Top Ten Most Lyrically Creative Metal Bands

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The Top Ten

1 Dream Theater 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. ...read more.

Can’t forget DT... - NightmareCinema

2 Exodus Exodus Exodus is an American thrash metal band formed in 1979 in Richmond, California. Spanning a career of 37 years, Exodus has gone through numerous lineup changes, two extended hiatuses, and the deaths of two former band members.

Exodus has some of, if not the most creative and clever lyricism I’ve ever heard in a band. Just read the words to Blacklist or The Toxic Waltz. - NightmareCinema

3 Megadeth 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 ...read more.

Some of their lyrics are pretty intelligent - Metal_Treasure

Brother will kill brother... - Disturbedpotato

4 Judas Priest 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”. ...read more.

How could I not add the metal gods? Hard As Iron and One Shot At Glory are my two favorite songs of theirs as far as creative lyrics go. - NightmareCinema

5 Overkill Overkill Overkill is an American thrash metal band, formed in 1980 in New Jersey. They have gone through many line-up changes, with singer Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth and bassist D.D.

I find thrash to have the most creative lyrics of metal genres. Overkill and Exodus in particular. - NightmareCinema

6 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.

Started off writing about "Gorny" lyrics which pertains to its Death Metal image, but by Spiritual Healing, they switched to being harsh towards religious control and televangelism, never looking back on what they used to write. And from Human onward, their lyrics tended to lean on either philosophy or grounded concepts. - CrimsonShark

7 Gojira 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.
8 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. The most critically acclaimed period for the band was from 1983-1989. With vocalist Bruce Dickinson, bassist Steve Harris, lead guitarist Dave Murray, rhythm guitarist Adrian ...read more.
9 Opeth 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 ...read more.

In general, they’re one of the most creative bands you’ll find in metal. They’re not for everyone but still...that creativity and talent is undeniable. - NightmareCinema

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

Apologies for including several thrash metal bands. - NightmareCinema

The Contenders

11 Mastodon Mastodon Mastodon is an American heavy metal band from Atlanta, Georgia, formed in early 2000 and composed of bassist Troy Sanders, guitarists Brent Hinds and Bill Kelliher and drummer Brann Dailor.

Went from writing about Moby Dick to the dangers of the wilderness to the epic story of a lost soul who is put inside the body of Rasputin, these guys definitely have some interesting ideas for lyrics - cjWriter1997

12 Black Sabbath Black Sabbath Black Sabbath were 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.

The Sign Of The Southern Cross is one of the most lyrically creative songs I’ve ever heard in my life. - NightmareCinema

13 Melvins Melvins The Melvins are an American band that formed in 1983 in Montesano, Washington. They usually perform as a trio, but in recent years have performed as a four piece with two drummers.

A lot of their lyrics tend to make no sense but yet they still are very memorable and you can't help but sing along when you hear them. - cjWriter1997

14 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.

They are on the list and weren't added by me?! That's great. - Metal_Treasure

15 Voivod Voivod Voivod is a Canadian heavy metal band from Jonquière, Québec. Their musical style has changed several times since the band's origin in the early 1980s. The band's current line-up consists of Denis "Snake" Bélanger, Daniel "Chewy" Mongrain, Dominique "Rocky" Laroche and Michel "Away" Langevin.
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17 Pig Destroyer Pig Destroyer Pig Destroyer is an American grindcore band formed in 1997 in Alexandria, Virginia. The band was formed by vocalist J. R. Hayes, guitarist Scott Hull, and drummer John Evans, later replaced by Brian Harvey.

Really poetic and cryptic. Even though grindcore isn't known for it's genius lyricism, Pig Destroyer is known to be a step up in that department - cjWriter1997

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19 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.

Their lyrics and themes have been very varied since the beginning. Its ranged from your typical anti-war and social rebellions in Thrash Metal, to the Cthulhu mythos, insanity, death, suffering and even grounded issues which everyone can relate with, which is clearly shown in songs from the Black Album, Load and Reload. - CrimsonShark

20 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.
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They’re, uh...pretty creative, I guess... - NightmareCinema

22 Neurosis Neurosis Neurosis is a post-metal band, based in Oakland, California. They formed in 1985 as a hardcore punk band, and their sound progressed towards a doom metal style that also included influences from dark ambient and industrial music as well as incorporating elements of folk music.
23 System Of A Down System Of A Down System of a Down formed in 1994 as an Armenian-American Nu Metal group from Glendale, California . The band name is sometimes shortened to System or SOAD. ...read more.

Not metal in my book. Also, drug abuse isn't a primary lyrical theme in metal. - Metal_Treasure

Some of the songs has pretty good lyrics, but, then there's chic n stu - Disturbedpotato

24 Van Der Graaf Generator Van Der Graaf Generator

They aren't metal, they are prog rock. - Metal_Treasure

Never heard of them - Userguy44

25 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.
26 Six Feet Under Six Feet Under Six Feet Under is an American death metal band from Tampa, Florida, formed in 1993. The band consist of four members: founding vocalist Chris Barnes, longtime guitarist Steve Swanson, current bassist Jeff Hughell and recent drummer Marco Pitruzzella.

Toootally creative, with creative lyrical masterpieces like “Bloody Underwear” and “Open Coffin Orgy”.

I’m sorry, I had to include these last two entries. - NightmareCinema

27 Trivium 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. ...read more.

Unlike contemporary Metalcore acts, their lyrics actually pertained towards grounded philosophy and oppression. The Crusade has lyrics based on famous murders and a few revolving around unity. Shogun had many that centered around Greek Mythology, Japanese Culture and an anti-war song. From In Waves onward, Trivium's lyrical display tends to be more grounded on basic human concepts and philosophies, such as struggle, love, evil, perseverance, hate, religion, etc. - CrimsonShark

28 Cannabis Corpse Cannabis Corpse Cannabis Corpse is a marijuana-themed death metal band, formed in Virginia in 2006. Their band name is a parody of Cannibal Corpse. Cannabis Corpse songs are fully original but their album and song titles are parodies of many death metal bands' album and song titles (e.g. "Tube of the Resinated" vs ...read more.
29 Epica Epica Epica is a Dutch symphonic metal band, founded by guitarist and vocalist Mark Jansen after his departure from After Forever.

Whilst having some songs pertaining to usual Power Metal and Symphonic Metal, much of their lyrical discography can actually include darker and more intimate themes like love, death, insecurity, war-oppression, concern and can even be outright anti-religious at times. - CrimsonShark

30 The Mars Volta The Mars Volta The Mars Volta was an American progressive rock band from El Paso, Texas, formed in 2001. The band's final lineup consisted of Omar Rodríguez-López, Cedric Bixler-Zavala, Juan Alderete, Marcel Rodríguez-López and Deantoni Parks.

The absurdity and surreal nature of the lyrics are extremely apparent. Just read the lyrics to Tetragrammaton. Also, oops, I didn't realise that this was only for metal bands - kempokid

not metal - Metal_Treasure

31 Queen Queen Queen are an English rock band formed in 1970. Members were Freddie Mercury (Vocals and Piano), Brian May (Guitar, Vocals), Roger Taylor (Drums, Vocals), and John Deacon (Bass Guitar, Vocals). Before forming into Queen, Brian May and Roger Taylor had played together in a band named Smile. Freddie Mercury ...read more.

Ain't metal. - DarkMatter1997

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33 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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