Best Metal Bands
The Contenders: Page 3
The big 4 get all the credit but the first people to play thrash or extreme metal venom. Metallica influenced almost every single modern metal band in existence and slayer gave birth to death metal with direct help from venom and anthrax who created Nu metal would not exist without venom. venom also directly spawned black metal. Only Black Sabbath who created metal and maybe Judas Priest who perfected it could possibly rank above venom. While I love them they definitely aren't my favorite but If were talking about "greatest" metal bands them venom must be top 3 possibly top 2 - maverick88
I am an early Venom fan, but they had no impact on Metallica. Metallica were such a force of nature that not even they could, in their wildest dreams, have predicted what influence they would have on metal. There have been bands that have equalled or bested Venom, but the same can't be said of Metallica 35-years on from the 'No Life till Leather' demo.
The most underrated metal band ever. Everyone knows about their connection to black metal but they are also the reason for thrash and death metal. We would not have Slayer, Metallica, Death, Cannibal Corpse, and all other death Thrash and black metal bands if it were not for venom - maverick88
If this band made nu metal, they can go suck a big floppy wiener for killing metal.V 7 Comments
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. - DarkenedBrutality
Ritchie Blackmore, the king of guitar solos, so below. Unbielivable
For me, they were the first to really define what metal would sound like in the future: Dio with his epic voice, Blackmore with his neoclassical playing... Shameful that they're below Evanescence who are not even close to metal. - RalphSaad
Catch the rainbow guys! It's on of the best and underrated group.V 9 Comments
Agreed, why the hell is this band down at 44, they are one of the most important bands of not only the 90s, but of all time. Very political, and very heavy. Definitely heavier than most of the bands on this list, and the lyrics are also controversial and heavy. Only Metallica, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden match up to these guys.
On his best days zach de la rocha would be lucky ( and I'm reaching) to occupy the receptacle tip of a rubber prophylactic filled by any of the latter band members you've just mentioned. And oh ya his politics suck ... JUST SAYING
Look, back in the day they were good, no denying that. But it was all just teen angst gone wild. They're probably all now employed by the machine they were raging against two-decades ago. Welcome to the real world of paying the bills.
Iron maiden are, always have and always will be my favourite metal band but RATM have really grown on me the last couple of months. Deserve the vote! - wolphert
Guerilla radio is a great song, but not the best metal band.V 15 Comments
Why so low?... Really very disgusted to see them in so low in ratings it's the best metal I ever heard... And how come likin park become a metal band...
Trivium bloody best band ever!
Ascendancy, Shogun and In Waves have to be the 3 greatest albums I've ever heard. Theses guys are also the best live musicians I've ever seen. They surely deserve number1!
Corey Beaulieu is in Trivium. Need I say more?V 39 Comments
I would rather go to In Flames concert than to Metallica or Iron Maiden concert. To me they are the best band on this planet, tough they really should be in top ten at bare minimum.
Try listening to Slipknot's Psychosocial and then listen to In Flames' Only for the Weak and then explain me how In Flames number 28 and Slipknot 10!
They don't just make few awesome songs, their every songs is awesome and worth listening. If you would point a gun at me and ask me what are my top ten In Flames songs, I honestly couldn't tell you. There are just so many insanely good songs.
Everything about this band is brilliant: vocal, lyrics, melody, rhythm, guitar solo... And I don't care what people say about their new albums. They are as great as the old albums.
In Flames we trust!
In Flames doesn't make music. They create melodic poetry. Rhythms that make you want to beat someone up, along with lyrics that can give you goosebumps. Is and will always be my favorite music, they changed Melodic Death Metal. In Flames we Trust.
I love all the band's up till this point and I can CONFIDENTLY say In Flames are better MUSICIANS than every other band on this list. They write poetry and fuse it with some of the best melodies, their songs have deeper meaning than any other band here. I'll admit they don't have any Dimebag Darrels as guitarists. But I know for a fact they're far more talented than bands like System of a Down and I'll even go as far as to say they're about as talented as Death (Don't get the wrong idea I love those bands). But as creators of music, hell I'd say they're even better than black sabbath and iron maiden. Songs to check out; Come clarity, Only for the weak, Crawl through knives, Colony, Trigger and Sounds of a playground fading. - Diragaze
Why is A7X in the top 10 and this in 36. - MorbidCannibalSlayerV 23 Comments
Let me explain why Led Zeppelin is not high on this list: they are not a Metal Band. They are Classic Rock. Even that's too specific, because they've tried everything in the book. They've tried reggae, rock, country-rock, heavy metal, and even mixed in some folk. I'm only voting for them because I like them, but they belong on a different list.
Why the hell is Zeppelin so low on this list? This is easily the greatest and most influential rock band in history with Pink Floyd
Comments like: "Why are they so low" or "Why are they lower than Metallica" are funny. Well like it or not, Metallica (which I don't specifically like that much) belong to this list way more than Led Zeppelin obviously because they're actually heavy metal! Led Zeppelin only had a few songs that could arguably be considered metal. It's annoying how the Led Zeppelin/Queen/Beatles fanboys always act this way and include their favorite band on every list even if it's unrelated. - RalphSaad
One of the founders of Metal music but did not do any further than that - Neonco31V 40 Comments
What these guys are making some of the best thrash ever recorded right now. Their last 4 albums are unreal. Tempo of the Damned, Shovel Headed Kill Machine, The Atrocity: Exhibit A and Exhibit B; The Human Condition are absolute mammoth albums that stack up against anybody. Seriously these guys deserve more recognition.
Yes, they are too low on the list. There should be a spot specifically reserved for Exodus because they, along with Testament, Forbidden and Heathen did not get the recognition they deserved. That said, I can't think of one reputable metal fan who doesn't acknowledge them as one of the all-time greats of thrash.
Oh come on dudes! Every single track of Exodus is a masterpiece! Just listen to bonded by blood, shovel headed kill machine and the least Blood In, Blood Out!
Why so low? This band is awesome! R.I.P Paul Baloff. - LadyBansheeV 9 Comments
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!
The only relevant metal band In recent times,fearless talented band with amazing diversity,No other band on this list could hope to be able to write such a varied and also ourstanding catologue
Most complete metal band there is by far
THREE DAYS GRACE ARE AWESOME!
Their awesome because I can't find a single song by then that I didn't like. I don't think they're the best to everyone cause there are other bands better but some of those other bands songs aren't good but all of Three Days Grace are awesome! Though it may not be the best metal band because not all of their songs are metal, most of then are hard rock, but they're still awesome
I think this is so lowly ranked because I wouldn't really consider it a "metal" band. It's more rock to me. They are very good, though.
This is the best inspirational band I ever seen. They I Believe they should have shot right pass Linkin Park though. I think they are way better and deserve a better ranking. No disrespect to Linkin Park though, they have written some of the best songs I've ever heard also. Although with that said I believe if you would listen to every TDG album and song you'd have them in you're top 5 and possibly, as you're number 1 band. Because we have to be honest, its not a band on this list that has all metal songs. I believe overall, and by overall I mean all around potential and the quality and persistency of the songs a band writes. TDG makes in the top 5 easy. I wont go so far and say there better then the classic rock bands like the Beatles, but they do come close to those standards. And speaking of the Beatles majority of their songs are not metal. This my opion.
I wouldn't consider them metal, they're more hard rock than anything - Ihategwyn310V 10 Comments
40?... WTF manowar are the true kings of metal the should be on top
One of the most underrated bands ever just listen to hail and kill or warriors of the world or die for metal or sons of Odin or Sleipnir almost most of there songs are awesome there the true kings of metal
No other band so purely represents the soul of metal. The first note I ever heard them play live sent a chill to my spine. The strenght and power of their songs are a whole other level, and all their songs drip with pure metal. So old, yet still so METAL!
Manowawr 53 while retarded pieces of disgrace for metal take dozens of place above!V 26 Comments
Black tide is awesome! Should be a little higher than this, but I do kind of understand the placement. "That fire" is one of my favorite songs.
The sun has set on emperor but the music is still alive Ihsahn has started doing more progressive metal which is really good anyone who had not listened to emperor, or to Ihsahn, is really missing out this is some of the best metal ever. - the_winds_of_mayhem
Black metal is just awesome, so yeah. I also grew up with it, It got mounted in my brain because Norway exposes you to it. But I do not regret.
Definitely one of the best black metal bands out there.
I'm not a fan, but this mob are pioneers, no question.V 2 Comments
Amazing they help put down the ground work for all recent Metal along with Sabbath. They had the Original Metal in the 70's. Helped with two great albums in the 80's metal shred. Gave us the epic intro to the Battle Rages on in the 90's and In 2013 gave us an astounding progressive Metal album Now What!? Clearly they are one of the best metal bands of all time! - STLRams1
Technically good or not, I don't care.
They have so many good songs with good riffs and good guitars.
You don't have to be fast to be a good guitarist, Ritchie Blackmore
Is on my list of good music.
I enjoy their music, this is what heavy metal is all about!
Why do you make it sound like they're not technically good? They were some of the most technical musicians at their time. However, it's true that these days there are faster musicians who play fast just to impress, which I find dumb. These guys used speed at the service of melody without looking too much like show-offs. - RalphSaad
53 on this list presently, this is a joke for deep purple
One of these bands who starts this genre. But live they are the First real beasts! The next beasts where Motörhead!V 15 Comments
World. Wake up! There's more beyond mainstream music.
#The undisputed masters of underground music.
66? Is this a joke? A ton of the bands about this on the list got their inspiration or even copied meshuggah's trademark sound. Meshuggah is really like none other, way more unique and skilled than like 75% of the bands above
They created an unique style which has been copied by countless other bands.
Heaviest band out RN. Still going hard.V 11 Comments
This is the best for me.
since the lyrics is not about evil, the concept is not about evil.
everything is great!
THIS IS MUSIC!
NOT SCREAMING AND EVERYTHING.
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.
BEST BAND EVER PERIOD! How they aren't in the top 10 at least I don't know fajpfjgjeprvgj slipknot ahead of them WHAT?
This is the best metal band. They're iconicV 30 Comments
0.2% voted Bathory... What is wrong with you people... Korn, Avenged Sevenfold, Slipknot etc.. I don't blame people for liking them but because they're your favorite band it doesn't mean they're the best... Please listen to Bathory, Celtic Frost, Razor, Kreator, Destruction, Slayer, Darkthrone etc.. Then you can vote..
Black metal? Viking metal? POSSIBLY the best band of all time? Here's some home truths for you: Venom are the founders of Black metal. Who cares about Viking metal unless your riding out a typhoon in a canoe? POSSIBLY = may or not be. Fact: Metallica's first decade is the greatest in metal history. All hail fad metal!
They started the music that we call folk and pagan metal, I can't write down how I feel when I listed to their tracks but I think Mother Earth and Father thunder are very proud of them!
This is true Heavy Metal. - RamblesV 14 Comments
Completely underrated - icons of a whole metal sub-genre (Gothenburg Sound)
Listening to them right now gallery one of the best death metal album ever
They created the melodic death metalV 2 Comments
Why the Heck did they put Motley Crue in 59? Its just wrong man, they should be arrested for that kind of stupid stoned and dumb thing that they did. I know Ozzy, Guns N Roses, KISS, Scorpions, and AC/DC and other ones are good but Motley Crue is the best IN THE Best Metal Bands.
Another hard rock list crossover, but metal enough to be here. Some great albums, and a great show in Santa Monica.
How the heck is Motley Crue the greatest hair metal band of all time in 58 place while bullet for my valentine a crappy band in 13 place the list is rigged
This deserves to be in the top tenV 15 Comments
Ok, I'm only 14, but I love nin. I've been to one of their concerts before and they sound pretty good live considering how produced their music is. I can't believe they aren't higher on the list. They outrank those screamo bands by far.
Like Ministry, Skinny Puppy - and even Fear Factory - NIN combined brutal metal riffs with their Industrial style, so they rightly belong here.
How I'd love to be 14 and discover 'The Fragile' for the first-time. I'm still not sick of that epic industrial masterpiece.
Not metal. - wrestsV 8 Comments
Grunge isn't a sub-genre of Alternative Metal, otherwise Nirvana, Mudhoney, Pearl Jam etc. would be regarded as metal bands, which they aren't, not in the slightest. Jeremy's spoken!
They're not grunge, they're Sabbath on steroids.
Yes! Although they were called grunge, they are pure metal. So amazing!
Good band but not metal - jack2244V 7 Comments
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