Top Ten Metal Bands With a Unique Sound

The Top Ten

1 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 ...read more.

This metal band has a very unique dense sound thanks to intense drumming and multi-layered vocal harmonies. Vocal harmonies are not typical in metal but the band still sounds heavy enough.

Next, this is the only band that can do certain odd things and still sound amazing: to put oriental folk tunes in a metal song with heavy riffs and intense drumming, then add overlapping vocal harmonies like in Bohemian Rhapsody, and finally to spice this mixture with a perfect symphonic orchestration. It’s difficult to beat that (try: Wheel Of Time).

Their acoustic ballads sound pretty unique, too (The Bard’s Song, Lord Of The Rings). In “Lord of the Rings” when lyrics say "Slow down", music speeds up! This is so odd but pure genius - it sends controversial messages to your brain and I'm sure they did it on purpose. It’s really funny at live shows because when Hansi sings "Slow down", the crowd starts jumping, following the music (and Hansi smiles ...more - Metal_Treasure

2 In Flames In Flames In Flames is a Swedish melodic death metal band from Gothenburg, Sweden, formed in 1990. ...read more.
3 Slipknot Slipknot Slipknot is an American Heavy Metal band formed in 1995 from Iowa. The band is best known as one of the pioneers of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal during the late 1990s - 2000s and are distinguishable by the band's clothing choices, consisting of black/red jumpsuits and horror inspired masks. ...read more.

They look unique but does this mean they sound unique, too? I'm so not sure... - Metal_Treasure

4 Tool Tool Tool is an American progressive/alternative metal band, that was formed in 1990. ...read more.
5 Black Sabbath Black Sabbath Black Sabbath were a Heavy Metal band formed in Birmingham, England in 1968 by guitarist and songwriter Tony Iommi, Singer Ozzy Osbourne, Bassist and Main Lyricist Geezer Butler and Drummer Bill Ward. The band got into mainstream after improving after their debut album got negative feedback. In 1978, ...read more.
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.
7 Whispered Whispered

They play Samurai Metal

8 Babymetal Babymetal Babymetal is a Japanese metal idol band. Their line-up consists of Suzuka Nakamoto as "Su-metal", Yui Mizuno as "Yuimetal", and Moa Kikuchi as "Moametal".

Considering how they basically invented a new genre, I guess they deserve a spot here.

Why they don't get hit by a car or at least by a horse!?!?!?! - Ananya

Just because they have more talent and creativity than you doesn't mean you should wish that upon someone. - MKBeast

Thank god for BABYMETAL!

9 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.

Currently thrash sound is so popular and overplayed that nobody think it's unique. But in the early 80s Metallica sound was most certainly unique and almost revolutionary. Also, even now, everybody would recognise Metallica sound - when you hear a Metallica song you know it's Metallica. - Metal_Treasure

10 Meshuggah Meshuggah Meshuggah is a Swedish progressive metal band from Umeå, formed in 1987. They are often considered the fathers or founders of the djent metal sub genre due to their use of downtuned guitars. They are also known for their song “Bleed”, which is known for its extremely complicated instrumentation, ...read more.

You can listen for a couple of seconds and know it's them. The odd rhythms and low heavy riffs played on 8 string guitars, and Kidman's strange but effective style of shouting. Plus Thorendal's solos which sometimes give it a spacey sort of vibe, a very out there, almost alien feel. They were extremely influential and lots of bands imitate their sound, but Meshuggah still stands alone

The Contenders

11 Burial Vault
12 Kataklysm Kataklysm Kataklysm is a Canadian death metal band. They call their musical style "northern hyperblast" after an advertisement in M.E.A.T.
13 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.
14 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.
15 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.
16 Ladybaby
17 Papa Roach Papa Roach Papa Roach is an American rock band from Vacaville, California. Formed in 1993, their first major-label release was the triple-platinum album Infest.
18 Porcupine Tree Porcupine Tree Porcupine Tree were an English rock band formed by musician Steven Wilson in 1987. The band began essentially as a solo project for Wilson, who created all of the band's music.
19 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. ...read more.
20 Destruction Destruction Destruction is a German thrash metal band. They are considered one of the "The Big Four" of the German thrash metal scene, the others being Kreator, Sodom and Tankard.

Despite thrash metal being almost the same, these guys managed to develop a unique thrash sound combining low e string chunks with high notes giving a crazy and unique riffing style in thrash metal.
Listen to Spiritual genocide, Under attack, Bestial invasion, Mad butcher, Curse the gods and many more.

21 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.
22 Vektor Vektor Vektor is an American progressive thrash metal band from Tempe, Arizona. The band was formed under the name Locrian around June 2003, but changed their name to Vektor in 2004.
23 Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold is an American alternative rock 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.
24 Bullet for my Valentine Bullet for my Valentine Bullet for My Valentine are a Welsh metalcore/emo band from Bridgend, formed in 1998. The band is composed of Matthew Tuck (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Michael Paget (lead guitar, backing vocals), Michael Thomas (drums) and Jamie Mathias (bass guitar). Former members include Nick Crandle and Jason ...read more.
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