I didn't include bands that don't exist anymore. But if somebody has already seen bands that don't play live anymore, I guess he/she can share his/her experience.
1 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.
Seeing them for the first time in 2013 was the best show I've ever been to. - IronSabbathPriest
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.
We just managed to get tickets for one of their shows in London in October. I'm so excited but part of the deal means spending three nights in a hotel room with my family... Could go either way. - IronSabbathPriest
I really want to see them! - Userguy44
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.
Get ready for extreme headbanging. - Metal_Treasure
4 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.
They have killer choruses so get ready to sing along - learn 2-3 lines from some choruses to feel included in the magic their shows are. - Metal_Treasure
5 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”. ...read more.
Wish I'd managed to catch them last tour. Hopefully I'll get a chance just before the end. - IronSabbathPriest
Judging by some old videos they were great live but they are getting older so hurry. - Metal_Treasure
6 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.
I am not a massive fan of theirs but they play very good live - technically perfect performances. - Metal_Treasure
Seeing them for sure next time they come to Florida. -MindCrime
Going to see them in two weeks! - IronSabbathPriest
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.
They are flawless live - mostly because Jeff Waters still has it and his fast riffs and solos are still amazing. Dave Padden was a very good singer live but he left the band so I don't know what to expect in the future in this regard. Guitars and drums will be awesome though.
I made a list with info about their live DVDs - Top 10 Live Annihilator Songs.
On the mentioned list there is info about the titles of the DVDs - most of these live songs are available on youtube. - Metal_Treasure
8 Amon Amarth
Amon Amarth is a Swedish melodic death metal band from Tumba, formed in 1992. The band takes its name from the Sindarin name of Mount Doom.
They sound just like on the studio recordings but with some extras. - Metal_Treasure
Sabaton is a power metal band from Falun, Sweden formed in 1999. The band's main lyrical themes are based on war and historical battles.
I can't say I am a huge fan in general but I saw them live as an opening act for Amon Amarth. Sabaton are just awesome live. Their songs are very energetic and anthemic. Seeing them live by chance made me pay more attention to them. - Metal_Treasure
10 King Diamond
Kim Bendix Petersen, better known by his stage name King Diamond, is a Danish heavy metal musician. He is known for his extensive vocal range, usually sung in falsetto. King Diamond was originally known as the vocalist for Mercyful Fate, but has become notorious for his horror themed Concept albums ...read more.
11 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.
12 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.
13 Ne Obliviscaris
Ne Obliviscaris (Latin for "forget not") are an extreme progressive metal band from Melbourne, Australia, formed in 2003.
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.
Accept is a German heavy metal band from the town of Solingen, originally assembled by former vocalist Udo Dirkschneider, guitarist Wolf Hoffmann and bassist Peter Baltes.
Ghost is a Swedish heavy metal band that was formed in Linköping in 2008. Ghost consists of 5 masked instrumentalists, known as The Nameless Ghouls, and a demonic anti-pope known as Papa Emeritus. They have released 3 studio albums, 1 live album and 2 EPs. Each album brings in a new version of Papa ...read more.
Seen them a couple of times now. I can highly recommend the experience. - IronSabbathPriest
Rammstein is a German Neue Deutsche Härte and Industrial Metal band consisting of Till Lindemann (vocals), Richard Kruspe (guitar), Paul Landers (guitar), Oliver Riedel (electric bass), Christoph Schneider (drums) and Christian Lorenz (keyboard), that formed in 1994 in Berlin . ...read more.
Given my opinion, Rammstein would occupy the first position. Their pyrotechnics are on point and they aren't afraid to break a few rules.
They have very unique live shows. - Userguy44
Meshuggah is a Swedish progressive metal band from Umeå, formed in 1987. They are often considered the fathers or founders of the djent metal sub genre due to their use of downtuned guitars. They are also known for their song “Bleed”, which is known for its extremely complicated instrumentation, ...read more.
19 Guns N' Roses
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.