Top 10 Bands People Think Aren't Metal that AreYou might think these bands aren't metal but they are regardless.
The Top Ten
I think they are both rock and metal... - Lucretia
Yeah, right, metal is about "Girls, Girls, Girls"... (sarcasm) - Metal_Treasure
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
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
Didn't they guest in an episode of South Park (one from like 1999)? - Anonymousxcxc
Unfortunately, it's not "self explantory"... - Metal_Treasure
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
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
Let's just say if AIC wanted to be metal, they definitely could. - cjWriter1997
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
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
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
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
They are Funk Metal - JCHOW
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
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