Best Metal Bands

The Top Ten

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". ...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

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.

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

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 ...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

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. ...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

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 ...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

Sadly this isn't higher. I think that megadeath is better than Metallica but that is because of the albums. There first album is either tied or a little lower than kill em all. Peace sells beats out ride the lightning(there are still kick ass track on there). Metallica has them on master of puppets against so far so good so what. Then rust in peace came out. That album is one of the best albums ever made. Injustice for all was a good album but against rust in peace? After that Metallica became dad rock and megadeath just plowed them.

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”. ...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.

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!

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. ...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

Slayer at 16? Whos x Japan? Slayer is the best metal band ever.. Metallica, Black Sabbath, judas priest, iron maiden, megadeth, cradle of filth, cob, log all come after Slayer

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 ...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.

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). ...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!

I'm still not over the revs death it's so heartbreaking but a7x should definitely be 1st, SCREW METALLICA!

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. ...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

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. But they have to be above Avenged Sevenfold I agree - 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 ...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 genres 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.

How is a pop rock core band like avenged in front of Death. Chuck is the father of death metal and one of the best metal guitarists. They are one of the best and most brutal and evil bands ever. They might not be as heavy as like Cannibal Corpse or Nile, but they are still awesome.

I wanted to vote for cannibal but Death has a slight edge on them.

The Newcomers

? Siege
? Mokoma

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. ...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

It has a unique style that is just oddly present to listen to. Not to mention they spread important anti war messages and other sorts of messages like that..

12 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 ...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'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.

13 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!

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.

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 ...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

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

Best of the big four in my opinion and definitely in my top five metal bands also it makes fun of conservatives.

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

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 them too much to have an complete impartial opinion. :)
Go ahead Disturbed. You're the best new metal band which I listen until now.

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 :/

17 Tool Tool is an American progressive/alternative/post-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!

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.

Pffft, trip LSD or Mushrooms to TOOL and tell me they are not better than 96% of the bands in the Top Ten.

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.

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 ...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

Not my favourite band of all time, but I consider them to be super talented managing multiple genres in an atmospheric mood. Definitely top 5 for me.

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

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.

19 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.

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.

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.

20 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.

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

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.

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

21 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.

22 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.

23 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 ...read 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.

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!

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, ...read 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

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!

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!

Technically good or not, I don't care.
They have so many good songs with good riffs and good guitars.
You don't have to be fast to be a good guitarist, Ritchie Blackmore
Is on my list of good music.
I enjoy their music, this is what heavy metal is all about!

Why do you make it sound like they're not technically good? They were some of the most technical musicians at their time. However, it's true that these days there are faster musicians who play fast just to impress, which I find dumb. These guys used speed at the service of melody without looking too much like show-offs.

25 Children Of Bodom Children Of Bodom was a melodic death metal band from Espoo, Finland. Formed in 1993, the final lineup consisted 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)

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