Best Metal Bands

The Top Ten Best Metal Bands

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

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 ...more

@visitor It's not all Enter Sandman. I'd like to see the radio playing Dyers Eve - Alkadikce

2 Iron Maiden Iron Maiden are an English Heavy Metal / Hard Rock 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 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

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? ...more

3 Black Sabbath Black Sabbath were a Heavy Metal band formed in Birmingham, England in 1968 by guitarist and songwriter Tony Iommi, singer John "Ozzy" Osbourne, bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward. 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

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 ...more

4 Megadeth Megadeth is an American thrash metal band from Los Angeles, California. Megadeth was formed in 1983 by guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson, shortly after Mustaine was fired from Metallica. They have released 15 studio albums to date, and have gone through many lineup changes, with Dave 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

MEGADETH all the way, piss on metallica, megadeth has more consecutive Great albums than metallica. Better song writing, better sound/ guitar. I have to listen to megadeth every morning I wake. I love dave mustains style, and sound, the way he sings, there is no other like megadeth. Who else could write songs like, ashes in your mouth, vortex, holy wars... Etc. Every album has 8 out of 10 of my favorite songs, never, ever enjoyed any band like megadeth. Go and pickup a cd, any megadeth album, and listen. My boyfriend turned me on to megadeth, he likes megadeth a lot, Metallica the most. I've asked him about some of megadeths lyrics, he did not know the lyrics. What... Metallica. Is a simple lyrical band. MEGADETH IS SO MUCH MORE. Just a comment to some of you metalheads out there. " lyrics can open-up your mind to so much in life, it is the heart of the song. Listen up, there is a message in everything. Figure it out. Thinkers move up in life. Only some, not all of you. No ...more

5 Judas Priest Judas Priest are a British heavy metal band that formed in Birmingham, England, in 1969. They are often referred to as one of the greatest metal bands of all time, and are even commonly called “The Metal Gods”, after one of the songs on their 1980 album “British Steel”. 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

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

6 Slayer Slayer is an American thrash metal band from Huntington Park, California, formed in 1981 by guitarists Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King. They rose to fame with their 1986 album Reign in Blood, and is credited as one of the big four of thrash metal bands, the others being Metallica, Megadeth, and Anthrax. more.

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

Probably the best thrash metal band that will ever be. If anyone can argue with any part of my statement it had better be about the probably part.

7 Pantera Pantera was an American Heavy Metal band formed in 1981 by guitarist Dimebag Darrell and drummer Vinnie Paul. The band started out as a Glam Metal act in the 1980s with little success. After discarding their original lead vocalist and enlisting Phil Anselmo, the band signed a major record deal with 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.

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

They created their own genre in metal. Could've achieved more greatness if the band lasted longer though. Dimebag was arguably the best metal guitarist of all time.

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

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.

9 Dream Theater Dream Theater is an American progressive metal band from Boston, Massachusetts. The band was formed in 1985 under the name of "Majesty", only to change its name to Dream Theater later. 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

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 ...more

"not mainstream"
"nobody knows who dream theater is"

To be honest, they're the most popular progressive metal band, and progressive metal is voted the second best metal subgenre on this site. Pull Me Under has ten million views on YouTube, and their #9-#10 place on this list is extremely high considering how many metal bands are out there.

I don't take this against the band, just saying responding to one detail. - Alkadikce

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

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

The creators of Death Metal and the best at it. Chuck's vocals and guitar playing are some of my favourite in all of Metal. - DarkBoi-X

every song is beyond awesome . Symbolic + The Sound Of Perseverance are two masterpieces albums

and every song they made had the greatest riffs I have ever listened to

The Newcomers

? Vengeance Rising Vengeance Rising was an American Christian thrash metal band from Los Angeles, California. Fronted by vocalist Roger Martinez, they originally formed as Vengeance in 1987, but changed their name in 1989 to avoid conflict with another band from the Netherlands.
? Arghoslent Arghoslent is an American death metal band formed in the summer of 1990. The band's lyrics have been the source of much controversy for advocating racism, particularly promoting white supremacist views of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade and The Holocaust.

The Contenders

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

System of a Down truly represent what Alternative Metal is. It's actually pretty hard to classify them since they much different from your straight forward Alt Metal bands with their Progressive and Avant Garde undertones in some of their songs and influences from many genres and bands.
Serj Tankian is my favourite singer and the rest of the band members such as Shavo, Daron Malakian and John are all fantastic musicians too. - DarkBoi-X

12 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!

With songs like 'Rainbow in the dark" and "Holy diver" this band had won my heart over funny story: back when I was young and "rainbow in the dark" was on the radio, I thought it was a song from The Scorpions, god I was so stupid back then!

Simply . The greatest vocalist I have ever heard out of each and every genre . even tho I don't like the riffs . but the vocals . DAAMN

13 Slipknot Slipknot is an American Alternative/ Nu Metal band formed in 1995 from Iowa. The band is best known as one of the pioneers of the New Wave of American Alternative Metal during the late 1990s - 2000s and are distinguishable by the band's clothing choices, consisting of black/red jumpsuits and horror 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'm surprised to see Slipknot this low - #13 at this time. They've been the top metal band for over 20 years. I understand maybe putting the pioneers ahead of them just out of respect, but still.

14 Motörhead Motörhead were an English heavy metal 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 metal and 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

I think this band is overrated as hell, lemmy sings terrible and their songs are boring as hell, I don't know why they get so much fans, this band is terrible. Anyway, if you like it, it's your problem, I can respect that but for me it's a bad band.

15 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.

Among The Living is one of the greatest metal albums of all time - ViciousCanine

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

16 Disturbed Disturbed is an American nu metal/ alternative rock/ alternative 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

ah yes, my number 1 pic, the main inspiration for my band, their songs are great!
favorite songs: "the light" "Stricken"
"The infection" "Legion of monsters"
"Land of confusion"
"Who taught you how to hate" "Stupify"
"shout 2000" "indestructible"
"Ten thousand fists" "I'm Alive"
and "The night"
one of he best things metal music gave to us

I like some newer rock bands but my favorite are the oldies and new bands that sound like them. I'm not really into the techno stuff people are calling metal now :/

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.

17 Tool Tool is an American progressive/alternative/post-metal band, that was formed in 1990. 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.

Progressive Alternative Metal? That's what Tool does and as a result they make one of the best music of all time in their mixing of Prog, Alternative and Metal.
Yes, Maynard can mutter a lot but it sure fits with the mood of many Tool fans and when he does sing, it's truly amazing. The rest of the members are also fantastic too. - DarkBoi-X

Tool are the best metal band, bar none. It is absolutely ridiculous that they're #18 - HeavyMetalHero

18 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 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

A fantastic Progressive Metal band with one of the best singers and musicians of all time. They have also have some great Death Metal stuff that someone who would normally dislike it, would enjoy due to the progressive style/playing and the melodic parts in many of them. Speaking of, Opeth are one of the best bands when it comes to bending melodic and aggressive parts. - DarkBoi-X

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.

19 Testament Testament is an American thrash metal band from Berkeley, California. Formed in 1983 under the name Legacy, the band consists of vocalist Chuck Billy, guitarists Eric Peterson and Alex Skolnick, bassist Steve DiGiorgio and drummer Gene Hoglan.

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

The reason they aren't in the big four:

They released their debut album in 1987. The big four did in 1983-1985. If I wanted, I could find 50 thrash bands for each member of the big four they influenced. Testament was "late to the party", they didn't take part neither in revolutionizing nor in popularizing the thrash genre, they aren't among the "essentials" as many would say. Their style isn't as distinctive from Metallica and at points Slayer as the big four's is from each other.

Besides, Metallica's supposed "golden age" is the first four albums. Slayer: the first five. Megadeth: first four, five or six, depending on which fan you ask. Anthrax: first five, maybe except for the debut. Only the first 2 or 3 albums of Testament are considered true classics of the genre. - Alkadikce

I'm huge metallica fan, but this band just kickass! need to be way higher! - EzP2

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.

20 Blind Guardian Blind Guardian is a German power metal band formed in the mid-1980s in West Germany. They are often credited as one of the seminal and most influential bands in the power metal and speed metal subgenres. Heavily influenced by Queen, they use the technique of overdubbing. They also incorporate large more.

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

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.

Should be much higher! Best metal band ever! So unique!

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

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.

Surprised they aren't that hated since a lot of metalheads hate Nu Metal but Korn is great though. They were the creators of it and the angst they had managed to feel genuine compared to bands in the genre that would try to sound like them.
Plus their songs are huge bangers. Korn is great indeed. - DarkBoi-X

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.

get them higher . great band and great music. for we are the children of the korn

22 Iced Earth Iced Earth is an American heavy metal band from Tampa, Florida. It was formed in 1985 under the name Purgatory by guitarist and main songwriter Jon Schaffer and original drummer Greg Seymour.

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.

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

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...

first of all that guy that said Iron Maiden sucks doesn't deserve to post here. secondly Iced Earth is THE GREATEST EVER. Just above Maiden. the songwriting is masterful. the playing is amazing. and the vocals, especially with Barlow are unbeatable. - jbeach91

23 Overkill Overkill is an American thrash metal band, formed in 1980 in New Jersey. They have gone through many line-up changes, with singer Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth and bassist D.D.

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. -

The Years of Decay - which happens to be their best album and best-selling album - is one of the reasons they've sold 16 million albums worldwide. To earn a living playing metal is a crime? If so, quit.

24 Deep Purple Deep Purple are an English rock band formed in Hertford in 1968. They are considered to be among the pioneers of heavy metal and modern hard rock, although their musical approach changed over the years. Originally formed as a progressive rock band, the band shifted to a heavier sound in 1970. Deep Purple, more.

favorite metal band (along with Rainbow) besides sabbath I just don't think that the fact that they almost started it and are EXTREMELY underrated doesn't make up for the sales of the five bands in front of it - BD88

Number 28. Come on? Speed King is one of the finest Heavy Metal tunes of all time. Ian Paice best drummer ever working his intricate work with Glover on bass. Blackmore and Lord like Jazz technicians with 1 million amps and topped off with Gillan screaming away like a banshee. The best!

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

Best and most energical band on Metal ¡HANDS DOWN! (Also Ian Gillan is a very talented singer)

25 Alice in Chains Alice in Chains is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1987 by guitarist and songwriter Jerry Cantrell and original lead vocalist Layne Staley.

I remember listening to this band all the way back when I was in elementary school, songs like "Angry chair"
god, and I remember even listening to one of Jerry's solo album songs: "My song" one of the reasons I became a metal fan.

"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!

26 Children Of Bodom Children Of Bodom is a melodic death metal band from Espoo, Finland. Formed in 1993, the group currently consists of Alexi Laiho, Janne Wirman, Henkka Seppälä, Jaska Raatikainen and Daniel Freyberg.

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!

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 CONSIDERATION

My personal Favorite band of all time I Loved all their albums.
Their new album is okay, its meh it has some cool solos and guitar playing.

Bloodrunk was awesome though, I don't know why fans complain about it.
I've loved bodom since Something wild and They really progressed their style A lot into a great band.

There is a reason The ESP guitar website puts Alexi Laiho's Name above george lynch, Jeff Hannamen ( slayer), Gus G ( ozzy), Stephen Carpender ( deftones), Mycheal paget ( bullet), Will Adler ( lamb of god), Ron Wood ( rolling stones), Max Cavaleria ( Soul fly, Sepultara)

Laugh out loud so many of these bands aren't even heavy metal, 3 days grace, Linkin Park, System of a Down, disturbed, AC/DC. COB's first 4 albums are amazing too, so much creativity in the songwriting and great use of the harpsichord in metal. Great guitar work, awesome distinct vocals that can only be matched by chuck schuldiner (where is death yet I haven't seen them on this list yet they should be top 10 if not top 5)

27 Deftones Deftones are an American alternative metal band from Sacramento, California. The band, which was founded in 1988, consists of Chino Moreno, Stephen Carpenter, Frank Delgado, Abe Cunningham and Sergio Vega. They have released a total of 8 studio albums. Some of their most popular songs are Change (in more.

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:
1. Deftones/Tool
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!

28 Trivium Trivium is an American Heavy Metal band from Orlando, Florida, formed in 1999. Their frontman, Matt Heafy, lead guitarist Corey Beaulieu and Bassist Paulo Gregoletto are the band's most consistent members and have appeared in every album since. more.

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...

Hard as metal should be, I love old albums where they growl more.

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!

29 Rammstein Rammstein is a German Neue Deutsche Härte and Industrial Metal band consisting of Till Lindemann (vocals), Richard Kruspe (guitar), Paul Landers (guitar), Oliver Riedel (electric bass), Christoph Schneider (drums) and Christian Lorenz (keyboard), that formed in 1994 in Berlin . more.

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)

best band from germany, favorite songs are:
"Du hast" "Ich will" and "Feuer Frei"

30 Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine is a rock band formed in Los Angeles, California. The band consists of vocalist Zack de la Rocha, bassist Tim Commerford, guitarist Tom Morello and drummer Brad Wilk.

Metal with strong influences from Hip Hop, Punk and Funk and their anti establishment lyrics make RATM one of my favourite bands of all time. - DarkBoi-X

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

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.

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.

31 Mastodon Mastodon is an American heavy metal band from Atlanta, Georgia, formed in early 2000 and composed of bassist Troy Sanders, guitarists Brent Hinds and Bill Kelliher and drummer Brann Dailor.

One of the best metal acts today! Will always love this band! Every album is fantastic! - Lukkern

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.

One of the best metal bands to play! Ever! No other sound can compare to their own. They changed the world of music to me. Songs like crack the Skye, the last baron, and oblivion have gave me a new outlook on progressive metal, and music in itself. Please give them a listen because they deserve a little respect for the music they create and for their technical mastery!

32 Dragonforce DragonForce are a British power metal band based in London, England. Formed in 1999, the group are known for their long and fast guitar solos, fantasy-themed lyrics, and electronic sounds in their music to add to their retro video game-influenced sound.

I may be the only person who loves them and never played Guitar Hero.

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

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.

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!

33 Five Finger Death Punch Five Finger Death Punch, often shortened to Five Finger or Death Punch, also abbreviated as 5FDP or FFDP, is an American Alternative Metal/Alternative Rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada. Formed in 2005, the band's name comes from the kung fu movie The Five Fingers of Death.

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

Sorry, but this band is absolute garbage. Their lyrics are abysmally written, their vocalist can't sing to save his life and the rest of the band just play generic groove riffs that have already been done FAR better by bands like Pantera and Machine Head. Get this corporate bullcrap band off the list.

34 Amon Amarth Amon Amarth is a Swedish melodic death metal band from Tumba, formed in 1992. The band takes its name from the Sindarin name of Mount Doom.

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

Amon Amarth is an amazing band. They don't have one bad album in their entire discography. Their songs have great riffs,
bass sound and drum beats, the lyrics are deep and tell stories (which reminds me a lot of Iron Maiden's style) and Johan Hegg's voice is simply incredible. Best thing of all, they look like vikings! What's not to love?

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!

35 Lamb Of God Lamb of God is an American heavy metal band from Richmond, Virginia. Formed in 1994, the group consists of vocalist Randy Blythe, guitarists Mark Morton and Willie Adler, bassist John Campbell, and drummer Chris Adler.

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!

Almost all of their songs are extremly intense and they always bring me in for an extremly groovy and fantastic listen! - Lukkern

36 Bathory Bathory was a Swedish Black/Viking Metal band formed in 1983 by Quorthon and Jonas Åkerlund. Bathory's first 4 albums layed the blueprint for Scandinavian Black Metal. Quorthon is often credited with creating the "shrieking" vocal style of Black Metal. Their 5th album, Hammerheart (1990) displayed more.

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..

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

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!

37 Helloween Helloween is a German power metal band founded in 1984 in Hamburg, Northern Germany. The band is a pioneering force in the power metal genre, and their second and third studio albums, Keeper of the Seven Keys: Part I and Part II, are considered masterpieces of the genre.

Quite possibly the second best metal band of all time.
They've had their ups and downs, but their highs are the highest.

Why is this band so low? Dindn't you guys hear them? THEY'RE AMAZING. And Power Metal is better than Thrash period.

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

38 Rainbow Rainbow are a British rock band led by guitarist Ritchie Blackmore from 1975 to 1984 and 1993 to 1997. They were originally established with Ronnie James Dio as the lead singer and lyricist. Rainbow were ranked No. 90 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock. The band has sold over 28 million albums more.

favorite metal band (along with Purple) besides sabbath I just don't think that the fact that they are EXTREMELY underrated doesn't make up for the sales of the 7 bands in front of it (besides Purple) - BD88

Kind of a different deep purple just with less hit but still great

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

39 Gojira Gojira is a progressive metal band from Bayonne, France. The band was known as Godzilla until 2001. Gojira is composed of Joe Duplantier on vocals and rhythm guitar, his brother Mario Duplantier on drums, Christian Andreu on lead guitar, and Jean-Michel Labadie on bass.

Why this is so insanely low on the list, I don't know.. What I do know is that this and behemoth easily are the two best metal acts today! - Lukkern

Simply put, Gojira is one of the best metal bands in the past decade- Between their strong lyrics, powerful guitar playing, and one of the best drummers hands down, they are a powerhouse that deserves a spot in the top ten. For God's sake, these guys made me regain some respect for France! (their home country)

I'd say at least half of the bands on this list aren't even metal, or are casually heavy at best. Gojira makes Bullet for my Valentine look like Hawthorne Heights.

Guys, seriously? Haven't you heard of the name? Gojira should at least be in the top 20. Give a listen to them and you'll be tripping balls. They're easily one of the heaviest and consistent bands here.

40 Machine Head Machine Head is an American heavy metal band from Oakland, California. Formed on October 12, 1991, the group was founded by vocalist and guitarist Robb Flynn and bassist Adam Duce. They have received great critical success especially for their album "The Blackening" which is considered a modern metal more.

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.

41 Manowar Manowar is an American heavy metal band from New York City, New York. Formed in 1980, the group is known for lyrics based on fantasy and mythology.

How is Manowar number 36?
These guys beat the ones above many times. Manowar deserves to be in the Top 10 as Eric Adams is probably the greatest Metal singer that has ever lived. He can literally sing anything. - Aguythatpeopleignores

The list has no credibility of Manowar is not at least in the top 15.

40?... WTF manowar are the true kings of metal the should be on top

Seriously underrated band due to their over acting but seriously, their music is awesome! Should be at least in top 20. DeMaio, Dio and Lemmy talked together. That proves that ManOwaR is legendary. It would be better if the members stop being serious elitists though.

42 Epica Epica is a Dutch symphonic metal band, founded by guitarist and vocalist Mark Jansen after his departure from After Forever.

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 15

Hey, let's throw the letter A at the end of a your band name and you can match it with the best, Metallica.

43 Nightwish Nightwish is a symphonic metal band from Kitee, Finland. The band was formed in 1996 by lead songwriter and keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen, guitarist Emppu Vuorinen, and lead singer Tarja Turunen. It's currently formed by Tuomas, Emppu, lead vocalist Floor Jansen, bassist and vocalist Marco Hietala, more.

This is the best for me.
since the lyrics is not about evil, the concept is not about evil.
everything is great!

One of the best bands still going on in this decade. If you've never heard of them, look up their albums Once, Oceanborn, and Imaginaerum. They are such a creative band. They DEFINITELY deserve to be in the top ten. I'm not saying it's a crime if someone's not a fan of them, but more people need to look them up to begin with! Dark Chest of Wonders, The Pharaoh Sails to Orion, Devil and The Deep Dark Ocean, End of All Hope, Planet Hell, She Is My Sin, Ghost Love Score, The Phantom of the Opera (live versions), Storytime, Sahara, Scaretale, 7 Days to the Wolves, Ghost River, and Last Ride of the Day are just a selected few of their masterpieces. Not to mention they have some of the best songwriting of all time - the lyrics, which are heavily influenced by fantasy, are literally poetry, and that is no exaggeration.

I'm sorry but I'm disgusted. nightwish is one of the greatest things that's ever happened to me. rate them so low because they are SYMPHONIC metal. you fools don't realize how amazing this is - trowland4

BEST BAND EVER PERIOD! How they aren't in the top 10 at least I don't know fajpfjgjeprvgj slipknot ahead of them WHAT?

44 Katatonia Katatonia is a Swedish metal band formed in Stockholm in 1991 by Jonas Renkse and Anders Nyström. The band has released nine studio albums spanning the course of three decades, and their tenth studio album, The Fall of Hearts was released on May 20, 2016.

This band is possibly my favorite metal band and I'm not a metalhead. - Soulstealer

It's hard to keep re-iterating this, but apart from the generation-spanning greats like Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Maiden, Sabbath etc. You'll notice how the list gets better and better as you go. It's a generational issue, and this is not a Miss Universe pageant, and this thread is also a great tool for educating the younger generation on bands they aren't aware of. If 20 kids dig Katatonia after reading this then I say good.

What in the world? If you people don't think that Katatonia is good then you obviously don't know great music. Honestly? I am very appalled at this. It makes absolutely no sense for them to be this low.

Yes! My word these depressing giants are good. 'The Great Cold Distance' is fantastic - 'July' particularly.

45 Cannibal Corpse Cannibal Corpse is a American death metal band from Buffalo, New York, formed in 1988. The band is known for their graphic album covers, explicitly violent lyrics and song titles like "I C** Blood" The group got into mainstream after performing the song "Hammer Smashed Face" in the 1994 film Ace Ventura: more.

Easily the best pure death metal band of all time! Always love listening to Cannibal Corpse! - Lukkern

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.

46 Cattle Decapitation Cattle Decapitation is an American Deathgrind band from San Diego, California formed in 1996. Cattle Decapitation's songs protest the mistreatment and consumption of animals, the abuse of the environment and touch subjects such as misanthropy and genocide of the human race. Much of their music is based more.

The best guitarist in all of metal, the most unique vocalist in all of metal, amazing technical (not the best though) drumming, and thumpy basslines. Not only is their music amazing, but their lyrics have made me into an active environmentalist as well as attempting to eliminate meat from my diet, little by little. These guys are one of the metal bands where their music goes straight to my heart. - shoulderboythemetalhead

One of the greatest bands out there. Travis Ryan's growls turn me on honestly. - JackTorrance42

A unique style has been crafted by them in the last few years, and it's putridly, violently beautiful. They are amazing.

Metallica is Nursery Rhymes compared to these guys

47 Killswitch Engage Killswitch Engage is an American metalcore band from Westfield, Massachusetts, formed in 1999 after the disbanding of Overcast and Aftershock.

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!

48 As I Lay Dying As I Lay Dying is an American metalcore band from San Diego, California. Founded in 2000 by vocalist Tim Lambesis, the establishment of the band's first full lineup, which included drummer Jordan Mancino, occurred in 2001. As I Lay Dying has released six albums, one split album, and two compilation more.

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
Through Struggle
Darkest nights
Moving Forward

The Kings of Metal. Right. Ever heard of Sabbath? The Big 4? Maiden? Priest? - AdamDestructorJr.

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

AS I LAY DYING simply rocks man!... ##How dare it is hangin around here man?... If it could do justice 2 metalcore then it deserves justice from us too!... Please vote! At least 4 the sake of "The Sound Of Truth"

49 Kreator Kreator is a German thrash metal band from Essen. Their style of music is similar to that of their compatriots Destruction, Sodom and Tankard; along with those three bands, Kreator has been referred to as one of the "big four" of Teutonic thrash metal, and they are often credited with helping pioneer more.

Why am I seeing this below crappy bands like underoath and Bullet For My Valentine? Kreator practically pioneered death metal with pleasure to kill and endless pain, why don't they get any credit?

Lol! This band is like Metallica but good? Comedy gold. I love Kreator, but they were just a twinkle in Metallica's eye when the gods gave birth to Kreator.

Yes! They are too low on the list, and I can't put my finger on why. I guess the 80's was such a prolific time for thrash that they just got thrown in the laundry basket, along with Sodom, Destruction, Vendetta, Deathrow - you name it. Still, to this day, killing it both on album and live.

Kreator and testament keep thrash alive. Not like that rubbish Metallica and toxic holocaust

How can one like Testament and dislike Metallica when they sound the same? - Alkadikce

50 Havok Havok is an American thrash metal band from Denver, Colorado. Formed in 2004, their members currently consist of David Sanchez, Nick Schendzielos, Pete Webber, and Reece Scruggs.

So underrated. Just listen to "prepare for attack.

These guys are the future of thrash

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