Best Metal Bands of the 90s
The Top Ten
I was 10 years old and me and my dad were looking through music to listen to on our long car drive through america to get to Michigan. I was flipping through stuff...Pearl Jam, Metallica, Nirvana. We had already listened to everything. Then I came across Pantera. At first I was like "who the hell are they? " I showed my dad and he instantly remembered them and he said " o" Pick that. SO I did we played all of Vulgar display of power.
I am now twelve and I have all of Pantera's albums and 5 t-shirts.
Dimebag got me into the guitar and Vinnie got me into the drums.
I can't think of a world without them.
Pantera is the best metal band of all time! Dime bag Darrel by far the best guitarist! I think they basically saved heavy metal. I'm so grateful for this band. I especially love Cemetery Gates. I love all the pinch harmonics in this song. It's a huge loss, the tragedy that happened. A loss for the family and friends of Dime bag Darrel and for the fans. He could never be replaced. Love you Dime. I pray 🙏 that you're making Jesus happy with your amazing talent and when I get up there, I pray that I should be so lucky 🍀 to hear you play again. God bless you Dime bag.
They didn't actually "save" metal like a lot of people think they did, it was still doing just fine. But Pantera's 90's music was still awesome all the same.
The most influential metal band of the last 20 years no doubt! These guys saved the entire genre and redefined it too.
I'm so happy to see them at No. 2. Everything they released when both Cavelera's where in the band was top-notch even Roots which most people hate because it was a borderline Nu-Metal album.
Sepultura is the best band. Is what brought many innovations to the metal at the time.
Sepultura's first six albums are in my go to list of what to listen to for any occasion.
My favourite band from the 90s
As AllMusic reviewer Chris True once wrote: "Essentially, Opeth's perceived weaknesses would be pivotal moments for any other band."
Opeths first 3 albums changed my musical taste forever.
Possibly the best band in the WORLD!
Pioneers of death metal and modern metalcore. Incorporated Progression, Death metal, and melody. Pantera and Death are the most influencial bands in the metal genre from the 90s asides from maybe In Flames.. deserve top 3 spot
Had to vote for this seeing it was only #4
Human, Individual Thought Patterns, Symbolic, and the Sound of Perseverance are all masterpieces, and Spiritual Healing is very good as well
Death put out 4 of the finest metal albums of all time in the 90s.
Def no1 but I do love me some Blind Guardian
Such an underrated band in the states. Personally my favorite band of all time.
Metallica IS the best metal band of all time no question. I know Dimebag Darrel's death artificially inflated the fame of Pantera, but in reality they are still far behind Metallica. Metallica rivals Iron Maiden and Megadeth in number of catchy songs per album, but have much better marketability. And only Metallica can get their music mandatory on the radios nationwide!
Definitely a top 5 band of the 80s, but not the 90s. The Black Album was an OK release, but it was everything that Metallica's style and image once stood against. As good and popular as it is... It just isn't Metallica. Garage, Inc was pretty good, but it was all covers. Everything else they put out in the 90s was disappointing for most people.
Their 90s output is extremely underrated. Highly original music. Especially Black album and Garage Inc stand out as masterpieces. Bug Load is also packed with brilliant songs.
Not THE best, but are good. Megadeth turned out better and didn't sell out! Mustaine did better than they did after getting away from Metallica and doing his own! Definitely!
90s decade was the greatest for megadeth.
"Rust In Peace", "Countdown to Extinction" and "Youthanasia" are
Great albums with great songs.
Now I shall tell what I think about the top of this list.
First. I saw that is list of best metal bands of 90s!
So what are doing so high here: metallica (After "Black Album" they wrote NOTHING good) and System Of The Down (They gain popularity in 21st century)
Second. Alice In Chains is grunge band, not metal... If we count grunge in
Metal genres, where is Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and Nirvana?
Third. I think that Biohazard and Meshuggah don't deserve to be in top.
They are not such great bands like Metallica, Pantera, Korn, Megadeth, Judas Priest etc.
That's why I think that megadeth deserves top 3 on this list (With Pantera and Korn)
Seriously? 1 and 2 should be Megadeth and then Pantera. Rust In Peace alone solidifies Megadeth's position as #1, not to mention Countdown, Youthanasia, etc.
80's Metallica is great but 90's just isn't that good. A few good songs on black album and that's it.
Of the 90s? Metallica bombed in the 90s. (I mean that in a bad way). Megadeth stayed as true metal, at the same time sacrificing fame and fortune, unlike Metallica.
This band is so underrated. Only Pantera made better music than then in 90s, and Metallica was awful then. So please switch Megadeth and Metallica places.
Tool and Pantera. AENIMA is like the best album ever. Such great material. Undertow was dope with tracks like Sober and Prison Sex on the radio. And AENIMA in my opinion is the best album of all time. Definitely top 3 metal band in/for the 90's.
Nothing beats this for me. The experimental music and the combination of east meets west is everything. The sound in the music are amazing and the lyrics transform your mind body and third eye.
Just listen to Aenema in it's entirety. Mind-blowing, mellow, heavy, complex, and all around pretty messed up subject material.
Most amazing band ever
Korn should be number 1! Metallica is awesome, but the black album was the only great thing that they produced in the 90s. Pantera also deserves to be high on the list, but Korn started in the 90s, all their music from the 90s was great, and they created a whole subgenre of metal music that was the big thing mainstream in the late 90s and early 00s. Sure to their great music in the 90s and their gigantic influence in the 90s, they should definitely be number 1!
Korn is like top 15 for the 90's their debut was amazing, and life is peachy is really dope. Other stuff was cool too though.
Indeed, well deserved on the list. Personally my favorite band, yet I can see why they aren't ahead of Metallica.
Metallica, Pantera and Megadeth are from the 80's
So KoRn is Number 1
Easily top 3 spot. Without a question the best band in terms of musicianship on this list.
Their two greatest albums were released in the 1990s (Images and Words; Metropolis Pt. 2)
Can't imagine that dream theater us at this LOW spot!
Definitely should be higher. This guys roars from the mic and his guitar playing are perfect for a live show. Best live shows I've seen.
What can I say? While bands like Metallica were 'rediscovering and/or re-inventing themselves", Alice In Chains was ushering in a new era of metal, dropping the theatrical shock-and-awe and the politically driven style for straight-up dark and gloomy death-tinged metal that took us from the plateaus of drug-induced highs to the dark caverns of withdrawal, from the bleak flat-lands of utter despair to the bone-filled graveyard of resigned antipathy.
I like Megadeth and Metallica as much as the next guy Alice in Chains was one of the most defining bands of the 90s no matter what genre it was, I admit that bands like Pantera and Metallica had faster riffs but the darkness and eeriness of Alice in Chains was more memorable in my eyes.
This band should be number 1, just go listen to their music and you will know why
This is the worst top ten ever. Lorn before Death? What joke
It was rare for metal bands in the 90's to innovate on the same level that Fear Factory did. Their 1995 release Demanufacture very easily be considered one of the best 50 albums in metal history and likely the top industrial metal album of all time. They carved out their own definitive sound that could both sooth your mind with Burton C Bell's melodic singing or viciously tear you apart like a starving bear seeing its first meat in weeks.
Fear Factory really brought in something a little more different to heavy metal. They were more of a really sick hybrid. It's as if optimus prime and a skinless terminator decided to pick up some instruments and create a crushing machine gun called demanufacture.
Demanufacture and Obsolete are amazing metal albums from start to finish. There's zero filler on them, and they were in the 90s! Some of the bands on here were 80s or 00s, not a proper 90s metal band
Possibly the only band on this list whose influence reaches well beyond metal, from contemporary classical music to jazz.
There's a difference between shock rock and metal!
Great songs, great music videos, great live performances. Best and most unique band ever in my opinion.
Best foreign metal ever, total roughness and great live shows
THE best band ever! Danzig is my fave band but Slayer is better because they are the only band that got better and better with each record. No song is a disappointment and they never sold out, never changed... Slayer is the best.. and RIP Jeff Hanneman!
South of Heaven album is 36 minutes of heaven. Slayer should be considered one of the best due to their original style and sound. Araya*s voice is terrifying! RIP Jeff Hanneman, a year younger than me and gone too soon.
Nine inch nails is great but they are really more industrial rock than industrial metal.
System of a down released their first single "Sugar" in 1998 and still got a whole lot of fame in the 90's though it's only the last 2 years in the decade that they had the chance to rock out. the 8 spot is fine I guess.
King is the best storytelling metal of all time. His unique voice and theatrics have made him one of my favorite heavy metal bands of all time. Andy's writing is second to none.