Top 10 Most Influential Metal Bandsmarvdude33 Metal Bands That inspired you to (try) to make music :D
The Top Ten
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
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! - ryanrimmel
BLACK SABBATH SHOULD BE IN NO. 1 WHAT THE HELL!
SABBATH IS THE GREATEST METAL BAND ALL, THEY INVENTED METAL!
You look at the roots of metal, it all leads to these. They didn't look up to anyone before they them, they are the creators.V 9 Comments
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! - rock2metal
maiden started real metal sure there was sabbath and preist but maiden were the first to be really heavy
Maiden are my fave band, the three awesome guitar players work so well together
Even Eddie is more famous than most bands.V 1 Comment
Even people who don't like metal have heard of Metallica, the same can't be said about most others.
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.
Yeah, it comes from "METAL" words. It is more suitable name compared to the other Metal band names. - 09ShamsulBahriel
They are good
Painkiller is the standard every metal band should strive for
It's getting old seeing Megadeth in the top 10 in every thing that has to do with metal. They are as gay as male cheerleaders. And so are their fans - Sabbath
This is the most influential Metal band ever, just after Black Sabbath, period.
The list must be like this:
1) Black Sabbath
2) Judas Priest
3) Iron Maiden
8) Van Halen
Ok, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Queen, Thin Lizzy, Kiss, Alice Cooper, Rush, AC/DC, Aerosmith, Rainbow, UFO are Metal (pionners and very influential to the genre) too. But they also are strongly inside others categories like Hard Rock or Prog Rock, sometimes even more than Metal. And also does others very famous bands like definitely Leppard, Whitesnake, Guns N Roses and Motley Crue. So that list represents, the most solid those who more represented the essence of Heavy Metal and the influence to the whole scene, I think.
11) Ozzy Osbourne
18) Twisted Sister
19) Celtic Frost
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.
And don't forget the more than legendary Sound of Perseverance - DejanKalinic
When they heard the Possessed demo, chuck said:we should be like these guys. But they influenced Possessed later by Scream Bloody gore.
The pioneers of death metal
Chuck Schuldiner literally invented the death metal genreV 2 Comments
Thrash Metal and Black Metal, all Extreme Metal bands were influenced by this band, from Death to Darkthrone. - GREYBOYY
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.
Most influencial extreme metal band ever, Thrash Metal, Black Metal & Death Metal would never existed without them.
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.
Pantera should be at number as no band were more talented in there sound was different in most songs and were faster and tighter than any other. The true metal gods.
Listen to albums Cowboys from Hell, Far Beyond Driven and The Great Southern Trendkill and you'll know why this band is the best. Pantera Forever m/m/.
Some of the first and most important thrash bands
Slipknot is not a bad band but they don't deserve to be in this list at all. - GREYBOYY
Slipknot definitely doesn't deserve to be in this top 10 list. How can you put slipknot in front of Pantera?
Not influential at all and they're terrible.
They are influential not only in metal but other genres as well.V 2 Comments
What, the most influential Black Metal band is not in top ten? This band was responsible for the Norwegian Black Metal scene. - GREYBOYY
Slipknot higher than Bathory? That's insane...
I get sore necks and head aches head banging to Megadeth all day!
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!
Motorhead at 12? People are just voting for their favorite bands.
This should at least be 3rd if not for motorhead there wouldn't be thrash metal, crust punk or grindcore.V 1 Comment
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). - bighercules
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. - Metal_Treasure
The inventors of heavy metal not influential enough for the top 3? Why so low?
They created metal should be number 1 - christangrant
It gives me redneck when I see this in top 11. Holy cow this is better than the others
LAMB OF GOD FOREVER THE #1 metal bands in the universe.
This must be on top #1
A must listn band
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. - Metal_Treasure
While death may have invented death metal. (and therefore still are more influential) It was Cannibal Corpse who made death metal truly brutal. The low growls of Chris Barnes was more extreme than any others at the time. Even those who doesn't usually listen to death metal likes them. A lot of extreme metal bands still mention Cannibal Corpse as one of their biggest influenses. Also they were played in Ace Ventura!
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. - Metal_Treasure
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