Best Metal Bands

The Contenders: Page 4

61 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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62 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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63 Cattle Decapitation 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 ...read more.

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

It's a shame to see this band so low on the list. - Azerix

Should be #1

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64 Shinedown Shinedown Shinedown is an American hard rock band from Jacksonville, Florida, formed in 2001 and founded by members Brent Smith, Brad Stewart, Jasin Todd, and Barry Kerch.

I seen some things man I've seen some stuff I wouldn't recommend it. Shinedown helped me through it, I seen haleys comet and she gave me a second chance

Honestly one of the best bands out there even today, considering they have been making amazing music for over a decade! Love em to death and even after! 3

More rock than metal but some of the best metal songs deserve top five

I vote for Shinedown for 2 reasons :
1. They're my most favourite band
2. Let you know they're NOT metal
That's it.

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65 Motley Crue Motley Crue Mötley Crüe was an American metal band formed in Los Angeles, California on January 17, 1981. The group was founded by bassist Nikki Sixx and drummer Tommy Lee, lead vocalist Vince Neil and lead guitarist Mick Mars.

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 ten

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66 Agalloch Agalloch

Positively surprised to find them on this list, considering they aren't that popular outside of the underground black metal scene. This band has produced some of the most beautifully haunting and atmospheric albums I've ever heard. They're beyond great and deserve way more recognition.

In fact their sounds are the best folk metal I heard till now.

Favorite Melodic Black metal band

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67 Mayhem Mayhem Mayhem is a Norwegian black metal band formed in 1984 in Oslo, regarded as one of the pioneers of the Norwegian black metal scene.

Metal was supposed to be hard, all these bands are so soft. Mayhem is one of the only real metal bands on this list. Honestly all the other bands talk, but mayhem did, and still does. Real metal is mayhem.

I miss dead. I guess he would have wanted to go out that way though. One of my most favorite bands of all time.

I'd comment on this, but I like my life, my head attached to my shoulders, and my place of residence too much.

The most satanic band ever xDDD - Disturbedpotato

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68 White Zombie White Zombie White Zombie was an American heavy metal band that formed in 1985. Based in New York City, White Zombie was originally a noise rock band, and was known for its later heavy metal-oriented sound.

If there were more records, he would definitely be higher on my list. Saw a few youtube videos, and they were pretty atrocious live, but the records are awesome!

Love rob zombie in his work. They should be in the 60s-70s not 160!

Spectacular

1. KoRn
2. White Zombie
3. Black Sabbath

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69 The Acacia Strain

Highly underrated simply due to be pigeon holed into the hardcore genre. Heavy, destructive music.

The baddest band ever. Pure brutal sound!

70 Amaranthe Amaranthe Amaranthe is a Swedish heavy metal band notable for having three lead vocalists: Elize Ryd, Jake E. Lundberg, and Henrik Englund Wilhemsson, each presenting a different vocal style. Their second album, The Nexus, reached 6th on Swedish charts, 4th on Finnish charts, and reached a peak of 12th on the ...read more.

Who was the stupid who put this here... A yes, they a have a lobotomy! In My Live I Ever Heard So Crappy Bored Commercial Stupidity Joke Of Music And Greedy Losers, this is not fusion of music Amaranthe is an excretion of sounds for making money...

Have you peole even seen the light. This is the best metal band and the best band overall. I had to add this to the list it's a shame how underrated they are! Go listen to the Nexus and Afterlife and your perspective on metal will be changed forever!

Modern Metal Sound

71 Gojira 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.

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.

Actually, seeing Bullet for my Valentine higher on the list than Gojira makes me sad. Smart lyrics, heavy yet somewhat catchy riffs and insane drumming, this band has it all.

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72 Mudvayne Mudvayne Mudvayne was an American heavy metal band from Peoria, Illinois formed in 1996. Originally from Bloomington, Illinois, they are known for their sonic experimentation, innovative album art, face and body paint, masks and uniforms.

Chad Gray is a beast, no way around it he is a better vocalist than most of the singers in these bands are. Honestly it's because the bands being "Nu Metal" that Mudvayne and Korn are so low. Even though they are more alternative metal than nu metal. Back to Mudvayne, look at some of their older stuff Dig, The End of All Things to Come, World So Cold, Happy, Determined, Just.. Anything off their first 3 albums is great. I don't know about their new stuff I haven't heard any yet. As for their hiatus, Chad is now doing albums with Vinny Paul in the band Hellyeah so give them a try too, they're pretty good.

This is some bull Mudvayne defined heaviness in vocals and guitar especially Chad greys awesome vocals he can go from singing softly to all out screaming and growling in 5.4 seconds, people mudvayne was the beginning of heavy vocals, vote higher people and all their albums are great I've listened to all of them and haven't found a single track that sounded like complete! Mudvayne deserves top 20 at least, mudvayne is right up there with Korn and mushroomhead, if you really value today's modern metal you would vote for mudvayne.

Should be at number 1. Chad gray has best voice among these band. This band have created some epic song does not deserve rank 54.

This band should be in the top tens

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73 Sonata Arctica Sonata Arctica Sonata Arctica is a Finnish power metal band from the town of Kemi, Finland. Created as a hard rock band named Tricky Beans, they later changed to Tricky Means and finally to Sonata Arctica, when they shifted to power metal.

One of THE BEST bands I've ever heard, n fact my favourite band of all time. I really don't understand how SA can be so far down on this list, they deserve to be number 1! I know power metal is not a well-known genre but when you look deeper than Metallica or Slipknot, you can find gems like this band, it's a shame they are so underrated... I discovered them at a time in my life when I was depressed as well and never had I known that a band like this could change my life, and even the songs are very relatable to me. The lyrics are like poetry to me, and every track is beautifully composed, both lyrically and melodically. The keyboards and guitars are extremely talented and Tony Kakko's vocals are sublime - Tony has an amazing voice! Sure, they have evolved their power metal style to a more progressive genre, but that is not necessarily a bad thing, as I feel their newer albums have a lot more meaning, and connection to the listener and are a lot more complex, however I still can never ...more

Sonata Arctica have had a popularity fall with their newest albums, The style is more mainstream and love related from before when there was more anger and moral choices. They still holds one of the two best albums ever made in the "power metal" genre. Winterheart's Guild and Reckoning Night. With their stunning preformance with "The Cage". Great band, but I understand the low rating, since power metal is not really a popular genre.

If you're unfamiliar, listen to White Pearl, Black Oceans. One of the greatest songs I've heard

74 Burzum Burzum Burzum is an influential black metal solo project of Norwegian musician and writer Varg Vikernes. Burzum came to prominence at the beginning of the Norwegian Black Metal scene in the early 1990s. Vikernes was imprisoned for 21 years for the murder of Mayhem guitarist Euronymous, and charges of church ...read more.

...life has new meaning...

This guy is amazing, sure, he killed a man and burnt a few churches, but it adds to the black metal euphoria-thing.

Classic. And you know it

Ps if you're reading this you must be seriously bored. Get off the internet for a while, engage in a hobby

This is real Metal essence

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75 Amorphis Amorphis Amorphis is a Finnish metal band formed in 1990. Initially, the band was a death metal act, but on later albums they have evolved into playing other genres, such as folk metal and progressive metal.

Amorphis is the best group in dark and doom metal. I love the singer of this group Toni.

I am a huge fan of all the top bands here. Metallica, Iron maiden etc. Even the high ranked metalcore like Avenged Sevenfold and Bullet For My Valentine and the progressive metal of Dream Theater is simply wonderful. However one of my musician friends introduced me to Amorphis and that's where I found folk metal.

Since then Amorphis has captivated me unlike anything else. The musical melody while preserving the acute skillset, energy and roar of metal is simply amazing. Try a few songs by Amorphis. Sampo, Silver bride and My Kantele are just a few gems. Personally I hold this band at par with all the greats I mentioned before. I'm sure that once you try out their music, you will come back and give this amazing (Arguably one of the finest) band a well deserved vote. - Skymoon22

Tommi Joutsens voice period.

76 Bloodbath Bloodbath Bloodbath is a Swedish death metal supergroup from Stockholm, formed in 1998. The band has released four full-length albums, two EPs and two DVDs depicting their performances at Wacken Open Air and Bloodstock Open Air.

This band stands for goregrind they're the most brutal band iv'e ever heard. They deserve to be higher than cannibal corpse!

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77 The Human Abstract
78 Rise Against Rise Against Rise Against is an American hardcore punk band from Chicago, Illinois, formed in 1999. The band's current line-up comprises vocalist/rhythm guitarist Tim McIlrath, lead guitarist Zach Blair, bassist Joe Principe and drummer Brandon Barnes. They are known for popularizing punk.

Rise against is not a metal band, they're a punk band pure and simple, and a very good one at that.

Did they - or any other Punk band for that matter - have an impact on metal? If so, they're rightly here. If not, fair enough. I often look at Dead Kennedys track Drug Me and In God We Trust ep as influential for its hardcore aggression, and I know Sepultura cover them. Ponderous.

Guys, how could this band is not in the list! This band has all the power, riffs, vocals and lyrics. This is the best band and it is modern band. We should give them a credit for what they deserve.

They are punk and hardcore... no way near metal - Th3Zm0nst3r

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79 Behemoth Behemoth Behemoth is a Polish blackened death metal band from Gdańsk, formed in 1991. They are considered to have played an important role in establishing the Polish extreme metal underground.

Metallica are not a trend, not in the slightest. They are the greatest trendsetters in metal history. People love them for what they did do, not what they didn't. Progressive Tech Thrash is not radio-friendly.

If this list was actually a top ten list, this band would be there, the only reason Metallica is popular is the same reason that Justin Bieber is popular, it's a trend...

Favorite blackened death metal band. Nergal is definitely a virtuoso

Hell yeah

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80 Sevendust Sevendust Sevendust is an American heavy metal quintet from Atlanta, dating back to 1994. ...read more.

Nu-metal? From memory? If so, they were borderline respectable. So long as they don't move past #400 then I think most metal fans would be happy.

These guys are literally, one of the best bands on this list... Along with the insightful lyrics, the amazing vocals, and great instumemtalization I'm gonna say they deserve top 25

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