Top Ten Metal Bands Who Never Released a Bad Album

Most bands usually take a bad step every now and then, but not these guys. Here are ten bands that have never released a bad or universally panned album.

The Top Ten

1 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.

They invent a genre, then perfect it, and then throw progressive elements at it. The recipe for a perfect discography. - AngryByrd

2 Opeth Opeth Opeth is a Swedish progressive death metal band from Stockholm, formed in 1990 by David Isberg, who invited Mikael Akerfeldt into the band as a bassist. Isberg ended up leaving the band, which lead to Mikael becoming the band's vocalist, guitarist, principal songwriter, and driving force. Along with more.

Of course, Opeth at number 1. They are the Gods of music.

I totally agree, whether it's pale communication (2014) or black water park(2001) all of them are great. - Ananya

I don't care what anyone says, their last 2 albums are great. So few bands play progressive rock anymore and none do it better than Opetj - ryanrimmel

I agree 100%. Both Heritage and Pale Communion are 2 of my favorite prog rock albums ever, even compared to bands like Pink Floyd, Rush, King Crimson, etc.. My personal favorite song from their last 2 albums is The Devil's Orchard, and Moon Above, Sun Below is great as well. Their new album will most likely be pretty amazing too. - AngryByrd

3 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.

I'm going to be honest. I didn't like The Hunter all that much. It wasn't bad, but it was extremely disappointing. - cjWriter1997

Incredible vocals, amazing drums, innovative guitars, and such versatility. You'll certainly be hooked after listening to a couple of their songs. - AngryByrd

Every album is amazing, yet so unique - ryanrimmel

4 Tool Tool Tool is an American progressive/alternative/post-metal band, that was formed in 1990. more.

Tool is the Pink Floyd of heavy metal for me, so much thought is put in their music. Sure, they rarely release anything, but quality over quantity any day - ryanrimmel

It's hard to mess up with only four albums, but when each one seems to raise the standard for an almost perfect band, it's a bit hard to ignore. - AngryByrd

I wanted to vote for Migos but it said that the list was only Metal so I decided to vote for something random. Welp at least u get free vote. - AlphaQ

5 Gojira Gojira Gojira is a progressive metal band from Bayonne, France. The band was known as Godzilla until 2001. Gojira is composed of Joe Duplantier on vocals and rhythm guitar, his brother Mario Duplantier on drums, Christian Andreu on lead guitar, and Jean-Michel Labadie on bass.
6 Neurosis Neurosis Neurosis is a post-metal band, based in Oakland, California. They formed in 1985 as a hardcore punk band, and their sound progressed towards a doom metal style that also included influences from dark ambient and industrial music as well as incorporating elements of folk music.

I know most people haven't heard this band, but believe me, they're worth listening to. All of their albums are great, as indicated by the list, but I would highly recommend Through Silver In Blood and Times of Grace - AngryByrd

Yes! Amazing, atmospheric, dark, sludgy progressive post metal. They don't really fall into any subgenre. They are very unique - ryanrimmel

7 Deftones Deftones Deftones are an American alternative metal band from Sacramento, California. The band, which was founded in 1988, consists of Chino Moreno, Stephen Carpenter, Frank Delgado, Abe Cunningham and Sergio Vega.

Technically not a Metal band, but their first three albums are pretty decent.

8 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 more.

The most consistent metal band I know - 10 albums as of 2015 and 30 years of improvement: every new album is better than the previous one.

Blind Guardian changed their subgenre several times but never disappointed. Moreover, they created at least one masterpiece in every subgenre they tried: from thrashy speed metal to symphonic metal. Blind Guardian did these metal subgenres in their own unique way so they didn't sound like the other bands in these subgenres. They never sold out and never did a subgenre that isn't metal. - Metal_Treasure

9 Testament Testament Testament is an American thrash metal band from Berkeley, California. Formed in 1983 under the name Legacy, the band consists of vocalist Chuck Billy, guitarists Eric Peterson and Alex Skolnick, bassist Steve DiGiorgio and drummer Gene Hoglan.

These guys are the kings of thrash, every single album that they is amazing, they are legends. How the HELL are they not first! Bands like Iron Maiden, Metallica, Anthrax all started to experiment. These guys have stayed the same since 1983. Brotherhood of the Snake is gonna be AWESOME

10 Fear Factory Fear Factory

The Contenders

11 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. more.
12 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.

Yeah hail bathory! Their all songs are polished to perfection. - Ananya

13 The Sword
14 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 Bad album in my opinion

The x factor & Virtual XI

Well, I don't think they've ever done a "bad" album, but none of their 90's stuff was as good as their perfect 80's albums.

I didn't add them but I agree they've never put out a bad album. A few mediocre ones but not bad at all. - IronSabbathPriest

15 Helmet Helmet Helmet is an American alternative metal band from New York City formed in 1989. Founded by vocalist and lead guitarist Page Hamilton, Helmet has had numerous lineup changes, and Hamilton has been the only constant member.

Pioneers of alt metal, and rock at it's finest. - AngryByrd

16 Disturbed Disturbed Disturbed is an American nu metal/ alternative rock/ alternative metal band from Chicago, Illinois. The band comprises vocalist David Draiman, bassist John Moyer, guitarist Dan Donegan, and drummer Mike Wengren. They are known for songs like "Down With the Sickness" and "Stricken" .

I would argue otherwise. In fact, I’d say they’ve released plenty of bad albums. - DCfnaf

17 King Diamond 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 more.
18 Overkill Overkill Overkill is an American thrash metal band, formed in 1980 in New Jersey. They have gone through many line-up changes, with singer Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth and bassist D.D.

By far, the best thrash metal band who kept it original and Bobby Blitz still has clean vocals since 1980.

19 Slayer Slayer 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. more.

I honestly agree with this one, but some ok albums, like their cover album. But most of their stuff are great, - Mumbizz01

20 Alice in Chains Alice in Chains Alice in Chains is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1987 by guitarist and songwriter Jerry Cantrell and original lead vocalist Layne Staley.

Not a fan of their Duvall era music, to be completely honest.

When TDPDH is the 'worst' you ever did and it is still top notch, I think AIC is the obvious choice. Not even in my top 5 favourite bands, but when it comes to Cantrell and the boys releases "failling" is a word that simply doesn't exist.

21 Katatonia Katatonia Katatonia is a Swedish metal band formed in Stockholm in 1991 by Jonas Renkse and Anders Nyström. The band has released nine studio albums spanning the course of three decades, and their tenth studio album, The Fall of Hearts was released on May 20, 2016.
22 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.
23 Ghost Ghost 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 4 studio albums, 1 live album and 2 EPs. Each album brings in a new version of Papa more.

Ghost are amazing, and definitely one of the most creative bands around. I really wish they wouldn't receive so much elitism for having clean vocals and not just being a bunch of blastbeats and screaming. - AngryByrd

Sure, they only have 3 albums. Sure, they're new. People may call them "untrve" or "pop metal". I disagree with those, every song on every album amazes me - ryanrimmel

@AngryByrd - clean vocals isn't their biggest problem. - Metal_Treasure

24 Anthrax Anthrax Anthrax is an American thrash metal band from New York City, formed in 1981 by guitarist Scott Ian and bassist Dan Lilker.

Even with multiple vocalists, they continue to release great albums - ryanrimmel

25 System of a Down System of a Down System of a Down formed in 1994 as an Armenian-American Nu Metal group from Glendale, California . The band name is sometimes shortened to System or SOAD. more.
26 Coroner Coroner Coroner is a Swiss thrash metal band from Zürich, formed in the early 80s. They have been called "the Rush of thrash metal" for their increasingly complex style of progressive rock-infused thrash. They garnered relatively little attention outside Europe .
27 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". more.

Absolutely not; while they have released plenty of great albums, to say they qualify for this list when LuLu and St. Anger exist is simply absurd. - DCfnaf

I didn't mean to vote for them...I meant to comment. Metallica has put out some pretty trashy albums like ryanrimmel said. - peaceswagtv

St Anger, Lulu, Load, Re-Load. Metallica has put out lots of bad albums - ryanrimmel


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28 Pink Floyd Pink Floyd Pink Floyd was an English progressive rock band formed in 1965 in London, England. They achieved international acclaim with their progressive and psychedelic music. The band consisted of 5 members - David Gilmour (Vocals and Guitar), Syd Barrett (Vocals and Guitar), Nick Mason (Drums), Roger Waters more.

They never released anything bad, but Ummagumma wasn't very good though. BUT, they are not a metal band - ryanrimmel

A rock band, not a metal band. And honestly, I’d argue that they’re not perfect. They can make bad stuff every now and then. - DCfnaf

Pink Floyd is psychedelic rock and hard rock.Some of the songs might be hard rock.But metal,definitely not.They aren't that kind of heavy to be a metal. - zxm

29 Cattle Decapitation Cattle Decapitation Cattle Decapitation is an American Deathgrind band from San Diego, California formed in 1996. Cattle Decapitation's songs protest the mistreatment and consumption of animals, the abuse of the environment and touch subjects such as misanthropy and genocide of the human race. Much of their music is based more.
30 Pantera Pantera Pantera was an American Heavy Metal band formed in 1981 by guitarist Dimebag Darrell and drummer Vinnie Paul. The band started out as a Glam Metal act in the 1980s with little success. After discarding their original lead vocalist and enlisting Phil Anselmo, the band signed a major record deal with more.

@ryanrimmel (because I noticed on the feed that he added them) - Ryan, you probably forgot about their glam metal albums like Metal Magic. The album Power Metal wasn't that bad though. - Metal_Treasure

First off, I made the list. Second, I didn't add these guys. Anything before power metal is terrible. - AngryByrd

@metaltreasure. Yeah I completely forgot about those albums, but could you really blame me for that? - ryanrimmel

31 Slipknot Slipknot Slipknot is a fictional character, a supervillain, published by DC Comics. Created by Gerry Conway and Rafael Kayanan, the character made his first appearance in The Fury of Firestorm #28.
32 Immolation Immolation

How is that band put here twice?

33 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.
34 Megadeth
35 Death Angel Death Angel Death Angel is an American thrash metal band from Daly City, California, initially active from 1982 to 1991 and again since 2001. Death Angel has released seven studio albums, two demo tapes, one box set and two live albums.
36 Dark Tranquillity Dark Tranquillity 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.

This band doesn’t mess up their style, they’ve been solid the past 30+ years.

37 Artillery Artillery Artillery is a Danish thrash metal band. They participated in the early development of the genre, and their highly energetic, riff-centric and often fast-paced music is similar in style to that of Voivod, Coroner, Megadeth and Sabbat from the same era.

Not a bad thing to say about them.

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