Top 10 Bands People Think Aren't Metal that Are

You might think these bands aren't metal but they are regardless.

The Top Ten

1 Five Finger Death Punch Five Finger Death Punch Five Finger Death Punch is an American heavy metal band from Las Vegas, Nevada. Formed in 2005, the band's name is derived from a fictional martial arts maneuver in the 2003 film Kill Bill.
2 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.

I think they are both rock and metal... - Lucretia

3 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.

Yeah, right, metal is about "Girls, Girls, Girls"... (sarcasm) - Metal_Treasure

4 System Of A Down 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. more.

Oh dear... 1) screams DON'T define metal; 2) their guitars are punk guitars and not metal guitars; 3) his vocals style isn't metal style. But most importantly, 4) their MUSIC is NOT metal. - Metal_Treasure

The fall under the same trap Deftones does. They are usually labeled amongst other Nu-metal bands even though they have pretty much their own style. More so, I would call them the 2000's RATM, since their more political based than a lot of the other "Nu-Metal" bands. - cjWriter1997

I agree with that. That's why for System of a Down and Deftones I see them at more a unique type of rock. They both have their flavor and it feels good in their own way. Metal or not, I very much like them both. - cjWriter1997

5 Rob Zombie Rob Zombie Rob Zombie is an American heavy metal musician, film director, screenwriter and film producer. His career launched in 1985 when he formed the heavy metal band White Zombie. Following their breakup, he began a successful solo career. Zombie began directing in the early 2000s. His most famous movies are more.

I've always considered him metal yet he's not in the Metal archives but what ever he is Metal or not he's a good artist and I'm pround to say I have listened to Rob Zombie - christangrant

6 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 more.

Didn't they guest in an episode of South Park (one from like 1999)? - Anonymousxcxc

Unfortunately, it's not "self explantory"... - Metal_Treasure

7 Slipknot Slipknot Slipknot is a Heavy Metal band formed in 1995 from Iowa. The band released their first album in 1999 and was well received by critics and fans. The group gained success after the release of their second studio album, "Iowa". more.

To me, a band with about 50% of their material sounding heavy, energetic and agressive enough qualifies as metal, regardless of whatever content or techniques they have. I also hate how fans like to characterize only certain metal genres as metal. If it has metal in the genre name, it is metal, regardless of whether you like it or not. - NuMetalManiak

8 Godsmack Godsmack Godsmack is an American rock band from Lawrence, Massachusetts, formed in 1995. The band is composed of founder, frontman and songwriter Sully Erna, guitarist Tony Rombola, bassist Robbie Merrill, and drummer Shannon Larkin.

Their music is nowhere near metal - progressions aren't metal. And sorry, their guitars are clearly punk-ish. They have screaming? So what. Screaming can be applied to almost all genres, especially punk-related styles. Screamo is a punk subgenre, not a metal subgenre. - Metal_Treasure

9 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. V 1 Comment
10 Evanescence Evanescence Evanescence is an American rock band founded in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1995 by singer/pianist Amy Lee and guitarist Ben Moody.

Evanescence are NOT metal, they're hard rock and used to be gothic rock. The closest they got to metal was with What You Want, which was described as industrial metal even though I disagree with that. - phensh23

Even Amy Lee herself says they are rock and not metal. - Metal_Treasure

Not even close to metal... (but good) - FireWasp2004

Amy Lee vocals isn't really metal. But that's not really they are not metal. Their guitar riffs are more likely punk rock guitar riffs.

Metal guitar riffs - Fast+Power. More brutal sound.
Punk Rock Guitar Riffs - Fast+Less Power. More noisy sound. - zxm

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The Contenders

11 Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold is an American alternative metal/metalcore (early) 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). more.

Hmm, that much I can agree. Their solos are metal solos. I mean any other punk bands don't play solos like them. Even if none of the members in the band are metal musicians but Gates is a metal guitarist. - zxm

12 Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine is a Funk Metal 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.

Sorry, rapping isn't a metal singing style. - Metal_Treasure

@SwagFlicks, RATM rap in their songs. But that isn't really the thing that makes or doesn't make them metal. You could check their guitar riffs. See how they hold their picks, how they strum their strings. These all takes back to punk rock rather than metal.
But anyway, a non-metal band also could be good. - zxm

13 Red Red Red is an American rock band from Nashville, Tennessee, formed in 2002. The band's lineup consists of singer Michael Barnes, guitarist Anthony Armstrong, and bassist Randy Armstrong. V 1 Comment
14 Bullet for My Valentine Bullet for My Valentine Bullet for My Valentine are a Welsh metalcore band from Bridgend, formed in 1998 . The band is composed of Matthew Tuck (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Michael Paget (lead guitar, backing vocals), Michael Thomas (drums) and Jamie Mathias (bass guitar). Former members include Nick Crandle and Jason James; more.
15 Primus Primus Primus is an American rock band based in San Francisco, California, currently composed of bassist Les Claypool, guitarist Larry LaLonde and drummer Tim Alexander. Les Claypool is regarded as one of the best bassists of all time for his slap-bass ability in notable songs like "My Name Is Mud", "The Toys more.

Is Primus metal? I found most of their songs experimental. But they're a good band even if they aren't metal. They are unique. Especially I like Claypool's slap bass. - zxm

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16 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 1980, after which they hired Brian Johnson to more.

AC/DC isn't metal. Metal riffs are usually faster, short range fast strumming. Hard rock has a pause in their riffs, when strumming. Check this, "Rock vs. Metal" by Raz Ben Ari. - zxm

17 HIM HIM HIM is a rock band from Helsinki, Finland. The band was formed in 1992 by vocalist Ville Valo, and bassist Mikko "Migé" Paananen, under the name His Infernal Majesty.
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