Top Ten Metal Artists Best at Their Sub Genres

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The Top Ten

1 Metallica - Thrash Metal

Metallicas best album master of puppets has only 4 thrash songs, while megadeth and slayer are way better with thrashing

Master of puppets is pure thrash. After rust in peace Megadeth was hard rock for a while with some thrash here and there. - Sabbath

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2 Iron Maiden - British New Wave Metal
3 Black Sabbath - Traditional Metal

Runner up: deep purple - gemcloben

4 Pantera - Groove Metal Pantera - Groove Metal 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 ...read more.

Runner up: lamb of god - gemcloben

Oh definitively - christangrant

5 Megadeth - Thrash Metal Megadeth - Thrash Metal 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.
6 Death - Death Metal Death - Death Metal 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.

Death AND cannibal corpse are great bands but you can actually understand the vocals of death's singer

7 Slipknot - Nu Metal

What the heck. They are the ones who yuk nu metal to a different level. They are hell

Maggots :) we are

8 Blind Guardian - Power Metal Blind Guardian - Power Metal 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.

I honestly feel Blind Guardian should be here for not just power metal but speed metal as well.

Agree, and based on their 2015 album - for symphonic metal, too. The most amazing metal band ever. - Metal_Treasure

9 Cannibal Corpse - Death Metal Cannibal Corpse - Death Metal 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.

Runner up: children of bodom - gemcloben

They define death metal.

10 Yngwie Malmsteen - Neo-classical Metal Yngwie Malmsteen - Neo-classical Metal Yngwie Johan Malmsteen is a Swedish guitarist, songwriter and bandleader who was born on June 30th, 1963, in Stockholm, Sweden. He was known for his neoclassical metal playing style back in the 1980s.

Rirchie Blackmore created neo-classical metal. But he defined it. - zxm

The Contenders

11 Slayer - Thrash Metal Slayer - Thrash Metal 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. ...read more.

Heaviest thrash of all

12 Judas Priest - Traditional Heavy Metal Judas Priest - Traditional Heavy Metal 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.

Judas Priest are not in the top 10? Such a shame. - Metal_Treasure

13 Tool - Progressive Metal Tool - Progressive Metal Tool is an American progressive metal/alternative metal band, that was formed in 1990. ...read more.
14 Motörhead - Speed Metal Motörhead - Speed Metal Motörhead were an English heavy metal/Hard Rock band formed in June 1975 by bassist, singer, and songwriter Ian Fraser "Lemmy" Kilmister, who was the sole constant member; guitarist and songwriter Larry Wallis; and drummer Lucas Fox. The band's harsh vocals and fast paced tempos helped inspire speed ...read more.

I see people don't know what speed metal is - speed metal is a version of power metal and not every fast Rock N Roll or punk song. Classic speed metal was played by bands like Blind Guardian, Helloween, Primal Fear, Gamma Ray, and long ago - Deep Purple. - Metal_Treasure

One the best metal bands ever! You can still feel their influence in genre today, many of other great bands are saying that Motorhead helped em to form their music. Motorhead for life!

15 Annihilator - Technical Thrash Metal Annihilator - Technical Thrash Metal 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.
16 Blind Guardian - Symphonic Metal Blind Guardian - Symphonic Metal 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.

Their 2015 album is awesome and proves they are leaders in this subgenre, too. - Metal_Treasure

17 Blind Guardian - Speed Metal Blind Guardian - Speed Metal 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.

"Majesty" is probably the best speed metal song of all time but their "Banish From Sanctuary" is also excellent. - Metal_Treasure

18 Dream Theater - Progressive Metal Dream Theater - Progressive Metal 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.
19 Gamma Ray - Power Metal Gamma Ray - Power Metal Gamma Ray is a power metal band from Hamburg, northern Germany, founded and fronted by Kai Hansen after his departure from the German power metal band Helloween.

In my opinion, they are best at this. - zxm

20 Amon Amarth - Melodic Death Metal Amon Amarth - Melodic Death Metal 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.

What exactly is this godly band doing in anything less than the Top 5? - Whoxcares1

21 Mastodon - Sludge Metal Mastodon - Sludge Metal 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.
22 Korn - Nu Metal

Well, they created the genre. - Pony

23 Bathory - Black Metal Bathory - Black Metal Bathory was a Swedish Black/Viking Metal band formed in 1983 by Quorthon and Jonas Åkerlund. Bathory's first 4 albums layed the blueprint for Scandinavian Black Metal. Quorthon is often credited with creating the "shrieking" vocal style of Black Metal. Their 5th album, Hammerheart (1990) displayed ...read more.
24 Cryptopsy - Technical Brutal Death Metal Cryptopsy - Technical Brutal Death Metal Cryptopsy is a Canadian technical death metal band from Montreal, Quebec, formed in 1988. The band has sold over 300,000 records.
25 Equilibrium - Folk Metal Equilibrium - Folk Metal Equilibrium is a German folk metal band. The band's music combines elements of folk music, power metal, black metal and symphonic metal with various other influences.
26 Helloween - Power Metal Helloween - Power Metal 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.
27 Nile - Technical Death Metal Nile - Technical Death Metal 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.
28 Van Halen - Glam Metal Van Halen - Glam Metal Van Halen is an American hard rock band formed in Pasadena, California, in 1972. From 1974 until 1985, the band consisted of guitarist Eddie Van Halen, vocalist David Lee Roth, drummer Alex Van Halen, and bassist Michael Anthony.

I think they're just hard rock.

Runner up: guns n roses - gemcloben

29 Staind - Alternative Metal Staind - Alternative Metal Staind was a rock band formed in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1995. ...read more.
30 Disturbed - Nu Metal Disturbed - Nu Metal Disturbed is an American nu metal/ alternative rock/ alternative metal band from Chicago, Illinois. The band comprises vocalist David Draiman, bassist John Moyer, guitarist Dan Donegan, and drummer Mike Wengren. They are known for songs like "Down With the Sickness" and "Stricken" .
31 Killswitch Engage - Metalcore Killswitch Engage - Metalcore Killswitch Engage is an American metalcore band from Westfield, Massachusetts, formed in 1999 after the disbanding of Overcast and Aftershock.
32 Limp Bizkit - Nu Metal Limp Bizkit - Nu Metal Limp Bizkit is an American nu metal band from Jacksonville, Florida, formed in 1994. Their lineup consists of Fred Durst, Sam Rivers, John Otto, and Wes Borland.

Really?

33 Candlemass - Doom Metal Candlemass - Doom Metal Candlemass is an influential Swedish doom metal band established in Stockholm 1984 by bassist, songwriter and bandleader Leif Edling and drummer Matz Ekström.
34 Nightwish - Symphonic Metal Nightwish - Symphonic Metal 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, ...read more.
35 Helloween - Speed Metal Helloween - Speed Metal 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.
36 Suicide Silence - Deathcore Suicide Silence - Deathcore Suicide Silence is an American deathcore band from Riverside, California. Formed in 2002, the band has released four full-length studio albums, one EP and eleven music videos.
37 Rob Zombie - Industrial Metal Rob Zombie - Industrial Metal Rob Zombie (born Robert Bartleh Cummings) is an American heavy metal musician, film director, screenwriter and film producer. His career launched in 1985 when he formed the heavy metal band White Zombie. Following their breakup, he began a successful solo career. Zombie began directing in the early ...read more.
38 HammerFall - Power Metal HammerFall - Power Metal HammerFall is a Swedish heavy metal band from Gothenburg, Sweden. The band was formed in 1993 by ex-Ceremonial Oath guitarist Oscar Dronjak.
39 Rage Against the Machine - Rap Metal
40 Breaking Benjamin - Alternative Metal
41 Mushroomhead - Industrial Metal Mushroomhead - Industrial Metal 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 ...read more.
42 Megadeth - Speed Metal Megadeth - Speed Metal 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.
43 Kalmah - Melodic Death Metal Kalmah - Melodic Death Metal Kalmah is a melodic death metal band from Oulu, Finland that formed in 1998. In less than a year after its formation, Kalmah was signed by Spinefarm Records.

Listen to their first album and you will agree!

44 Nine Inch Nails - Industrial Metal

Not a metal band.

45 Linkin Park - Nu Metal
46 Evanescence - Nu Metal

Not a metal band.

47 Children of Bodom - Melodic Death Metal
48 Meshuggah - Extreme Metal Meshuggah - Extreme Metal 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, ...read more.
49 Arch Enemy - Melodic Death Metal Arch Enemy - Melodic Death Metal Arch Enemy is a Swedish melodic death metal band, originally a supergroup, from Halmstad, formed in 1996. Its members were in bands such as Carcass, Armageddon, Carnage, Mercyful Fate, Spiritual Beggars, and Eucharist.
50 Sabaton - Power Metal
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Top Remixes (6)

1. Pantera - Groove Metal
2. Metallica - Thrash Metal
3. Iron Maiden - British New Wave Metal
christangrant
1. Black Sabbath - Traditional Metal
2. Slayer - Thrash Metal
3. Tool - Progressive Metal
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1. Metallica - Thrash Metal
2. Judas Priest - Traditional Heavy Metal
3. Blind Guardian - Power Metal
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