Top Ten Founders of Metal
The Top Ten
The most important metal band
1. Black Sabbath - initial inventor dark sound
2. Deep Purple - gave the shredding guitar, add classical influence and speed for metal
2. Judas Priest - savior of metal from punk attack in mid 70's, first from the twin guitar leads (there are others but this is talking metal), making a standard arrangement style for metal, removing the hippy style and giving a leather style culture to metal
3. Big 4 Thrash - raise the level to be heavier
4. Pantera - savior of metal from grunge attacks in early 90's to exist and the gate for subgenre development
Black sabbath started Metal!, And For the ones, who votes for SOAD, SOAD are awesome, but they didn't start anything, The ones that deserves to be here is, Sabbath, Zeppelin and Deep purple for starting metal, Motorhead, Judas priest and Iron maiden, for starting metal as we know it today, Metallica, Slayer and Testament for starting thrash metal, And maybe Pantera (Dont know), and Blue cheer, but not SOAD and Not HIM! - D2Demon
Black Sabbath can be credited for invention of doom metal, and influencing creation of goth metal. But not for creation of metal in general. All fast metal genres, that are currently the biggest, use the template for metal music invented by Deep Purple. - Metal_Treasure
Deep Purple is better. - Userguy4410 Comments
A revelation, a moment of grace when deep purple was born. Something like this makes history. Their music is not for sweeties in badroom or to scary children before sleeping. No comercial rubbish, but pure art and inovation. Exquisite.
Deep Purple is heavier, true vocal for metal, more fast, more shred in early 70's. Ritchie Blackmore is the man!
Black Sabbath is only darker.
How would this band create heavy metal without Ian Gillan? He has a great voice and he really shows it. Hands down...Purple is totally the prototype along with Sabbath
Harder, faster, Deep Purple in Rock!5 Comments
Ritchie Blackmore started it all in Deep Purple (1968-1974) by mixing rock and classical music (now known as heavy metal) and perfected it in Rainbow with Dio (1975-76).
Dio confirmed the top notch metal singing and also introduced the famous horns (one of the metal symbols).
Credits for inventing subgenres like power metal and neo-classical metal go exclusively to Rainbow. They also perfected the traditional metal and speed metal, added certain epic feel and some proggy nuances.
Check out their genre defining songs:
From the 1976 album: Stargazer, A Light in the Black, Tarot Woman
From the 1978 album: Gates Of Babylon, Kill The King, LA Connection
Metal instrumentals (neo-classical): Still I'm Sad 1975; Difficult To Cure 1981 - Metal_Treasure
"Maiden wins this list by far... Sure Sabbath founded it but maiden took it to the next level... Also the reason why metal still lives is 'because of maiden..." what comment by fanboy, who's doesn't know the history. In your view the metal band only Maiden is nothing else? Lol moron
Most important after Black Sabbath
Why the hell everyone says black sabbath started metal and nothing for judas priest? Sabbath is great but priest must have at least 70% of their glory BECAUSE SABBATH WAS CREATED AT 1968 AND PRIEST WAS CREATED AT 1969!
Year of formation doesn't matter. Both bands had to remove lots of blues and psychedelic elements in order to achieve that non-bluesy, pure metal sound (developed by Deep Purple and Rainbow). And Judas Priest did that before Sabbath. - Metal_Treasure
SOAD ahead of them? What is the world coming to? - PeterSteveBobGraemeBloke6 Comments
At most, they're hard rock. - IronSabbathPriest
Yes the heavy metal genre started with Black Sabbath. But Led Zeppelin planted the seeds. Without Zeppelin I think that metal would be very different. - Grouse
Not directly. Indirectly. - zxm
Zeppelin were around before Sabbath, and obviously influenced Sabbath. Listen to Dazed and Confused and You shook me from their first album. Both songs anticpated Sabbaths dooms sound by two years.7 Comments
Please Maiden is only popular. They are not founders.
Iron Maiden is the only metal band in this top 10 list! Purple, Uriah Heep and Zeppelin have nothing to do with metal...
Maiden's the best
irons made it through punk. best british band ever there is no black sabath or led zeppelin only irons created a wave of metal. bruce dickinson ki maa ki chut4 Comments
They were heavy but not heavy metal - unfortunately their heavy sound was based on blues and did not influence heavy metal very much (if any). It's because the canvas of metal is classical music and metal musicians distance themselves from blues. It took Judas Priest and Black Sabbath almost 10 years to get rid of blues and psychedelic elements in order to become metal bands, i.e. to achieve the pure metal sound, developed by Deep Purple and Rainbow.
I'd say Blue Cheer were heavy blues rock and hard rock, which is cool but different from heavy metal. - Metal_Treasure
No one really knows who they are but way back before Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath they were consider the heaviest band -
There ain't no cure for the summertime blues
A great band with true metal content, not just any heavy sound. They were very popular and influential in the 70s and should be in the top 5.
They are still active, still touring. - Metal_Treasure
Their sound was a fusion of progressive/art rock/heavy metal. David Byron's quasi-operatic vocals contributed to their metal sound, too. The song Bird of Prey (1971) is a metal song, with metal vocals and screams: awesome vox even from today's metal viewpoint.
Their debut album 'Very 'Eavy...Very 'Umble' (1970) was one of the first albums with the word (H)eavy in the title. It contained progressive rock, hard rock, heavy metal, blues rock.
Their epic piece Salisbury (1971) is 16:20 min long and sounds to me like early symphonic metal with prog elements. It's length can compete with the lengthy stuff of current metal bands. Give it a chance and be convinced. And surprised.
Their metal songs were influenced by Deep Purple but they were cool in their own right. Some other metal songs: Look At Yourself, 1971; Easy Livin', 1972. - Metal_Treasure
Metallica didn't create heavy or thrash metal. - zxm
they didn't start the whole thing but they kept it going - seether62
One of the most influential thrash metal bands - SoldierOfFortune
Metallica are one of the best bands ever I think black sabbath are 1 because they started it all but metallica should be 25 Comments
No, they were heavy but not exactly heavy metal - they were mostly heavy blues rock and psychedelic rock. Metal is FAR from that - it took Judas Priest and Black Sabbath almost 10 years to get rid of blues and psychedelic elements in order to become metal bands, i.e. to achieve the pure metal sound, developed by Deep Purple and Rainbow.
Not every heavy sound is heavy metal sound. In the 60s and 70s many music movements produced more or less heavy sound. These movements had different origins but co-existed in a syncretic form, in that the differences were not clear and there were some overlaps - especially early metal, early punk and early hard rock. But in 2015 differences are known - many non-metal subgenres may sound heavy but stylistically they are completely different. - Metal_Treasure
Very underrated. - Userguy44
Great to see UFO in the top 10. They seem to be the forgotten one's on all other lists - sextysex
Formed in 1969, they became a transitional group between early hard rock / heavy metal, and the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM).
Their song Doctor Doctor (1974) was covered by Iron Maiden. - Metal_Treasure
More punk and hard rock than metal - they have often been labelled as "the original punks".
The riff of "You Really Got Me" is really cool though. - Metal_Treasure
Although Mötorhead is often considered as a heavy metal band, Lemmy has always described Mötorhead's music as simply rock and roll. In 2011 he said: "We were not heavy metal. We were a rock'n'roll band. Still are. Everyone always describes us as heavy metal even when I tell them otherwise. Why won't people listen? "
Lemmy has stated that he generally feels more kinship with punk rockers than with metal bands. Motörhead, Lemmy states, have more in common aesthetically with The Damned than Black Sabbath, and nothing whatsoever in common with Judas Priest. Lemmy says he feels little kinship with the speed metal bands".
I think Lemmy is right - I don't hear much metal (if any) in their stuff. - Metal_Treasure
There was time I believed Motörhead were metal but currently I'm not sure at all. They mostly play hard rock, fast Rock N Roll and blues rock - all those with some punk air to it. Lemmy himself stated that they were closer to punk rock than to metal.
Overall, Motörhead are not metal or borderline metal at best.
Maybe their punk-ish attitude influenced thrash metal somewhat but it's just my speculation. - Metal_Treasure
Metal influence, but not a metal band. - Userguy44
Their earlier albums were metal. - zxm
Surprise Surprise - Queen were not considered as metal or metal influence back then but things changed over time.
They actually wrote and performed the first thrash metal song - Stone Cold Crazy. It was written by Freddie in 1968 and recorded a bit later when he joined Queen. Metallica did a cover.
Another pretty aggressive and dark song is Dead On Time.
In contemporary metal music you can hear more Queen than Led Zep, for example. The famous multi-layered /canon vocals from Bohemian Rhapsody became a feature of Blind Guardian, late Savatage and many other metal bands. - Metal_Treasure
They were one of the first bands that used twin guitars - maybe even before Judas Priest. - Metal_Treasure
Early metal songs are Massacre, Emerald, released in 1976.
Their song Thunder And Lightning came out before Kill 'Em All but it was a thrash song.
Massacre was covered by Iron Maiden, Emerald - by Mastodon (there's a very cool and extended instrumental section in Emerald).
My fave metal songs: Angel of Death, Thunder And Lightning, Killer On the Loose, Cold Sweat, Massacre.
Their most popular songs/hits were not metal, which is normal - in the 70s and early 80s metal was far from the mass tastes.
Many metal bands did awesome cover versions, which revealed the metal potential of Thin Lizzy songs and Phil Lynott's great songwriting abilities. Most of the covers are thrash and death metal style - the originals had this potential.
I just started a new list on the Top Tens:
Top Ten Best Cover Versions of Thin Lizzy Songs - Metal_Treasure
This band brought Metal to its demonic and satanic figure
There's another list for founders of thrash metal. Slayer shouldn't be on this list - here is 60s and 70s - Metal_Treasure
These guys are the true founders of thrash metal.
I only voted for them because they're way too low on the list, otherwise I'd vote for black sabbath.
"Black Sabbath invented heavy metal, Judas Priest perfected it."))
Black Sabbath didn't invent heavy metal and one of the proof is that Judas Priest (and Iron Maiden) perfected something but it wasn't Black Sabbath. - Metal_Treasure
Where do you hear metal in his stuff? There's no metal.
Jimi's range of genres includes Psychedelic rock, hard rock, blues, rhythm and blues.
But metal is with NO Blues, Psychedelic and 'Roll' elements. - Metal_Treasure
Metal is with NO Blues, Psychedelic and Rock and Roll elements? Listen to " Black Sabbath " first album and you will find exactely all those elements. You don't know what you're talking' about and if you still ignore that fact then you're probally not a real rocker / metalhead and just an ignorant metalhead.
Obviously should be higher, Mississippi Queen is such a heavy song you’d think it came out in the late 70’s but it was actually 1970! Way ahead of its time
Their style in the 70s was completely different from their 80s mainstream ballad style. Check out at least the song 'Sails of Charon' (1977). There are also cool cover versions by Yngwie and Testament. - Metal_Treasure
Not metal. It's rock n' roll and hard rock. They also made rock ballads. Still a great band though. - Userguy44
Really? Accept is one on the first pioneers of speed metal and they are listed at 22! Ahh this list is beyond bogus
Their success came in the early 80s but they were close to metal in the 70s, too.
Debut album - Jan 1979, metal
Uriah Heep, Thin Lizzy, UFO, Scorpions and Accept were closer to metal than Led Zep, Blue Cheer and Iron Butterfly. So the first group of bands should be in the top 10 instead of the second. - Metal_Treasure
Why are they on this list? Megadeth didn't start anything. - Userguy44
It is even more questionable why Testament, KISS and Death Grips are on the list. - Alkadikce
Punk, not metal - Protopunk, garage rock, hard rock, punk rock, punk blues, punk jazz - Metal_Treasure
They are not even a metal band. - Metal_Treasure
Their first album DEFINES metal! - moose4life19
They are the first not possessed seven churches was thrash
They wrote thrash songs before the thrash explosion - started in the late 70s but peaked circa 1980-81. - Metal_Treasure
Black Sabbath invented metal. Motorhead sped it up. Anvil invented thrash. That's the way I hear it.
Black Sabbath 1970 (Black Sabbath)
Ace Of Spades 1980 (Motorhead)
666 1982 (Anvil)
Everything's wrong here: Black Sabbath invented doom metal (bluesy) but not the entire metal - the rest of metal went non-bluesy. Motorhead has never been a metal band. The first thrash songs were written by Queen, so they invented it. I agree Anvil wrote thrash songs before the thrash explosion. - Metal_Treasure
Awesome early 70's heavy songs! The first album 1970 Budgie is essential!
Heaviest extreme metal band of the 2010s - Userguy44
these were the who never sold out... pantera saved the metal during 90's... - deadlydawn
90s? ... we are talking about the 60s and 70s here! Pantera were late to this party. - Metal_Treasure
Metal was invented 20+ years before Pantera and they are not even near to the founders. - Metal_Treasure
LOL, they are not even metal and they were too late to the party. - Metal_Treasure
They invented a tiny, one band (HIM) sub subgenre called Love Metal - SoldierOfFortune
Not metal - Userguy44
Although often listed with Rainbow, Ronnie James Dio's solo career laid some of the major foundations for both metal and the singer solo industry
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