Top 10 Metal Bands with Remarkable Guitar Riffs on Most of Their Songs

Metal bands you listen to when you wanna hear many badass riffs and not only 1-2 songs with good riffs.

The Top Ten

1 Pantera Pantera Pantera was a Heavy Metal band formed in 1981 by guitarist Dimebag Darrell and drummer Vinnie Paul. The group got into mainstream after changing from Glam Metal to Groove Metal. The band's most successful album is "Vulgar Display of Power". As the pioneers of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal, They more.

Mouth For War, Cowboys from Hell, Walk, 5 Minutes Alone, I'm Broken - Metal_Treasure

Actually dimebags riffing is unique - bigmike137

2 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.

Metallica had great guitar riffs before the Black Album, on the Black Album, and even after this album. Most of their songs really have remarkable riffs. - Metal_Treasure

Master of Puppets for example - bobbythebrony

3 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.

The riffs of fear of the dark and hallowed be thy name are one of the best riffs of iron maiden - zxm

The Trooper riff blew my mind.
Also - Aces High, Fear Of The Dark, Hallowed Be Thy Name, Mother Russia, and many more. - Metal_Treasure

4 Annihilator Annihilator 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.

Fast, technical and melodic riffs. Very often there are several badass riffs in one song. Jeff Waters is a riff master.
Songs - Phantasmagoria, Schizos (Are Never Alone, part I and II), Alison Hell, The Trend, Sixes and Sevens, Imperiled Eyes, 21 - Metal_Treasure

5 Megadeth Megadeth Megadeth is an American thrash metal band from Los Angeles, California. The group was formed in 1983 by guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson, shortly after Mustaine's dismissal from Metallica. They have released 15 studio albums, and their biggest hits are Symphony of Destruction, Holy more.

Holy Wars is my #1 metal riff of all time. I also like Symphony of Destruction, Angry Again, Tornado of Souls. - Metal_Treasure

6 Amon Amarth 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.

Amon Amarth probably have the most melodic riffs in metal.
Songs - The Pursuit of Vikings, Tattered Banners and Bloody Flags, War of the Gods, Twilight of the Thunder God, Guardians of Asgaard - Metal_Treasure

7 Slayer Slayer more.

Raining Blood and South of Heaven - bobbythebrony

Raining Blood is the most iconic and most copied riff in metal history (credits to Jeff Hanneman, R.I.P.). But I can't put Slayer higher than this because most of their other riffs sound alike. Overall, guitar work / riffs aren't their prime but Raining Blood riff is mindblowing. - Metal_Treasure

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9 Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold is an American alternative metal/metalcore (early) band, that was formed 1999 in California. Their longest lineup of members was M. Shadows (Vocals), Synyster Gates (Lead Guitar), Zacky Vengeance (Rhythm Guitar), Johnny Christ (Bass Guitar), and The Rev (Drums). more.

I know people don't like them very much, but I do enjoy their guitar riffs - zxm

Why people hate this band? cause they are jealous

10 Judas Priest Judas Priest Judas Priest are a British heavy metal band formed in Birmingham, England, in 1969. The band has sold over 45 million albums to date. They received a lot of popularity due to their big hits Breaking The Law, You've Got Another Thing Comin', and Living after Midnight which were played on the radio a more.

The Contenders

11 Iced Earth 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.

Jon Schaffer is a very solid rhythm guitar player and he plays thrashy riffs although Iced Earth aren't a thrash band. Jon Schaffer is also the king of gallops. I like it. - Metal_Treasure

12 Savatage Savatage Savatage is an American heavy metal band founded by the brothers Jon and Criss Oliva in 1978 at Astro Skate in Tarpon Springs, Florida.

Their riffs are great (R.I.P. Criss Oliva):
Hall Of The Mountain King, Morphine Child, Chance, Sirens, Surrender, Damien, Scream Murder, Jesus Saves, Dead Winter Dead. - Metal_Treasure

13 Nile Nile 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.

The breakdown from Cast Down the Heretic makes me want to headbutt a mountian.

14 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 .

Awesome thrash riffs - Masked Jackal, Tunnel of Pain, Nosferatu, Reborn Through Hate, Arc-Lite - Metal_Treasure

15 Children of Bodom 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.

Morrigan by far the best from them in my opinion - bobbythebrony

16 Machine Head Machine Head Machine Head is an American heavy metal band from Oakland, California. Formed on October 12, 1991, the group was founded by vocalist and guitarist Robb Flynn and bassist Adam Duce. They have received great critical success especially for their album "The Blackening" which is considered a modern metal more.
17 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.

Evil Chuck knows how to do it

18 Primal Fear Primal Fear Primal Fear are a German metal band formed in 1997 by Ralf Scheepers and Mat Sinner. They play heavy metal, power metal and speed metal. Primal Fear remind of Judas Priest but Primal Fear are faster and heavier. They use twin (dual) lead guitars. Ralf Scheepers voice reminds of Rob Halford.

Primal Fear offer variety - they have different types of riffs.
Songs - All For One, Strike, Diabolus, Road to Asylum, King For A Day, Blood on Your Hands - Metal_Treasure

19 Gamma Ray Gamma Ray
20 Sabaton Sabaton
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