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
Where do I start? James Hetfield is the one that will never be replaced, he has a kick ass voice even after he damaged his vocal chords in 1992, and even being burned alive and STILL performing with his burns at the time, he writes the best lyrics known to man and is the BEST rhythm guitarist alive and even can do solos as well. Lars ulrich is the one who started it all and pounds away with his drums, Kirk Hammett is a great lead guitarist as well. As for the bassists, cliff burton will always be remembered as the GOD of bassists, his blood and sweat put into the band especially anesthesia (pulling teeth), the ultimate bass solo, no one can top him, Jason newstead, sometimes I wish he would come back to metallica because I miss his backing vocals and his wonderful bass playing, robert trujillo he's not that bad but not as good as jason and definitely not cliff either, his crab walk though I don't find necessary. They have been from just an underground metal band to thrash metal heroes ...moreV 883 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
Well.. I've been listening to metal for over 20yrs and I know one thing for sure! There is NO best metal band, cause metal has so many genres and everyone has his/her own point of view! That is what music is like, it's just a matter of opinion! But when all things combine and put together IRON MAIDEN is without a doubt THE most influential metal band of all times! It is also the band with the largest number of great, I prefer to say EPIC songs! No one should go against that! 90% of IM songs are amazing. If a number of their albums and songs is considered that is a feat that has never been reached by any other band! Talking about other genres- Death, Nightwish, Therion and Orphaned Land comes to mind when spoke of ratio quality/quantity! Epica is also a great band, one to be recognized in coming years! I'm not mentioning Slayer, Megadeth or Pantera because I am not very familiar with their work after mid-nineties. As for Judas Priest, I never liked Halford's voice sorry. Who else? ...moreV 847 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
Okay, Metallica and Maiden are definitely awesome bands, no doubt about it, BUT let's be honest, Iommi, Geezer, Ozzy, and Ward started it ALL! Iommi/Sabbath took Page/Zeppelin's bluesy, folksy sound to an absolutely whole new level like no one had ever done before. The "Lizard King" Morrison/Doors had some dark and forbidding music and lyrics, but still nothing like Sabbath's Iommi/Butler combination. Song after song, record after record, their first six albums: Black Sabbath, Paranoid, Master of Reality, Volume 4, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, and Sabotage are just as mind-blowing and soul-numbing as 40 years ago. EVERY metal band lists Sabbath as a major influence, if they don't they are just fooling themselves. Iommi is the undisputed GOD of the standard heavy metal riff and tuned down power chords, even with the loss of the tips of his fingers! Maiden, Metallica, and Priest, all need two guitarists to even come close to what Iommi does all by himself. And, don't even get me ...moreV 370 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 really think Megadeth is the best metal band. They have just have has a lot more to offer than any otyher metal band. I mean Metallica is number one just because of four albums from the 80s it's ridiculous. Megadeth has never stopped making good celebrated albums (yes there's a couple bad ones) I mean Dystopia was awesome. How many bands can release an album after a 35 year long career and have people say it's some of their best work? Certainly not MetallicaV 391 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!
This is humiliation The Metal Gods should easily become number 1. If you have heard various metal legend bands you should understand. Saying Iron Maiden Gods of Metal? Are you kidding? They like happy metal than heavy metal only the mascot eddie (making them more popular and the font-logo) true metal horror but the music they are happy metal.
Judas had more evil sound, more technical, more various. Funny seeing Maiden fanboy say they revolutionary, what a joke! Their sound, lyrical theme, arrangement always same from the start and it's boring. Beside that Judas is most revolutionary Metal band ever, their has explorer multiple genre from blues rock, psychedelic rock, hard rock, heavy metal, glam metal, progressive metal, speed metal, thrash metal, groove metal, nu metal, even symphonic metal.
Don't forget Judas exist long before Maiden basically 70s band, their music and look-style is more influence for metal than Maiden. Maiden only one of other band from NWOBHM and not ...more
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! - AsianavynukeV 195 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 on 6?!?! I mean... Metallica is good and all, but they're overrated and they went mainstream REMEMBER!?! Judas Priest is awesome, but they aren't even in the big 4! Slayer is obviously better than Megadeth, but by a little bit. Sure Black Sabbath is good, but they just created metal, not anything more... and don't get me started on how overrated Iron Maiden is, they're rock not metal enough! - busterV 172 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.
Pantera rocks Cowboys from Hell was just pure metal amen
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
If it's Metal it's Pantera, if it's Pantera it's Metal.V 220 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!
Every single person in this band has unbelievable talent. They may not be considered "classic, " but Jimmy can lay down the same rapid beats as any famous drummer in history. Synyster rips on the guitar. Zacky's rhythm weaves in perfect harmonies with Syn's. Johnny's bass is the foundation of their songs. Matt has a beautiful singing voice, and yet, he can still scream in a way that sends shivers down the spines of all. They're dedicated musicians who suffered the death of their best friend for life, and still managed to finish touring and put out another album. Their music is unique, they experiment with all different sounds, and they rock my face off. Besides that, once you fall in love with the band's music, you fall in love with the members too. Every fan has an intimate relationship with them, because they're impossible not to like/respect.V 530 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
Well I understand why dream theater is not number one in this list, its because they are not mainstream and that is really better for me.Cause some of the bands here really are and I bet most of the people who voted them have only heard like 10 of their songs and only say they are amazing because everybody says so.But nobody knows who dream theater is and that is a shame, not for them but for you cause you're never going to hear the amazing beautiful sound that the gods of modern music make.They are outstanding I mean every instrumentalist in the band is the best at their instrument (in the world) and the chemistry between them is amazing.Every album is a work of art and every song is a beautiful crafted piece of music.I think you have to be really mature to understand them and they are the fact that metal isn't all about screaming and headbanging but it's a brutal yet equally beautiful piece of art so I don't want to argue anymore cause we metal heads are one although I wish dream ...moreV 189 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
Real metal is death metal and death was the best death metal band
There is no bad songs by Death they literally have a a perfect clean sheet. All the other bands ahead of them in the ranking, have at least a couple of sub par songsV 145 Comments
Amazing Spanish band with great songs and an amazing lead singer, Leo Jimenez. - PhoenixAura81
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.
Okay I never listened to them but I just had to do this
"You thought metallica was the best metel band...BUT IT WAS I DIO! " - Silence4101
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
Probably the best political band out there besides RATMV 226 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.
I'm an 80's/90's guy. not that I don't like 70's metal, but it just didn't kick enough ass for me. Sabbath, Priest, etc are very talented bands,but to me there are hard rock bands that were just as heavy. When Slayer came around they showed what metal was supposed to be, then Pantera came around and were just incredible, but then at the end of the 90's... SLIPKNOT breaks onto the scene, and just destroyed everything in its path. First it was Sabbath who were the top metal band, then maybe Priest, then Maiden, then Metallica took over and dominated, but Slayer was the hardcore metal hands favorite band, then Pantera took over, then some 90's bands like Korn, Tool, SOD became really popular, but then slipknot comes outand it's really been their era ever since. No other metal band has come around to dethrone them. They have been the top metal band since 1999. And there are other great bands out there,but Slipknot remains the best... best everV 445 Comments
Too much love for these guys, they deserve to be way further up.
Motorhead is the best metal band of all time! They are also the best rock and roll band of all time! They are also the best punk band of all time!
Take that world!
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)
Should be in the top 10V 90 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.
Most underrated band... Why? They must be in top 10, no doubt
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 albumV 48 Comments
Should be in the top ten
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
Awesome band, practically all their songs are great.
This band doo doo - lilrocketmanV 120 Comments
Good music is playable over and over again, with something new to be discovered nearly every time in either complexity or simply feeling. This is Opeth. It is ALWAYS in my playlist.
Especially appreciative of truly talented musicians and writers such as Opeth are other musicians. Conversely, it scares me to think there are such high numbers of mindless, tone def, laggard souls out there to vote garbage like MetaliCucks and SevenSold to the top.
If you haven't given Opeth a listen yet, their earlier music is on the death metal side and their newer music is on the progressive psychedelic side and they mature and grow in depth with every album. Thank you Opeth for the countless hours of enjoyment you bring to so many ears and souls!
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
Quality Band. Really good. Music should be an art and be filled with feelings and emotions, not just countless riffs and solos after solos. Haven't checked their stuff after Watershed but I respect the band for their change in direction and did what they always wanted to.
Note: Don't just limit yourself to that overrated (not bad, simply overrated) Blackwater Park, they have other albums far better than that. - Vip3r
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 unrivsledV 87 Comments
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
Adam after Ozzy got fired he made a band and called it Ozzy Osbourne. - Roach
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
REALLY OZZY 26TH THIS IS A HORRIBLE LIST, LINKINN PARK METAL WTF? COME ON PEOPLE, NO ONE BEATS OZZY, NO ONE! NOT EVEN DIO (WHO HAS THE BEST HEAVY METAL VOICE ALONG WITH HALFORD), BUT OZZY IS THE MOST REPERSENTATIVE HEAD OF HEAVY METAL, PERIOD!V 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.
Come on this band should be MUCH higher on the list stop putting these good bands so low on the list.
The closest thing to a bad song they have is "The Pot". Amazing music that is perfect for all types of moods and locations. - JackTorrance42V 138 Comments
Somewhere Far Beyond and Imaginations from the Other Side were great albums, their later albums sucked horribly especially ANATO and ATEOT, with bunch of overrated, over-produced and tedious songs hailed as masterpiece. By the way whoever thinks that Blind Guardian is an underrated band is a total jerk and has been living under a rock, they are very well known among the metal community & fans.
Blind Guardian is one of those bands whose reputation for being the father's of certain genre has made them overrated. - Vip3r
Helloween are regarded as the father's of power metal and this has made them overrated. Not Blind Guardian. Seems you aren't very familiar with the subject. - Metal_Treasure
Why is this not at the top?
They are the only metal band I know that has been improving over time - every next album was 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
great bandV 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
How is this lower that bullet for my valentine - Demogorgan
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.V 19 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.
My favorite band. And,sorry Bruce D.,but I think their newest singer,Stu Block is the best singer of all time
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 burdenV 14 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 were victims of circumstance. Like so many of the other comments, they developed in Seattle during the grunge explosion. But their music was/is so much more than what defined grunge. Jerry Cantrell and Layne Staley wrote such phenomenal songs, so complex, intricate, just oozing with emotion and feeling.truly should be in the top ten. - Mike777V 16 Comments
We don't care what you say...
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!
This IS Metal!
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.V 18 Comments
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.
Such a unique sound and wonderful music.
Mah favorite band!
Love em because their the originals and when other nu metals bands act and refuses to be nu metal. Korn still stay in their lane and come up with more better music that the world takes and be influenced.V 51 Comments
I first discovered them when I was playing guitar hero and even just by opening my mind to listen to em. And in my opinion, DragonForce is obviously my favorite band in metal history. Aside from a few other metal bands of course. They deserve to be on this list and maybe even higher because of everything that they worked hard on every album they band.
Legendary band, and underrated among the metal community. There has never been a bad solo that they played.
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.
You're definitely right about their lyrics sounding the same, but their guitar work is very good. Few guitarists have ever been able to match the speed and talent that they possess. - KeyboardHero
Cheesy & repetitive but skilled..not as cheesiest as that garbage band Drum Thutter. - Vip3rV 35 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)
Singing in German make the vocals better, Lindemann's voice is awesome, so is the rest of the band.V 95 Comments
I think COB is the best of all ever. And Alexi (The Wildchild ) is guitar guru, I just can't but help listening to them even I can't think of heavy metal without cob... Love you!
My first real metal band. 12 year old me was hooked. - JackTorrance42
Follow the reaper and Hatebreeder great.
What followed was a sequence of terrible disasters on the trot, several eardrums got victimized. - Vip3r
Why 18th? Is this some kind of joke! Children of bodom don't deserve to be in the top 20, they deserve to be in the top 3! People should consider looking at the advantage that this band has. They melodic, fast and skilled! Alexi and Roope have absolute technique and speed. Watch the bodom beach terrot solo lesson and see how talented Alexi is. COB IS AWESOME AND THEY SHOULD KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK! NOT MY FUNERAL IS ALSO A GOOD SONG TO PICK UP CONSIDERATIONV 53 Comments
Why is this 19th?
this is one of the best...
lamb of god deserves more...
One of the best live bands out there, and Sacrament is perfect - JackTorrance42
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!V 122 Comments
Bland, boring & overrated metalcore band at the same level as Bring Me the Horizon. - Vip3r
Modern metal wise they rule the place
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.
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 46 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
Shameful that Rainbow are so far down the list.V 10 Comments
Without Deftones, there would be no Korn or Slipknot. Truly a major pioneer in nu Metal.
You have got to be kidding me... I can't even see Deftones on this list as far as I know. This is an outrage. They deserve to at least be in the top 5. If I had to vote the top 5 alt-metal bands today, they would have to be:
2. System of a Down
3. Nine Inch Nails
4. Queens of the Stone Age
5. The Fall of Troy
Again, Deftones have better be in the top 10s, or else.
I just have one thing to say. How come one of the greatest metal bands nowadays is in the 193th place in this list. I mean, how is it possible that one of the few bands ever that hasn't one bad song can be in such a bad place.
They are way better than 187th place come on!V 4 Comments
Seriously, how can people actually enjoy such music? - CharismaticKat
This is an absolute joke. Cannibal deserves to be way higher on this list because no other band comes close to their brutal sound.
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.
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.V 27 Comments
Best modern metal band of all time; should be above slipknot
I listen to them everyday.
Tough guy...I'm scared. Besides they aren't metal - Vip3r
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!V 60 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
They are epic, were heavy as hell for their time, and are pioneers of metal - no matter what line-up changes went on. They have released some of the greatest metal albums of all time - 'Machine Head particularly - and that Blackmore riff in the title track of 'Perfect Strangers' is one of the best I've heard since Hetfield and Hammet went stark bonkers with THAT riff in 'Orion'. One of the all-time greats of heavy.
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.V 15 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
'The Blackening' is a beast of a thrash album, but talk about a hit-and-miss band. Too patchy in their output, like Soulfly.V 15 Comments
Keeper of the seven keys 1..end of their discography for me. - Vip3r
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.V 24 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.
My absolute favorite pagan metal band! - justdenise54
It's actually a Melodic Death Metal band. Sorry to be that guy, but it pisses me off. - RogerMcBaloney
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!V 23 Comments
They're the best especially their first 2 albums.
There's no comparing mastodon to anyone on this list they are in a league of their own. I would have expected them to be much higher on the list. They are constantly evolving.
Does somebody want to tell me why Mastodon is bellow AC/DC, Evanescence, Led Zeppelin, and Three Days Grace, bands that AREN'T EVEN METAL! Mastodon revolutionizes the genre, instead of catering to an oblivious public. I'm looking at you Avenged Sevenfold.V 23 Comments
Brutal, extremely fast and in standard tuning. Sweet. - AdamDestructorJr.
One of the greatest bands out there. Travis Ryan's growls turn me on honestly. - JackTorrance42
Very Technical and actually Sophisticated - Gamefreak23788
A unique style has been crafted by them in the last few years, and it's putridly, violently beautiful. They are amazing.V 5 Comments
Best. Band. Ever!
Epica should be in top 25!
One of the best fantasy-metal bands out there.. Should be a lot higher in this list!
Symphonic metal is my favorite type out of all the metals. epica and nightwish should both be in the top 15V 6 Comments
Why in the world is this band so low? They had such a unique sound with the guitar screeches and a,a zing metal voice. The guitar sound is extreme and I think they deserve to be higher up.
My favorite and the only band who actually has a clue what's happening in the world and gives a damn to say something.
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
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 19 Comments
Metal was supposed to be hard, all these bands are so soft. Mayhem is one of the only real metal bands on this list. Honestly all the other bands talk, but mayhem did, and still does. Real metal is mayhem.
I miss dead. I guess he would have wanted to go out that way though. One of my most favorite bands of all time.
I'd comment on this, but I like my life, my head attached to my shoulders, and my place of residence too much.
I like anyone who is passionate about there favourite metal bands, so despite not being a fan of this type of metal, metal is brotherhood personified, which makes metal the best music movement in history. That said, rap is a close second, but there's too much BS in it.V 5 Comments
This is one of the few bands where I can say I love all of their releases. Gary Holt is my favorite thrash metal guitarist. - Roach
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!V 10 Comments
Phenomenal band! I'm in awe. - Vip3r
Positively surprised to find them on this list, considering they aren't that popular outside of the underground black metal scene. This band has produced some of the most beautifully haunting and atmospheric albums I've ever heard. They're beyond great and deserve way more recognition.
In fact their sounds are the best folk metal I heard till now.
Favorite Melodic Black metal bandV 1 Comment
Most well symphonic black metal bands and for good reason too. In the Nightside Eclispe may be overrated but in a good way. - Roach
The greatest black metal band of all time or at least in the top 3
Best MFn Black Metal Riffs
The sun has set on emperor but the music is still alive Ihsahn has started doing more progressive metal which is really good anyone who had not listened to emperor, or to Ihsahn, is really missing out this is some of the best metal ever. - the_winds_of_mayhemV 5 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
They're good - OblivionStar
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?! - The1stEpicFaceV 15 Comments
I'm not sure if they're metal but this band is amazing. - PhoenixAura81
Are they even Metal? - Gamefreak23788
Not metal, but I love this band
Can't call them a metal band due to Trent Reznor's ever-shifting musical style, but Nine Inch Nails have released some of the darkest, most brutal industrial metal albums known to man. Like Alice In Chains, they pushed darkness and despair upon mainstream audiences and metal heads have to respect them for that factV 11 Comments
This is my Ex's favorite band. Can't listen to it now, but Blood Fire Death was my first truly metal album (Not being Iron Maiden) - JackTorrance42
Bathory should be first...what
Lol bathory is way better than metallica, slayer, cannibal corpse, death and many others. This is not a top 10 of your favourite bands guysV 22 Comments
These guys suck. - Spiralcore
THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA is a great heavy metal band. Mike vocalist and writer is great. James vocals and guitarist is great as well. Lyrics are symbolic and straight forward that sends meaningful message. They have been out for about 8 years but should be higher up on the list.
I saw these guys for three minutes when they opened for killswitch engage. Why three minutes? I went to take a dump.
This band is awesome. They deserve more...V 2 Comments
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