Most Talented Metal Bands

The Top Ten

1 Dream Theater Dream Theater Dream Theater is an American progressive metal band from Boston, Massachusetts. The band was formed in 1985 under the name of "Majesty", only 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 for this band 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

I disagree about LaBrie, but I agree 100% about Geoff Tate, I think he set the bar for vocals in general really high. - CostcoHotDogs

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. Megadeth was formed in 1983 by guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson, shortly after Mustaine was fired from Metallica. They have released 15 studio albums to date, and have gone through many lineup changes, with Dave ...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.

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

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!

5 Tool Tool Tool is an American progressive/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 Judas Priest Judas Priest Judas Priest are a British heavy metal band that formed in Birmingham, England, in 1969. They are often referred to as one of the greatest metal bands of all time, and are even commonly called “The Metal Gods”, after one of the songs on their 1980 album “British Steel”. ...read more.

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

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 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

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.

Should definitely be in the top ten!

The Contenders

11 Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold is an American alternative rock 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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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.

Without black sabbath there would be no metal, they should be in the top 10

14 Pantera Pantera Pantera was an American Heavy Metal band formed in 1981 by guitarist Dimebag Darrell and drummer Vinnie Paul. The band started out as a Glam Metal act in the 1980s with little success. After discarding their original lead vocalist and enlisting Phil Anselmo, the band signed a major record deal with ...read more.

Dimebag Darrell. Said enough. RIP

15 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.
16 Slipknot Slipknot Slipknot is an American Heavy Metal band formed in 1995 from Iowa. The band is best known as one of the pioneers of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal during the late 1990s - 2000s and are distinguishable by the band's clothing choices, consisting of black/red jumpsuits and horror inspired masks. ...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.

17 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

18 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

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 Slayer Slayer Slayer is an American thrash metal band from Huntington Park, California, formed in 1981 by guitarists Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King. They rose to fame with their 1986 album Reign in Blood, and is credited as one of the big four of thrash metal bands, the others being Metallica, Megadeth, and Anthrax. ...read more.
21 Savatage Savatage Savatage is an American heavy metal band founded by the brothers Jon and Criss Oliva in 1978 at Astro Skate in Tarpon Springs, Florida.
22 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

23 Trivium Trivium Trivium is an American Heavy Metal band from Orlando, Florida, formed in 1999. Their frontman, Matt Heafy, lead guitarist Corey Beaulieu and Bassist Paulo Gregoletto are the band's most consistent members and have appeared in every album since. ...read more.

Unique sound.

24 Children of Bodom Children of Bodom Children Of Bodom is a melodic death metal band from Espoo, Finland. Formed in 1993, the group currently consists of Alexi Laiho, Janne Wirman, Henkka Seppälä, Jaska Raatikainen and Daniel Freyberg.

Alexi laiho is an insanely good guitarist.. and the fact that he is playing while singing is insane... the guitar work on children of bodom is really tough to play... but when you add in screaming and growling on top of all that... damn

25 Meshuggah Meshuggah Meshuggah is a Swedish progressive metal band from Umeå, formed in 1987. They are often considered the fathers or founders of the djent metal sub genre due to their use of downtuned guitars. They are also known for their song “Bleed”, which is known for its extremely complicated instrumentation, ...read more.

what

26 Lamb Of God Lamb Of God Lamb of God is an American heavy metal band from Richmond, Virginia. Formed in 1994, the group consists of vocalist Randy Blythe, guitarists Mark Morton and Willie Adler, bassist John Campbell, and drummer Chris Adler.
27 KoRn KoRn Korn is an American Nu-Metal band from Bakersfield, California, formed in 1993. The band's current lineup includes founding members Jonathan Davis, James "Munky" Shaffer, Brian "Head" Welch, and Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu, with the addition of Ray Luzier, who replaced the band's original member, David ...read more.
28 Nightwish Nightwish Nightwish is a symphonic metal band from Kitee, Finland. The band was formed in 1996 by lead songwriter and keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen, guitarist Emppu Vuorinen, and lead singer Tarja Turunen. It's currently formed by Tuomas, Emppu, lead vocalist Floor Jansen, bassist and vocalist Marco Hietala, ...read more.

I've listened to almost nothing else since Floor Jansen joined them...an amazing group.

Almost all songs written by one man, amazing lyrics and orchestral power, simply amazig with amazing talented personnal, the best band

29 Necrophagist Necrophagist Necrophagist is a German technical death metal band, founded and fronted by guitarist and vocalist Muhammed Suiçmez.

This list is sad and full of mainstream waste. Necrophagist is amazing and runs circles around these bands all day. Don't believe me, check them out. Cheers

Can't get better than Necrophagist

30 Animals as Leaders Animals as Leaders Animals as Leaders is an American progressive metal band from Washington, D.C. It is composed of guitarists Tosin Abasi and Javier Reyes along with drummer Matt Garstka, having been formed by Abasi in 2007. Their musical style has also been described as djent.

They deserve a top ten spot, but they are not more talented than Opeth or Dream Theater.

How the hell are these guys not in the top ten?!?! Tosin has more talent in his pinky than everyone in the top ten, with the exception of Dream Theater. Just listen to CAFO and tell me they have no talent. I dare you!

31 Symphony X Symphony X Symphony X is an American progressive metal band from Middletown, New Jersey. Founded in 1994, the band consists of guitarist Michael Romeo, keyboardist Michael Pinnella, drummer Jason Rullo, lead vocalist Russell Allen and bassist Michael Lepond.
32 Galneryus

Galneryus and Dream Theater are the most talented bands I've heard. My vote goes to Galneryus as to me the vocals, guitar and keyboard are superior to DT which has just the drums and bass.

Amazing band.
If you're talking about talented this deserves to be on the top 10.
I mean, Syu the gutarist is amazing; one of the best guitarists of all time.
Everything is perfect.

33 Nine Inch Nails Nine Inch Nails Nine Inch Nails is an American industrial rock/metal band and, founded in 1988 by Trent Reznor in Cleveland, Ohio.

Trent Reznor is a musical genius.

Not metal.

34 Rammstein Rammstein Rammstein is a German Neue Deutsche Härte and Industrial Metal band consisting of Till Lindemann (vocals), Richard Kruspe (guitar), Paul Landers (guitar), Oliver Riedel (electric bass), Christoph Schneider (drums) and Christian Lorenz (keyboard), that formed in 1994 in Berlin . ...read more.
35 Bad Brains Bad Brains Bad Brains is an American hardcore punk band formed in Washington, D.C., in 1977. They are widely regarded as among the pioneers of hardcore punk, though the band's members have objected to this term to describe their music.
36 Parkway Drive Parkway Drive Parkway Drive is an Australian metalcore band from Byron Bay, New South Wales, formed in 2003. As of 2015, Parkway Drive has released five full-length albums, one EP, two DVDs, a split album and one book, titled Ten Years of Parkway Drive.

Laugh out loud!
Everyone's good here, but isn't it a list of most talented bands?
PWD is the best. A7x, Metallica or that Mustainy Megadeath are fabulous, but if you want variation in every single song?
Just head to PWD...

37 August Burns Red August Burns Red August Burns Red is an American metalcore band from Manheim, Pennsylvania. Formed in 2003, the group began their first performances while a majority of the members were attending their senior year of high school, and soon began playing shows around Lancaster, before being signed to CI Records. Afterwards, ...read more.

Matt Greiner is one of the best drummers ever and this band has done so many unbelievable things with the guitar. This band should be in the top 5 ahead of every band on this list.

Matt is a druming king and they don't only rock hard but they have a good message and that's a big part of metal: the message the band sends. Top 5 worthy for sure.

38 Carach Angren Carach Angren Carach Angren is a symphonic black metal band from the Netherlands, formed by two members of the now-defunct bands Inger Indolia and Vaultage.
39 Gojira Gojira Gojira is a progressive metal band from Bayonne, France. The band was known as Godzilla until 2001. Gojira is composed of Joe Duplantier on vocals and rhythm guitar, his brother Mario Duplantier on drums, Christian Andreu on lead guitar, and Jean-Michel Labadie on bass.

Probably the best instrumentals ever, their drumming is so good the guitarists tone themselves down so you get a full feel for the drums.

40 Pain of Salvation Pain of Salvation Pain of Salvation is a Swedish progressive rock band led by Daniel Gildenlöw, who is the band's main songwriter, lyricist, guitarist, and vocalist.
41 DragonForce DragonForce DragonForce are a British power metal band based in London, England. Formed in 1999, the group are known for their long and fast guitar solos, fantasy-themed lyrics, and electronic sounds in their music to add to their retro video game-influenced sound.
42 Amon Amarth Amon Amarth Amon Amarth is a Swedish melodic death metal band from Tumba, formed in 1992. The band takes its name from the Sindarin name of Mount Doom.
43 Barren Earth
44 Ensiferum Ensiferum Ensiferum is a Finnish folk metal band from Helsinki. The members of the band label themselves as "melodic folk metal."
45 Edguy Edguy
46 Avantasia Avantasia Avantasia is a German supergroup rock opera project created by Tobias Sammet, vocalist of the band Edguy.
47 Coroner Coroner Coroner is a Swiss thrash metal band from Zürich, formed in the early 80s. They have been called "the Rush of thrash metal" for their increasingly complex style of progressive rock-infused thrash. They garnered relatively little attention outside Europe .

One of the most technical and proficient thrash bands.
They are a thrash/technical thrash band from Switzerland, active from 1983-1996, 2010-present. - Metal_Treasure

48 Helloween Helloween Helloween is a German power metal band founded in 1984 in Hamburg, Northern Germany. The band is a pioneering force in the power metal genre, and their second and third studio albums, Keeper of the Seven Keys: Part I and Part II, are considered masterpieces of the genre.
49 The Dillinger Escape Plan The Dillinger Escape Plan The Dillinger Escape Plan is an American mathcore band from Morris Plains, New Jersey. The group originated in 1997 after the disbanding of Arcane, a hardcore punk trio consisting of Ben Weinman, Dimitri Minakakis, and Chris Pennie.
50 Stone Sour Stone Sour Stone Sour is an American rock band formed in Des Moines, Iowa in 1992, performing for five years, before disbanding in 1997. They reunited in 2000 and since 2006, the group has consisted of Corey Taylor, Josh Rand and Roy Mayorga.
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