Best Metal Bands

The Top Ten

1 Metallica Metallica Metallica is an American Thrash Metal band formed in 1981 . The original lineup was James Hetfield (Vocalist and Rhythm guitarist), Dave Mustaine (Lead Guitar), Lars Ulrich (Drums), Ron McGovney (Bassist). The group came into mainstream from their Self-Titled album and the hit single "Enter Sandman". ...read more.

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

Metallica is the best band in the world and they are God of Metal

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2 Iron Maiden Iron Maiden Iron Maiden are an English heavy metal band formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. The most critically acclaimed period for the band was from 1983-1989. With vocalist Bruce Dickinson, bassist Steve Harris, lead guitarist Dave Murray, rhythm guitarist Adrian ...read more.

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!
Iron Maiden
Judas Priest
Metallica

In my opinion

They are the gods of metal.. Metallica is also amongst the best metal bands but even Metallica is inspired by maiden

Maiden > everyone - Disturbedpotato

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3 Black Sabbath Black Sabbath Black Sabbath were a Heavy Metal band formed in Birmingham, England in 1968 by guitarist and songwriter Tony Iommi, Singer Ozzy Osbourne, Bassist and Main Lyricist Geezer Butler and Drummer Bill Ward. The band got into mainstream after improving after their debut album got negative feedback. In 1978, ...read more.

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

They invented metal... - blackphoenix

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4 Megadeth Megadeth Megadeth is an American thrash metal band from Los Angeles, California. The group was formed in 1983 by guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson, shortly after Mustaine's dismissal from Metallica. They have released 15 studio albums, and their biggest hits are Symphony of Destruction, Holy ...read more.

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

Yeaah boi Dave Mustaine = legend

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5 Judas Priest Judas Priest Judas Priest are a British heavy metal band formed in Birmingham, England, in 1969. The band has sold over 45 million albums to date. They received a lot of popularity due to their big hits Breaking The Law, You've Got Another Thing Comin', and Living after Midnight which were played on the radio a ...read more.

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

Judas priest have revolutioned the world of music and rob halford has created the true heavy metal, the purest metal ever, every band has taken something from judas priest

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6 Slayer Slayer ...read more.

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

I admire every other band, but Slayer is Life! That's all that matters!

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7 Pantera Pantera Pantera was a Heavy Metal band formed in 1981 by guitarist Dimebag Darrell and drummer Vinnie Paul. The group got into mainstream after changing from Glam Metal to Groove Metal. The band's most successful album is "Vulgar Display of Power". As the pioneers of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal, They ...read more.

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

7th? seriously? First of all PanterA are one of the very few bands to get heavier with each album, not only that, each album has a totally different sound and tone. Amazing diverse riffs, solos filled with soul and emotion. The only band PanterA should be under is Sabbath. Other than that they are the greatest and badass metal band ever. Fact.

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8 Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold is an American alternative metal/metalcore (early) band, that was formed 1999 in California. Their longest lineup of members was M. Shadows (Vocals), Synyster Gates (Lead Guitar), Zacky Vengeance (Rhythm Guitar), Johnny Christ (Bass Guitar), and The Rev (Drums). ...read more.

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!

Avenged deserve first place 🥇❤️

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9 Dream Theater Dream Theater Dream Theater is an American progressive metal band. The band was formed in 1985 under the name of "Majesty", but had to change its name to Dream Theater later. ...read more.

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

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

The best metal band I ever heard

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10 Death Death Death was an American Death Metal band formed in 1983 by Chuck Schuldiner. Death is considered to be one of the most influential bands in heavy metal and a pioneering force in death metal. Its debut album, Scream Bloody Gore, has been widely regarded as the first death metal record, while the band's ...read more.

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. - Lucretia

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The Newcomers

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The Contenders

11 Motörhead Motörhead Motörhead were an English heavy metal/Hard Rock band formed in June 1975 by bassist, singer, and songwriter Ian Fraser "Lemmy" Kilmister, who was the sole constant member; guitarist and songwriter Larry Wallis; and drummer Lucas Fox. The band's harsh vocals and fast paced tempos helped inspire speed ...read more.

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

Motorhead are responsible for bringing metal back into the spotlight. It's really sad that these guys are at 12. - Mumbizz01

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12 Dio Dio Dio was an American heavy metal band formed in 1982 and led by vocalist Ronnie James Dio, after he left Black Sabbath with intentions to form a new band with fellow former Black Sabbath member, drummer Vinny Appice.

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.

My favorite, IT SHOULD BE HIGHER ON THE LIST.

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13 Slipknot Slipknot Slipknot is a Heavy Metal band formed in 1995 from Iowa. The band released their first album in 1999 and was well received by critics and fans. The group gained success after the release of their second studio album, "Iowa". ...read more.

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 love Taylors voice

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

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

Overrated, don't need to be in the big 4, or even the big 10 of thrash. - Lucretia

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15 System of a Down System of a Down System of a Down formed in 1994 as an Armenian-American Nu Metal group from Glendale, California . The band name is sometimes shortened to System or SOAD. ...read more.

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

Best ever!

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16 Disturbed Disturbed Disturbed is an American heavy metal band from Chicago, Illinois . The band comprises vocalist David Draiman, bassist John Moyer, guitarist Dan Donegan, and drummer Mike Wengren . They are known for songs like "Down With the Sickness" and "Stricken" .

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

Easily #1

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17 Ozzy Osbourne Ozzy Osbourne John Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne was born on December 3, 1948. He is also known as ''The Prince of Darkness''. Ozzy is an English singer, songwriter, and television personality. He rose to prominence in the early 1970s as the lead vocalist of the band Black Sabbath. Osbourne was fired from Black Sabbath ...read more.

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. - SoldierOfFortune

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18 Tool Tool Tool is an American progressive metal/alternative metal band, that was formed in 1990. ...read more.

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

Tool doesn't have that many albums, but they don't have any very bad ones. - Lucretia

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19 Opeth Opeth Opeth is a Swedish progressive death metal band from Stockholm, formed in 1990 by David Isberg, who invited Mikael Akerfeldt into the band as a bassist. Isberg ended up leaving the band, which lead to Mikael becoming the band's vocalist, guitarist, principal songwriter, and driving force. Along with ...read more.

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.

Below AC/DC? What the heck... - naFrovivuS

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

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.

Does not count, nu metal is not metal. - Lucretia

In KoRn's case, you're right. They distanced themselves from metal from the start. - AdamDestructorJr.

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