Top Ten Metal Bands That Underwent Name Changesryanrimmel The best Metal bands that had to change their name mid-careers.
This will NOT include bands that changed their name before releasing an album, such as Black Sabbath and Accept.
The Top Ten
They were originally called Ghost, but were forced to change to Ghost B.C. just before their 2nd album for legal reasons. In 2015, they officially dropped "B.C." from their name and are just Ghost now. - ryanrimmel
They originally went by Burn the Priest and played a thrashy-death metal blend. After their debut album they changed their name to Lamb of God and became the modern Groove Metal Legends we know today. - ryanrimmel
The legendary heavy metal band was originally known as Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow until they changed their name after their first album to simply "Rainbow" - ryanrimmel
Rhapsody was 13 years old as a legendary Symphonic/Power Metal band, until they were forced to add "of Fire" to the end for copyright issues. - ryanrimmel
This Metal band was very popular in Turkey, but due to confusion with the American Doom Metal band, Pentagram, They changed their name to Mezarkabul. - ryanrimmel
Their original name was (still is) Pentagram but in order to avoid confusion with the American metal band Pentagram, from their 2001 album "Unspoken" on, they began to use the title "Mezarkabul" on international releases. And for those who claim they don't, yes, they DO sing in English.
In fact they even didn't have any Turkish songs until their fifth album "Bir" (except one cover of Turkish folk song Güandüz Gece on the album "Anatolia" by Aşık Veysel). and even after that, 2-3 Turkish songs on each album, at max. So they mostly sing in English. Regardless of the language though, you should definitely check out them, they're awesome.
Recommended album: Unspoken
This Metal legend from Strapping Young Lad put out his first solo album under the name "Ocean Machine". It has since been changed - ryanrimmel
There's also Devin Townsend Project - Metal_Treasure
This one man black metal project put out a few releases under the name "Lurker of Chalice" - ryanrimmel
That's because there was a Greek band named Ethereal.
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List StatsUpdated 22 Aug 2017
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2. Lamb of God (Burn the Priest)
3. Rainbow (Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow)