1 Dark Tranquillity - Martin Henriksson, Martin Brändström; Mikael Stanne, Mikael Niklasson; Anders Jivarp, Anders Fridén
Dark Tranquillity is a Swedish melodic death metal band from Gothenburg formed in 1989. They are one of the longest-standing bands from the original Gothenburg metal scene.
Actually 3 pairs:
Martin Henriksson, Martin Brändström (current members)
Mikael Stanne, Mikael Niklasson (current and past)
Anders Jivarp, Anders Fridén (current and past) - Metal_Treasure
2 Blind Guardian - Hansi Kürsch, Hans-Peter Frey; Thomas Stauch, Thomas Kelleners
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.
3 pairs, or at least 2 ½ :
1) Hans Jürgen "Hansi" Kürsch, Hans-Peter Frey (current and past member) - they worked together in the 80s
2) Thomas Stauch, Thomas Kelleners (past members) - worked together in the 80s, Thomas Stauch was with the band for 20 years
This may count, too:
MarCus Siepen, MarKus Dörk (current and past member) - MarCus Siepen replaced MarKus Dörk - Metal_Treasure
3 Dream Theater - John Petrucci, John Myung
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.
Also the only members to have stayed with the band full time. - IronSabbathPriest
Current members, long-term members. Plus Mike Portnoy (ex-member) and Mike Mangini (current member). - Metal_Treasure
Don't forget the 2 Mikes - 445956
4 Megadeth - Dave Mustaine, Dave Ellefson
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.
Current members, long-term members
Born: David Scott "Dave" Mustaine, David Warren "Dave" Ellefson - Metal_Treasure
5 Angra - André Matos, André Hernandes, André Linhares
Not the best band on this list but 3 people named André in a band is pretty amazing. Moreover, the first letters of their names (An) repeat the first letters of the band name - actually 3 common letters out of 5 (a, n, r).
They only needed to invite André Olbrich of Blind Guardian and change the band name to André Quatro, or André Quattro Stagioni - to put some classic Vivaldi air to it. - Metal_Treasure
6 Helloween - Michael Kiske, Michael Weikath
Helloween is a German power metal band founded in 1984 in Hamburg, Northern Germany. The band is a pioneering force in the power metal genre, and their second and third studio albums, Keeper of the Seven Keys: Part I and Part II, are considered masterpieces of the genre.
Michael Weikath - founding member, still with Helloween; they worked together long time ago but Michael Kiske was the man who made this band legendary (his voice). - Metal_Treasure
Weikath's songwriting combined with Kiske's vocals made a perfect match... At least for the first two albums with Kiske. - IronSabbathPriest
7 Deep Purple - Ian Gillan, Ian Paice
Long-term members, best MK that is also related to metal invention - Metal_Treasure
8 Amon Amarth - Johan Hegg, Johan Söderberg
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.
Current members, long-term members, together since 1998. - Metal_Treasure
9 Opeth - Martin Lopez, Martin Persson, Martin "Axe" Axenrot, Martín Méndez
10 Stratovarius - Timo Kotipelto, Timo Tolkki
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.
A current and a past member but they were together for 14 years - Metal_Treasure
11 Fleshgod Apocalypse - Francesco Paoli, Francesco Ferrini, Francesco Struglia
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.
Francesco Paoli and Francesco Ferrini are current members, Francesco Struglia is a past member. - Metal_Treasure
12 Edguy - Tobias Sammet, Tobias Exxel
Current members, long-term members, together since 1998.
Tobias Sammet stopped playing bass in 1998 to focus on vox and songwriting, and Tobias Exxel replaced him on the bass. - Metal_Treasure
13 Iced Earth - John Schaffer, John Greely
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.
I felt like adding this. John Schaffer is the guitarist, songwriter, and only full serving member of the band. Whilst John Greeley sang on IE's second album. Which is actually a pretty good album. - IronSabbathPriest
Shaffer's first name is actually Jon and not John, which is basically the same but not exactly. I don't know ... - Metal_Treasure
14 Marilyn Manson - Brian Warner, Brian Tutunick
This is not metal. Sorry. - Metal_Treasure
15 Voivod - Denis Bélanger, Denis D'Amour
Voivod is a Canadian heavy metal band from Jonquière, Québec. Their musical style has changed several times since the band's origin in the early 1980s. The band's current line-up consists of Denis "Snake" Bélanger, Daniel "Chewy" Mongrain, Dominique "Rocky" Laroche and Michel "Away" Langevin.
Long-term members, together since 1982. Denis D'Amour died in 2005. R.I.P. - Metal_Treasure
16 Rolling Stones - Mick Jagger, Mick Taylor
Nice but not metal. Sorry. - Metal_Treasure
17 Led Zeppelin - John Bonham, John Paul Jones
Nice but not metal. Sorry. - Metal_Treasure
18 Isis - Aaron Turner, Aaron Harris
19 Tankard - Andreas Geremia, Andreas Gutjahr
Tankard is a thrash metal band from Frankfurt am Main, Germany, founded in 1982. Along with the bands Kreator, Destruction and Sodom, Tankard is often considered one of the "The Big Teutonic Four" of Teutonic thrash metal.
20 Bullet for my Valentine - Michael Paget, Michael Thomas
21 Diablo Swing Orchestra - Daniel Håkansson, Daniel Hedin