Bands that Have Denied Being Metal

Keep in mind that some of the bands here have denied it but that doesn't mean that they aren't metal.While the other ones have said they aren't metal and it's obvious that they actually aren't.

The Top Ten

1 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 ...read more.

Chester Bennington said "I don't think we're a Metal band". It explains it all.

Plus, the only Metal band Linkin Park is stated to be influenced by is Metallica. Every other influence is either a Grunge, Hard Rock or Rap act, plus Depeche Mode. - CrimsonShark

Definitely not metal. - Metal_Treasure

2 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 ...read more.

They aren't metal for sure and it's good Jonathan Davis admitted that. I only wonder why then they didn't return the Metal Grammy they were awarded but didn't deserve? - Metal_Treasure

The Grammy they got in 2003 for Best Metal Performance for "Here to Stay". - Metal_Treasure

I always thought they started Nu-Metal. - Userguy44

Cool I learned something new today. Nu-Metal is just a kind of rock I guess. - Userguy44

3 Motorhead Motorhead Motörhead were an English heavy metal 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 metal and ...read more.

The way I see it, If Lemmy says something, it's the law - RustyNail

I thought Lemmy considered his band a Punk Rock n Roll band - germshep24

I was shocked when I first read Lemmy's statements but then I realized he was actually right. “We were a blues band, really. Although we played it at a thousand miles an hour, it was recognizable as blues - at least to us it was; probably it wasn’t to anybody else.” Lemmy felt little kinship with the speed metal bands Motörhead have inspired: "They've just got the wrong bit. They think that being fast and loud is the whole thing and it isn't." - Metal_Treasure

4 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 ...read more.

Yes, I'm sure they aren't metal. Even though they are Ozzy's favorite "metal" band, LOL. - Metal_Treasure

They weren’t metal to be honest

5 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin was 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.

As I have heard, their music was more blues inspired. - Userguy44

Yes, definitely not metal. - Metal_Treasure

6 Van Halen Van Halen Van Halen is an American hard rock band formed in Pasadena, California, in 1972. From 1974 until 1985, the band consisted of guitarist Eddie Van Halen, vocalist David Lee Roth, drummer Alex Van Halen, and bassist Michael Anthony.

Yes, generally, they aren't metal. - Metal_Treasure

7 Black Sabbath Black Sabbath Black Sabbath were a Heavy Metal band formed in Birmingham, England in 1968 by guitarist and songwriter Tony Iommi, singer John "Ozzy" Osbourne, bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward. ...read more.

Many, or most of, their songs aren't metal, especially the songs with Ozzy from the 70s. But the two albums with Dio in the early 80s were mostly metal. So I count them as metal although I think they are very overrated as creators of metal. - Metal_Treasure

8 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.

The problem of all these glam "metal" bands is that some moron called them "metal" when they aren't. It's glam hard rock for the most part and also power pop. But even in the article here, probably copied from wiki, you can read that "Ratt is an American heavy metal band that had significant commercial success in the 1980s..." - Metal_Treasure

9 Yngwie J. Malmsteen's Rising Force Yngwie J. Malmsteen's Rising Force Yngwie Johan Malmsteen is a Swedish guitarist, songwriter and bandleader who was born on June 30th, 1963, in Stockholm, Sweden. He was known for his neoclassical metal playing style back in the 1980s.

I agree with HEAVYMETALTHUNDER12345 - he's definitely metal and I have no idea why he denied it. He has songs that aren't metal but most are. By the way, I didn't know it until now and I wonder if he said something that was taken out of context. - Metal_Treasure

This explains everything - in 1985 metal wasn't well defined and in the popular imagination, it was everything from "glam metal" to heavy psychedelic rock. At the time James Hetfield described Metallica as "power metal". - Metal_Treasure

10 Mastodon Mastodon Mastodon is an American heavy metal band from Atlanta, Georgia, formed in early 2000 and composed of bassist Troy Sanders, guitarists Brent Hinds and Bill Kelliher and drummer Brann Dailor.

The Contenders

11 Tool Tool Tool is an American progressive/alternative/post-metal band, that was formed in 1990. ...read more.

"Whenever people call us metal, I kind of... Feel like taking a bath." - Adam Jones - JoLeKosovo

12 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" .

David Draiman at one time said they were more hard rock than heavy metal. - TheDarkOne_221b

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