Best Metal Bands With Which to Shock Mainstream Pop Fans


The Top Ten

1 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: more.

Even a lot of avid metalheads won't approve most of the bands in this list. - yungstirjoey666

It would be so funny if someone actually tried to use these bands to shock Justin Bieber fangirls.

I done it before they were crying eh... They kinda suck though making sick songs. But those pop a holes made fun of my music so yeh they deserved it

Just show em eaten back to life album cover if that doesn't work you always got their next two albums

2 Mayhem Mayhem Mayhem is a Norwegian black metal band formed in 1984 in Oslo, regarded as one of the pioneers of the Norwegian black metal scene. The band is also known for the infamous events surrounding them including the 1991 suicide of vocalist Dead (in which former guitarist Euronymous took pictures of Dead's more.

What makes Mayhem dark, unlike most bands, is that they actually devote themselves from their music. Just look up their history. - yungstirjoey666

Apparantly I was listening to Mayhem and I guess my headphones was too loud and some dumba** girl came and heard me and was giving me looks. She looked like she was scared. Then she started to walk away from me very fast. I think I saw her running away too. So you wanna clear the room from dumb people? Play some Mayhem - SirSkeletorThe3rd

3 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.

Uh, no. They are heavy, but their lyrics are all anti animal abuse/ consumption. That's not shocking - ryanrimmel

Well... I mean you could show them a video like 'Forced Gender Reassignment' because their dumba** brains wouldn't understand the lyrics.

4 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.

If any modern pop fans heard songs such as "Disciple," "Raining Blood," and "Angel Of Death," they would be shocked out of their minds! - IronSabbathPriest

If anything, play Dead Skin Mask or Disciple. - ryanrimmel

I think conservative Christians would be a better option to play this to, just to see their reactions! - Metalhead1997

GOD HATES US ALL! ", now THAT would shock the pop fans.

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5 Anal C*** Anal C*** Anal C*** was an American grindcore band founded by vocalist Seth Putnam in 1988 in Newton, Massachusetts. The band is known for their highly offensive lyrics which included themes of misogyny, homophobia, racism, Nazism, antisemitism, and schadenfreude (ridicule of the unfortunate). Their music has more.

This isn’t even a metal band. - Userguy44

This band, along with gorgoroth has been an inside joke between me and my friends - ryanrimmel

Yeah! - AliciaMae

Just the name alone would shock them. - Metalhead1997

6 Dying Fetus Dying Fetus Dying Fetus is an American death metal band originally from Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Formed in 1991, the group is known for their consistently hook-laden song structures, characterized by blast beats, complex riffing, slam riffs and heavy breakdowns.

I blasted them in history class once when girls were playing Nicki Minaj.

I have a little whiteboard in my locker. I write a band name on it every day. One day, I decided to write down dying fetus. It shocked the Heck out of my poor science teacher. A couple days later, I wrote down Infant Annihilator. Not a good idea either.

Seriously, the bands name is Dying Fetus. - RalphBob

It will be awesome...again - Ananya

7 Deicide Deicide Deicide is an American death metal band formed in 1987 by bassist and vocalist Glen Benton and drummer Steve Asheim. They are known for their blasphemous and satanic lyrics which have resulted in bans, lawsuits and criticisms from religious groups and the public. Frontman Glen Benton is also known for more.

Ultimate troll band! I would love to play one of their songs in front of those Westboro bastards to give them a piece of my mind.

Imagine just some boring pop radio station, then..."DEAD BY DAAAWWWN! DEEEAD BY DAAAWWWN! " - Brobusky

8 Behemoth Behemoth Behemoth is a Polish blackened death metal band from Gdańsk, formed in 1991. They are considered to have played an important role in establishing the Polish extreme metal underground.

The funny thing is that the lead singer of this satanic looking band was a judge on the polish version of The Voice.

You should seriously play Lucifer, Messe Noire, and O Father O Satan O Sun.

9 Cryptopsy Cryptopsy Cryptopsy is a Canadian technical death metal band from Montreal, Quebec, formed in 1988. The band has sold over 300,000 records.

And find a video where Lord Worm eats worms - Metal_Treasure

10 Thy Art Is Murder Thy Art Is Murder

Just blast "Holy War" while at a Justin Bieber concert. - Metalhead1997

The Contenders

11 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.

I tried doing this but instead the person I tried to ward off actually liked it and was head banging to it. Thank god for Bathory - SirSkeletorThe3rd

12 Infant Annihilator Infant Annihilator

Welcome to hell - KMalik993

Their song titles alone will shock the hell out of them.

13 Carcass Carcass Carcass are a British extreme metal band from Liverpool, who formed in 1985 and disbanded in 1995. A reformation was enacted in 2007 without one of its original members, drummer Ken Owen, due to health reasons.

Reek of Putrefaction (both the song and the album) will terrify them.

14 Carnifex Carnifex Carnifex is an American deathcore band from San Diego, California. Formed in 2005, they are currently signed to Nuclear Blast after having been signed to Victory Records and have released five full-length albums and one EP. The name of the band is derived from the Latin: carnifex, meaning "butcher" more.
15 Gorgoroth Gorgoroth Gorgoroth is a Norwegian black metal band based in Bergen. Formed in 1992 by Infernus, the band is named after the dead plateau of evil and darkness in the land of Mordor (a fictional location in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings).

I lost a friend listening to this awesome band - SirSkeletorThe3rd

16 Dissection Dissection Dissection was a Swedish extreme metal band. They formed in 1989 by Jon Nödtveidt and later disbanded in 2006, followed by Nödtveidt's suicide. Their sound is usually described as "melodic blackened death metal".
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 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. more.

I actually did this once before with Wait and Bleed. They were just like... "What is this? " - RaineSage

I was called a satanist but I didn't scare them away - SirSkeletorThe3rd

Nope. - Metalhead1997

19 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 . more.

Get them to listen to Mein Teil, read the lyrics and inspiration then get them to listen to the song for a second time. - OC96

Try showing them their performance of Buck Dich.

20 Autopsy Autopsy Autopsy is a death metal band, founded in 1987 in the United States by Chris Reifert and Eric Cutler. They disbanded in 1995, but reunited in 2009.
21 Suffocation Suffocation Suffocation is an American technical death metal band that was formed in 1988 in Centereach, Long Island, New York, United States.
22 Marilyn Manson

Korn? Avenged Sevenfold? Lease! Marilyn Manson is the true master of shock here!

They're shocking, but they're not a metal band.

23 Necrophagist Necrophagist Necrophagist is a German technical death metal band, founded and fronted by guitarist and vocalist Muhammed Suiçmez.
24 Acheron Acheron Acheron is an American death/black metal band from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania that was formed by Vincent Crowley in 1988.
25 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.

It is rather for making pop fans like metal music, not to shock them. - Alkadikce

Awesome band though, but not shocking. - LightningStrike

Not sure how to shock them with Metallica. - Metalhead1997

Probably not too harrowing. However, Fade To Black and TLITD would make people cry. Kill Em All would scare the pop fans!

26 Torsof*ck Torsof*ck

It's not only the music but also the lyrics.

27 Burzum Burzum Burzum is an influential black metal solo project of Norwegian musician and writer Varg Vikernes. Burzum came to prominence at the beginning of the Norwegian Black Metal scene in the early 1990s. Vikernes was imprisoned for 21 years for the murder of Mayhem guitarist Euronymous, and charges of church more.

Uh, no. Sure he may be a psychotic killer but his lyrics are all myths and folklore. That's not shocking.

28 Korn Korn Korn is an American Nu-Metal band from Bakersfield, California, formed in 1993. The band's current lineup includes founding members Jonathan Davis, James "Munky" Shaffer, Brian "Head" Welch, and Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu, with the addition of Ray Luzier, who replaced the band's original member, David more.

Daddy. - Userguy44

29 Lordi Lordi Lordi are a Finnish hard rock/heavy metal band, formed in 1992 by the band's lead singer, songwriter and costume maker, Mr Lordi.
30 Gwar Gwar Gwar, often styled as GWAR, is an American heavy metal band formed in Richmond, Virginia, United States, in 1984, composed of and operated by a frequently rotating line-up of musicians, artists and filmmakers collectively known as Slave Pit Inc.
31 Brujeria Brujeria Brujeria is a Mexican-American extreme metal band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1989. Their name comes from the Spanish word for "witchcraft".

I think this would most likely shock Trump supporters (just show them the video to Viva Presidente Trump! ).

Show them the video where they chop off Donald Trump's head.

32 The Mentors The Mentors

Show any liberal-minded woman this and their mind will explode into oblivion.

33 Emperor Emperor Emperor was a Norwegian black metal band formed in 1991, regarded as highly influential by critics and emerging black metal bands.
34 Tool Tool Tool is an American progressive/alternative/post-metal band, that was formed in 1990. more.

Show them the music videos.

35 Devourment Devourment Devourment is an American brutal/slam death metal band from Dallas, Texas. Formed in 1995, the band has split up and reformed three times and Brad Fincher is the only original member.

Just blast "Field of the Impaled" and see their reactions. - Metalhead1997

36 Stalaggh & Gulaggh Stalaggh & Gulaggh Stalaggh comes from the German word "Stalag" which was a concentration camp in Germany in World War II; the g and the h following after Stalag mean "global holocaust." The band consists of many top musicians from the Dutch and Belgian Black Metal/Industrial scene.

And not only pop fans...

37 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, more.

I blasted “Bleed” in drama class, and it shocked people, all right. I know the words to Bleed as well, so it was even better

38 Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold is an American alternative 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). more.
39 Dark Funeral Dark Funeral Dark Funeral is a Swedish black metal band from Stockholm Sweden, founded by guitarists Blackmoon and Lord Ahriman in 1993. They emerged during the second wave of black metal.
40 Mushroomhead Mushroomhead Mushroomhead is an American nu metal band from Cleveland, Ohio. Formed in 1993 in the Cleveland Warehouse District, the band is known for their avant-garde sound which includes influence from heavy metal, art rock and electro-industrial and their imagery which features masks and costumes as well as more.
41 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.

Scream bloody gore was disturbing and badass. I bet if they read the lyrics to zombie ritual, torn to pieces, and the title track they would freak out and those song rules

I am not scared of the songs Zombie Ritual, Torn to Pieces, and the title track. I am not of a death metal fangirl anymore. - DynastiNoble

42 Possessed Possessed Possessed is an American thrash/death metal band, originally formed in 1983 in the San Francisco Bay Area. Noted for their fast style of playing and Jeff Becerra's guttural vocals, they are routinely called the first band in the death metal genre. Possessed is the sometimes credited with being the first more.
43 Guttural Secrete
44 Venom Venom Venom are an English extreme metal band formed in 1979 in Newcastle upon Tyne. Coming to prominence towards the end of the new wave of British heavy metal, Venom's first two albums—Welcome to Hell and Black Metal—are considered a major influence on thrash metal and extreme metal in general.
45 Cradle of Filth Cradle of Filth Cradle of Filth are a British extreme metal band that formed in Suffolk in 1991. The band's musical style evolved from black metal to a cleaner and more "produced" amalgam of gothic metal, symphonic black metal and other extreme metal styles.
46 Christian Death

Not really a metal band, but it would still shock them!

47 Impaled
48 Exhumed Exhumed Exhumed is an American death metal band from San Jose, California that is currently signed to Relapse Records.
49 Aborted Aborted

The band named will shock them. - Metalhead1997

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

Just show them the front cover of their Worship Music album.

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