Best Live Metal Bands

The Top Ten Best Live Metal Bands

1 Iron Maiden Iron Maiden are an English Heavy Metal / Hard Rock band formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. The most critically acclaimed period for the band was from 1983-1989. With vocalist Bruce Dickinson, bassist Steve Harris, lead guitarist Dave Murray, rhythm more.

These guys had an unbelievably humongous impact in Metal history without a doubt.

They’re like Black Sabbath on steroids, you know what I mean, just attitude and balls.

You people either can't afford to see them or are too busy listening to nickelback and skillet to see a real show like iron maiden.

Number of the beast played live in donington, (can be found on iTunes) is perhaps their best live song they've ever done. the original is not that good, I was never a fan of it. but this version is downright excellence.

2 Rammstein Rammstein is a German Neue Deutsche Härte and Industrial Metal band consisting of Till Lindemann (vocals), Richard Kruspe (guitar), Paul Landers (guitar), Oliver Riedel (electric bass), Christoph Schneider (drums) and Christian Lorenz (keyboard), that formed in 1994 in Berlin . more.

Rammstein, known for their amazing pyrotechnic and stage stunts like on-stage fights and Till putting the keyboardist in a huge boiling pit and cooking him with a flame thrower, like how are they not the best one on the list?

Rammstein and Iron Maiden should be higher then Avenged Sevenfold. Avenged Sevenfold is good but not as good as rammstein or iron maiden

Rammstein never disappoints. Their live performances are amazing and insane, nobody does fire the way they do!

They should be #1 because Iron Maiden does not have a better show than Rammstein and I think no one ever came close to being as mesmerising as Rammstein live.

3 Dream Theater Dream Theater is an American progressive metal band from Boston, Massachusetts. The band was formed in 1985 under the name of "Majesty", only to change its name to Dream Theater later. more.

They get me. I know all of their songs, what else can you want from your crowd if it isn't that they vibe with all of your songs and know them all

VERY technical musicians. It is Worth some respect and appreciation.

All their live performance are best

Simply the best.
Unmatched performance
Technical prowess unbeatable
Full of energy and emotions.

4 Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold is an American heavy metal band, that was formed 1999 in California. Their longest lineup of members was M. Shadows (Vocals), Synyster Gates (Lead Guitar), Zacky Vengeance (Rhythm Guitar), Johnny Christ (Bass Guitar), and The Rev (Drums). more.

Best Live Band. Have seen A7X, Slipknot, Metallica, Linnin Park, Foo Fighters, Amon Amarth, Bullet For My Valentine...

Most passionate live band I've ever seen. Best sound quality and balance of any band I've ever heard live. Pyro, effects, interaction with the crowd is absolutely priceless. I'm getting emotional just thinking about seeing them live!

Absolutely brilliant musicians, and such chemistry between the members, they really engage the crowd especially in Unholy confessions with the pits the song creates, each band member is extremely talented, even with there new drummer they still have the standard they had in the LBC performance with the rev I am really looking forward to seeing them live

Best band with best guitarist (Synyster), best vocal (Matt), and best drummers (The Rev/Sullivan)

5 Slipknot Slipknot is an American Alternative/ Nu Metal band formed in 1995 from Iowa. The band is best known as one of the pioneers of the New Wave of American Alternative Metal during the late 1990s - 2000s and are distinguishable by the band's clothing choices, consisting of black/red jumpsuits and horror more.

They were awarded for best live metal band of 2012.. And I think they deserve it.. Corey's voice is so powerful live... And the performance of the guitarists and drummers are amazing... But also LOG is kick-ass live.. Randy blythe has got one of the most powerful voices ever.. - nooreldeen

You should vote slipknot as they don't let you sleep when they are in your country.

They are just a bad ass band I can't wait to see them this year 2016 at louder then life

They should be higher than Avenged Sevenfold

6 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". more.

Best band I have ever seen live so far! Metallica still have it! - Userguy44

I saw Metallica a few days ago and they're still awesome just the fact that they're even still doing this is amazing

Metallica in the 80s were amazing.

Seattle 89 the best live concert

7 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 more.

They are really the best - their live versions are as good as their studio versions and in some cases, they even improved the original versions during live performances! Their stuff is not easy - it's complex and some songs are really fast (speed metal).
And the second aspect of their brilliance live is the communication with the crowd. Everybody sings at their shows!

youtube: Blind Guardian - Valhalla (Imaginations Through the Looking Glass)
The crowd is awesome, too, from 4:30-end. - Metal_Treasure

Better than most of their studio stuff and hansi is still ripping it!

Blind guardian live is:
A band that manages to render monster songs such as "and then there was silence" live, without losing any of the essence of the song.
Very high energy and intensity with their faster songs from their back catalogue.
Everyone in the venue singing along to every single chorus. Hansi could even take breaks from singing if he wanted. In fact, with songs such as "the last candle" or "vallhalla", he can actually take a 5 minute break as everyone hollers "vallhalla! Deliverance, why've you ever forgotten me" for 5 minutes, without tiring.
Top notch stage presence: like bards, they know how to tell a story and make people invested in those stories.

So yeah, awesome band, awesome music, awesome presence, and lots and LOTS of killer choruses.

Their live album 'Tokyo Tales' is one of the best metal live albums.
YouTube: "Blind Guardian - The Lord Of The Rings [Live Tokyo Tales]"

This is my idea of how a metal singer should sound live. - Metal_Treasure

The slow down and I sail on the river part in the Tokyo Tales version almost made me shed a tear. - PhoenixAura81

8 The Dillinger Escape Plan The Dillinger Escape Plan is an American mathcore band from Morris Plains, New Jersey. The group originated in 1997 after the disbanding of Arcane, a hardcore punk trio consisting of Ben Weinman, Dimitri Minakakis, and Chris Pennie.

It's a shame that they broke up but this band was full of energy and stage presence.

Easily the most chaotic and in my mind, that's why they deserve that top spot.

9 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.

Randy Blythe can pump up the crowds so much it is just insane. Lamb of God is the best band ever - heavymetalrocker777

Just like the albums

There awesome

10 Judas Priest Judas Priest are a British heavy metal band that formed in Birmingham, England, in 1969. They are often referred to as one of the greatest metal bands of all time, and are even commonly called “The Metal Gods”, after one of the songs on their 1980 album “British Steel”. more.

By far the best on the list

Did see maiden and priest together in Dortmund Germany.Dickinson was great but Halford was beyond belief

None better

Of all the hm concerts I've seen priest were the best,two hours of pure metal and how Rob Harford keeps up those screaming vocals from beginning to end is beyond belief,true metal gods.

The Contenders

11 Annihilator Annihilator is a Canadian thrash metal band founded in 1984 by vocalist, guitarist, bassist, songwriter, engineer, producer, mixer and mastering engineer Jeff Waters and former vocalist John Bates.

Watch them and judge by yourself, perfectly flawless!

12 Gojira Gojira is a progressive metal band from Bayonne, France. The band was known as Godzilla until 2001. Gojira is composed of Joe Duplantier on vocals and rhythm guitar, his brother Mario Duplantier on drums, Christian Andreu on lead guitar, and Jean-Michel Labadie on bass.

How is Gojira in 21st place? Go check out their live videos from Pol'And'Rock Festival 2018, or any show really...perfect live show, it's INSANE!

They are the most talented band I've ever seen live besides maybe tool and rush. They are so perfect live, any Gojira show is a must - ryanrimmel

13 Deftones Deftones are an American alternative metal band from Sacramento, California. The band, which was founded in 1988, consists of Chino Moreno, Stephen Carpenter, Frank Delgado, Abe Cunningham and Sergio Vega. They have released a total of 8 studio albums. Some of their most popular songs are Change (in more.

Don't know how is Deftones this low, I saw them in Chile, and Chino's chemistry with the crowd is amazing and the sound quality is very good though

Deftones put so much heart and soul into their live performances especially mixed with kinetic energy and Chino Moreno as their frontman.

Saw them live at Sonisphere, as much as I adore their music it was the most boring and rubbish live show I've ever seen.

14 Trivium Trivium is an American Heavy Metal band from Orlando, Florida, formed in 1999. Their frontman, Matt Heafy, lead guitarist Corey Beaulieu and Bassist Paulo Gregoletto are the band's most consistent members and have appeared in every album since. more.

They have so much energy when they play live. I've seen them live and it was one of the best experiences of my life. - MetalFoREVer1228

15 Rhapsody

Just hear the holy thunderforce live from Germany...

16 Korn Korn is an American Nu-Metal band from Bakersfield, California, formed in 1993. The band's current lineup includes founding members Jonathan Davis, James "Munky" Shaffer, Brian "Head" Welch, and Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu, with the addition of Ray Luzier, who replaced the band's original member, David more.

Who wouldn't vote Korn? It's Korn, they're at their best live most of the time, and they're still fantastic in 2018! How much better can you come?

Dude really? Its korn.

Come on guys, its Korn

Best band ever!

17 Slayer Slayer 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. more.

Slayer live was an incredible experience. I urge everyone to see them if you get the chance - ryanrimmel

Slayer has so much energy put into their live concerts

Best live band ever

Slayer don't stop...

18 Gwar Gwar, often styled as GWAR, is an American heavy metal band formed in Richmond, Virginia, United States, in 1984, composed of and operated by a frequently rotating line-up of musicians, artists and filmmakers collectively known as Slave Pit Inc.

I just missed out on a chance to see Gwar. Every concert they do, they "kill" some sort of politician or celebrity. These guys are hilarious - ryanrimmel

19 As I Lay Dying As I Lay Dying is an American metalcore band from San Diego, California. Founded in 2000 by vocalist Tim Lambesis, the establishment of the band's first full lineup, which included drummer Jordan Mancino, occurred in 2001. As I Lay Dying has released six albums, one split album, and two compilation more.

Amazing atmosphere, Tim Lambesis still today is one of the best frontmen out there

20 Killswitch Engage Killswitch Engage is an American metalcore band from Westfield, Massachusetts, formed in 1999 after the disbanding of Overcast and Aftershock.

Loved them in concert both times I've went. Adam is absolutely hilarious on stage

Hilarious dudes, and they can get everybody singing with them

insane live, so much passion and energy!

21 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.

Tony has a great voice

Best metal band ever

22 Whitechapel Whitechapel is an American deathcore band from Knoxville, Tennessee. The band is named after the Whitechapel district in East London, England, referencing the series of murders committed by Jack the Ripper.

Dragonforce? Thy can't play live. It sounds nothing like its supposed to. Linkin Park aren't even a metal band anymore. Whitechapel, however is something else. The songs sound exactly the same as they do in studio. Phil Bozeman has an awesome brutal voice that gets those mosh pits going too. - MetalFoREVer1228

I'm not a Whitechapel fan by any means. But I saw them at mayhem, and they put on a good show - ryanrimmel

Wall of never gets everywhere

23 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.

The best! Amazing!

24 Epica Epica is a Dutch symphonic metal band, founded by guitarist and vocalist Mark Jansen after his departure from After Forever.

If the lightning is decent and its inside and your into that music >> its an awesome imagery served with the heaviness of death metal and brain storming of progressive music..

but I shouldn't ignore to say that Eluveitie, Sepultura are really fun to see live as well... I bet Meshuggah and Gojira are comparable also (haven't seen them live yet)

25 Meshuggah Meshuggah is a Swedish progressive metal band from Umeå, formed in 1987. They are often considered the fathers or founders of the djent metal sub genre due to their use of downtuned guitars. They are also known for their song “Bleed”, which is known for its extremely complicated instrumentation, more.

They should be in top 5, because their songs are so hard to play in general, and try playing them whilst thousands of people are watching you

Them being 26 is a disgrace to humanity and the metal gods

26 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.

Iced Earth has employed top class singers from Matt Barlow to Ripper Owens to Stu Block who all sound as good live as in studio. Schaffer is a great guitar player/sing writer. - name1

27 Amon Amarth Amon Amarth is a Swedish melodic death metal band from Tumba, formed in 1992. The band takes its name from the Sindarin name of Mount Doom.

Brilliant performance. Sounds just like the album

An Evening with Amon Amarth was the best live show I've ever seen and I've seen a ton.

Their performance at the Jomsviking tour is just insane

28 Pantera Pantera was an American Heavy Metal band formed in 1981 by guitarist Dimebag Darrell and drummer Vinnie Paul. The band started out as a Glam Metal act in the 1980s with little success. After discarding their original lead vocalist and enlisting Phil Anselmo, the band signed a major record deal with more.

Yeah, I don't know who made this list, but they must listen to (C)Rap if they don't list Pantera in the top 5.

Best metal band live ever. Avenged Sevenfold and Rammstein seriously? - Disturbedpotato

The connection between these four guys on stage was absolutely perfect. Will never be duplicated m/

Primal Concrete Sledge, too bad you youngesters never saw it...otherwise Pantera be #1

29 Within Temptation Within Temptation is a Dutch symphonic metal band founded in April 1996 by vocalist Sharon den Adel and guitarist Robert Westerholt.

There are the best live metal band

30 Tool Tool is an American progressive/alternative/post-metal band, that was formed in 1990. more.

Tool is by far the best live music experience I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing. Tool not only sound the same if not better live as they do on cd without any auto tune bull goes to show the level of mastery they have put into there trade. Musicianship aside there uncompromising ability to share the music with the art. A tool show is an all out assault to the senses. Leaving the viewer in sensory overload. Tool is by far the best live music experience. Hands down.

Tool is the band that can take more than 10 years to release an album, but their shows and their music is enough to keep the fans filling the concerts locations... I saw Tool on Tajin Mexico on 2014, and I just saw Rammstein on Hell & Heaven this year... Rammstein rely too much on the fireworks and theatrical performance, Tool relies on their Music

31 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 more.
32 Opeth Opeth is a Swedish progressive death metal band from Stockholm, formed in 1990 by David Isberg, who invited Mikael Akerfeldt into the band as a bassist. Isberg ended up leaving the band, which lead to Mikael becoming the band's vocalist, guitarist, principal songwriter, and driving force. Along with more.

Epic live, never disappoint!


33 Megadeth Megadeth is an American thrash metal band from Los Angeles, California. Megadeth was formed in 1983 by guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson, shortly after Mustaine was fired from Metallica. They have released 15 studio albums to date, and have gone through many lineup changes, with Dave more.

One of the better sounding bands while playing live with Marty in the 90's. Amazing riffs and technique, this should have been in the top 15.

Best in history

34 DragonForce DragonForce are a British power metal band based in London, England. Formed in 1999, the group are known for their long and fast guitar solos, fantasy-themed lyrics, and electronic sounds in their music to add to their retro video game-influenced sound.

I seen Dragonforce opening for Iron Maiden and I wasn't expecting much as I heard that they weren't that great live, but they were absolutely flawless! - wolphert

35 Linkin Park Linkin Park is an American rock band formed in Agoura Hills, California, in 1996. The members currently include Mike Shinoda (vocals, keyboards, rhythm guitar), Brad Delson (guitar), Dave "Phoenix" Farrell (bass), Joe Hahn (DJ) and Rob Bourdon (drums). Linkin Park are associated with a mixture of Alternative more.

Unlike many bands LP sounds way better when playing live. There is always something new to look forward to

36 Sabaton Sabaton is a power metal band from Falun, Sweden formed in 1999. The band's main lyrical themes are based on war and historical battles.

High energy, extremely effectvie stage presence and a guys that has the time of their lives on stage make for one of the most memorably fun shows ever.

Simple:Sabaton, Woodstock, 2012.


37 Job For A Cowboy Job for a Cowboy is an American death metal band from Glendale, Arizona. Formed in 2003, the band's debut album Genesis was released in 2007, peaking at No.


38 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: more.
39 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. It's currently formed by Tuomas, Emppu, lead vocalist Floor Jansen, bassist and vocalist Marco Hietala, more.

Simply the best live metal band in the world!

Have a look at Nightwish Live at Wacken Open Air and you can see how they are one of the best live metal bands

You've not heard anythin yet

40 Children of Bodom Children Of Bodom is a melodic death metal band from Espoo, Finland. Formed in 1993, the group currently consists of Alexi Laiho, Janne Wirman, Henkka Seppälä, Jaska Raatikainen and Daniel Freyberg.

Deserves top 10 - Disturbedpotato

41 Babymetal Babymetal is a Japanese metal idol band. Their line-up consists of Suzuka Nakamoto as "Su-metal", Yui Mizuno as "Yuimetal", and Moa Kikuchi as "Moametal".

Most metal fans might just scroll past this, but bear with me. It's amazing how much production value there is in a Babymetal concert. Coming from a longtime metal fan, I don't think I've seen a more well-produced and well-organized performance. Each one of their concerts is an absolutely spectacular performance. The girls are such amazing performers and their backing band absolutely kills it. Don't inderes Babymetal. You'd be surprised at what you find. - MetalFoREVer1228

These kids have more energy than 90% of bands that have ever existed. I saw them live in 2016 and they never stopped moving around with their energy for 80 minutes.

42 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.
43 Parkway Drive Parkway Drive is an Australian metalcore band from Byron Bay, New South Wales, formed in 2003. As of 2015, Parkway Drive has released five full-length albums, one EP, two DVDs, a split album and one book, titled Ten Years of Parkway Drive.

Parkway Drive is absolutely live. You want a reason to get into metalcore? Please listen to this band. Incredible

They are absolutely amazing live! Best metalcore band out in my opinion, check their 2015 Graspop performance.

44 Black Sabbath Black Sabbath were a Heavy Metal band formed in Birmingham, England in 1968 by guitarist and songwriter Tony Iommi, singer John "Ozzy" Osbourne, bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward. more.

The Prince of darkness should be much higher in the list.

45 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.
46 Anthrax Anthrax is an American thrash metal band from New York City, formed in 1981 by guitarist Scott Ian and bassist Dan Lilker.

I was never really a fan of them, but live... they're something else. No metal band in history can make the crowd go THIS crazy! I always had the most fun in concerts when Anthrax were playing. Basically the entire place turns into a gigantic mosh pit during Caught in a mosh. I dare say they are by FAR the best metal band to hear live!

47 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.

Absolutely amazing experience. I could almost feel the power of satan taking over the crowd's souls :P

Such a awesome band, the build up on stage promisses to be one hell of a satanic ritual your going to experience.


48 Manowar Manowar is an American heavy metal band from New York City, New York. Formed in 1980, the group is known for lyrics based on fantasy and mythology.

Manowar should be in the top 5!

49 Marilyn Manson Marilyn Manson is an American rock band from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Formed in 1989 by frontman Marilyn Manson and Daisy Berkowitz, the group was originally named Marilyn Manson & the Spooky Kids with their theatrical performances gathering a local cult following in the early 1990s. more.

The ultimate performer. Seen him a few times, best was the mechanical animals tour.

Best band of all time love them god shock

50 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 4 studio albums, 1 live album and 2 EPs. Each album brings in a new version of Papa more.

Seeing ghost live was one hell of an experience. I may be biased since they're my favorite metal band. But the entire 2 and a half hours they played, I had chills down my spine. Papa has amazing stage presence, the lighting was awesome. Ghost was the best show I've ever had the pleasure in witnessing. - ryanrimmel

Great stage presence from papa and all of the ghouls

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