Best Heavy Metal Bands


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61 Annihilator Annihilator Annihilator is a Canadian thrash metal band founded in 1984 by vocalist, guitarist, bassist, songwriter, engineer, producer, mixer and mastering engineer Jeff Waters and former vocalist John Bates.

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

...and 'Feast', and 'Annihilator', and their latest. Jeff Waters makes Eddie Van Halen look tame.

62 Soilwork Soilwork Soilwork is a Swedish melodic death metal band from Helsingborg. They are signed to Nuclear Blast. Formed in late 1995 by Björn Strid and Peter Wichers, originally under the name Inferior Breed, the band changed their name in late 1996 to Soilwork.

I'm surprised that one of the biggest and most influential metal bands isn't on here

63 Asking Alexandria Asking Alexandria Asking Alexandria are an English metalcore band from York, North Yorkshire formed initially in 2008 by lead guitarist Ben Bruce along with former lead singer Danny Worsnop, bassist Joe Lancaster, keyboardist and synth player Ryan Binns, and current members drummer James Cassells and rhythm guitarist more.

Asking Alexandria is not the best band ever but they deserve a better score than this. They are one of the hardest working bands out there. Far more mature and talented than a bunch of all the new bands out there. Go check out there music, you won't be disappointed.

Killer band. AA are a very young band with all the band members being no older than 25. Very honest music with some elements of rock & roll and metalcore. After a few listens their songs begin to grow on you- very catchy groves and riffs.

The lyrics to the track Creature explain everything about Andy Worsnop's departure you need to know. That track is excellent by the way.

I like this band it should be at least 30 it higher

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64 AC/DC AC/DC AC/DC are a Australian hard rock band, formed in November 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young, who continued as members until Malcolm's illness and departure in 2014. They were fronted by Bon Scott until his untimely death due to alcohol poisoning in 1980, after which they hired Brian Johnson to more.

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

Simple the BEST!

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65 Seether Seether Seether are a South African hard rock band founded in May 1999 in Pretoria, South Africa. The band originally performed under the name Saron Gas until 2002, when they adopted the Seether name.

HELL YEAH! Love they're songs, Fake It and Broken, Seether is consistently putting out great content.

Not to heavy but definitely good enough to be on your top 10

To the top with this one! I love bad company, the bleeding and generation dead the most!

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66 Cannibal Corpse Cannibal Corpse Cannibal Corpse is a American death metal band from Buffalo, New York, formed in 1988 . The band is known for their graphic album covers, explicitly violent lyrics and song titles like "I C** Blood" The group got into mainstream after performing the song "Hammer Smashed Face" in the 1994 film Ace Ventura: more.

Best guitar. Best bass. Best drums. Best throat.

Best death metal should be at no.3

67 Sabaton Sabaton Sabaton is a power metal band from Falun, Sweden formed in 1999. The band's main lyrical themes are based on war and historical battles.

Sorry I know my english isn't the best but Sabaton behind bands who never played one metal riff in their life, this can't be real. They've got epic lyrics and riffs. This must be said.

This band is the best their music is just awesome and the singer: Joakim Broden is really really good

Epic music epic lyrics best band hands down

Best band ever

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68 Meshuggah Meshuggah Meshuggah is a Swedish progressive metal band from Umeå, formed in 1987. They are credited with crafting the Djent subgenre. Meshuggah's line-up consists of founding members vocalist Jens Kidman and lead guitarist Fredrik Thordendal, drummer Tomas Haake, who joined in 1990, rhythm guitarist Mårten more.

Because they don't move people emotionally, that's why they're not the best. Yes, they are technical as hell, but apart from that what? Bullet For My Valentine's Matt Tuck can have a crowd eating out the palm of his hand while singing a song about fighting with his partner, but what's Meshuggah's answer to that? The same thing plagues many metal bands, because it takes talent not to be corny whilst doing it. TesseracT took the best of Meshuggah's algorithms and created passionate, progressive albums of their own.

It really saddens me to see all these alternative and nu metal bands that are higher on this list than meshuggah. Meshuggah has honed there craft over the years and they blow me away every time I listen to them. I'm just glad Tool got a reasonable place

How is this band ranked so low. They are a difficult band to grasp at first ( if your close minded) This band screams talent extremly complex poly rythms, amazing catchy groovy riffs, very deep meaning behind all their songs. And fredrik thordendal can pull off some of the most complex solos in the industry. They don't showcase their individual talents excessively within the band. I dare anyone to listen to the Obzen or Nothing album start to finish you will be hooked. And if not you're probably not very open minded. Meshuggah for the win!

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70 UFO UFO UFO are an English rock band that was formed in 1969. They became a transitional group between early hard rock and heavy metal and the new wave of British heavy metal.

UFO is a classic metal band that should be in the to ten without a doubt. Schenker is awesome listen to Rock bottom Live and your hooked forever

Best Hard rock band. Magical, elegant, powerful, hard rocking. It's just great, the pure thing

71 Arcturus
72 Within Temptation Within Temptation Within Temptation is a Dutch symphonic metal band founded in April 1996 by vocalist Sharon den Adel and guitarist Robert Westerholt.
73 Mercyful Fate Mercyful Fate Mercyful Fate was a Danish heavy metal band from Copenhagen, formed in 1981 by vocalist King Diamond and guitarist Hank Shermann.

King Diamond singing in a crazy heavy band with awesome riffs. After breaking up in the early 80's with two amazing albums to their credit, came back in the 90's to continue with 5 more awesome albums.

Yes, I love their early eps and first two albums. There's never been a more theatrical satanist metaller than King Diamond.

74 Volbeat Volbeat Volbeat are a Danish metal band which was formed in Copenhagen. They play a fusion of rock and roll, heavy metal and rockabilly.

Volbeat is the number one band on the planet right now July 2013

This is one of the best bands there is ever made - Schulm3

Number one metal band of 2001 to so far...

How is this ranked way down here? Give it a listen, I my opinion they are much better than disturbed or slipknot! Up there with A7X!

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75 Neurosis Neurosis Neurosis is a post-metal band, based in Oakland, California. They formed in 1985 as a hardcore punk band, and their sound progressed towards a doom metal style that also included influences from dark ambient and industrial music as well as incorporating elements of folk music.
76 Drowning Pool Drowning Pool Drowning Pool is an American Alternative Metal band formed in Dallas, Texas in 1996. The band was named after the film The Drowning Pool.

For those who haven't listen to drowning pool, you in for a treat.
"bodies" is one of there most like well-known songs.
A greta album for new listeners of this band is the "sinner" album.
You will fall in love with this band after listening to that album.

Love they're song Bodies

Should be in top 30


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77 Skid Row Skid Row Skid Row is an American heavy metal band, formed in 1986 in Toms River, New Jersey. They were very successful in the late 1980s and early 1990s, with their first two albums certified multi-platinum.

One of the best Heavy Metal bands of all time... They are really under rated.. But man are they awesome! And some bands here are not even Heavy Metal bands but are way ahead in the list.. Are you kidding me? Led Zeppelin? Zeppelin's a rock band.. And the last time I checked Megadeth and Metallica are still playing METAL not Heavy Metal...


Nobody.. And I mean nobody, is better than these 3 in Heavy Metal.
My favorite is SKID ROW though!

This band is incredible, I think they're under rated.. Sebastian Bach has got to have on of the best metal/rock voices of all time.

Top ten band!

Subhuman Race and Slave to the Grind still last today.

Old formation is respectable as top 20

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78 DragonForce DragonForce DragonForce are a British power metal band based in London, England. Formed in 1999, the group are known for their long and fast guitar solos, fantasy-themed lyrics, and electronic sounds in their music to add to their retro video game-influenced sound.

One of the best guitarists out there and I'm loving the contrast of metal with the singers clean vocals. The number 1 reason I am loving them right now is that their drummer (Dave Mackintosh) delivers such an passionate and skilled drum beat and style. That is dedication and passion at its best. Rock On!

Very multi-talented band, filled with raw energy and power.

They should be in the top ten no questions about it

DragonForce is actually Power Metal, Extreme Power Metal, and Speed Metal. But still some of their songs are heavy metal and are epic such as, Cry Thunder, which is one of their top tracks and one of the most famous song in the world. :0------------0:

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79 Bolt Thrower Bolt Thrower Bolt Thrower are a British death metal band from Coventry, England. They formed in 1986 and released their first album with Vinyl Solution in 1988. The band then shifted to a new record label, Earache Records, soon becoming one of the best selling bands on that label.

See Bolt-Thrower live and you will understand. Bolt-Thrower is the heaviest band in existence. Once you see them you will be changed.

These guys are still going? My goodness. They were crushing back in the day.

80 Amon Amarth Amon Amarth Amon Amarth is a Swedish melodic death metal band from Tumba, formed in 1992. The band takes its name from the Sindarin name of Mount Doom.

Amon Amarth is so epic they should be in the top ten

71?! Edguy, bullet for my valentine etc over Amon amarth?

I think Amon Amarth has to become first or second place because it's the best death-metal-band!

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