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

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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 Iron Maiden Iron Maiden Iron Maiden are an English Heavy Metal / Hard Rock 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 ...read more.

Favorite riffs: Phantom of the Opera, Children of the Damned, 22 Acacia Avenue, Back In the Village, Aces High, Caught Somewhere in Time, Stranger in a Strange Land, Infinite Dreams, Mother Russia, Childhood's End, Afraid to Shoot Strangers, Fortunes of War, 2 A.M., Futureal, Out of the Silent Planet, Dance of Death, Rainmaker, Brighter than a Thousand Suns, The Reincarnation of B.B., When the Wild Wind Blows.

Edit: I missed out Hallowed Be Thy Name and Fear of the Dark just because they're so obviously good - Alkadikce

They have a lot of great guitar riffs. - Userguy44

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

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

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". ...read more.

My favorites:
Master Of Puppets
Sad But True
Blackened
Creeping Death
Harvester Of Sorrow
Battery
Damage Inc (the riff before and after the guitar solo) - Userguy44

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

Uh, YEAH. Who wouldn't like the riffs in their songs. Even the bad ones have good riffs. - PhoenixAura81

Master of Puppets for example - bobbythebrony

3 Megadeth Megadeth 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.

Yes. Megadeth's riffs are amazing. And their solos, of course, complete the chemistry for Dave and Marty as perhaps the greatest guitar duo of all time. - JoLeKosovo

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

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

Actually dimebags riffing is unique - bigmike137

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.

Every one who play electric guitar knows that Amon Amarth have the most melodic riffs in metal

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 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.

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

8 Black Sabbath

War Pigs has cool guitar riffs.

9 Judas Priest 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.

Painkiller. - Userguy44

10 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

The Contenders

11 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 ...read more.

I am a big fan of iron maiden and megadeth but I am telling you chuck is riff maker

Evil Chuck knows how to do it

I'm a big fan of this band (loved Scream Bloody Gore, Leprosy & Individual Thought Patterns to the core)..Chuck's solo is very memorable and eargasmic as hell in songs like Pull the Plug and the climactic riff in Open Casket just messes with your brain and senses.. - Arhaan95

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 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

14 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.

15 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

16 Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold is an American heavy metal 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). ...read more.

They have the incredible skill with making a song an adventure with many twists. Melodic and slow, fast and heavy, played in such harmony you can indulge yourself in every piece and be amazed by at least one part every time

Yeah, sure - especially This Means War that is a rip off of Metallica's Sad but True and Shepherd of Fire - a rip off of Metallica's Enter Sandman, Heretic - a rip off of pop singer Richard Marx, and so on. - Metal_Treasure

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

17 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

18 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 ...read more.
19 Mercyful Fate Mercyful Fate Mercyful Fate was a Danish heavy metal band from Copenhagen, formed in 1981 by vocalist King Diamond and guitarist Hank Shermann.
20 Kataklysm Kataklysm Kataklysm is a Canadian death metal band. They call their musical style "northern hyperblast" after an advertisement in M.E.A.T.
21 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.
22 Angel Witch Angel Witch Angel Witch are a British heavy metal band which formed in London, England in 1977 as part of the new wave of British heavy metal movement.
23 Gamma Ray Gamma Ray Gamma Ray is a power metal band from Hamburg, northern Germany, founded and fronted by Kai Hansen after his departure from the German power metal band Helloween.
24 Sabaton Sabaton 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.
25 Cannibal Corpse Cannibal Corpse Cannibal Corpse is a American death metal band from Buffalo, New York, formed in 1988. The band is known for their graphic album covers, explicitly violent lyrics and song titles like "I C** Blood" The group got into mainstream after performing the song "Hammer Smashed Face" in the 1994 film Ace Ventura: ...read more.
26 Between the Buried and Me Between the Buried and Me Between the Buried and Me is an American progressive metal band from Raleigh, North Carolina. Formed in 2000, the band consists of Tommy Giles Rogers, Jr.
27 Lost Society Lost Society Lost Society is a thrash metal band from Finland, formed in 2010. Lost Society released their debut album in 2013 when band members were teens aged 17, 18, 19, and 19.

Heavy, fast and pretty catchy riffs - Kill (Those Who Oppose Me), Trash All Over You, Escape From Delirium, Braindead Metalhead
I made a list "Top 10 Lost Society Songs". - Metal_Treasure

28 Dark Angel Dark Angel Dark Angel is an American thrash metal band from Los Angeles, California formed in 1981. Their over-the-top style (extremely fast, heavy and lengthy songs with lots of tempo changes, lyrics and extended instrumental parts) earned them the nickname "the L.A. Caffeine Machine". Although Dark Angel had ...read more.

Fast, epic and brutal thrash riffs - Black Prophecies, Darkness Descends, Merciless Death.
They were nicknamed the LA Caffeine Machine for a reason! - Metal_Treasure

29 Exodus Exodus Exodus is an American thrash metal band formed in 1979 in Richmond, California. Spanning a career of 37 years, Exodus has gone through numerous lineup changes, two extended hiatuses, and the deaths of two former band members.
30 The Black Dahlia Murder The Black Dahlia Murder The Black Dahlia Murder is an American melodic death metal band from Waterford, Michigan, formed in 2001. Their name is derived from the 1947 unsolved murder of Elizabeth Short, often referred to as Black Dahlia.
31 Bloodbath Bloodbath Bloodbath is a Swedish death metal supergroup from Stockholm, formed in 1998. The band has released four full-length albums, two EPs and two DVDs depicting their performances at Wacken Open Air and Bloodstock Open Air.
32 Rammstein Rammstein 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.
33 Guns N Roses 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.
34 Parkway Drive Parkway Drive Parkway Drive is an Australian metalcore band from Byron Bay, New South Wales, formed in 2003. As of 2015, Parkway Drive has released five full-length albums, one EP, two DVDs, a split album and one book, titled Ten Years of Parkway Drive.
35 Lamb of God Lamb of God Lamb of God is an American heavy metal band from Richmond, Virginia. Formed in 1994, the group consists of vocalist Randy Blythe, guitarists Mark Morton and Willie Adler, bassist John Campbell, and drummer Chris Adler.
36 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. ...read more.
37 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 ...read more.
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