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The Top Ten
I think Black Sabbath had more job in influencing grunge and stoner rock than metal. - Alkadikce
Replace this with Deep Purple. - Userguy44
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! - ryanrimmelV 12 Comments
The best band with twin guitars. Love them! - Userguy44
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 togetherV 2 Comments
Should really be above maiden. Black Sabbath at 1 makes sense.
One of the earliest metal bands. - Userguy44
Took Sabbath's metal mold and shaped into what it is
Painkiller is the standard every metal band should strive forV 2 Comments
No. They popularized thrash metal. Too high on this list. - Userguy44
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.
Dude, really? Black Sabbath was HUGE even before Metallica came out. - Gruunge
They didn't influence, but they are very good - SoldierOfFortuneV 1 Comment
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.
Chuck Schuldiner literally invented the death metal genre
The pioneers of death metalV 2 Comments
Get this higher! - Userguy44
Ok now,this list is about most influential metal bands, and venom definitely should be on the top
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.V 2 Comments
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 - christangrantV 2 Comments
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.
Pantera was so influential band but they don't create Groove metal, it was done by Exhorder from new orleans, Pantera give shape to that sound.
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'.V 2 Comments
Some of the first and most important thrash bands
Only second to Black Sabbath
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!
Motorhead at number 11? Should be at number 1, or 2. They invented so many genres it's ridiculous.V 4 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...
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
Not as influetal as metallica or sabbath, but still awesome band - Disturbedpotato
This band deserves the 2nd or 3rd position
I get sore necks and head aches head banging to Megadeth all day!
Metallica & Megadeth! m/
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.
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
Led Zep are not metal. Never been. Shouldn't be on the list. - Metal_Treasure
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. - Gamefreak23788
Slipknot is not a bad band but they don't deserve to be in this list at all. - GREYBOYY
Actually you are, because tell me exactly how slipknot is influential. That's right, they aren't - MUSHROOM
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.V 6 Comments
Creators of Death Metal - DejanKalinic
I'm surprised that they are this low. - SoldierOfFortune
Dudes, you're forgetting the name of the list, it's not best bands it's most influential - SoldierOfFortune
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 #1V 1 Comment
They are more influential than the rest of these bands here, even townsend says that everyone imitates meshuggah in the end
Just sad that they are not in top 5, for me they are maybe even the most influential after sabbath motörhead metallica and bathory
They are one of the most influential Bands by far, sad that everyone votes for their Favorite band
INFLUENTIAL, not who you like!V 1 Comment
Many of those Dejavu songs that play in my head are his, like I Just Want You and Tonight - SoldierOfFortune
One of the pioneers of technical thrash. They've been putting out great albums for 25 years. - Metal_Treasure
They helped Power Metal become what it is today. Also, I was afraid Black Sabbath was NOT going to be number 1. - MusicalPony
Should be a little bit higher - Ninjaturtlesforpresident
Influenced the big four of thrash.
Korn had huge influence in nu metal history - Disturbedpotato
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.
Korn and slipknot should switch places, because if one of them deserves to be that high it's korn
There's no nu-metal without Korn. They invented it.
Very influential, one of the first metal bands, if not, the first metal band combine hardcore/bellow/growls with clean melodic vocals more associated with grunge. As well as being one of the first industrial metal bands.
Slipknot stole Burton C Bell's forearm tattoo and used it as their logo.
Corey Taylor kind of took Burton C Bell's screaming style from FF's debut "soul of a new machine" as well.
This band should be way further up on the list.
Carcass should replace the Slipknot. - GREYBOYY
Most powerful in their lyrics and successful as a band in the last 20 years in making albums, and the concerts are the best!
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!
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