Top 10 Metal Bands that Have Used Keyboard Instruments

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Keyboard Instruments in metal setup a progressive sound even when the band isn't strictly a progressive metal band. Keyboard instruments are also used in extreme metal.

Keyboard Instruments are all instruments that use a keyboard - piano, organ, accordion, electronic keyboards, including synthesizers and digital pianos.

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.

My favorite synth in Iron Maiden songs is the intro of Moonchild. Other pleasant bits:
- the wind sounds at the beginning and the end of When the Wild Wind Blows
- the helicopter sound in The Edge of Darkness
- the intro of The Angel of the Gambler (yes, I find the intro pretty good despite the rest of the song)
- the synths in the intro of Don't Look to the Eyes of a Stranger harmonise well with the guitars and later the vocals
- the intro of If Eternity Should Fail (it sounds like the opening credits to a documentary about space)
- the piano in Empire of the Clouds (it's not a synth but the list title says keyboard instruments, not only keyboards)

Thanks for mentioning me - Alkadikce

I saved this for Alkadikse (the pleasure to comment on them). But it doesn't mean other people can't comment. I just know that Alkadikse particularly liked how Iron Maiden used synths. - Metal_Treasure

2 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.

This is where it all started, basically. Also, many metal bands use dueling solos of guitars and keyboards, like Deep Purple did.

Songs to try: Highway Star, Burn, Dead or Alive, Hard Lovin' Man - Metal_Treasure

Ignorant people: "Keyboards aren't heavy! "
Jon Lord: "Be right back..." - Gg2000

Of course. - JoLeKosovo

3 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.

Songs to try: Rainbow in the Dark, Holy Diver - Metal_Treasure

4 Children of Bodom Children of Bodom Children Of Bodom is a melodic death metal band from Espoo, Finland. Formed in 1993, the group currently consists of Alexi Laiho, Janne Wirman, Henkka Seppälä, Jaska Raatikainen and Daniel Freyberg.

Melodic death metal with keyboards - pretty unusual but I like how they use the keyboards. Songs to try: Every Time I Die, Hexed, Kissing the Shadows - Metal_Treasure

Does the intro to Bodom after Midnight use synths? - Alkadikce

5 Dream Theater Dream Theater 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.
6 Rainbow Rainbow 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.

Songs to try: A Light in the Black, Stargazer, Fire Dance, Eyes of the World - Metal_Treasure

Don Airey is good. - JoLeKosovo

7 Symphony X Symphony X Symphony X is an American progressive metal band from Middletown, New Jersey. Founded in 1994, the band consists of guitarist Michael Romeo, keyboardist Michael Pinnella, drummer Jason Rullo, lead vocalist Russell Allen and bassist Michael Lepond.

Songs to try: Iconoclast, Bastards of the Machine, Smoke and Mirrors - Metal_Treasure

8 Fleshgod Apocalypse Fleshgod Apocalypse Fleshgod Apocalypse is an Italian death metal band. Formed in 2007, the group resides in Perugia and are currently signed to Willowtip Records and Nuclear Blast. The band is known for their fusion of metal with technical death metal.

A death metal band. Songs to try: The Violation, Epilogue, Pathfinder - Metal_Treasure

9 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. It's currently formed by Tuomas, Emppu, lead vocalist Floor Jansen, bassist and vocalist Marco Hietala, ...read more.

They have a permanent keyboardist - Tuomas Holopainen - Metal_Treasure

10 Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force

Songs to try: Rising Force, Liar - Metal_Treasure

There's also ‘ You don't Remember, I’ll Never Forget ‘ From his Trilogy album. - xXEnglishGothXx

The Contenders

11 Savatage Savatage Savatage is an American heavy metal band founded by the brothers Jon and Criss Oliva in 1978 at Astro Skate in Tarpon Springs, Florida.

They were one of the pioneers of prog metal. Songs to try: Chance, Morphine Child, Commissar, Surrender - Metal_Treasure

12 Edguy Edguy

Songs to try: Vain Glory Opera, Tears of a Mandrake, Sacrifice - Metal_Treasure

13 Kamelot Kamelot 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.
14 Kalmah Kalmah Kalmah is a melodic death metal band from Oulu, Finland that formed in 1998. In less than a year after its formation, Kalmah was signed by Spinefarm Records.
15 Dragonforce Dragonforce DragonForce are a British power metal band based in London, England. Formed in 1999, the group are known for their long and fast guitar solos, fantasy-themed lyrics, and electronic sounds in their music to add to their retro video game-influenced sound.

Don't trust the tap water. Never trust the tap water. - MetalMan

16 Ensiferum Ensiferum Ensiferum is a Finnish folk metal band from Helsinki. The members of the band label themselves as "melodic folk metal."
17 Stratovarius Stratovarius Stratovarius is a Finnish power metal band that formed in 1984. Since their formation, they have released 16 studio albums, 4 DVD and 3 live albums.
18 Alestorm Alestorm Alestorm is a heavy metal band originally from Perth, Scotland. Their music is characterized by a pirate theme, and as a result they have been dubbed a "pirate metal" band by many critics and their fanbase.

Don't trust the tap water. Never trust the tap water. - MetalMan

19 Rhapsody of Fire Rhapsody of Fire Rhapsody of Fire is an Italian symphonic power metal band created by Luca Turilli and Alex Staropoli, widely seen as a pioneer of the symphonic power metal subgenre.
20 Ne Obliviscaris Ne Obliviscaris Ne Obliviscaris (Latin for "forget not") are an extreme progressive metal band from Melbourne, Australia, formed in 2003.
21 Blind Guardian Blind Guardian Blind Guardian is a German power metal band formed in the mid-1980s in West Germany. They are often credited as one of the seminal and most influential bands in the power metal and speed metal subgenres. Heavily influenced by Queen, they use the technique of overdubbing. They also incorporate large ...read more.
22 Sonata Arctica Sonata Arctica Sonata Arctica is a Finnish power metal band from the town of Kemi, Finland. Created as a hard rock band named Tricky Beans, they later changed to Tricky Means and finally to Sonata Arctica, when they shifted to power metal.

My favorite song is Fullmoon. "The Cage" has a keyboard solo by Jens Johansson - Metal_Treasure

23 Avantasia Avantasia Avantasia is a German supergroup rock opera project created by Tobias Sammet, vocalist of the band Edguy.
24 Firewind Firewind Firewind is a Greek power metal band. Formed in 1998, the group is currently signed to Century Media Records and was originally a small project created by guitarist, Gus G.

Another band with a permanent keyboardist and he's pretty good - Bob Katsionis - Metal_Treasure

25 Trollfest Trollfest

Folk metal with accordion. That's a lot of fun. Songs to try: Kaptein Kaos, Brumlebassen, Die Verdammte Hungersnot, Toxic (Britney Spears cover, and yes, it features accordion! Haha) - Metal_Treasure

26 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.

Used in 'The Coming Curse' - Metal_Treasure

27 Epica Epica Epica is a Dutch symphonic metal band, founded by guitarist and vocalist Mark Jansen after his departure from After Forever.
28 Vinnie Moore Vinnie Moore
29 Within Temptation Within Temptation Within Temptation is a Dutch symphonic metal band founded in April 1996 by vocalist Sharon den Adel and guitarist Robert Westerholt.
30 Mastodon Mastodon Mastodon is an American heavy metal band from Atlanta, Georgia, formed in early 2000 and composed of bassist Troy Sanders, guitarists Brent Hinds and Bill Kelliher and drummer Brann Dailor.

Songs to try; Steambreather, The Czar, Roots Remain. - MattAffterburner

31 Guns N’ Roses Guns N’ Roses

Not a metal band - Metal_Treasure

32 Queen Queen Queen are an English rock band formed in 1970. Members were Freddie Mercury (Vocals and Piano), Brian May (Guitar, Vocals), Roger Taylor (Drums, Vocals), and John Deacon (Bass Guitar, Vocals). Before forming into Queen, Brian May and Roger Taylor had played together in a band named Smile. Freddie Mercury ...read more.

Not exactly a metal band - Metal_Treasure

33 Ozzy Osbourne

Don Airey from Rainbow on keyboards. - JoLeKosovo

34 Powerwolf Powerwolf Powerwolf is a German power metal band created in 2003 by Charles and Matthew Greywolf. The group is notable for having dark themes and images, both musically and lyrically.
35 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.

They used a piano in the Welcome Home intro, and an organ in Bleeding Me. - yaygiants16

+ in The Unforgiven III - Metal_Treasure

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