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

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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

Some of Slayer is extreme enough, they have a lot of heavy songs... Tom Araya has a good voice. Maybe he could do it. - Lucretia

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.

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 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.

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 Newcomers

? 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

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. The group was formed in 1983 by guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson, shortly after Mustaine's dismissal from Metallica. They have released 15 studio albums, and their biggest hits are Symphony of Destruction, Holy ...read more.

Maybe, doesn't seem to far off - Lucretia

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 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.

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

Groove is close enough to thrash maybe - Lucretia

I agree - they had what it takes. - Metal_Treasure

17 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

18 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

19 Slipknot - Groove Metal

Corey Taylor Has The Perfect Voice For Groove Metal - 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

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