Best Heavy Metal Bands


The Contenders: Page 7

121 Tesla

Metallica were big fans of Tesla enough said.

122 Nevermore Nevermore Nevermore is an American progressive metal band from Seattle, Washington. Formed in 1991, they are known to incorporate elements from various styles such as power metal, modern hard rock, classic heavy metal and technical thrash metal. The band has been on hiatus since 2011, due to personal issues between more.

Just listen to them. Just one song.

123 Sentenced
124 Exodus Exodus Exodus is an American thrash metal band formed in 1979 in Richmond, California. Spanning a career of 37 years, Exodus has gone through numerous lineup changes, two extended hiatuses, and the deaths of two former band members.

What? Even though it's not my favorite band, it should be much, much higher than this

Exodus everyone forgot Exodus!?!?!

Everyone knows Exodus rule. This is just a beauty pageant, and there's more saccharine stuff than these Bay Area beasts.

I tell you what, I was late to the party with 'Tempo of the Damned' but that album is one pissed-off album. Great to see Zetro back, because he was the business back in the day.

V 1 Comment
125 Riot
126 Black Dahlia Murder

The only things that hold this band together are their amazing guitar player, and their drummer. Everything else about this band is terrible.

What?!? why are they at 120? They should be at # 5 at the least! They are more than epic!

127 Emperor Emperor Emperor was a Norwegian black metal band formed in 1991, regarded as highly influential by critics and emerging black metal bands.

Thought to be among the best bands in all of black metal. I am the Black Wizards is a definite classic.

128 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.
129 Pillar

This band deserves at least top 50

130 Dissection Dissection Dissection was a Swedish extreme metal band. They formed in 1989 by Jon Nödtveidt and later disbanded in 2006, followed by Nödtveidt's suicide. Their sound is usually described as "melodic blackened death metal". V 2 Comments
131 Deicide Deicide Deicide is an American death metal band formed in 1987 by bassist and vocalist Glen Benton and drummer Steve Asheim. They are known for their blasphemous and satanic lyrics which have resulted in bans, lawsuits and criticisms from religious groups and the public. Frontman Glen Benton is also known for more.
132 Graves at Sea
133 Burzum Burzum Burzum is an influential black metal solo project of Norwegian musician and writer Varg Vikernes. Burzum came to prominence at the beginning of the Norwegian Black Metal scene in the early 1990s. Vikernes was imprisoned for 21 years for the murder of Mayhem guitarist Euronymous, and charges of church more.

It all falls under the voluminous umbrella of heavy metal.

I must have caught you mid-post. It's still metal.

It's black, not heavy metal...

Of course it's metal. Nice how you conveniently left out the 'metal' part at the end of 'black'.

134 Monster Magnet

I was hooked on Monster Magnet for 2 solid years. If you have ever tripped and love metal energy these are your guys. Try God says no first and take it from there. These guys should easily be at least the top 20

V 2 Comments
135 Saturyus
136 In Flames In Flames In Flames is a Swedish melodic death metal band from Gothenburg, Sweden, formed in 1990. more.

The best metal band. Just like that. Since I started to listen to them I was very surpprised, not just because the guitars rhythm but also because for the lyrics. What they say, their lyrics have changed the way a see metal, not just as another music genre but a life style for many people and bands that have done their works for many years, doesn't matter how bad things have happened.

How has no one voted for in flames. Best band on the planet over 50 songs worth listening to. Consistent pure awesomeness and should be at bare minimum top 15.

Amazing meaningful lyrics. Outstanding guitarists. Ever evolving sound. Listen to their first album & any other one & you shall see.

Best band ever

V 8 Comments
137 HammerFall HammerFall HammerFall is a Swedish heavy metal band from Gothenburg, Sweden. The band was formed in 1993 by ex-Ceremonial Oath guitarist Oscar Dronjak.

Boss band. One of the few bands being Iron Maiden, Blind Guardian, Dreamtale, and of course Hammerfall where I can honestly say I like EVERY song by them. Great power metal however their live versions are lacking compared to their fantastic studio albums.

Why are they not on this list? Just why?

Everybody who loves metal just have to love this band. Really, Guys, whats up with you, are you all stupid?

One of the best bends for sure... I don't understand why are they on 96th place... ? It's disgrace

Maybe the best band ever created

V 3 Comments
138 Alter Bridge Alter Bridge Alter Bridge is an American rock band from Orlando, Florida, formed in 2004. The band consists of lead vocalist and guitarist Myles Kennedy, lead guitarist and backing vocalist Mark Tremonti, bassist Brian Marshall, and drummer Scott Phillips.

If you're seeing AB in the top 10, I have achieved my goal in life! AB for life! M/

Who knew something so good like Alter Bridge can come out of something so bad like Creed.

Awesome! Love they're song Metalingus. Creed sucked, I'm glad the end result was better.

I like them, but they're alternative rock.

V 2 Comments
139 The Jimi Hendrix Experience The Jimi Hendrix Experience The Jimi Hendrix Experience was an English-American rock band that formed in Westminster, London, in September 1966. Composed of singer, songwriter, and guitarist Jimi Hendrix, bassist and backing vocalist Noel Redding, and drummer Mitch Mitchell, the band was active until June 1969. During this time more.

He may not come in this category.. But just voting to give some respect to real music as I see peopel shouting linkin park and green day

My everyday commute to work takes 1 hour full of hard rock/heavy metal. Every day I evaluate bands to see if they got behind in 20th century. The ones who do are removed from my ipod. Jimi Hendrix is still in the list and I cannot say for how long. A true genius deserves way better than 89.

Hey, he was heavy for the 60's, so why not?

V 1 Comment
140 Suicide Silence Suicide Silence Suicide Silence is an American deathcore band from Riverside, California. Formed in 2002, the band has released four full-length studio albums, one EP and eleven music videos.

What why no top 10

This band is literally for pusssies

Not Metal


V 4 Comments
PSearch List

Recommended Lists

Related Lists

Top 10 New Wave of American Heavy Metal Bands Best Modern Heavy Metal / Metalcore Bands Most Underrated Heavy Metal Bands Best Debut Albums From Heavy Metal Bands Most Influential Traditional Heavy Metal Bands

List Stats

23,000 votes
367 listings
8 years, 224 days old

Top Remixes (152)

1. Metallica
2. Slipknot
3. Slayer
1. Iron Maiden
2. Queensryche
3. Avenged Sevenfold
1. Metallica
2. Black Sabbath
3. Iron Maiden

View All 152


How I discovered Metal music
Add Post

Error Reporting

See a factual error in these listings? Report it here.