list just goes on and on. I also love the fact that these guys are amazing live. One of the few metal bands I would actually save up and pay high money to see in concert because it would be totally worth it. These guys never miss a beat and have such a tight live sound. M. Shadows is always on key and the guitarists are great.
While I'm not a big fan of the Satanic imagery, I absolutely love the sound. Ghost to me is if you took Merycful Fate, Black Sabbath, Blue Oyster Cult, Alice Cooper Band and Abba and put them all into a blender. Ghost takes all the things I love about hard rock and metal that I think has been missing for decades and brings it all back in one little neat package. It's almost like an answer to a desperate rock listener's prayer who is pleading before God to fix everything that's wrong with metal and take it back to its roots, and that's exactly what Ghost is for me.
I just love the unique tone and the unique riffing. Deron Miller is a lyrical and musical genius, and current front man and long time lead guitarist Chad Ginsburg who is currently in Deron's position isn't half-bad either!
This band helped me through a lot of depressing times in high school and I love how much meaning and passion is behind the songs. They're able to talk about real stuff and real struggles and I love following their story. I love the imagery and I love all the Catholic metaphors.
Quite possibly the most important band in thrash metal, Metallica has stood the test of time for me as being some of the greatest riff writers alive. Every song is addictingly catchy and the guitarists go hard. My personal favorite album by them is a toss up between "Ride the Lightning" and "The Black Album".
A Christian band that transcends boundaries, Skillet is one of those bands you can jam out to no matter what you believe in. I love the lyrical content as a believer myself and I think the band's current and former guitarists Seth and Ben are insanely talented guys that don't get enough credit. It's not every day a Christian band makes riffs I can actually head bang to.
Avatar has brought the theatricality of rock n' roll to death metal and I think it's great. I love the song writing and I love the circus act gimmick. One of the most captivating acts since Alice Cooper. A lot of the more aggressive vocals and riffing remind me of Children of Bodom, and at other times this band reminds me of glam rock. Can't go wrong with Avatar.
I just love that these guys talk about real stuff. They remind me a lot of a heavier Linkin Park and I don't get a sense of cheesiness from their lyrics. I get the vibe that they truly care about their fans and want to use their experiences to make a difference in the world.
This band is basically the perfect culmination of my love for more extreme metal music. I love the fact that they are very passionate about taking a stance against which things they think are not right. This band reminds me of the movie The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and how the film's director Tobe Hooper got the idea for the film from imagining the idea of humans and animals being switched. What if we were the ones being used for meat? I think it's a grotesquely brilliant concept and it keeps me captivated by this band. Not to mention the high screams and/or squeals are great and the riffs make me want to jump out of my chair and mosh.
This band is just so fun to listen. Up-beat, in your face hard rock that will stay stuck in your head for weeks. I've never heard a band that writes catchier songs. Def Leppard is hands down the catchiest band to come out of the 80s and not grow stale.