Rock/Metal Bands that Should Try a Different Genre of Rock/Metal

christangrant

The Top Ten

1 Iron Maiden - Power Metal

Absolutely possible. - Metal_Treasure

Ah good ol times this is my absolute favorite list I made - christangrant

2 Slayer - Death Metal

Would Be Interesting If They Had Tried What They Sort Of Created - christangrant

Yes, I think so. - Metal_Treasure

Slayer would pave the way for Extreme Metal (I don't really consider Thrash Metal extreme, save for some bands). Some of Slayer's songs can be considered "Proto-Death Metal" songs (Not really Death Metal, but the main influence is easily identifiable) such as "Angel of Death", "Jesus Saves" and "War Ensemble".

But yeah, Slayer should probably experiment with Death Metal in the near-future. It should be interesting. - CrimsonShark

3 Death - Thrash Metal Death - Thrash Metal 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.

Definitely YES. - Metal_Treasure

4 Blind Guardian - Progressive Metal Blind Guardian - Progressive Metal 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.

Their stuff after 2000 incorporated almost all elements of progressive metal so they can do this, too. They have talent and are capable of writing and performing very complex songs, even live. Their symphonic metal songs prove it (Wheel Of Time) as well as their progressive power metal songs - And Then There Was Silence. - Metal_Treasure

5 Testament - Death Metal Testament - Death Metal Testament is an American thrash metal band from Berkeley, California. Formed in 1983 under the name Legacy, the band consists of vocalist Chuck Billy, guitarists Eric Peterson and Alex Skolnick, bassist Steve DiGiorgio and drummer Gene Hoglan.

Testament experimented with Death Metal conventions with their mid-late 90s albums. Chuck Billy does have vocals that can go as far as growling, which is evident even in more recent albums. I'd say Death Metal would be a good alternative for Testament, should they attempt it fully. - CrimsonShark

Chuck Billy growls pretty good. And because X-mas is around the corner, find this song on YT and hear his death growls: Silent Night - by Chuck Billy, Scott Ian, Jon Donais, Chris Wyse, John Tempesta. - Metal_Treasure

6 Metallica - Groove Metal Metallica - Groove Metal 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.

The Black Album is a little bit Groovy so this could work - christangrant

7 Anthrax - Power Metal

Yes, they can do it, with Joey Belladonna - his vocal skills are good enough to do the demanding power metal vocals. - Metal_Treasure

Especially With Songs Like In The End - christangrant

8 Judas Priest - Thrash Metal Judas Priest - Thrash Metal 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.

Jugulator is a great example they would have a great sound for thrash as for Vocals not sure about if they can with Halford or Ripper Owens - christangrant

9 Guns N' Roses - Heavy Metal

I won't say power metal. But Guns N' Roses has/had lot of potentiality to become heavy metal. Axl Rose's vocals is very powerful. He could sing in heavy metal. - zxm

10 Queen - Heavy Metal Queen - Heavy Metal Queen are an English rock band formed in 1970. Members were Freddie Mercury (Vocals and Piano), Brian May (Guitar, Vocals), Roger Taylor (Drums, Vocals), and John Deacon (Bass Guitar, Vocals). Before forming into Queen, Brian May and Roger Taylor had played together in a band named Smile. Freddie Mercury ...read more.

They can do it, I mean they almost did it. - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 Van Halen - Heavy Metal Van Halen - Heavy Metal Van Halen is an American hard rock band formed in Pasadena, California, in 1972. From 1974 until 1985, the band consisted of guitarist Eddie Van Halen, vocalist David Lee Roth, drummer Alex Van Halen, and bassist Michael Anthony.

Yes, they have enough talent to play metal - Eddie VH and David Lee Roth are extremely talented. Sadly, these two wasted their talent on silly poppy glam songs. - Metal_Treasure

For example - Eruption. Is influential towards many hard rock and metal bands. especially the tapping part. - zxm

12 Megadeth - Technical Thrash Metal Megadeth - Technical Thrash Metal 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.
13 Metallica - Power Metal

They can do this but I think James Hetfield voice isn't a power metal voice and their songs are not gonna sound like power metal songs. - Metal_Treasure

14 Megadeth - Power Metal

I don't know - power metal vocals are very demanding: vocals are epic and pretty operatic, with a wide range and vocal skills above the average in metal. There's a funny yet accurate video on youtube by SteveTerreberry "How To Be POWER METAL! ". Watch this video and you will understand better what I mean regarding the vocals. - Metal_Treasure

15 Disturbed - Groove Metal

David Draiman Sang A Live Cover Of The Song Walk With Breaking Benjamin and His Voice is Perfect For Groove Metal - christangrant

They used to be a band called Brawl and played Groove Metal so this would work - christangrant

16 Pantera - Thrash Metal Pantera - Thrash Metal 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.

I guess some of Pantera's discography can be considered Thrash Metal is some ways. Even then, they did influence a Thrash spinoff in the form of Groove Metal. - CrimsonShark

If You Listen To Rise And Hostile The You Could See Pantera Doing Thrash - christangrant

I agree - they had what it takes. - Metal_Treasure

17 Slipknot - Groove Metal

Corey Taylor Has The Perfect Voice For Groove Metal - christangrant

18 Queen - Thrash Metal Queen - Thrash Metal Queen are an English rock band formed in 1970. Members were Freddie Mercury (Vocals and Piano), Brian May (Guitar, Vocals), Roger Taylor (Drums, Vocals), and John Deacon (Bass Guitar, Vocals). Before forming into Queen, Brian May and Roger Taylor had played together in a band named Smile. Freddie Mercury ...read more.

Stone Cold Crazy practaclly invented Thrash Metal - christangrant

19 Pantera - Doom Metal

I agree they can - doom metal is the easiest to play. Every metal musician who can play another metal subgenre, can play doom, too. - Metal_Treasure

If You Listen To Their Cover Of Electric Funeral By Black Sabbath Then They Could Do Doom Metal With A Groovy Twist - christangrant

20 Blind Guardian - Thrash Metal Blind Guardian - Thrash Metal 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.

They almost did it - their first albums in the 80s were speed metal but is was very thrashy and aggressive speed metal (songs - Majesty, Banish From Sanctuary). Their 1995 album was pretty heavy, too - sounds like a more melodic version of Slayer (song - Another Holy War, The Script for My Requiem). They can do it - they have speed and a very versatile singer (Hansi). - Metal_Treasure

21 Evanescence - Symphonic Metal Evanescence - Symphonic Metal Evanescence is an American rock band founded in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1995 by singer/pianist Amy Lee and guitarist Ben Moody.

They could do this - christangrant

22 Avenged Sevenfold - Groove Metal

If You Listen To The Cover Of Walk They Could Be A Great Band If They Did Groove Metal Rather Than The Stuff They Do - christangrant

Wow why did I ever think Walk by A7X was a good cover I was an idiot then again I Used To Capitalize Every Word so yeah - christangrant

23 Dio - Thrash Metal Dio - Thrash Metal 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.

No. 1) Dio voice isn't enough abrasive and aggressive for thrash. 2) Why make him sing songs that require less vocal skills than his own songs? - Metal_Treasure

24 Guns N' Roses - Power Metal Guns N' Roses - Power Metal Guns N' Roses is an American hard rock band from Los Angeles formed in 1985. The classic lineup, as signed to Geffen Records in 1986, consisted of vocalist Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan, and drummer Steven Adler. Apart from hard rock they are also ...read more.

I don't know Axl Rose doesn't have a Power Metal kind of voice.

Agree with BoredJeff about the vocals. Also, Slash plays bluesy stuff that isn't very fast compared to the neoclassical guitars in power metal. - Metal_Treasure

25 Metallica - Hard Rock Metallica - Hard Rock 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.

The House That Jack Built Proves This Could Work - christangrant

26 Soundgarden - Thrash Metal Soundgarden - Thrash Metal Soundgarden is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1984 by singer and rhythm guitarist Chris Cornell, lead guitarist Kim Thayil, and bassist Hiro Yamamoto.

Ok I have no clue why I added this - christangrant

27 Mercyful Fate - Power Metal Mercyful Fate - Power Metal Mercyful Fate was a Danish heavy metal band from Copenhagen, formed in 1981 by vocalist King Diamond and guitarist Hank Shermann.
28 Heart - Traditional Heavy Metal Heart - Traditional Heavy Metal Heart is an American rock band that first found success in Canada and later in the United States and worldwide.

Actually they can play Heavy Metal the song Barracuda is pretty much a Metal song. - christangrant

No Nancy and Ann Wilson don't have the vocals for it. Plus they're more likely to be a glam metal or hard rock band then a heavy metal band. They haven't made one song that comes close to heavy metal. If Baracuda was slightly faster and altered then maybe that would be thrash metal except there would be no aggression either way. Her voice isn't strong enuogh for heavy metal.

29 Scorpions - Power Metal Scorpions - Power Metal 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.

They are mostly known for their Hard Rock songs but they do have some Trad Heavy Metal songs and they most likely could play Power Metal, Their singer has enough vocal talent to do Power Metal Vocals. - christangrant

30 AC/DC - Heavy Metal AC/DC - Heavy Metal AC/DC are a Australian hard rock band, formed in November 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young, who continued as members until Malcolm's illness and departure in 2014 . They were fronted by Bon Scott until his untimely death due to alcohol poisoning in 1979, after which they hired Brian Johnson ...read more.
31 Aerosmith - Progressive Rock Aerosmith - Progressive Rock Aerosmith is an American rock band, sometimes referred to as "the Bad Boys from Boston" and "America's Greatest Rock and Roll Band".

They can't do this - christangrant

32 Motley Crue - Heavy Metal Motley Crue - Heavy Metal Mötley Crüe was an American metal band formed in Los Angeles, California on January 17, 1981. The group was founded by bassist Nikki Sixx and drummer Tommy Lee, lead vocalist Vince Neil and lead guitarist Mick Mars.
33 Black Sabbath - Thrash Metal Black Sabbath - Thrash Metal 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.

Haha, I guess this was a joke or a troll item - Metal_Treasure

34 Judas Priest - Groove Metal Judas Priest - Groove Metal 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.

If You Listen To light Comes Out Of Black - Pantera and Rob Halford Then Halford Could Be A Great Groove Metal Vocalist - christangrant

35 Overkill - Power Metal Overkill - Power Metal Overkill is an American thrash metal band, formed in 1980 in New Jersey. They have gone through many line-up changes, with singer Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth and bassist D.D.

Bobby Blitz Ellsworth Would Have A Great Voice For Power Metal - christangrant

I am very sceptical. My opinion is different from christangrant's - I think that Bobby vocal range and vocal skills are not sufficient for power metal. Power metal is vocal-oriented and power metal vocals are the most demanding in metal. Bobby is too far from Hansi, Michael Kiske, Tobias Sammet, Ralf Scheepers... - Metal_Treasure

36 Pantera - Death Metal Pantera - Death Metal 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.

If You Listen To The Title Track Of The Great Southern Trendkill And Sucide Note Pt 2 Proves That Pantera Could Do Death Metal - christangrant

37 Motorhead - Thrash Metal Motorhead - Thrash Metal 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.

Ace Of Spades Need I Say More That Was One Song That Made Thrash Metal - christangrant

38 Overkill - Doom Metal Overkill - Doom Metal Overkill is an American thrash metal band, formed in 1980 in New Jersey. They have gone through many line-up changes, with singer Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth and bassist D.D.

Playing With Spiders/Skullkrusher Proves That This Could Work - christangrant

39 Overkill - Progressive Metal Overkill - Progressive Metal Overkill is an American thrash metal band, formed in 1980 in New Jersey. They have gone through many line-up changes, with singer Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth and bassist D.D.

Not possible at all. - Metal_Treasure

40 Aerosmith - Heavy Metal
41 21 Pilots - Hard Rock

No they sound to pop like to be Hard Rock. They can't wail like Brian Johnson or scream like Sebastian Bach.

Just No The Lead Singer Cannot Sing Like Axl Rose or Brian Johnson - christangrant

HELL NO they cannot do this at all - christangrant

No - christangrant

42 Metallica - Doom Metal Metallica - Doom Metal 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.

The View (Although Its Bad) Proves That This Could Work - christangrant

"The Thing That Should Not Be" is quite reminiscent of Doom Metal. Or maybe it has a certain feeling similar to it. - CrimsonShark

43 Nickelback - Heavy Metal Nickelback - Heavy Metal Nickelback is a Canadian rock 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.
44 Nirvana - Heavy Metal Nirvana - Heavy Metal Nirvana was an American grunge band that was formed in Aberdeen, Washington in 1987. Nirvana disbanded after Kurt Cobain committed suicide in 1994. The drummer of the band, David Grohl, went on to start the Foo-Fighters, an alternative rock band. ...read more.

Their level of musicianship is far from the metal standards. Not only the vocals but also their lead guitar, and so on. Nirvana musicianship is functional, nothing special. - Metal_Treasure

Yeah no Kurt had like mediocre grunge screams but not Heavy Metal kind of screams. Plus this band is no longer together after his death so no.

45 Red Hot Chili Peppers - Heavy Metal Red Hot Chili Peppers - Heavy Metal The Red Hot Chili Peppers is an American funk-rock and alternative rock band, that was founded in 1983. ...read more.

Are ya kidding me? Besides, Anthony is out of tune way too often which is not accepted in metal. - Metal_Treasure

Why did I add this (facepalm) - christangrant

46 Mayhem - Thrash Metal Mayhem - Thrash Metal Mayhem is a Norwegian black metal band formed in 1984 in Oslo, regarded as one of the pioneers of the Norwegian black metal scene. The band is also known for the infamous events surrounding them including the 1991 suicide of vocalist Dead (in which former guitarist Euronymous took pictures of Dead's ...read more.
47 Nile - Technical Thrash Metal Nile - Technical Thrash Metal Nile is an American technical death metal band from Greenville, South Carolina, United States, formed in 1993. Their music and lyrics are inspired by Ancient Egyptian/Near Eastern mysticism, history, religion, and ancient art, as well as the works of H.P. Lovecraft.

Yes, they can. - Metal_Treasure

48 Iron Maiden - Thrash Metal Iron Maiden - Thrash Metal 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.
49 KISS - Power Metal KISS - Power Metal Kiss is an American hard rock band formed in New York City in January 1973 by Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and the band's original manager, Lew Linet.

Well this defiantly won't work - christangrant

50 DragonForce - Thrash Metal DragonForce - Thrash Metal 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.

No, I don't think so - too poppy and soft. And the singer has no aggression and power in the voice. - Metal_Treasure

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