Most Talented Metal Bands

The Top Ten

1 Dream Theater Dream Theater Dream Theater is an American progressive metal band. The band was formed in 1985 under the name of "Majesty", but had to change its name to Dream Theater later. ...read more.

Overall, they are great - one of the most technically proficient bands ever but honestly, LaBrie's voice turns me off. His vocal skills are not good enough and he just fails to impress me. And even Mike Mangini (my fave drummer) can't make up for it. Geoff Tate set the bar for prog metal vocals really high. - Metal_Treasure

A couple years back, I went to a progressive metal concert with Fates Warning, Dream Theater, and headlining Queensryche. Dream Theater played every song EXACTLY like on their CDs, precisely and flawlessly. I felt bad for Queensryche to have to follow such an impressive act!

I love A7X but they're more talented than Dream Theater? Bull. Dream Theater writes masterpieces. A7X might be the most talented among the newer bands but they won't ever beat DT (even with Portnoy). Petrucci alone can do a better solo than everyone in A7X can together make a song.
Dance of Eternity is one of the most rhythmically complex pieces of music in history (104 time-signature changes in just over six minutes). And they've even played it live and haven't made a single mistake. A Change of Seasons, Metropolis Pt.1 and Octavarium are better than almost all of A7X's songs.

2 Megadeth Megadeth Megadeth is an American thrash metal band from Los Angeles, California. The group was formed in 1983 by guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson, shortly after Mustaine's dismissal from Metallica. They have released 15 studio albums, and their biggest hits are Symphony of Destruction, Holy ...read more.

I agree with DT at first place, but metallica above Megadeth, Rainbow or the God Iron Maiden? The couple Mustaine/Ellefson demands musicians of the same level Menza, Friedman, Poland, Broderick, etc There are out to many drummers better than lars, Steve Vai recognize that Mustaine is beyond kirk, and this keep going on... Megadeth is so far better than the overrated Metallica!

Dave Mustaine plays lead guitar that most guitarists hail in comparison to, and He sings.
They are not only fast but they are melodic, which is huge.

Its sad that Megadeath is BEHIND a7x. I don't have a problem with a7x, but Mustaine is a genius, of the likes of Bruce Dickinson and Dio, with more talent than either.

Megadeth Unstoppable, hell yeah!

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3 Metallica Metallica Metallica is an American 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". ...read more.

Megadeth is surely good but in stands back in vocals. Metallica has an edge on them at that thing

Cliff Burton. Said enough. RIP

4 Iron Maiden Iron Maiden Iron Maiden are an English heavy metal band formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. The most critically acclaimed period for the band was from 1983-1989. With vocalist Bruce Dickinson, bassist Steve Harris, lead guitarist Dave Murray, rhythm guitarist Adrian ...read more.

Iron maiden best metal band of all time gret in concert loved them since they played small halls royal oak music theater in mi. Fantastic group live!

Avenged Sevenfold more talented than Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Blind Guardian, Opeth ...?!? Wow! - Metal_Treasure

5 Tool Tool Tool is an American progressive metal/alternative metal band, that was formed in 1990. ...read more.

Avenged Sevenfold sucks. Tool should be so much higher. Lamb Of God, Iron Maiden, Megadeth, and even Korn and Slipknot are more talented then A7X

Tool's talent eclipses Metallica's and Megadeth's put together. They are close to Dream Theater, however.

I'm surprised Tool is even in the top ten. They're still way ahead of the time.

Very musically and lyrically talented. Top 5 worthy for sure

6 Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold is an American alternative metal/metalcore (early) band, that was formed 1999 in California. Their longest lineup of members was M. Shadows (Vocals), Synyster Gates (Lead Guitar), Zacky Vengeance (Rhythm Guitar), Johnny Christ (Bass Guitar), and The Rev (Drums). ...read more.

First of all they are my favourite band. And second, my guitar teacher studied music at university and has a degree- he told me that the Avenged Sevenfold guitarists (Synyster and zacky) are in the top league of guitarists he has ever heard. He said that bullet for my Valentine have amazing guitarists but a7x are in a totally different league that is up with kirk hammett

Not a metal band

A mix of such talented artists should be number 1

Me as an A7X fan says this is a hard rock with somewhat metal influences so I think this should in top 20,

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7 Annihilator Annihilator Annihilator is a Canadian thrash metal band founded in 1984 by vocalist, guitarist, bassist, songwriter, engineer, producer, mixer and mastering engineer Jeff Waters and former vocalist John Bates.

Some of the talents in this band:
Jeff Waters - one of the top 3 lead guitarists in thrash (the other two are Marty Friedman and Alex Skolnick).
Mike Mangini - officially the fastest drummer in the world (his World record - 1203 single strokes per minute). Definitely one of the top metal drummers of all time (since 2011 he's been playing for Dream Theater).
The other members are also very talented - just not #1 in the world at what they do. - Metal_Treasure

8 Judas Priest Judas Priest Judas Priest are a British heavy metal band formed in Birmingham, England, in 1969. The band has sold over 45 million albums to date. They received a lot of popularity due to their big hits Breaking The Law, You've Got Another Thing Comin', and Living after Midnight which were played on the radio a ...read more.

Oh dear... #22 for the metal gods?!? - Metal_Treasure

9 Blind Guardian Blind Guardian Blind Guardian is a German power metal band formed in the mid-1980s in West Germany. They are often credited as one of the seminal and most influential bands in the power metal and speed metal subgenres. Heavily influenced by Queen, they use the technique of overdubbing. They also incorporate large ...read more.

These guys are really talented and Hansi's voice is unbelievable!

They are the only metal band I know that has been improving over time - every next album is better than the previous one. Altogether 10 albums and almost 30 years of exemplary musicianship.
I just listened to their 2015 album and what can I say? - I have nothing but admiration for them! Similarly to other people, I'm also beginning to think that Blind Guardian are comparable to Maiden and Priest in terms of quality and consistency. - Metal_Treasure

10 Opeth 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 ...read more.

Opeth creates masterpieces, they should be #2 right below Dream Theater. I think the fact that Opeth is lower than Avenged Sevenfold is pretty embarrassing.

Opeth is the most talented. Not many other band's can master multiple genre's of music. Mikael Akerfeldt can sing you to sleep and scare you.

The Contenders

11 Death 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 ...read more.

Chuck schuldiner, the most talented metal musician, enough said, right up their with DT

This is under slipknot and a7x? Wft

12 Rainbow Rainbow Rainbow are a British rock band led by guitarist Ritchie Blackmore from 1975 to 1984 and 1993 to 1997. They were originally established with Ronnie James Dio as the lead singer and lyricist. Rainbow were ranked No. 90 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock. The band has sold over 28 million albums ...read more.

The most talented metal band ever, should be #1. Look at the members - their musicianship is exemplary (two of them are from the very talented Deep Purple - Blackmore and Glover):
Dio (RIP) - vocals, lyrics;
Ritchie Blackmore - guitars, songwriting;
Roger Glover - bass;
Cozy Powell (RIP) - drums;
Several talented keyboardists.

A really super talented and creative band - talented enough to invent at least 3 metal subgenres (now very popular): power metal, neo-classical and symphonic metal. - Metal_Treasure

13 Black Sabbath Black Sabbath Black Sabbath were a Heavy Metal band formed in Birmingham, England in 1968 by guitarist and songwriter Tony Iommi, Singer Ozzy Osbourne, Bassist and Main Lyricist Geezer Butler and Drummer Bill Ward. The band got into mainstream after improving after their debut album got negative feedback. In 1978, ...read more.
14 Versailles

Hizaki, Teru, Yuki, Kamijo, Masashi (J. You RIP). This lineup simply can't be beaten.

List is whatever maiden #10 sabbath and priest not in top 10? If you are not over 40 yrs old or just ignorant don't make lists check out priest and sabbath in 70s

15 Slipknot Slipknot Slipknot is a Heavy Metal band formed in 1995 from Iowa. The band released their first album in 1999 and was well received by critics and fans. The group gained success after the release of their second studio album, "Iowa". ...read more.

Joey Jordison. Said enough.

Slipknot is, and always will be my favorite band of all time.

There's so many better drummers beyond Jordanson it's not funny, the most overrated drummer yet.

16 Pantera Pantera Pantera was a Heavy Metal band formed in 1981 by guitarist Dimebag Darrell and drummer Vinnie Paul. The group got into mainstream after changing from Glam Metal to Groove Metal. The band's most successful album is "Vulgar Display of Power". As the pioneers of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal, They ...read more.

Dimebag Darrell. Said enough. RIP

17 Dio Dio Dio was an American heavy metal band formed in 1982 and led by vocalist Ronnie James Dio, after he left Black Sabbath with intentions to form a new band with fellow former Black Sabbath member, drummer Vinny Appice.
18 Primal Fear Primal Fear Primal Fear are a German metal band formed in 1997 by Ralf Scheepers and Mat Sinner. They play heavy metal, power metal and speed metal. Primal Fear remind of Judas Priest but Primal Fear are faster and heavier. They use twin (dual) lead guitars. Ralf Scheepers voice reminds of Rob Halford.

All bandmembers are masters at what they do. A band with no weak spots - godly singer, awesome twin lead guitars, sick drummer with fast double bass, great bassist/talented songwriter. Their 2014 album is amazing.
Songs: Strike, All For One, Rebel Faction, Diabolus, King For A Day, The Man (That I Don't Know). - Metal_Treasure

19 Iced Earth Iced Earth Iced Earth is an American heavy metal band from Tampa, Florida. It was formed in 1985 under the name Purgatory by guitarist and main songwriter Jon Schaffer and original drummer Greg Seymour.
20 Mastodon Mastodon Mastodon is an American heavy metal band from Atlanta, Georgia, formed in early 2000 and composed of bassist Troy Sanders, guitarists Brent Hinds and Bill Kelliher and drummer Brann Dailor.

Mastodon is flawless. Each song is unique and has its own distinct sound. Best band in existence. Gojira is close behind

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