Top Ten Bands That Are Good At Playing Both Heavy and Mellow Songs

The Top Ten

1 Staind Staind Staind was a rock band formed in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1995. ...read more.
2 Alice In Chains Alice In Chains Alice in Chains is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1987 by guitarist and songwriter Jerry Cantrell and original lead vocalist Layne Staley.

Them Bones - Hard
Man In a Box - Soft - Bboymakinwitthefrekfreak

3 Five Finger Death Punch Five Finger Death Punch Five Finger Death Punch is an American alternative metal/ alternative rock band formed in, Las Vegas Nevada. The band's came originated from a fictional movie called Kill Bill.
4 Breaking Benjamin Breaking Benjamin Breaking Benjamin is a American post-grunge/alternative metal band formed in 1998. The bands members all changed in the time between 2010 to 2014, with the exception of Ben Burnley (Vocals). The Ex-Members included Chad Szeliga (Drums), Aaron Fink (Guitar) and Mark Klepaspi (Bass). ...read more.
5 Nirvana Nirvana Nirvana was an American grunge band that was formed in Aberdeen, Washington in 1987. Nirvana disbanded after Kurt Cobain committed suicide in 1994. The drummer of the band, David Grohl, went on to start the Foo-Fighters, an alternative rock band. ...read more.
6 Linkin Park Linkin Park Linkin Park is an American rock band formed in Agoura Hills, California, in 1996. The members currently include Mike Shinoda (vocals, keyboards, rhythm guitar), Brad Delson (guitar), Dave "Phoenix" Farrell (bass), Joe Hahn (DJ) and Rob Bourdon (drums). Linkin Park are associated with a mixture of Nu-metal ...read more.

I Love Them!
They Are Truly Capable to be on 1st Place
... Listen 'Given Up' & 'Leave Out All The Rest'.. See The Difference
OR Listen 'One Step Closer' & 'Powerless'
OR Listen 'Victimized' & 'Shadow Of The Day'
OR Listen 'Crawling' & 'Iridescent'
OR Listen 'Qwerty' & 'The Little Things Give You Away'

If You Will Listen the 1st Song & 2nd Song..1 is Mellow & 1 is Metal

Heavy songs:

“Crawling”
“One Step Closer”
“Given Up”
“No More Sorrow”

Mellow songs:

“One More Light”
“Breaking The Habit”
“Leave Out All The Rest”

They’re amazing either way. - 3DG20

7 Blind Guardian Blind Guardian Blind Guardian is a German power metal band formed in the mid-1980s in West Germany. They are often credited as one of the seminal and most influential bands in the power metal and speed metal subgenres. Heavily influenced by Queen, they use the technique of overdubbing. They also incorporate large ...read more.

Great Heavy Power and speed metal but they also have some incredible acoustic songs. go listen to the bards song-in the forest and then the Bards song-the Hobbit.

They are the best in this category because they have what is needed for this unusual combination - a very versatile singer. Hansi Kürsch is the most versatile metal singer as well as a vocal god in general.
Blind Guardian have only several mellow / ballad-esque / acoustic songs but they are over the top.

Listen in pairs (soft & heavy) - you won't believe this is the same singer and the same band (there was only one change in the lineup for 30 years - a drummer):

The Bard's Song (In the Forest) & Banish From Sanctuary
Miracle Machine & Majesty
Lord of the Rings (Acoustic) & Journey Through The Dark
A Past and Future Secret & Valhalla
Skalds and Shadows & The Last Candle
Carry the Blessed Home & Another Holy War
Distant Memories & The Script for My Requiem - Metal_Treasure

8 Metallica Metallica Metallica 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.

Unforgiven ii is amazing and soft

9 Opeth Opeth Opeth is a Swedish progressive death metal band from Stockholm, formed in 1990 by David Isberg, who invited Mikael Akerfeldt into the band as a bassist. Isberg ended up leaving the band, which lead to Mikael becoming the band's vocalist, guitarist, principal songwriter, and driving force. Along with ...read more.
10 System of a Down System of a Down System of a Down formed in 1994 as an Armenian-American Nu Metal group from Glendale, California . The band name is sometimes shortened to System or SOAD. ...read more.

The Contenders

11 Chevelle Chevelle Chevelle is an American rock band that formed in 1995 in the Chicago suburb of Grayslake, Illinois. The band was originally composed of brothers: Pete Loeffler, Sam Loeffler and Joe Loeffler.
12 Red Red Red is an American rock band from Nashville, Tennessee, formed in 2002. The band's lineup consists of singer Michael Barnes, guitarist Anthony Armstrong, and bassist Randy Armstrong.
13 My Dying Bride My Dying Bride My Dying Bride are an English doom metal band formed in Bradford, England in 1990. To date, My Dying Bride have released twelve full-length studio albums, three EPs, one demo, one box set, four compilation albums, one live album, and one live CD/DVD release.
14 Beck Beck Beck Hansen, known by stage name Beck, is an American singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist. He is mostly known for his musical composition, as well as a palette of sonic genres.
15 The Pixies The Pixies The Pixies are an American alternative rock band formed in 1986 in Boston, Massachusetts. The group disbanded in 1993 in acrimonious circumstances, but reunited in 2004. The group currently consists of founders Black Francis, Joey Santiago, and David Lovering.
16 Moonspell Moonspell Moonspell is a Portuguese gothic metal band. Formed in 1992, the group released their first EP Under the Moonspell in 1994, a year before the release of their first album Wolfheart.

Great clean vocals and great death growls. Compare:
White Omega & Lickanthrope
A Greater Darkness & Everything Invaded - Metal_Treasure

17 Soundgarden Soundgarden Soundgarden is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1984 by singer and rhythm guitarist Chris Cornell, lead guitarist Kim Thayil, and bassist Hiro Yamamoto.

Black Hole Sun & Jesus Christ Pose
Chris Cornell is one the vocal gods on this list so he can be versatile. - Metal_Treasure

18 Smashing Pumpkins
19 Slipknot Slipknot Slipknot is an American Heavy Metal band formed in 1995 from Iowa. The band is best known as one of the pioneers of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal during the late 1990s - 2000s and are distinguishable by the band's clothing choices, consisting of black/red jumpsuits and horror inspired masks. ...read more.
20 Deftones Deftones Deftones are an American alternative metal band from Sacramento, California. The band, which was founded in 1988, consists of Chino Moreno, Stephen Carpenter, Frank Delgado, Abe Cunningham and Sergio Vega.

I've heard extremely heavy songs by the Deftones, probably heavier than any band on this list but you then have songs like, Mein, Digital Bath and Dai the flu which are more soothing.

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21 The Dillinger Escape Plan The Dillinger Escape Plan The Dillinger Escape Plan is an American mathcore band from Morris Plains, New Jersey. The group originated in 1997 after the disbanding of Arcane, a hardcore punk trio consisting of Ben Weinman, Dimitri Minakakis, and Chris Pennie.
22 Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold is an American alternative rock 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 are generally known as a heavy band, however each album has at least one mellow song. Seize the Day, I Won't See you Tonight Part 1, Dear God and So Far Away, all great songs regardless.

Just listen to 'God Hates Us' then listen to 'Dear God' - Xinferno-awaitsX

23 Stone Sour Stone Sour Stone Sour is an American rock band formed in Des Moines, Iowa in 1992, performing for five years, before disbanding in 1997. They reunited in 2000 and since 2006, the group has consisted of Corey Taylor, Josh Rand and Roy Mayorga.
24 Tool Tool Tool is an American progressive metal/alternative metal band, that was formed in 1990. ...read more.

They are the best at playing songs period!

25 Sublime
26 Iced Earth Iced Earth Iced Earth is an American heavy metal band from Tampa, Florida. It was formed in 1985 under the name Purgatory by guitarist and main songwriter Jon Schaffer and original drummer Greg Seymour. V 1 Comment
27 Neil Young and Crazy Horse
28 Three Days Grace Three Days Grace Three Days Grace is a Canadian rock band formed in Norwood, Ontario in 1997 with a line-up consisting of guitarist and lead vocalist Adam Gontier, drummer and backing vocalist Neil Sanderson, and bassist Brad Walst. In 2013 Gontier left the band due to creative differences. He was replaced with Brad's ...read more.

They’re not a very heavy band, but they have songs like “Riot”, (one of their only songs with screaming and it has some pretty heavy guitar compared to most of their other songs) “Born Like This”, (Probably their more aggressive guitar riffs) “Scared”, (Pretty heavy guitar compared to their other songs) “Bully” (Definitely one of their heavier guitar riffs) which are heavier than others that are more mellow like “Last To Know”, (most of the song is vocals, piano and very mellow guitar until the end) “Love Me Or Leave Me”, (I’m pretty sure the entire song is Matt’s voice with very mellow music) “Over and Over” (the vocals and music are pretty mellow at least for most of the song) etc. - 3DG20

29 The White Stripes
30 Machine Head
31 Demons & Wizards Demons & Wizards Demons and Wizards is a power metal band conceived as a side-project by vocalist for Blind Guardian, Hansi Kürsch, and the guitarist for Iced Earth, Jon Schaffer.

Fiddler On The Green & Crimson King
Love's Tragedy Asunder & Heaven Denies
Down Where I Am & Poor Man's Crusade - Metal_Treasure

32 Mudvayne Mudvayne Mudvayne was an American heavy metal band from Peoria, Illinois formed in 1996. Originally from Bloomington, Illinois, they are known for their sonic experimentation, innovative album art, face and body paint, masks and uniforms.
33 All That Remains All That Remains All That Remains is an American heavy metal band from Springfield, Massachusetts, formed in 1998. They have released eight studio albums, a live CD/DVD, and have sold over a million records worldwide.
34 Edguy Edguy
35 Katatonia Katatonia Katatonia is a Swedish metal band formed in Stockholm in 1991 by Jonas Renkse and Anders Nyström. The band has released nine studio albums spanning the course of three decades, and their tenth studio album, The Fall of Hearts was released on May 20, 2016.
36 Wavves
37 The Ramones
38 Aerosmith Aerosmith Aerosmith is an American rock band, sometimes referred to as "the Bad Boys from Boston" and "America's Greatest Rock and Roll Band".
39 Finger Eleven
40 Deep Purple Deep Purple Deep Purple are an English rock band formed in Hertford in 1968. They are considered to be among the pioneers of heavy metal and modern hard rock, although their musical approach changed over the years. Originally formed as a progressive rock band, the band shifted to a heavier sound in 1970. Deep Purple, ...read more.

Child In Time & Black Night
Soldier of Fortune & Burn
When A Blind Man Cries & Highway Star - Metal_Treasure

41 Weezer
42 Limp Bizkit Limp Bizkit Limp 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.
43 Sick Puppies Sick Puppies Sick Puppies is an Australian rock band, formed in 1997. Sick Puppies rose to prominence in 2006 when their song "All the Same" was uploaded along with a video to YouTube.
44 A Day to Remember A Day to Remember A Day to Remember (often abbreviated ADTR) is an American rock band from Ocala, Florida, founded in 2003 by guitarist Tom Denney and drummer Bobby Scruggs. They are known for their unusual amalgamation of metalcore and pop punk. The band currently consists of vocalist Jeremy McKinnon, rhythm guitarist ...read more.

Come on guys how can you not forget about them geez

45 Skillet Skillet Skillet is an American Christian rock band formed in Memphis, Tennessee in 1996 and based in the United States.
46 Evanescence Evanescence Evanescence is an American rock band founded in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1995 by singer/pianist Amy Lee and guitarist Ben Moody.

They’re mostly known for heavier songs like “Bring Me To Life”, “Going Under”, “What You Want”, “The Other Side” and “Call Me When You’re Sober”, but they also have songs that are just vocals and piano, such as the demo version of “My Immortal” from 1999-2000, “The Last Song I’m Wasting On You”, “Hello” etc. - 3DG20

47 Def Leppard Def Leppard Def Leppard are an English rock band formed in 1977 in Sheffield as part of the new wave of British heavy metal movement.
48 Van Halen Van Halen Van Halen is an American hard rock band formed in Pasadena, California, in 1972. From 1974 until 1985, the band consisted of guitarist Eddie Van Halen, vocalist David Lee Roth, drummer Alex Van Halen, and bassist Michael Anthony.
49 Poison Poison Poison is an American hair/glam metal band that achieved great commercial success in the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s.

Very heavy most of the time, but they rocked Every Rose Has Its Thorn, too - Shake_n_Bake13

50 W.A.S.P. W.A.S.P. W.A.S.P. is an American heavy metal band formed in 1982 by Blackie Lawless, who is the only remaining original member of the band.

Not many slow songs, but when they made one they made it count - Shake_n_Bake13

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1. Staind
2. Alice In Chains
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2. Soundgarden
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