Metal bands are known for being aggressive from the vocals to the overall sound. For this list I'll be excluding bands that aren't metal like Limp Bizkit and Slipknot. I'll also be excluding melodic bands such as Symphonic Metal bands and Power Metal bands. If I missed one in particular feel free to add it.
The Top Ten
1ExodusExodus is an American thrash metal band formed in 1979 in Richmond, California. Spanning a career of 37 years, Exodus has gone through numerous lineup changes, two extended hiatuses, and the deaths of two former band members.
No death metal and black metal bands on this list? I've heard they are the most aggressive but I'm no expert. - Metal_Treasure
I see - you just hate Death and Black Metal. I have no problem with that. But when you make a list about Most Aggressive Metal Bands, you have to include them because your list looks lame without them. Or just don't make lists about things you hate. - Metal_Treasure
2KreatorKreator is a German thrash metal band from Essen. Their style of music is similar to that of their compatriots Destruction, Sodom and Tankard; along with those three bands, Kreator has been referred to as one of the "big four" of Teutonic thrash metal, and they are often credited with helping pioneer ...read more.
3Strapping Young LadStrapping Young Lad was a Canadian extreme metal band formed by Devin Townsend in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1994. The band started as a one-man studio project; Townsend played most of the instruments on the 1995 debut album, Heavy as a Really Heavy Thing. By 1997, he had recruited permanent members; ...read more.
Ever wonder why Canadians are so peaceful? Because all their anger is siphoned through Strapping Young Lad - cjWriter1997
4SlayerSlayer is an American thrash metal band from Huntington Park, California, formed in 1981 by guitarists Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King. They rose to fame with their 1986 album Reign in Blood, and is credited as one of the big four of thrash metal bands, the others being Metallica, Megadeth, and Anthrax. ...read more.
This got my thinking. Since they have multiple classifications of death metal and black metal, why not multiple official types of thrash? There's enough variety within the genre. There could be progressive thrash metal (I think Metallica is a good example), brutal thrash metal (like slayer), and more. - Skullkid755
5VenomVenom are an English extreme metal band formed in 1979 in Newcastle upon Tyne. Coming to prominence towards the end of the new wave of British heavy metal, Venom's first two albums—Welcome to Hell and Black Metal—are considered a major influence on thrash metal and extreme metal in general.
6PanteraPantera was an American Heavy Metal band formed in 1981 by guitarist Dimebag Darrell and drummer Vinnie Paul. The band started out as a Glam Metal act in the 1980s with little success. After discarding their original lead vocalist and enlisting Phil Anselmo, the band signed a major record deal with ...read more.
7MastodonMastodon is an American heavy metal band from Atlanta, Georgia, formed in early 2000 and composed of bassist Troy Sanders, guitarists Brent Hinds and Bill Kelliher and drummer Brann Dailor.
Remission is an aggressive beast of an album front to back - cjWriter1997
8Judas PriestJudas Priest are a British heavy metal band that formed in Birmingham, England, in 1969. They are often referred to as one of the greatest metal bands of all time, and are even commonly called “The Metal Gods”, after one of the songs on their 1980 album “British Steel”. ...read more.
Definitely, for songs like Painkiller - cjWriter1997
9Pig DestroyerPig Destroyer is an American grindcore band formed in 1997 in Alexandria, Virginia. The band was formed by vocalist J. R. Hayes, guitarist Scott Hull, and drummer John Evans, later replaced by Brian Harvey.
I know grind isn't everyone's thing but I've been enjoying this band a lot and they are extremely aggressive - cjWriter1997
10Iron MaidenIron Maiden are an English heavy metal band formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. The most critically acclaimed period for the band was from 1983-1989. With vocalist Bruce Dickinson, bassist Steve Harris, lead guitarist Dave Murray, rhythm guitarist Adrian ...read more.
11MetallicaMetallica is an American Thrash Metal band formed in 1981 . The original lineup was James Hetfield (Vocalist and Rhythm guitarist), Dave Mustaine (Lead Guitar), Lars Ulrich (Drums), Ron McGovney (Bassist). The group came into mainstream from their Self-Titled album and the hit single "Enter Sandman". ...read more.
Fight Fire with Fire, Dyers Eve, Metal Militia, Seek & Destroy, Harvester Of Sorrows and more. - Userguy44
12Napalm DeathNapalm Death are a British grindcore/death metal band formed in Meriden, West Midlands, England, in 1981. While none of its original members remain in the group, the lineup of vocalist Mark "Barney" Greenway, bassist Shane Embury, guitarist Mitch Harris and drummer Danny Herrera has remained consistent ...read more.