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

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Also feel free to comment if the foreign member was a good choice.

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. 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.

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

Then I think I might add him - zxm

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

Metal_Treasure,is it okay to add slash here.since he is british-american.but? - zxm

2 Dream Theater - James LaBrie Dream Theater - James LaBrie 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.

American band with a lead singer from Canada. - Metal_Treasure

3 Judas Priest - Scott Travis Judas Priest - Scott Travis 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.

British band, Scott is American. - Metal_Treasure

4 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

5 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

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

7 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

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 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

10 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

The Contenders

11 Obscura - Jeroen Paul Thesseling Obscura - Jeroen Paul Thesseling Obscura is a technical/progressive death metal band from 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 Obscura. ...read more.

Already 3 members.
A German band with 2 members from Austria (as of 2018): Sebastian Lanser (drums) and Rafael Trujillo (lead guitar).
Plus, an ex-bassist from the Netherlands - Jeroen Paul Thesseling. He's a fretless bass player. I watched him play 6- and 7-string fretless bass. Looks and sounds incredible. - Metal_Treasure

12 Black Sabbath - Ronnie James Dio Black Sabbath - Ronnie James Dio Black Sabbath were 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.

A British band with an American singer. - Rorywilbren

13 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 Siége 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

14 Judas Priest - Tim Ripper Owens Judas Priest - Tim Ripper Owens 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.

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

15 At Vance - Olaf Lenk At Vance - Olaf Lenk

A German band with a Swedish guitarist. - Metal_Treasure

16 Trivium - Matt Heafy Trivium - Matt Heafy Trivium is an American Heavy Metal band from Orlando, Florida, formed in 1999. Their frontman, Matt Heafy, lead guitarist Corey Beaulieu and Bassist Paulo Gregoletto are the band's most consistent members and have appeared in every album since. ...read more.
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.

Guns N' Roses are not a metal band. - Metal_Treasure

He was born in UK - zxm

18 Slipknot - Alessandro Venturella
19 Slayer - Tom Araya, Dave Lombardo Slayer - Tom Araya, Dave Lombardo 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.

An American band with a singer/bassist from Chile and a drummer from Cuba.

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Top Remixes

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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1. Megadeth - Shawn Drover, Glen Drover, Kiko Loureiro
2. Metallica - Lars Ulrich
3. Judas Priest - Scott Travis
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