Top Ten Heaviest Metal Bands

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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

1 Slayer Slayer ...read more.

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!

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Super heavy
Laceration of your throat may occur while listening
Awesome riffs
You're gonna explode if exposed to their music
Extremely dark,morbid,and evil
Really is the king of all music

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2 Cannibal Corpse Cannibal Corpse Cannibal Corpse is a American death metal band from Buffalo, New York, formed in 1988 . The band is known for their graphic album covers, explicitly violent lyrics and song titles like "I C** Blood" The group got into mainstream after performing the song "Hammer Smashed Face" in the 1994 film Ace Ventura: ...read more.

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

In my opinion cannibal Corpse is The heaviest ever

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3 Metallica 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". ...read more.

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

Can't beat them

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4 Pantera Pantera Pantera was a Heavy Metal band formed in 1981 by guitarist Dimebag Darrell and drummer Vinnie Paul. The group got into mainstream after changing from Glam Metal to Groove Metal. The band's most successful album is "Vulgar Display of Power". As the pioneers of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal, They ...read more.

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.

Slayer and Metallica before Pantera? Ever listened to Primal Concrete Sledge or the Great Southern Trendkill?

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5 Behemoth Behemoth Behemoth is a Polish blackened death metal band from Gdańsk, formed in 1991. They are considered to have played an important role in establishing the Polish extreme metal underground.

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.

They're the heaviest pop punk band today...

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6 Nile Nile Nile is an American technical death metal band from Greenville, South Carolina, United States, formed in 1993. Their music and lyrics are inspired by Ancient Egyptian/Near Eastern mysticism, history, religion, and ancient art, as well as the works of H.P. Lovecraft.

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

Definitely heavier then all the other bands on here altho there are MANY heavier bands PATHOLOGY SHOULD BE NUMBER 1 though

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7 Lamb Of God Lamb Of God Lamb of God is an American heavy metal band from Richmond, Virginia. Formed in 1994, the group consists of vocalist Randy Blythe, guitarists Mark Morton and Willie Adler, bassist John Campbell, and drummer Chris Adler.

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.

HALF OF THE PEOPLE VOTING FOR THESE LISTS HAVE NEVER EVEN HEARD DEATH, HEAVY METAL.i love METALLICA and its one of my favorite bands but come on songs like nothing else matters and fade to black aren't HEAVY. NOW LETS TALK ABOUT LAMB OF GOD...

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8 Meshuggah Meshuggah Meshuggah is a Swedish progressive metal band from Umeå, formed in 1987. They are credited with crafting the Djent subgenre. Meshuggah's line-up consists of founding members vocalist Jens Kidman and lead guitarist Fredrik Thordendal, drummer Tomas Haake, who joined in 1990, rhythm guitarist Mårten ...read more.

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.

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 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.

Of course meshuggah is way more heavy than slayer...

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9 Iron Maiden Iron Maiden Iron Maiden are an English heavy metal band formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. They were known for some big hits such as The Trooper, and The Number of the Beast, and have released 16 studio albums . The New Wave of British Heavy Metal Pioneers would ...read more.

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.

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

Iron Maiden is good, but they are not even as heavy as Dragonforce. Dragonforce is considered pretty light for metal.

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10 Death Death Death 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.

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

How is Megadeth, Maiden, Sabbath, Slipknot and Metallica heavier than Death? , - ViitalShadow

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The Newcomers

? Infernal War Infernal War Infernal War is a Polish black metal band formed in Częstochowa in 1997. The band is known for their extreme anti-christian and WWII lyrics, leading them to be mislabeled as a NSBM band. Critics describe the band as "brutal black metal."
? Agoraphobic Nosebleed Agoraphobic Nosebleed Agoraphobic Nosebleed is a grindcore band formed in 1994 in Springfield, Massachusetts, United States.

The Contenders

11 Megadeth Megadeth Megadeth is an American thrash metal band from Los Angeles, California. The group was formed in 1983 by guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson, shortly after Mustaine's dismissal from Metallica. They have released 15 studio albums, and their biggest hits are Symphony of Destruction, Holy ...read more.

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

This band is just as heavy as Metallica... Metallica is not that heavy compared to any death metal, black metal, or doom metal band. Especially funeral doom metal bands. - ThatoneMetalhead

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12 Decapitated Decapitated Decapitated is a Polish technical death metal band formed in Krosno in 1996. The group comprises guitarist, founder and composer Wacław "Vogg" Kiełtyka, vocalist Rafał Piotrowski, bassist Paweł Pasek, and drummer Michał Łysejko.

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.

13 Slipknot Slipknot Slipknot is a Nu Metal band formed in 1995 from Iowa . The band released their first album in 1999 and was well received by critics and fans. The group gained success after the release of their second studio album, "Iowa". ...read more.

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

Slipknot is way more of a metal band than Metallica. Metallica sucks same with lamb of god. They used to be good, but now it's a different story.

Also Marilyn Manson. He does have great songs, but now he has completely gone off the deep end of things.

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14 Separatist

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

15 Infant Annihilator

Heavier than any band on this list.

Pinned down and fisted. You don't even have to listen to them to know that they are heavy

Laugh out loud 3 words: torn from the womb

Apparently deep purple is heavier.

I mean, DP are pretty brutal though.

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16 Anaal Nathrakh

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.

One of my favorite bands

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17 Cattle Decapitation Cattle Decapitation Cattle Decapitation is an American Deathgrind band from San Diego, California formed in 1996. Cattle Decapitation's songs protest the mistreatment and consumption of animals, the abuse of the environment and touch subjects such as misanthropy and genocide of the human race. Much of their music is based ...read more.

Makes Metallica look like One Direction.

Honestly they should be number 1

Top ten ten grinding death metal. Vox make it.

I would have to say, Slayer is pretty damn heavy (and my favourite metal band ever) but they would have to be the 2nd heaviest under Cattle Decap. Man, this band is brutal! - Oliwally

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18 Motorhead 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 ...read more.

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!

Got to be in the top 10 come on!

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20 Black Sabbath Black Sabbath Black Sabbath are a Heavy Metal band formed in Birmingham, England in 1968 by guitarist and songwriter Tony Iommi, Singer Ozzy Osbourne, Bassist and Main Lyricist Geezer Butler and Drummer Bill Ward . The band got into mainstream after improving after their debut album got negative feedback . In 1978, ...read more.

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.

Really Avenged before "Sabbath and The Priest"? What the hell is wrong with you people?

Really guys? Ok don't get me wrong sabbath are my favorite band (next to maiden and slayer) but they aren't heavy! They may have created metal, but if you take a song just as heavy as, say, iron man, and have a modern band play it today it would be considered hard rock!

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