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.

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

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3 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.

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

4 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 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.

Yeah, I agree - they are mostly hard rock. - Metal_Treasure

5 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.
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.

There is no words that can discribe how great this band is! Just listen to their music and you will feel the ultimate awesomeness! - BlindGuardianValhalla

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7 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 aren't exactly metal. - Metal_Treasure

8 Obscura Obscura Obscura is a German technical death metal band from Landshut, Germany. 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.

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

9 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

10 Primal Fear Primal Fear Primal Fear is a German power metal and speed metal band formed in 1997 by Ralf Scheepers and Mat Sinner.

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

The Contenders

11 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.
12 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.
13 Edguy Edguy
14 Darkseed
15 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

16 Running Wild Running Wild
17 Heaven Shall Burn Heaven Shall Burn
18 Freedom Call
19 Angel Dust Angel Dust
20 Leaves' Eyes Leaves' Eyes Leaves' Eyes is a German-Norwegian symphonic metal band from Stavanger, Norway and Ludwigsburg, Germany.
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