Best Extreme Metal Bands of All Time

The Top Ten
1 Death Death was an American death metal band formed in 1983 by Chuck Schuldiner. Death is considered to be one of the most influential bands in heavy metal and a pioneering force in death metal. Its debut album, Scream Bloody Gore, has been widely regarded as the first death metal record, while the band's driving force, Chuck Schuldiner, is acknowledged as the "Godfather of Death Metal." Death released 7 studio albums, and are the band that started the Florida Death Metal scene. They were known for their death metal classics Lack of Comprehension and Crystal Mountain. Death ended in 2001 when Schuldiner died of Brain Cancer.

The greatest band of all time. Every album brings something new. Easily one of the most influential bands in metal and Chuck is easily one of the most influential figures in metal. The Sound of Perseverance is personally my favorite album of all time, because it combines the technicality and heaviess and it has the most beautiful instrumental song ever. What's not to love? Chuck is my inspiration/idol and is inspiring me to be a vocalist one day.

Death is an AMAZING band! The true founders of death metal. Though what is sad is that he had that epic high pitched scream vocal, but now all the rest are low pitched vocals. I'm going to make a band that has the vocal so we can bring original death metal back! Plus, Rest In Peice Chuck Schuldiner.

The most important band in death metal and one of the greatest metal bands of all time. They have earned this position. Chuck was innovative in every single album which is quite a challenge for any band. True legends.

Death has the rightful spot at #1 and Bathory should be at #2.

2 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.

Chuck schuldiner says they created death metal. Tom Araya says their sound was heavily influenced by venom. And everyone knows they were the first wave of black metal. Venom basically was the start of every extreme metal band! So underrated! They should be #2, not cannibal corpse. But death deserve #1 spot

Venom was the first extreme metal band so they should be number 1.

3 Meshuggah Meshuggah is a Swedish progressive metal band from Umeå, formed in 1987. They are often considered the fathers or founders of the djent metal sub genre due to their use of downtuned guitars. They are also known for their song “Bleed”, which is known for its extremely complicated instrumentation, more.

There are difference between death metal and extreme metal. Death, Cannibal Corpse, Nile are death metal bands. And thrash metal is so much different from extreme metal. You know what extreme metal is when you listen to Meshuggah. They are the gods of Extreme Metal and always will be the best out there. Respect Meshuggah people. Meshuggah is just amazing!

Meshuggah is just on a whole new level...

4 Slayer Slayer is an American thrash metal band from Huntington Park, California, formed in 1981 by guitarists Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King. They rose to fame with their 1986 album Reign in Blood, and is credited as one of the big four of thrash metal bands, the others being Metallica, Megadeth, and Anthrax. more.

Most of these bands are thrash, Thrash is not extreme metal your all on the wrong list, Nile for example is extreme.

Slayer is my favourite band but they are thrash metal through and through NOT extreme metal.

Slayer was voted the heaviest metal band, so by default, it counts.

Slayer is way better than Death.

5 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.

Under The Sign Of The Black Mark was highly influential and just pure black metal. Should be up higher, replacing Metallica.

6 Cannibal Corpse Cannibal Corpse is a American death metal band from Buffalo, New York, formed in 1988. The band is known for their graphic album covers, explicitly violent lyrics and song titles like "I C** Blood" The group got into mainstream after performing the song "Hammer Smashed Face" in the 1994 film Ace Ventura: more.

Should be higher

7 Nile Nile is an American technical death metal band from Greenville, South Carolina, United States, formed in 1993. Their music and lyrics are inspired by Ancient Egyptian/Near Eastern mysticism, history, religion, and ancient art, as well as the works of H.P. Lovecraft.

I am explaining it here since I would have to vote to comment: Metallica aren't extreme metal just because thrash is an extreme genre. Thrash has the side that is closer to speed metal, typically influenced by NWOBHM and 1970s hard rock (most Bay Area bands) and there is a lot of thrash that is influenced by Motörhead, Hellhammer, Venom, Bathory etc. that already belongs to extreme metal (almost all teutonic bands)

By far the most extreme band bar none.

They are the definition of extreme.

Nile kicks ass

8 Opeth Opeth is a Swedish progressive death metal band from Stockholm, formed in 1990 by David Isberg, who invited Mikael Akerfeldt into the band as a bassist. Isberg ended up leaving the band, which lead to Mikael becoming the band's vocalist, guitarist, principal songwriter, and driving force. Along with more.
9 Lamb of God Lamb of God is an American heavy metal band from Richmond, Virginia. Formed in 1994, the group consists of vocalist Randy Blythe, guitarists Mark Morton and Willie Adler, bassist John Campbell, and drummer Chris Adler.
10 Metallica Metallica is an American Heavy/Thrash Metal band formed in 1981 . The original lineup was James Hetfield (Vocalist and Rhythm guitarist), Dave Mustaine (Lead Guitar), Lars Ulrich (Drums), Ron McGovney (Bassist). The group came into mainstream from their Self-Titled album and the hit single "Enter Sandman". more.

Why don't people do research?
Extreme metal is not a subgenre but a group of metal subgenres which includes thrash, death, black, speed and doom metal. Metallica is (was) thrash metal, and even if it is not extreme to the ear, it is still thrash

Technically speaking, thrash metal is a subgenre of extreme metal. While most hate to admit it (including myself), Metallica is technically an extreme metal band.

They're legendary, but not really extreme. The closest thing they had to extreme metal was...And Justice. As much as we all love Metallica, they shouldn't be on this list.

Metallica is extreme metal and Slipknot is not? What's wrong with you all?

The Contenders
11 Celtic Frost Celtic Frost was a Swiss extreme metal band from Zürich. They are known for their strong influence on the development of extreme metal. Formed in 1981 as Hellhammer, the band became Celtic Frost in 1984 and was active until 1993.

They helped create extreme metal.

12 Megadeth Megadeth is an American thrash metal band from Los Angeles, California. Megadeth was formed in 1983 by guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson, shortly after Mustaine was fired from Metallica. They have released 15 studio albums to date, and have gone through many lineup changes, with Dave more.

Megadeth is a thrash metal band.
Thrash metal is an extreme metal genre.

13 Carcass Carcass are a British extreme metal band from Liverpool, who formed in 1985 and disbanded in 1995. A reformation was enacted in 2007 without one of its original members, drummer Ken Owen, due to health reasons.

Goregrind and Melodic Death Metal and even Death Metal bands ow this band much, bands like Exhumed were influenced by these guys.

Honestly I've personally always liked this band over cannibal corpse

14 Slipknot Slipknot is an American metal band formed in 1995 from Iowa. The band is best known as one of the pioneers of the New Wave of American Alternative Metal during the late 1990s - 2000s and are distinguishable by the band's clothing choices, consisting of black/red jumpsuits and horror inspired masks. more.

Slipknot isn't even CLOSE to extreme metal. Extreme metal is death, black, thrash and doom metal (and a few other genres like grindcore). Slipknot is watered down radio friendly nu metal.

Man listen to Iowa, it's as extreme as it gets.

Dead memories in my heart!

15 Brain Drill Brain Drill is an American technical death metal band formed in 2005 from Ben Lomond, California. They are signed to Metal Blade Records and released their full-length debut album entitled Apocalyptic Feasting on February 5, 2008. In support of their debut, disagreements were engaged and members began more.
16 Children of Bodom Children Of Bodom was a melodic death metal band from Espoo, Finland. Formed in 1993, the final lineup consisted of Alexi Laiho, Janne Wirman, Henkka Seppälä, Jaska Raatikainen and Daniel Freyberg.

Alexi Laiho and Chuck Schuldiner the 2 greatest extreme metal guitarists

17 Sodom Sodom is a German thrash metal band from Gelsenkirchen, formed in 1981. They have gone through many line-up changes, leaving bassist vocalist Tom Angelripper as the only constant member.

Highly underrated, especially in the thrash community.

18 Kreator Kreator is a German thrash metal band from Essen. Their style of music is similar to that of their compatriots Destruction, Sodom and Tankard; along with those three bands, Kreator has been referred to as one of the "big four" of Teutonic thrash metal, and they are often credited with helping pioneer more.
19 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. The band is also known for the infamous events surrounding them including the 1991 suicide of vocalist Dead (in which former guitarist Euronymous took pictures of Dead's more.

The exploded head of the ex vocalist as album cover and band members murdering each other, literally can't get any more extreme.

Wrong list, This is pure Norwegian black metal.

20 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.

The best extreme metal band ever!

Their drummer is a machine!

21 Immortal Immortal is a black metal band from Bergen, Norway, founded in 1990 by frontman and guitarist Abbath Doom Occulta and former guitarist Demonaz Doom Occulta.
22 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.
23 Toxic Holocaust Toxic Holocaust is an American black/thrash metal band from Portland, Oregon, formed in 1999. The band has gained notoriety among the thrash metal community, and is arguably one of the most popular modern thrash metal bands. Toxic Holocaust also gained attention when their song "Bitch" was featured more.
24 Strapping Young Lad Strapping Young Lad was a Canadian extreme metal band formed by Devin Townsend in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1994. The band started as a one-man studio project; Townsend played most of the instruments on the 1995 debut album, Heavy as a Really Heavy Thing. By 1997, he had recruited permanent members; more.
25 Emperor Emperor was a Norwegian black metal band formed in 1991, regarded as highly influential by critics and emerging black metal bands.
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