My home state is here in California, and many of the great metal bands I listen to are from California. Vote for your favorite!
The Top Ten
1MetallicaMetallica 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.
The one stand-out metal band from LA. They are one of the biggest names in heavy metal for good reasons. Their music, be it thrash metal or hard rock, is incredible. - MetalFoREVer1228
2SlayerSlayer 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.
One of the Big 4 of thrash metal bands from Huntington Park. Legendary band. - MetalFoREVer1228
3Avenged SevenfoldAvenged Sevenfold is an American alternative metal/metalcore (early) band, that was formed 1999 in California. Their longest lineup of members was M. Shadows (Vocals), Synyster Gates (Lead Guitar), Zacky Vengeance (Rhythm Guitar), Johnny Christ (Bass Guitar), and The Rev (Drums). ...read more.
An amazing alternative metal/heavy metal band from Huntington Beach. It was tough for me to pick either Slayer or A7X for the number 1 spot. They both play different styled of music and they both sound phenomenal, but A7X are considerably newcomers in the California metal scene when compared to Slayer. But nonetheless, Avenged make great music regardless of what the naysayers have to say. Slayer are legends, but these guys are legends of the modern era. - MetalFoREVer1228
4MegadethMegadeth 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.
Another great thrash act from LA. They've definitely left their mark in the metal community. - MetalFoREVer1228
5Fear FactoryFear Factory is an American heavy metal band that was formed in 1989. During the band's career, it has released nine full-length albums and has evolved through a succession of styles, including industrial metal, death metal, groove metal, and thrash metal.
A very great industrial metal band from LA. They've made some crushing albums. - MetalFoREVer1228
6Machine HeadMachine Head is an American heavy metal band from Oakland, California. Formed on October 12, 1991, the group was founded by vocalist and guitarist Robb Flynn and bassist Adam Duce. They have received great critical success especially for their album "The Blackening" which is considered a modern metal ...read more.
7CarnifexCarnifex is an American deathcore band from San Diego, California. Formed in 2005, they are currently signed to Nuclear Blast after having been signed to Victory Records and have released five full-length albums and one EP. The name of the band is derived from the Latin: carnifex, meaning "butcher" ...read more.
8The FacelessThe Faceless is an American technical death metal band from the Encino neighborhood of Los Angeles, California.
9As I Lay DyingAs I Lay Dying is an American metalcore band from San Diego, California. Founded in 2000 by vocalist Tim Lambesis, the establishment of the band's first full lineup, which included drummer Jordan Mancino, occurred in 2001. As I Lay Dying has released six albums, one split album, and two compilation ...read more.
10Impending DoomImpending Doom is an American Christian deathcore band from Riverside, California. The group has released five full-length studio albums and are currently a five piece with vocalist Brook Reeves as one of the two original remaining members along with Manny Contreras who left the band in 2010 but returned ...read more.
11System Of A DownSystem 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.
12Deeds of FleshDeeds of Flesh is a four-piece death metal band from Los Osos, California, U.S. They were formed in 1993 by Jacoby Kingston, Erik Lindmark and Joey Heaslet and are still active.
13ToolTool is an American progressive metal/alternative metal band, that was formed in 1990. ...read more.