Best Metal Bands of the 90s

The Top Ten

1 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.

The most influential metal band of the last 20 years no doubt! These guys saved the entire genre and redefined it too.

I seen pantera in the 90's at the pannel room in chicago still my favorite band ever. Long live dime bag.

Hell yeah! Pantera rules! My first and still the best influence in metal! Dimebag riffs!

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.
Rip Dime

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2 Sepultura Sepultura Sepultura is a Brazilian heavy metal band from Belo Horizonte. Their first album, Morbid Visions presented a proto-black metal sound with Wagner Lamounier of Sarcófago. Sepultura's sound varies by the album, from thrash metal, groove metal, and even death metal.

Sepultura is the best band. Is what brought many innovations to the metal at the time.

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.

My favourite band from the 90s

Good band

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3 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 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. - ryanrimmel

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!

Well, you have to give the guys credit for at least putting out the excellent Black Album, even if the stuff that followed wasn't as good.

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4 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.

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!

Defentally the CO-FOUNDERS of Nu Metal.
But why isn't Nirvana on the list. They
have the best songs of the 90's. I WISH they were on the Top Ten. Anyway, songs like Shoots
and Ladders, A. D. I. D. A. S, Freak on a Leash(all
by Korn)is INCREDIBLE.

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.

Stop choosing Pantera and Metallica all the time! KoRn is from the 90's, started in the 90's... SO, KORN SHOULD BE NUMBER ONE (1)!

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5 Alice in Chains Alice in Chains Alice in Chains is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1987 by guitarist and songwriter Jerry Cantrell and original lead vocalist Layne Staley.

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. - deangelo.gracey.39

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

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6 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.

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)

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.

Rust in peace was their only perfect album of their 90s career. The others were skip through albums - Sabbath

All their good albums were in the 90s

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7 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 ...read more.

Such an underrated band in the states. Personally my favorite band of all time.

8 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.

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

Death put out 4 of the finest metal albums of all time in the 90s.

9 Tool Tool Tool is an American progressive metal/alternative metal band, that was formed in 1990. ...read more.

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.

Not only is it the best metal band ever, but each of their albums has its own techniques of pleasure and ass-kicking sound

Most amazing band ever

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10 Opeth Opeth Opeth is a Swedish progressive death metal band from Stockholm, formed in 1990. Though the group has been through several personnel changes, singer, guitarist, and songwriter Mikael Åkerfeldt has remained Opeth's only founding member and primary driving force throughout the years. Along with Edge of ...read more.

Possibly the best band in the WORLD!

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The Newcomers

? Edge of Sanity Edge of Sanity Edge of Sanity was a Swedish progressive death metal band that, alongside Opeth, is commonly regarded as being the first to fuse extreme metal styles like death and black metal with progressive rock. Their sound is often described as "Progressive Melodic Death Metal".

Very underrated. - BoiManPerson

The Contenders

11 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. ...read more.

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.

12 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 . ...read more.

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

13 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.
14 Meshuggah Meshuggah Meshuggah is a Swedish progressive metal band from Umeå, formed in 1987. They are credited with crafting the Djent subgenre. Meshuggah's line-up consists of founding members vocalist Jens Kidman and lead guitarist Fredrik Thordendal, drummer Tomas Haake, who joined in 1990, rhythm guitarist Mårten ...read more.
15 Fear Factory Fear Factory Fear Factory is an American heavy metal band that was formed in 1989. During the band's career, it has released nine full-length albums and has evolved through a succession of styles, including industrial metal, death metal, groove metal, and thrash metal.

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.

16 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.

Can't imagine that dream theater us at this LOW spot!

Easily top 3 spot. Without a question the best band in terms of musicianship on this list.

17 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.

There's a difference between shock rock and metal!

18 Machine Head Machine Head Machine Head is an American heavy metal band from Oakland, California. Formed on October 12, 1991, the group was founded by vocalist and guitarist Robb Flynn and bassist Adam Duce.

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.

19 Slayer Slayer ...read more.

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.

20 Danzig Danzig Danzig is an American heavy metal band, formed in 1987 in Lodi, New Jersey, United States. The band is the musical outlet for singer and songwriter Glenn Danzig, preceded by the horror punk bands the Misfits and Samhain.

My God this is the best metal band of the 90s...listen to Lucifuge and tell me otherwise! The Sabbath of the 90s on steroids!

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