Bands and Artists that are Surprisingly Metal According to Encyclopaedia Metallum
The Top Ten
Shout At The Devil and Red Hot are metal songs.And they probably have more metal songs but I don't know them. - HEAVYMETALTHUNDER12345
If they are up Guns n Roses and Van Halen also should be
I was surprised to be honest but I am sure Mötley Crüe aren't on EM for songs like Girls, Girls, Girls, and similar. I guess Mötley Crüe are there for songs that are metal songs but these songs aren't well known. - Metal_Treasure
What, this is rock bro - EliHbk
They have some metal songs in their earliest period. But yes, overall they aren't metal.
Def Leppard aren't on EM for songs like Pour Some Sugar on Me, Love Bites, Lets Get Rocked, and similar. I guess they are there for their debut album - part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement.
You understand that Def Leppard and the other bands on this list may have some metal songs/albums, but it doesn't mean all their songs are metal just because the band is on EM. This is very important. - Metal_Treasure
@Du - heaviness isn't the only thing that makes a band/song metal. Same for loudness, screaming and speed. While these things are typical for metal, they don't define metal. Not every heavy, loud, fast or aggressive song with screaming is metal. Most often people confuse punk with metal and hard rock with metal. - Metal_Treasure
They released some metal songs, I don't say it's a bad pick they're up.
What the flip? - EliHbk
The only band I absolutely disagree they're on Metallum.
They never released a metal song, not even their earliest songs, they had hard or heavier progressive rock songs, but they NEVER played metal.
Same as Soundgarden, they're metal oriented grunge, so I'm not wonder they're up.
There are lots of Eric Johnson on metallum. But I am talking about this one. He is on metallum. He is a shredder but he isn't a metal guitarist. He is mostly hard rock guitarist. - zxm
Yes, they played hard rock, blues rock, psych rock, prog rock and also heavy metal. Some of their songs aren't heavy. But the riff/solo techniques was inspirational towards metal guitarists. Plus Ian Gillan's vocals. However this didn't surprise me that much. That surprised me most when Child In Time wasn't considered as a metal song. - zxm
This isn't a surprise - Deep Purple invented metal as we know it now: a genre that is fast, technical and classically inspired. They wrote several metal songs in the early 70s. Deep Purple and Black Sabbath wrote the first metal songs. - Metal_Treasure
They are a Hard Rock band but with Metal songs - christangrant
Flight of the Rat
Hard Lovin' Man
No, they're absolutely should be on metallum.
Their logo is miss leading - EliHbk
Yes, Lemmy said many times they weren't metal and I agree with him. However, Motörhead are a more complicated case because they have always been considered metal by many. I don't know, maybe in the future EM will change their opinion about Motörhead. - Metal_Treasure
Well they do have a few metal songs, like Burn in Hell - SoldierOfFortune
Under the Blade album is metal and they have a lot of metal songs.The Beast,Burn in Hell,Captain Howdy.In fact most of Twisted Sister songs are metal,but a lot of people know them for songs like I Wanna Rock and We're Not Gonna Take It.Love is for suckers album is a glam metal album,but this is the reason why they split-up after that album.They didn't wanted to be like that. - HEAVYMETALTHUNDER12345
Metalcore is a mix of metal and punk. Killswitch Engage include enough metal elements in this mix while most of the metalcore bands don't. - Metal_Treasure
I consider it metal, has very deep vocals, somewhat fast paced, etc. - EliHbk
I guess White Zombie is on EM for the early stuff that is Heavy Metal/Noise Rock. Not for his late stuff that is Industrial Rock but some people call it "metal".
And no, they don't make the same music. Metal elements available in some White Zombie songs were conveniently replaced with punk in Rob Zombie material. Punk is also loud, fast, angry and aggressive but is easier to play and easier to understand. Punk is simple, metal is complex. There are also some other differences. - Metal_Treasure
I was surpised to and yet they don't have Rob Zombies solo career on it strange - christangrant
He's a country artist he's on there cause he made a Sludge/Doom album in 2011 - christangrant
Their riffs and solos are metal, but the drumming is typical hard rock/glam metal drumming.
Yes, they're grunge, but they're very metal oriented grunge, not Nirvana alike Punky grunge band. So they're not a bad pick on the Metallum either.
I have mixed feelings about them. Their music sounds like metal most of the time, but they're pretty poppy. So I don't know.
They released some metal songs after 1980
Yes, they are hard rock band mostly. But they were also a metal band in the 70s, when Uli Jon Roth was there. Listen to the solo of "Fly to the Rainbow". Most powerful dive bombs I have ever heard. Plus, Uli Jon Roth is a neoclassical metal artist. The biggest reason they are there because of neoclassical metal and shredding. - zxm
Only one metal song I can think of immediately- Sails of Charon. - SoldierOfFortune
They have some metal songs
Not. Buckethead deserves to be there. Buckethead is a metal artist. Listen to these songs - Eerie Canal, Botnus, Frozen Brains Tell No Tales, Crack the Sky etc. He has a lot of songs. Most of the famous songs aren't metal. That's why people think that he is not a metal guitarist. But he is surely a metal guitarist. - zxm
Known for the song Long Stick Goes Boom which is a very ACDC hard rock song but they also play Heavy Metal - christangrant
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