Bands and Artists that are Surprisingly Metal According to Encyclopaedia Metallum


The Top Ten

1 Def Leppard Def Leppard Def Leppard are an English rock band formed in 1977 in Sheffield as part of the new wave of British heavy metal movement.

So apparently this is metal, but Slipknot isn't. I'm not even going to sugarcoat it or be sarcastic, this doesn't make any sense to me. - NikBrusk

What, this is rock bro - EliHbk

Interesting How This Is Metal But Rob Zombie And Tool Aren't - Du

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

2 Motley Crue Motley Crue Mötley Crüe was an American metal band formed in Los Angeles, California on January 17, 1981. The group was founded by bassist Nikki Sixx and drummer Tommy Lee, lead vocalist Vince Neil and lead guitarist Mick Mars.

I am surprised metal songs can be about sex on Encyclopedia Metallum. This band is rock at most. - Lucretia

Aparrently This Is More Metal Than Alice Cooper - Du

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

3 Rush Rush Rush is a Canadian progressive rock band that was formed in 1968. Even though the only founding member still in the band is Alex Lifeson (Guitar), the band is most well-known for their current members Neil Peart (Drums) and Geddy Lee (Bass, Vocals). more.

What the flip? - EliHbk

4 Skid Row Skid Row Skid Row is an American heavy metal band, formed in 1986 in Toms River, New Jersey. They were very successful in the late 1980s and early 1990s, with their first two albums certified multi-platinum.

@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

So This Is Heavier Than Five Finger Death Punch - Du

5 Soundgarden Soundgarden Soundgarden is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1984 by singer and rhythm guitarist Chris Cornell, lead guitarist Kim Thayil, and bassist Hiro Yamamoto.
6 Deep Purple Deep Purple Deep Purple are an English rock band formed in Hertford in 1968. They are considered to be among the pioneers of heavy metal and modern hard rock, although their musical approach changed over the years. Originally formed as a progressive rock band, the band shifted to a heavier sound in 1970. Deep Purple, more.

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

7 Motorhead Motorhead Motörhead were an English heavy metal/Hard Rock band formed in June 1975 by bassist, singer, and songwriter Ian Fraser "Lemmy" Kilmister, who was the sole constant member; guitarist and songwriter Larry Wallis; and drummer Lucas Fox. The band's harsh vocals and fast paced tempos helped inspire speed more.

Always say them as traditional heavy metal. - Lucretia

Their logo is miss leading - EliHbk

Lemmy Says They Aren't Metal - Du

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

8 Alice In Chains Alice In Chains Alice in Chains is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1987 by guitarist and songwriter Jerry Cantrell and original lead vocalist Layne Staley.
9 Killswitch Engage Killswitch Engage Killswitch Engage is an American metalcore band from Westfield, Massachusetts, formed in 1999 after the disbanding of Overcast and Aftershock.

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

While I Would Consider This A Metal Band It's On There Unlike Every Other Metalcore Band - Du

I consider it metal, has very deep vocals, somewhat fast paced, etc. - EliHbk

10 As I Lay Dying As I Lay Dying As I Lay Dying is an American metalcore band from San Diego, California. Founded in 2000 by vocalist Tim Lambesis, the establishment of the band's first full lineup, which included drummer Jordan Mancino, occurred in 2001. As I Lay Dying has released six albums, one split album, and two compilation more.

The Contenders

11 Twisted Sister Twisted Sister Twisted Sister is an American heavy metal band originally from Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey, and later based in Long Island, New York.
12 White Zombie White Zombie White Zombie was an American heavy metal band that formed in 1985. Based in New York City, White Zombie was originally a noise rock band, and was known for its later heavy metal-oriented sound.

This Is Definitely Metal But According To Encyclopaedia Metallum Rob Zombie Isn't And This Is. They Literally Make The Exact Same Music - Du

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

13 Dokken Dokken Dokken are an American metal band formed in 1979. They split up in 1989 and reformed four years later.
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15 Scorpions Scorpions Scorpions are a German rock band formed in 1965 in Hanover by Rudolf Schenker. Since the band's inception, its musical style has ranged from hard rock to heavy metal.

They are more hard rock really. - Lucretia

16 Faith No More Faith No More Faith No More is an American rock band from San Francisco, California, formed in 1979. Before settling on their current moniker in 1983, the band performed under the names Sharp Young Men and later Faith No Man.
17 Whitechapel Whitechapel Whitechapel is an American deathcore band from Knoxville, Tennessee. The band is named after the Whitechapel district in East London, England, referencing the series of murders committed by Jack the Ripper.
18 Darkest Hour Darkest Hour Darkest Hour is an American melodic death metal band from Washington, D.C., formed in 1995. Though failing to break early in their career, the band has received acclaim for their albums Undoing Ruin, Deliver Us, and The Eternal Return.
19 Heaven Shall Burn Heaven Shall Burn
20 Carnifex Carnifex Carnifex is an American deathcore band from San Diego, California. Formed in 2005, they are currently signed to Nuclear Blast after having been signed to Victory Records and have released five full-length albums and one EP. The name of the band is derived from the Latin: carnifex, meaning "butcher" more.
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