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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.
How aren't they on the top 5?!?! - dimebagd44V 15 Comments
I can't believe my eye's, Testament ranked at #150! Sure they might not be my favorite metal band, but they certainly deserve to be in the top 10 spot considering they are TRUE metal and trust me that's a he'll of a lot more than I can say for the majority of the bands on this bogus list. You people that vote on this list think that you know metal, I hate to break it to you but you don't, you're all a bunch of POSERS!
Testament is amazing, they play real metal and they are ranked 34, and why is that? because the majority of people now, don't know good music when they see it. Bands like Avenged Sevenfold are getting all the attention and they don't play good music.
This band deserves to be in the top ten. After most bands changed as trends changed they stayed pure thrash and still standing strong after all these years.
For shame people. Testament really should have been part of the big 5. Vote!V 9 Comments
Kai Hansen is one of the best Metalsongwriters ever. With Gamma Ray works his Talents perfect.V 1 Comment
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
They didn't start out so great, but thwm its also difficult for female singers in the heavy metal catagory. But they've become a really good band to listen to. If you havnt heard the lastest check them out!V 3 Comments
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
What a great band. Dirt and man in the box are my favoritesV 11 Comments
Just a super awesome band!
Definitely the best of symphonic metal if not "heavy" metal.
Greatest band of all time! They sound like heaven!
Nightwish is more of a Symphonic/Gothic/Folk/Power metal band. But they are awesome!V 6 Comments
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 :/
Awesome!V 5 Comments
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!
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 are metal gods! Maybe not the expected heavy metal or death metal, but they reintroduced a little used sub-genre of metal - industrial metal.
The best of the Best!V 31 Comments
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
Listen! Like them very much...found them today and listen since 5 h to their songs!
WHAT? VAN HALEN ON 41? I CANT BELIEVE THIS! THIS BAND HAS DAVID LEE ROTH ONE OF THE GREATEST VOCALIST OF ALL TIME AND THE GREAT EDDIE VAN HALEN WHO IS COMMONLY KNOW ON HIS TAPPING AND INTENSE SOLOS LISTEN TO ERUPTION! ITLL BLOW YOUR MIND!
40th? Are you out of your mind? Van Halen not only ushered in the modern heavy metal era they where simply one of the best in the game.
I bet all the members of the bands voted above Van Halen are as shocked and appalled as I am.
I don't understand how on earth is van halen on be on no. 30... Simply impossible... Should be in top 5. With the legendary EVN, it is way better than many of these bands mentioned above.
47? You can't be seriousV 14 Comments
ManOWar is not very popular in the US. I think it is due to a lack of familiarity with European mythology and history. It's not like you will get a history lesson from these guys, but you will definitely get the idea behind heavy metal. It's the concept that is heavy, not the sound. Good stuff. I can see why people don't like it, though. It's like fine dining versus McDonald's. Most people flock to McDonald's. Works for me. I would rather attend the concert with people who have passion for the music.
Man, if this isn't the truest and the best metal band ever, there is no metal at all. What have in your heads when you say that Slipknot, A7X and Disturbed are better than Manowar or Dio? If you say that, sorry but you aren't a banger.
Should be on top these are the real defenders of metal I mean there's a lot of awesome bands but for a heavy metal band manowar are the best of allm/
Manowar, Dio, Deep Purple, Motörhead, Rainbow, Alice Cooper, Led Zeppelin etc., all of them ranked lower than bands like Slipknot, Ax7, KoRn, Disturbed. It's a shameV 29 Comments
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.
Why the hell is Mastodon 130?!?!V 2 Comments
Rob Zombie Deserves to be top ten, Rob Zombie is one of the new metal gods, Should Go, Toss up between 1. Metallica 2. Iron Maiden 3. Black Sabbath 4. Mega Death 5. Motorhead 6. Judas Priest 7. Rob Zombie/White Zombie 8. Pantera 9. Slayer 10. Disturbed - bobbysandals
White zombie has some of the coolest riffs from their era and rob has great vocals
Over all, great band. It was a great milestone for all of heavy metal. Should defiantly be higher up on this list.
The Christian counterweight to Slayer. They are brutal, fast, aggressive, and the non-religious among us can only scratch their heads in bewilderment over what happened to this band. Hey, everyone's human after all. +5 for the metal, -2 for the mystification.
As I lay dying on #43? What the hell? Guys please listen to songs like defender, no lungs to breathe, overcome or comfort betrays and you'll see how skillful and talented is this band! Watch their live at wacken 2008! Those guys drove the hella crowd crazy! They deserve a top ten ranking!
Every song will power your mind through different life situations. #1 band ever in my book
The metal crowd own Lambesis now, not the metalcore crowd. Anyone who can impersonate Arnie, love Slayer and strippers is someone I want in my cd collection - which he is.V 6 Comments
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.
KISS is my favourite band ever! Rock on and long live the gods of shock rock-KISS!
Parasite, almost human, she, Going' blind, war machine, exciter, danger, god of thunder, strange ways, not for the innocent, hate, unholy if you think these guys ain't Metal you ain't heard them properly
These guys make me smile, and there songs are so fun and enjoyable. Great band.
I prefer my women in make-up and the sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll lifestyle, not my male heroes.V 9 Comments
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!
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
If.u don't like them get up and out they should be at least ten there not the best but pretty Damn close listen to last resort or scarsV 3 Comments
In the eighties many bands from California were labeled under the hair-band classification. Some of them did not fall under that label but the mainstream considered them like that. Remember Dokken and Night Ranger? They were between the best melodic metal band of the time, featuring top of the line guitar wizards and vocalists. come on guys give them a lift.
Better than the Jovi's and Leppards. They could definitely play metal: Kiss of Death - live 1987. Or Tooth and Nail...
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