Top Ten Best American Metal Bands

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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". ...read more.

Metallica is amazing. Though their not what they used to be, they can put on killer shows, and are always unique. All the bands on this list suck period. Metallica= best American m etal band ever

We all know that Metallica are the kings of metal. A7X is a good band and even though I am a big Linkin Park fan, LP is not metal... LP is the best alt rock band...

They may all be good, but compared to Metallica all of these bands are armatures: fact. If it wasn't for Metallica none of them would exists. Hands down best band, metal or not. They really know how to write music, especially for today's standards. And there doing the best they can for how old they are now, considering some of there songs are played faster than the recorded version. Metallica, keep writing awesome tasteful music! Love you guys!

I have no proble with this list except A7X at number 3. They're full of riff rip offs

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2 Megadeth Megadeth Megadeth is an American thrash metal band from Los Angeles, California. The group was formed in 1983 by guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson, shortly after Mustaine's dismissal from Metallica. They have released 15 studio albums, and their biggest hits are Symphony of Destruction, Holy ...read more.

As the god of Heavy Metal Rob Halford said in an interview "Megadeth is so far ahead of Metallica by their consistence and technical level"; nothing more to say Megadeth is better than others

This band is just awesome. I just love them... Can't believe their so down in the list!

Just voted to get them above korn. Korn is good but not above great bands like pantera, megadeth, slayer, anthrax, dio, etc.

The best band, this awesome, dave is god

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3 Slayer Slayer ...read more.

Avenged Sevenfold above Slayer? There is no hope for the Metal community - ryanrimmel

Every member is incredibly influential and brought something to metal - gemcloben

Slayer should be #2 in my opinion

Why is not Slayer number one? They are definitely the best thrash metal band and both Megadeth and Metallica are thrash. Slayer has realeased the best thrash metal album (Reign in Blood) and definitely deserve to be number one.
My list
1. Slayer
2. Megadeth
3. Dio - Grouse

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4 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). ...read more.

Avenged Sevenfold My Favourite Band.
A7x is the best they deserve number 1 and they got it. They r way better than slipknot and even slipknot knows that...
A7x is now new wave of American heavy metal band... Ant that's awesome... They have a lots of support and fans...

Slipknot is a great band with a bunch of great songs but Avenged Sevenfold is Avenged Sevenfold with such awesome guitarists, super vocalist and the world's best drummer. RIP Jimmy.

Slipknot is a awesome band, but they don't deserve in top 1 place, their music is simple and unskilled(except the drummer), a7x is a band full of badasses, they should get top 1 place.

SEVENFOLD!

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5 Pantera Pantera Pantera was a Heavy Metal band formed in 1981 by guitarist Dimebag Darrell and drummer Vinnie Paul. The group got into mainstream after changing from Glam Metal to Groove Metal. The band's most successful album is "Vulgar Display of Power". As the pioneers of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal, They ...read more.

Pantera is the best. Rex is a bad ass bassist. Vinnie Paul can wail on the drums and has an amazing sound. You know his drumming. Phil is the greatest front man hands down. Just saw the PHA and the illegals. Awesome... but Dimebag is metal. He's the best. Period. Notice metal fell off after that idiot ruined metal. I saw Pantera. Along with most of this list. No one can come close to Pantera. The connection between the fans and the band may never be duplicated. Slayer is close in that category but they lack the ferocious vocals of Phil and the amazing guitar of Dime. Pantera influences all new metal and set the bar when Far beyond Driven debuted at #1.

What a horrible list, most of the bands on here are complete garbage. Pantera was, is, and always will be the greatest metal band of all time.

The creators of groove metal, deserves better than 8th. - gemcloben

It makes me sad Pantera's not even in the top 10..

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6 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.

Do I even have to explain why Dio is the greatest American metal band? Dio's voice is overwhelmingly powerful, the riffs are cool as hell and the songs have great lyrics. No doubt, the greatest American metal band ever.

Slipknot AND Avenged Sevenfold above the legendary Dio? I have lost faith in the metal community. - LostDream258

With vocals like that Dio is the Boss. Plus he was in Black Sabbath and I love them

Ronnies voice is more powerful than an atomic bomb. - gemcloben

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7 Death Death Death was an American Death Metal band formed in 1983 by Chuck Schuldiner. Death is considered to be one of the most influential bands in heavy metal and a pioneering force in death metal. its debut album, Scream Bloody Gore, has been widely regarded as the first death metal record, while the band's ...read more.

By far the best band on this list. Sad that the rest are Nu-Metal bands.
Best songs:
Crystal Mountain - Most popular, catchy, heavy
Zombie ritual - If you like traditional death metal
Flesh and the power it holds - progressive, technical and still heavy and catchy.

Chuck Schuldiner=The Originator of Extreme Metal - GREYBOYY

Death on #7 and behind those Nu-Metal bands? I'm going to cry

Death made 7 decent albums (many of them much more than decent) and Metallica only made 3.5 decent albums. Come on, I can't believe how extremely overrated that band is. Death on the other hand made true, good quality Metal.
Ridiculously good riffs, extreme heaviness, overall musical profficiency, very good lyrics (towards the end of their career), and no sell outs.
Chuck Schuldiner was always true to Metal, making brilliant music and giving Metal a new meaning, and for that I thank him
Recommended songs: Crystl mountain, Misanthrope, Zombie Ritual, Pull the Plug, Spirit Crusher, the Philosopher, Cosmic Sea, Flesh and the Power it holds

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8 Slipknot Slipknot Slipknot is a Nu 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". ...read more.

Slipknot is so amazing. the best song in my opinion is Eyeless, My Plague, or Wait and bleed. The best album is slipknot. If you like Nu-Metal go on to iTunes and check them out.

Slipknot rocks no matter what. Stay (sic) everyone! R.I.P. Paul Gray.. Slipknot is the best band! And Limp Bizkit sucks!

Oh My GOD! I love Slipknot! They are honestley the very best band that I have ever heard in my 13 going on 14 years of liveing.

Slipknot should be higher than Avenged Sevenfold. They should be in the top 3!

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9 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.

It's called "Pure American Metal" for a reason. They NEED to be at number 1.

Lamb of God over A7X. Seriously, who is voting here? Little 8th graders? Do you not realize the talent that Lamb of God possess? Randy is probably ten times the vocalist M. Shadows is.

LOG Is the most talented on the list. Obviously people think its little 8th graders voting but I'm in year 9. I know good music when I. Hear it

What the hell is going onSurely, log deserves number 1 spotIn each and every sector they are better from other band

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10 Dream Theater Dream Theater Dream Theater is an American progressive metal band. The band was formed in 1985 under the name of "Majesty", but had to change its name to Dream Theater later. ...read more.

Their music is beautifully complex, and yet heavy at the same time. They also have a variety of songs with different styles - all of which are amazing. Surely they should take first place

This is pretty much my favorite metal band ( Metallica comes really close) - MusicalPony

Falling into infinity album hear it!

I am so glad that they are in the top 10

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The Contenders

11 Anthrax Anthrax Anthrax is an American thrash metal band from New York City, formed in 1981 by guitarist Scott Ian and bassist Dan Lilker.

Why are these guys not already on the list they came straight out of New York and are one of the big four of thrash metal

They should easily be top 10. Joey Belladonna and Scott Ian are legendary together - ryanrimmel

Overrated, but one of the best of all time - gemcloben

12 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 is an American band that plays true metal not metalcore or emo one of the best American modern bands along with machine head and down

13 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.
14 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 ...read more.

As much as I want to give this to Disturbed... I have to give it to Korn. Metallica copied off of other metal bands such as Juda Priest and black sabbath, in reality bringing nothing new to the table of metal. Bands such as cannibal corpse and Death were just too heavy for non metalhead. So when Korn came around they introduced something heavy enough for for REAL metal heads and something soft enough for non metal heads the perfect combination. And it is true if Korn never came around Slipknot would never have made it maybe not even disturbed. I love disturbed and Slipknot but THIS IS JUST THE COLD HARD TRUTH. And avenged sevenfold DEFINITELY would not have made it without KORN. Why are they even on this list they are closer to emo than ACTUAL metal.

No korn, no slipknot, fact!

Korn is one of the best metal bands of all time

15 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.

Overkill #56?... After dozens of mediocre bands, some of them not even metal? Shame on this list. - Metal_Treasure

16 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.

These guys should be number 1. Have your heard Alex Skolnick's solo's? They are probly the best solos in the genra

17 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.
18 Cannibal Corpse Cannibal Corpse Cannibal Corpse is a American death metal band from Buffalo, New York, formed in 1988 . The band is known for their graphic album covers, explicitly violent lyrics and song titles like "I C** Blood" The group got into mainstream after performing the song "Hammer Smashed Face" in the 1994 film Ace Ventura: ...read more.

This should be in the top ten, this shows true American brutal death metal band

Graveyard classic lamb of god etc. followers

19 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.

Their songs have emotion and meaning and they deliver it through their music.

Come on this should be in the top 5!

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20 Manowar Manowar Manowar is an American heavy metal band from New York City, New York. Formed in 1980, the group is known for lyrics based on fantasy and mythology.

Manowar: Dio isn't from the US, Avenge Sevenfold is Core not metal.
To Quote ManOwaR:"True Metal people want to rock not pose, wearing Jeans and leather not cracker jack clothes. "
Other Bands Play... MANOWAR KILL!

The Kings of Metal... MANOWAR KILL

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