Top Ten Bands a New Metal Fan Needs to Know


The Top Ten

1 Opeth Opeth Opeth is a Swedish progressive death metal band from Stockholm, formed in 1990 by David Isberg, who invited Mikael Akerfeldt into the band as a bassist. Isberg ended up leaving the band, which lead to Mikael becoming the band's vocalist, guitarist, principal songwriter, and driving force. Along with more.

Awesome progressive death metal band. - IronSabbathPriest

2 Blind Guardian Blind Guardian Blind Guardian is a German power metal band formed in the mid-1980s in West Germany. They are often credited as one of the seminal and most influential bands in the power metal and speed metal subgenres. Heavily influenced by Queen, they use the technique of overdubbing. They also incorporate large more.
3 Agalloch Agalloch

Their album "The Mantle" is possibly the greatest album ever made

Just listen to The Mantle or Ashes Against The Grain. - IronSabbathPriest

4 Overkill Overkill Overkill is an American thrash metal band, formed in 1980 in New Jersey. They have gone through many line-up changes, with singer Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth and bassist D.D.
5 Testament Testament Testament is an American thrash metal band from Berkeley, California. Formed in 1983 under the name Legacy, the band consists of vocalist Chuck Billy, guitarists Eric Peterson and Alex Skolnick, bassist Steve DiGiorgio and drummer Gene Hoglan.
6 Death Death Death was an American Death Metal band formed in 1983 by Chuck Schuldiner. Death is considered to be one of the most influential bands in heavy metal and a pioneering force in death metal. Its debut album, Scream Bloody Gore, has been widely regarded as the first death metal record, while the band's more.

If you want to try to get in death metal start with this. one of the greatest bands ever

7 Iced Earth Iced Earth Iced Earth is an American heavy metal band from Tampa, Florida. It was formed in 1985 under the name Purgatory by guitarist and main songwriter Jon Schaffer and original drummer Greg Seymour.

This band is a must - new metal fans don't have to miss songs like Dante's Inferno, Dracula, Melancholy, Anthem, Damien, and many more. Godly singer and thundering riffing. - Metal_Treasure

8 Possessed Possessed Possessed is an American thrash/death metal band, originally formed in 1983 in the San Francisco Bay Area. Noted for their fast style of playing and Jeff Becerra's guttural vocals, they are routinely called the first band in the death metal genre. Possessed is the sometimes credited with being the first more.
9 Accept Accept Accept is a German heavy metal band from the town of Solingen, originally assembled by former vocalist Udo Dirkschneider, guitarist Wolf Hoffmann and bassist Peter Baltes.
10 Annihilator Annihilator Annihilator is a Canadian thrash metal band founded in 1984 by vocalist, guitarist, bassist, songwriter, engineer, producer, mixer and mastering engineer Jeff Waters and former vocalist John Bates.

New metal fans should also try the technical version of thrash. New fans will hear abour the Big-4 and other regular thrash bands but not about technical thrash.
Masterpieces from Annihilator: Alison Hell, Human Insecticide, Schizos (Are Never Alone). - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 Morbid Angel Morbid Angel Morbid Angel is an American death metal band based in Tampa, Florida. UK music magazine Terrorizer ranked Morbid Angel's 1989 debut Altars of Madness first in its list "Top 40 greatest death metal albums".

Their last couple of albums have been pretty bad, but I still like them because of their earlier stuff. - IronSabbathPriest

12 Primal Fear Primal Fear Primal Fear are a German metal band formed in 1997 by Ralf Scheepers and Mat Sinner. They play heavy metal, power metal and speed metal. Primal Fear remind of Judas Priest but Primal Fear are faster and heavier. They use twin (dual) lead guitars. Ralf Scheepers voice reminds of Rob Halford.

These guys currently play the purest form of metal with no influences from other genres (no prog, punk, rap, folk, etc).
Songs: King For A Day, Strike, All for One, Diabolus, Rebel Faction. - Metal_Treasure

13 Rainbow Rainbow Rainbow are a British rock band led by guitarist Ritchie Blackmore from 1975 to 1984 and 1993 to 1997. They were originally established with Ronnie James Dio as the lead singer and lyricist. Rainbow were ranked No. 90 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock. The band has sold over 28 million albums more.

Rainbow played a key role in metal evolution in the 70s. Dio's talent was discovered.
Genre defining songs by Rainbow:
From the 1976 album: Stargazer, A Light in the Black, Tarot Woman
From the 1978 album: Gates Of Babylon, Kill The King, LA Connection - Metal_Treasure

14 Dream Theater Dream Theater Dream Theater is an American progressive metal band from Boston, Massachusetts. The band was formed in 1985 under the name of "Majesty", only to change its name to Dream Theater later. more.

If you listen to DT, then you are officially a metal fan. - Pony

15 Metallica Metallica Metallica is an American Thrash Metal band formed in 1981 . The original lineup was James Hetfield (Vocalist and Rhythm guitarist), Dave Mustaine (Lead Guitar), Lars Ulrich (Drums), Ron McGovney (Bassist). The group came into mainstream from their Self-Titled album and the hit single "Enter Sandman". more.

Every metal fan would need to know this great and legendary band.

You know I delibrately added bands that are underrated, right? Because the chances are the metal fan got into metal via the popular bands. - IronSabbathPriest

@IronSabbathPriest - I like the way you think. - Metal_Treasure

16 Gamma Ray Gamma Ray Gamma Ray is a power metal band from Hamburg, northern Germany, founded and fronted by Kai Hansen after his departure from the German power metal band Helloween.

Rebellion in Dreamland, Land Of The Free, Last Before The Storm, Armageddon, Anywhere in the galaxy, Rain - Metal_Treasure

17 Exodus Exodus Exodus is an American thrash metal band formed in 1979 in Richmond, California. Spanning a career of 37 years, Exodus has gone through numerous lineup changes, two extended hiatuses, and the deaths of two former band members.
18 Equilibrium Equilibrium Equilibrium is a German folk metal band. The band's music combines elements of folk music, power metal, black metal and symphonic metal with various other influences.
19 Arch Enemy Arch Enemy Arch Enemy is a Swedish melodic death metal band, originally a supergroup, from Halmstad, formed in 1996. Its members were in bands such as Carcass, Armageddon, Carnage, Mercyful Fate, Spiritual Beggars, and Eucharist.

New metal fans can try something extreme yet still melodic and not very brutal (melodeath) - a hot chick growling like a male would be a pretty cool start.
Then they can try other melodeath bands - Amon Amarth and COB, regular death metal bands and technical death metal bands.

I personally like at most the song War Eternal (from Arch Enemy). - Metal_Treasure

20 Savatage Savatage Savatage is an American heavy metal band founded by the brothers Jon and Criss Oliva in 1978 at Astro Skate in Tarpon Springs, Florida.

Excellent band - Hall Of The Mountain King, Morphine Child, Handful Of Rain, Chance, Gutter Ballet, Commissar, Scream Murder, Sirens - Metal_Treasure

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