Extreme Metal is an umbrella term that covers thrash, Death, Black Metal, and grind. This is about the first bands to push the envelope and create an extreme Metal sound
The Top Ten
1VenomVenom are an English extreme metal band formed in 1979 in Newcastle upon Tyne. Coming to prominence towards the end of the new wave of British heavy metal, Venom's first two albums—Welcome to Hell and Black Metal—are considered a major influence on thrash metal and extreme metal in general.
Not much to say about Venom that I haven't said multiple times. They laid the groundwork for all forms of extreme Metal. They basically created Thrash and Black Metal and influenced Death Metal as well. - ryanrimmel
Pretty much the same band, and they pioneered extreme music with Venom. Since they have the same members, I included them both as one item - ryanrimmel
3BathoryBathory was a Swedish Black/Viking Metal band formed in 1983 by Quorthon and Jonas Åkerlund. Bathory's first 4 albums layed the blueprint for Scandinavian Black Metal. Quorthon is often credited with creating the "shrieking" vocal style of Black Metal. Their 5th album, Hammerheart (1990) displayed ...read more.
Quorthon created the black metal vocal style we know today - ryanrimmel
4DeathDeath 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.
Death did something amazing. They started Florida's Death Metal scene. They spawned Morbid Angel, Cannibal Corpse, Deicide, Atheist, and more - ryanrimmel
5SlayerSlayer is an American thrash metal band from Huntington Park, California, formed in 1981 by guitarists Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King. They rose to fame with their 1986 album Reign in Blood, and is credited as one of the big four of thrash metal bands, the others being Metallica, Megadeth, and Anthrax. ...read more.
Of all the early thrash bands, slayer is likely the most 'Extreme' band. They had lots of dark themed imagery and lyrics. - ryanrimmel
6Napalm DeathNapalm Death are a British grindcore/death metal band formed in Meriden, West Midlands, England, in 1981. While none of its original members remain in the group, the lineup of vocalist Mark "Barney" Greenway, bassist Shane Embury, guitarist Mitch Harris and drummer Danny Herrera has remained consistent ...read more.
They created grindcore and the blastbeat. - ryanrimmel
7PossessedPossessed is an American thrash/death metal band, originally formed in 1983 in the San Francisco Bay Area. Noted for their fast style of playing and Jeff Becerra's guttural vocals, they are routinely called the first band in the death metal genre. Possessed is the sometimes credited with being the first ...read more.
A California thrash band utilized Death Metal vocals, and are considered underground Death Metal pioneers - ryanrimmel
8MetallicaMetallica 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.
They helped start the Bay Area Thrash scene along with Exodus. - ryanrimmel
9CarcassCarcass are a British extreme metal band from Liverpool, who formed in 1985 and disbanded in 1995. A reformation was enacted in 2007 without one of its original members, drummer Ken Owen, due to health reasons.
One of the earliest grindcore examples with Napalm Death - ryanrimmel
10MayhemMayhem is a Norwegian black metal band formed in 1984 in Oslo, regarded as one of the pioneers of the Norwegian black metal scene. The band is also known for the infamous events surrounding them including the 1991 suicide of vocalist Dead (in which former guitarist Euronymous took pictures of Dead's ...read more.