Top 10 Countries with the Best Metal Bands

The Top Ten
1 Finland (Nightwish, Sonata Arctica, Stratovarius, Children of Bodom, Apocalyptica, Korpiklaani) Finland, officially the Republic of Finland, is a Nordic country in Northern Europe. It shares land borders with Sweden to the northwest, Norway to the north, and Russia to the east, with the Gulf of Bothnia to the west and the Gulf of Finland across Estonia to the south. Finland covers an area of 338,455... read more

Finland has an outstanding output of quality metal bands. I have not found one Finnish metal band that was terrible. All of them are good. If you want to find more bands, there is no better nation to look at than Finland.

If you are new to metal and want to become more involved, bands I would suggest as a starting point are Children of Bodom, Ensiferum, Nightwish, Turisas, and Stratovarius.

P.S. Best part too, I'm part Finnish, so metal is basically in my genes.

Even Obama talked about Finland having the most metal bands in the world (per capita). I'm Swedish, so it's hard to admit, but thinking logically, Finland is the most metal country ever.

2 USA (Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Manowar, Death) The United States of America, or the U.S.A. for short, is a federal republic composed of 50 states, 48 of them are contiguous states. There are two other states, Alaska and Hawaii, which are north and south of the contiguous states, respectively. The United States declared its independence from the... read more

The U.S. was the birthplace of thrash, the greatest genre of all time. The most underrated genre, groove, was also invented there by Exhorder and Pantera. It was popularized by bands like Machine Head and White Zombie.

The UK may have invented metal, but America perfected it.

Pantera, Lamb of God, Pentagram, Cannibal Corpse, Deicide, Tool, Dream Theater, Anthrax, Testament, Overkill, Mastodon, Iced Earth - the list goes on.

3 Sweden (Amon Amarth, Arch Enemy, Opeth, HammerFall, Therion)

Come on, where are In Flames, Dark Tranquillity, Avatar, and Therion?

For the record, Therion is far more skilled than Nightwish and produces a much more impressive sound. Finland deserves the top spot, but Sweden deserves a damn close second.

Sweden overall has to have the best extreme metal scene ever because of Meshuggah, Opeth, Entombed, and Spawn of Possession. So many extreme metal bands came from here.

Twilight Force, Sabaton, Amon Amarth, Timeless Miracle, Lost Horizon, Dionysus, Falconer, ReinXeed - the list goes on for Sweden. Best bands in the world from this place!

4 United Kingdom (Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Motörhead, Cradle of Filth) The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly shortened to United Kingdom, UK or Britain is a Sovereign State located of the Northwestern coast of Europe. It is a Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy currently lead by Monarch Queen Elizabeth II and its current prime minister is... read more

I like this list, and the U.K. has some great metal bands, but there are a lot of famous bands from these countries that are missing. Iron Maiden and Judas Priest are hard to beat, though.

I love Nightwish, but Britain created heavy metal. Without British bands, none of the international ones would exist.

I would add Rainbow and Deep Purple. They are pioneers of heavy metal and very talented musicians.

5 Germany (Scorpions, Accept, Helloween, Blind Guardian, Kreator) Germany was formally united in 1871 under the initiative of Bismarck with King Wilhelm of Prussia as emperor. The previous 'Holy Roman Empire', basically a continuation of the empire of Charlemagne/Karl der Grosse was dissolved in 1806... read more

Germany is the capital of metal! The United Kingdom is great too. In my opinion, Germany and the U.K. are the only two really great capitals of metal!

Also, Primal Fear (speed, heavy, power). Edguy (power, heavy). Avantasia (power, metal opera).

German metal sounds the most "metal." The German language was built for metal.

6 Norway (Dimmu Borgir, Immortal, Darkthrone, Burzum, Sirenia) Norway, officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a sovereign and unitary monarchy in Northern Europe whose territory comprises the western portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula plus the island Jan Mayen and the archipelago of Svalbard... read more

The origin of True Norwegian Black Metal, which obviously is the best kind of metal out there. Come on!

Mayhem, Burzum, Immortal, Emperor, Dimmu Borgir, Enslaved, Darkthrone, Old Man's Child, Ulver.

Come on, Norway has two of the best melodic/death metal bands: Old Man's Child and Dimmu Borgir, in my opinion.

The most metal country ever, hands down!

7 Canada (Annihilator) Canada is a country in North America that is next to the United States, and it's the 2nd largest country in the world by area (size is 9.985 million km²). This country has 10 provinces, and 3 territories. Canada became a dominion on July 1, 1867. Its 10 provinces are: Ontario, British Columbia, Quebec,... read more

Canada is now ranked lower than countries like the Netherlands, Switzerland, Denmark, Italy, and Brazil, but Canada's metal traditions are longer and more stable compared to those countries. For example, Anvil played thrash before Metallica, and Exciter was one of the first speed metal bands. Montreal is still North America's capital of heavy metal!

This list doesn't correctly represent the real situation. I tried to fix this on my remix. Canada should be higher because its bands play heavy and demanding subgenres, like technical thrash and death metal.

Also, there are many Canadian metal musicians abroad: James LaBrie (Dream Theater), Shawn and Glen Drover (Megadeth), Stu Block (Iced Earth), Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy), Randy Black (Primal Fear), and Sebastian Bach (Skid Row).

8 Netherlands (Epica, Within Temptation, After Forever, Delain, The Gathering) The Netherlands, informally Holland, is a country located in north-western Europe with overseas territories in the Caribbean. It is the largest of four constituent countries of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The Netherlands consists of twelve provinces, and borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the... read more

The Netherlands has a lot of great singers!

9 Brazil (Sepultura, Soulfly, Angra, Krisiun) Brazil, officially the Federative Republic of Brazil, is the largest country in both South America and Latin America. At 8.5 million square kilometers (3,300,000 sq mi) and with over 214 million people, Brazil is the world's fifth-largest country by area and the sixth most populous. Its capital is Brasília,... read more
10 Switzerland (Krokus, Eluveitie, Celtic Frost, Coroner, Lacrimosa)
The Contenders
11 Italy (Rhapsody of Fire, Lacuna Coil, Graveworm)

Italy has a great scene for brutal/tech death bands like Hour of Penance and Fleshgod Apocalypse, as well as symphonic metal.

12 Poland (Vader, Decapitated, Behemoth) Poland, officially the Republic of Poland, is a country in Central Europe, bordered by Germany to the west; the Czech Republic and Slovakia to the south; Ukraine and Belarus to the east; and the Baltic Sea, Kaliningrad Oblast (a Russian exclave) and Lithuania to the north. With a population of approximately... read more

Come on, each genre has a Polish metal band or bands that are in the top league of that genre. Also, when it comes to extreme metal, there is no match for Poland. Just look at Behemoth, Decapitated, and Vader. Seriously, Poland should at least be in the top 5.

Poland should be in the top 10, at least above Italy and the Netherlands. Come on, Behemoth, KAT, Vader, etc.

Poland delivers good quality metal!

13 France (Gojira, Dagoba, Black Bomb A, Penumbra, Punish Yourself)

France has some good death metal bands like Gojira (the reason why I like extreme metal), Gorod, Benighted, and Kronos.

14 Japan (Galneryus, Onmyouza, Versailles, Dir En Grey, X Japan, Seikima II, Concerto Moon)

Japan has some of the greatest bands. They are also very skilled. Japan should be at least ranked 6th.

Japan lacks quantity, but if you consider quality, we all know Japan is one of the best.

Japan definitely should be higher. They are the most skilled ones after all. This is coming from a Bodom fan.

15 Denmark (Mercyful Fate, King Diamond, Týr)

Don't forget Volbeat. In my opinion, Volbeat is the best band from Denmark, in general.

16 Bangladesh (Artcell, Black, Cryptic Fate, Warfaze, Aurthohin, Powersurge, Mechanix, Poizon Green, Gene Split, Sever Dementia, Satanik, De-illumination)

Artcell is all-time best in the sense that it produces quality music and also spreads its global presence through international shows for migrant Bangladeshi fans abroad.

Thanks to whoever added all these bands. Instead of just one genre, different genres of bands were included. These bands are very good (by the way, Satanik is a black metal band). Especially Artcell and Warfaze.

I think Bangladesh is an iconic country for metal music. There are so many bands and listeners. Great!

17 Australia (Parkway Drive, AC/DC, In Hearts Wake)

Metalcore/Deathcore: Parkway Drive, Thy Art is Murder, Make Them Suffer, Boris the Blade

Extreme Metal: Destroyer 666, Denouncement Pyre, Striborg, Abyssal, Ouroboros, Anno Domini

Prog Metal: Ne Obliviscaris, Arcane

Grindcore: King Parrot, Blood Duster

And that's just from the top of my head. Great stuff from an underrated scene.

Australia should be in the top 10: Be'lakor, Ne Obliviscaris, Psycroptic, Alchemist, Mortification, Make Them Suffer, Vanishing Point, The Berzerker, Hollow World, to list some.

18 Greece (Rotting Christ, Septic Flesh, SlavEatGod, Nightrage, Nightfall, South Korea in Vegas)
19 Indonesia (Burgerkill, Dead Squad, Siksakubur, Jasad, Power Metal, Down for Life)

Indonesia has many good metal bands. There are many death metal bands from the '90s still productive today, like Jasad, Forgotten, Siksakubur, and Death Vomit.

There are also many good heavy metal bands that are still fresh, but their music is very impressive!

Japan has a bigger metal scene than Indonesia? It's a joke! The Indonesian metal scene is bigger than the Japanese metal scene!

20 Romania (Negura Bunget, Dordeduh, Trooper, Adanc, Bucovina, Rezistor)
21 Belgium (Channel Zero, Knives to a Gunfight, Diablo Boulevard, Fleddy Melculy, Irreligion) Belgium, officially the Kingdom of Belgium, is a country in Northwestern Europe. The country is bordered by the Netherlands to the north, Germany to the east, Luxembourg to the southeast, France to the southwest, and the North Sea to the northwest. It covers an area of 30,689 km2 (11,849 sq mi) and... read more
22 Nepal (Cobweb, The Shadows, Antim Grahan, 1974 AD)

Nepal is a small country with a small population, but it has some great metal bands. Nepali metal bands will rise up.

23 Russia (Elzevir, Solerrain, Enimor, Scartown, Sunless Rise, Svartby)

That's actually a weird list to represent this country. The most popular bands from Russia are Aria, Epidemia, Catharsis, Master, Mavrin, Temnozor, Arkona, Arida Vortex, and Mechanical Poet.

Check out Hieronymus Bosch, it's very obscure yet very cool progressive death metal.

Russian bands are very underrated in the West.

24 Austria (Belphegor, Edenbridge, Hollenthon, Abigor, Asmodeus)

Edenbridge is one of the best symphonic metal bands I've ever heard!

25 Slovakia (Signum Regis, Orkrist, Obliterate, Phantasma, Within Silence)
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