Top Ten Masked Bands

Mystery is alway a greasy thing to have in music, and many bands are very well aware of that. Some even go as far as to cover their faces and dress up with elaborate costumes for theatrical purposes. This list takes a look at some of the bands that have been infamous for their masks and costumes as well as their music.

The Top Ten

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

With all due respect to Kiss, those aren't masks. It's makeup. Same with King Diamond. But all great bands anyway. - ThatStrangeKid42

Their masks are famous in the whole world

Love them

2 Kiss Kiss Kiss is an American hard rock band formed in New York City in January 1973 by Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and the band's original manager, Lew Linet.

The original and the best. I saw these guys live two weeks at and they blew me away. I've seen nearly every rock band that's come to Australia and none hold a candle to KISS. I'm not biased. I like them but they ArNt in my top 10 bands but by far the best live act in the world - Timbot1988

Make up not mask but still good

3 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 4 studio albums, 1 live album and 2 EPs. Each album brings in a new version of Papa more.

Yes, these guys have some of the best masks and costumes - SirSkeletorThe3rd

Amazing visual

4 Gwar 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.
5 Hollywood Undead Hollywood Undead Hollywood Undead is an American rap rock band from Los Angeles, California, United States. They released their debut album, Swan Songs, on September 2, 2008, and their live CD/DVD Desperate Measures, on November 10, 2009. Their second studio album, American Tragedy, was released April 5, 2011. All of more.

Hollywood Undead is awesome!

6 The Residents The Residents The Residents are an American art collective best known for avant-garde music and multimedia works. Since their first official release, Meet the Residents, the group has released over sixty albums, numerous music videos and short films, three CD-ROM projects, and ten DVDs.

Oh yes - JoLeKosovo

In my opinion the Residents and Mr Bungle started the idea of a masked band and these bands inspired Slipknot. Residents,Mr Bungle,and Slipknot all rule.

7 King Diamond King Diamond Kim Bendix Petersen, better known by his stage name King Diamond, is a Danish heavy metal musician. He is known for his extensive vocal range, usually sung in falsetto. King Diamond was originally known as the vocalist for Mercyful Fate, but has become notorious for his horror themed Concept albums more.
8 Mushroomhead Mushroomhead Mushroomhead is an American nu metal band from Cleveland, Ohio. Formed in 1993 in the Cleveland Warehouse District, the band is known for their avant-garde sound which includes influence from heavy metal, art rock and electro-industrial and their imagery which features masks and costumes as well as more.
9 Starset Starset Starset is an American rock band from Columbus, Ohio, formed by Dustin Bates in 2013. They released their debut album, Transmissions, in 2014 and their second album, Vessels, on January 20, 2017. The band has found success in expanding the ideas of their concept albums through social media and YouTube, more.

They May Be New But their Work Is Simply Amazing

They're very recent and this is a good things, I love their work

10 Lordi Lordi Lordi are a Finnish hard rock/heavy metal band, formed in 1992 by the band's lead singer, songwriter and costume maker, Mr Lordi.

The Contenders

11 Daft Punk Daft Punk Daft Punk is a French electronic music duo consisting of producers Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter.
12 Misfits

No they just use makeup not masks

13 Marilyn Manson 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.
14 Fact
15 The Aquabats
16 Mudvayne Mudvayne Mudvayne was an American heavy metal band from Peoria, Illinois formed in 1996. Originally from Bloomington, Illinois, they are known for their sonic experimentation, innovative album art, face and body paint, masks and uniforms.
17 Parliament Funkadelic
18 Kissing Candice
19 Ten Masked Men

A cover band from the UK - death metal style. My favorite covers:Stayin' Alive (Bee Gees), Hot Stuff (Donna Summer), Eye of the Tiger (Survivor). - Metal_Treasure

20 Hevisaurus Hevisaurus
21 Portal Portal Portal is an Australian extreme metal band whose style is an unorthodox fusion of death metal, black metal, dark ambient and experimental music.
22 The Berzerker
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