Top 10 Bands that Aren't Metal According to Encyclopaedia MetallumMetal_Treasure I didn't create this list to make people feel ashamed or offended because of their music preferences - it's OK if you like some of these bands. I believe everyone can listen to all bands under the sun - just keep in mind that probably the bands on this list are not metal.
I know that many people will be shocked and confused.
Metalheads know very well the site Encyclopaedia Metallum (aka The Metal Archives) - a site with extensive database of information about metal bands such as discography, lyrics, origin, band members, years active, album reviews and many more details. Encyclopaedia Metallum is widely considered the best and most accurate source of information about metal music.
As of Sept 2016 they have articles about 111,350 metal bands, even about very small bands that released only a demo in the 80s. But the site has no articles and information about some very well known bands because the people from Encyclopaedia Metallum think these bands aren't metal.
So this list is about bands many people believe are metal but according to Encyclopaedia Metallum they are not - if you put band names from this list into their search bar, you will see this:
"No matches found. Please try with different search terms."
The Top Ten
Some songs are more rock than metal or are ballads, but this band still amazing... - Olive855
I'd say hard rock
I am agreed with most of the bands here that they aren't metal.I still can't believe Avenged Sevenfold aren't metal.But I searched for "Uriah Heep" in the Encyclopaedia Metallum,but this band wasn't there.I think Uriah Heep should be there. - zxm
I personally think that they are a metal band as they keep their alternative influences to a minimum. They suck, but they're a metal band. - Caleb9000
Yeah, I don't consider them metal either. In fact, considering them to be metal is about as ridiculous as the fact that the band members themselves think that they are a thrash band. - Caleb9000
To me this is the only Nu Metal Band that is metal (Although just barley) - christangrant
I like many of the bands on the list but I Think Slipknot is the only band that should be allowed of these bands to be listen on metal-archives
I'm no metalhead but seriously how is Slipknot not metal?.They play Alternative Metal and Groove Metal and yes they may have a few Nu Metal stuff but Slipknot is still metal. - DarkBoi-XV 4 Comments
I think that Rammstein is a metal band, but a lot of bands in their genre aren't. But they are more rooted in metal, you can tell that even by their keyboard licks. - Caleb9000
Million sellers, hugely famous. Apparently not 'Cvlt'.
Apparently Neue Deutsche Härte isn't metal. - Userguy44
They aren't metal, but they're a good band. - Caleb9000
Ha! This is a big surprise for me. But I actually agree with Encyclopaedia Metallum. Thank you, Powerfultekin, for adding them. I double-checked and confirm they are not on Encyclopaedia Metallum. - Metal_Treasure
Yeah, this one I get. Progressive/alternative rock with metal tendencies. - IronSabbathPriest
Prog rockV 1 Comment
Nowhere near metal - Ananya
This has been a very helpful list. However I still don't agree with two or three decisions of Metallum. But for more than 90% I agree with their decisions. - zxm
Anyone who knows what metal is knows that Linkin Park isn't metal at all. - Caleb9000
Definitely not metalV 3 Comments
They actually kind of are on Metal Archives. They had a different name when they first started, and that incarnation of them is on there. - Caleb9000
Their first name was Brawl and they released a demo with 4 songs that were groove metal. This is the reason Brawl is on there but Disturbed isn't. - Metal_Treasure
There's no article about Disturbed with David Draiman. There are articles about other bands with the same/similar name:
Disturbed (a.k.a. Deranged) - Thrash Metal, United States
Disturbed Angel - Power Metal/Progressive Rock, United States
Disturbed Souls - Death Metal, Brazil
Disturbed Kaos Society - Progressive Death Metal, France - Metal_Treasure
This is definitely not metal - Ananya
System of a down is radio friendly horrorcore with horses in it. Not metal at all. - Caleb9000
Great and correct explanation, zxm! Yes, their guitars aren't metal. A similar detailed analysis of the other elements of this song (and all their songs) prove the same - NOT metal. - Metal_Treasure
System of a Down is Metal. Case closed.V 2 Comments
They aren't and they never were. The band members freely admit that they aren't metal. - Caleb9000
It's good Korn admitted they weren't metal because Korn fans didn't believe anyone who was saying the same.
OK, but will Korn return the Grammy for Best Metal Performance they got in 2003? Megadeth had to wait for 14 more years to get their first Grammy in 2017. Dio has never gotten one. But in 2017 Korn were nominated again for a Metal Grammy, for the song Rotting In Vain... - Metal_Treasure
Led Zeppelin themselves refuse to be labeled metal.
They were always Hard Rock, Folk Rock and Blues Rock - Undistinguished
Deep Purple and Black Sabbath are on Encyclopaedia Metallum. - Metal_Treasure
Led Zeppelin is not a heavy metal band.I am sure of it.Though their sound wasn't heavy to become metal but their musical style was little bit of heavy metal.Especially riffs of Jimmy Page.But ultimately they aren't a heavy metal band.They are a hard rock and blues rock band. - zxm
NO! They are on Encyclopaedia Metallum and shouldn't be on this list.
It's another thing that Lemmy repeated many times before his death that they had not been a metal band. I agree with him and disagree with Encyclopaedia Metallum. - Metal_Treasure
I tried to submit them a lot of times. But finally I understood why Metallum won't approve them. Is because they want a complete metal album. So I cannot add individual songs of their's. Because Aurthohin has always played hard rock and other genres in their albums along with metal. So it's impossible to add them there. But I can assure that they have lots of metal songs. For first two of their rules, they pass, they failed at the third rule. - zxm
All right, this band is not on the site. I though it's a foreign band that's why it isn't on the site. but when I saw other bands like - Warfaze, Cryptic Fate and Artcell on the site, then I think I should add it here. Because it's a metal band. I am sure of it - zxm
Now I'm more certain of that this is a metal band. but not on the site. - zxm
Can someone please tell me what genre this is that isn't a sub genre of metal?
It's deathcore, the punk equivalent of death metal. Deathcore is a punk subgenre, not a metal subgenre. - Metal_Treasure
Death is hardcore with death metal. They are and should be considered metal
Deathcore is metal, metallum has tons of deathcore bands on their site.
The ones that are excluded are the bands that are more meralcore than deathcore, but infant annihilator is deathcore/tech death.
This band is 100% metal.V 2 Comments
Okay I have checked it more than 3 times and this band wasnt there.But they are a heavy metal band,Traditional heavy metal.Though they were also a progressive and hard rock band but I don't think they have never been a metal band.MT, if you read this then what's your opinion on this band? - zxm
This one really surprised me - kempokid
Definitely Progressive Metal, especially albums like Colours and Parallax II.
I don't think that anyone would call them metal - Ananya
@Ananya - RE "I don't think that anyone would call them metal". Obviously many people think they are metal because Ben Burnley is at #5 on the list "Top Metal Singers". And he is not even that good. But some of the most talented metal singers are way lower than Ben - Russell Allen is at #81, Jon Oliva #79, Tobias Sammet #50, Michael Kiske #32, Hansi #21... - Metal_Treasure
They were never Metal. They're hard rock or at least rock and roll like angus said.
They are known as ‘The Pioneers of Heavy Metal’...I never knew why. - Undistinguished
One of the few Hard Rock bands of the late 80s. - HEAVYMETALTHUNDER12345
Not a metal band. but they've some metal songs - zxm
Its another metal band that isn't on Metallum. just check some of their songs. they are obviously a metal band. - zxm
Yup they aren't metal despite their name, the riffs are Punk based melodic core riffs they are pretty repetitive (just like Pop Beats are) - christangrant
The band literally does everything from folk metal to power metal to progressive metal to melodeath, it's only because of elitist jerks who get neutered by the "kawaii" pop vocals why this isn't there.
I don't know why people think them as metal, they are pure grunge and alternative rock. - Undistinguished
It's more likely that
Punk Rock > Alt Rock > Grunge
Classical/ Hard Rock/ Prog Rock/ Punk Rock > Metal
And Nirvana is grunge. Not metal. - zxm
They aren't on Encyclopaedia Metallum.
I am pretty happy Metallum are trying to separate metal-based and punk-based bands (both types may sound heavy). Because grindcore is mostly punk and not metal.
Some of the bands from genres with "core" and "grind" in the name only give metal a bad name when they aren't really metal. - Metal_Treasure
Yup, never sounded like metal to me. - Metal_Treasure
They never sounded like heavy metal to me. - Undistinguished
This is a reply to the visitor comment who said Rob Zombie is on there - No, he's not. Try again. - Metal_Treasure
Actually, he's on there.
I actually never believed Maria Brink sings metal. - Metal_Treasure
Agree, they never sounded like metal to me. - Metal_Treasure
The thing that bothers me about the whole "core" isn't metal thing is that, I get that it has punk in it. But folk metal has folk in it. And people will gladly accept a band like Ensiferum as metal before a band like Whitechapel. - IronSabbathPriest
@LightningBlade - I can only guess why Encyclopaedia Metallum don't consider them metal but I will try. It's not because they have Christian lyrics. It's because their music is mostly metalcore and metalcore is "core" (i.e. punk) influenced by metal. Punk prevails over metal. Same for A7X and deathcore bands. - Metal_Treasure
Ratt played the so called glam "metal" which obviously isn't really metal. - Metal_Treasure
Yep, not on the archives. - Metal_Treasure
Not saying if they're bad or good. but they aren't a metal band. one or two highly distorted guitar riffs won't make a metal band. - zxm
Yep, I agree with Lucretia. Metalcore is core (punk), influenced by metal. Some bands don't bother to put enough metal in the mix though. And logically, they aren't considered metal. - Metal_Treasure
I never thought he was metal so I am not surprised. He is industrial rock with shock rock. - Metal_Treasure
Not even close to metal. They were considered as funk metal, but they're rock. - Userguy44
Who the hell thinks they are metal? They are barley a rock band - christangrant
All the list title says is "Bands that aren't metal." Doesn't say it has to be a hard rock band in any form. - LarkwingFlight
If I can post a meme face then I will give the admin a cageface - InsaneRockfan
Troll? - Userguy44
Let me guess, they have an album titled 'death to false metal' and that's what its here? No one else ever claimed Radiohead to be metal, ever.
Of all the bands on this list, Radiohead is the furthest away from metal. Love them to death either way.
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