Best German Metal Bands


The Top Ten

1 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.

Definitely the best. This is an elite metal band - they are perfectionists (studio and live). Complex songs and arrangements. Nothing commercial.

They are the only metal band I know that has been improving over time - every next album is better than the previous one. Altogether 10 albums and almost 30 years of exemplary musicianship. The only metal band that has never disappointed me.

I just listened to their 2015 album and, like many times before, I thought it was their best. Similarly to other people, I'm also beginning to think that Blind Guardian are comparable to Maiden and Priest in terms of quality and consistency. - Metal_Treasure

They are really the best. Most talented guys and developed their own unique style.

One of the greatest bands of all time! They have a unique sound, great songs, an extraordinary great singer and not a single bad record! Totally deserve the first place! - BlindGuardianValhalla

2 Kreator Kreator Kreator is a German thrash metal band from Essen. Their style of music is similar to that of their compatriots Destruction, Sodom and Tankard; along with those three bands, Kreator has been referred to as one of the "big four" of Teutonic thrash metal, and they are often credited with helping pioneer more.

3 words why Kreator is best: Pleasure To Kill!

Should bee number 2.

One of the best thrash metal bands! Germany has a kick ass metal scene! - BlindGuardianValhalla

If there’s one thing that the Germans know how to do, it’s play thrash metal.

3 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.

Rammstein is one of the best Industrial Metal bands, they have amazing lyrics if you get around to translating it, the lead singer, Till, is hilarious and odd, and the guitar and beat in general really hits hard. They're awesome.

Not a metal band - not even closely.

Rammstein is amazing! - Userguy44

Rammstein aren't exactly metal. - Metal_Treasure

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4 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.

Very under rated band

HELLOWEEN is the very best German metal band, most inspiring and well known, Gods of power-metal!

How do they not get to be number 1

Helloween! The prioneers of German power metal! They created a whole scene! These guys are legends! Either with Kiske or Kai or Deris! I don't know why everyone fights over the singers... - BlindGuardianValhalla

5 Obscura Obscura Obscura is a technical/progressive death metal band from Germany, founded in 2002. The band became prominent when members of Necrophagist and Pestilence joined Steffen Kummerer to release the critically acclaimed second full-length album, Cosmogenesis. The band was named after the Gorguts album Obscura. more.

Some seriously talented musicians and songwriters.

An awesome band in their subgenres - technical and progressive death metal. Currently one of my most favorite metal bands. - Metal_Treasure

Omnivium was my favorite album of 2011 - Caleb9000

6 Sodom Sodom Sodom is a German thrash metal band from Gelsenkirchen, formed in 1981. They have gone through many line-up changes, leaving bassist vocalist Tom Angelripper as the only constant member.

Putting Rammstein above Sodom is a disgrace, they made cool black metal in their early career and then put out some awesome thrash.

Germans know how to thrash.

7 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.

Accept are not only the best German metal band ever, they are the best European metal band ever (of course, not counting the British ones)

Accept with Udo is best.

My first taste of German Metal, Accept is the best in the business.

I Love Accept Because I'm a Rebel

8 Destruction Destruction Destruction is a German thrash metal band. They are considered one of the "The Big Four" of the German thrash metal scene, the others being Kreator, Sodom and Tankard.


9 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.

They are an incredible band. I grew up listening to their music and it will always bring me good memories. Also, Klaus Meine (their leadsinger) is 70 and he still rocks! Hopefully they keep rocking for many more years

They are actually hard rock but these guys made it so far! One of the most classic bands! I have been to their concert in July and it was mind blowing! And every record is a classic! - BlindGuardianValhalla

In fact they are more a Hardrock-band than a Metal-band. But songs like "He's a woman - she's a man", "Dynamite", "Now! " and many more are so full of energy that the Scorpions should also be higher on this list.

They are both of hard rock and heavy metal

10 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.

Master kai Hansen, after leaving the legendary band Helloween he created another legendary band, gamma ray... That's enough to say I guess - BlindGuardianValhalla

The Contenders

11 Edguy Edguy
12 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.

Excellent band. Very talented guys.

A band with no weak spots - godly singer, awesome twin lead guitars, sick drummer with fast double bass, great bassist/talented songwriter.

All band members are masters at what they do. Their most recent album (2014) was amazing, too, so they proved quality and consistency.

Songs: Strike, All For One, Rebel Faction, Diabolus, King For A Day, The Man (That I Don't Know). - Metal_Treasure

One of the best power metal bands! So underrated! - BlindGuardianValhalla

13 Ahab Ahab
14 Avantasia Avantasia Avantasia is a German supergroup rock opera project created by Tobias Sammet, vocalist of the band Edguy.

Best. Supergroup. To. Ever. Form
I mean, Tobi is a hell talented man! Every avantasia and edguy song is totally epic! Their new album ghostlights rocks! - BlindGuardianValhalla

15 Eisbrecher Eisbrecher Eisbrecher are a German Neue Deutsche Härte band that consists primarily of Alexander Wesselsky and Noel Pix, with live support from Jürgen Plangger, Rupert Keplinger, Achim Färber.
16 Powerwolf Powerwolf Powerwolf is a German power metal band created in 2003 by Charles and Matthew Greywolf. The group is notable for having dark themes and images, both musically and lyrically.

We drink your blood!

How is Powerwolf this low? It’s the second best metal band, only Sabaton is better, though Amon Amarth, Epica, Kamelot and Iron Maiden come close. Still, it’s ultimately the best German metal band.

17 Oomph! Oomph! Oomph! is a German industrial metal band formed in Wolfsburg, Germany in 1989. The band is considered the pioneers of the German Neue Deutsche Härte movement.
18 Necrophagist Necrophagist Necrophagist is a German technical death metal band, founded and fronted by guitarist and vocalist Muhammed Suiçmez.

Are you kidding, Should be at lest 4 or 5... my top is 1 Kreator 2 Sodom 3 Necrophagist 4 Obscura 5 Destruction - Deako

19 Darkseed
20 Equilibrium Equilibrium Equilibrium is a German folk metal band. The band's music combines elements of folk music, power metal, black metal and symphonic metal with various other influences.
21 Leaves' Eyes Leaves' Eyes Leaves' Eyes is a German-Norwegian symphonic metal band from Stavanger, Norway and Ludwigsburg, Germany.
22 Joachim Witt
23 Megaherz
24 Tankard Tankard Tankard is a thrash metal band from Frankfurt am Main, Germany, founded in 1982. Along with the bands Kreator, Destruction and Sodom, Tankard is often considered one of the "The Big Teutonic Four" of Teutonic thrash metal.
25 Knorkator
26 Heaven Shall Burn Heaven Shall Burn Heaven Shall Burn are a German metalcore band from Saalfeld, formed in 1996. The band consists of vocalist Marcus Bischoff, guitarists Maik Weichert and Alexander Dietz, bassist Eric Bischoff and drummer Christian Bass.

I was expecting them to be higher. So they get my vote for now. - cjWriter1997

27 Running Wild Running Wild Running Wild is a German heavy metal band, formed in 1976 in Hamburg. They were part of the German metal scene to emerge in the early to mid-1980s.
28 Unheilig Unheilig Unheilig was a German band that features a variety of influences including various pop and electronic styles as well as harder, nihilistic hard rock.
29 Nargaroth

Black Metal ist KRIEEEG!

30 Caliban

By far 1 of the besg bands ivr ever heard!

Best album-> Ghost Empire

31 Freedom Call

This band is so, good

32 Grave Digger Grave Digger

One of my favorite bands totally! Their music, the energy... I like this very heavy power metal style they deserve a listen of all the people in the world... One of the best metal ever - BlindGuardianValhalla

33 In Extremo
34 Nagelfar
35 Disillusion Disillusion
36 KMFDM KMFDM KMFDM is an industrial band led by German multi-instrumentalist Sascha Konietzko, who founded the group in 1984 as a performance art project.
37 Rage Rage Rage is a German heavy metal band, formed in 1984 by Peter "Peavy" Wagner. They were part of the German heavy/speed/power metal scene to emerge in the early to mid-1980s.

Best Band from Germany

Vote for Rage, they are the Best band in Germany

38 Xandria Xandria Xandria is a German symphonic metal band, founded by Marco Heubaum in 1997. The band's music combines elements of symphonic metal with light electronic elements.
39 Angel Dust Angel Dust Angel Dust are a German heavy metal band. Initially active from 1984 to 1990 as speed and thrash metal band, they dropped their thrash roots in favor of a power/progressive metal sound upon reforming in 1998.
40 Haggard
41 Doro
42 Warlock
43 Falkenbach Falkenbach Falkenbach is a pagan black metal group from Germany that is signed to Prophecy Productions. The name means "Falconbrook" in German. The one permanent member is Vratyas Vakyas. They are one of the very first Viking metal bands, starting in 1989, with their first release that same year.
44 Empyrium Empyrium
45 Assassin
46 Axel Rudi Pell
47 Van Canto
48 Holy Moses
49 Dark Fortress
50 The Vision Bleak

Some of the best German gothic metal out there.

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