Countries With the Best Metal Bands


The Top Ten

1 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. - Metalhead777

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

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

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

The UK were the pioneers of heavy metal - yungstirjoey666

In fact they made metal
Thank god black sabbath existed!

Black Sabbath, Dio, Iron Maiden, Electric Wizard, Motörhead, Deep Purple, Judas Priest, Ozzy Osbourne, Saxon, Heaven and Hell and Napalm Death.

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

The only metal band for me. I recommend you Mushroomhead.

The UK may have invented metal, but America perfected it.

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.

Thrash is amazing and we all know the us has the best thrash

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

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.

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

Why everybody forgets the guy who made Sweden popular in the metal community - Yngwie? - Metal_Treasure

5 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).

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

Finnland has fok swden had death and norway has bm and pagan.

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! - andrewtuckey

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

7 Canada (Annihilator)

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

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.

8 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.

9 Brazil (Sepultura, Soulfly, Angra, Krisiun)

Don't forget torture squad!

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

Sepultura, Sarcofago, Mutilator, Overdose, MX - ryanrimmel

10 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

Poland delivers good quality metal!

Should be in top 5

The Contenders

11 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

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

Eluveitie and Samael are top

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

Basically the Death Note theme and ending - yungstirjoey666

Baby metal? maximum the hormone? - danimey

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.

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

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

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 - zxm

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

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

Do not forget Australia's kickass Prog scene - AdamDestructorJr.

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

Woods of desolation, one of the biggest and the best (in my opinion) blackgaze band and one of the best DSBM bands - danimey

My top 3: Ne Obliviscaris, Be'lakor and Portal (AC/DC isn't metal, Parkway Drive is a joke) - Metal_Treasure

16 Denmark (Mercyful Fate, King Diamond, Týr)

Don’t forget Svartsot

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.

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

Indonesian are sick!

Southeast Asia killer..

We are the strongest

No black metal

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

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!

Rotting christ
Septic flesh
Suicidal angels
Planet of zeus
Bio cancer
Dead congregation

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

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

Aephanemer was the first metal band that I listen to - yungstirjoey666

Gojira, Gorod, and Svart Crown!

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

Most of the good stuff here is not in English

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

Kindly mention Underside and Xmantra

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

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

22 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


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

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

24 Slovakia (Signum Regis, Orkrist, Obliterate, Phantasma, Within Silence)
25 Russia (Elzevir,Solerrain,Enimor,Scartown,Sunless rise,Svartby)

Slaughter To Prevail anyone?

Russian bands are very underrated in the West.

Check out Hieronymus Bosh, it's very obscure yet very cool progressive death metal. - Beaumain

That's actually a weird list to represent this country. The most popular bands from Russia are Aria, Epidemia, Catharsis, Master, Mavrin, Temnozor, Arkona, Arida Vortex and Mechanical Poet.

26 Israel (Melechesh, Orphaned Land, Betzefer, Salem, Distorted Harmony, Amaseffer)

Seriously, if you have never heard Melechesh or Orphaned Land yet, you need to check them out-

Orphaned Land- Oriental Metal (folk metal with Middle Eastern influences) deals with many religious themes, like the Prophet Muhammad and his teachings and the Messiah, Jesus Christ, and the miracles he did throughout his life, leading up to the Crucifixion. These guys definitely put Israel on the map for me as a country with high quality bands all around.

Melechesh- Easily the most talented band from Israel. Dealing with Mesopotamian Mythology didn’t really earn them a big reputation with the pious population (kind of like Al-Namrood’s type of black metal was illegal in Saudi Arabia and could literally have gotten them killed, except Melechesh wasn’t breaking any laws) so they moved to the Netherlands. These guys are great, I haven’t found a song I don’t like by them yet, so I would definitely recommend them.

As for the rest of the bands...

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27 Turkey (Pentagram, Anoreksi, Ziggurat, Dawnfall, Gates of Eternity)

The real Pentagram is American - ryanrimmel

28 Philippines (Slapshock, Wolfgang, Greyhoundz)

Cog, Sky Church, Tubero, Intolerant, Sin, Queso, Supremo, Wilabaliw

29 India (Gutslit, Plague Throat, Chaos, Demonic Resurrection, Godless, Third Sovereign, Kryptos, Sycorax)

These are just few. There are many more quality bands from this part of the country that deserves attention.

30 Czechia/Czech Republic (Ador Dorath, Salamandra, Root, Arakain, Törr, Trollech, Master’s Hammer)

Don't forget Brutal assault

31 Iran (Kahtmayan)

Emerna, Aras, masters of persia.
Also note that these guys are basically risking their lives doing metal in Iran, so that's a big thumbs up

Wow kahtmayan is awesome I really love this band! there are lso a lot of good bands in iran that I know like Padra, badraam, arcemess, the owlets, deathtune and so on!

32 Hungary (Tormentor, Ossian, Ektomorf)

You can NOT talk about Hungarian metal bands without mentioning Dalriada!

AWS are great

33 Portugal (Moonspell, Wacko, Ramp, Adamantine, More Than a Thousand)
34 Chile (Pentagram, Atomic Aggressor, Death Yell, Toten Korps, Sadism, Poema Arcanus, Force of Darkness, Unaussprechlichen Kulten)
35 Serbia (Bloodbath, Consecration, Introitus, Hadal)
36 Lithuania (Zpoa Vtens, Spellbound, Ruination, Steel Wolf, Mandragora, Ha Lela)

Why's lithuania on here twice?

37 Estonia (Metsatöll, Aghor, Messier, Thou Shell of Death, Wintermoon)
38 Malaysia (The Padangs, Massacre Conspiracy, Sil Khannaz, Daarchlea)
39 South Korea (Crash, Oathean, Method, Mahatma, Downhell, Ishtar)
40 Mexico (Here Comes The Kraken,Agora,Leprosy,Thanatology, Infinitum Obscure)

Where is brujeria?

41 Latvia (Skyforger, Wagars, Kapakmens)
42 South Africa (Agro, Crow Black Sky, Warthane, Infanteria)
43 Ukraine (Nokturnal Mortum, Fleshgore, Drudkh, Khors)

Drudkh is great! - danimey

44 Lithuania (Ha Lela, Anubi, Spellbound, Mandragora, Steel Wolf, Zpoan Vtenz, Ruination)
45 Lithuania (Thundertale, Ha Lela, Anubi, Spellbound, Mandragora, Steel Wolf, Zpoan Vtenz, Ruination)

Why is Lithuania here three times?

46 China (Tang Dynasty, Tengger Cavalry, Yaksa, FourFive, Voodoo Kungfu)
47 Tunisia (Myrath, Persona)
48 New Zealand (Alien Weaponry, Diocletian, Demoniac, Black Boned Angel, Exaltation)

Alien Weaponry is a very young band, but these guys are very good. Kicks ass! - RogerMcBaloney

49 Pakistan (Takatak, Communal Grave, Black Warrant, Entity Paradigm (nu/alternate metal)

Decent bands despite almost non-existent following.

50 Slovenia (Brezno, Noctiferia, Negligence, Supremacy, Metalsteel)
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