Top 10 Metal Bands that Pioneered Styles

Bands that are considered to have pioneered or created different styles and subgenres of metal.

The Top Ten

1 Black Sabbath Black Sabbath Black Sabbath were a Heavy Metal band formed in Birmingham, England in 1968 by guitarist and songwriter Tony Iommi, singer John "Ozzy" Osbourne, bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward. more.

No, they didn't pioneer heavy metal. They pioneered only doom metal. The rest of metal was pioneered by Deep Purple - they laid the foundation for all fast metal subgenres, meaning, for almost all metal subgenres, except for doom and some other small, doom-influenced sub-subgenres. - Metal_Treasure

Literally pioneered heavy metal. - MetalFoREVer1228

2 Motorhead Motorhead Motörhead were an English heavy metal 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 metal and more.

Pioneered speed metal and laid the foundation for thrash and even some extreme metal. - MetalFoREVer1228

No, Deep Purple and Rainbow pioneered speed metal. Motörhead were partly influential towards thrash metal but they didn't lay the foundation for it. - Metal_Treasure

3 Celtic Frost Celtic Frost Celtic Frost was a Swiss extreme metal band from Zürich. They are known for their strong influence on the development of extreme metal. Formed in 1981 as Hellhammer, the band became Celtic Frost in 1984 and was active until 1993.

Pioneered extreme metal, and extremely influential in the development of black metal. - MetalFoREVer1228

4 Death Death Death was an American death metal band formed in 1983 by Chuck Schuldiner. Death is considered to be one of the most influential bands in heavy metal and a pioneering force in death metal. Its debut album, Scream Bloody Gore, has been widely regarded as the first death metal record, while the band's more.

One of the pioneers of death metal overall, and a pioneer of technical death metal. - MetalFoREVer1228

It's debatable if they were the pioneers of technical death metal. - Metal_Treasure

5 Napalm Death Napalm Death Napalm Death are a British grindcore/death metal band formed in Meriden, West Midlands, England, in 1981. While none of its original members remain in the group, the lineup of vocalist Mark "Barney" Greenway, bassist Shane Embury, guitarist Mitch Harris and drummer Danny Herrera has remained consistent more.

Pioneers of grindcore. - MetalFoREVer1228

6 Possessed Possessed Possessed is an American thrash/death metal band, originally formed in 1983 in the San Francisco Bay Area. Noted for their fast style of playing and Jeff Becerra's guttural vocals, they are routinely called the first band in the death metal genre. Possessed is the sometimes credited with being the first more.

Yes they are the first death metal band. - HEAVYMETALTHUNDER12345

The other pioneers of death metal. - MetalFoREVer1228

7 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.

Pioneers of speed metal and first wave black metal. - MetalFoREVer1228

8 Bathory Bathory Bathory was a Swedish Black/Viking Metal band formed in 1983 by Quorthon and Jonas Åkerlund. Bathory's first 4 albums layed the blueprint for Scandinavian Black Metal. Quorthon is often credited with creating the "shrieking" vocal style of Black Metal. Their 5th album, Hammerheart (1990) displayed more.

Pioneers of second wave black metal and Viking metal. - MetalFoREVer1228

9 Judas Priest Judas Priest 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”. more.

Pioneers of speed metal and power metal. - MetalFoREVer1228

NO, Deep Purple and Rainbow pioneered speed metal and power metal. - Metal_Treasure

10 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 more.

NO. Deep Purple and even more considerably, Rainbow, were pioneers of power metal. And there's no genre 'melodic metal'. NWOBHM isn't a genre either.
Iron Maiden did not pioneer a genre/subgenre. They just mastered metal as heard in Deep Purple and Rainbow, popularized metal and made metal a thing. - Metal_Treasure

Pioneers of melodic metal and power metal. - MetalFoREVer1228

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, more.

In Rock the first metal album of all time. - HEAVYMETALTHUNDER12345

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