Best Metal Bands

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161 Saxon Saxon Saxon are an English heavy metal band formed in 1976, in South Yorkshire. As one of the leaders of the new wave of British heavy metal, they had eight UK Top 40 albums in the 1980s including four UK Top 10 albums and two Top 5 albums.

Yes, even I forgot about this band. I have one on vinyl, but that's it. I think they were there with Priest and Maiden, and they were very popular, but fell off the radar - for me at-least.

Seriously? On this list there aren't those masterpiece of metal?

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162 Ensiferum Ensiferum

Ensiferum is at 292 this makes me want to cry they should be right up there with Amon Amarth if not higher songs like token of time, victory songs, lai la lai la hai, unsung heroes, warrior without a war, little dreamer, and guardians of fate are just some of their best songs. Easily one of the greatest Viking metal bands of all time.

Hell yes they shake the heavens

297? Ensiferum? Best Vikingmetal Ever!
Hear songs like: lai lai hei, hero in a dream and Guardians of fate

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163 Ministry Ministry Ministry is an American industrial metal band founded by lead singer and only original member Al Jourgensen in 1981. Originally a new wave synthpop outfit, Ministry changed its style to industrial metal in the mid-1980s.

The mighty Al Jourgensen! Beast of a guitar player, and I loved his collaboration with Jello Biafra.

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164 Hatebreed Hatebreed Hatebreed is an American metalcore band from Connecticut, formed in 1994. They have released 7 studio albums to date, most recently The Concrete Confessional on May 13, 2016. Their musical style blends influences from hardcore punk and heavy metal; a prominent band within the hardcore scene, they have more.

Hatebreed were one of the new breed of so-called 'hardcore' metal bands, a term redefined after Minor Threat, Agnostic Front etc. became extinct. Also, there was absolutely nothing commercial about Metallica. They were the antithesis of commerciality, but success chose them, not the other way round. Sure, things have changed, but you must give credit where credit's due. Also, no Metallica no Hatebreed because although they're different styles, all the swift aggressive bands and sub-genres were born from the creators of thrash.

Great band, they should be on the list somewhere!

One of the best of power metals, they're simply insane. Should be on top 10, unlike Metallica overrated and commercialised.

This list is an absolute joke. Hatebreed's not even in the list. Undoubtedly and with pure dominance over 12 years, they are and should be number 1. enough said...

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

So underrated. Just listen to "prepare for attack.

These guys are the future of thrash

166 Hellyeah Hellyeah Hellyeah is an American heavy metal supergroup, consisting of Mudvayne vocalist Chad Gray, former Nothingface guitarist Tom Maxwell, bass player Kyle Sanders, guitarist Christian Brady and former Pantera and Damageplan drummer Vinnie Paul.

Hellyeah shouldn't be so low on the list

167 Darkthrone Darkthrone Darkthrone is a Norwegian black metal band. It formed in 1986 as a death metal band under the name Black Death. In 1991, the band embraced a black metal style influenced by Bathory and Celtic Frost and became one of the leading bands in the Norwegian black metal scene. Their first three black metal more.

True Norwegian black metal. Period. - GreenDayFan21

Trve Norwegian Black Metal. So obscure that 0% voted for this. One of the most preeminent bands to exist. - LadyBanshee

Fenriz is a true genius

Trve Kvlt Black Metal is not for everyone... That's why I love Darkthrone so much. Keep metal in the underground! That's where it should be, away from anything mainstream.

168 Falkenbach Falkenbach
169 Chimaira Chimaira Chimaira was an American heavy metal band from Cleveland, Ohio. Formed in 1998, the group was a notable member of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal scene.

I'm surprised to see chimaira is so low on the list I agree with most the comments about linkin park being above great hard metal bands such as chimaira and lamb of god.. The people who voted on this should kill themselves out of shame... Travis long

170 Evile Evile Evile are an English thrash metal band from Huddersfield, formed in 2004. The band's debut album, Enter the Grave, was produced by Flemming Rasmussen at Sweet Silence Studios in Copenhagen, Denmark and was released worldwide in 2007 by Earache Records to critical acclaim by fans and critics alike.

The Horror! A band that likes Metallica might be influenced by them. What on Earth can make a human being influenced by something? There should be no DNA, no tastes, no acknowledgement whatsoever. If you are creative, and it isn't 100% original, then you do not deserve your place among us mere mortals.

Hey, throw a brick at the lead-singer, just like all the others who dislike this band. I bet you're the one's who own Trivium albums and conveniently forget how much they want to be like Metallica. Hypocrites.

Also, for the record, they don't sound much like Metallica anyway. 'Skull' is more Slayer than Metallica, and, wait for it...if you give them a chance, guess what? You just might like them. Horrific, I know.

The Great Band Ever!

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171 Satyricon Satyricon Satyricon is a Norwegian black metal band formed in Oslo, Norway in 1991 by vocalist Satyr and drummer Frost. The band's first three albums typify the Norwegian black metal style. Since their fourth album in 1999, the band has moved towards a more traditional heavy metal style.

Great new black metal band

172 Alesana

This band has some of the most annoying vocals ever.

It is the best metal band in my opinion

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173 Dissection Dissection Dissection was a Swedish extreme metal band. They formed in 1989 by Jon Nödtveidt and later disbanded in 2006, followed by Nödtveidt's suicide. Their sound is usually described as "melodic blackened death metal".
174 Chelsea Grin
175 Oh, Sleeper Oh, Sleeper Oh, Sleeper is an American Christian metalcore band from Fort Worth, Texas. Previously signed to Solid State Records they are currently operating independently.
176 Alarum
177 Armored Saint Armored Saint Armored Saint is an American heavy metal band, formed in 1982 in Los Angeles, California. Since 1990, the band has consisted of John Bush on vocals, Joey Vera on bass, Jeff Duncan on guitar and the Sandoval brothers, Phil and Gonzo on guitar and drums, respectively.
178 Savatage Savatage Savatage is an American heavy metal band founded by the brothers Jon and Criss Oliva in 1978 at Astro Skate in Tarpon Springs, Florida.

Savatage is the best band ever... Why is it 86th? Great lyrics.. Great voice.. Great sound. Too bad there are not together anymore. Zach has a great voice.

Chris Caffery plays some of the best metal riffs ever, at least in my opinion. Not to mention you can actually understand most of their lyrics. - SamRaven2

This is one of those gems that gets passed over and over. The band in any configuration were and still are some of the most talented musicians in the world!

One of the most underrated bands of all time...

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179 Babymetal Babymetal Babymetal is a Japanese metal idol band. Their line-up consists of Suzuka Nakamoto as "Su-metal", Yui Mizuno as "Yuimetal", and Moa Kikuchi as "Moametal".

These guys and girls should be at the top of this list. (444 as of this post) The backing group are some of the most talented musicians to come out of Japan or anywhere else, for that matter. The girls are unbelievable performers considering their age. The real magic happens at their live performances. They just rock! Go Su-Metal!

Their unique approach and various challenges to many types of metal music have created many opportunities to start listening to metal musics for younger generations, and they should be more popular for the future of metal music!

Unique and refreshing, though some like to write them off as a gimmick, over the years however they have proven that they are here to stay and are steadily gaining fans and respect, even in the sometimes harsh Metal community. Big names like Rob Zombie, Metallica and Rob Halford(Judas Priest) have expressed their support for this new phenomenon.

Yes, BABYMETAL is not "purely metal" but that doesn't take anything away from it's charm. Their music is refreshing, bringing heavy metal music together with "kawaii" as the girls have explained. And their live shows are just amazing. Seeing them live is definitely on my bucket list. If you haven't yet listened to them: Just embrace the kawaii. KITSUNE UP!

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180 Skid Row Skid Row Skid Row is an American heavy metal band, formed in 1986 in Toms River, New Jersey. They were very successful in the late 1980s and early 1990s, with their first two albums certified multi-platinum.

Some one had to and they are an amazing band x

This one of the greatest rock band in the history of music..

They were great in the late '80s, early '90s

The best glam metal band - SoldierOfFortune

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