Best Heavy Metal Bands
The Top Ten Best Heavy Metal Bands
Well, before voting for Metallica blindly.. You might want to listen to maiden... Just once...
1) Something Heavy? 2 minutes to midnight, Montsegur, Where Eagles Dare...
2)Awesome riffs? Rainmaker, Afraid to Shoot Strangers, Dance Of Death
3)Superb Solos? The Trooper( YES, AGAIN), Stranger in a Strange Land
4)Excellent Intros? No More Lies, Fear Of The Dark...
5)Best Vocals? Flight Of Icarus, Run to the Hills...
6)Epicness and awesome lyrics? Hallowed Be Thy Name, Rime Of the Ancient Mariner
7) Real Heavy Metal? Any thing by IRON MAIDEN!
UP THE IRONS! From India
Iron Maiden is heavy metal at it's best...
They have better live shows, better songs.
They have the best bassist. They have a great singer, great drummer and great guitarists...
Their songs have amazing solos, intros, riffs, vocals, drums, bass, lyrics that have deep meaning, etc.
And the best of all - they have been consistent for 30 years... And are still kicking ass.
Up the Irons! From India.
Iron Maiden rule...
They have been consistent over the years... And they will go on forever...
I bow to Maiden... They influenced many a band... Up the Irons!
Simply the greatest metal band ever, a big influence on so many metal bands that followed inc Metallica, Sabbath may have invented metal but Maiden perfected it, Number of the Beast greatest metal album ever.
One cannot resist such titillating lyrics as they lithe and throb from mastered instruments of pleasure as they seductively taunt and slowly tease all our most forbidden places with rhythms... Base lines... Solos... Versus... Unlike any prior... Like the naughty little girl... Lured so skillfully and willfully her most delicious desires... As each song, lip and breath... Move slowly working and working every sense of our being to a ones ultimate metal deliverance. Perhaps matched only by my pure carnal lust for all things naughty... Metallica is just that good.
No other bands can provide the energy that Metallica demonstrates. They have even perfected the heavy metal ballad through the years, which no other band has pulled off!
Metallica pretty much defines heavy metal for me. Metallica was the reason I started playing guitar. They are the reason I want to get a degree in music. Avenged Sevenfold are my next favorite but aren't as good as some other people Iron Maiden. I like where a7x is on this list. Four might be a little too high but top ten is good. But seriously though, Johnny Christ isn't nearly the best bassist ever. He just picks the guitar part on a bass. He is pretty much playing guitar on the bass. He is ridiculously overrated.
I love Metallica but they aren't really heavy, more thrash. They are one of the best thrash bands of all time though.
Metallica is my favourite band but they should be number two because they made st anger and lulu and iron maiden that are above them hasn't made that bad of an album
Black Sabbath behind slipknot. Who came up with this list?
Geezer Butler, the Godfather of Heavy Metal. He wrote the first heavy lyrics, he is the best
People! These dudes literally defined the genre 'Heavy Metal'. They started the whole business and are the best, most hardcore heavy metal band that has come out. They live, breathe and sleep heavy metal. These dudes are the true gods. Tony Iommi- that dude kicks ass hard and Mr. Ozzy with his awesome vocals scares the pants of everybody else on this list. They rule. Period
Greatest allies of Rock Music, joining Metal with Classic Rock, where both Beatles and Black Sabbath can be present in the same music pantheon as gods.
Judas is the definition of heavy metal, when the NWOBHM started around the '70s they brought the unique sound of the heavy metal, fast and heavy riffs, with the double bass gunfight of the painkiller album, down to the earth basslines ready to kick you of the chair and Halford, that's right Rob 'METAL GOD' Halford, one of the greatest(i assume people still have taste) singer in the whole world, awesome vibrato and high pitched banshee screams that I didn't hear even in horror movies, and the deep epic and technically perfect sound and co-ambition of the band that makes a perfect ambient with the two guitars K. K and Tipton (as said before the first band to include 2 guitarist) so this is not about respect for the oldies this is about knowing facts and having a bit of musical taste to make a difference between HEAVY METAL like judas priest and almost metal like avenged sevencrap or the poor bastards from Metallica whom have gotten over the age, in their 40s and can't pull a quick song ...more
If any band truly defines "heavy metal," it is Judas Priest. Just look to song titles like "Metal Gods" and "Heavy Duty." They brought leather and studs to the fore, and took Black Sabbath's doomy grooves in a more up-tempo direction, paving the way for NWOBHM and thrash, which gave birth to most metal genres we know and love today. Priest's influence is felt everywhere- from glam (British Steel and Turbo) to thrash (Screaming for Vengeance) to death and power metal (Painkiller).
Judas Priest are better than Iron Maiden because they started earlier and finished later (founded 1969, Rocka Rolla-1974, and Firepower-2018) vs. Iron Maiden (founded 1975, Iron Maiden-1980, and The Book of Souls-2015). In addition, Priest has experimented with far more sounds throughout their albums, and they have evolved much more than Maiden have (just compare Sad Wings to Painkiller, then compare Killers to Brave New World- sure, more punk influence, but how different ...more
wtf! judas priest is what straight up heavy metal is all about... I can't believe this, vox, guitars, drums everything about them is plain EPIC! jus listen to their unique sound... THAT IS METAL...!
should have been in top 5 at least... - riasathrazin
It's so sad that about 60% of kids at my school don't know a thing about heavy metal, let alone the often overlooked metal gods, Judas Priest. All great musicians, and contributed a lot to rock and metal music.
I feel you, my friends look at my Megadeth sweatshirt and say "they spelled it wrong"
Genius band! They are gods of Thrash and Speed metal. Dave Mustaine is great composer and great guitarist. Also Nick Menza, David Efelson, Marty Friedman, Chris Poland, Gar Samuelson and Chris Broderick are also great musicians.
"Rust In Peace"
"Peace Sells... But Who's Buying"
"Countdown To Extinction"
"Killing Is My Business... And My Business Is Good"
"The System Has Failed"
Are almost a definition of Speed metal and Thrash Metal genres.
Mustaine is also a god of Guitar riffs and solos. Before voting on someone else listen to:
- last riff of "Wake Up Dead" from "Peace Sells... But Who's Buying"
- intro riffs and solo of "Holy Wars... The Punishment Due" from "Rust In Peace"
- last riff and solo of "Hangar 18" from "Rust In Peace"
- solo and riffs of "Tornado Of ...more
Should be top 5. Brilliant band dave is arguably the best guitarist in the world. The band has continued to perform at a high level and overcome adversity many times.
7th?! Bloody hell this band has to be better than Metallica!
The worlds best comeback ever!
After DM was fired from Metallica he formed Megadeth as a revenge against Metallica. It fulfils the spirit of heavy metal as a HATE ban!
their music is heaviest. only this make pantera in at least 3. dimebag is legend!
pantera good! good
They aren't heavy metal but groove metal and how on earth are they heavier than death metal or grindcore? - Alkadikce
no respect for dimebag darrell?
Beast songs n albums like cowboys from hell and theyre very underrated
How is being in the top ten most popular metal bands among millions "underrated"? - Alkadikce
These guys need to be in the top 5. PanterA actually saved metal from grunge when all the other bands gave up. If it wasn't for Pantera, Metallica and those other bands would not have came back. They are in the metal hall of fame just for that. You have to know what the band did before just voting on this list. The level of greatness in this band is infinite, forget about the glam years and listen to the groove of, Cowboys from Hell, the power of Vulgar Display of Power, the brutal of Far Beyond Driven, the different trend of, The Great Southern Trendkill, and the unique of, Reinventing the Steel.
Definitely one of my favorite bands for sure. Not the most talented musicians, but their songs are loved worldwide, and are timeless metal masterpieces.
Wow, my friend! Are you know what you say? :) slayer is not most talented musicians? Are you joking? :) reign in blood is heaviest metal album ever and you say they ain't most talented? I love others band but slayer must be higher than this!
Why these metal anti-gods didn't make it in the top ten is beyond any grasp of reality. With the combo solos of king and hanneman, the guteral screams and wails of araya, and drum master Dave Lombardo ( same level as Neil part and John Bonham). Four of the fiercest thrashers from show no mercys raw hate fueled lyrics all the way up to world painted blood. They have never let the hardcore fans down the same way so many other bands have (cough Metallica cough).
Should be number one. Impossible leads, awesome drumming, badass lyrics, this is the kind of stuff that predates Agonizer and made Agonizer who they are.
The only reason Slayer isn't higher on the list is because they're too heavy for most people, which is itself a statement of how agonizingly brutal this band was and still is. The guitar work is extremely fast yet harmonious between the two masters, which allows them to carry Araya's voice on simple riffs while he recites dark poetry, and cut in with screeching fast solos, many of which involve both guitars for added emphasis on certain parts. During this, a man named Dave Lombardo is making sure things are kept at a ludicrous pace, and while Slayer does have many slower paced songs these are usually lyrically more adept than those that are built directly from Lombardo's ungodly speed. Slayer may not have written the best songs, but they didn't try to, they just wanted to make the most kickass music they could, and what is metal if not a musical interpretation of kicking ass?
You know that M. Shadows voice is the same in the music video and live..
You know that Johnny Christ has awesome fingers playing the bass..
Zacky vengeance & Synyster gates can play the guitar right and left handed...
You that I've saved the best and lastly Jimmy the rev sullivan can play the drums awesome & can play the vocals at the same time.
Even better. To my iommi lost two fingertips on his left hand, so he learned to play lefty - ryanrimmel
R.I.P REV awesome drummer was awesome in his parts of songs so sad he died
M shadow has best variety screams and clear, rev (R.I. P) was the best drummer ever, syn and zacky are best guitar duo ever and johnny christ is the best bassist, no doubt about it best heavy metal band.
Avenged sevenfold is my number one favorite band and I love their song natural born killer
Maggot till I die m/
And seriously.. Look at your list..
Led zeppelin? Seriously? No doubt zeppelin is legendary.. But it's rock.. Not heavy metal.. Same goes for AC/DC
To me.. Slipknot is the best band in the world.. Their music is unique.. Long live the 8 and RIP Paul
1. Slipknot didn't ruin metal
2. Led Zeppelin is and was never metal. Black Sabbath and Deep Purple were the first metal bands. - Userguy44
Slipknot is a super awesome band! They should be the best band in the world because they have very unique instruments and find ways to make the most strangest instruments fit in there music, and it still sounds good! They are just so amazing!
For me it's world's best band... It's music is unique... Every time it comes up with new ideas... New hopes... And this band never disappoints its fans... It is an amazing band... It should have been in the first position.. And long live slipknot... And RIP paul gray
Best band since 1999 to hit the metal scene they have their own style and it involves heavy songs like diluted, my plague, scissors, iowa, and can also create songs like snuff, and sircle that's what I like most about them the have let the world know that they are the best because their songs have corey's hardcore screamo vocals and the next moment he has clean vocals that shows so much emotion slipknot deserves a spot in the heavy metal hall of fame!
AWESOME! If Led Zeppelin is the most classic rock band, Motorhead is the most classic metal.
Motorhead are the best music they played and still is the best
Whoever is singing in that band is a beast at this style of singing. - LCS3BEASTMODE
Motörhead is far superior to half the bands above it. The only ones I'd pout up against it would be Black Sabbath. These are the bands who created heavy metal.
The Godfather of metal, he is the one who first created the devil horns hand signal that is now famous around the world as a symbol of heavy metal.
One of the greatest voices of all time, even in his last years.
Amazing, R.I. P A true metal God. Dio the most influential vocalist. Every power metal band takes a page out of DIO's book
Try to find another singer that can last 50 years in a business of young talent and still school the youngsters. He started singing do-wop music in the 50's and ended up being THE touchstone voice of heavy metal... That's nuts and pure talent!
Ozzy might be the prince of darkness but dio is the god of rock!
#2 Black Sabbath
that's at least my top 3 in my opinion. - sketcherskt
I LOVE DISTURBED! Disturbed has saved my soul so many times! I can't get enough of Disturbed, they plain-out rule the world and blow away every other band! I am intoxicated with Disturbed, they are the BOMB! VOTE DISTURBED! People who don't like Disturbed don't know how to live!
Disturbed has been my best friend since the first album came out. David Draiman's voice just gives it the perfect effect. Man!
I like the sounds of Disturbed instruments. The lead singer has the perfect voice for rock music. I enjoy listening to their music, it is fascinating.
Personally, disturbed is my favorite band of all time. But I can see why some of these bands are higher on this list. I think disturbed should at least be top 10 man like come on. David Draiman has one of the greatest voices of this generation of metal
You gotta be kidding me!
Log in 13th? It should be third.. Just behind iron maiden and Metallica!
Listen to laid to rest, walk with me in hell, black label and omerta to believe it yourself.. Also now you've got something to die for... I haven't heard a bad song by this band yet!
Lamb of God has some of the best lyrics I've ever heard in any band of any genre. They are one of the few bands I've ever heard whose music and lyrics come together like clockwork. They've had consistently amazing albums throughout their career and their live shows are nothing short of cathartic. I understand that it's competing with older bands that have seniority when it comes to this genre of music, but lamb of god is the best band all around when considering anything within the past 10-15 years.
What's wrong with you all! Guys! This is the best heavy metal band for me and I think it must be in the top 5 or not even top 5 but the first and you must listen first then judge they're really awesome!
Lamb of God demonstrates the raw and legendary talent of guitars and drums. Randy has the one of the most unique voices of Heavy Metal. They are not your standard metal band, but a ridiculous combination of Legendary musicians.
Just for the sake of giving Anthrax some attention on here, I'll give 'em some lovin':
Anthrax are arguably the greatest heavy metal band of all time. Are they my favorite? Probably not, no. But trust me when I say that they deserve hella recognition. Back when they got started, they became one of the most influential speed metal of not just the 80s but of all time, being regarded as one of the members of the Big Four of the Thrash.
By the time 1990 had rolled around, Anthrax was getting ready to release the incredibly mature and well-developed 'Persistence of Time', a record which demolished the typical expectations of the Anthrax fan with absolutely pummeling riffs and conceptual themes of nuclear holocaust and the need for peace. Following this ridiculously kick-ass album, Anthrax collaborated with Public Enemy and released the song 'Bring the Noize'. This popular song is often seen as the catalyst for the fusing of rap and rock/metal which, like it or not, dominated ...more
A7X and Slipknot should be replaced by anthrax and dio ;in this list
Anthrax is part of the Big 4 they deserve to be up there.
I love these guys way too much not to vote for them! They are for sure a top ten heavy metal band
Led Zeppelin is the greatest BAND of all time. They shouldn't be on the list because they're NOT heavy metal, they are a HARD ROCK BAND! There's a difference between HARD ROCK and HEAVY METAL! But for the sake of this list, THEY SHOULD BE NUMBER 1!
So led zeppelin was considered heavy in their day, they created metal in a way, but sabbath one upped them to make it darker - Sultan_of_Swing
led zeppelin rocks and going to california is my favorite song of all time and stairway to heaven, kashmir too!
Led Zeppelin is one of the best rock bands however I have voted in the Heavy Metal category because I think a heavy metal is influenced by Led Zeppelin and other bands that were not strictly 'heavy metal' such as Killing Joke. The magazine Rolling Stone described Led Zeppelin as "the heaviest band of all time".
If you listen very hard, Led Zeppelin I defined the genre of hard rock for the years to come. Every band in the late 60's and through the seventies drank from the Zepp bottle. If Communication Breakdown is not a heavy metal statement, then Paranoid from Sabbath is not either. In the late sixties a lot of bets for the metal sound were placed: Blue Cheer, Iron Butterfly, Steppenwolf, Cream, Jeff Beck, Hendrix... But the jackpot went to Led Zeppelin, they took the blues, jazz, psychedelia, country, folk and made a great synthesis, something as wild as the blues, complicated as jazz, ethereal as country and intelligent as folk, known as heavy metal. When you think seventies in music you think LZ, just like sixties-Beatles or fifties-Presley, just like that.
Death should be around No.5 because of its contributes to metal music. Black Sabbath started this genre and Judas Priest makes metal becoming 'Metal’, Slayer invented true extreme metal, Death completed death metal and Bathory completed black metal. Those bands should be top 5.And to me, Death is the best.
Because Chuck reinvented metal after it had already been reinvented loads of times before. Death took thrash metal to new limits. It became the genre we now know as 'Death Metal' which is named after them for obvious reasons. Undoubtedly the best death metal band ever and arguably the best thrash metal band ever as well. They were very influential in metal and completely under-rated because of sell outs like Metallica.
The most famous death metal band that has sold millions of records around the world. Chuck Schuldiner may be one of the greatest guitarists ever to have lived.
So Death's success is now determined by Metallica? If Metallica are sell outs then it would logically make them an easier target to dethrone would it not? Also, Death Metal is a sub genre of Thrash. Also, Possessed are the first Death Metal band. They're not of the calibre of Death, but Seven Churches is the first Death Metal album.
can't get enough of them 8 albums to date and going strong it just hits home
I love this band they are the best band ever I'm a die hard fan, you guys rock.
Ivan Moody is under rated. This band has talent at all positions, amazing talent... The fact that their material continues to get better and better with each album should prove their worth of a top 5 spot for artists currently producing music. This list is hilarious because its more over voted than American Idol. Love what you love, but just keep fk'n rocking'!
How has this band not been added yet? Definitely in my top 3!
Listen to their new album American Capitalist, its EPIC!
Rammstein have the best songs ever. I am crazy to find perfection into songs, and so far only Rammstein could offer to me all this perfection. They should be number one. Yes, Iron Maiden is one of the first metal bands, Slipknot and Korn are the parents of heavy metal, but GOD, Rammsten gave a totally new format to the metal. Their poems transformed into art pieces are just amazing. I never can get enough of Rammstein. They are just genius. I wish soon they to make another concert to can be there and see them for the first time live. They inspired me in my life. For sure Rammstein is a religion, just that for me is only the best band ever. Also what I like at them, they don't make songs against a religion or against atheism, they only create amazing melodies for everybody!
Rammstein is simply the best! I saw them live and it was by-far the best live act ever. Their music meshes with different aspects of different cultures and brings it back to face with a great heavy metal sound. Always entertaining and artful. LONG LIVE RAMMSTEIN!
This band sucks and always has how can you consider this garbage music? People that like this garbage have 0 taste in music and would not know good music if it slammed them in the face only losers listen to this garbage!
You sound like basically everyone's parents when they hear what their kids listen to. - RogerMcBaloney
Rammstein are metal gods! Maybe not the expected heavy metal or death metal, but they reintroduced a little used sub-genre of metal - industrial metal.
Over all, great band. It was a great milestone for all of heavy metal. Should defiantly be higher up on this list.
Ask 90% of bands on this list who is your biggest influence and they were say Ozzy. Are you kidding me 36 what a joke.
WAY higher guys like two behind Black Sabbath
Not even 15? System of a Down is epic! You need to hear chop suey, lonely day, streamline, I can go on forever naming great songs. I kinda knew metalica would be first (and I am happy about that I love metalica) bot System of a Down is epic and so is children of bodom.
System of a Down is the most innovator, creative and consistent metal band.
- Amazing guitar riffs and bass line.
- insane drums. Heavier than lots of blast beat bands.
- One of the most beautiful voices in the world, Tankian, mixed with well executed screams by him and Daron. Their voices together are simple pretty.
- Epic Lyrics.
I could be showing many points proving System of a Down is the top 1 metal band. Unfortunately, tradition and the long career influences people to think Iron Maiden and Metallica are better. But they're not.
What? This should be number #1... Darons guitar skills are awesome.. Combined with serjs and shavos music skills... Why... System of a Down must be at least intop 5 bands.. This band headlined download and had the most greatest audience of all time... System of a down rules... They are the best
My Favorite Heavy Metal Band Is System Of A Down And I Know It Is Hard To Understand What They Are Saying When They Sing But I Kinda Understand It And My Favorite Song I Love Is Chop Suey And Smooth Criminal I'm A Fan Have Heavy Metal Bands They Are So Cool And Punky The Guitarist Guy Is Unbelievable Good And The Drummer Guy Is Incredible
Oh my god guys seriously!? This band released Operation Mindcrime the greatest album ever, but everything else is a steaming pile of feces.
Unmistakable voice! Melodic riffs!
I like 'Rage for Order' better. It is a lot more progressive and experimental than 'Operation Mindcrime' - as great as that album is. Check out Evergrey's 'The Inner Circle' if you want a more metallic progressive album. It's a conceptual masterpiece.
Oh, Come ON! Take a minute to listen to these awesome vocals and range
This band was at it's best when Ronnie James Dio was in the band and it sold the most records with him on vocals, after they got rid of Ronnie they started declining.
The expression "got rid of Ronnie" isn't correct. Nobody wanted to get rid of him. - Metal_Treasure
Rainbow so low? Idiots!
They should be higher than Metallica.
Richie Blackmore got rid of anyone who was in his bands. He was a borderline personality whose ego outweighed his guitar talent, and his guitar talent was huge.
Rainbow is a amazing band and I think they deserve to be in the top 50 at least
Guns N' Roses is a great band, but they're not metal. They're hard rock.
Guns N' Roses is hard rock, not metal. They're amazing though.
Guns N' Roses is one of the greatest bands ever! Period. Purely EPIC and one of a kind. To me up there with Zeppelin and Sabbath as the best ever! But they are not heavy metal. They are hard rock. I would say Heavy Metal wise a few of my favorites are MANOWAR, TNT, Burning Starr, Sabbath, Maiden, Warrior, Tsunami and also love some Malmsteen.
Guns N' Roses should be in the Top Ten
Amazing power metal from Germany
Edguy seems to be the closest band to iron maiden
Great artist, could be good for motley crue that they was smoking 5 cigarettes per. Day and max 2 drinks during the weekend, in order to preserve health and the clear singing voice
They're men dressed like drag queens, playing glam metal for groupies who look almost as pretty as they do. Next fad please.
Out of all the sleazy glam metal hair bands... Motley was by far the best, definitely deserve to be a lot higher on this list
Motley crue are living legends, with fans across the world, they should try to make a European tour, for example to beatiful Denmark
Just a super awesome band!
Definitely the best of symphonic metal if not "heavy" metal.
Greatest band of all time! They sound like heaven!
Best band, no doubt. 39th place is a joke!
Great band! Got ever album and not one is disappointing. I find it a shame that clear talent from these guys can be put so far below so many bands that just strut random chords and bash their instruments while growling and snorting like pigs.
Outstanding in every single way. One cannot simply compare Helloween to any other band, simply the best band ever.
Really great band and the band that pretty much started power metal, definitely deserves to be at least top 15 if not top 10. list to all their albums and you will understand
I don't like it but my dad likes it so I can't put it last. I atulie like Iron maiden so I'am lucky
Great band, vocalist has a very powerful voice. They formed in 1984 and has been through numerous line up changes, one of the best power metal bands in Finland, and they have a lot of good songs too.
Stratovarius is honestly one of the greatest bands ever and Timo's voice is right up there with Dickinson, Dio and Halford
If you can get past the juvenile name this is probably one of the best death metal bands out there right now. They are halfway between brutal and tech death.
I hate fetuses
Nice name douchebags very original and not at all stupid and creepy
Hm. you have to wonder what these guys stance on abortion is - RecklessGreed
Even though they have a huge fanbase, I still consider them very underrated. Yes, songs like Big City Nights, Rock You Like a Hurricane, and No One Like You were very big, but that's the 80's. What about the 70's Scorpions? Polar Nights, Sails of Charon, Virgin Killer, Hell Cat, and Catch Your Train? All AMAZING songs that get overlooked, and mostly never even looked at. Even in the 80's they still had amazing songs like Tease Me Please Me, The Zoo, Raised on Rock, China White, and Blackout. Just an amazing band. I don't believe they deserve to be #1, but at least in the top 10.
Scorpions are fathers of German heavy metal, one of the best rock bands in the world. Although they ate way underrated, cause they are german band, they have a combination of talent, technical skils and masterpiece that make them best of the best!
Melodious song compositions, rich lyrics, live stage performance, entire teamwork combination is really amazing as a hard rock band, there's few soft melody songs are awesome, unthinkable of creation of music.
Scorpions Lonesome crow album is a testament that they are the ancestor of Heavy guitar riffs and should be considered as the principal element of the emerging of Heavy metal genre.. In Trance, Virgen Killer with Uli Roth cemented them as certified Forefathers of Heavy Metal..
Make up your minds - are they hard rock or metal? If they're hard rock they shouldn't be here. If they're metal then should be here. This is what they were - a progressive heavy rock band. They sit in the same undefinable spot as Led Zeppelin, Tool, Dream Theater etc. That said, they're heavy enough for their era to be on here.
They had both metal and hard rock songs but their contribution to metal was more significant. - Metal_Treasure
It is all about opinions, but it is an insult to hard rock history to place Deep Purple at number 50.A top 3 place at least
I don't believe Deep purple 47 ranking. Is the top five.
Deep Purple should be number one since they were the first band to play heavy metal!
Blind Guardian is Underrated the only reason why this band isn't on top is becuase people are very closed minded.
Blind Guardian is an ultimate combination of Fantasy and Epic Power Metal
Andre Olbrich is probably one of the best Guitarists of the Eighties and Nineties. Metallica, Iron Maiden, Avenge Sevenfold and all the other bands on top of them (Except: Saxon, Black Sabbath, Dio, Iced Earth. ) have had at least ONE record I didn't like.
They are the only metal band I know that has been improving over time - every next album is better than the previous one. Altogether 10 albums and almost 30 years of exemplary musicianship. I just listened to their 2015 album and I have nothing but admiration for them! Similarly to other people, I'm also beginning to think that Blind Guardian are comparable to Maiden and Priest in terms of quality and consistency. And seeing them at #46 breaks my heart. - Metal_Treasure
Blind Guardian is such an underrated band. Their mythical songs are perfect for playing Skyrim! Try it. It's the best!
No question needed the others are frauds such frauds my god Guardian is god like
This guy has so many great albums and songs and even in late 2017 is at the top of his game. He still puts out albums that I love, is still the greatest live act ever, and still tours 9 months a year doing high energy shows. He should still be at the top of the charts. The greatest hard rocker ever! - warrantsbestgirl
Brought theatrics into rock. -
A true innovator musically as well as theatrically. What's more metal than a songs about dead babies, insanity, demons and the dentist drilling into your gums?
Alice cooper is amazing! And so criminally underrated! I think he don't get much attention and love as he deserves. he makes music for nearly 50 years, and still his music is amazing! Awesome, just awesome - MoeinTPS
Extremely skilled and great musicians. Their music never gets old despite multiple murdering of the repeat button. Seeing this artistic band at number 33 is truly a horrible sight ever. Anyway, Opeth rocks!
Absolutely criminal that this epic band are at no 33. Should be in the Top 5. If you've never listened to them at least try the Drapery Falls, Harlequin Forest, Closure to name a few. Mikael's death growls are some of the finest in Death metal and not shouty/screaming like other bands. Like prog rock? Check out their latest album Sorceress, not growls and some very mellow tracks.
Seeing such a great band in 45th place is shameful. Opeth to me is a top 10 band for sure, and this is coming from a person that has listened to thousands of bands, and that's not an understatement. Opeth is one of the few bands I can always turn back to when other music is boring me. Doesn't matter if I've heard the Opeth song 500 times already, I'll still enjoy it like it's the first time I've heard it.
Opeth has more musical ideas in a single song than most bands have their entire career. And no other band can move from smash-your-head-in heavy ("Demon of the Fall") to raw emotional beauty ("Isolation Years"), often within the span of 20 seconds in a single song.
I love this band my favorite song is beautiful tragedy best song by them ever. They also sounded good at rock fest 2015.
In This Moment has been one of my favorite bands for years... They deserve better than this
Only for Maria Brink they must be very higher... Like top 20 or more
I love in this moment every single song
Rob zombie should be top ten, he is an amazing showman and a master of horror. Songs like spook show baby, scum of the earth, bring her down (to cripple town) and living dead girl. No one can go without banging there head some good old dragula either.
How is rob zombie not even top 20, people who vote on here are retarded
I agree they are retarted, specially since the crap that's voted above it.
He's the Horror King. from songs to movies. Come on Rob - MzzNee
Kai Hansen is one of the best Metalsongwriters ever. With Gamma Ray works his Talents perfect.
Power metal is best metal
WHAT!? They are so much better than this. As I am is a great song with an awesome drum solo. They should be in the top 10 - Solly
Metallica, Iron Maiden and Slayer are good. GOOD not FANTASTIC or AWESOME. But Dream Theater R.If you want something heavy listen to the "Train of Thought" or "Awake" albums. "Images and Words" is not good enough when it comes to heaviness (still fantastic though). DT deserves to be at least at #20! Led Zeppelin, AC/DC and Twisted Sister are rock/hard rock and not HEAVY METAL. At least Dream Theater is metal and not some ridiculous rock-band. Best band ever.
They are the gods or prog metal. Their songs are awesome
How is bon jovi metal? Or seether? Or ac dc? Or skillet? Idiots who vote for that kind of bands should read up on them and the genres that they play.
51? Seriously? These guys are the real deal, they're the gods of metal. Not even Maiden deserves to be compared to the awesomeness of the one and only, Dream Theater.
You have to be kidding! AC/DC is one of the best metal bands ever. It has one of the greatest guitar rest ever: Angus Young. Best classic songs: whole lota Rosie, high way to hell, back in black, the razors edge... At least should be In the top five after iron maiden, Judas Priest and Metallica... If you like metal you like AC/DC!
A lot of people find AC/DC's vocals annoying, and the guitarists are nothing special. They are no better than your average metal band.
Lol! How can you even contemplate AC/DC - one of the greatest hard rock acts in history - are metal? Even worse, no metal band worth their salt are even influenced by them in any way, shape or form? Are you the individual who said 'Metallica aren't heavy, they're thrash? '
I agree. Heard the other day that the highest selling hard rock album of all time is Back in Black. 23. I don't think so. They are like The Rolling Stones of Heavy Metal. Along with AeroSmith
I wouldn't say AC/DC fit in well the heavy metal category. They're more of a hard rock and blues rock band. Still good though. - Rorywilbren
Amazingly Heavy and should be at the top 10.
Simply amazing.They play true HEAVY METAL, they should be at the top 10.
Definitely my favourite band and it is ridiculous how it's not on top 10, anyway this is a list of popularity, not greatness :/
Dystopia and plagues of babylon is just awesome
In my opinion Something Wicked This Way Comes and Dracula are better.
They are my love my life and everything! they deserve top 5 absolutely. they don't have any waste album also song
Should be in top 10 in my opinion, but currently so underrated because of the beef they got inside the band
So underrated should be in the top 5
Best Metal band by far
This band should be in the top 20, they are so talented and creative you put all there albums next to Metallica first 6 albums and it's a pretty close tie man, if you wanna hear the most insane metal ever listen to mastodon, this band honestly sounds like a mix between Pink Floyd, rush, and Metallica. - horrorfan89
They crush 90% of the bands above them on this sad list. Shouldn't be top 20, should be TOP 5. THEY ARE GODS!
#55 this is literally insane, Mastodon blows 90% of the bands out of the water with an atomic bomb.
Well I'm disgusted in all of you for keeping them this low :P
Gotta vote for these guys, metal elitists will be quick to shoot me down and say they are not metal, but their music houses a bunch of metallic qualities like: brooding subject matter, heavy riffs, good guitar work, soaring vocals, heavy distortion and what not. Most of their work is metal in my opinion. I had to vote for them because they were so low... most people are quick to call them grunge but how is grunge a genre? How can you fit bands like pearl jam, alice in chains, nirvana, mudhoney, mother love bone, soundgarden etc into one genre? They have no similarities besides dark subject matter. Now I know they got some softer stuff like sap, unplugged, and jar of flies but that just shows you how diverse they are as a band and how they can go out of their comfort zone and do something different, which is a reason they should be up there in the best heavy metal bands. Along with the fact the band all did what they did awesomely, Layne and jerry could harmonize perfectly (never seen ...more - superluke10000
Top notch band. Jerry has actually distinguished his band as a straight up metal band that flirts with combinations of established recognizable metal characteristics and acoustic ballads... The harmonizing vocals work beautifully. These guys are very underrated and were heavily overshadowed by a massive grunge scene that unfortunately had them labeled with the times... The fact that they came out of Seattle didn't help either. They have an unmistakable sound and get heavier every time I hear something new.
One of the most underrated Heavy metal bands ever. One might argue "they are grunge music not metal" but Grunge was a music scene of Metal, Punk, and Indie not a genre. So Alice was heavy metal. They have allot of amazing songs with dark and allot of the time down right depressing vibes great vocals that send chills down your spine by Layne Staley and great thought provoking lyrics by Jerry Cantrel and Layne (more so Jerry) There lack of self promotion makes them very underrated. - superluke10000
Best metal/grunge band ever
He is a shock rocker and the anti-christ superstar. He got churches mad at him and was featured on talk shows because of the things he does live. His art is dark but has a lot of meaning to it. His lyrics mean something and most of society won't understand what that is
One of the best band! Sold more than 50 millions of albums, create his own art and most of the newest bands are inspired by Marilyn Manson! The band are awesome, think about John 5, Twiggy Ramirez, Madonna Wayne Pogo, Tim Skold, Ginger Fish and Brian Warner :) This band should be on the top 10
Marilyn Manson, no doubt is an amazing band, which has gone through so many different genre's throughout the years. However the only heavy metal album they ever released was Antichrist Superstar, everything after that never even touched heavy metal outside of a few singular songs Manson made (Eg No Reflection, Burning Flag)
Just to say... Marilyn Manson is not! Heavy Metal. He does industrial Rock. And as he calls it Shock Rock. He's amazing, I love him and the Band in the 90s was awesome. But not Heavy Metal.
Sepultara used to be a great band. Now, with their new vocalist they aren't that great. But just listen to their older stuff like Arise and Morbid Visions and Bestial Devastation. Old school death/thrash classics. Just for the first few albums they should be much higher on the list. But, whoever said they are a "rising up band" doesn't know what they're talking about. Not trying to be rude to whoever said that, but, before you talk about a band (positively or negatively) it's always best to know the facts about them.
Used to be great, in my opinion they still great, well, the new vocalist wasn't the best bet for a trash metal band like Sepultura (Grave in english), but he still cope with the band.
And yeah, the albuns from original formation are simply great and good classics.
They were great, just like Metallica were great, but both have now been not great for twice as long as they were great. Great?
Top 10 at least if we are talking metal.
Papa Roach have basically shaped me into who I am today. For genuinely as long as I can remember I've listened to them. One of the best bands out there!
These guys and their music have literally changed my life! I wouldn't be where I am today without them and I also wouldn't have met some of my closest friends with out them! A lot of people can relate to lyrics that Jacoby writes! Not only is their music amazing, but Jacoby, Tony, Tobin and Jerry are literally the kindest, sweetest people I have ever met!
This is a punk band, not metal. Punk music is still good though - KingSlayer93316
Awesome band! Listen to, Face Everything And Rise, Getting Away With Murdur, Last Resort, and Gravity. Anyone could get into Papa Roach, one of the best bands of the 2000's
Killer stuff, look up "Sea Of Lies", "Egypt", "The Damnation Game", "Smoke and Mirrors", or "Wicked". One of my favorite bands of all time
I heard Symphony X for the first time live at the Gigantour in Cleveland, and they were amazing. If you haven't heard this band you should check them out.
Avenged Sevenfold, Slipknot, Lamb of God etc etc in top of metal list and Annilator in the bottom? Is just unbelievable! By the way where the hack are Kreator?
I'm surprised Annihilator is so low on the list, They've made 12 records, none of them were bad, even if some of them were just decent at best, there is no way to say any of their albums are bad. Plus, Jeff Waters is one of the best, if not the best guitar player still alive
Voting for them because Maiden is already first - Kinaivan
Nobody has voted for annihilator? Just listen to Alison Hell from the "Alice In Helll" album