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Cliff was really a great bassist. Not that others on this list are bad. But Cliff was really an epic bassist. (also an epic musician).
I think Cliff is the reason Metallica is so successful today. Cliff made Metallica what it is today. If Cliff hadn't died so early, Metallica would have been an even greater Band. (not saying that jason and rob are bad).
As Flea(bassist of red hot chilli peppers) rightly said-"This* was a great moment in the history of electric bass guitar. "
*this refers to the moment when Cliff composed 'Anesthesia-Pulling Teeth'
Cliff Burton is definitely my personal favourite bassist. He does an awesome bass intro in 'Damage Inc.'
Metallica and Maiden bassists. The creme de la creme of metal low end. Les Claypool? Is he technical? Yes. Is he better than Cliff, who makes his bass sound like a guitar and can shred? Tommy the Cat? Haha. Listen to Orion or maybe Anasthesia.
Based on where Metallica was going musically with Cliff they could have been even bigger than they already are. Cliff Burton is the best bassist in metal history. Rest in peace, your memory will live on.V 95 Comments
He is the best heavy metal bassist. He is most known for his "galloping" playing style. He has unique techniques which nobody can copy. He is also a great song writer.
He may sound sloppy in the isolated tracks, but it fits perfectly in the final mixes. - Userguy44
He and Burton truely deserves to be in top 2. You can shift both players around the 1st and 2nd position and it won't matter to me. I voted for harris because Burton is already at number 1. Metallic Maiden 4 Life... I'll piss on you if you disagree!
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I get that he's not considered the greatest bassist of all time (but I still believe he's the best), he's at least without a doubt the greatest metal bassist! Most creative by far. Listen to Black Sabbath's solos in their earlier songs (Sweet Leaf and War Pigs are great examples). Geezer just goes insane and it sounds absolutely amazing. His tone is also my favourite by far. If it weren't for Geezer, I'm not even sure if Black Sabbath would be my favourite band (Iommi is still a riff god so probably). Cliff Burton is massively overrated but I admit Steve Harris comes close on this one.
This bassist is part of the best band in history. He plays like there is no tomorrow, and he can come up with awesome riffs. I do not need to say much to get the point across do I?
These Metallica and megadeth fans seem to outnumber the traditional metal fans. They neglect Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, who CREATED HEAVY METAL. Infact, every metal band is influenced by Black Sabbath. Cliff Burton himself was influenced by Geezer Butler and Steve Harris.
Gezzer rules the best watch live and YOU WILL SEE! - mentalfeed70V 23 Comments
solid bassplayer, very underrated. Although guitarwork in megadeth is excellent, there's always a solid bass behind this. When women say: behind every good man stands a better woman, they actually mean this.
He plays with a pick, but I really like his bassline in Peace Sells. He can definitely play. - Userguy44
His bass lines are just the best
To me, David Ellefson is the best Metal bassist; the first time I heard the Peace Sells album, I was blown away, I didn't even know what he was doing, and he influenced my style with his sound and technique on albums: Peace Sells, So Far... RIP and Countdown. I met him once, he is a helluva nice dude, I even got a few emails from him; his favorite Beatles song is "Day Tripper" because it's riff driven. David Ellefson #1 for influence, Cliff Burton is tops for inspiration. John Myung may be a brilliant musician, but I don't like his bass style, it just seems to finesse and not really heavy, in attitude I mean, he always looks in a happy zone when he's playing, real Metal bassists want to kick your A$$!V 28 Comments
Most technically gifted metal bassist.
A bit low here at 5, but still the top 5 are interchangeable
His tone is too vast to comprehend - YeeMan
john myung has more bass playing power in his little finger than cliff burton could dream of having. I learned pulling teeth in like 2 days I have yet to completely learn a dream theater song all the way through! genious!V 30 Comments
Amazing bass player. Great stage presence. Always a pleasure to watch on stage.
Steve is Top of Tops!
The most legendary bassist everr
When you want to talk about actual talent and not name recognition then talk about Steve.V 11 Comments
Guys justin has done a beautiful job in every song like 46 & 2,lateralus,vicarius and the pot that it is really difficult for everyone to play as a bass player I can see that he has experience and he should be in the top 5
Just amazing. His work on schism, 46 & 2, and others is just Phenomenal. And not only is he a good bassist, but also a good writer and musician. How have I not reached minimum quality yet? Stupid computer doesn't know what quality is.
Justin plays his bass with the prowess of a lead guitarist. His bass lines are more technical than a lot of guitar riffs from other bands. He contributes so much style and musicality to the band without overshadowing the other members. You would not have the TOOL sounds without him
I find it hard to believe that Johnny Christ is ahead of this beast, Justin belongs in the first 10 just for his work in Lateralus alone, not even referencing the other amazing albums he was in...V 17 Comments
Why is he not on this list already? He may come from a different age but you can't deny that back in the day, RAtM delivered some of the most effective metal bass lines ever. And he was a beast live.
One of the most underestimated bass players, but has awesome funk, hip hop groove mixed with brutal and inimitable tone!
He has to be on this list, he creates great background for Tom and his stunts
One of my favourite bass players, really fun to play along toV 1 Comment
Without any doubt at all, Les Claypool should be #1 on this list, go listen to "Jerry was a race car driver" and My Name is Mud" then you'll believe why he is indeed the best bass player
He is a metal bassist, Primus isn't a metal band but he used to be in the Prog Thrash band Blind Illusion he even played on their first studio album. - christangrant
OK kids, Primus are an alternative metal band, so I can see why Les isn't gonna be getting number 1 but jesus, he's by far the most talented bassist on this list, he should at least be top 10. Go listen to Tommy the Cat just to see how talented this guy is, and then vote Primus!V 12 Comments
He achieved more as a bassist, frontman, and composer than most other bassists dared to dream. Most hid and supported their lead guitaurs
The face of the whole band and the speed Metal genre!
The face of speed metal and motorhead and a complete badass. Who says bassists don't get the girls? #borntolose #livedtowin #longlivelemmy - FatTurtleGamez
Has his own brand. Very best at what he does.V 15 Comments
He is better the most people think. He can easily follow the rhythm and he is pretty talented. - Userguy44
Not as good as Cliff, but excellent bassist. - PhoenixAura81
One Does Not Simply Place Rob Trujillo under Jason Newsted. Rob played in Metallica, Black Sabbath and Suicidal Tendencies and he is under Jason who played in echo brain? WHAT!?
Rob is a monster on that 5-Stringer of his! He is a veteran bass player with groundbreaking skills, but then again, you would need them to be in Metallica right?V 27 Comments
Jason did more for Metallica than Rob( no offense) I think he should be 2nd to Cliff. Plus he's the better backup vocalist no doubt
Master of backing vocals. - Userguy44
Unfortunately Jason is overshadowed by Cliff Burton and therefore he is underrated as a bassist. In fact I think his bass lines are far better than cliff's (That being said Cliff's solo's were amazing) and rhythm playing over solo "Lead bass playing," if you will that Cliff used to do. And how can you argue with the guy who screams "DIE, DIE, DIE" like he's satan or something?
I do feel sorry for Newsted, for one Metallica constantly hazed him and two he had to walk into Cliff's place an impossible job for anyone no matter how technically gifted they are.V 18 Comments
Should be at least in the top 10
I've never heard of any bassist this amazing, ever. His playing is absolutely amazing and sheerly breath taking!
Talas wasn't very good metal band, but bassist billy Sheehan is probably most prolific bassist ever
Should be number 1 - gemclobenV 1 Comment
Take the Steve Harris style of finger playing, and apply it to thrash metal. The result is something similar to what Frankie Bello gives you: solid, pumping, bright and fluid, adding a layer beyond and behind, yet distinct from Scott Ian's massive rhythm guitar parts.
Caught in a Mosh, Got the Time, Intro to Reality, some examples of his skill on bass so he should really be in the top 10
Come On! Frank is Great.
How is he not in the top 10? Frank is an extremely good bassist. - DoroExploro13V 4 Comments
Way underrated. He should be in the top 10. The song writing. The live presence and damn that bass tone. No one has that tone and cuts across anyone that ever listen to it. It's his sound. No one has the DD sound. He maybe not be all over with being flashy but the man can hold his own
Amazing sound, technique...other than steve harris none more ingenious
Should be much, much higher on the list.
DD at #22? Got to be kidding! He belongs in the top five, no question. Possibly top three.V 1 Comment
No bassist can play so well with their fingers so fast. He’s also a technical master. Inspired me. Fantastic bassist
Alex Webster's technical ability is astounding. It's not just about speed, the notes he plays are shockingly melodic and clean underneath the pounding drums and shredding guitars. The break fills in Cannibal Corpse and the solos with Blotted Science is god-like wizardry. Check out the genius of Synaptic Plasticity for further proof.
Add on his song and lyric writing ability and you've got a bass GOD.
This might a little over the top, but Alex Webster to me is Death Metals Cliff Burton. He's fast as hell, one of the only original members left, never used pick in his career, and one of the top 5 headbangers in metal today.
Great technic, great feeling, amazing composer of master pieces of metal. Co-writer of several (maybe all) Cannibal Corpse songs. Co-writer of Blooted Science music. This guy must be on the first 10, I think he is not because death metal is not main stream gender.V 16 Comments
His goatee alone bumps him up at least 10 places.
Extremely underrated. Listen to "Prison Song" or "Mind" or "Suite Pee" - TheMETALgiant
He has so much flair when he plays, it's just amazing, not to mention he is very good at playing his instrument. The song "Deer Dance", or "Prison song": Prime examples of his skill.
Shavo plays with his own style and even playing low like he does still delivers a clear and powerful soundV 5 Comments
Should be a whole hella lot higer
He's fast but his tone and playing is decent. - Userguy44
Tom is amazing on the bass. Listen to War Ensemble or another fast track and the bass will blow you away.
Awesome bassist deservedly so and to see he outranks Jason newsted is awesome for how fast he plays he deserves itV 9 Comments
As much as I love Rush and Geddy Lee, Rush isn't metal. - galaxyfox
jes - YeeMan
Great but this list is about metal bassists and Geddy is NOT metal. - Metal_Treasure
23 - Really? Not only is Geddy an intricate bass player, from an instrument standpoint. But, he also sings & plays keys, all the while still holding firm in the structure of each song. Should be in the Top 10 at the very least.V 8 Comments
I love her technics, power slaps I like it
Incredible bassist, seriously underrated. People have a problem with wanting to fit in and be popular so usually they vote the bassist off of how successful the band is. This guy doesn't just follow the guitar. He writes bass lines that weave in and out of the guitar riffs to create beautiful music.
Ryan, in my opinion, is the best bassist there is. Cliff is good, but he's not great. Nobody would care about Cliff if it weren't for "pulling teeth" and the intro to for "for whom the bell tolls." Ryan is my favourite bassist because he is extremely technical, he stands out from every other bassist, he has a great tone, amazing writing skills, etc. He deserves to be a lot higher up on this list.
My top 3 bassists would be:
1. Ryan Martinie (mudvayne)
2. Evan Brewer (The faceless, solo)
3. Dan Briggs (Between the Buried and Me)
Can't believe he's so down in he list! I know pretty much every bassist in this list and even though Burton and Harris are better than Martinie, They're not THAT better.V 14 Comments
Mike is the best!
The best! Listen to "Frontiers" - Symphony X (Bonus Track on The Odyssey). Tasty! Oh and everything on his solo albums (Silent Assassins)
Really unique style and incredible skills. Without a doubt, the most talented bass player I've ever been lucky enough to see live.
I've been a musician for over 30 years and this guys never fails to impress me every time I've seen him I am wowed. Great bassist!V 25 Comments
Top metal bass player in the world of Metal. A true legend.
Can't believe he's on number 45! I know he plays mainly simple bass line, but check out the early stuff of Priest classic, like SIN AFTER SIN, STAINED CLASS or metal masterpiece UNLEASHED IN THE EAST, he plays basic stuff but adding some incredible melodic bass note to each songs. I think he deserve on top 10 in metal.
At #44?! You've to to be f*cking sh#tting me people. He practically started Priest and the whole heavy metal genre! He's practically the only one, apart from Steve Harris of Iron Maiden who can truly compose great bass lines that can actually equal guitar lines (let alone two guitars, lead guitars at that) in sound and greatness.
Very underrated bass player R.I.P. - TheStargazer
He needs to be more well known as well as the band he plays in
He isn't just a great songwriter, backup vocalist, rhythm guitarist and lead guitarist, but a badass, technical and groovy metal bassist! He played the bass in the Meshuggah masterpiece obZen and he did a great job in it!
Have you ever heard about meshuggah? Just listen and vote for Marten.
Bass line in Demiurge. Need I say more?V 1 Comment
This guy is amazing, the beginning of room 101 sounds so cool. Even Though carcass Is Death Metal You Can Still Hear His Bass Perfectly Over The POWERade Guitar And drums, Reminds me of steve harris.
Listen to omniscient perception by Beyond Creation and the solo
One of the best if not the best
How can Nikki be 39th. The guy is brilliant. He can make nothing something. He's truly brilliant
He should be way higher, he has been rocking' bass with Motley Crue for over 30 years, and with Sixx:AM for a little under 10.
Nikki is without a doubt the coolest rock star of all time!V 5 Comments
I don't usually pay attention to a7x baselines, but afterlife is always going to be one of my favorites
He brings a lot of different aspects to what could be a very boring bass line. I'm glad that he spends time trying to improve the bass lines. A7X is very lucky!
Not a very incredible or outstanding bassist, but he never overplays and always sounds amazing with the rest of the band. Not to mention his signature bass is sick and he has a great bass tone.
Improves every album and is the fearless leader of Avenged Sevenfold.V 12 Comments
He is 31 on this list cause deftones are less known
I can't find a band that even compares to Deftones with Chi. He was the man. Geddy Lee is an awseome technician. Steve Harris is, well Steve Harris. But Chi was driving force of the best band of all time.
Wrote incredible songs with
Rebel Meets Rebel
Kill Devil Hill
Rex Brown band
Obviously. "Cowboys From Hell." Listen to that one. - galaxyfox
in top 15
Even though he isn't heard much over Dimebag he is still really skilled. Just listen to his work in the guitar solo in 'Floods'.V 14 Comments
This guy plays bass like a guitarist and totally shreds he is just as active on their albums as the guitarists and he pulls hammerons on bass!
Dude has a unique style and contributes melodically to most pieces, which is more than what most bassists do.
The tones he achieves are unmatched
Master of fretless bass - Metal_Treasure
X best band ever.. Taiji was a good bassist too though
Heath - San is a great bassist with a fascinatin style. He often looks very elegant on stage and remebers me to a tiger, also in his style. He can play a bass, that you even will forget, that he's playing it, 'cauze he's able to let a bass sounding like a guitar. Than his shows... As a solo - artist also as while his solos. They are great. And Heath - San is really hot (^_^).
KISS is pretty much what 13 year old sex fanatics would write songs - YeeMan
Overrated garbage. KISS is not even close to metal music but even if they were Gene wouldn't even be in the top 60. The only people who vote for him are stupid 49 year old dads who are going through a midlife crisis who have daughters that weigh more than them. Complete disgrace to rock music. - TheMETALgiant
Simmons' only claim to fame is the crazy stuff he does at concerts. His bass playing is not one of those. - FatTurtleGamez
Gene simmons is not a metal bassistV 5 Comments
Depends on what you're talking about. If he plays slap bass then he is usually a funk type of bassists. If you are talking about his finger picking bassists, sometimes he's metal bassist. - zxm
The best bassist of Asia! He should be at top 20 at least
He's bass playing is adorable... He's slapping is too good... He's the man who made bass the strongest part of his band's songs... You should hear... Guti, Nikrishto, Shurjo... Then you will say yes... That is Bassbaba (Father of bass)...
Your solos are super coolV 5 Comments
This guy kicks mighty ass, not to mention that he can keep up with Mark and Willie. Awesome example of a 'team player' bassist.
Shall be in top 10
The fills this guy pulls off are oustanding
Lamb of god rulesm/
Extremely underrated! - Relixx599
Highly underrated, driving force for the rhythmically based FNM, which had an incredible influence on alternative and nu-metal going forward. Doesn't quite have the clean-cut kind of style that the higher-ups on this list have, but phenomenal nonetheless.
Listen to Epic. During the solo - Userguy44
Billy Gould is hands down my favorite bassist just listen to his work in woodpecker from mars
Is Funny Cool And Nice and is Great With Hist Path Of bass and is he have a great voice screamo... Believe what he's a good bassist for that he have to sty in this list of the best bassist
Awesome bassist. But he is not only a bassist he also provides back-up vocals to help out the great Matt Tuck. Bullet for my Valentine are awesome and everything they do is great.
Best bassist and vocalist he is in second no of my list after matt tuck vote him guys he don't deserves to be in 17 position
Best bassist and screamerV 1 Comment
Fretless bass player - Metal_Treasure
Very talented guy
45? Are you kidding me? - Disturbedpotato
He should definitely be in the top 20! - CenturyChild
Very special with his 'simple' style.
Aslo a very good singer!
There are better bass players but Marco belongs certainly to the top 20
Just listen to the solo of fireball
He is very very underrated. Check out his bass solo to Pictures Of Home by Deep Purple. - Metal_Treasure
Very underrated - zxm
68, is this a joke? - Disturbedpotato
When talking about the greatest metal bassists, I think it's important to take into consideration that this man both fronted and played bass for a band that influenced probably thousands of other bands.
Great bassidt and vocal
His technique is amazing. He should be 1st in the list.
I actually cannot understand why Forest Lapointe comes after something like fifty other bass players who, having of course been important for the genre, are not nearly close to his level. This man's technique is what every bass player should dream to reach, and it's truly sad to see how his skill is not recognized as much as it deserves.
"Forest" is not higher because nobody knows him, pousers vote for commercial bassist the true metal heads, and techdeaths knows what this guy really can do, he must be in 1st place and with great pain in my chest above even Steve Harris...
This guy should be way higher than thisV 1 Comment
Like all of the members from Mastodon not widely known, therefore never high in these kind of lists. All 4 members are exceptional on their respective instruments and based on skill Troy Sanders is on par with players like Steve Harris and Cliff Burton. Should be at least top 10
He's not the best, but some songs are amazing and he deserves the 10 or 11 position.
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