Top Ten Heaviest Metal BandsThis list is not a list of the "best" metal bands, but the "heaviest" metal bands. This is the best of the "heavy" ones. The "ingredients" used include: Quality of music, style, skill, and how well you can bang your head to it.
I love CC but calling them the heaviest band is just not accurate in my opinion. This is more of a popularity contest than actually basing it on heaviness, Metallica is 6th ffs. I can think of a plethora of bands heavier than the top 5 combined. Devourment, Embryectomy, Cephalotripsy. This lists should be composed of 80% slam and 20% of everything else. because that genre's main focus is sheer chug chug heavy riffs and is pretty damn good in doing their job. I am surprised Suffocation isn't here and they are one of the more popular bands that are heavy. Belphegor ain't even here and they are way way heavier than Slayer. Dying Fetus is way down the list but is significantly heavier that everything else on the top ten.
CC is the band that made every Anal Destruction of Child Anihilator sorrow of madness of satan band wich belongs to progre death black not hipie blood ancient metal genre possible, so Yeah, if I have to go with one I rather go with the original.
Cannibal Corpse is the most hardcore, aggressive, and kick ass band I have ever heard. I enjoy many of the bands above but they are no where near as hardcore as Cannibal Corpse. This is one of the rare bands you find that can sound like they do. Bands like bring me the horizon and peirce the veil do not even need to be close in the ranking, as they are not hardcore, and are not the best bands out there. This band knows how to scream and make riffs, unlike so many other bands
I expected the top 20 to be full of Death Metal bands... What I found: Metallica, Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Black Sabbath, Pantera, Megadeth, Motorhead. Guys, it's 2016 and you still think that those bands are the heaviest? Slayer is the only band that doesn't play Death Metal to belong near the top. About the modern metal bands in the top 20: I can accept Slipknot, but AX7 shouldn't even be on the list!
Slayer realeased some of the heaviest albums of all time such as Reighn in Blood and Seasons of the Abyss. Even their name just screams heavy band. I personally find them heavier than Cannibal Corpse because I find that E, Eb, and D/Drop D are the heaviest tunings (the most common thrash tunings) and that Slayer's vocals are just the right range to be heavy. Many people would disagree, but it's an honest opinion. I find some Cannibal Corpse songs heavier than others, but I think Slayer just beats them out.
If you disagree that they are heavy, just listen to Angel of Death or Raining Blood loud through good sound equipment, and feel the music crushing you.
Slayer may be "heavier" band than Metallica, but they all represent the same time era of being created. There will be time when Slayer, Metallica, Megadeath and all together will be satanic stories for the kids, and there will be the time when these are "hippy" proge metal. To me Slayer is more like faster style trash metal than Metallica, while Metallica is deeper and heavier... But to get the hippies to leave the premises I would choose Reign in Blood over Enter Sandman.
I think it really depends on what subgenre you're talking about. Slayer is easily one of the most heaviest bands without a doubt. If I were to go by subgenre:
Death Metal: Cannibal Corpse, eariler Death
Black Metal: I don't know much black metal but from what I've heard, I'd have to say Immortal.
Thrash Metal: Slayer
Groove Metal: Lamb of God.
Now for subgenres of death metal, I'd say
Blackened Death Metal: Behemoth
Technical Death Metal: Nile
Death N Roll: Entombed from what I've heard.
I think it just depends on the genre, really.
This is NOT the heaviest band in the world. They may have been one of the first to be heavy, but they have been surpassed by literally THOUSANDS of bands. My personal favourite is PATHOLOGY. They're still not the heaviest, but they're about ten times heavier than slayer.
I voted for Behemoth as the heaviest band ever because, they're basically black and death metal combined together. That's what makes them heavy.
Come on guys, this list is not bout voting for yer favorite band.. My favorite metal band is lamb of god and pantera and not to mention I'm not a very big fan of behemoth but I have to agree their music are extremely heavy take slaves shall serve for example, the song itself sounded like it want to kill you
Have you already heard "Slave Shall Serve"? "He Who Breeds Pestilence" maybe? No? Then go and check most heavy band in existence. Sure - there is more mainstream stuff like "Cannibal Corpse" or more 8th empty string 0-0-0-0-0 like "Meshuggah", but this one is true hell, and in artistic way also.
People who voted Metallica instead of behemoth are simply posers and do not understand what "Heavy Music" means.
I mean, obviously, Metallica is a legendary band and they are awesome But shouldn't be called heavier than Behemoth!
This is a popularity contest. Nile is way heavier than all these other 9 bands, Cannibal Corpse deserves to be on the list, not the other 8. Dying Fetus, Misery Index, Mortician, Malevolent Creation, Suffocation, Carcass, Beheaded, Morbid Angel. All those bands should be here. Not those other bands that are mentioned. People just don't know what heavy is or they are completely uneducated when it comes heavy music
Metallica, Pantera, Slipknot and Black Sabbath in the Top 10? Even Slayer is way too light compared to Death or Black Metal.
Brutal Death Metal like Nile is pretty much one of the heaviest music types you can find out there.
Annihilate the wicked on this page. Nile is amazing band who really understand technical death metal. Enough said and those who think a musically oblivious 8th graded is voting well I am musically smart 9th grader
Apparently Linkin Park, Slipknot and A7X are grind core because they're heavier than this. NOT! Cannibal Corpse are high on the list because they're more mainstream now.
Not only is Meshuggah's tone and overall vibe by far the heaviest on this list, their lyrics push the bar to a whole new level of dark poetry. There couldn't be a stronger juxtaposition between the whiny, insipid lyrics of many "core" bands splattered with unnecessary F-shots, and the rich imagery and hellishly uncanny lyricism found in Meshuggah.
This list is horrible!
1: Slayer is the heaviest band on earth? Come on, these guys never heard of death metal! Specially when it comes 2 strings lower
2:heaviest band does NOT mean the best band! Why should "heavy=best"?
Black metal can be extremly heavier than death sometimes but its much more dark. I should discover more heavier stuff if I'm wrong with voting for meshuggah
This band is definitely the heaviest on the list. Most bands you'll hear at least one or two songs in an album that aren't as heavy as the others, sometimes more. However, Meshuggah only makes heavy music, and, to me, is the heaviest sounding band I've ever heard.
Different people have different defintions of HEAVY. Meshuggah introduces a kind of layered complexity that is more heavy and intense than anything I have ever heard before. By my defintion of heavy nothing comes close (and I mean not even in the slightest) to MESHUGGAH.
Their first 4 albums are kinda heavy, but they don't belong anywhere near the top 10. The people that think Metallica is the heaviest must not listen to a lot of metal. Bands like Cattle Decapitation, Pig Destroyer, Abominable Putridity, Cannibal Corpse, Napalm Death, Dying Fetus, Behemoth, Ingested, and Deicide are 1000x heavier than Metallica. If you think they should be #1, listen to bands that belong to the following genres: Grindcore, Deathgrind, Death Metal, Slam Death Metal, Black Metal, or anything associated with those genres. They aren't even the heaviest thrash band. Kreator, Slayer, Sodom, Ghoul, and Skeletonwitch are a lot heavier
Dude this band is as heavy has hell! If you don't agree, go listen to fight fire with fire, battery, and call of kutulu. They should be top 3 at least!
Music in general is very subjective. It is all about the person listening the song etc. But briefly to the point: Metallica, within their time as categorized as "heavy metal" the band made their Black/Metallica album. It is, and still is very, very heavy, to the sound, feel and how it is performed.
Yes, it was produced very well. It has many good songs, even so good that they could be thought to be made as simply in purpose of making money... or just to make sure that future kids have some tunes to play to their chicks.
Sad But True is a good example of very heavy song as musically. There are much, faster, slower, deeper, lover - what so ever bands/songs there. I would love to challenge Dimmu Borgir, Cradle of Filth and Moonspell to make a cover song of Ozzy's Mr. Crowley... Oh wait... They are "heavier", why shouldn't/couldn't they make cover of Enter Sandman? - They could, but they don't want to?
In the end, we can go back in the history towards the great classical ...more
Well, firstly let's put their post... AJFA albums aside. Consider their first four masterpiece albums. Pretty heavy eh, Metallica haters? They were easily the heaviest back in the 80s along with Slayer. James had a amazing voice which goes well with their songs. They have original riffs unlike those recycled ones by Slayer. I don't think Maiden should be in the top ten, yeah they're amazing but not that "heavy". A7X are a joke they shouldn't even be remotely close to the top ten. And where the hell are Black Metal bands like Gorgoroth and Mayhem?
This list is lying. Pantera are OBVIOUSLY heavier than Metallica, Slayer, and pretty much every other band ever (except for MAYBE Cannibal Corpse)! Don't believe me? Here's my proof:
Cowboys from Hell
Vulgar Display of Power
Far Beyond Driven
The Great Southern Trendkill (especially this one, it's the best metal record of all time right up there with Pantera's previous two efforts)
Reinventing the Steel
Listen to all of these (in order), and I guarantee you will think that I am right. If not, then that's fine, it's probably just because Cannibal Corpse out-heavies them by just a little bit...
Heavy? Walk. Hollow.
This list is actually a measure of band popularity and public familiarity.
It is certainly not a list of heaviest.
For ultra heavy bands see:
Born Of Osiris, Electric Wizard, Bongripper, Admiral Angry, Candlemass, Gorguts, Nile, Job For A Cowboy, Dethklok, The whole genre of djent with Animals as leaders and Periphery are super heavy, also Pentagram and the Doom genre are slow and brutal.
I could go all day listing heavier bands than these classics and popular bands.
Heaviness is available in all tempos, slow and fast and mid tempo, and the techniques and sounds involved are different. I love Sabbath, Priest, Maiden, Megadeth, Metallica and Slayer, and yet also how the younger bands have pushed the envelope.
And anyone who thinks Maiden or Metallica or LoG are heavier than Slayer listen to Reign In Blood, Seasons in the Abyss, God hates us all, and Crionics personally is better than fight fire with fire.
Although the list is messed up, pantera would definitely be the heaviest of the bands mentioned in the top 10. Listen to 5 minutes alone, god that song is heavy! One of the heaviest riffs ever made in the history of metal, no song I have heard can match up to the heaviness of this song. And trust me, I listen to a lot of metal.
These "musicians" should be number 1. I quoted musicians because they aren't musicians. They're beasts. Their music isn't the fastest, but they have Dimebag's signature sound, Vinnie Paul's amazing grooves, Rex's pounding bass, and Phil's skull crushing screams.
Okay so according to this list A7X and System of a Down are heavier than Cryptopsy, Suffocation, and I don't even see Cattle Decapitation. Apparently Metallica is heavier than Cannibal Corpse… please, people. This isn't the "10 Most Fangirled Metal Bands." This is a list of the heaviest. Oh and what is with people thinking Slipknot is heavy? That's what 10 year olds said back in 2001. Just like how a bunch of scenes in 2008 jabbered about how Suicide Silence was so "br00tal."
Honestly, no nu-metal or thrash metal is as heavy as death, black, or grind. Infant Annihilator is the only deathcore band deserving of the top 10. And fangirls need to get off. Now.
Heaviest band I know. Just look at the lyrics and listen to the sheer brutality.
Don't know what people have against deathcore. It's just as heavy or heavier than death metal. Maybe it's the way the people in the bands look. Or maybe death metal fans are jealous of the success of bands like suicide silence. Check out the band Callenish Circle
I'm sorry but Slayer sound like nursery rhymes compared to this... The guitars, drumming, vocals, heck even the lyrics are heavier. I was going to pick cattle decapitation... but due to the lyrics I decided on IA
Disgusting. Their name is basically just "baby killer". Play 2 seconds of a song and it will summon satan himself.
Musically, nothing really competes against Anaal Nathrakh in regards to heaviness. Black Metal with strong influences of Grindcore and Industrial Music, its an effective combination to establish something uniquely heavy, which this band succeeds. In fact, the music is so chaotic, even bands like Cannibal Corpse sound rather mellow in comparison.
I think they should be number one honestly. They're basically the total annihilation of mankind in music form. Just listen to tracks like "I Am The Wrath Of Gods And The Desolation Of The Earth" and you'll see what I'm talking about.
Maybe not the absolute heaviest band ever, but definitely the heaviest band with clean choruses, and aside from maybe Meshuggah and Cattle Decap they are clearly much heavier than anything else in the top 10.
Their album "The Codex Necro" redefined heavy. Every album is amazing. Try out "Castigation and Betrayal" off "Hell is Empty, and All the Devils are Here" to see what I mean.
Honestly, when people think that Slipknot is heavier than Cattle Decapitation, they do not deserve to be called metalheads. This band has it all. Lyrics with an actual meaning (not just melodramatic, pseudo-angry nonsense), mean riffs, insane drumming, and by far the most diverse vocalist in all of modern metal.
I would have to say, Slayer is pretty damn heavy (and my favourite metal band ever) but they would have to be the 2nd heaviest under Cattle Decap. Man, this band is brutal!
These guys are way heavier than Cannibal Corpse. I'd definitely out these guys at one.
Top ten ten grinding death metal. Vox make it.
Some people don't know the definition of heavy. Were talking chunky riffs, layered raw sounds, relentless tempo, growling vocals and technicality here. Not popular bands and certainly not nu metal!
Death is the final form of metal music development. It is the absolute. Without any posing or heavy for the sake of sounding heavy. It's raw, melodic and metal as it gets. It is metal in its pure form.
Death! In my opinion one of the best and first bands in real death metal their old school sound is much heavier than nu metal!
Just like Death. Being Death metal they out-heavy most other metal bands.
Lamb of God is heavier than most bands, but there's no need to compare them with extreme Thrash Metal (such as Slayer) or BDM (such as Cannible Corpse) even some Deathcore (if you considered deathcore as metal). There are two reasons:1, LOG's music, mostly, are slow, or at mid-tempo. 2, They have pretty melodic riffs. Rate the Bands for their heaviness, If Cannible Corpse and Slayer are at 10, the Beatles at 1, I think LoG should be around 7.5.
I love Black Sabbath. With that said, no other band besides Meshuggah should be on this list with Lamb of God. The first Slipknot album was decent, Metallica isn't half bad, and I do enjoy Pantera. Cannibal Corpse is a total joke, so there's that. The rest, I can totally do without. Especially on a "Heaviest Bands" list. Seriously, what.
Lamb of God is amazing. Nobody does vocal like randy Blythe. He kicks ass, their material is amazing and everything they have is kick ass, heavy, bad ass, and metal as HELL! They are heavier then half the bands on this list and although they aren't they heaviest ever, they are without a doubt one of the best ever!
Don't get me wrong, Lamb of God is my favourite band of all time, I mean, they kick serious ass and have the best riffs and drum progressions.
However, they are not the heaviest band, heavy bands are like Chelsea Grin, Cannibal Corpse etc
Come on people, learn what heavy means, not just who is the most intense...
Very technical, fast and heavy death/groove metal band. If you think Cannibal Corpse is either too gruesome for you or your a Meshuggah and Slipknot fan you'll easily get into these guys. System of a Down is hard rock and CoF is mall core. What's next, Bathory being heaviest on this list? I hope not.
This list is a joke. Cannibal Corpse is the only heavy band at top ten. Check the remix that I made of this and you will see the real heaviest metal bands...
Powerful drums, speed, low tuning, brutal vocals. Dying Fetus is the definition of heavy. This should be number one on the list without a doubt.
This and Infant Annihilator are the Heaviest bands I listen to.
The name and the music... Says it all.
So heavy with vocals because it literally sounds like a dying bullfrog
Slipknot are actually still very heavy. Maybe not as heavy as Meshuggah or Cannibal Corpse, but still very heavy. People who don't say they're heavy, go listen to People = S***, Psychosocial, Disasterpiece etc. They are 10 billion times heavier than Black Sabbath, A7X, Metallica, Deep Purple. While they do have some ballads (Snuff, Till We Die etc.) Most of their songs are HEAVY, and the vocals are pretty brutal.
To those who don't say they're heavy, go suck some eggs. They're heavier than Metallica, though they may not be as heavy as any true dark metal band. Joey Jordinson's drumming is truly phenomenal (Lord rest his soul), and Corey Taylor can scream the yellow pages of the phone book to me if he wanted to.
Maybe not as heavy as any of the bands in top 20 or 30, but slipknot are still pretty heavy with some of their songs (e.g people = s!@#, psychosocial, heretic anthem etc. They do probably belong in the top 100.
I listen to Slayer and Cannibal Corpse and Death, I listen to lamb of god and Pantera. I've listened to all the stuff that most Metalheads would say SlipKnoT is no where near as heavy as, all that Black Metal and Death Metal and I do believe that SlipKnoT are the heaviest band of all time, I believe that Iowa is the heaviest album ever made and, if I have the correct definition of heavy, Disasterpiece is the heaviest song you could possibly listen to. My ten heaviest bands would be:
3. Lamb of god
4. Cannibal Corpse
6. Machine Head
7. Black Sabbath
I kid you not...these guys should be in the top ten...like seriously why are bands like slipknot, iron maiden and Metallica high up on this list? No hate to them but this list is for the HEAVIEST bands. "Isolation" by separatist is one of their songs that prove they are worth being put at a higher rank on this list.
Cryptopsy, Cattle Decapitation and Periphery need to be higher.
Their album "None So Vile" is probably the heaviest death metal album ever
Iron Maiden? Heavy? Very funny, guys. Literally, Justin Bieber is heavier than them. What's worse, is that bands like Napalm Death, Five Finger Death Punch etc are below Iron Maiden. Those bands may not be as heavy as Cannibal Corpse or Meshuggah, but 10 billion heavier than Iron Maiden or Black Sabbath. Whoever added them doesn't know what heavy music means. Iron Maiden would be considered soft rock nowadays.
GREYBOYY seems to know very little about Heavy Metal and is citing bands that just use speed and relentless noise to quantify what is 'Heavy'. For volume to have impact there must also be silence in the music. How can you seriously be discounting bands that are responsible for creating Heavy Metal in the first place? Maiden are a Heavy Metal band (How can this band NOT be in the top 30? ). Priest is a Heavy Metal band. Sabbath are a Heavy Metal band. Metallic are a Heavy Metal band. Heavy does not equal constant racket and growling tuneless vocals.
Black Sabbath has nothing to do with extreme metal, it's a classic blues-rock band, then it became a hard rock/heavy metal band, Metallica and megadeth have some heavy songs, but there are much pop metal bands, Slayer is among the heaviest, but Iron Maiden are more melodic and with complex songs, and with much better vocalist!
I am the same 11 year old. I looked up the definition of heavy and changed my mind. Iron maiden is heavy. I do think that all of the songs above iron maiden in this list are heavier though. Bands that are heavier than iron maiden: Motörhead, Otep, Cacophony, Armored Saint, some Van Halen songs, some AC/DC songs, Megadeath and more bands.
Basically Nile but more raw and less technical.
Spill the dirty blood of jesus it's over human level
It's not the only, No forgiveness, Coronation, Paradygmat, Death's evangelist and more are simply insane
This band is just as heavy as Metallica... Metallica is not that heavy compared to any death metal, black metal, or doom metal band. Especially funeral doom metal bands.
This band isn't even that heavy. They're about as heavy as Metallica was. Listen to some real heavy thrash like kreator, dark angel, and morbid saint.
Metallica's heavy? Heavier than Megadeth and Lamb of God and Slayer? Ha Ha. Really, there should be some sense among people. Come on.
Still rocking after all these years. Better than the rest. Enough said. From Killing is My Business to Super Collider, better quality.
Their slow and doom-core like style makes them heavy and brutal.
This band is so heavy. Mixed with Deathcore and Doom Metal.
By far the heaviest band of all time.
This band is unbelievably heavy so beefy and distorted it makes cannibal corpse sound like country
This appears to be a popularity contest, rather than what is really "heaviest". Love slayer, slipknot... Etc but nothing can compare to SYL (except maybe meshuggah) for heaviness.
Stop what you're doing. Go and listen to 'Oh My God' by Strapping Young Lad. Come back and vote then.
How Strapping Young Lad is not the first of the list is beyond my comprehension.
Listen to "Oh My God" and "Happy Camper" then come back and vote correctly.
If you don't agree with Nails being top choice, I guess You Will Never Be One of Us.
You haven't heard heavy until you heard of these guys.
Every single song is a facemelter. You haven't heard heavy till you've heard these guys
Even Justin Bieber are heavier than Sabbath. I don't know if they should even be considered hard rock. They would be considered soft rock nowadays.
If you think the almighty Sabbath is go heavy, hear me out. See, there is a song by Black Sabbath that is called Black Sabbath on the album Black Sabbath. Now, this song's riff uses the diminished 5th, also known as the augmented 4th. Now, this interval sounds so evil that in medieval times, it was forbidden for it was believed do summon the Devil himself. The lyrical content describes Satan and the end of the world. Sure, metal can get faster, lower, and louder, but it sure as hell doesn't get HEAVIER.
Man seriously Black Sabbath owns them all.
They invented heavy metal, and they are the heaviest among the heaviest.
Tony is the RIFFMASTER, nothing is heavier than his riffs, actually he is so good he probably:
"let two of his fingers being cut off because becoming a guitar legend with ten fingers was just too easy" Tony Iommi Fact #015
It seems that people have voted to their favorite bands instead of Heavy ones, compare Black Sabbath with Electric Wizard, which one is heavier? Of course Electric Wizard, Black Sabbath=not heavy at all, not every Heavy Metal band is "Heavy", know the difference.