Top Ten Metal Bands for Beginner Fans

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The Top Ten

1 Iron Maiden Iron Maiden Iron Maiden are an English heavy metal band formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. The most critically acclaimed period for the band was from 1983-1989. With vocalist Bruce Dickinson, bassist Steve Harris, lead guitarist Dave Murray, rhythm guitarist Adrian ...read more.

For people who are new to metal I would recommend to start with good Traditional metal/Heavy metal (Iron Maiden, Dio, Judas Priest, Iced Earth, Primal Fear) and Power metal (Gamma Ray, Edguy, Helloween). Blind Guardian are the best power metal band but their stuff is too complex for beginners - they can be a next step.
Extreme metal, such as thrash, is not for beginners - these bands would be too heavy (Venom, Slayer, Metallica, Megadeth). Anthrax aren't that heavy but still. And of course, no death metal for beginners, not yet. Prog metal is not very heavy but it's too complex for new fans. - Metal_Treasure

I would love for people who are new to metal to listen to this band. - Arcxia

Yeah I love that band agree with @Metal_Treasure about traditional metal bands.I started listening metal songs from two types of bands.1.hard rock 2.punk rock.hard rock bands like led zeppelin,ac/dc,guns n roses prepare people for heavy riffs,drum beats and punk rock bands like ramones,green day prepare people for fast guitar riffs.then this bands like iron maiden,deep purple or avenged sevenfold are great for low types of metal - zxm

2 Metallica Metallica 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.

Anyone interested in Thrash Metal should just turn to Metallica. Soon, you'll be craving for more, ultimately leading to Megadeth, Slayer and other bands, mainstream or underground. - CrimsonShark

Some of the songs of them still hurts my ears so it should not be a beginner metal band - zxm

Started with Metallica and still listening!

3 Black Sabbath Black Sabbath Black Sabbath are a Heavy Metal band formed in Birmingham, England in 1968 by guitarist and songwriter Tony Iommi, Singer Ozzy Osbourne, Bassist and Main Lyricist Geezer Butler and Drummer Bill Ward . The band got into mainstream after improving after their debut album got negative feedback . In 1978, ...read more.

Black sabbath, Metallica, and led zeppelin were my first bands I started off with, black sabbath is still a favorite to this day, strongly suggested.

4 Megadeth Megadeth Megadeth is an American thrash metal band from Los Angeles, California. The group was formed in 1983 by guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson, shortly after Mustaine's dismissal from Metallica. They have released 15 studio albums, and their biggest hits are Symphony of Destruction, Holy ...read more.
5 Judas Priest Judas Priest Judas Priest are a British heavy metal band formed in Birmingham, England, in 1969. The band has sold over 45 million albums to date. They received a lot of popularity due to their big hits Breaking The Law, You've Got Another Thing Comin', and Living after Midnight which were played on the radio a ...read more.
6 Motörhead Motörhead 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.
7 Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold Avenged 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.

A7X would be my best bet in introducing someone to Metal. It's got most of what the genre needs to offer, alongside an adequate vocalist and talented instrumentalists. Not to mention each album sounds different, so you could immerse yourself into A7X's music in various ways. - CrimsonShark

8 Anthrax Anthrax Anthrax is an American thrash metal band from New York City, formed in 1981 by guitarist Scott Ian and bassist Dan Lilker.
9 Dio Dio Dio was an American heavy metal band formed in 1982 and led by vocalist Ronnie James Dio, after he left Black Sabbath with intentions to form a new band with fellow former Black Sabbath member, drummer Vinny Appice.

This is great for beginners, should be in the top 5. - Metal_Treasure

10 Slipknot Slipknot Slipknot is a Heavy Metal band formed in 1995 from Iowa. The band released their first album in 1999 and was well received by critics and fans. The group gained success after the release of their second studio album, "Iowa". ...read more.

It's that usual 14/15-year old metalhead time, you always start loving Slipknot and then finally move on in 2 years. We all had that phase where we thought "Iowa" was the heaviest album ever. - ThatStrangeKid42

I wouldn't recommend this. - Metal_Treasure

P.S. These are my thoughts. Yours can be different, depending on how you got into Death Metal. - CrimsonShark

I'd be honest if I say this but...

Wanna get into Death Metal? Chances are, Slipknot is a goodway to help you get into it. While not really a Death Metal band, there are influences of said sub-genre in some songs ("Disasterpiece", "The Heretic Anthem", "All Hope is Gone", "Sarcastrophe" etc.) and Corey's great harsh vocals would make you feel more comfortable in listening to growls in songs by other bands.

So in a way, thanks to Slipknot, you'd try out a Death Metal band and in a short time, you'll wind up becoming a fan of the band and later, the sub-genre. While not Death Metal, the influences that Slipknot incorporates would make you tolerate and eventually appreciate some of these elements and you'd be wanting more, hence trying out something like Morbid Angel or Opeth. - CrimsonShark

The Contenders

11 Deep Purple Deep Purple Deep Purple are an English rock band formed in Hertford in 1968. They are considered to be among the pioneers of heavy metal and modern hard rock, although their musical approach changed over the years. Originally formed as a progressive rock band, the band shifted to a heavier sound in 1970. Deep Purple, ...read more.
12 Slayer Slayer ...read more.

This would be too heavy for beginners. - Metal_Treasure

the best!

13 Helloween Helloween 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.
14 Iced Earth Iced Earth Iced Earth is an American heavy metal band from Tampa, Florida. It was formed in 1985 under the name Purgatory by guitarist and main songwriter Jon Schaffer and original drummer Greg Seymour.

Excellent for beginners - moderately heavy, melodic, very good metal, great vocals, no elements of poser metal and pop metal. - Metal_Treasure

15 Gamma Ray Gamma Ray 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.

Perfect for beginners - fast yet melodic music, with anthemic and catchy choruses. Not very complex or progressive but guitar work and drumming are great. Songwriting is very good. Probably all bands mentioned on this list have a TopTens list about their best songs so find these lists with the song samples and enjoy! (example - "Best Gamma Ray Songs"). - Metal_Treasure

16 Pantera Pantera Pantera was a Heavy Metal band formed in 1981 by guitarist Dimebag Darrell and drummer Vinnie Paul. The group got into mainstream after changing from Glam Metal to Groove Metal. The band's most successful album is "Vulgar Display of Power". As the pioneers of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal, They ...read more.
17 Venom Venom Venom are an English extreme metal band formed in 1979 in Newcastle upon Tyne. Coming to prominence towards the end of the new wave of British heavy metal, Venom's first two albums—Welcome to Hell and Black Metal—are considered a major influence on thrash metal and extreme metal in general.

Would be too heavy for beginners - Metal_Treasure

18 Primal Fear Primal Fear Primal Fear are a German metal band formed in 1997 by Ralf Scheepers and Mat Sinner. They play heavy metal, power metal and speed metal. Primal Fear remind of Judas Priest but Primal Fear are faster and heavier. They use twin (dual) lead guitars. Ralf Scheepers voice reminds of Rob Halford.

Currently they play the purest form of heavy metal and they are very similar to Judas Priest (King For A Day, All For One, Diabolus, Strike, Bad Guys Wear Black). Primal Fear have no weak spots - all band members are masters, songs are well written and their sound is of high quality (crystal clear). - Metal_Treasure

19 Nightwish Nightwish 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.
20 Killswitch Engage Killswitch Engage Killswitch Engage is an American metalcore band from Westfield, Massachusetts, formed in 1999 after the disbanding of Overcast and Aftershock.
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