I'm not talking about genres here. I'm talking about bands that helped brought many music fans to enjoy heavier more intense music. These bands necessarily don't have to be extremely heavy, just heavy enough to lead music fans to even heavier music. For example:
I started to really dig heavier music after I listened to Linkin Park. Linkin Park was one of the bands to attract me to heaviness, with drop tuned guitar riffs and such. Now I love a lot of really heavy bands like Meshuggah, Gojira, Nile etc.
So basically this list will contain bands that could help start newcomers take on a wonderful journey into heavy music.
1 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 Nu-metal ...read more.
As mentioned already in the list description, Linkin Park was essentially the band to make me appreciate heaviness in music. I noticed a lot of music fans that grew up in the heyday of LP often shared the same feeling. Linkin Park while maybe not a band everyone has to like, is definitely a common ground for many who were introduced to heavier music. - cjWriter1997
2 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.
I still love System of a Down after all these years, and they definitely helped me enjoy heavier music. Next to Linkin Park, I think System of a Down was the biggest influencer to my appreciation for heavier music. And just like LP, the band helped many get introduced to heavier music as well. - cjWriter1997
3 Three Days Grace
Three Days Grace is a Canadian rock band formed in Norwood, Ontario in 1997 with a line-up consisting of guitarist and lead vocalist Adam Gontier, drummer and backing vocalist Neil Sanderson, and bassist Brad Walst. In 2013 Gontier left the band due to creative differences. He was replaced with Brad's ...read more.
This is another band I often see many say were the ones to get them into heavier music. While maybe not as influential to me, it definitely helped many get into that kind of stuff. - cjWriter1997
Three Days Grace didn't just get me into heavier music they also got me into rock music in general. Without them I would've never appreciated rock music as much as I do.
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.
Korn often is that middle band that takes the starters of LP and 3DG and eventually leads them to bands of the likes of Pantera and Metallica. It's usually the next step forward for heavy music fans. - cjWriter1997
Lol, I went metallica, korn, pantera, korn, metallica, pantera, etc. - EliHbk
5 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.
I may personally not like the band's stuff but I won't deny that they do bring their fans into more heavier music. - cjWriter1997
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.
Much like Korn, Slipknot is kind of that middle band for many. I notice a lot of Slipknot fans eventually get attracted to bands like Lamb of God and Sepultura which pretty much kicks it all off from there. - cjWriter1997
Evanescence is an American rock band founded in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1995 by singer/pianist Amy Lee and guitarist Ben Moody.
I've seen people often state Evanescence was the band to get them into Metal and stuff. I can see that. Personally Evanescence lead me to bands like Nightwish and other Symphonic bands. - cjWriter1997
8 Avenged Sevenfold
Avenged Sevenfold is an American alternative rock 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.
This band helped me get into Metallica due to a recommendation after I told my Uncle I liked their Nightmare album. Next thing you know I was listening to Master of Puppets on loop for weeks. - cjWriter1997
9 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.
I often see this band being a good gateway for Hip Hop fans to enjoy heavy music. I think their Evil Empire album is probably their most Hip Hop influenced album. - cjWriter1997
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". ...read more.
I was debating whether to add them but I figured someone would eventually. Metallica and Maiden are usually the first metal band for most people. - cjWriter1997
11 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.
Wasn't the case for me but I seen many state that this band got them into metal and heavier stuff. - cjWriter1997
12 Iron Maiden
Iron Maiden are an English heavy metal band formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. The most critically acclaimed period for the band was from 1983-1989. With vocalist Bruce Dickinson, bassist Steve Harris, lead guitarist Dave Murray, rhythm guitarist Adrian ...read more.
13 Judas Priest
Judas Priest are a British heavy metal band that formed in Birmingham, England, in 1969. They are often referred to as one of the greatest metal bands of all time, and are even commonly called “The Metal Gods”, after one of the songs on their 1980 album “British Steel”. ...read more.
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.
15 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.
Dokken are an American metal band formed in 1979. They split up in 1989 and reformed four years later.
Poison is an American hair/glam metal band that achieved great commercial success in the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s.
18 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.
19 Quiet Riot
Quiet Riot is an American heavy metal band. The band was founded in 1973, by guitarist Randy Rhoads and bassist Kelly Garni under the name Mach 1. They then changed the name to Little Women, before settling on Quiet Riot in May 1975. The band's name was inspired by a conversation with Rick Parfitt of ...read more.
Megadeth is an American thrash metal band from Los Angeles, California. Megadeth was formed in 1983 by guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson, shortly after Mustaine was fired from Metallica. They have released 15 studio albums to date, and have gone through many lineup changes, with Dave ...read more.