Top 10 Rock and Metal Music Artists with a Cult FollowingA cult following means a (relatively) small but very passionate fanbase.
Here's a definition of 'cult following' by the Collins English Dictionary: "the admiration that is felt by a particular group for a film, book, band, etc". Example of 'cult following': "The Osaka-based group is popular in Japan and has developed a cult following in the United States."
"A cult following comprises a group of fans who are highly dedicated to a work of culture, often referred to as a cult classic. A film, book, musical artist, television series or video game, among other things, is said to have a cult following when it has a small but very passionate fanbase. A common component of cult followings is the emotional attachment the fans have to the object of the cult following, often identifying themselves and other fans as members of a community. Cult followings are also commonly associated with niche markets. Cult media are often associated with underground culture, and are considered too eccentric or subversive to be appreciated by the general public or to be commercially successful. Many cult fans express a certain irony about their devotion. Sometimes, these cult followings cross the border to camp followings. Fans may become involved in a subculture of fandom, either via conventions, online communities or through activities such as writing series-related fiction, costume creation, replica prop and model building, or creating their own audio or video productions from the formats and characters." - Wikipedia
People from Wikipedia admitted that their article has a specific problem which is "the article's subject is vague, ill-defined, and appears to rely entirely on hearsay" and that the article "needs attention from an expert in Popular Culture." (February 2016)
I somewhat agree with that but the article still gives useful hints we can use.
The Top Ten
He was in more than 250 films but most of his fans are still unaware of his alternate career as... a cult metal singer. His singing voice was very deep/bassy, powerful and operatic (he was classically trained in his young years). He discovered metal music in his 80s (wow! ) and made several metal albums. In 2014 he celebrated his 92th birthday by releasing a new metal EP (Metal Knight). Lee stated that he moved onto "full on" heavy metal (he certainly did), after performing a more symphonic metal style on his prior releases. Hands down. By the way, Sir Christopher Lee is on Encyclopaedia Metallum. "I associate heavy metal with fantasy because of the tremendous power that metal music delivers", he said. R.I.P. SIR. - Metal_Treasure
Still haven't tried his stuff - DenyYourMaker
When I read the list title, I was sure it was going to be Misfire's list. - Alkadikce
@Misfire You have more music lists that are centred on a topic that isn't a very easy idea to come up with, need some research but still isn't very obscure. Difficult to explain - Alkadikce
CHRISTOPHER LEE WAS A SINGER?! - Misfire
Yep, and not just metal. He performed all kinds of songs, even did a version of "Ghost Riders in the Sky". - truckturner
I can understand why people love some of the other artists on this list but I wonder how some people got into GG Allin in the first place. But I can't ignore GG Allin just because I personally don't see the appeal - he developed a cult following and deserves a mention on this list. - Metal_Treasure
Gentle Giant were an English progressive rock band active only from 1970-1980 and during that decade they never entered the mainstream. But they still get credits and respect in some small music circles. I have a feeling that currently most of their fans are musicians and diehard prog rock fans. - Metal_Treasure
I remember chatting around a campfire with the fathe in my american host family on a trip and he told me and a friend about crossing the country to see Phish perform at a festival. He said it was one of his best memories. - JoLeKosovo
It's an American rock band formed in 1983. Phish phans (and phriends) are some of the most dedicated fan bases in existence. - Metal_Treasure
A Swiss thrash metal band that released 5 albums between 1987 and 1993. In the 80s and early 90s, US Bay Area thrash dominated the thrash scene and Coroner didn't gain much popularity but they got appreciated in a small segment of the metal community.
Also, they released their final album long ago (final as of 2019), long enough to forget this underground band ever exited but Coroner got a cult following. I discovered them circa 2013-2014 and I liked them - Coroner's version of thrash metal is a proof that thrash metal without punk (or without much punk) was possible. - Metal_Treasure
I should start listening to some Coroner. I liked Annihilator, so these guys should be good. - MattAffterburner
Ian MacKaye started Minor Threat in the 80s and is associated with the "Straight Edge Movement". The cult of Minor Threat is pretty unique because it involves a lifestyle change - you have to be completely substance free. - Metal_Treasure
Only die hard metal fans know the name of this band simply because Possessed released the first death metal album ever and kinda shaped the genre (1985); in 1986 they released a 2nd album...and after that - silence. That was partly due to Jeff Becerra accident - in 1989 he was paralyzed from the chest down caused by a robbery shooting. The band disbanded but was never fully forgotten thanks to a cult following.
In May 2019 they released their 3rd album that was the 1st album in 33 years... and it was very good. The cult following will get bigger after this revival of the interest. - Metal_Treasure
Gotta admit this list is hot - BorisRule
This a great band with a great cult - pLix33
If you aren't a very devoted rock or metal fan, you probably never heard of this band. Uriah Heep are a UK rock band that peaked in the 70s but even during their peak they didn't get as popular as their counterparts from the same era - Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Blue Cheer, and many more. However, even with a different lineup, they still release new albums and tour to this day. How is this possible? Cult following is the answer. In 2018 they released their 25th studio album and embarked on a world tour in support. I dig this band, too. - Metal_Treasure
This band name was made for a cult following. About 30 years later, the Misfits cult includes a dress code- and attitude-based society. The Misfits signature Crimson Ghost logo is sold on t-shirts at Hot Topic. - Metal_Treasure
That's not a cult following - Metal_Treasure
Their fans are really serious. I saw one guy say that throughout his life, he went to 200 Jethro Tull concerts. Most of their fans see them as shaming all other artists that were and will be. - JoLeKosovo
My dad followed them for a long time. - JoLeKosovo
A metal band formed in the 80s that had some really good albums but for some reason they never got big. Yet, they have devoted and passionate fans that even check out the solo albums by the band members.
Don't confuse Fates Warning with Faith No More - the latter are much more popular. - Metal_Treasure
"Suis". Dedicated cult following. Easily identifiable by their style. They have a hybrid punk rocker/cholo style to them. They are often violent. - THC13
Uh no these guys have a massive amount of mostly casual fans they don’t apply for this list at all.
Not a cult following
Umm, they are pretty popular and mainstream to develop a cult following - Metal_Treasure
Haha, you think their fanbase is small? - Metal_Treasure
LOL they don’t have a small fanbase. - Misfire