Top Ten Most Original Metal Bands of All Time

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The Top Ten

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

Or, they're Progressive Metal.

They're basically their own genre. Complex time signatures, kickass bass, powerful vocals, expert drum playing, and some of the best metal performances of all time. - MKBeast

AND WHAT ABOUT Avenged Sevenfold

2 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.

Sabbath was pretty much the first to do everything on a regular basis, although bands like Cream and the Yardbirds sent experimental forays in metal's direction.

Say what you want but without the likes of Sabbath, Deep Purple, and Zeppelin none of these other bands would exist - Johnnyt800

Say what you want, but Sabbath was the first band to use satanic lyrics, slow tempos, heavy riffs, they set the tone for heavy metal - ryanrimmel

They created metal. That's the most original it can get.

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3 Meshuggah Meshuggah Meshuggah is a Swedish progressive metal band from Umeå, formed in 1987. They are credited with crafting the Djent subgenre. Meshuggah's line-up consists of founding members vocalist Jens Kidman and lead guitarist Fredrik Thordendal, drummer Tomas Haake, who joined in 1990, rhythm guitarist Mårten ...read more.

This band's music is the musical equivalent of taking testosterone boosters and protein shakes.

4 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, ...read more.

They (Ritchie Blackmore) wrote the first rock songs based on classical music, now known as heavy metal.
I'd say this is the most original idea ever and respectively - Deep Purple is the most original metal band of All Time.
All rock musicians back then used blues scales to create rock, hard rock or blues rock. - Metal_Treasure

5 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.

How many Metal bands have 4 singers?
Brent Hinds - a great Eddie Vedder type voice
Brann Dailor - an overall amazing voice
Troy Sanders - great harsh vocals
Bill Kelliher - Death growl backup vox - ryanrimmel

6 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.
7 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.

The most original modern metal band - they developed such an original style that it's difficult to trace the typical subgenres in their stuff.
Maybe one day there will be a new subgenre to describe them best - Bard Metal :)
Or Guardian Metal - sounds good, too.

Whatever they do, they do it their own way - their speed metal is different from the typical speed metal (their version is darker and heavier);
Same for their power metal, which doesn't sound like any other power metal - absolutely unique dense sound, bizzare melodies and lyrics, and it's also prog influenced;
Their symphonic metal is different, too - they use orchestra in a different way. - Metal_Treasure

8 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.

They were originally progressive metal when they made their images and words record, but ever since six degrees came out I don't even know what genre these guys follow anymore...

So what is this, Progressive Metal, or Power Metal? I don't know?

9 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.

Maiden's sound is all over the place and have never made two albums the same and I can't get enough of them!

10 Ne Obliviscaris Ne Obliviscaris Ne Obliviscaris (Latin for "forget not") are an extreme progressive metal band from Melbourne, Australia, formed in 2003.

The Contenders

11 Sepultura Sepultura Sepultura is a Brazilian heavy metal band from Belo Horizonte. Their first album, Morbid Visions presented a proto-black metal sound with Wagner Lamounier of Sarcófago. Sepultura's sound varies by the album, from thrash metal, groove metal, and even death metal.
12 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.
13 Slayer Slayer ...read more.

They refuse to sound like anything else but Slayer, which makes them the best in the big four, or at least second.

They don't copy any one!
they have their own style of thrash metal

No one could ever sound like them even if they tried, how could u imitate Tom - u can't.

14 System of a Down System of a Down System of a Down formed in 1994 as an Armenian-American Nu Metal group from Glendale, California . The band name is sometimes shortened to System or SOAD. ...read more.

They only changed one drummer - Ramtin_MH

Fantastic band

15 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.
16 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.
17 Voivod Voivod Voivod is a Canadian heavy metal band from Jonquière, Québec. Their musical style has changed several times since the band's origin in the early 1980s.

I can recall a sound so original in the 80's, the dissonance of theri riffs, the blasting rhythm of Away and the voice was near to give you the creeps, thanks to this canadian legend the metal subgenres are today what they are...
Thanks Voivod for so amazing records in the 80's, 90's, 2000... 3000...

18 Celtic Frost Celtic Frost Celtic Frost was a Swiss extreme metal band from Zürich. They are known for their heavy influence on extreme metal genres.
19 At The Gates At The Gates At the Gates is a Swedish melodic death metal band from Gothenburg, and a major progenitor of the Gothenburg sound
20 Ghost Ghost Ghost is a Swedish heavy metal band that was formed in Linköping in 2008. Ghost consists of 5 masked instrumentalists, known as The Nameless Ghouls, and a demonic anti-pope known as Papa Emeritus. They have released 3 studio albums and 2 EPs . Each album brings in a new version of Papa Emeritus. Ghost ...read more.

They are pretty good

LOL?! THEY CREATED A NEW METAL GENRE HOW CAN THEY BE #23?

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