Top 10 Most Influential Metal BandsThe top 10 metal bands that most inspired you to (try) to make music or were the biggest inspiration and had the biggest influence on the metal industry.
Together with Deep Purple, they gave birth to the genre. Also I believe that Tony Iommi was the one that popularized downtuning.
They created and popularized Heavy Metal. It is idiotic to not have Black Sabbath at #1. Not only were they the first true metal band, they also were the direct inspiration for quite a few major subgenres, Doom Metal, Sludge Metal, Stoner Metal, & Gothic Metal are all inspired by the mighty Sabbath!
Sabbath started metal, They created metal, if it werent for them, Metallica, Lamb of god, Megadeth, Slipknot and Iron maiden wouldn't exist, And what the heck is up with Slipknot, Lamb of god, and system of a down being on this list? They are good yea, But they didn't Influence
Still relevant today. They were one of the co-founders of Heavy Metal. Many lineup changes of the years, but nothing matches the original 4 members: Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Ozzy Osbourne and Bill Ward
they are one the best metal bands in ALL the metal history, maybe the most influential band with Black Sabbath and Judas Priest.
Lamb of God and Slipknot should not be here because I think they are not influential bands because they are from this times; in my opinion, an influential band is the one who have influented so much bands in metal, like IRON MAIDEN!
Maiden are my fave band, the three awesome guitar players work so well together
This is one band that can never be beaten it forgotten by any other...
Up the irons
Iron Maiden, the best band of the world. Thanks for being 34 years part of my life.
They actually should be number 1 since most of the world today wouldn't even know every band in this list (even Black Sabbath...or any other metal band for that matter) if it wasn't for Metallica.
Even people who don't like metal have heard of Metallica, the same can't be said about most others.
They are good
Leaders of the NWoBHM, without them, metal would die away. Rob Halford set the stage for what being a metal frontman is. Also I believe that having two lead guitars is their idea.
Painkiller is the standard every metal band should strive for
Should really be above maiden. Black Sabbath at 1 makes sense.
Took Sabbath's metal mold and shaped into what it is
Essentially created the Genre of Thrash and Black Metal and pretty big inspiration for Death Metal. On a side note why is Slipknot number 4.
First band to go extreme and whether you like them or not, you have to admit that was a huge turning point for the genre.
Thrash Metal and Black Metal, all Extreme Metal bands were influenced by this band, from Death to Darkthrone.
Most influencial extreme metal band ever, Thrash Metal, Black Metal & Death Metal would never existed without them.
Yeah everybody knows the invention of death metal, but don't undermine their influence on metal as a whole. Albums like Human and Symbolic explored the limits of metal.
When they heard the Possessed demo, chuck said:we should be like these guys. But they influenced Possessed later by Scream Bloody gore.
This guys were the reason of existance of Cannibal Corpse & Children Of Bodom and many others.
Deathcore melodeath would never exist without chuck may he rest in peace
They've influenced pretty much every modern metal band out there. Both Phil's vocals and Dimebag's riffs were groundbreaking.
If this list was 'top metal bands' instead of 'influential metal bands' I would put Pantera at number simply for the fact that their music seems as heavy now as it did when it was released. As legendary as they were, I just don't think the same can be said for bands like Sabbath and Maiden. If it wasn't for Pantera we wouldn't be able to enjoy many of the top metal bands around now, due to Pantera being the frontmen in the charge against the post metal grunge era (Nirvana), when metal was no longer considered 'cool'.
It's all about infuence, isn't it?
So here's my list:
1. Black Sabbath - Founders of the metal genre, no discussion that they should be 1st.
2. Pantera - They shaped all modern metal as we know. Obvious second place.
3. Motorhead - They were crucial in developing the metal in 80's. Lemmy pretty much started merging Hardcore Punk with Metal and popularized this kind of music.
4. Judas Priest - They started NWoBHM movement and launched metal into mainstream in late 70's. They are way more important than Iron Maiden, no matter which band is better. "Irons" were just pursuing the subgenre, making awesome music, "Priest" were making something new (and awesome too).
5. Slayer - Although I like Metallica and Megadeth more, Slayer was the most influencial band of the big4 of thrash because of their more aggressive style. Death Metal and other extreme metal subgenres developed because of them. They were also important in developing the image of metal music.
6. Venom - ...more
I think Pantera should be at the 5 spot. Pantera invented groove metal, which is the sub-genre that many bands like Slipknot fall into. Slipknot should definitely not be in front of Pantera.
Many bands of the 60s-70s played heavy blues rock or hard rock, believing it was heavy metal (many metal fans still make this mistake). Deep Purple played hard rock but also metal as we know it now: non-bluesy rock music, mostly based on classical music. For example, "Highway Star" is a metal definition: An entirely non-bluesy song based on Bach-like chord sequences. It's not their first metal song but it's the best.
Later this non-bluesy sound became the most important feature of metal music - Rainbow, Judas Priest and Iron Maiden made it more evident. Metal in general became a genre based on classical music - behind the riffs of Holy Wars and Master of Puppets you can hear classical music. R. Blackmore is a pure genius. "Highway Star" is widely considered as 'early speed metal'. Also a memorable riff, breathtaking technical solo and Gillan's great vocals.
They gave birth to the genre, together with Black Sabbath. Ian Gillan created classic metal vocals and Ritchie Blackmore pushed the limits of guitar.
I'm pretty sure most metal bands will cite three main bands as being most inspirational: Sabbath, Zeppelin, and Deep Purple. That being said, Ritchie Blackmore's technical ability was and will always be the best and fastest (just listen to his solo on Highway Star).
The inventors of heavy metal not influential enough for the top 3? Why so low?
Major influence over extreme metal subgenres and also cited as influence by many modern metal bands. Definitelly a top10 material.
Some of the first and most important thrash bands
SLAYER! Every time I say SLAYER, I do it on big letters. SLAYER rule, SLAYER reign in blood. I would like to spend a season in the abyss with SLAYER!
I voted for them, because they happened to be exactly tenth on my list.
Dave Mustaine revolutionized metal riffs and heavily inspired the change in Pantera's sound which lead to the rebirth of the most influencial metal band of all time.
I get sore necks and head aches head banging to Megadeth all day!
Not as influetal as metallica or sabbath, but still awesome band
This band deserves the 2nd or 3rd position
They were the first to fuse hardcore punk's and metal's energy together. Without them, there would be no Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer or any bands that were inspired by them.
The fast that motörhead isn't third or second is INSANE to me. Metallica said they wouldn't exist without motörhead and that reason is enough since metallica is literally THE biggest metal band
This is an awful list, as per usual on this site. How is Pantera ahead of Motorhead? What on earth...To me, the top 8 is just unassailable...Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Motorhead, Iron Maiden, Venom in some order, then Metallica, then Death and Slayer.
Motorhead influenced bands such like Metallica, these guys need to be at the top with Black Sabbath... but lets be honest you can only trust the first Black Sabbath album anyway! Motorhead all the way!
What, the most influential Black Metal band is not in top ten? This band was responsible for the Norwegian Black Metal scene.
Slipknot higher than Bathory? That's insane...
Without Rainbow and Deep Purple, nobody will e-v-e-r understand the process of metal invention and its evolution - in the late 70s Judas Priest and Iron Maiden continued in the direction of Rainbow and Deep Purple (non-bluesy heavy sound, mostly based on classical music). Judas Priest and Iron Maiden didn't sound like the bluesy Led Zep and the bluesy Black Sabbath.
Moreover, in 1977 Roger Glover (Rainbow bassist and ex-Purple bassist) became a producer of Judas Priest to help them. Not many believed in Judas Priest back then and they had no support, money, gigs, etc. So lets talk about influence.
Rainbow perfected the general pattern of metal music and also the speed metal sound, started by Deep Purple. Rainbow also invented at least 3 metal subgenres: power, symphonic, and neo-classical metal.
I'd say this is quite influential.
Whether or not you think Zep is metal, it's certainly the biggest influence to have existed on the genre; nobody played hard rock/"classic metal" until Zep came around. Black Sabbath should be in second, they basically did Zep but a bit heavier with more distorted guitar. But that "metal" sound came from Zep
WHY IS SLIPKNOT ON HERE? They're not even really metal! Every band in the whole list is 5 stars (except Slipknot) so it was really hard to choose. Zeppelin are THE early metal band definition.
Led Zep are not metal. Never been. Shouldn't be on the list.
Even just in the nu-metal catagory, Slipknot was not that influential. Korn and System of a Down are far more influential, and they are not that really outside the genre.
Slipknot definitely doesn't deserve to be in this top 10 list. How can you put slipknot in front of Pantera?
Slipknot is not a bad band but they don't deserve to be in this list at all.
They are influential not only in metal but other genres as well.
I'm surprised that they are this low.
Creators of Death Metal
Many of those Dejavu songs that play in my head are his, like I Just Want You and Tonight
Dudes, you're forgetting the name of the list, it's not best bands it's most influential
It gives me redneck when I see this in top 11. Holy cow this is better than the others
My favorite band, but they were influenced by Pantera and Slayer.
This must be on top #1
They are one of the most influential Bands by far, sad that everyone votes for their Favorite band
The godfathers of Djent. Bleed is one of the most iconic metal songs of all time!
A fearlessly experimental band that took groove metal to zany mathematical heights and helped popularize 7 and 8 string guitars. they also played a massive role in the creation of the modern "djent" "sub-genre".
INFLUENTIAL, not who you like!
They're the Greatest Progressive Metal band. Their musicianship is the best specially if you listen them playing live.
In terms of being influential, Korn may not have created metal, but they created a major subgenre that dominated the mainstream unlike almost any other subgenre.
They created NU metal, whether you like it or not, it was the biggest subgenre in the late 90s and early 00s. They deserve top10.
Korn and slipknot should switch places, because if one of them deserves to be that high it's korn
Should be in top 10 because they influenced all those nu metal bands out there