Best Metal Bands

The Contenders: Page 3

41 Alice in Chains 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.

"Them Bones"- even ignoring the fact that Layne was the greatest and most original, distinctive male vocalists of all time- even ignoring the fact that virtually everything they did was pure genius, honest beauty... There is "Them Bones". Even that track alone would make them a notable case for a Metal Top 10. I mean it's iconic- you know it's coming and it knocks you down and runs over you like a thundering steam train of nihilistic existensial pain... it's raw, rough, agressive and you feel it in your chest. They are great music, and thankfully didn't find it necessary to 'fit in' with genre stereotype.

These guys were not a grunge band. Jerrys riffs were pure metal!

Lets get this straight. Yes these guys were in the grunge period, and were from seattle, but the nature of their music, particularly Dirt and Facelift, had very strong metal sounds. And Bullet For My Valentine and Linkin Park are not only not metal, they are also both crap!

Alice In Chains is in the big 4 of grunge I mean they are heavy but heavy isn't metal. - Lucretia

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42 In Flames In Flames In Flames is a Swedish melodic death metal band from Gothenburg, Sweden, formed in 1990. more.

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.

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43 Exodus Exodus Exodus is an American thrash metal band formed in 1979 in Richmond, California. Spanning a career of 37 years, Exodus has gone through numerous lineup changes, two extended hiatuses, and the deaths of two former band members.

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. - LadyBanshee

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44 Venom Venom Venom are an English extreme metal band formed in 1979 in Newcastle upon Tyne. Coming to prominence towards the end of the new wave of British heavy metal, Venom's first two albums—Welcome to Hell and Black Metal—are considered a major influence on thrash metal and extreme metal in general.

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.

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45 Sabaton Sabaton Sabaton is a power metal band from Falun, Sweden formed in 1999. The band's main lyrical themes are based on war and historical battles.

Many metal bands are good, but Sabaton is great because they teach you history. Most of their songs are about the history from 15 century to nowadays. Also they play well, it's another reason to choose this band.

They are way too low there. Sabaton MUST be on the, at least, top 25. They are one of the better known ones, and 40:1 is great. I'm actually Polish.

Seen them live 3 times at Sabaton Open Air and they're hilarious and great at catching the audience and that they sing about actual battles and people make me get goosebumps.

I don't have to study history too much, I can listen to Sabaton. Also they have lot of powerful songs...

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46 Helloween 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.

Helloween are the best power metal band in the world! only listen their EPIC saga "Keepers Of The Seven Keys", prepare to enter heaven!

How in hell Helloween is 39? They created Power Metal, which is an amazing Metal Style, also they have the best members in this category, awesome composers, great vocals, bass, guitars and drums, mostly drums with Ingo amazing work. They deserve much more than poser bands like Slipknot and A7x

Any band that can lose their lead singer, after making two epic albums, help create new genre, but be followed by low rated let down albums, and then still somehow manage to make a come back with equally awesome music and equally epic singer should be way higher up on a metal list.

Walls of Jerico, keeper of the seven keys part 1 and 2 are the best albums ever created.

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47 Rainbow

Rainbow is by far Ronnie James Dio's best fronted band. It takes the great singing of Ronnie James Dio, combined with one of the greatest metal guitarists Ritchie Blackmore, to team up and write some really great songs. Too bad after Ronnie James Dio left, the band kinda started to suck. Because of this, they are pretty much the Metallica of all Ronnie James Dio bands.

Ritchie Blackmore, the king of guitar solos, so below. Unbielivable

For me, they were the first to really define what metal would sound like in the future: Dio with his epic voice, Blackmore with his neoclassical playing... Shameful that they're below Evanescence who are not even close to metal. - RalphSaad

I’m voting for rainbow only because of the first three albums to get them higher up the list because the Dio fronted albums were some of the best albums in metal history to be honest! - metalwillneverdie

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48 Killswitch Engage 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!

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49 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin were an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The group consisted of Robert Plant (Vocal), Jimmy Page (Guitar), John Paul Jones (Bass, Keyboard) and John Bonham (Drums). The band's heavy, guitar-driven sound, rooted in blues and psychedelia on their early albums, has earned them recognition more.

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

Led Zep is one of the best bands of all time. What Beatles were in the 60's, they were in the 70's. They also created heavy metal along side Deep Purple and Black Sabbath. Led Zep should be in top 5 easily

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50 Black Tide Black Tide Black Tide was an American heavy metal band from Miami, Florida. Formed in 2004, the band consists of Gabriel Garcia, Austin Diaz and Cody Paige.

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.

51 Three Days Grace Three Days Grace Three Days Grace is a Canadian rock band formed in Norwood, Ontario in 1997 with a line-up consisting of guitarist and lead vocalist Adam Gontier, drummer and backing vocalist Neil Sanderson, and bassist Brad Walst. In 2013 Gontier left the band due to creative differences. He was replaced with Brad's more.

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 - Ihategwyn310

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52 Manowar 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.

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!

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53 Born of Osiris Born of Osiris Born of Osiris is an American deathcore band, formed in 2003 in Palatine, a suburb of Chicago. The group underwent several name changes, including Diminished, Your Heart Engraved, and Rosecrance, before finally settling on Born of Osiris in 2007, basing the name on the Egyptian deity Osiris, and the more.

This is gonna be the future ruler of metal world; the "Metallica of the future". This band is very young and fresh so popularity is its biggest problem. But once it gets into the years of metal lovers, Metallica will be doomed. This band is worth hearing 4 its guitar, drums, screaming and keyboard skills. This deathcore band deserves a chance in the top 3 list. Hear songs like:
Follow the signs
Recreate, etc.
please vote 4 this band and hear the songs.

This band is certainly too young and unpopular but once it gains popularity, it will reach the top for sure.
Hear songs like:
Follow the signs
Open arms to damnation
Abstract art
Shaping the masterpiece
I was literally stunned and amazed at hearing Follow the signs. This deathcore band is so damn skilled and beautiful. I am sure that time will lift up this band! Please vote 4 this band!

Somebody lend me your ears so that I can inject some quality progressive deathcore music here! Listen to this band man! It will blow your mind! My suggestions to you my mates-
Follow the signs
The Omniscient
- Listen to them and your life will seem different. If you don't get goosebumps while listening to them, I'll stop listening to metal music!

I own all of their albums and am impressed. They won't gain the notoriety of Metallica because only Iron Maiden come close, but as a band they are very talented.

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54 Emperor Emperor Emperor was a Norwegian black metal band formed in 1991, regarded as highly influential by critics and emerging black metal bands.

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.

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55 Meshuggah Meshuggah Meshuggah is a Swedish progressive metal band from Umeå, formed in 1987. They are credited with crafting the Djent subgenre. Meshuggah's line-up consists of founding members vocalist Jens Kidman and lead guitarist Fredrik Thordendal, drummer Tomas Haake, who joined in 1990, rhythm guitarist Mårten more.


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.

Should be top 5, but so many mainstream kiddos

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56 Dark Tranquillity Dark Tranquillity Dark Tranquillity is a Swedish melodic death metal band from Gothenburg. They are one of the longest-standing bands from the original Gothenburg metal scene.

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 metal

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57 Bathory 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..

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!

Why is Bathory 60? Have you even listened to them? Quorthon was a genius and had a major effect on black metal and invented Viking metal! What's wrong with you people?

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58 Soundgarden Soundgarden Soundgarden is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1984 by singer and rhythm guitarist Chris Cornell, lead guitarist Kim Thayil, and bassist Hiro Yamamoto.

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!

Fantastic music,(best grunge) but you might as well put gin blossoms and stuff on here too.

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59 Mastodon 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.

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!

Ahah! You can notice the quality, viability and truthfulness of this site when bands like Soundgarden are in front of Mastodon! I mean, don't get me wrong, I love Soundgarden. The problem is that Soundgarden is a grunge band, whereas Mastodon is a REAL metal band. Besides that, there are still a lot of pseudo-metal bands that target a specific audience that end up in higher places in the rank. Most of the bands hold on to a certain sound and don't change nor evolve it. All in all, I think that Mastodon (and other bands that aren't so roughly placed) deserve more recognition in this page.
I don't think that anybody will read this, but if you do, listen trully to this bands and the bands that are higher in the rank and hopefully it will open your eyes to what metal really is.

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60 Symphony X Symphony X Symphony X is an American progressive metal band from Middletown, New Jersey. Founded in 1994, the band consists of guitarist Michael Romeo, keyboardist Michael Pinnella, drummer Jason Rullo, lead vocalist Russell Allen and bassist Michael Lepond.

Symphony X Is awesome. This band has so many songs that once you hear them you can't stop listening to them. songs like Inferno (Unleash The Fire). This band should be ranked higher.

Seriously, how are these guys below Three Days Grace? Anyone who disagrees should be forced to listen to the entire V album on repeat for 20 hours a day until they understand what they are missing

Love this band. definitely above a7x or three days grace. Seriously people.. Romeo is such a talented guitarist.

One of the most underrated artists

Most bands on media just have passion + some skills,but
Symphony X has passion + Great skills + Great knowledge!

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