Most Influential Extreme Metal Bands

ryanrimmel
Extreme Metal an umbrella term that covers a number of Metal's heaviest subgenres, including Thrash Metal, Death Metal, Black Metal, and Grindcore. Vote for the ones who raised the bar, brought new stuff to the table, and influenced bands forever.

The Top Ten

1 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.

Death created this new form of Metal in Florida, and within a few years, some of Death metal's biggest names came from Florida. Deicide, Morbid Angel, Obituary, and Atheist came up, and Cannibal Corpse from New York came to Florida to record. Every Death Metal band owes a debt to Chuck and Death. - ryanrimmel

2 Venom Venom Venom 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.

'Welcome to Hell' was the first true extreme album. Their first 2 albums alone created the fast, abrasive style of thrash, coined the term 'black metal' and started the satanic image and lyrical theme of most black metal, and it had a prototypical guttaral vocal style. They created thrash and part of black metal directly. - ryanrimmel

Invented what now in known as extreme metal

Without a doubt, it's Venom. - Metal_Treasure

3 Celtic Frost Celtic Frost Celtic Frost was a Swiss extreme metal band from Zürich. They are known for their heavy influence on extreme metal genres.

Celtic Frost was formed after the members' original band, Hellhammer was not well received. Like Venom, they pioneered Extreme Metal, with elements of thrash, Death, and black metal which influenced bands forever. - ryanrimmel

4 Napalm Death Napalm Death Napalm 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 the early British Grindcore scene. Although Grindcore is likely the most hated subgenre, Napalm Death was well received, placing in the charts above bands such Sonic Youth and The Pixies. Napalm Death not only spawned grindcore, but they brought us the blastbeat. A drumming technique used in all forms of extreme metal. - ryanrimmel

5 Mayhem Mayhem Mayhem is a Norwegian black metal band formed in 1984 in Oslo, regarded as one of the pioneers of the Norwegian black metal scene.

Mayhem spawned the most notorious scene in Metal history: Norwegian Black Metal. After Mayhem started, bands like Satyricon, Darkthrone, Burzum, Emperor, Immortal, Gorgoroth, etc. They were so controversial along with some other bands, they became internationally known, and helped spawn black metal as we know it. - ryanrimmel

6 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.

They are the band that spread Death Metal everywhere. They became the most popular and notorious band in the genre. Also, politicians brought them attention in order to shame them, which spread Death Metal further, making it more popular. The band even gained Jim Carrey's attention, and they were featured in Ace Ventura, which spread Death Metal everywhere. - ryanrimmel

7 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.

Although Thrash Metal was around thanks to Venom, Queen, and Overkill. Metallica, along with Exodus, started the Bay Area Thrash Metal scene. As Metallica gained lots of popularity, bands like Megadeath, Slayer, and Testament came along, as well as the East Coast Thrash bands like Anthrax and Nuclear Assault. Although they have since Abandoned their thrash roots, they have undoubtedly changed Metal forever. - ryanrimmel

That's a great unbiased comment - it sticks to the facts, I.E. the truth. Metallica are neither overrated nor underrated in this comment. Love it. - Metal_Treasure

8 Bathory Bathory Bathory 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.

The influential Swedish First Wave Black Metal band. Quorthon took Cronos' vocals and ramped them up. He created the gutteral, shrieking black metal vocals that were used in Norway years later. Of all First Wave Black Metal bands, Bathory sounds the most like a Norwegian band. Their 5th album, Hammerheart created Viking Metal, a popular Folk.Metal subgenre. They heavily influenced 2 subgenres, Black and Viking Metal. - ryanrimmel

9 At The Gates At The Gates At the Gates is a Swedish melodic death metal band from Gothenburg, and a major progenitor of the Gothenburg sound

At The Gates were a part of the Swedish Death Metal movement in the 90s. Their last album, Slaughter of the Soul, added elements of Traditional Heavy Metal. This spawned the very popular Melodic Death Metal genre. Bands like Children of Bodom, Amon Amarth, Dark Tranquillity, In Flames, Arch Enemy, and Insomnium are all here because At The Gates started this new style. Easily one of the most underappreciated bands. - ryanrimmel

10 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 was the first really heavy Progressive Metal band. Prog Metal was usually associated with clean vocals, like Queensrÿche, Dream Theater, Fates Warning, etc. They were extremely heavy whilst maintaining great prog musicianship. Their guitar style involved down tuned, palm muted guitar. A style dubbed 'Djent'. Bands like Animals as Leaders and Periphery owe a debt to Meshuggah. - ryanrimmel

The Contenders

11 Slayer Slayer ...read more.
12 Possessed Possessed Possessed 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.
13 Dissection Dissection Dissection was a Swedish extreme metal band. They formed in 1989 by Jon Nödtveidt and later disbanded in 2006, followed by Nödtveidt's suicide. Their sound is usually described as "melodic blackened death metal".
14 Mercyful Fate Mercyful Fate Mercyful Fate was a Danish heavy metal band from Copenhagen, formed in 1981 by vocalist King Diamond and guitarist Hank Shermann.
15 Carcass Carcass Carcass 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.

Well they started off by releasing 2 very aggressive albums, Reek of Putrefaction and Symphonies of Sickness. These albums helped pioneer the Grindcore genre along with Napalm Death. The gorey lyrics and grotesque covers from these albums helped spawn a microgenre known as Goregrind. They switched to a pure Death Metal sound later on, and eventually released "Heartwork". Heartwork is an early Melodic Death Metal album, and was very influential to future Melodeath bands everywhere. Since, Carcass has been playing Melodeath, and established themselves as one of the most influential bands in Grindcore and Death Metal - ryanrimmel

They're brilliant at whatever style of music they play. They have a very solid catalogue, I'm not into Grindcore, but they have great ones such as Necroticism, Heartwork and Surgical Steel. Highly influential within the Grindcore realm along with Napalm Death, and within the Melodeath realm along with Swedish bands like At the Gates

Highly influential, being considered pioneers of "Grindcore" and "Melodic Death Metal" or whatever. They are a fantastic band, and Necrotisicm is an amazing album

16 Fear Factory Fear Factory Fear Factory is an American heavy metal band that was formed in 1989. During the band's career, it has released nine full-length albums and has evolved through a succession of styles, including industrial metal, death metal, groove metal, and thrash metal.
17 Dark Tranquillity Dark Tranquillity Dark Tranquillity is a Swedish melodic death metal band from Gothenburg. They are one of the longest-standing bands from the original Gothenburg metal scene.
BAdd New Item

Recommended Lists

Related Lists

Most Influential Thrash Metal Bands Top 10 Most Influential Metal Bands Most Influential Traditional Heavy Metal Bands Most Influential Death Metal Bands Best Extreme Metal Bands of All Time

List StatsUpdated 23 Jun 2017

17 listings
1 year, 248 days old

Top Remixes (4)

1. Venom
2. Death
3. Celtic Frost
ryanrimmel
1. Metallica
2. Venom
3. At The Gates
htoutlaws2012
1. Bathory
2. Mayhem
3. Metallica
05yusuf09

WRemix
View All 4

Posts

Add Post

Error Reporting

See a factual error in these listings? Report it here.
P