Top 10 Bands that are Heavy but Not Heavy Enough to Be Called Metal

Since this is my first list why not do something i like which is metal and i like anything thats metal so this list will be about bands that are Heavy but but heavy enough to be called Metal

The Top Ten

1 AC/DC AC/DC are a Australian hard rock band, formed in November 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young, who continued as members until Malcolm's illness and departure in 2014 . They were fronted by Bon Scott until his untimely death due to alcohol poisoning in 1979, after which they hired Brian Johnson more.

The reason all these bands aren't metal isn't that they aren't heavy enough. The reason is that their music is based either on blues/RNR or punk. Metal is based on classical music. Heaviness isn't the most important criterion. Hardcore punk is heavier than many metal subgenres. I mean the list title is a bit misleading. - Metal_Treasure

I wanted to comment the same thing. AC/DC is heavier than some metal bands. - Alkadikce

Yes do have some heavy songs but they are not metal they are hard rock because they have blues influence in them - MetalWorldOrder

I totally agree this band is called metal when they are hard rock - christangrant

2 Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold is an American heavy metal 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). more.

A gray area between hard rock and heavy metal. Hail to the King is more hard-rock, while The Stage has a bit more progressive sound - yungstirjoey666

Rather than hard rock I'd say they are more from the punk rock side. But Zacky Vengeance fits in this category. Synyster Gates fits punk, hard rock, metal all these genres. - zxm

While some songs have metal influences in them most of their songs are Hard Rock an example would be Hail to the King which is a Hard Rock song - MetalWorldOrder

I think some songs of theirs are pretty metal, Nightmare...
nevermind, that's it, but they are pretty good. All of their stuff is a little to light, but not Pink Floyd light (from what I heard from them, I'm not a fan because they seemed pretty light) Afterlife's kinda light, etc. - EliHbk

3 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 Alternative more.

While their first two albums are heavy they aren't metal for many reasons - MetalWorldOrder

4 Disturbed Disturbed is an American nu metal/ alternative rock/ alternative metal band from Chicago, Illinois. The band comprises vocalist David Draiman, bassist John Moyer, guitarist Dan Donegan, and drummer Mike Wengren. They are known for songs like "Down With the Sickness" and "Stricken" .

Pretty simular to A7X but basically they are Hard/Alternative Rock - MetalWorldOrder

5 Guns n Roses Guns N' Roses is an American hard rock band from Los Angeles formed in 1985. The classic lineup, as signed to Geffen Records in 1986, consisted of vocalist Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan, and drummer Steven Adler. Apart from hard rock they are also more.

Their underground songs are heavy, but for the most part they're hard rock - yungstirjoey666

Again they have some pretty heavy songs like Welcome to the Jungle but they aren't metal because they have blues influence in their songs so it makes them Hard Rock - MetalWorldOrder

6 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin was an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The group consisted of Robert Plant (Vocal), Jimmy Page (Guitar), John Paul Jones (Bass, Keyboard) and John Bonham (Drums). The band's heavy, guitar-driven sound, rooted in blues and psychedelia on their early albums, has earned them recognition more.

Led Zeppelin may have blues influences in their songs. But they have some songs too that broke the chain of blues and entered into another music world. And most prominent song of this kinds is communication breakdown. Look at the strumming of this song. That isn't blues inspired. I'd say it's a very weak kind of heavy metal riff. But rather than metal, it inspired punk rock. And which was later used in thrash metal. - zxm

While they do have some Heavy songs they aren't metal at all because a lot of their songs have blues influence in them - MetalWorldOrder

Metal did have big influence on these guys

Not the slightest bit heavy iyam! I wouldn't even say they were rock let alone metal! Heard louder pop-punk band to be honest!

7 System Of A Down System of a Down formed in 1994 as an Armenian-American Alternative Metal group from Glendale, California. The band name is sometimes shortened to System or SOAD. more.

They're still heavy, but I see why they're on this list. - Userguy44

While yes they do have some pretty heavy songs their is sone punkish I Influences that makes them not Metal - MetalWorldOrder

8 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.

While Hot for Teacher and Panama maybe heavy songs they just like AC/DC and Guns N' Roses have blues influence in their songs so it makes them Hard Rock - MetalWorldOrder

9 Tool Tool is an American progressive/alternative/post-metal band, that was formed in 1990. more.

I was surprised Encyclopedia Metallum didn't consider them metal and didn't include them in the Metal Archives but I have to agree - they are more like prog rock than metal. - Metal_Treasure

Their songs feel.more like Progressive Rock than Metal to me - MetalWorldOrder

10 Korn Korn is an American Nu-Metal band from Bakersfield, California, formed in 1993. The band's current lineup includes founding members Jonathan Davis, James "Munky" Shaffer, Brian "Head" Welch, and Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu, with the addition of Ray Luzier, who replaced the band's original member, David more.

While they do have some heavy songs they aren't really metal to be honest - MetalWorldOrder

The Contenders

11 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.
12 RED Red is an American rock band from Nashville, Tennessee, formed in 2002 by brothers guitarist Anthony Armstrong and bassist Randy Armstrong, with lead vocalist Michael Barnes.

I agree, they're a Group of Christians that play Alternative Rock and Hard Rock with some Symphonic Elements. They do have very intense songs sometimes but not consistent enough to be Metal. - Soulstealer

13 Evanescence Evanescence is an American rock band founded in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1995 by singer/pianist Amy Lee and guitarist Ben Moody.
14 Three Days Grace Three Days Grace is a Canadian rock band formed in Norwood, Ontario in 1992 with a line-up consisting of guitarist and lead vocalist Adam Gontier, drummer and backing vocalist Neil Sanderson, and bassist Brad Walst. Their original name was Groundswell until they changed it to their current name in 1997. more.
15 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). more.
16 Godsmack Godsmack is an American rock band from Lawrence, Massachusetts, formed in 1995. The band is composed of founder, frontman and songwriter Sully Erna, guitarist Tony Rombola, bassist Robbie Merrill, and drummer Shannon Larkin.
17 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.
18 Marilyn Manson Marilyn Manson is an American rock band from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Formed in 1989 by frontman Marilyn Manson and Daisy Berkowitz, the group was originally named Marilyn Manson & the Spooky Kids with their theatrical performances gathering a local cult following in the early 1990s. more.
19 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. more.
20 Skillet Skillet is an American Christian rock band formed in Memphis, Tennessee in 1996 and based in the United States.
21 Black Veil Brides Black Veil Brides is an American rock band currently consisting of Andy Biersack (vocals), Jinxx (guitar), Jake Pitts (guitar), Christian Coma (drums) and Ashley Purdy (bass), that formed in 2006 in Ohio. more.

They blend metal and pop - yungstirjoey666

22 Nickelback Nickelback is a Canadian rock band formed in 1995 in Hanna, Alberta, Canada. The band is composed of guitarist and lead vocalist Chad Kroeger, guitarist, keyboardist and backing vocalist Ryan Peake, bassist Mike Kroeger, and drummer Daniel Adair.
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