Best Traditional Heavy Metal Bands

The Top Ten
1 Iron Maiden Iron Maiden are an English Heavy Metal / Hard Rock band formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. The most critically acclaimed period for the band was from 1983-1989. With vocalist Bruce Dickinson, bassist Steve Harris, lead guitarist Dave Murray, rhythm more.

Iron Maiden's style is so amazingly unique. From Bruce Dickinson's high and ferocious vocals to the galloping style of their guitars. Iron Maiden is purely classic metal!

They literally defined traditional heavy metal

best band ever

2 Judas Priest Judas Priest are a British heavy metal band that formed in Birmingham, England, in 1969. They are often referred to as one of the greatest metal bands of all time, and are even commonly called “The Metal Gods”, after one of the songs on their 1980 album “British Steel”. more.

These guys kept metal alive between when Black Sabbath lost popularity and the new wave of British heavy metal.

Iron Maiden is power metal.

3 Black Sabbath Black Sabbath were a Heavy Metal band formed in Birmingham, England in 1968 by guitarist and songwriter Tony Iommi, singer John "Ozzy" Osbourne, bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward. more.

No, only a few Black Sabbath songs are traditional heavy metal, the rest is bluesy hard rock, or early doom metal songs... but when they replaced Ozzy with Dio they became truly trad. heavy metal. I just said this because people think they were trad. heavy metal with Ozzy, too.

It would be a crime against metal if Black Sabbath is not #1 in most influential, best heavy metal, best doom, and traditional metal band lists. m/

It may have started metal but that is not really the reason if u hear there music u will quickly realize there is o other band that sounds like them they are like the heavier version of led Zeppelin but are more evil and are more creative in there own way there are no other bands like them and I think there should be we can make it sound really good with the older metal and sick solos and what not but at the same time I think we should have more bands like them cause we shall respect this band for it has started metal and shall be its own type of music so my decision is no we shouldn't have more bands like this but they are definitely traditional

Nobody is better than Black Sabbath.
1. Black Sabbath
2. Iron Maiden
3. Judas Priest
4. Diamond Head

4 Dio Dio was an American heavy metal band formed in 1982 and led by vocalist Ronnie James Dio, after he left Black Sabbath with intentions to form a new band with fellow former Black Sabbath member, drummer Vinny Appice.
5 Deep Purple Deep Purple are an English rock band formed in Hertford in 1968. They are considered to be among the pioneers of heavy metal and modern hard rock, although their musical approach changed over the years. Originally formed as a progressive rock band, the band shifted to a heavier sound in 1970. Deep Purple, more.

Deep Purple one of the originators of the Heavy Metal sound. They were more than just metal, but they were surely one of the first.

These guys should be way above than this.

There 4th album was quite heavy.

6 Mercyful Fate Mercyful Fate was a Danish heavy metal band from Copenhagen, formed in 1981 by vocalist King Diamond and guitarist Hank Shermann.

Lyrically they are black metal, but musically they are Traditional Heavy Metal

They are black metal.

7 Motorhead Motörhead were an English heavy metal band formed in June 1975 by bassist, singer, and songwriter Ian Fraser "Lemmy" Kilmister, who was the sole constant member; guitarist and songwriter Larry Wallis; and drummer Lucas Fox. The band's harsh vocals and fast paced tempos helped inspire speed metal and more.
8 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". more.

What a tradition! m/

9 King Diamond Kim Bendix Petersen, better known by his stage name King Diamond, is a Danish heavy metal musician. He is known for his extensive vocal range, usually sung in falsetto. King Diamond was originally known as the vocalist for Mercyful Fate, but has become notorious for his horror themed Concept albums more.
10 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.

More metal than Scorpions, but still half of their songs are hard rock.

The Contenders
11 Ozzy Osbourne John Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne was born on December 3, 1948. He is also known as ''The Prince of Darkness''. Ozzy is an English singer, songwriter, and television personality. He rose to prominence in the early 1970s as the lead vocalist of the band Black Sabbath. Osbourne was fired from Black Sabbath more.
12 Manowar Manowar is an American heavy metal band from New York City, New York. Formed in 1980, the group is known for lyrics based on fantasy and mythology.

ManowaR is the only one band here that didn't change its style since 80' and 80' metal is traditional heavy metal. All other bands play more modern - for example Iron Maiden, Judas Priest

13 Saxon Saxon are an English heavy metal band formed in 1976, in South Yorkshire. As one of the leaders of the new wave of British heavy metal, they had eight UK Top 40 albums in the 1980s including four UK Top 10 albums and two Top 5 albums.

Doesn't my profile picture look like a Saxon album cover?

They are great. That's it!

14 Ghost Ghost is a Swedish heavy metal band that was formed in Linköping in 2008. Ghost consists of 5 masked instrumentalists, known as The Nameless Ghouls, and a demonic anti-pope known as Papa Emeritus. They have released 4 studio albums, 1 live album and 2 EPs. Each album brings in a new version of Papa more.
15 Megadeth Megadeth is an American thrash metal band from Los Angeles, California. Megadeth was formed in 1983 by guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson, shortly after Mustaine was fired from Metallica. They have released 15 studio albums to date, and have gone through many lineup changes, with Dave more.
16 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.

Yes, however their primary genre is hard rock, they released several true metal songs like

Virgin Killer
Sails of Charon
Coming Home
Alien Nation

And songs that are borderline between hard rock and heavy metal like

Steamrock Fever
He's a Woman, She's a Man
China White
Bad Boys Running Wild etc...

17 Iced Earth Iced Earth is an American heavy metal band from Tampa, Florida. It was formed in 1985 under the name Purgatory by guitarist and main songwriter Jon Schaffer and original drummer Greg Seymour.
18 Icarus Witch Icarus Witch is a heavy metal band from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States, formed in 2003 by bassist Jason Myers.

Loving this band!

Icarus Witch Rocks! I Love My Pittsburgh Witches! Congrats!

19 Metal Church Metal Church is an American heavy metal band. They originally formed in San Francisco, California in 1980 before relocating to Aberdeen, Washington the following year and briefly using the name Shrapnel.
20 Diamond Head Diamond Head are an English heavy metal band formed in 1976 in Stourbridge, England. The band is recognised as one of the leading members of the new wave of British heavy metal and is acknowledged by thrash metal bands such as Metallica and Megadeth as an important early influence.
21 Grave Digger
22 W.A.S.P. W.A.S.P. is an American heavy metal band formed in 1982 by Blackie Lawless, who is the only remaining original member of the band.

I can't believe a band like W.A.S.P wasn't included on the list.

23 Anvil Anvil are a Canadian heavy metal band from Toronto, Ontario, formed in 1978. The band consists of Steve "Lips" Kudlow, Robb Reiner and Chris Robertson.
24 Doro
25 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.
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