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 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
They aren't metal, but they're a good band. - Caleb9000
Yeah, this one I get. Progressive/alternative rock with metal tendencies. - IronSabbathPriest
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
I thought they were progressive metal. - Undistinguished
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
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
To me this is the only Nu Metal Band that is metal (Although just barley) - christangrant
@FireWasp2004 - because their music isn't metal. It's heavy but not metal. Not every heavy sounding music is heavy metal. - Metal_TreasureV 2 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'.
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 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
Nowhere near metal - Ananya
Anyone who knows what metal is knows that Linkin Park isn't metal at all. - Caleb9000
Even Chester Bennington said that Linkin Park wasn't metal. - Aragorn98V 2 Comments
He had influence on the genre, but he isn't metal. Then again, neither is Rush and they're on there. - Caleb9000
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
"Chop Suey" one of the greatest metal songs. wrong. it's not a metal song. it's kinda a punk rock song. listen the guitar riff. it's pretty fast. but the strumming is only fast. not the chord progression. metal riffs have faster chord progressions. - zxm
They aren't even hard rock really. - Caleb9000
Industrial rock band not metal. - Lucretia
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
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. - Metal_Treasure
Metalcore is not a metal sub genre. - Lucretia
Deep Purple and Black Sabbath are on Encyclopaedia Metallum. - Metal_Treasure
They were always Hard Rock, Folk Rock and Blues Rock - Undistinguished
Robert Plant couldn't be a heavy metal vocalist... he has a rock voice. - Lucretia
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
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
Come on,I'm sure they're metal. - say10
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
I don't know why people think them as metal, they are pure grunge and alternative rock. - Undistinguished
Although actually there is a death metal band by the name Nirvana 2002. - Lucretia
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 were never Metal. They're hard rock or at least rock and roll like angus said.
They are counted as ‘The Pioneers of Heavy Metal’...I never knew why. - Undistinguished
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