Top 10 Metal Bands That Got You Addicted to Metal Music

In other words, What was the metal band that made you a metalhead forever?

The Top Ten

1 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.

Like them or not, Metallica was the band that got me into metal music. Also one of their songs "Enter sandman" was the song that introduced metal music to a whole new generation like no other. - UltraLunalaX

My personal favourite heavy metal band! Enter sandman was the very first heavy metal song I ever listened to and it was the song that introduced metal music to an all new generation. Also they got me into metal music as well, so yeah!

It has to be Metallica. - Userguy44

Ever since I listened to enter sandman, ride the lightning and master of puppets, I started to obsess over them and introduced metal music to an all new generation

2 Iron Maiden 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 more.

This and Metallica were the very first heavy metal bands I listened to. I still love these bands to death today! - UltraLunalaX

Iron maiden was my first favourite heavy metal band of all time along with metallica! If it wasn't for iron maiden I would've never got into metal music, and I still love them today

I became a metal fan thanks to Iron Maiden and Metallica - the first metal songs I heard and loved were theirs. I still love these bands wholeheartedly.

But I have discovered many other bands and currently I have a soft spot for cool underrated bands - not very popular new bands or forgotten old bands. It's just interesting to listen to bands that are far from the mainstream metal. - Metal_Treasure

The first band I loved. I still love them. - IronSabbathPriest

3 Megadeth Megadeth 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 more.

True I wasnt too keen on megadeth's lyrics and vocals the first time, but as I listened to their music more and more, I couldn't help but like them from their awesome instrument use from solos, to guitar riffs and guitar use.

Peace Sells is just too good of an album not to get addicted to.

Perfect riffs perfect soloes perfect clean guitar - Rhapsody

4 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. more.

Iron Man got me into metal

My first metal band, and my favorite. - Alpha101

Although a few 1960's bands like Cream, Zeppelin, and even The Beatles experimented with styles that would later become known as "heavy metal", Sabbath was really the first group to isolate that sound exclusively, and the young rockers of the day [circa 1971] were absolutely mesmerized from the moment they first heard it.

5 Pantera Pantera Pantera was an American Heavy Metal band formed in 1981 by guitarist Dimebag Darrell and drummer Vinnie Paul. The band started out as a Glam Metal act in the 1980s with little success. After discarding their original lead vocalist and enlisting Phil Anselmo, the band signed a major record deal with more.

Just listen to cemetery gates and you will know how awesome this band is. Their guitar riffs have to be one of the best and most heaviest riffs I ever heard from a metal band.

6 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. more.

If anyone listen to slayer and pantera will be love this amazing bands...
Slayer make me listen to others sub genres like death, black, doom etc... !

7 Judas Priest 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”. more.

Breaking the law and painkiller were the 2 songs of theirs making them stand out as one of the greatest heavy metal bands of all time - UltraLunalaX

Breaking the law and painkiller are the two classic songs of theirs that makes this band stand out as one of the all time greatest. This band sure is obviously bent for leather for sure

^^ This band are obviously hell bent for leather... - Britgirl

8 Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold is an American alternative metal 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.

My gateway to metal, after years of pop punk and rock.. "City of Evil" introduced me to metal when I was 11 years old, since then, I discovered a lot of metal bands and now, I am very happy about the fact that one day I clicked on "Beast and the Harlot" on YouTube. - UndisputedLunatic

Very first song I heard was nightmare. Then This Means War. Then Avenged Sevenfold was staying foREVer

A7X's Waking The Fallen was my gateway drug into the world of metal - Lem

"I love 'em they are the legends"

That's what most people say.

( Sorry..I forgot to edit this comment...there was a typo ) - Ananya

9 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.

Just listen to their recent album in 2015 Beyond the red mirror! I couldn't stop listening to that album ever since and somewhat, it got me into this band. - UltraLunalaX

Blind Guardian originally wasnt really an instant favourite of mine to be honest, since I guess that I wasnt really into the complexity and uniqueness of them, originally, but ever since 2015, I couldn't stop listening to their recent album! Also even though back then at that time it wasn't my instant favourite, Hansi's voice was an instant favouirte of mine though and I absolutley adore their cover designs as well.

@Ninetales - umm...why your comment is almost like a copy of mine? Just saying. - Metal_Treasure

This band wasn't an instant favorite of mine - I guess I wasn't ready for the complexity and uniqueness of their stuff (Hansi's voice was an instant favorite though). Now Blind Guardian is a top 3 band for me and #1 in 2015 because I can't stop listening to their 2015 album. It's strange because my favorite subgenres are thrash and death metal. - Metal_Treasure

10 Amon Amarth Amon Amarth Amon Amarth is a Swedish melodic death metal band from Tumba, formed in 1992. The band takes its name from the Sindarin name of Mount Doom.

This is the band that started it all for me. I remember being in an art classroom at my highschool and the teacher put Amon Amarth's Pursuit of Vikings on the speakers. I got instantly hooked and I have listened to all of their albums countless times. This band is my #1 favorite and it made me a metalhead. - RogerMcBaloney

Your teacher played Amon Amarth at school? Wow! What a great teacher! - Metal_Treasure

This band was an important phase of my development as a metalhead - my death metal experience started with them but currently I'm into technical death metal. Still love Amon Amarth, their riffs are very cool. - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 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.

This band got me into technical thrash metal along with other technical versions of metal subgenres! Possibly my current favourite technical thrash metal band in my opinion - UltraLunalaX

Thanks to Annihilator, it introduced me to technical thrash metal to a whole new level along with other technical versions of metal subgenres. I still love them today!

Thanks to them I discovered the beauty of technical thrash and all other technical versions of metal subgenres. Still love them. - Metal_Treasure

12 Helloween Helloween Helloween is a German power metal band founded in 1984 in Hamburg, Northern Germany. The band is a pioneering force in the power metal genre, and their second and third studio albums, Keeper of the Seven Keys: Part I and Part II, are considered masterpieces of the genre.
13 Dio Dio Dio was an American heavy metal band formed in 1982 and led by vocalist Ronnie James Dio, after he left Black Sabbath with intentions to form a new band with fellow former Black Sabbath member, drummer Vinny Appice.
14 Marilyn Manson Marilyn Manson Marilyn Manson is an American rock band from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Formed in 1989 by frontman Marilyn Manson and Daisy Berkowitz, the group was originally named Marilyn Manson & the Spooky Kids with their theatrical performances gathering a local cult following in the early 1990s. more.

This isn't a metal band - UltraLunalaX

Not a metal band.

15 Slipknot Slipknot 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. more.

Many people might not consider Slipknot as "real metal" but when my friend played one of their songs at school not only was I hooked on the band but hooked on metal ever since (And that was 4 years ago) - Danielsun182

My brothers' favourite band. - Britgirl

16 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.

Dream Theater didn't really get me addicted to metal but it got me addicted to PROG - Owengresham

17 Dragonforce Dragonforce DragonForce are a British power metal band based in London, England. Formed in 1999, the group are known for their long and fast guitar solos, fantasy-themed lyrics, and electronic sounds in their music to add to their retro video game-influenced sound.
18 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.

Iced Earth's main singer's voice is awesome! The riffs are extremely addictive as well. - UltraLunalaX

Matt's incredible voice and Jon's riffing are highly addictive. Stu Block is pretty good, too. - Metal_Treasure

19 Deep Purple Deep Purple Deep Purple are an English rock band formed in Hertford in 1968. They are considered to be among the pioneers of heavy metal and modern hard rock, although their musical approach changed over the years. Originally formed as a progressive rock band, the band shifted to a heavier sound in 1970. Deep Purple, more.

Possibly the most underrated metal band in my opinion! Without these guys, no thrash metal nor speed metal. Deep purple really are the inventors of metal music for sure! - UltraLunalaX

20 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.
21 Motörhead Motörhead Motörhead were an English heavy metal band formed in June 1975 by bassist, singer, and songwriter Ian Fraser "Lemmy" Kilmister, who was the sole constant member; guitarist and songwriter Larry Wallis; and drummer Lucas Fox. The band's harsh vocals and fast paced tempos helped inspire speed metal and more.
22 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.

Currently they play the purest form of metal - no prog, alternative, folk, punk, grunge, or whatever else elements. Just pure metal of Judas Priest type. - Metal_Treasure

23 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.
24 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.
25 Disturbed Disturbed Disturbed is an American nu metal/ alternative rock/ alternative metal band from Chicago, Illinois. The band comprises vocalist David Draiman, bassist John Moyer, guitarist Dan Donegan, and drummer Mike Wengren. They are known for songs like "Down With the Sickness" and "Stricken" .

I would like to know what is (are) currently the favorite metal band(s) of the people who got addicted to metal thanks to Disturbed. I would appreciate if somebody can tell something about this... - Metal_Treasure

26 Anthrax Anthrax Anthrax is an American thrash metal band from New York City, formed in 1981 by guitarist Scott Ian and bassist Dan Lilker.
27 Halestorm Halestorm Halestorm is an American rock band from Red Lion, Pennsylvania, consisting of lead vocalist and guitarist Lzzy Hale, her brother drummer and percussionist Arejay Hale, guitarist Joe Hottinger, and bassist Josh Smith .

Than again not a metal band! Stop adding non-metal bands to the list guys. - UltraLunalaX

Not a metal band... - Metal_Treasure

28 Twisted Sister Twisted Sister Twisted Sister is an American heavy metal band originally from Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey, and later based in Long Island, New York.

I got me into metal - DejanKalinic

29 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.

Seriously? This ain't a metal band. - Userguy44

Not a metal band. - UltraLunalaX

30 Rammstein Rammstein Rammstein is a German Neue Deutsche Härte and Industrial Metal band consisting of Till Lindemann (vocals), Richard Kruspe (guitar), Paul Landers (guitar), Oliver Riedel (electric bass), Christoph Schneider (drums) and Christian Lorenz (keyboard), that formed in 1994 in Berlin . more.
31 Black Label Society Black Label Society Black Label Society is an American heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California formed in 1998 by Zakk Wylde.
32 Nightwish Nightwish Nightwish is a symphonic metal band from Kitee, Finland. The band was formed in 1996 by lead songwriter and keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen, guitarist Emppu Vuorinen, and lead singer Tarja Turunen. It's currently formed by Tuomas, Emppu, lead vocalist Floor Jansen, bassist and vocalist Marco Hietala, more.
33 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.
34 Symphony X Symphony X Symphony X is an American progressive metal band from Middletown, New Jersey. Founded in 1994, the band consists of guitarist Michael Romeo, keyboardist Michael Pinnella, drummer Jason Rullo, lead vocalist Russell Allen and bassist Michael Lepond.
35 Ozzy Osbourne
36 Queensrÿche Queensrÿche Queensrÿche is an American progressive heavy metal band formed in 1982 in Bellevue, Washington, out of the local band the Mob. They released their self titled EP in 1984, but didn’t gain notoriety until the release of their critically acclaimed album Operation: Mindcrime in 1988. As of now, they more.

This band is the undisputed leader of prog metal. Two words. Operation: Mindcrime

I was surprised this was actually already on here. This was actually the first metal band I listened to (my first metal song was Stone Cold Crazy, but Queen isn't a metal band). - Element119

37 Devilskin
38 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.
39 Alestorm Alestorm Alestorm is a heavy metal band originally from Perth, Scotland. Their music is characterized by a pirate theme, and as a result they have been dubbed a "pirate metal" band by many critics and their fanbase.
40 Three Days Grace Three Days Grace Three Days Grace is a Canadian rock band formed in Norwood, Ontario in 1992 with a line-up consisting of guitarist and lead vocalist Adam Gontier, drummer and backing vocalist Neil Sanderson, and bassist Brad Walst. Their original name was Groundswell until they changed it to their current name in 1997. more.

They are good, but they are not a metal band. They are alternative rock guys! - UltraLunalaX

This band got me addicted to alternative rock. Not metal.. - UndisputedLunatic

Not a metal band guys. - Metal_Treasure

Three Days Grace is more towards alt. rock but I will admit this band got me addicted to alt. rock. Now a band that interested in Metal would probably be Metallica.

41 Linkin Park 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 Alternative more.

People, this is isn't a metal band. Its alternative rock! Linkin park is a good band, but I don't understand why they are on a metal list, when really they are not metal music! - UltraLunalaX

Haha, this is very interesting. How a non-metal band can get you addicted to metal music... - Metal_Treasure

42 Dimmu Borgir Dimmu Borgir Dimmu Borgir is a Norwegian symphonic black metal band from Oslo, Norway, formed in 1993. The name is derived from Dimmuborgir, a volcanic formation in Iceland, the name of which means "dark cities" or "dark castles/fortresses" in Icelandic, Faroese and Old Norse.

Why not an extreme one - Rhapsody

43 Lamb Of God Lamb Of God Lamb of God is an American heavy metal band from Richmond, Virginia. Formed in 1994, the group consists of vocalist Randy Blythe, guitarists Mark Morton and Willie Adler, bassist John Campbell, and drummer Chris Adler.
44 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 1979, after which they hired Brian Johnson more.

I love AC/DC and they did get me into hard rock music, but they are hard rock, NOT metal music! - UltraLunalaX

Hard rock, metal? This was the band that started it for me - sextysex

@sextysex - hard rock. - Metal_Treasure

45 Nine Inch Nails Nine Inch Nails Nine Inch Nails is an American industrial rock band and, founded in 1988 by Trent Reznor in Cleveland, Ohio.
46 Children of Bodom Children of Bodom Children Of Bodom is a melodic death metal band from Espoo, Finland. Formed in 1993, the group currently consists of Alexi Laiho, Janne Wirman, Henkka Seppälä, Jaska Raatikainen and Daniel Freyberg.
47 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.
48 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.
49 Type O Negative Type O Negative Type O Negative was an American gothic/doom metal band formed in Brooklyn, New York City in 1989. Their lyrical emphasis on themes of romance, depression, and death resulted in the nickname "The Drab Four".
50 Bullet for My Valentine Bullet for My Valentine Bullet for My Valentine are a Welsh metalcore/emo 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 more.
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