Most Revolutionary Metal Bands

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What makes a metal band revolutionary? To be revolutionary, you don't just have to be influential, you have to change music forever, be the first to experiment, and make people want to play your style. These bands here have all changed Metal music over the years for the better.

The Top Ten

1 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.

They popularized metal all over the world, their style also was a major influence for Power Metal and Speed Metal. - ryanrimmel

2 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.

Early Metallica was extremely revolutionary, they created Thrash Metal and had mainstream success. - ryanrimmel

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3 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.

Black Sabbath didn't influence the NWOBHM. On the contrary, Black Sabbath were influenced by the NWOBHM and in 1980 Black Sabbath radically changed their sound and style - from heavy blues rock to heavy metal.

Judas Priest and Iron Maiden didn't sound like Black Sabbath (bluesy, slow and/or quite simple songs) - they sounded like Rainbow and Deep Purple (non-bluesy, fast, complex, technical and classically inspired songs). The Trooper by Iron Maiden sounds like Highway Star by Deep Purple and not like Iron Man by Black Sabbath. The NWOBHM incorporated massively and irreversibly Ritchie Blackmore's metal DNA into the metal sound.
The Heaven And Hell album by Black Sabbath (1980) sounds pretty much like a Rainbow album. Black Sabbath even hired the most talented metal musicians discovered by Ritchie Blackmore - Dio (Rainbow) and Ian Gillan (Deep Purple) on vox, and Cozy Powell (Rainbow) on drums. - Metal_Treasure

Um, sorry dude. Remember Paranoid, from 1970? Sure, some songs on there were more blues-styled, but the title track, War Pigs, and Iron man reduce the blues for a heavier sound.

Simple they created heavy metal, they had a large influence on all of the NWOBHM bands and all metal bands today. They also created 2 major metal subgenres without even knowing it; Stoner Metal and Doom Metal. - ryanrimmel

4 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.

They are the first death metal band ever. They displayed great musicianship, which is something not many death metal bands ever do, while being the first band to use the death growl. They are the foundation of bands such as Cannibal Corpse, Children of Bodom, and Deicide. - ryanrimmel

Actually, Possessed were the first death metal band ever.

5 Venom Venom Venom are an English extreme metal band formed in 1979 in Newcastle upon Tyne. Coming to prominence towards the end of the new wave of British heavy metal, Venom's first two albums—Welcome to Hell and Black Metal—are considered a major influence on thrash metal and extreme metal in general.

Most extreme metal band either, they popularized the satanic image that bands try to replicate. They created Black Metal and coined the term, Black Metal. They were the first metal band that scared people, and made people think they were evil. - ryanrimmel

6 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.

Ritchie Blackmore did something revolutionary: he first created rock songs based on scales typically used in classical music. The songs sounded non bluesy, in contast to all rock music back then. That was the template for metal music - heavy metal is a non bluesy genre.
All other rock bands used mostly blues scales to create rock/hard rock, or - in the case of Black Sabbath in the 70s - to create heavy blues rock.

Besides, Deep Purple introduced some other important features of current metal:
Introduced double bass drumming in metal;
Introduced theatrical/operatic vocals in metal;
Introduced ear raping screams in metal;
Produced the loudest sound of the 70s;
Created the fastest songs of their time;
Created the most technical songs of their time.

No doubt, Deep Purple is the most revolutionary metal band. - Metal_Treasure

7 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.

They created Groove Metal and became the most popular metal band of the 90s. ending the so-called drought. They were one of the first metal bands to gain a major record deal during the Grunge scene. - ryanrimmel

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.

Progressive Metal was around long before Dream Theater with bands such as Queensrÿche, but Dream Theater popularized it. Metalheads were either kept the fact that they liked prog a secret, or hated prog until Images and Words came out. They blew up and suddenly Progressive Metal was on the rise and everyone wanted to be like Dream Theater. - ryanrimmel

9 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.

Introduced twin guitars and mindblowing vocals in metal. One of the top 3 metal founders. - Metal_Treasure

10 Accept Accept Accept is a German heavy metal band from the town of Solingen, originally assembled by former vocalist Udo Dirkschneider, guitarist Wolf Hoffmann and bassist Peter Baltes.

Regarded as one of the first Power Metal bands ever, as well as a Speed Metal influence - ryanrimmel

The Contenders

11 Motörhead Motörhead Motörhead were an English heavy metal/Hard Rock band formed in June 1975 by bassist, singer, and songwriter Ian Fraser "Lemmy" Kilmister, who was the sole constant member; guitarist and songwriter Larry Wallis; and drummer Lucas Fox. The band's harsh vocals and fast paced tempos helped inspire speed ...read more.

They were the first band to mix Punk with Metal, and also became a major influence on Speed Metal and Thrash Metal. - ryanrimmel

To be more precise, they mixed Punk with Rock N Roll - they've never been a metal band. They probably influenced thrash but not speed metal (speed metal is a subgenre of power metal with gorgeous operatic vox and Motorhead are definitely far from that). - Metal_Treasure

12 Slayer Slayer ...read more.

Kreator's Endless Pain and Pleasure to Kill were FAR more revolutionary. Destruction was also more involved in early thrash and black metal.. And "Slayer spawned death metal with RiB"? Give me a break. Darkness Descends was more "brutal" than Slayer. In fact, death metal was spawned by the innovative elements of Possessed and German thrash metal.

They are the most aggressive, fast, and evil sounding Thrash band ever. Every thrash band wants to be Slayer - ryanrimmel

13 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.
14 Yngwie Malmsteen Yngwie Malmsteen Yngwie Johan Malmsteen is a Swedish guitarist, songwriter and bandleader who was born on June 30th, 1963, in Stockholm, Sweden. He was known for his neoclassical metal playing style back in the 1980s.
15 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.
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