Best Metal Bands
The Top Ten
Michael Jackson is the king of pop
Elvis Presley is the king of rock
Metallica is the KING OF MUSIC
I would agree but Elvis is NOT the king of rock. Led Zeppelin are the kings - InsertCleverName
METALLICA! That's sums it all. World of metal would never be the same without them. They've been through it all, creating masterpieces, even had their downfall. Yet they still came back strong with stuffs like Death Magnetic. They've played pure thrash, heavy metal, ballads etc.. You name it. Black Sabbath influenced them but that's can't be a reason why they can't be better. Nobody can deny their epic products especially in 80s.. Ride The Lightning and Master of Puppets is truly masterpieces. Megadeth, Black Sabbath, Slayer, Pantera, Judas, Anthrax, Ozzy, should be place higher or at least in top 10. X Japan is a great band but their place is unacceptable. Newer band such as A7X, Disturbed, Lamb of God, Slipknot & COB should be in the list but definitely not in top 10. G&R, Korn not even metal in my humble opinion. Linkin Park can GTFO & kiss every single band asses.. Should be write off forever.
Saying the world of metal would never be the same without metallica is like saying that the world of pop never be the same without Justin Bieber. It just doesn't make sense. - HiBye
I remember that day in 1983 when a friend of mine came at home and told me "listen to this":he had recorded "wiplash" or"metal militia"(not quite sure)on the radio the evening before. I kept silent for a while after listening and had a look to my friend. I guess we realized something huge and amazing had just happened in the metal sphere. I rushed to the nearest record-dealer to buy "Kill' em all", Metallica's first LP, and may have listen to it a thousand times! Then we saw them live twice (once at the "heavy sound festival of poperinge, Belgium) with unforgettable Cliff! The following albums are so great and impressive! (Ride... Master... Justice)As many, less conviced with the black album (except sandman & wonderful"nothing else matters"of course)and following load and reload but bought them in spite of everything cause Metallica is Metallca! Anyway, in 2008, they signed they lost nothing of their ill-temper and genius with "death magnetic". Sometimes when I remember that day in ...more
No one is even closeV 819 Comments
Iron Maiden are one of the most revolutionary and original metal bands in the history of metal! Not only are they a huge role model for other bands such as Metallica but they are original in terms of lyrics and song meanings. Their songs aren't about sex and drugs but usually about mythical stories. Their signature songs captivate the audience with a slow and delicate introduction which jumps into a fitting arpeggio of melodies and riffs which makes up the concerts which are voted one of the best!
This band made me love Metal! Come on man, Iron Maiden SIMPLY THE BEST. Metallica is great, but come on its Maiden!
In my opinion
They are the gods of metal.. Metallica is also amongst the best metal bands but even Metallica is inspired by maiden
Greatest band of all time... Deserves number 1V 802 Comments
These guys are the reason why all heavy metal bands are born..
I mean come on!
I think these guys should be in number 1 in the first place!
Come on! Black Sabbath created metal. How come Slipknot is higher... They suck!
They are the god of metal how come they are at 9th position this is nonsense
I don't believe it ozzy is the best metal artist in the world
WITHOUT THEM THERE WOULD BE NO HEAVY METALV 353 Comments
No band even compares to these guys. Especially not Metallica. Metallica holds the distinct honor of being the single most overrated metal band of all time.
True, but Metallica only placed a boulder in their path, the moment they asked Dave to leave. With dave in their line-up they would have been far more ahead then they are today.
Iron maiden, black sabbath, slayer and judas priest all deserve recognition, but Megadeth is my favorite of all time. Slipknot, x japan, disturbed, and avenged sevenfold are not deserving of this list. What a joke!
Who the f is x Japan. A snowball's chance in hell they're better than megadeth. And also megadeth>Metallica because megadeth stayed metal their entire career. Metallica TOTALLY sold out after and justice for all
Sorry to tell you this but megadeth did not stay metal they're entire career listen to risk or super collider they're hard rock albums
i agreeV 367 Comments
Judas Priest is the best Metal band, there's not another better. They're called Metal gods, thing that others can't be called. On the top with them Black Sabbath has the place, and after them, shall be Iron Maiden and Accept. - JR
I can't understand why JP is on 7. You people are insane. Really. JP and Iron Maiden should be the first two. Get metallica out of there, RAM IT DOWN!
Please tell me why Judas Priest is notnumberone... I mean tht voice is like WAy out there.. NO DUPLICATIONS! I mean I may only be 17 but I know JUDAS PRIEST was the BEST! - Asianavynuke
Sabbath invented metal; Priest perfected it. No other band was making dual guitar compositions like them until they came around. Judas Priest set the blueprint for what the modern metal band would eventually be.V 182 Comments
Too many fangirls voting it seems. Slayer are probably one of the greatest metal bands ever and avenged sevenfold are above them oh dear
Slayer surely is number 1... Lame people dunno why its so down to 16... Slayer is best band ANGEL OF DEATH is one of the best song in the metal history... SLAYER are the direct reason for DEATH METAL... Slayer should be at least within top 5! SLAYER METALLICA SABBATH MAIDEN JUDAS PRIEST COB PANTERA MEGADETH DREAM THEATRE MOTORHEAD are definite top 10
Metallica may have been more popular, Megadeth may have been more lauded, Anthrax may have been more accessible, but no one reigns (pun intended) like Slayer does over thrash and metal's perspective in general. Both 'Show No Mercy' and 'Hell Awaits' are staples of the sub-genre and their early sound, and of course the trio of 'Reign in Blood', 'South of Heaven', and 'Seasons in the Abyss' redefined what metal is and how it exists today, specifically RIB.
Slayer was (is? Still going after 30+ years, still sounding great) never meant to be something that everyone loved, that people could wrap their arms around and embrace. No, Jeff and Kerry's shredding, Tom's ferocious vocal style, and Lombardo's beating double-kick had the listener in love or loathe. The riffs were as memorable as brutal, the solos fast as imitated following their wake, everything about Slayer was different from anything that metal had seen up until that point. They took it further than imaginable and in turn ...more
Slayer sucks.V 159 Comments
Pantera should be in 1st. Their songs are hardcore and fresh still today. A true metal band of all time... Don't judge me that's the fact.
Have to agree that pantera should be first I mean darell shreds at the electric guitar I mean he is insanly good I can only play like 2 or 3 of his songs they are really hard and you can't forget about phil anselmo
Pantera rocks Cowboys from Hell was just pure metal amen
Not thrash, not heavy, just pure metalV 207 Comments
I don't like it that people think that in order to be great, you have to be such and such years old. Newer bands can be just as great and even greater than these bands from the 80's. Since their very first album they've been god-like. Even when they switch up their sound, it still sounds incredible. Great performers, great people, and definitely one of the greatest bands ever.
Perfect band is all I can say, we can found the greatest screamer, MATT SHADOW, we can hear a greatest riff by SYNYSTER GATES, and the drummer icon and the best voice, THE REV.. ZACKY also give a big dealing with the guitar by his left hand, and not least, JOHNNY CHRIST, without him play his bass guitar, AVENGED SEVENFOLD song will never perfect...
Avenged Sevenfold is the best band I have ever heard. It is not very inappropriate, beside from the slashing and cannibalism in one or more of their songs. Its a nice mix of instruments, and I think adding the violin in more of their songs would be sweet. Their songs are beautiful at times and just awesomely awesome. I wonder why this is not number one. IT SHOULD BE!
Top 10? HAHA NO. - 445956V 507 Comments
The reason that a lot of people don't like DT is because they aren't musicians - which is OK. However, I feel that they are definitely underrated, although I was actually surprised to find them 12 on the list; they are really not that popular. But I am a bit surprised that they are below SLAYER and SYSTEM OF A DOWN! I mean, this IS a metal list which does include nu and death/really heavy thrash metal but those bands are way too evilish and scary and screamy for me. I, however, would strongly recommend anybody (particularly Metallica and rush fans, but anybody nonetheless) to listen to the WHOLE SONG Pull Me Under or even better, Octavarium. At the very beginning, when I first got into DT, I only really liked and had heard of the songs Pull Me Under and Panic Attack. I loved them both, and I wanted to know more songs by this band, because they were so great in my opinion. SO, I came to this site, and I looked at the top 10 DT songs. Octavarium was on the top of the list. I went on ...more
Why would you say they aren't musicians? John Petrucci is generally considered one of the best guitarists ever, and Rudess and Portnoy aren't shabby either. - Psi
How is Dream Theater 14th!? Dream Theater pushes progressive metal to the limits and offers KILLER drum solos and riffs in all of their songs and not in a couple of their hits
14th!. Well I think the people who vote here is too young to understand Dream Theater
With them music got to it's maximum elevation. Nobody will ever be like them.V 184 Comments
Haha, Death should be top 10 easily. Avenged Sevenfold? Seriously? Linkin Park? Well, I'm just saying Death slaughters most of these bands. At least Pantera and Megadeth are in a quite fair spot.
Death being this low on the list is an absolute joke. Every song by Death is amazing, Chuck's vocals are just incredible, and you can't forget the fact that this band practically started DEATH METAL. Which is one of the biggest sub genre's to Metal.
Black Sabbath practically started METAL, which spawned all the numerous sub genres following their debut, such as doom, stoner metal, speed metal, etc. - sweetbeef
I am feeling so Symbolic about death. Death mixes a perfect pitch in their music.
Better then Cannibal Corpse. Chuck beats Corpsegrinder, and they are the second most influential death metal bands, the first is Possesed in my opinion. - LucretiaV 134 Comments
How the hell is Dio not higher on the bloody list?
He was one of the founding fathers of what we call metal!
Hail to the king! M/ Dio started the evil horns, had an amazing voice, was on Black Sabbath, and wasn't a cocky bastard about it! You guys need to stop voting up the latest popular trend and vote for the guys that have lasted!
Most people in this time probably don't know. He created awesome singles, popularized the sign of the horns, joined Sabbath, and is one of the best vocalist of all time. As it says OF ALL TIME, Dio should be on the top! RIP Dio.
Why isn't this iconic band number 1?V 76 Comments
Too much love for these guys, they deserve to be way further up.
It's Motorhead. When talking about the best metal bands not including this one is equal to blasphemy ( if you're religious) or idiocity ( if you're not religious)
True, Lemmy says that he doesn't think Motörhead is metal. But that doesn't necessarily mean he's right. Listen to an album like overkill or ace of spades, and tell me that isn't heavy metal! They were the pioneers of speed metal. Plus the punk influence they had served as a thrash metal inspiration. They are easily one of the most influential metal bands of all time - ryanrimmel
Live fast, die oldV 87 Comments
disturbed rules! but I mean come on! I've looked at the band rankings and most of you are morons. first ozzy osbourne was declared the king of metal a few years ago. second its not about the stupid message the song gives, its about how badass they can be with a guitar and drums. Also most people who have known the older bands and listened to their music would agree that they truly invented the music of metal. And You buttholes who say " Ohh but the newer bands are way better ", SHUT UP! you don't know the true meaning of rocking out.
To the person that said Judas Priest has no message, listen to the song Beyond the Realms of Death from Stained Class. If the power of that song has no message for you, I really don't know what to say - jgirard
I like them too much to have an complete impartial opinion. :)
Go ahead Disturbed. You're the best new metal band which I listen until now.
In my opinion DISTURBED IS 1 METALLICA IS 2 AFTER THAT YOU GUYS CAN DECIDE. Disturbed has been my favorite band for over 6 years now.. Since 4th grade they have gotten my through a lot with there music. Disturbed got me into metal and with out them I wouldn't have even dared to listen to metal or rock.. I think.. And this is very very important to understand disturbed has done something only metallica and (i forgot) have done. Got 4 number 1's on the billboard in a row. They are destined for greatness and I hope one day they save metal and get back together disturbed has is and always will be my favorite band
Best band everV 113 Comments
Serj tankian is one of the best metal vocalists of all time. These guys deserve to be just a little higher on this lest
not as traditional as iron maiden, megadeth etc. but farout these guys have created their own sound and made some amazing music. I love system
I simply love toxicity! It's awesome! They should really be number 1 like really I mean yeah
What is system doing at least 7 positions below the deserved? - tomazserraV 210 Comments
Yall' know nirvana, ACDC, Van Halen, red hot chili peppers, and 30 seconds to mars isn't metal right?
Saying that 30 Seconds To Mars is metal is like saying that Death are pop rock - Rocker00
Come on. At least the top ten. Nirvana, van halen, red hot chili peppers are all not metal. I'm not saying that they are bad bands but this is a metal band list. Also, how the hell are slipknot and linkin park above Anthrax. The most underratted band in the big four.
The should be within the top 5, with iron maiden, megadeth, Metallica and black sannath. If anyone needs further reminder of the awesomeness of this band, listen to their new album
Best metal band ever.V 47 Comments
Slipknot below x japan? X japan doesn't deserve top 10 list!
Slipknot is awesome. They're not just about kicking ass or being hardcore, they have strong and well thought out ideals coupled with a great sound.
Slipknot is one of the best bands, if not the best metal band in the world. It songs are amazingly played and the lyric are just epic. The best combo for me. Plus I like the masks
But don't forget that masks are not what make them awesome man. Intense power, anger, mind and body is what makes Slipknot. I wouldn't say they are the best, but I would say they belong at about 10 or 9.
good work ethic,
i'm nit saying they are the best, but they should be a bit highter on the list!
How is ozzy only 29 th behind Linkin Park and dragonforce. He is the prince of darkness and the king of metal. At least number 5! - RossMcC
Yeah, but he's already on here in Black Sabbath, that shouldn't count. - AdamDestructorJr.
GRR! Ozzy was the one in my life who showed me how heavy metal was good and I'm only ten years old. Give a hurray for awesome songs like crazy train, mr. Crowley, no more tears, let it die, gets me through and the rest of his but road to nowhere. I hope this made you think he should be number one.
Man ozzy should be higher than this. Without him none of these guy's on the countdown would even be here. And he can still rock hard! - JXJ
OZZY is more like hard rock. He has way too many songs that got played on radio to be heavy metal and radio doesn't like heavy metal. Even when you hear Metallica on radio it's the more radio friendly ones. So if you hear a song on the radio and think it's heavy metal then it probably isn't. One of the reasons he still popular is because his albums are heavy rock but also have a pop sensiblity to them so you have a wider range of listeners that buy his reocrds. - frankmartin
Just because something is radio doesn't mean it's not metal. People need to get that into their heads. - SoldierOfFortuneV 39 Comments
Linkin Park and Bullet For My Valentine better than Tool? What's wrong with you people! - Baseline
No Offense, (which means get ready for an insult) but it seems like a profound number of people who listen to Metal here has no regard to the suspense mystery and intelligibility of the songs.
I am not surprised that Tool is not in the Top Ten; not many people appreciate them, not many people understand them, not many people appreciate lyrics (if you do you will have great regard to what the hell they are singing), and not many of them has reached that great switch of perspectives...
I wager many of these people don't listen to classical music.
What does it have anything to do with Tool?
It means you are not resilient. You only like Metal. That is all.
Bringing musical thought back to music. - snufftherooster
No offense because it is very rare for simple minded people to stumble upon Tool in their life but if they do, they would know why they are so religiously worshiped. They are more than a band, they are an experience and they are their own genre so any list would be an understatement for them.
Tool is the kind of band you finally settle for after listening to all the other music.
At least they're higher than before, but this still is not acceptable. Mikael is probably the greatest vocalist in metal alive being able to go from epic death growls yo sweet harmonizing singing. Just look up the songs "the moor" and "burden" and you'll see what I mean
The completness of apparent uniform uneducated/uninformed nature of the community voting on this list is the most apparent by Opeth's exclusion from the top 3. Easily the best band on this list, although to all the Metallica haters, you are kidding yourselves if dismiss the incredible legacy left by that band's first 4 albums. Opeth itself initially sounded like a similar ( much more complex) Metallica clone as so many other bands have. To call metallics entire career in summation equal to the #1 spot is ludicrous though. Opeth's consistency in producing excellent music that demands and rewards repeat listens is unrivsled
Opeth rules! Anyone who think A7X and Bullet For My Valentine is metal should be decapitated and mutilated! Bullet For My Valentine and A7X are NOT metal. They are both metalcore and metalcore is not metal metalcore is hardcore hardrock both of those are not metal and combining two non genres of metal together does NOT give you metal. And no just because wikipedia says metalcore has extreme metal influences and hardcore punk doesn't mean it's true. HCP is black flag and misfits and EM is cradle of filth and new dimmu borgir and metalcore has non of these. Trivium, As I lay Dying, Unearth and Killswitch engage are the only metalcore bands that are actually metal.
Some of their best songs are, "Godhead's Lament","Baying of the Hounds", "Burden", "Harvest", "When", "April Ethereal", "The Drapery Falls", "Ghosts of Perdition", "Harlequin Forest", "The Leper Affinity".
Man such a versatile band. Some songs touches my heart, while some just boost me. Some of the songs contain great meanings, like Godhead's Lament, and Harvest. Should be among top 5. People need to hear this band once in a while and properly judge. And Mikael's vocals are THE BEST EVER.
Okay as far as a list goes I don't know exactly where the placement of KoRn should be. But I know one thing, personally it should be just a bit higher than this. Jonathan Davis has an amazing voice. He can do a wide range of different things with his voice. And not only that but have you heard a lot of their music?! And no I am not talking about all of their overplayed songs. I am talking about the songs that you don't hear much. There is so much emotion put into the music. You can literally feel the anger, and the pain in some of their harder and softer stuff. And the crazy things they do with their instruments really makes their music very different. With Fieldy slapping his bass like a pro. And Munky is a exceptional guitarist. And takes different approaches to things. And the drums no matter who it was that was playing them at the time were amazing. I just think this band should be up a bit more on the list.
My #1. Best nu-metal band ever, great vox, awesome riffs and so much emotion and understanding. No words for the work of this band. I have goosebumps every time I hear the voice of Jonathan Davis. It's just embarrassing that KoRn wasn't in this top 200 before I added it. Their latest album, tPoT, is the best album ever made. The mix of Dubstep and Metal is just perfect. They're great inventors in the field of music. Much love and respect for this band.
There top 25. That's about right. Johnathan Davis, and the rest of the band are great. For the most part all of their albums are underrated, by people that aren't big korn fans, but a bit overrated for the people who are big korn fans. Their debut alum was fantastic, not too many metal or nu-metal albums that are as good as their debut.
Seriously, Avenged Sevenfold placed higher than Korn on this list?! what is wrong with people.V 49 Comments
So everyone openly admits that AC/DC aren't metal, but want them at the top of 'The Top Ten Metal Bands' list. Shall I go to a Punk Rock thread and tell them that Led Zeppelin should be at the top of 'The Top Ten Punk Band' list?
This right here is the definition of epicness. Bon Scott and Angus Young, kings of their craft. Even though they are not metal, I have to vote for them they are my favorite band hands down
This is the greatest Band ever. They should be in first place by far, man. The difference from other bands is that most of them have like 3 songs that are outstanding, AC/DC has over 10.
Well they are not even a metal band and you did not look at the name of the list.
NOT METAL. Still awesome, however! - Elijah_CookV 105 Comments
Why is this 19th?
this is one of the best...
lamb of god deserves more...
In my opinion every band I've seen so far deserves to be acknowledged on this list. Every band I've heard on it are brilliant. Maybe some wouldn't be considered metal, but those bands are still awesome. Lamb Of God are one of the best. I think that the new and old metal types of metal on this list should be divided up, as they do sound very different. The bands that stand out to me the most have to be Slipknot and LOG at the minute, although that doesn't mean to say that the others are bad. Randy Blythe's scream is by far the best here! Listen to the dongs 'Set To Fail' and 'Now You've Got Something To Die For' trust me, if you're a true metal fan you will love them. Oh and by the way Linkin Park are in fact nu metal, well Hybrid Theory and Meteora anyway and they are an excellent band.
Lamb of god is the best band of them all, because their songs are like math, They count out every note in the riffs and makes them like a puzzle. Incredible to listen to! EPIC!
I think this band should be no. 2 in this list... best metal band our 21st century...V 118 Comments
great band, underrated 'cause they sing in german..
Music is so different to any other metal band in the world. Puts on the best live shows ever, and you never get tired of listening to their music. Just plain Amazing! Legends!
Best German band ever. Best Industrial band ever. Best performances live ever. Many awesome song ( Du hast, P, Ich will, Moskau, Ich tu dir weh, Rosenrot etc)
Einfach nur geil, ein MeisterwerkV 92 Comments
They are the only metal band I know that has been improving over time - every next album is better than the previous one. Altogether 10 albums and almost 30 years of exemplary musicianship. I just listened to their 2015 album and what can I say? - I have nothing but admiration for them! Similarly to other people, I'm also beginning to think that Blind Guardian are comparable to Maiden and Priest in terms of quality and consistency. And seeing them in #43 breaks my heart. - Metal_Treasure
Metallica on top? Metallica died with Cliff Burton
Blind Guardian is still good. "Nightfall in Middle-earth" is best when live
Guardian is the only band that hasn't failed to amaze me on this list.
How are we under HammerFall, Manowar and Dragonforce?
The fact that Blind Guardian is this low on the list and Metallica is at the top proves that LOTS of people don't understand metal on any respectable and reputable level. I've said it before and I'll say it again, everything that Blind Guardian is, is what metal should be. No other band will ever come closer.
Blind Guardian should be way higher! One of the best and most influential metal bands of all time!V 24 Comments
Only one word is enough for them. The best band ever, however I'm unhappy to see them so down here. Vote for bullet. Let bullet devour you. Metal, metal, metal...
Their songs are really very very good. They have given a new meaning to the metalcore genre. The voice of Matt Tuck is awesome. The riffs and solos of Paget are impressive, Jay does a good work on the bass and the drumming by Moose is just too good, I mean the way he blends the double bass with the drums is really impressive.
They should at least be in top 10 if not in top 5.
Those who have not listened to them, please please Listen to these an you will know-
Waking The Demon, All These Things I hate, Tears Don't Fall, Your Betrayal and Hearts Burst Into Fire.
Bullet For My Valentine for the win.
I was playing NFSMW when "Hand of Blood" played, and the song was give me more spirit. So I started to search for B4MV mp3's
Good but overrated. - Elijah_CookV 170 Comments
One of the best bands on the planet, so amazing, songs like Dracula, Ten Thousand Strong, A Question Of Heaven, Travel In Stygian and others are so amazing.MATT BARLOW on vocals the best metal vocalist after Halford and Dickinson.None can sing Travel In Stygian, A Question Of Heaven or Dracula like Barlow.Listen to their live album Alive In Athens it's insane.One word for this band EPIC.
I am sorry if I make a lot of people to get angry, but honestly I think that Iced Earth are 2 classes above every other band metal or not even classics as Iron Maiden and Metallica.
Dantes Inferno, A Question of Heaven, Coming Curse, Damien, I Walk Alone, Travel In Stygian, Gettysburg, Declaration Day, Pure Evil, Cast In Stone, The Hunter, A Charge To Keep, When Stars Collide, Anthem, Dystopia, Burning Times...
Favorite metal band ever. They've got some of my favorite songs out there, and they're a great balance between iron maiden and Metallica. Great lyrics in all their songs and tons of meaning in their lyrics. Highly recommend listening to their night of the storm rider album or the glorious burden
Good bandV 13 Comments
come on people? why isnt this band even on the list? listen to some of their songs like this calling, six, the weak willed, the deepest gray, chiron, for we are many - someguy12345
Because 'The Fall of Ideals' is one of the greatest modern thrash albums made in the last decade. And no, metalcore fans, you can't have them because the thrash community is an inclusive brotherhood. 5-stars for the brutal riffs, the catchy choruses, the vicious kit work, the open-mindedness to incorporate a female bassist, and a big 5-stars for the Andy La Roche-inspired classical guitar solos and melodies. Early Metallica aside, this album is untouchable. 10/10.
Get your ears checked people
AWESOME BAND! Phil's voice is incredible and their guitar-drum attack is amazing. - Elijah_CookV 6 Comments
I know this comment may get a few dislikes, but I don't think Dragonforce should be this high on this list. First off, all of their songs sound exactly the same, as if they took lyrics and solos from their older songs. Second, they aren't even good guitarists, and don't even try to play their solos right. The only reason why it even made it this high was because everyone liked Through the Fire and Flames, and the only reason why people even know of that song, is because it was on Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, said to be the hardest song in all of guitar hero, just because of it's intro, which was very easy.
Why would you put dragonforce this low, as my favorite band that I enjoyed hearing most of my day to Through fire and flames, heroes of our time and soldier of our time, they deserve a place to be in the top ten. They put up some powerful notes that words can not describe even when herman li starts playing his guitar, YOU ROCK GUYS!
I Love Dragonforce because the notes they play is Technically hard And Love to hear them... Dragonforce rocks... Herman li Is Awesome Their finger skills is so good... And I want to meet them as me myself is a guitarist of a small band... Thank you
Overrated - DisturbedpotatoV 28 Comments
The combination of Alex Skolnick and Chuck Billy make Testament a force to be reckoned with. They should be the fifth member of the "big 4." (Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax, considered the "big 4" of thrash metal, for those who don't know) They have been writing great music since the 80s and they are still writing great music. One of my favorite bands. - thethrasher
Chuck Billy and Testament won human indigenous rights awards for their video to Native Blood. That alone makes them great and further enhances metal's reputation, despite those who attempt to undermine it. Crushing Bay Area thrash doesn't harm the cause either.
This Big 4 business is all marketing bollocks. I don't want my Testament all pretty in an evening gown accepting some asinine Big 4 trophy. I want them and their fans to forget about the Miss Universe pageant and keep delivering high quality Bay Area thrash, so stop bit-torrenting their music and support these giants of thrash.
How is this lower that bullet for my valentine - DemogorganV 19 Comments
Is this even a pure metal list? Rock and metal are two entirely different genres of music. 3-4 bands among the top-ten don't even have their roots in metal. And those that are metal are all specifically heavy metal, except Slayer. Whatever happened to the variety in subgenres. Moreover, folk metal bands are nowhere to be seen. Not even Eluveitie or Wintersun, which show traces of melodic death metal and are deservedly more popular and talented than most other bands on this list. In Flames, Amon Amarth, Cannibal Corpse, Opeth, Orphaned Land, Dark Tranquillity, Children of Bodom, Carcass, Insomnium, and the likes have shockingly found their places in double figures above 30! And I don't consider any metal list worth a dime without the likes of Korpiklaani, Alestorm, Moonsorrow, Eluveitie, Tyr, Amorphis, Anathema, Adorned Brood, Falkenbach etc featuring in it. And these either aren't even in this list, or they lie somewhere near the century mark. This list has clearly been created and ...more
Half the bands on this list aren't even metal. Amon Amarth kicks ass, and needs to be further up the list since we are talking about metal, after all.
Amon Amarth being out of the top 40 (instead of the top 5) only goes to show how underrated they are and/or unknown in the states. Give a listen to Destroyer of the Universe or Pursuit of Vikings and tell me how these guys are not rated MUCH HIGHER. Number one melodic death metal band on the planet Earth in my book!
This is real metal guys! The best live shows I have ever seen! Their songs are aswesome! The vocals are amazing and the riffs are catchy and awesomeV 20 Comments
AMAZING - Best Modern Metal Band on this list so far, in my opinion! And I know most of these bands! I am in love with every single song they have ever produced, they're all amazing!
I have no idea why these guys are so low. Every member is so extremely talented, it blows my mind. They play with great variety, they can show anger and rage, a good thing to listen to when you're mad, with tracks such as The Way of the Fist, War is the Answer, and Dot Your Eyes, meaningful songs meant to show a message or encourage thought, with tracks like Ashes, No One Gets Left Behind, and Salvation, and emotional, heart wrenching ballads such as Far From Home, Battle Born, and Digging my Own Grave. Ivan is a ferocious growler, but is also a stunning singer. These can mix to produce fantastic tracks. Amazing band.
Holy hell Five finger death punch are way better than all of the bands below pantera. They should be in the top ten.
They're definitely not better than Death, Dream Theater and Slayer - Rocker00
I absolutely love Five Finger Death Punch! They mix thrash and heavy metal beautifully! They are easily my favorite band. I've memorized plenty of there songs like Canto 34 and the agony of regret(5FDP fans will understand). I love bands like Iron Maiden, Death, and Slayer but these guys are number one! But seriously guys ACDC? Why is something that's not even metal above Death Punch on a metal list...V 54 Comments
What can I say? They've been thrashing since the 1980s with no selling out whatsoever, and with 16 (16! ) albums to their credit, they are clearly showing no signs of slowing down. They are better than every single band in the big 4, and deserve much more credit than they get. Incredibly consistent, excellent musicians, and a sound that never grows tiresome, Overkill is easily one of the best thrash metal bands of all time. I LOVE THEM!
Overkill are very consistent, well respected, and have been fortunate enough to make a living doing what they do without compromise. Do they deserve to be in the top 10 metal bands of all time? Yes, for effort. No, for impact. They are solidly placed because they play solid thrash. I'm a fan.
There is no more of a consistent thrash band than Overkill. -
This is real music. This is one of the best thrash metal bands to exist.V 16 Comments
Most talented band as they only released 3 albums. Had the most high-profile songs of any metal band
This band would have been the Led Zeppelin of our time if I weren't for them breaking up! And if you grew up in the 70's and 80's you can understand where I'm coming from on this one, they were absolutely brilliant! And knew how to write music, unlike a lot of the bands out there that's song writing is for crap!
40th? Heh really? Who made this list? Noobies? Come on youngsters, this band should be around the top ten and most of ya'll know it. I'm a guns and roses fan since day 1 and this band inspired lot of kids like me when it was our days.
These "youngsters" who made this list seem to have a better idea of what metal is than you do - Giiggle
Hard rock not metal but still better than most bands here - InsertCleverNameV 41 Comments
What the hell is AS I LAY DYING doing down here?... Its obviously the god of all metal bands of all times. People have seemed 2 f'ed up their minds by just sticking their hearts to Metallica and considering them as the ruler of all times. Come on man, a ruler doesn't remain the ruler forever. People don't seem to have heard the quality of music that these guys produce. This is really very unfair... AS I LAY DYING definitely needs justice. Please vote for this wonderful band and if you don't believe me then hear these:
This is who we are
Anger and Apathy
The kings of metalcore!
Come on guys! As I Lay Dying is one of the greatest and most special bands
Some bands don't deserve to be above these metal masters, like X Japan.
30 is very low number for this awesome band! - rock2metal
What is Japan X and Linkin Park doing up there when AS I LAY DYING is sleeping right here? It seems people still don't have enough idea about "metal". How could Linkin Park and Dragon Force be called metal bands man? Please vote 4 AS I LAY DYING! I am DYING to see it up in the top 5
GoodV 14 Comments
Probably one of the most unique bands I've ever heard. It's gone through so many changes, from the traditional rock sounds for Portrait of an American Family and Antichrist Superstar, to the glam alternative metal sounds of Mechanical animals. The bands jumped from style to style to stay fresh and unique. And it works. Compare their first album (Portrait) to The Pale Emperor. Its amazing, it's brilliant. Love Marilyn Manson, this band should be higher up on the list.
Lyrically and musically I think his album trilogy of 'Antichrist Superstar, Mechanical Animals, Holy Wood' are the most complex and intelligent I have ever had the privilege of witnessing.
Absolutely amazing, such a shame that he is so understood to be 33rd.
Perfect song! - ignorantjelloV 34 Comments
This is an absolute joke. Cannibal deserves to be way higher on this list because no other band comes close to their brutal sound.
Can you hear what you are saying? Cannibal Corpse - one of the most extreme metal bands in metal history, whose favourite topic is disembowelment, and all manner of horrors - are at 53 on the 'Top Ten Metal Bands' list. How many metal heads relate to that sort of material - unless you've participated in a bloody World War? Seriously! The sheer fact they can publish what they do shows how far metal has come, but also how far the liberal views of the planet have come in general.
No offense to Cannibal Corpse fans, but these guys are only so popular because of their shock value and heaviness. They're a very overrated metal band. Trivium, Megadeth, Slayer, Dream Theater, and even Death (which are a good death metal band) are better than these guys.
They are a mainstream death metal band, and what pop fan loves death metal? Of course they get hate. Still Death is better. - LucretiaV 25 Comments
Why so low?... Really very disgusted to see them in so low in ratings it's the best metal I ever heard... And how come likin park become a metal band...
First of all, most of you guys are really inconsiderate because your favourite band is not higher on this list. People doesn't have to share the same excellent musical taste of yours. That's why everyone should start respecting each other and stop insulting bands or even people. Additionally; I vote Trivium because I like their music. All of their albums are simply magnificent, in my opinion, and the mixing and production is absolutely amazing. I like and listen to almost every band on this list but my favourite is Trivium.
Trivium bloody best band ever!
I see Trivium as more of a Heavy/Thrash Metal band than Metalcore. And this is one of the most versatile bands I've seen for their genre. Their progression and maturity over the years is very commendable and their work never disappoints, or at least highlights a level of growth for the band. They might become one of those bands people would be looking up to highly as influences by the next decade. - CrimsonSharkV 44 Comments
This band is just perfect. The instrumental is the most complex you can find, Robb's vocals are unbelievable in studio, such as live, and the lyrics are pure art. Plus, they adopted many styles throughout their career, so it's the best Thrash metal band you'll ever find!
#35? Burn My Eyes and The Blackening were masterpieces. Stop voting for stupid overrated commercial crap and vote for Machine Head! Heavy sound, Rob has amazing vocal talent, and the riffs are badass. Just listen to Davidian or old, or Beautiful Mourning.
Machine head should be a lot higher. Locust and halo are truly amazing songs. Their cover of hallowed be thy name is absolutely brilliant
Best band you maggotsV 15 Comments
The big 4 get all the credit but the first people to play thrash or extreme metal venom. Metallica influenced almost every single modern metal band in existence and slayer gave birth to death metal with direct help from venom and anthrax who created Nu metal would not exist without venom. venom also directly spawned black metal. Only Black Sabbath who created metal and maybe Judas Priest who perfected it could possibly rank above venom. While I love them they definitely aren't my favorite but If were talking about "greatest" metal bands them venom must be top 3 possibly top 2 - maverick88
I am an early Venom fan, but they had no impact on Metallica. Metallica were such a force of nature that not even they could, in their wildest dreams, have predicted what influence they would have on metal. There have been bands that have equalled or bested Venom, but the same can't be said of Metallica 35-years on from the 'No Life till Leather' demo.
The most underrated metal band ever. Everyone knows about their connection to black metal but they are also the reason for thrash and death metal. We would not have Slayer, Metallica, Death, Cannibal Corpse, and all other death Thrash and black metal bands if it were not for venom - maverick88
If this band made nu metal, they can go suck a big floppy wiener for killing metal.V 7 Comments
0.2% voted Bathory... What is wrong with you people... Korn, Avenged Sevenfold, Slipknot etc.. I don't blame people for liking them but because they're your favorite band it doesn't mean they're the best... Please listen to Bathory, Celtic Frost, Razor, Kreator, Destruction, Slayer, Darkthrone etc.. Then you can vote..
Black metal? Viking metal? POSSIBLY the best band of all time? Here's some home truths for you: Venom are the founders of Black metal. Who cares about Viking metal unless your riding out a typhoon in a canoe? POSSIBLY = may or not be. Fact: Metallica's first decade is the greatest in metal history. All hail fad metal!
They started the music that we call folk and pagan metal, I can't write down how I feel when I listed to their tracks but I think Mother Earth and Father thunder are very proud of them!
Why is Bathory 60? Have you even listened to them? Quorthon was a genius and had a major effect on black metal and invented Viking metal! What's wrong with you people?V 16 Comments
Amazing they help put down the ground work for all recent Metal along with Sabbath. They had the Original Metal in the 70's. Helped with two great albums in the 80's metal shred. Gave us the epic intro to the Battle Rages on in the 90's and In 2013 gave us an astounding progressive Metal album Now What!? Clearly they are one of the best metal bands of all time! - STLRams1
Technically good or not, I don't care.
They have so many good songs with good riffs and good guitars.
You don't have to be fast to be a good guitarist, Ritchie Blackmore
Is on my list of good music.
I enjoy their music, this is what heavy metal is all about!
Why do you make it sound like they're not technically good? They were some of the most technical musicians at their time. However, it's true that these days there are faster musicians who play fast just to impress, which I find dumb. These guys used speed at the service of melody without looking too much like show-offs. - RalphSaad
Pioneers, no doubt about it. They're beyond criticism, but I think they are where they are due to a lack of touring, line-up changes, and they were often on hiatus because of personality clashes and side-projects.
One of these bands who starts this genre. But live they are the First real beasts! The next beasts where Motörhead!V 15 Comments
Agreed, why the hell is this band down at 44, they are one of the most important bands of not only the 90s, but of all time. Very political, and very heavy. Definitely heavier than most of the bands on this list, and the lyrics are also controversial and heavy. Only Metallica, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden match up to these guys.
On his best days zach de la rocha would be lucky ( and I'm reaching) to occupy the receptacle tip of a rubber prophylactic filled by any of the latter band members you've just mentioned. And oh ya his politics suck ... JUST SAYING
Look, back in the day they were good, no denying that. But it was all just teen angst gone wild. They're probably all now employed by the machine they were raging against two-decades ago. Welcome to the real world of paying the bills.
This band should at least be in the top twenty. Their lyrics verge on topics like racial inequality to the media.
It's not truly metal but their songs just kick ass. Zack's vocals Morelo's riffs and incredible solos,... Listen to Killing In The Name, Know Your Enemy, Bulls On Parade or Guerilla Radio and you will know exactly what I'm talking' about - kapitandankoV 16 Comments
I would rather go to In Flames concert than to Metallica or Iron Maiden concert. To me they are the best band on this planet, tough they really should be in top ten at bare minimum.
Try listening to Slipknot's Psychosocial and then listen to In Flames' Only for the Weak and then explain me how In Flames number 28 and Slipknot 10!
They don't just make few awesome songs, their every songs is awesome and worth listening. If you would point a gun at me and ask me what are my top ten In Flames songs, I honestly couldn't tell you. There are just so many insanely good songs.
Everything about this band is brilliant: vocal, lyrics, melody, rhythm, guitar solo... And I don't care what people say about their new albums. They are as great as the old albums.
In Flames we trust!
In Flames doesn't make music. They create melodic poetry. Rhythms that make you want to beat someone up, along with lyrics that can give you goosebumps. Is and will always be my favorite music, they changed Melodic Death Metal. In Flames we Trust.
I love all the band's up till this point and I can CONFIDENTLY say In Flames are better MUSICIANS than every other band on this list. They write poetry and fuse it with some of the best melodies, their songs have deeper meaning than any other band here. I'll admit they don't have any Dimebag Darrels as guitarists. But I know for a fact they're far more talented than bands like System of a Down and I'll even go as far as to say they're about as talented as Death (Don't get the wrong idea I love those bands). But as creators of music, hell I'd say they're even better than black sabbath and iron maiden. Songs to check out; Come clarity, Only for the weak, Crawl through knives, Colony, Trigger and Sounds of a playground fading. - Diragaze
Why is A7X in the top 10 and this in 36.V 23 Comments
What these guys are making some of the best thrash ever recorded right now. Their last 4 albums are unreal. Tempo of the Damned, Shovel Headed Kill Machine, The Atrocity: Exhibit A and Exhibit B; The Human Condition are absolute mammoth albums that stack up against anybody. Seriously these guys deserve more recognition.
Yes, they are too low on the list. There should be a spot specifically reserved for Exodus because they, along with Testament, Forbidden and Heathen did not get the recognition they deserved. That said, I can't think of one reputable metal fan who doesn't acknowledge them as one of the all-time greats of thrash.
Oh come on dudes! Every single track of Exodus is a masterpiece! Just listen to bonded by blood, shovel headed kill machine and the least Blood In, Blood Out!
Why so low? This band is awesome! R.I.P Paul Baloff. - LadyBansheeV 9 Comments
"Them Bones"- even ignoring the fact that Layne was the greatest and most original, distinctive male vocalists of all time- even ignoring the fact that virtually everything they did was pure genius, honest beauty... There is "Them Bones". Even that track alone would make them a notable case for a Metal Top 10. I mean it's iconic- you know it's coming and it knocks you down and runs over you like a thundering steam train of nihilistic existensial pain... it's raw, rough, agressive and you feel it in your chest. They are great music, and thankfully didn't find it necessary to 'fit in' with genre stereotype.
These guys were not a grunge band. Jerrys riffs were pure metal!
Lets get this straight. Yes these guys were in the grunge period, and were from seattle, but the nature of their music, particularly Dirt and Facelift, had very strong metal sounds. And Bullet For My Valentine and Linkin Park are not only not metal, they are also both crap!
Alice In Chains is in the big 4 of grunge I mean they are heavy but heavy isn't metal. - LucretiaV 17 Comments
Helloween are the best power metal band in the world! only listen their EPIC saga "Keepers Of The Seven Keys", prepare to enter heaven!
How in hell Helloween is 39? They created Power Metal, which is an amazing Metal Style, also they have the best members in this category, awesome composers, great vocals, bass, guitars and drums, mostly drums with Ingo amazing work. They deserve much more than poser bands like Slipknot and A7x
Any band that can lose their lead singer, after making two epic albums, help create new genre, but be followed by low rated let down albums, and then still somehow manage to make a come back with equally awesome music and equally epic singer should be way higher up on a metal list.
Surprised to see them at 47. They are one of the best bands to come out of Germany and the Power Metal genre.V 23 Comments
Killswitch Engage is definitely up there, their sound is unique without being too unfamiliar to the ears of metal fans.
Greatest band of all time every song s different unique and amazing Howard jones has the best vocals of any band. This deserves to be a lot higher on the list
Oh, come on! Really?! This band got a song into Guitar Hero 3: Legends of Rock, for a reason! My Curse is absolutely AMAZING! Why are these guys at damn FIFTY-SEVEN! BEHIND Linkin Park, WHO ARE HARDLY ROCK?! - The1stEpicFace
Have you morons ever actually listened to Killswitch's music?... They're definitely one of the greatest bands in the world when it comes to just about anything metal stands for... With bonus that they're a very inspiring band too!V 14 Comments
Many metal bands are good, but Sabaton is great because they teach you history. Most of their songs are about the history from 15 century to nowadays. Also they play well, it's another reason to choose this band.
They are way too low there. Sabaton MUST be on the, at least, top 25. They are one of the better known ones, and 40:1 is great. I'm actually Polish.
Seen them live 3 times at Sabaton Open Air and they're hilarious and great at catching the audience and that they sing about actual battles and people make me get goosebumps.
I don't have to study history too much, I can listen to Sabaton. Also they have lot of powerful songs...V 12 Comments
Rainbow is by far Ronnie James Dio's best fronted band. It takes the great singing of Ronnie James Dio, combined with one of the greatest metal guitarists Ritchie Blackmore, to team up and write some really great songs. Too bad after Ronnie James Dio left, the band kinda started to suck. Because of this, they are pretty much the Metallica of all Ronnie James Dio bands.
Ritchie Blackmore, the king of guitar solos, so below. Unbielivable
For me, they were the first to really define what metal would sound like in the future: Dio with his epic voice, Blackmore with his neoclassical playing... Shameful that they're below Evanescence who are not even close to metal. - RalphSaad
I’m voting for rainbow only because of the first three albums to get them higher up the list because the Dio fronted albums were some of the best albums in metal history to be honest! - metalwillneverdieV 10 Comments
Black tide is awesome! Should be a little higher than this, but I do kind of understand the placement. "That fire" is one of my favorite songs.
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