Best Heavy Metal Bands


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41 Gamma Ray Gamma Ray Gamma Ray is a power metal band from Hamburg, northern Germany, founded and fronted by Kai Hansen after his departure from the German power metal band Helloween.

Kai Hansen is one of the best Metalsongwriters ever. With Gamma Ray works his Talents perfect.

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42 In This Moment

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!

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43 Alice in Chains Alice in Chains Alice in Chains is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1987 by guitarist and songwriter Jerry Cantrell and original lead vocalist Layne Staley.

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

Definition of Grunge. Should be in the top 5...

1) Metallica
2) Led Zep
3) Pantera
4) Black Sabbath
5) AIC

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44 Nightwish Nightwish Nightwish is a symphonic metal band from Kitee, Finland. The band was formed in 1996 by lead songwriter and keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen, guitarist Emppu Vuorinen, and lead singer Tarja Turunen.

Just a super awesome band!

Definitely the best of symphonic metal if not "heavy" metal.

Greatest band of all time! They sound like heaven!

Awesome melodic symphonic metal.

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45 Iced Earth Iced Earth Iced Earth is an American heavy metal band from Tampa, Florida. It was formed in 1985 under the name Purgatory by guitarist and main songwriter Jon Schaffer and original drummer Greg Seymour.

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 :/


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46 Trivium Trivium Trivium are an American heavy metal band from Orlando, Florida, formed in 1999. After getting signed to Roadrunner Records in 2004, the band has released seven studio albums and nineteen singles.

Okay Iron maiden and metallica are good but Trivium are gods. Matt Heafy is one of the best vocalists ever in my opinion as well as being one of the best guitar players ever. Corey Beaulieu is just pure talent, his solos blow my mind every time I hear them. Travis smith may have left but he is an amazing drummer who can create intence beats and make it sound easy. Nick agusto is an incredible drummer and was the best replacement for Travis, His blast beats are inhuman. Paolo is an amazing bassist and can solo good as well. Do your self a favor and listen to Trivium. Kirisute gomen and Shattering the skies above are the songs that show them at their best. TRIVIUM FOR LIFE.

These guys are simply the best. Their music is so intense and makes you feel all kinds of things. They should be number 1, I love them even more than Metallica or iron maiden...

Trivium can only cream their shorts while dreaming of being gods like Metallica and Iron Maiden. And oh, how they try. But that's their problem - they're always searching for a style that suits them rather than finding a suit that styles them. Every album is a quantum shift from the last - and not in a good way either - and Bullet For My Valentine own them.


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47 Ghost Ghost Ghost is a Swedish heavy metal band that was formed in Linköping in 2008. Ghost consists of 5 masked instrumentalists, known as The Nameless Ghouls, and a demonic anti-pope known as Papa Emeritus. They have released 3 studio albums and 2 EPs . Each album brings in a new version of Papa Emeritus. Ghost more.

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!

48 Van Halen Van Halen 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.


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.

I love this band

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49 Ozzy Osbourne

Over all, great band. It was a great milestone for all of heavy metal. Should defiantly be higher up on this list.

50 Mastodon Mastodon Mastodon is an American heavy metal band from Atlanta, Georgia, formed in early 2000 and composed of bassist Troy Sanders, guitarists Brent Hinds and Bill Kelliher and drummer Brann Dailor.

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?!?!

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51 White Zombie White Zombie White Zombie was an American heavy metal band that formed in 1985. Based in New York City, White Zombie was originally a noise rock band, and was known for its later heavy metal-oriented sound.

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

52 Danzig Danzig Danzig is an American heavy metal band, formed in 1987 in Lodi, New Jersey, United States. The band is the musical outlet for singer and songwriter Glenn Danzig, preceded by the horror punk bands the Misfits and Samhain.
53 As I Lay Dying As I Lay Dying As I Lay Dying is an American metalcore band from San Diego, California. Founded in 2000 by vocalist Tim Lambesis, the establishment of the band's first full lineup, which included drummer Jordan Mancino, occurred in 2001. As I Lay Dying has released six albums, one split album, and two compilation more.

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.

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54 Bullet For My Valentine Bullet For My Valentine Bullet for My Valentine are a Welsh metalcore band from Bridgend, formed in 1998 . The band is composed of Matthew Tuck (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Michael Paget (lead guitar, backing vocals), Michael Thomas (drums) and Jamie Mathias (bass guitar). Former members include Nick Crandle and Jason James; more.

What?! They have immense solos and the drumming is so fast this band is so much better than Avenged Sevenfold! Just listen to waking the demon, tears don't fall, scream aim fire, the end and so many more!

Dude Bullet For My Valentine they are really cool
They deserve do be in the top 10
They are much better than Disturbed and A7x

The most under rated band
They easily deserve to be in the top
Just listen to their songs they re amzing

Bullet For My Valentine is really good band but a7x is much better!

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55 Symphony X Symphony X Symphony X is an American progressive metal band from Middletown, New Jersey. Founded in 1994, the band consists of guitarist Michael Romeo, keyboardist Michael Pinnella, drummer Jason Rullo, lead vocalist Russell Allen and bassist Michael Lepond.

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.

56 Avantasia Avantasia Avantasia is a German supergroup rock opera project created by Tobias Sammet, vocalist of the band Edguy.
57 Papa Roach Papa Roach Papa Roach is an American rock band from Vacaville, California. Formed in 1993, their first major-label release was the triple-platinum album Infest.

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 scars

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58 Kiss Kiss Kiss is an American hard rock band formed in New York City in January 1973 by Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and the band's original manager, Lew Linet.

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.

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59 Dokken Dokken Dokken are an American metal band formed in 1979. They split up in 1989 and reformed four years later.

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.

Legendary band.

Better than the Jovi's and Leppards. They could definitely play metal: Kiss of Death - live 1987. Or Tooth and Nail...

60 Carcass Carcass Carcass are a British extreme metal band from Liverpool, who formed in 1985 and disbanded in 1995. A reformation was enacted in 2007 without one of its original members, drummer Ken Owen, due to health reasons. V 1 Comment
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