Countries With the Best Metal Bands

The Top Ten

Finland (Nightwish, Sonata Arctica, Stratovarius, Children of Bodom, Apocalyptica, Korpiklaani)

Do not forget ENSIFERUM!

How can Finland not be number one? They're dishing out great metal bands every other day! I'm gonna go listen to some nightwish.

Finland has an outstanding output of quality Metal bands. I have not found one Finnish Metal band that was terrible, all of them were good. If you want to find more bands there is no better nation to look at than Finland. If you are new to Metal and want to become more involved, bands I would suggest looking for as a starting point would be Children of Bodom, Ensiferum, Nightwish, Turisas and Stratovarius. PS Best part too I'm part Finnish, so Metal is basically in my genes.

Even Obama talked about Finland having the most metal bands in the world (per capita). I'm Swedish so it's hard to admit, but thinking logically, Finland is the most METAL COUNTRY EVER

United Kingdom (Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Motörhead, Cradle of Filth)

Are you kidding me... I mean sabbath, iron maiden, motorhead, judas priest... They are the pioneers of heavy metal... N absolute best... Though we haven't seen much of a major development in the metal scene of uk but still... They deserve to be uno...

I would add Rainbow and Deep Purple - pioneers of heavy metal and also very talented musicians.

I know they don't count themselves as metal, but can we put Led Zeppelin in here?

I like this list, and the U. K has some great metal bands, but there is a lot of famous bands from these countries that are missing. iron maiden and Judas priest have trouble being beat though.

USA (Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Manowar, Death)

Machine Head, Slayer, Pantera, Iced Earth, Manowar, Cannibal Corpse, Nile, Death, As I Lay Dying, All That Remains, Overkill, Anthrax, Megadeth, Metallica, GWAR, Testament, Exodus, this country is unstoppable.

Pantera, Lamb of God, Pentagram, Cannibal Corpse, Deicide, Tool, Dream Theater, Anthrax, Testament, Overkill, Mastodon, Iced Earth, the list goes on

The U.S. was the birthplace of thrash, the greatest genre of all time. The most underrated genre groove was also invented there by Exhorder and Pantera, which was popularized by bands like Machine Head and White Zombie.

Few beat Slipknot, Lamb Of God, Korn, Cannibal Corpse, Limp Bizkit, the list goes on

Sweden (Amon Amarth, Arch Enemy, Opeth, HammerFall, Therion)

I'm from Canada but literally about 70 percent of my favorite bands come from Sweden. It's just a fact.

You can't forget BATHORY (best Swedish metal band), Sabaton, Meshuggah, Dark Tranquillity, Ghost, At The Gates, In Flames, Katatonia, and Cult of Luna

The vast majority of the best modern metal bands come from Sweden. Finland has more but Sweden has the best of the best.

Opeth! The name is enough. They are the only reason why I've been feeling a keen interest in learning about the Swedish culture.

Germany (Scorpions, Accept, Helloween, Blind Guardian, Kreator)

Deadlock* (Melodic Death), Crematory* (Gothic), Grave Digger (Heavy/Power/Volk), Halloween (Speed), Scorpions (Heavy), Accept (Heavy/Trve), Brainstorm (Power), Rage (Heavy/Power), Sodom (Thrash), Kreator (Thrash), Powerwolf (Power), Varg (Pagan/Viking),...
---To name a few more---
Caliban* (Metalcore) (was said)
*best in my opinion

Don't forget KMFDM and Rammstein

Germany it is the capital of metal! )
United Kingdom great too. In my opinion Germany and UK it is only two really great capital of metal!

Also Primal Fear (speed, heavy, power); Edguy (power, heavy); Avantasia (power, metal opera).

Norway (Dimmu Borgir, Immortal, Darkthrone, Burzum, Sirenia)

The origin of True Norwegian black metal which obviously is the best kind of metal out there come on!

Mayhem Burzum Immortal Emperor Dimmuborgir enslaved darkthrone olddmanschild ulver

You have to listen Old Man's Child The pagan prosperity album that is best symphonic/melodic black metal album ever

The most metal country ever, hands down!

Come on Norway has two of best melodic/death metal band's Old Man's Child and Dimmu Borgir on my opinion.

Canada (Annihilator)

So Canada has some of the best bands in tech death and Annihilator is the only band mentioned?

Canada (Rush, Annihilator, Voivod, Anvil, Exciter, Cryptopsy, Kataklysm, The Agonist, Into Eternity, Kobra and The Lotus,... )

Canada should be after Sweden.

Why only one in nomination, your forgetting Exciter, Anvil and much more.

Netherlands (Epica, Within Temptation, After Forever, Delain, The Gathering)

Netherlands has a lot of great singers!

The Dutch female-fronted metalbands are unbeatable!

Don't forget Heidevolk! The Netherlands rock!

Heidevolk needs to be on the list.

Brazil (Sepultura, Soulfly, Angra, Krisiun)

Soulfly doesn't really count as Brazilian though.

Don't forget torture squad!

And don't forget black metal pioneers like Sarcófago, Sextrash and Mystifier!

Sepultura, Sarcofago, Mutilator, Overdose, MX

Poland (Vader, Decapitated, Behemoth)

Poland should be top 10 at least surely above italy and netherlands like common behemoth, KAT, Vader etc.

Come on each genre has a polish metal band/bands which are in the top leaque of that genre and also come on when it comes to extreme metal with poland there is no around just look at behemoth, decapitated and vader. Seriously at least top 5

Should be in top 5

Should be top 7

The Contenders

Italy (Rhapsody of Fire, Lacuna Coil, Graveworm)

A great scene for brutal/tech death i.e. Hour of Penance, Fleshgod Apocalypse as well as symphonic metal

Japan (Galneryus, Onmyouza, Versailles, Dir en grey, X Japan, Seikima II, Concerto Moon)

Japan lacks in quantity, but if you consider some quality, we all know Japan is one of the best.

Japan got one of the most greatest bands. They are also very skilled. Japan should be at least on rank 6.

Japan has some great metal bands... They should be higher!

Definitely should be higher, they are the most skilled ones after all. This coming from Bodom fan

Switzerland (Krokus, Eluveitie, Celtic Frost, Coroner, Lacrimosa)

Eluveitie and Samael are top

Bangladesh (Artcell, Black, Cryptic Fate, Warfaze, Aurthohin, Powersurge, Mechanix , Poizon Green, Gene Split, Sever Dementia, Satanik, De-illumination)

Someone who added all these, thanks to him. Instead of just one genre, he added different genres of bands. These bands are very good (by the way Satanik is a black metal band). Especially Artcell and Warfaze

ARTCELL, is the leading metal band in South Asia, have tremendously developed of rock music in Bangladesh. They have created ARTCELL Generation.

Bangladesh is the greatest county of metal in south Asia

In Asia, I'd say there's a tie between Bangladesh and Japan. Great bands anyway.

Australia (Parkway Drive, AC/DC, In Hearts wake)

AC/DC isn't metal, but Disembowelment is the best Aussie Metal band

Woods of desolation, austere

Don't forget Portal.

Buried in verona is such a great aussie metal band!

Greece (Rotting Christ, Septic Flesh, SlavEatGod, Nightrage, Nightfall, South Korea In Vegas)

It's kind of odd that there would be a list for each country I mean it seems to imply that it should be judged simply on these bands when there might actually be hundreds of bands.

Just Firewind...

The home of Hellenic black metal, enough said.

Rotting Christ yes but also PLANET OF ZEUS! and don't forget about FIREWIND.. Gus G plays there which is the guitarist of Ozzy!

Denmark (Mercyful Fate, King Diamond, Týr)

Don't forget Volbeat. In my opinion, Volbeat is the best band from Denmark, generell.

Týr are from the Faroe Islands, a constituent country within the Kingdom of Denmark, not from Denmark itself. Also how could you omit Volbeat.

Don’t forget Svartsot

Indonesia (Burgerkill, Dead Squad, Siksakubur, Jasad, Power Metal, Down for Life)

Japan has a biggest metal scene above Indonesia!? It's a Joke! Indonesia metal scene is bigger than japanese metal scene!

Indonesian are sick!

Southeast Asia killer..

We are the strongest

France (Gojira, Dagoba, Black Bomb A, Penumbra , Punish Yourself...)

Aephanemer was the first metal band that I listen to

+ Gorgon, Peste Noire, 1914, Ultra Vomit...

Gojira, Gorod, and Svart Crown!

Romania (Negura Bunget, Dordeduh, Trooper, Adanc, Bucovina, Rezistor)

Most of the good stuff here is not in English

Nepal (Cobweb, The Shadows, Antim Grahan, 1974 Ad)

Nepal is small country and have less population but it's has some great metal band. So Nepali metal band will rise up

Kindly mention Underside and Xmantra

Death metal pioneer of nepal Ugrakarma,Binash,... Xmantra. new bands like underside, rage hybrid, fragments, Nude terror, disorder are doing great

Belgium (Channel Zero, Knives to a Gunfight, Diablo Boulevard, Fleddy Melculy, Irreligion) Belgium, officially the Kingdom of Belgium, is a country in Western Europe bordered by France, the Netherlands, Germany and Luxembourg. A small and densely populated country, it covers an area of 30,528 square kilometers (11,787 square miles) and has a population of more than 11 million.

Iron Mask, Ancient Rites, Enthroned, Evil Invaders, Aborted, Pantheist


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Austria (Belphegor, Edenbridge, Hollenthon, Abigor, Asmodeus)

Edenbridge is one of the best Symphonic Metal bands I’ve ever heard!

Slovakia (Signum Regis, Orkrist, Obliterate, Phantasma, Within Silence)
Turkey (Pentagram, Anoreksi, Ziggurat, Dawnfall, Gates of Eternity)

The real Pentagram is American

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