Metal Bands that are Often Considered the Best of Their Sub-Genre Even Though Most of Their Songs Aren't from that Sub-Genre

This is NOT an hate list to any of these bands.I actually agree with some of these bands being considered the best of the sub-genre and with some others i don't.

The Top Ten

1 Black Sabbath (Doom Metal) Black Sabbath (Doom Metal) 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. ...read more.

True. Most of their songs aren't doom metal. - Metal_Treasure

Black Sabbath in any metal sub-genre isn't warranted to be considered the best of that field, only as one of the influencers of metal - germshep24

2 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.

Most of their songs aren't thrash metal - Metal_Treasure

Which songs aren't thrash from the first four albums (other than Peace Sells)? - Alkadikce

I disagree here, but since I only listen to metal since for a year, I might be wrong in some places.
Killing is My Business: all eight songs can be considered thrash
Peace Sells: 5/8 songs are thrash. The title track, I Ain't Superstitious cover and Devil's Island are the ones that aren't.
So Far, So Good... so What: Into the Lungs of Hell, Set the World Afire, Hook in Mouth, 502: half of the songs (4/8) are thrash
Rust in Peace: 6/8 everything is thrash except Tornado of Souls and Lucretia (Dawn Patrol does not count as a full song)
Countdown to Extinction is never pure thrash but has more thrashy songs (Skin O' My Teeth, High Speed Dirt)
Youthanasia is mid-tempo all long, only Victory approaches thrash territory
Cryptic Writings is infamous for being a precursor to Risk but it has two songs that are thrash without doubt (Disintegrators, FFF), and one that is debatable (Vortex)
We know the story for Risk.
The World Needs a Hero: Moto Psycho and Kill the ...more - Alkadikce

3 Motorhead (Speed Metal) Motorhead (Speed Metal) Motörhead were an English heavy metal 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 metal and ...read more.

I don't really consider Motorhead "speed metal" (they even stated themselves that they don't consider themselves metal)

Honestly, I don't think there is such thing as a pure speed metal band (most bands are more heavy, thrash, or power), although there are some songs that I would consider "speed metal," such as Painkiller by Judas Priest, and maybe a couple of the more melodic Metallica and Megadeth songs - yungstirjoey666

@Alkadikce - the list Top Ten Speed Metal Bands is awfully messed up. But I somewhat agree with you about Speed Metal Bands - most of the bands who play speed metal are either power metal or thrash metal bands. It's because speed metal is between power metal and thrash metal: thrash metal is power metal+punk, so speed metal is like thrash metal without punk. Give a listen to Majesty by Blind Guardian - it's very fast and it's heavier and more aggressive than power metal but it doesn't have punk and because of that it's less abrasive and more melodic than thrash. - Metal_Treasure

Speed metal is a weird sub-genre, unlike sub-genres like power metal and thrash metal, there are really no bands that one can point and be like yep this is a speed metal band, the best you can get is yep this song from this metal band sounds like speed metal, but definitely people thinking that this band that isn't even metal is speed metal band is the weirdest claim for speed metal - germshep24

You are correct, the bands I have listened to that are considered speed metal are early work of Angel Dust, Megadeth, and annihilator, the band you mentioned, and Eliminator's later work other than those are bands like Gamma Ray, Primal fear, and Helloween and though these bands are labeled as speed they only have a handful of songs - germshep24

Isn't speed metal just heavy metal with a fast tempo? - yungstirjoey666

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4 Metallica (Thrash Metal) Metallica (Thrash Metal) 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.

I would disagree with this, sure they transitioned away from Thrash with their black album to make some hard rock albums, but even now with their newer albums there is very much a Thrash element to their music.
It is easy to take a crap on them for make those hard rock albums but to act like them being considered one of the best Thrash metal bands is a slap to Thrash metal is just insulting.
I don't think they should be considered the best with bands like Slayer that have stay true to Thrash metal throughout their whole career, but I can understand why people would - germshep24

Most of their songs are heavy metal. Even though their first album was thrash

So according to this list, there's only one thrash band in the big four. - Alkadikce

Yeah some of there songs were slower thrash metal or just heavy metal I think. Most of Kill ‘Em All was Thrash though. - Userguy44

5 Black Sabbath (Heavy Metal) Black Sabbath (Heavy Metal) 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. ...read more.

I agree with this item - they are nowhere near the best from the subgenre of Heavy Metal. And yes, most of their songs aren't exactly Heavy Metal. - Metal_Treasure

6 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.

I remember, I knew black metal was something even darker and heavier than death metal, so I went on the list best black metal bands and found Bathory at the top. I tried out some songs of them, and I was surprised "is this that genre everybody is talking about as the heaviest thing ever? ". - Alkadikce

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

That's true. They should be higher than Metallica because they have less thrash songs than Metallica. Many Anthrax songs are speed metal, etc. - Metal_Treasure

8 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.

True. They have 2-3 speed metal songs on their debut album but that's it, basically. Many people think that I Want Out and Eagle Fly Free are speed metal, LOL. - Metal_Treasure

9 Megadeth (Technical Thrash Metal) Megadeth (Technical 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.

To me it seems kind of redundant to call a thrash band technical, thrash music is pretty technical on its own, but this band doesn't have much songs that are technical - germshep24

What's next? Calling them neoclassical metal just because of the beginning of Last Rites / Loved to Death? - Alkadikce

Yes, it's a stretch to call them technical thrash metal, let alone the best at it. - Metal_Treasure

10 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.

I don't get this item to be honest. Most of their songs, or all their songs ARE death metal. I wonder what other genre did they play...For me Death never fully became technical and progressive death metal - in the 90s Chuck just removed a lot of hardcore punk and as a result death metal became more "metal" than in the 80s - the 1st wave of the 80s was with too much punk to get brutality. Chuck added more technical elements just because metal is more technical than punk. However, Death was the band that influenced the most all those newer technical death metal bands, bands that took technicalities to a whole another level. - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 Carcass (Grindcore) Carcass (Grindcore) Carcass are a British extreme metal band from Liverpool, who formed in 1985 and disbanded in 1995. A reformation was enacted in 2007 without one of its original members, drummer Ken Owen, due to health reasons.

So this list isn't about metal sub-genres then, just metal bands considered the best of a sub-genre no matter the genre that sub-genre is under? - germshep24

12 Nightwish (Gothic Metal)

I love Nightwish, but just because they put some emotionally sad songs does not make them true "gothic."

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