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."
1 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). ...read 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 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
Tool is an American progressive metal/alternative metal band, that was formed in 1990. ...read 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
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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.
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_Treasure
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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 . ...read 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'.
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
6 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
7 Linkin Park
Linkin Park is an American rock band formed in Agoura Hills, California, in 1996. The members include Chester Bennington (vocals), Mike Shinoda (rapping vocals, pianist), Brad Delson (guitar), Dave "Phoenix" Farrell (bass), Joe Hahn (DJ) and Rob Bourdon (drums). Linkin Park are associated with a mixture ...read more.
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
Definitely not metal
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8 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.
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
Definitely not metal
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9 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
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 ...read 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
11 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 ...read 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. - Metal_Treasure
12 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 ...read 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. - Aragorn98
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
13 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.
14 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.
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 ...read 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
16 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.
17 Infant Annihilator
18 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.
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
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.
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
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 1980, after which they hired Brian Johnson to ...read more.
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
21 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
22 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 ...read more.
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.
24 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 ...read more.
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
25 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 ...read more.
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 ...read more.
Not a metal band. but they've some metal songs - zxm
27 Metal Maze
Its another metal band that isn't on Metallum. just check some of their songs. they are obviously a metal band. - zxm
28 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 ...read 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
29 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
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.
31 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.
32 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, ...read 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
33 Marilyn Manson
Brian Hugh Warner, better known by his stage name Marilyn Manson, is an American musician, songwriter, actor, painter, multimedia artist, author, and former music journalist.
I never thought he was metal so I am not surprised. He is industrial rock with shock rock. - Metal_Treasure
34 Bring Me the Horizon
Bring Me the Horizon is a British rock band from Sheffield, Yorkshire. Formed in 2004, the group currently consists of vocalist Oliver Sykes, guitarist Lee Malia, bassist Matt Kean, drummer Matt Nicholls, and keyboardist Jordan Fish. They are signed to RCA Records globally and Columbia Records exclusively ...read more.
35 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. ...read more.
36 Imagine Dragons
Imagine Dragons is an American pop band from Las Vegas, Nevada. Imagine Dragons' lineup consists of lead vocalist Dan Reynolds, guitarist Wayne Sermon, bassist Ben McKee, and drummer Daniel Platzman.
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
37 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
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 ...read more.
39 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 ...read 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.
40 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? �"
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
Primus is an American rock band based in San Francisco, California, currently composed of bassist Les Claypool, guitarist Larry LaLonde and drummer Tim Alexander. Les Claypool is regarded as one of the best bassists of all time for his slap-bass ability in notable songs like "My Name Is Mud", "The Toys ...read more.
Skillet is an American Christian rock band formed in Memphis, Tennessee in 1996 and based in the United States.
Radiohead are an English rock band from Abingdon, Oxfordshire, formed in 1985. The band consists of Thom Yorke (lead vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards), Jonny Greenwood (lead guitar, keyboards, other instruments), Colin Greenwoood (bass guitar), Phil Selway (drums), and Ed O'Brien (guitar).
46 Green Day
Green Day are an American pop punk and alternative rock band formed in East Bay, California in 1987. The members include Billie Joe Armstrong (vocals and guitar), Mike Dirnt (bass), Tré Cool (drums) and Jason White (guitar) . Green Day are associated with punk rock, pop punk and alternative rock. Some ...read more.
I agree with most of this list but Green Day was never metal to begin with...
Punk Rock, Pop Punk, Alternative Rock...I didn't know anybody thought them as a metal band. - Undistinguished
I didn't add this and wonder who would confuse them with metal... - Metal_Treasure
They're punk rock - ReltihFloda
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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.
Sevendust is an American heavy metal quintet from Atlanta, dating back to 1994. ...read more.
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 metal to me. - Metal_Treasure
50 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.