Top 10 Metal Bands that Have/Had a Member from Another Country

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The Top Ten

1 Megadeth - Shawn Drover, Glen Drover, Kiko Loureiro Megadeth - Shawn Drover, Glen Drover, Kiko Loureiro 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.

Shawn and Glen Drover are brothers from Canada, Kiko is from Brazil. - Metal_Treasure

@zxm - RE adding Slash here since he is British-american: it's up to you. - Metal_Treasure

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2 Dream Theater - James LaBrie Dream Theater - James LaBrie Dream Theater is an American progressive metal band. The band was formed in 1985 under the name of "Majesty", but had to change its name to Dream Theater later. ...read more.

American band with a lead singer from Canada. - Metal_Treasure

3 Arch Enemy - Angela Gossow, Alissa White-Gluz, Jeff Loomis Arch Enemy - Angela Gossow, Alissa White-Gluz, Jeff Loomis 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.

Arch Enemy and Kamelot are the most international metal bands. Arch Enemy is a Swedish band that hired a German singer, then a Canadian singer and an American lead guitarist. - Metal_Treasure

4 Annihilator - Mike Mangini Annihilator - Mike Mangini 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.

Canadian thrash band that had a drummer from the US. - Metal_Treasure

5 Iced Earth - Stu Block Iced Earth - Stu Block 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.

An American band with a lead singer from Canada. - Metal_Treasure

6 Metallica - Lars Ulrich Metallica - Lars Ulrich 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 hesitated a lot about Lars Ulrich because he is Danish-American but he wasn't born in the US and immigrated to the US at 16, so he should be on this list. - Metal_Treasure

An American band with a Danish drummer. - NikBrusk

7 Judas Priest - Scott Travis Judas Priest - Scott Travis 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.

British band, Scott is American. - Metal_Treasure

8 Nile - George Kollias Nile - George Kollias 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.

American band with a drummer from Greece. He's an Oh My God drummer! - Metal_Treasure

9 Kamelot - Roy Khan, Tommy Karevik, Oliver Palotai Kamelot - Roy Khan, Tommy Karevik, Oliver Palotai Kamelot is an American power metal band from Tampa, Florida, formed by Thomas Youngblood and Richard Warner in 1991. The Norwegian vocalist Roy Khan joined for the album SiƩge Perilous, and shared songwriting credit with Youngblood until his departure in April 2011. On June 22, 2012, Youngblood announced ...read more.

American band with a Norwegian singer, then a Swedish singer and a German keyboardist of Hungarian descent. - Metal_Treasure

10 Primal Fear - Magnus Karlsson, Randy Black Primal Fear - Magnus Karlsson, Randy Black 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.

A German band with a Swedish guitarist and a Canadian drummer. - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 Rainbow - Ronnie James Dio, Joe Lynn Turner Rainbow - Ronnie James Dio, Joe Lynn Turner Rainbow are a British rock band led by guitarist Ritchie Blackmore from 1975 to 1984 and 1993 to 1997. They were originally established with Ronnie James Dio as the lead singer and lyricist. Rainbow were ranked No. 90 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock. The band has sold over 28 million albums ...read more.

British band with 2 American lead singers. - Metal_Treasure

Dio's great! - zxm

12 Judas Priest - Tim Ripper Owens Judas Priest - Tim Ripper Owens 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.

A British band that hired a lead singer from the US. I put Judas Priest at #9 and not higher because Tim Ripper era was controversial. I believe (and can prove it) that Tim is a great singer but maybe he wasn't made for this band (same for his era in Iced Earth). - Metal_Treasure

13 At Vance - Olaf Lenk

A German band with a Swedish guitarist. - Metal_Treasure

14 Trivium - Matt Heafy Trivium - Matt Heafy Trivium are an American heavy metal band from Orlando, Florida, formed in 1999. After getting signed to Roadrunner Records in 2004, the band has released seven studio albums and nineteen singles.
15 Slipknot - Alessandro Venturella

An American band with a British bassist. - NikBrusk

16 Obscura - Jeroen Paul Thesseling Obscura - Jeroen Paul Thesseling Obscura is a German technical death metal band from Landshut, Germany, founded in 2002. The band became prominent when members of Necrophagist and Pestilence joined Steffen Kummerer to release the critically acclaimed second full-length album, Cosmogenesis. The band was named after the Gorguts album ...read more.

German band with an ex-bassist from the Netherlands. He's a fretless bass player. I watched him play 6- and 7-string fretless bass. Looks and sounds incredible. - Metal_Treasure

17 Guns N' Roses - Slash Guns N' Roses - Slash Guns N' Roses is an American hard rock band from Los Angeles formed in 1985. The classic lineup, as signed to Geffen Records in 1986, consisted of vocalist Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan, and drummer Steven Adler. Apart from hard rock they are also ...read more. V 2 Comments
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1. Megadeth - Shawn Drover, Glen Drover, Kiko Loureiro
2. Metallica - Lars Ulrich
3. Nile - George Kollias
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1. Rainbow - Ronnie James Dio, Joe Lynn Turner
2. Judas Priest - Tim Ripper Owens
3. Annihilator - Mike Mangini
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1. Megadeth - Shawn Drover, Glen Drover, Kiko Loureiro
2. Dream Theater - James LaBrie
3. Judas Priest - Tim Ripper Owens
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