Top Ten Metal Bands Who Stopped Grunge

The Top Ten
1 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

To me, Pantera was always the most grunge metal band of all the bands that played metal. First of all, their balls-out approach to metal was to metal what the alternative and fuzzy guitars were to commercial rock. Second, Pantera dressed simply like the grunge bands did, so no big hair, plus plaid shirts, worn-out clothes, very humble in the same sense grunge was.

Lyrics were intelligent, like grunge bands' lyrics were, and weren't the typical metal type lyrics (sex, swords, wizards, and witches, or other fantasy themes). The sound of the band and production was close and in your face, more similar to true grunge. Also, the scales and riffs of Pantera were more bluesy and dark, closer to really amped-up rock and blues on steroids as opposed to classic metal harmonizing minor scale melodic bands like Iron Maiden, Hammerfall, Blind Guardian, Nightwish, In Flames, etc., play.

So yeah, Pantera rode the grunge wave just in Metal music. Definitely didn't stop it, lol. They were just really original so they were able to stay relevant after the genre's popularity subsided, even though they were never considered part of the genre either.

Though the same would go for Nirvana, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, who would have comfortably been able to keep their audiences had they in fact stayed active as bands. Nirvana lost Cobain in '94, Alice and Soundgarden broke up in '97, and Pearl Jam were boycotting any mainstream outlets, be that Ticketmaster or MTV. So grunge wasn't actually stopped by anyone, the top bands either stopped working, existing, or deliberately avoided the spotlight in the case of PJ. Dumb poll. But yeah, Pantera is the best metal band so here's my vote.

2 Metallica Metallica is an American Heavy/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

Every album they released in the '90s reached number 1 on the charts. That is very impressive.

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

The band is set together between Maynard James Keenan (Vocals), Danny Carey (Drums), Adam Jones (Guitar) and since 1995 Justin Chancellor (Bass).

The band is known for their influences from electronic... read more

Since they were so reclusive, they kept fans wondering who they were, always wanting more music from them.

Tool is very Grunge-like in some songs, particularly. I fail to see how they stopped Grunge at all.

4 Marilyn Manson

The self-proclaimed Antichrist Superstar played a big role in taking down grunge for good. By collaborating with bands like NIN and keeping his appearance mainstream, he maintained an image and gimmick that is still strange by today's standards.

5 Nine Inch Nails Nine Inch Nails is an American industrial rock band, founded in 1988 by Trent Reznor in Cleveland, Ohio.

They gained mainstream success with their first 2 EPs and stayed relevant throughout the '90s.

6 Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine is a rap metal band formed in Los Angeles, California. The band consists of vocalist Zack de la Rocha, bassist Tim Commerford, guitarist Tom Morello and drummer Brad Wilk.

With their "rebel against the government" style, they attracted a wide variety of fans. They also pioneered a vast majority of rap-metal styles and influenced bands like Korn, Deftones, and Limp Bizkit.

7 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

They were part of the first and final pushes against Grunge. Megadeth made one of several significant contributions with hits like Rust in Peace, A Tout Le Monde, and Symphony of Destruction.

8 Red Hot Chili Peppers The Red Hot Chili Peppers is an American funk-rock and alternative rock band, that was founded in 1983.

The band's members are Anthony Kiedis (Vocals), Michael "Flea" Balzary (Bass), Chad Smith (Drums) and numerous guitarists, most well-known being John Frusciante.

The band is among the... read more
9 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

Korn was possibly the biggest force in diminishing the relevance of Grunge. Once they introduced Nu-metal to the scene, it was a whole new ball game, and Grunge became irrelevant.

10 Deftones Deftones are an American alternative metal band from Sacramento, California. The band, which was founded in 1988, consists of Chino Moreno, Stephen Carpenter, Frank Delgado, Abe Cunningham and Sergio Vega. They have released a total of 9 studio albums. Some of their most popular songs are Change (in... read more
The Contenders
11 White Zombie White Zombie was an American heavy metal band that formed in 1985. Based in New York City, White Zombie was originally a noise rock band, and was known for its later heavy metal-oriented sound.

Pantera wasn't the only Groove Metal band during the '90s. Rob Zombie created this band with his girlfriend at the time. They broke up in '98 due to personal differences, and Zombie has his own larger-than-life solo project now.

12 Nickelback Nickelback is a Canadian post-grunge band formed in 1995 in Hanna, Alberta, Canada. The band is composed of guitarist and lead vocalist Chad Kroeger, guitarist, keyboardist and backing vocalist Ryan Peake, bassist Mike Kroeger, and drummer Daniel Adair.
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