Top 10 Music Artists Who Turned Metal

These bands were not a metal band from the start, but they played their music harder and harder and then finally turned to a heavy metal or other metal genres. They may have played other genres along with metal but they also stuck with metal. Feel free to add anything if you think its deserve to be here.

The Top Ten

1 Deep Purple Deep Purple Deep Purple are an English rock band formed in Hertford in 1968. They are considered to be among the pioneers of heavy metal and modern hard rock, although their musical approach changed over the years. Originally formed as a progressive rock band, the band shifted to a heavier sound in 1970. Deep Purple, more.

Was a psychedelic and progressive rock but then turned into a hard rock and heavy metal band - zxm

2 Scorpions Scorpions Scorpions are a German rock band formed in 1965 in Hanover by Rudolf Schenker. Since the band's inception, its musical style has ranged from hard rock to heavy metal.

Was a hard rock band from the start but then turned into heavy metal - zxm

Yes, they were close to metal in the 70s (or what people thought was metal back then). But it was for a very short period of time and afterwards they were mostly hard rock and rock. Their sound became quite mainstream/commercial and overall too poppy for metal. Eventually they became known for their power ballads. And before you kill me - I don't hate them, I'm a fan but I wanted to add some details. by the way “Rock You Like A Hurricane” isn’t a metal song, it’s hard rock. - Metal_Treasure

3 Thin Lizzy Thin Lizzy Thin Lizzy are an Irish rock band formed in Dublin in 1969. Their leader Phil Lynott was composer or co-composer of almost all of the band's songs, and the first black Irishman to achieve commercial success in the field of rock music. Thin Lizzy's most successful songs, "Whiskey in the Jar", "Jailbreak" more.

Definitely - their last 2 albums had more metal songs than before (1981, 1983). Good examples are songs like Angel of Death (100% metal), Thunder and Lightning (thrash before Metallica), Cold Sweat (covered by Megadeth). Unfortunately Phil Lynott died and the band didn't complete the process but Thin Lizzy influenced the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal - especially the famous Thin Lizzy twin lead guitars. - Metal_Treasure

Hard rock to heavy metal - zxm

4 Uriah Heep Uriah Heep Uriah Heep are an English rock band formed in London in 1969 that was one of the top rock bands in the early 1970s. Twelve of the band's albums have made it to the UK Albums Chart (Return to Fantasy reached No. 7 in 1975). Uriah Heep's distinctive features include a massive keyboard sound, strong vocal more.

They were a progressive rock and hard rock band but then they became heavy metal - zxm

5 Gary Moore Gary Moore Robert William Gary Moore was a Northern Irish musician, most widely recognised as a singer, songwriter, and virtuoso rock and blues guitarist.

I forgot to mention that Gary Moore was one of the Thin Lizzy guitarists in the 70s. Gary Moore and Phil Lynott remained best friends forever. Gary Moore played Phil Lynott /Thin Lizzy songs at live shows by the end of his live in 2011. - Metal_Treasure

By the way @ Metal_Treasure,it was changed by admin - zxm

Sorry this is not a band. - zxm

Zxm, I am really sorry about that but the list title says Music Artists and not Bands. - Metal_Treasure

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6 UFO UFO UFO are an English rock band that was formed in 1969. They became a transitional group between early hard rock and heavy metal and the new wave of British heavy metal.
7 Blue Öyster Cult Blue Öyster Cult Blue Öyster Cult is an American rock band from Long Island, New York, whose most successful work includes the hard rock and heavy metal songs "(Don't Fear) The Reaper", "Godzilla" and "Burnin' for You".

They were never metal

Same rock,psychedelic rock,hard rock to heavy metal - zxm

8 Blue Cheer Blue Cheer Blue Cheer was an American rock band that initially performed and recorded in the late 1960s and early 1970s and was sporadically active until 2009. Based in San Francisco, Blue Cheer played in a psychedelic blues rock style, and are also credited as being some of the earliest pioneers of heavy metal, more.

Almost same as Blue Öyster Cult.They only turned into heavy metal before them - zxm

9 Whitesnake Whitesnake Whitesnake are a rock band formed in England in 1978 by singer David Coverdale, after his departure from his previous band Deep Purple.

They may have played some songs which could be considered as heavy metal but they became more metal in their later years - zxm

Yes, they are a hard rock/blues rock band but some songs touch on metal and these songs appeared at a later stage (80s). But I don’t think Whitesnake had a goal to become a metal band. These "metal effects" in their songs were mostly due to line-up changes when some metal-oriented musicians joined the band and brought to the table metal riffs, drumming, etc.
Steve Vai riffs and solos weren’t typical hard rock stuff, they were more than that. Cozy Powell (ex-Rainbow) drum beats were mostly metal. John Sykes (ex-Thin Lizzy) guitars were metal guitars for the most part, too. When these guys left, Whitesnake sound also changed - back to typical hard rock but they played it louder. - Metal_Treasure

10 Black Sabbath Black Sabbath Black Sabbath were a Heavy Metal band formed in Birmingham, England in 1968 by guitarist and songwriter Tony Iommi, singer John "Ozzy" Osbourne, bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward. more.

Okay this may start debate but black sabbath was a psychedelic rock band then they turned to heavy metal in 70s - zxm

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Top Remixes

1. Deep Purple
2. Scorpions
3. Uriah Heep
1. Deep Purple
2. Black Sabbath
3. Thin Lizzy
1. Scorpions
2. Deep Purple
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