Top 10 Bands that Aren't Metal According to Encyclopaedia Metallum

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

1 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). more.

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’m gonna go ahead and come to the conclusion that people are always going to think this band is metalcore because they heard Waking the Fallen and think they’re an expert on the band. Listen to their latest album, it is far from metalcore.

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2 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. more.

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

Why do I see them on the site then? - Userguy44

No, you don't see THIS Slipknot. There was another Slipknot (thrash metal) active from 1980-1989. - Metal_Treasure

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3 Rammstein Rammstein Rammstein is a German Neue Deutsche Härte and Industrial Metal band consisting of Till Lindemann (vocals), Richard Kruspe (guitar), Paul Landers (guitar), Oliver Riedel (electric bass), Christoph Schneider (drums) and Christian Lorenz (keyboard), that formed in 1994 in Berlin . more.

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'.

Fame and number of sold copies don't prove a band is metal, ya know. On the contrary, metal bands are usually less popular and sell less copies than mainstream music. - Metal_Treasure

Das ist nicht Metal Musik? - BorisRule

Apparently Neue Deutsche Härte isn't metal. - Userguy44

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

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

Prog rock

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5 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 Alternative more.

Nowhere near metal - Ananya

Anyone who knows what metal is knows that Linkin Park isn't metal at all. - Caleb9000

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

They’re Nu Metal And Alternative metal. - MegadethFan07

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6 Disturbed 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" .

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

7 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. more.

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

They’re Heavy Metal, Nu Metal, Alternative Metal, Progressive Metal, And Hard Rock. - MegadethFan07

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8 Korn 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.

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

9 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin were 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.

Deep Purple and Black Sabbath are on Encyclopaedia Metallum. - Metal_Treasure

They were always Hard Rock, Folk Rock and Blues Rock - Undistinguished

Led Zeppelin themselves refuse to be labeled metal.

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

10 Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine is a rock band formed in Los Angeles, California. The band consists of vocalist Zack de la Rocha, bassist Tim Commerford, guitarist Tom Morello and drummer Brad Wilk.

The Contenders

11 Infant Annihilator Infant Annihilator

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.

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12 Aurthohin Aurthohin Aurthohin is a Bangladeshi hard rock and metal band formed in 1998 by bassist, singer and songwriter Sumon. He is the only founding member still with the band. Aurthohin are known for their mix of melodic acoustic numbers and extremely heavy metal numbers in their albums often containing lots of bass more.

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

13 Between the Buried and Me Between the Buried and Me Between the Buried and Me is an American progressive metal band from Raleigh, North Carolina. Formed in 2000, the band consists of Tommy Giles Rogers, Jr.

This one really surprised me - kempokid

Definitely Progressive Metal, especially albums like Colours and Parallax II.

14 Uriah Heep Uriah Heep Uriah Heep are an English rock band formed in London in 1969 that was one of the top rock bands in the early 1970s. Twelve of the band's albums have made it to the UK Albums Chart (Return to Fantasy reached No. 7 in 1975). Uriah Heep's distinctive features include a massive keyboard sound, strong vocal more.

Ballsier than Deep Purple and slightly proggier. Great riffs and time changes. I don't understand why they don't consider the Heep Metal. Epic fail.

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

15 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). more.

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

16 AC/DC 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.

They were never Metal. They're hard rock or at least rock and roll like angus said.

The funny thing is about 4 AC/DC songs appeared on Metal ringtones. (On Spotify) - MegadethFan07

They are known as ‘The Pioneers of Heavy Metal’...I never knew why. - Undistinguished

17 BABYMETAL BABYMETAL Babymetal is a Japanese metal idol band. Their line-up consists of Suzuka Nakamoto as "Su-metal", Yui Mizuno as "Yuimetal", and Moa Kikuchi as "Moametal".

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

This is kinda good, but the guitar riffs should be heavier and more distorted to sound more metal - BorisRule

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.

18 Guns N' Roses 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.

One of the few Hard Rock bands of the late 80s. - HEAVYMETALTHUNDER12345

19 Queen Queen Queen are an English rock band formed in 1970. Members were Freddie Mercury (Vocals and Piano), Brian May (Guitar, Vocals), Roger Taylor (Drums, Vocals), and John Deacon (Bass Guitar, Vocals). Before forming into Queen, Brian May and Roger Taylor had played together in a band named Smile. Freddie Mercury more.

Not a metal band. but they've some metal songs - zxm

20 Metal Maze

Its another metal band that isn't on Metallum. just check some of their songs. they are obviously a metal band. - zxm

21 Five Finger Death Punch Five Finger Death Punch Five Finger Death Punch, often shortened to Five Finger or Death Punch, also abbreviated as 5FDP or FFDP, is an American alternative metal/alternative rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada. Formed in 2005, the band's name comes from the kung fu movie The Five Fingers of Death.
22 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. more.

I don't know why people think them as metal, they are pure grunge and alternative rock. - Undistinguished

Grunge is a subgenre of metal. - MegadethFan07

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

23 Anal C*** Anal C*** Anal C*** was an American grindcore band founded by vocalist Seth Putnam in 1988. The band is known for their highly offensive lyrics which included themes of misogyny, homophobia, racism, Nazism, antisemitism, and schadenfreude (ridicule of the unfortunate). Their music has been received negatively more.

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

24 Asking Alexandria Asking Alexandria Asking Alexandria are an English metalcore band from York, North Yorkshire formed initially in 2008 by lead guitarist Ben Bruce along with former lead singer Danny Worsnop, bassist Joe Lancaster, keyboardist and synth player Ryan Binns, and current members drummer James Cassells and rhythm guitarist more.
25 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 wasn't surprised because they never sounded like metal to me. They ARE heavy but this isn't exactly metal type of heavy. People should stop thinking that everything heavy is heavy metal. - Metal_Treasure

26 Zeal & Ardor
27 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.

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

28 Alter Bridge Alter Bridge Alter Bridge is an American rock band from Orlando, Florida, formed in 2004. The band consists of lead vocalist and guitarist Myles Kennedy, lead guitarist and backing vocalist Mark Tremonti, bassist Brian Marshall, and drummer Scott Phillips.

They never sounded like heavy metal to me. - Undistinguished

29 Drowning Pool Drowning Pool Drowning Pool is an American Alternative Metal band formed in Dallas, Texas in 1996. The band was named after the film The Drowning Pool.

Yup, never sounded like metal to me. - Metal_Treasure

30 Suicide Silence Suicide Silence Suicide Silence is an American deathcore band from Riverside, California. Formed in 2002, the band has released four full-length studio albums, one EP and eleven music videos.
31 HIM HIM HIM was a Finnish gothic rock band from Helsinki, Finland. Formed in 1991 by vocalist Ville Valo and bassist Mikko "Mige" Paananen under the name His Infernal Majesty, the band broke up in 1993, before being reformed in 1995 by Valo and guitarist Mikko "Linde" Lindström.
32 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.

Yep, not on the archives. - Metal_Treasure

33 Nine Inch Nails Nine Inch Nails Nine Inch Nails is an American industrial rock/metal band and, founded in 1988 by Trent Reznor in Cleveland, Ohio.

They aren't even hard rock really. - Caleb9000

This isn't even close to metal

34 Bullet for my Valentine Bullet for my Valentine Bullet for My Valentine are a Welsh metalcore/emo band from Bridgend, formed in 1998. The band is composed of Matthew Tuck (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Michael Paget (lead guitar, backing vocals), Michael Thomas (drums) and Jamie Mathias (bass guitar). Former members include Nick Crandle and Jason more.

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

35 Amaranthe Amaranthe
36 Staind Staind Staind was a rock band formed in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1995. Staind's lineup is Aaron Lewis (vocalist and guitarist), Jon Wysocki (drummer, left in 2011), Johnny April (bassist), and Mike Mushok (guitarist). After Jon's departure Sal Giancarelli filled in as drummer until the band's hiatus in more.

I see that even the article under their name on this site says "Staind was a heavy metal band formed in...".
But to me they aren't metal - they are a punk-influenced band, with hard rock, alternative, post-grunge and even pop elements. - Metal_Treasure

They’re nowhere near a metal band. - 3DG20

37 Mushroomhead Mushroomhead Mushroomhead is an American nu metal band from Cleveland, Ohio. Formed in 1993 in the Cleveland Warehouse District, the band is known for their avant-garde sound which includes influence from heavy metal, art rock and electro-industrial and their imagery which features masks and costumes as well as more.
38 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.
39 Sevendust Sevendust Sevendust is an American heavy metal quintet from Atlanta, dating back to 1994. more.
40 Godsmack 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.
41 Rob Zombie Rob Zombie Rob Zombie (born Robert Bartleh Cummings) is an American heavy metal musician, film director, screenwriter and film producer. His career launched in 1985 when he formed the heavy metal band White Zombie. Following their breakup, he began a successful solo career. Zombie began directing in the early more.

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.

42 In This Moment In This Moment

I actually never believed Maria Brink sings metal. - Metal_Treasure

43 Halestorm Halestorm Halestorm is an American rock band from Red Lion, Pennsylvania, consisting of lead vocalist and guitarist Lzzy Hale, her brother drummer and percussionist Arejay Hale, guitarist Joe Hottinger, and bassist Josh Smith .

Agree, they never sounded like metal to me. - Metal_Treasure

44 August Burns Red August Burns Red August Burns Red is an American metalcore band from Manheim, Pennsylvania. Formed in 2003, the group began their first performances while a majority of the members were attending their senior year of high school, and soon began playing shows around Lancaster, before being signed to CI Records. Afterwards, more.

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

45 The Devil Wears Prada The Devil Wears Prada The Devil Wears Prada is an American metalcore band from Dayton, Ohio, formed in 2005. It consists of members Mike Hranica, Jeremy DePoyster, Andy Trick, and Daniel Williams.
46 Hatebreed Hatebreed Hatebreed is an American metalcore band from Connecticut, formed in 1994. They have released 7 studio albums to date, most recently The Concrete Confessional on May 13, 2016. Their musical style blends influences from hardcore punk and heavy metal; a prominent band within the hardcore scene, they have more.
47 Ratt Ratt Ratt is an American heavy metal band that had significant commercial success in the 1980s, with their albums having been certified as gold, platinum, and multi-platinum by the RIAA.

Ratt played the so called glam "metal" which obviously isn't really metal. - Metal_Treasure

48 Animals As Leaders Animals As Leaders Animals as Leaders is an American progressive metal band from Washington, D.C. It is composed of guitarists Tosin Abasi and Javier Reyes along with drummer Matt Garstka, having been formed by Abasi in 2007. Their musical style has also been described as djent.
49 Alice Cooper Alice Cooper Alice Cooper was an American rock band formed in Phoenix, Arizona in 1964. The band consisted of lead singer Vince Furnier, Glen Buxton, Michael Bruce, Dennis Dunaway, and Neal Smith.

He had influence on the genre, but he isn't metal. Then again, neither is Rush and they're on there. - Caleb9000

Hard rock I'd say

Shock rock (Rock + Metal) And he is also metal and hard rock. - MegadethFan07

50 Porcupine Tree Porcupine Tree Porcupine Tree were an English rock band formed by musician Steven Wilson in 1987. The band began essentially as a solo project for Wilson, who created all of the band's music.

I don't understand. Rush is on Encyclopaedia Metallum, but Porcupine Tree isn't? �"

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