Top Ten Heaviest Metal Bandsmetalmaster This list is not a list of the "best" metal bands, but the "heaviest" metal bands. This is the best of the "heavy" ones. The "ingredients" used include: Quality of music, style, skill, and how well you can bang your head to it.
The Top Ten
Well, this list says Avenged Sevenfold is heavier than Cannibal Corpse.
Avenged Sevenfold is NOT HEAVY. Cannibal Corpse is #1 and I agree.
Cannibal Corpse is the most hardcore, aggressive, and kick ass band I have ever heard. I enjoy many of the bands above but they are no where near as hardcore as Cannibal Corpse. This is one of the rare bands you find that can sound like they do. Bands like bring me the horizon and peirce the veil do not even need to be close in the ranking, as they are not hardcore, and are not the best bands out there. This band knows how to scream and make riffs, unlike so many other bands
Cannibal corpse and lamb of god are the only ones that should be on this list. It clearly says heaviest not thrash metal whitechapel or black dahlia murder come to mind
Love Slayer, love Pantera, love Meshuggah, love Metallica, love Megadeth, love Death. HATE Cannibal Corpse.
But they are your heaviest metal band.
Metallica is great but has nothing close to slayer in terms of heaviness.
Combining skill and "heaviness" slayer should definitely be #1 - metalmaster
You know Slayer are the heaviest Metal band ever, simply by just listening to any one of their albums.
A perfect example of Slayer's epic heaviness would either be their Reign In Blood or Seasons In The Abyss albums...
Slayer is the definition of HEAVY in Heavy Metal!
One of the founding (4)fathers of thrash, and still the heaviest music you will ever hear. Thank you Tom, Jeff, Kerry, and Dave.V 80 Comments
Come on guys, this list is not bout voting for yer favorite band.. My favorite metal band is lamb of god and pantera and not to mention I'm not a very big fan of behemoth but I have to agree their music are extremely heavy take slaves shall serve for example, the song itself sounded like it want to kill you
Behemoth are one of my favourite bands. This list is basically all the well known bands. I haven't even seen nile on the list and behemoth/nile are so much heavier. And the people who voted deathcore bands like BMTH are posers who don't know real metal
Have you already heard "Slave Shall Serve"? "He Who Breeds Pestilence" maybe? No? Then go and check most heavy band in existence. Sure - there is more mainstream stuff like "Cannibal Corpse" or more 8th empty string 0-0-0-0-0 like "Meshuggah", but this one is true hell, and in artistic way also.
It's Behemoth enough said...V 27 Comments
Music in general is very subjective. It is all about the person listening the song etc. But briefly to the point: Metallica, within their time as categorized as "heavy metal" the band made their Black/Metallica album. It is, and still is very, very heavy, to the sound, feel and how it is performed.
Yes, it was produced very well. It has many good songs, even so good that they could be thought to be made as simply in purpose of making money... or just to make sure that future kids have some tunes to play to their chicks.
Sad But True is a good example of very heavy song as musically. There are much, faster, slower, deeper, lover - what so ever bands/songs there. I would love to challenge Dimmu Borgir, Cradle of Filth and Moonspell to make a cover song of Ozzy's Mr. Crowley... Oh wait... They are "heavier", why shouldn't/couldn't they make cover of Enter Sandman? - They could, but they don't want to?
In the end, we can go back in the history towards the great classical ...more
Their first 4 albums are kinda heavy, but they don't belong anywhere near the top 10. The people that think Metallica is the heaviest must not listen to a lot of metal. Bands like Cattle Decapitation, Pig Destroyer, Abominable Putridity, Cannibal Corpse, Napalm Death, Dying Fetus, Behemoth, Ingested, and Deicide are 1000x heavier than Metallica. If you think they should be #1, listen to bands that belong to the following genres: Grindcore, Deathgrind, Death Metal, Slam Death Metal, Black Metal, or anything associated with those genres. They aren't even the heaviest thrash band. Kreator, Slayer, Sodom, Ghoul, and Skeletonwitch are a lot heavier - ryanrimmel
Seriously have you even listened to for whom the bells tolls, fight fire with fire, disposable heroes, blackened, call of ktulu? How can anyone say Metallica aren't heavy, back in the 80's they where the heaviest around along with slayer. Heaviness has nothing to do with drop tuned guitars or growled vocals and Metallica are proof of that
Very HeavyV 39 Comments
This is a popularity contest. Nile is way heavier than all these other 9 bands, Cannibal Corpse deserves to be on the list, not the other 8. Dying Fetus, Misery Index, Mortician, Malevolent Creation, Suffocation, Carcass, Beheaded, Morbid Angel. All those bands should be here. Not those other bands that are mentioned. People just don't know what heavy is or they are completely uneducated when it comes heavy music
Annihilate the wicked on this page. Nile is amazing band who really understand technical death metal. Enough said and those who think a musically oblivious 8th graded is voting well I am musically smart 9th grader
Only one band in the top 10 is death metal and that's cannibal corpse lamb of god aren't death metal their heavy thrash someone just listen to kafir and then you will know what heavy means
This list is terrible Slayer is heavy but not number 1 heavy same with CC, Metallica shouldn't be in the top 10 and I can go on and on - christangrantV 8 Comments
Meshuggah is by far one of the heaviest bands today. The 8 string guitars and the quick off beat drums just add that special sound that makes you want to punch whatever is closest to you.
"Bleed" is not their heaviest. Listen to any of their other songs. Meshuggah is easily the most intense, heaviest band on this list. They are completely underrated.
Not only is Meshuggah's tone and overall vibe by far the heaviest on this list, their lyrics push the bar to a whole new level of dark poetry. There couldn't be a stronger juxtaposition between the whiny, insipid lyrics of many "core" bands splattered with unnecessary F-shots, and the rich imagery and hellishly uncanny lyricism found in Meshuggah.
Bleed is the heaviest thing I have ever heard, I agree as a whole cannibal corpse should be number 1 but I personally have never heard any song heavier than bleed so they get my vote.V 32 Comments
Heavy? Walk. Hollow.
This list is actually a measure of band popularity and public familiarity.
It is certainly not a list of heaviest.
For ultra heavy bands see:
Born Of Osiris, Electric Wizard, Bongripper, Admiral Angry, Candlemass, Gorguts, Nile, Job For A Cowboy, Dethklok, The whole genre of djent with Animals as leaders and Periphery are super heavy, also Pentagram and the Doom genre are slow and brutal.
I could go all day listing heavier bands than these classics and popular bands.
Heaviness is available in all tempos, slow and fast and mid tempo, and the techniques and sounds involved are different. I love Sabbath, Priest, Maiden, Megadeth, Metallica and Slayer, and yet also how the younger bands have pushed the envelope.
And anyone who thinks Maiden or Metallica or LoG are heavier than Slayer listen to Reign In Blood, Seasons in the Abyss, God hates us all, and Crionics personally is better than fight fire with fire.
Yeah, pantera is heavier then lamb of god and slayer and why is metallica on this list - tonses
Although the list is messed up, pantera would definitely be the heaviest of the bands mentioned in the top 10. Listen to 5 minutes alone, god that song is heavy! One of the heaviest riffs ever made in the history of metal, no song I have heard can match up to the heaviness of this song. And trust me, I listen to a lot of metal.
Groove MetalV 55 Comments
Some people don't know the definition of heavy. Were talking chunky riffs, layered raw sounds, relentless tempo, growling vocals and technicality here. not popular bands and certainly not fcking nu metal!
Sad to see that so many people are on this list pretending to be metal heads. Real metal heads know good and well that there are heavier bands then Slayer... and for those who voted for Cannibal Corpse and Death, you know how much heavier they are... good on you! - ThatoneMetalhead
Listen to "Denial Of Life","Leprosy",feel the heaviness. - GREYBOYY
They set the standard for heavy at the same time Metallica was thrashing just because they're not as big doesn't mean they aren't infinitely more brutal
Just like Death. Being Death metal they out-heavy most other metal bands.V 12 Comments
Makes Metallica look like One Direction.
Honestly, when people think that Slipknot is heavier than Cattle Decapitation, they do not deserve to be called metalheads. This band has it all. Lyrics with an actual meaning (not just melodramatic, pseudo-angry nonsense), mean riffs, insane drumming, and by far the most diverse vocalist in all of modern metal.
Honestly they should be number 1
Makes Infant Annihilator look like Britney Spears.V 5 Comments
Big maiden fan but honestly 6th lets look at it this way
Countdown to extinction vs walk
Rust in peace vs now you've got something to dy for
Hanger 18 vs hallowed be thy name
S for destruction vs raining blood
Holy wars vs master of puppets
No competition who's heavier
Metallica's heavy? Heavier than Megadeth and Lamb of God and Slayer? Ha Ha. Really, there should be some sense among people. Come on.
Megadeth, along with slayer, are very heavy bands, listen to albums like united. Abominations, endgame, or rust in peace, those r heavy albums
Should be number one!V 17 Comments
If someone is calling Metallica a heavy metal band then its sure you haven't listen to true death metals.
Come on I like Metallica too but it's a list of heavy metal so you shouldn't consider Metallica in the list at all. Where are the Thrash metals, death metals, black metals!
This is the list of "Heaviest" metal bands. That means the list should be based solely off who has the most intense sound. All bands on this list play great music, but Lamb of God has the heaviest sound, without a doubt.
I love Black Sabbath. With that said, no other band besides Meshuggah should be on this list with Lamb of God. The first Slipknot album was decent, Metallica isn't half bad, and I do enjoy Pantera. Cannibal Corpse is a total joke, so there's that. The rest, I can totally do without. Especially on a "Heaviest Bands" list. Seriously, what.
The hilarious thing about this list is that the bands that dominate the top are all THRASH metal. Death metal is heavier than thrash in pretty much every way!V 24 Comments
Heavier than any band on this list.
Laugh out loud 3 words: torn from the womb
Pinned down and fisted. You don't even have to listen to them to know that they are heavy
Slayer is number one
I think slayer is probably better in most ways but this is heaviness - Ethansics
Powerful drums, speed, low tuning, brutal vocals. Dying Fetus is the definition of heavy. This should be number one on the list without a doubt. - Azerix
It seems that people have voted to their favorite bands instead of Heavy ones, compare Black Sabbath with Electric Wizard, which one is heavier? Of course Electric Wizard, Black Sabbath=not heavy at all, not every Heavy Metal band is "Heavy", know the difference. - GREYBOYY
If you think the almighty Sabbath is go heavy, hear me out. See, there is a song by Black Sabbath that is called Black Sabbath on the album Black Sabbath. Now, this song's riff uses the diminished 5th, also known as the augmented 4th. Now, this interval sounds so evil that in medieval times, it was forbidden for it was believed do summon the Devil himself. The lyrical content describes Satan and the end of the world. Sure, metal can get faster, lower, and louder, but it sure as hell doesn't get HEAVIER.
Heavier is categorized by being lower and louder. While speed doesn't really matter, almost EVERY METAL BAND at this point is heavier than Black Sabbath. Bands are never like "Oh no, we can never be heavier than Black Sabbath! " Granted, while their first album is relatively heavy, the Slayer fans have more knowledge of metal than whoever voted for Black Sabbath. - ThatoneMetalhead
Really Avenged before "Sabbath and The Priest"? What the hell is wrong with you people?
If it wasn't for Black Sabbath there wouldn't be any Heavy Metal at all.V 26 Comments
I kid you not...these guys should be in the top ten...like seriously why are bands like slipknot, iron maiden and Metallica high up on this list? No hate to them but this list is for the HEAVIEST bands. "Isolation" by separatist is one of their songs that prove they are worth being put at a higher rank on this list. - Vortexeo
True my metal brother stay rocking
This list is a joke. Cannibal Corpse is the only heavy band at top ten. Check the remix that I made of this and you will see the real heaviest metal bands... - SamTheDestroyer
Very technical, fast and heavy death/groove metal band. If you think Cannibal Corpse is either too gruesome for you or your a Meshuggah and Slipknot fan you'll easily get into these guys. System of a Down is hard rock and CoF is mall core. What's next, Bathory being heaviest on this list? I hope not.
GOD DAMN. Decapitated is heavy as all hell. Just check out Winds Of Creation.
WE ARE TALKING HEAVY! IRON MAIDEN IS MELODIC AND NOT HEAVY! You people (except for who put on the top 4) Are idiots. This is a problem.
So melodic bands can't be heavy? I guess Black Dahlia Murder and Amon Amarth aren't heavy then... - ThatStrangeKid42
Iron Maiden? Heavy? Seriously? This band is awesome but when it comes to heaviness Iron Maiden has no place even in the top 30! - GREYBOYY
Yes, I have head Fear Of The Dark and saw no heaviness, and you know nothing about heaviness. - GREYBOYY
If we're going by heaviness then I would put Iron Maiden in the hard rock category as opposed to the heavy metal category
This list is about the heaviest bands and not about the best and Iron Maiden aren't heavy enough, let alone to be at #9 - Metal_TreasureV 29 Comments
Just like Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath and Metallica. Motorhead doesn't belong anywhere near the top 20 in regards to heaviness
Lemmy would SMITE these emo-metal bands down with sheer power of his bass playing hand, and yet alone melt their souls with his voice.
Q: Who would win in a wrestling match, Lemmy? Or God?
A: Trick question, Lemmy IS God!
I'm confused when classic metal bands like Motorhead are below 10. Motorhead are a brilliant band!
LOL LOL LOL - Metal_TreasureV 2 Comments
Consumed by death and scorned are amazingly brutal! m/ - Vortexeo
Their album "None So Vile" is probably the heaviest death metal album ever
LOL, Cryptopsy at #26, and Black Sabbath at #13, LOL, LOL, LOL - Metal_Treasure
Why is Slipknot at the number
Nine spot? Slayer does not deserve the top spot on this list. I mean, they are heavy, but just, really, they are a repeat of bands that came before them with Satanic album names and stuff. That does not make a band heavy. Just loud.
But People= Sh*t is much louder than Hell Awaits. And heavier, also with better vocals. Slipknot's music actually has a meaning, unlike Slayer's senseless Satanism inspired singing. That is pointless, and, if a song has no meaning, it cannot be heavy. Heaviness is the result of lyrics and music that has a dark meaning. Slayer has no meaning, and, is just noise. To qualify as heavy, you ave to have a brutal MEANING, not just sound effects without a meaning. Slayer has no purpose, and therefore, is without meaning. Meaning is the key to heaviness, because heaviness is not just loudness, Slayer has no heaviness. IF heaviness was merely loudness, Slipknot would (still) be heavier because it is also usually louder.
Listen to Surfacing, Eyeless, (Sic), Purity, Pulse of the Maggots, Three Nil, AOV, Skeptic, Lech, and every song on the Iowa album. Try to tell me they are not heavy then!
I love slipknot and when I get older I will show my children this band. When I first heard of slipknot I was already addicted to it... I found after slipknot, betraying the martyrs and I love them too. Then after them I found dead by April... Their music sounds a little like dubstep n the beginning and I love them. The first song I heard by slipknot-psychosocial
Betraying the martyrs- let it go
Dead by april-beautiful nightmare
Also I like black veil brides and the first song I heard by them was in the end... Mine and my girlfriends song by them is rebel love song but ita not really metal
Cannibal Corpse is definitely number one. There s no denying that. And nile, morbid angel, behemoth, Meshuggah and mayhem come after that. BUT then comes slipknot. Their first album I'd say is a 7/10 in terms of heaviness BUT Iowa...oh Iowa... that's a different story. It's a 10/10 in terms of heaviness. That on it's own is reason enough for slipknot to be in the TØP 10.V 63 Comments
Hey man this year, the music. The first day, but the most part. The best
Suprised that I actually know these guys, they are black metal, which I guess is heavy. I don't really see why they are different from other black metal bands though
This list seems to be a popularity contest.
They're just pure chaosV 2 Comments
OK, I am a big a7x fan, but seriously, what are they doing above pantera? Only 5 songs from Nightmare were heavy.
Are you kidding me? Avenged Sevenfold shouldn't be on this list. They are an okay band but they are nowhere near heavy. The only reason this is on there is all the A7X fangirls voting for this thinking its heavy. You want heavy? Check out Slayer and Carach Angren - SirSkeletorThe3rd
Come on guys, Avenged Sevenfold isn't the heaviest on the list. I know that. But they're heavier than several people above them like Maiden. Just listen to God Hates Us, The Art Of Subconcious Illusion, I Won't See You Tonight Part 2, Requiem, Critical Acclaim,etc. Just take a listen. Yes they do lots of slow/ melodic songs, but they do several heavy songs that people are unaware of!
Lol. - AdamDestructorJr.V 18 Comments
This band is so heavy. Mixed with Deathcore and Doom Metal. - Mumbizz01
By far the heaviest band of all time.
Their slow and doom-core like style makes them heavy and brutal.
Wall of doom noise.V 1 Comment
Rob Halford is Metal God. Priest, Purple and Sabbath started it all. Priest metalized Joan Baez and Fleetwood Mac songs for crying out loud. Beyond The Realms Of Death, hello. Priest had horrible record producers in their early albums, yes I said albums but were an amazing live act. Bringing a Harley Davidson on stage? There would have been NO Slayer or Metallica or Pantera without Halford. The fact that Megadeath is even on this list is laughable.
Let's face it Judas Priest started it all when it comes to metal. Many say it was Ozzy and Black Sabbath who started metal when in reality the Priest is the inspiration for all metal genres. Their loud sheiks and heavy riffs inspired those bands from death metal all the way to nu metal. If there was no Judas Priest THERE WOULD BE NO HEAVY METAL!
If we're going by heaviness then Judas Priest should be nowhere near the top 20!
The heaviest classic metal band, but not the heaviest metal band.V 11 Comments
These guys were heavy straight out of high school, they are one of the more unique metal bands out there, that don't sound exactly the same as other heavy bands
Heavier the most the bands on the list not better but heavier
Whats with all the bad 80s metal bands on here how is Metallica heavier than slipkn ot? r ings of saturn is hella heavier than Metallica how is it 19th lol how is slayer heavier than cannibal corpse
HELL YEAH!V 1 Comment
This appears to be a popularity contest, rather than what is really "heaviest". Love slayer, slipknot... Etc but nothing can compare to SYL (except maybe meshuggah) for heaviness. - andrewtuckey
Devin is a genius
Devin's STRAPPING YOUNG LAD a bloody heavy band when they were around, with LOVE being a contender for the heaviest song title
So heavy that they make Slayer jealous.V 9 Comments
One word "Dopethrone". It really can't get any heavier than that! I really believe (in my opinion) that Avenge sevenfold is a joke band. Its hard for me to grasp a lot of these new bands that semi learn to play an instrument and change their name to something stupid that they feel sounds evil. Synyster HAHA! Joke
Yeah, this is just a popularity contest. This is definitely the heaviest band I've ever heard. Maybe not the best band in all categories, but in terms of heaviness Electric Wizard should be at least in the top 5.
How the hell is this band not even on the list, they are the heaviest band of all time, maybe not the best, but they are heavy as hell. Metallica is not very heavy, Slipknot isn't heavy, and Iron maiden isn't heavy. I like all those bands more than EW, but EW is the heaviest band of all time
Shouldn't even be a contest, heaviest band in one of the heaviest genres. Pretty much all above should just sit down.V 18 Comments
More mainstream than I guess some folks like, but System can be very heavy. With songs like Attack, Needles, Sugar, Jet Pilot, Science... come on guys. Don't let your mainstream hate cloud your judgement. System of a Down can kick some serious ass.
Um... Disturbed over System? Maybe you should listen to their earlier stuff like Sugar or Spiders and compare that to Down with the Sickness or Stupify.
By the way, Testament should be higher in my opinion. And Dio.
What the hell is this? System of a down is one of the amazing bands which must be in top 15. Vocals by serji, malakian were amazing. These are awesome, you should listen to System of a Down in lifetime. System of a Down is forever
Best bandV 7 Comments
You haven't heard heavy until you heard of these guys. - cjWriter1997
No this band is for little girls, not very heavy at all
Super heavy and super horrible. The heaviness is all over the place, it's annoying - 445956
You guys are dumb... suicide silence is not only lyrics the heaviest but hands down the best
They're overrated to be honest. So much better metal even within deathcore. The cleansing and a few other albums were alright but they feel generic and boring. - Azerix
Suicide silence=awesomenessV 5 Comments
Francesco Paoli: the best athlete in the world, and very possibly the best drummer in the world. The guy can blastbeat for five minutes straight, double kicking the whole time, and still make room for some of the most badass fills you could ever hear. And the best part: he does every bit of it at speeds that would scare Slayer off. And for those of you skeptics who would call him a studio creation, he sounds the exact same live as he does on the band's recordings. - AngryByrdV 1 Comment
People seem to be just voting for their favorite bands instead of who the think is heaviest, cause a lot of good heavy metal bands aren't really all that "heavy" no matter how good they are.
Destroyer Of The Universe is the heaviest song ever
The entirety of their work is just the definition of heavy. I'm not even really a fan, and I love heavy music, but even this band was too heavy for me. - Dorito
Again, another band that does not belong on the Top 50 in regards to heaviness
They should be in a much higher rate since they're part of the big 4
Anthrax killed at the battle for san bernadino. how the hell is rage against the machine before anthrax. -antisocial-
Carcass are completely underrated as a band that played a bunch of different styles of metal and who's musicians played even more styles when they played in their other projects. This band rocks so hard when they play together. I love Carcass
Early carcass blows all away for pure aggressive heaviness & sound
There fast but I still hate them
Pure armageddon is the heaviest and most evil, dark thing I have ever listened to. Combine that with the crazy history, and you get the heaviest band in existence
Their heavy riffs, combined with insane drums and crazy history makes them the heaviest band on earth
Listen to pure armageddon and tell me slayer is heavier..
Wait... mayhem below SOTD? - AnanyaV 2 Comments
Singer guy is a douche, band is killer live
I think no one of you guys didn't listen to devourment
If you did
U must vote for this groupe
The heaviest band everrr
As a testament to how obviously stupid this is, they put periphery in the heaviest bands list. lets vote Linkin Park to number 1 just to match the total lunacy of this list.
Periphery is a great and very heavy band. I think they should be Higher on this list, maybe not in the top 10 because they are also very melodic. Still, the play better than almost everybody else on the list. Their drummer plays SICK stuff.
What. no. are we being serious here, or is this all just made to troll actual metalheads? And as far as top 10 goes if periphery was in there we might as well have Linkin Park at #1 as a testament to how bull this is
I love them to death, but the only heavy stuff they do are the djenty breakdown stuff and screams.
How is A7X and Linkin Park on this list?!
Love these guys, talented, very high energy, melodic, and HEAVY. If you listen to "Hate Crew Deathroll" three or four times per week, you will be in top cardiovascular condition.
Children of bodom 19th seriously!
This band should be in top 5 because people we are talking about death metal, black metal, gothic metal etc... ,
And this is where you expect COB to dominate many of their songs are even better than those of iron maiden!
Sixpounder is the heaviest songV 1 Comment
This band definitely is not heavier than slayer or iron maiden (sarcasm)
Like it or not, I think Tool has some of the heaviest sections in a few of their songs I've ever heard. I'm talking just straight up, sonic heaviness. Not like a lot of the thrash bands that are being touted as the heaviest when it's really just a wall of almost indistinguishable sound.
Dany Carey is probably the most talented drummer out there with his complicated polyrytnms and weird time signatures. I would submit songs like Hooker With a Penis and Crawl Away for some blistering double bass while others like Lateralus, Eulogy and 46 & 2 have some of the heaviest sections in a song I've heard. HEAVY, not speed, death or thrash. There's a significant distinction in my opinion.
Like it or not, I think Tool has some of the heaviest music I've heard. HEAVY, not speed, death or thrash. Danny Carey is one of the best drummers out there with his complicated polyrytnms and weird time signatures.
I would submit songs like Hooker With a Penis and Crawl Away for some blistering double bass, and songs Lateralus, Eulogy and 46 & 2 for just straight up, smash your face heavy.
I don't consider speed, thrash or death so much heavy as it is just fast and sometimes a completely indistinguishable wall of sound.
Tool is mad heavy the heaviest prog by far top 20 maybe
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