Bands that Were Heavier in Their Early Stages Than Later

The Top Ten

1 Queen Queen Queen are an English rock band formed in 1970. Members were Freddie Mercury (Vocals and Piano), Brian May (Guitar, Vocals), Roger Taylor (Drums, Vocals), and John Deacon (Bass Guitar, Vocals). Before forming into Queen, Brian May and Roger Taylor had played together in a band named Smile. Freddie Mercury ...read more.

Their song "Stone Cold Crazy" was the heaviest song they made in their early era. It was even covered by Metallica. - Userguy44

After the Queen/Queen II/Sheer Heart Attack albums they released only softest and softest albums

2 Scorpions Scorpions Scorpions are a German rock band formed in 1965 in Hanover by Rudolf Schenker. Since the band's inception, its musical style has ranged from hard rock to heavy metal.

Every Scorpions era was great. - Userguy44

70s era: Heavy Metal
80s era: Hard Rock
90s era: Rock Ballads

3 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". ...read more.

Yeah their first studio album, Kill em All was very heavy and then they got less heavy with time and then picked it up with Death Magnetic. - ParasN2000

The Load and Reload eras were also as they went less heavy there too. - Userguy44

Kil 'em All/Ride the Lightning/Master of Puppets/...And Justice for All

Their 4 first album is their Thrash Metal albums, since the 1991 released Black Album they changes into simple Heavy Metal

4 Slayer Slayer Slayer is an American thrash metal band from Huntington Park, California, formed in 1981 by guitarists Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King. They rose to fame with their 1986 album Reign in Blood, and is credited as one of the big four of thrash metal bands, the others being Metallica, Megadeth, and Anthrax. ...read more.

80s albums: extreme thrash
90s albums: melodic thrash

5 Aerosmith Aerosmith Aerosmith is an American rock band, sometimes referred to as "the Bad Boys from Boston" and "America's Greatest Rock and Roll Band".

70s Aerosmith: Hard Rock/Heavy Metal (Rocks)
80s Aerosmith: Glam Rock/Metal
90s Aerosmith: Rock Ballads

6 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.

Restless and Wild is on the highest heavy level!

7 Rush Rush Rush was a Canadian progressive rock band that was formed in 1968. Even though the only founding member still in the band is Alex Lifeson (Guitar), the band is most well-known for their current members Neil Peart (Drums) and Geddy Lee (Bass, Vocals). ...read more.

Since already the first album their music

8 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.

Ozzy's 70s Black Sabbath were their heaviest stages

9 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.

Probably their debut album is their heaviest and best album

10 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.

The Contenders

11 Blue Öyster Cult Blue Öyster Cult Blue Öyster Cult is an American rock band from Long Island, New York, whose most successful work includes the hard rock and heavy metal songs "(Don't Fear) The Reaper", "Godzilla" and "Burnin' for You".

Most of music lovers knows only this band because the song "Don't Fear The Reaper"
Metal fans knows, how this isn't their best song, because this is when they finish with the heavy rock stuff...

12 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 ...read more.

Used to progressive death but now do prog rock.

13 Job for a Cowboy Job for a Cowboy Job for a Cowboy is an American death metal band from Glendale, Arizona. Formed in 2003, the band's debut album Genesis was released in 2007, peaking at No.

Doom - 2005: Deathcore

Genisis/Ruination/Gloom - 2007-2011: Tecnical death metal with some deathcore elements.

Demonocracy - 2012: Technical death metal

Sun Eater - 2014: Technical death metal with some progressive metal elements

14 Bring Me the Horizon Bring Me the Horizon Bring Me the Horizon is a British rock band from Sheffield, Yorkshire. Formed in 2004, the group currently consists of vocalist Oliver Sykes, guitarist Lee Malia, bassist Matt Kean, drummer Matt Nicholls, and keyboardist Jordan Fish. They are signed to RCA Records globally and Columbia Records exclusively ...read more.

They started off as a deathcore band, and now they play synthpop
Well, that escalated quickly - yungstirjoey666

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