Best Masked Metal Artists


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.

Alternative/Nu Metal band from America. We all knew they'd be here. The names and faces are well known by everybody, but they wear masks for an effect of some sort. - ryanrimmel

This list is rigid! Slipknot at no. 3? Slipknot is one of the best metal bands EVER! Since 2005, they're are the best metal band.

@visitor I don't hate slipknot, they just aren't my style. They have some good songs though - ryanrimmel

By far the best masked band

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

Traditional Heavy Metal/Doom Metal band from Sweden. The lead singer is a demonic anti-pope while the instrumentalists wear masks and hoods. The names/faces remain a mystery, but the band gained attention from Dave Grohl, who became a session drummer, producer and maybe even a live drummer. - ryanrimmel

They should be number 1 way better than Slipknot

Amazing band!

As one YouTube commenter said: "While most modern metal bands these days are either extreme technical brutal death metal, or core core core core to the max core, that had to be at least one band that fit in the spot of traditional heavy metal and that band is Ghost [B.C.]" - ryanrimmel

3 Buckethead Buckethead Brian Patrick Carroll, known professionally as Buckethead, is an American guitarist and multi-instrumentalist who has worked within many genres of music.

Progressive Avant-Garde Metal. He is known for a white mask and a KFC bucket on his head, while shredding for hours at a time. - ryanrimmel

The mask he wears is a Michael Myers mask from Halloween.

This is not a Michael Myers mask

4 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.

Alternative/Industrial/Nu Metal from America. Like Slipknot, they simply wear masks for shock value. - ryanrimmel

Such an explosive band! Although they have been knocking around a while they don't get the love they deserve!

5 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.

Thrash Metal/Comedy/Shock Metal from America. They dress like aliens and often "kill" celebrities on stage. - ryanrimmel

GWAR dominates this list! All these other bands must kneel before the all mighty GWAR!

6 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.

Traditional Heavy Metal/Shock Metal from Finland. They lean on a Hard Rock/Heavy Metal sound, with a use of horror lyrics and pyrotechnics - ryanrimmel

They're a great band, and they helped get me into heavy metal. They're also the reason why I'm obsessed with wearing masks!

7 Ghoul Ghoul Ghoul is a thrash/death metal band from Oakland, California. Though the members' actual identities are meant to be concealed, it is known that some members or past members of Ghoul also play or have played in other bands such as Impaled, Dystopia, Wolves in the Throne Room, Exhumed, Phobia, Asunder more.

Thrash/Death Metal band from America. They wear bags over their heads and play an aggressive, evil sounding blend of Thrash and Death. - ryanrimmel

8 The Berzerker
9 The Locust The Locust The Locust is a musical group from San Diego, California, United States known for their unique mix of grindcore speed and aggression, complexity, and new wave weirdness.

Grindcore/Mathcore/Noise Metal Band. They are very experimental, with some grindcore albums, some noise rock albums, and a mathcore album. - ryanrimmel

10 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.

I love Hollywood Undead they are awesome.

Hollywood Undead is The best!

Best rap rock band


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The Contenders

11 Immortal Immortal Immortal is a black metal band from Bergen, Norway, founded in 1990 by frontman and guitarist Abbath Doom Occulta and former guitarist Demonaz Doom Occulta.

I'll be a keyboard warrior and say that Immortal isn't "masked", they just wear corpse paint - ryanrimmel

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13 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.

I hear people saying they are the worst metal band of all time but I, personally, think they are good; songs like dig, not falling, happy? , and world so cold are what grabbed my attention from this band, if you are interested, check them out! Also they change costumes sometimes, so if you are one of those people who think they should stick with their original costumes, look over it I guess? Really they are very good if you can get into their unique screams and guitar shreds.

14 Ventana
15 Portal
16 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.
17 Daft Punk Daft Punk Daft Punk is a French electronic music duo consisting of producers Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter.
18 Ten Masked Men

British death metal cover band who specialize in covering pop songs.
The band adopted wearing masks as it was felt that a masked appearance would fit in well with the idea of playing covers. And with the band name, of course.
My favorite covers that put a smile on my face: Stayin' Alive (Bee Gees), Hot Stuff (Donna Summer). - Metal_Treasure

19 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. The band is also known for the infamous events surrounding them including the 1991 suicide of vocalist Dead (in which former guitarist Euronymous took pictures of Dead's more.
20 Kidcrusher
21 Slaughter to Prevail
22 Celtic Frost Celtic Frost Celtic Frost was a Swiss extreme metal band from Zürich. They are known for their strong influence on the development of extreme metal. Formed in 1981 as Hellhammer, the band became Celtic Frost in 1984 and was active until 1993.
23 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.
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1. Mushroomhead
2. Ventana
3. Lordi
1. Slipknot
2. Gwar
3. Buckethead
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