Top Ten Lightest Heavy Metal Bands

Songsta41
Of all the bands in the world considered metal, which of them would you consider to be the least heavy or intense?

The Top Ten

1 Dream Theater Dream Theater Dream Theater is an American progressive metal band. The band was formed in 1985 under the name of "Majesty", but had to change its name to Dream Theater later. ...read more.

For me they have always been a prog rock band with some heavier metall-ish songs. Their 2016 album, The Astonishing, is very good - they are perfectionists. But the music of this album sounds like a Christmas album by Trans-Siberian Orchestra, for the most part. To my ear, it's not a metal album. - Metal_Treasure

Of course they have their heavy music and metallic feel, but I put DT an number two for two reasons: (1) They also make a lot of light music (i.e. hollow years, wither, another day, etc.) and (2) the singer's voice (James LaBrie) is very light, almost to a point at which he could be a pop singer. - Songsta41

2 Ghost Ghost Ghost is a Swedish heavy metal band that was formed in Linköping in 2008. Ghost consists of 5 masked instrumentalists, known as The Nameless Ghouls, and a demonic anti-pope known as Papa Emeritus. They have released 3 studio albums and 2 EPs . Each album brings in a new version of Papa Emeritus. Ghost ...read more. V 1 Comment
3 Ayreon

I honestly don't even know why he is considered metal. I've listened to his first to albums, and they definitely are more prog rock than metal. Actual Fantasy is reminiscent of Pink Floyd. - Songsta41

I agree - more prog rock than metal. - Metal_Treasure

4 Andromeda Andromeda

Relatively unknown prog metal band, but they are certainly one of the less intense ones. - Songsta41

5 Guilt Machine
6 Sonata Arctica Sonata Arctica Sonata Arctica is a Finnish power metal band from the town of Kemi, Finland. Created as a hard rock band named Tricky Beans, they later changed to Tricky Means and finally to Sonata Arctica, when they shifted to power metal.
7 Within Temptation Within Temptation Within Temptation is a Dutch symphonic metal band founded in April 1996 by vocalist Sharon den Adel and guitarist Robert Westerholt.
8 Eight Bells
9 Amaranthe Amaranthe Amaranthe is a Swedish heavy metal band notable for having three lead vocalists: Elize Ryd, Jake E. Lundberg, and Henrik Englund Wilhemsson, each presenting a different vocal style. Their second album, The Nexus, reached 6th on Swedish charts, 4th on Finnish charts, and reached a peak of 12th on the ...read more.
10 Deep Purple Deep Purple Deep Purple are an English rock band formed in Hertford in 1968. They are considered to be among the pioneers of heavy metal and modern hard rock, although their musical approach changed over the years. Originally formed as a progressive rock band, the band shifted to a heavier sound in 1970. Deep Purple, ...read more.

Their stuff was very heavy for the early 70s (Burn, Hard Lovin' Man, Mistreated, Black Night, Stormbringer). But currently we have death metal and compared to it, the mentioned Deep Purple songs aren't heavy. - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 Volbeat Volbeat Volbeat are a Danish metal band which was formed in Copenhagen. They play a fusion of rock and roll, heavy metal and rockabilly.
12 Stratovarius Stratovarius Stratovarius is a Finnish power metal band that formed in 1984. Since their formation, they have released 16 studio albums, 4 DVD and 3 live albums.
13 Symphony X Symphony X Symphony X is an American progressive metal band from Middletown, New Jersey. Founded in 1994, the band consists of guitarist Michael Romeo, keyboardist Michael Pinnella, drummer Jason Rullo, lead vocalist Russell Allen and bassist Michael Lepond.

I disagree a little bit here - they aren't very soft and there are many other bands that are softer than Symphony X. - Metal_Treasure

14 Queensryche Queensryche Queensrÿche is an American heavy metal band formed in 1982 in Bellevue, Washington, out of the local band the Mob.
15 Skillet Skillet Skillet is an American Christian rock band formed in Memphis, Tennessee in 1996 and based in the United States.
16 Beyond the Black Beyond the Black Beyond the Black is a German symphonic metal band from Mannheim originally consisting of Jennifer Haben (vocals), Nils Lesser (guitar), Christopher Hummels (guitar, vocals), Tobias Derer (drums), Erwin Schmidt (bass) and Michael Hauser (keyboard). As of August 2016, the members parted ways, with Haben ...read more.

A great Symphonic Metal band, yet very melodious and focusing more on creating atmosphere than heaviness. Sometimes they interpolate musical elements typically associated with Middle Ages. A bit like Within Temptation in their "Mother Earth" and "The Silent Force" era (though I have to say that BTB's two albums are both at a 4 star level for me, WT are one of my Top 5 music artists). - Martin_Canine

17 Nightwish Nightwish Nightwish is a symphonic metal band from Kitee, Finland. The band was formed in 1996 by lead songwriter and keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen, guitarist Emppu Vuorinen, and lead singer Tarja Turunen.
18 Helloween Helloween Helloween is a German power metal band founded in 1984 in Hamburg, Northern Germany. The band is a pioneering force in the power metal genre, and their second and third studio albums, Keeper of the Seven Keys: Part I and Part II, are considered masterpieces of the genre.
19 Blind Guardian Blind Guardian Blind Guardian is a German power metal band formed in the mid-1980s in West Germany. They are often credited as one of the seminal and most influential bands in the power metal and speed metal subgenres. Heavily influenced by Queen, they use the technique of overdubbing. They also incorporate large ...read more.
20 Iced Earth Iced Earth Iced Earth is an American heavy metal band from Tampa, Florida. It was formed in 1985 under the name Purgatory by guitarist and main songwriter Jon Schaffer and original drummer Greg Seymour.
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