Worst Metal Bands of All Time

The Top Ten

1 Limp Bizkit Limp Bizkit Limp Bizkit is an American nu metal band from Jacksonville, Florida, formed in 1994. Their lineup consists of Fred Durst, Sam Rivers, John Otto, and Wes Borland.

Fred Durst is a guy that makes deliberate mistakes. I have no idea why they were considered metal. I'm glad that they moved to Lil Wayne's record label. Brokencyde are worse but they are not considered metal, they're crunkcore.

Ya I think Limp Bizkit should be first, the first 30 seconds to 9 teen 90 nine was good then it just... Well what do you even call that? I can see what they were trying to do but rap and metal are kind of an odd combination.

I hate this band so much, but not for any crazy reason that you would typically find on this website, I only hate this band cause it always feels like they put 0% of effort into their performance. The lead singer is just embarrassingly awful in his singing, their lyrics can be summed up with just the words uninspired and immature, plus the fact that they single-handedly ruined the Nu Metal genre for me. I used to feel as though I was alone with my distaste for their music, so seeing them at #1 was very reassuring on my stance.

Haha in school we had to make up a name for food based on something we liked and someone said Limp Bizkit because of the word Bizkit = biscuit.
I live in the United Kingdom.

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2 Bring Me the Horizon Bring Me the Horizon Bring Me the Horizon is a British rock band from Sheffield, Yorkshire. Formed in 2004, the group currently consists of vocalist Oliver Sykes, guitarist Lee Malia, bassist Matt Kean, drummer Matt Nicholls, and keyboardist Jordan Fish. They are signed to RCA Records globally and Columbia Records exclusively ...read more.

I don't mind the music as much as I hate the band in general. For one they all are in it because they wanted to be famous. The second this is the lead singer, Oliver Sykes, basically came out as being a former drug addict, but then in a interview not too long after that he stated that he didn't regret doing drugs, and he said that everyone should do drugs in some point in their lives. I used to occasionally listen to their music, but after that I've gone completely off them. I don't find how people would want to support someone who says everyone should try drugs at some point in their lives. Marilyn Manson almost had his complete career destroyed after being blamed for a school shooting that he was in no way responsible for the boys behaviour, yet some lead singer of a "metal" band can come out, tell millions of his fans that they should try drugs and people couldn't give two cents? Do you realize how many of his teenage fans would've then thought it would've been ok to go ...more

Atrocious vocals, sound that's barely qualifiable as music, practically meaningless lyrics, douchebag band members, and a retarded fanbase that can rival that of Justin Bieber and One Direction combined is a recipe for one of the worst bands ever formed (not just in Metal).

There are only a couple of songs that I like from these guys and it was back when they were actually metal. I personally don't see Bring Me The Horizon as band, I see them as a bunch of guys being out shadowed by Ollie Sykes. Nobody cares about the other members, only Ollie and that is not how a band should be. Also their lyrics are stupid. Repetitive, dumb, recycled. Also their fan base is full of teenage girls who fancy Ollie, hardly anyone actually care about the music

Not really metal anymore. They're good though. Should not be on this list. - Elijah_Cook

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3 Linkin Park Linkin Park Linkin Park is an American rock band formed in Agoura Hills, California, in 1996. The members include Chester Bennington (vocals), Mike Shinoda (rapping vocals, pianist), Brad Delson (guitar), Dave "Phoenix" Farrell (bass), Joe Hahn (DJ) and Rob Bourdon (drums). Linkin Park are associated with a mixture ...read more.

Linkin Park IS NO LONGER METAL! But they are still an amazing band. Respect to them for changing, but its time to rock again. Always love them

I honestly hate the fact that they aren't metal anymore. It's like they completely lost touch with their roots. I grew up on nu metal and thrash metal, and Linkin Park's Hybrid Theory was one of the best albums I've ever heard. After Minutes to Midnight, however, they went downhill. What happened to Linkin Park? - MetalFoREVer1228

Change the title into "Best Metal Bands of All Time" and there, Linkin Park is the Best Nu-Metal! Even though they've changed I still loved them!

Oh you know how Chester Bennington died,well in the end it doesn’t even matter

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4 Marilyn Manson Marilyn Manson Marilyn Manson is an American rock band from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Formed in 1989 by frontman Marilyn Manson and Daisy Berkowitz, the group was originally named Marilyn Manson & the Spooky Kids with their theatrical performances gathering a local cult following in the early 1990s. ...read more.

What Marilyn manson shouldn't be on this list he his such a great singer and honestly smarter than all of you combined so this list it crap - stephieswag

How is Marilyn Manson crap you don't know music

He's Industrial Metal, which is far from average metal. It's just to different for people to relate - mr_crossover27

He's based on wow factor, and I feel he has no talent although his music is okay... and I hate how he tries to be as disgusting as possible, but he's ok.
10/10/17 - EliHbk

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5 Emmure Emmure Emmure is an American metalcore band formed in 2003. Originally based in New Fairfield, Connecticut, but now residing in Queens, New York, the group has a total of seven releases, with their first public release being a 2006 EP entitled The Complete Guide to Needlework.

Fake tough guy hardcore makes me want to vomit.

Fake tuff guy hardcore? Even real tuff guy hardcore makes me want to vomit. Then put on my fur coat, have a smoke, have a drink and then eat a steak hot off the grill to fill the empty spot.

Everything that makes Limp Bizkit awful, but about 10 times worse.

Uh. Limp Bizkit plus Suicide Silence. What's not to hate? - Elijah_Cook

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6 iwrestledabearonce

I can't bear seeing all of these great bands on this list (pun only slightly intended)

Nightwish, epica, evanescence, within temptation are better metal bands fronted be girls than this bull, this aren't deathcore, carnifex and whitechapel are better deathcore

Hard to say this but because they looked like Black metal or Deathcore kinda thing when I saw them. But they aren't really a metal band. RIP IWRESTLEDABEARONCE - Dark_Revival

No, you guys never wrestled a bear.

Awkward name for a band. Lol - Neonco31

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7 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 ...read more.

Most BORING band ever.

Their music is lame. Their band name is lame.

If you really think about it (and actually LISTEN to their music) these guys are actually pretty good. (except for their first album, which is terrible) You can't deny how unique of a voice Danny Worsnop has. Otherwise, they're just a good metalcore band.

Couldn't possibly think of one good thing to say about this band.

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8 Babymetal Babymetal Babymetal is a Japanese metal idol band. Their line-up consists of Suzuka Nakamoto as "Su-metal", Yui Mizuno as "Yuimetal", and Moa Kikuchi as "Moametal".

So it isn't what is expected of metal. Big deal. I don't see J-pop as very radio-friendly. It doesn't appeal to everyone. I don't care for all of there material, but I like a few of their songs from their debut. But Metal Resistnce is one of my favorites from 2016. Also, even if you don't consider it metal, why the hell is that a reason to hate a group. Opening for Lady Gaga was an idea from the producers who represent them. Even if it is a marketing plan, it doesn't sound plastic like the top 40 does. The backing musicians and the talented vocals of Su prevent that. There new album is more metal anyway. The three girls themselves have contributed to some of the materials writing process. I think that is is sort of a gimmick, but a bit more than one. The man who writes the majority of the material seems to enjoy what he writes, as well as even helping the three get into metal. There seems to be more music involved. I think that the hate that surrounds Babymetal is ridiculous. - Caleb9000

I have 30 years hearing metal, bands go and new come but I've never seen or hear something like this patethic commercial intent of music, it's not about music it's about selling to the masses an underground movement Babymetal Amaranthe y Metallica should be in the top of this list... banned from the hearts of everyone who love metal and all their subgeners!

I actually like some of their music. And of course they don't care about metal, they just do whatever their producers tell them to do. It's not their fault, it's actually quite sad. It was probably the producers' idea for them to open Lady GaGa's concert. In fact, they didn't know what metal was before they entered the group. All in all, they're catchy, but not really my idea of metal. Not the worst though, and it doesn't deserve the top 5.

Oh come on
I know a lot of people dislike Babymetal, but they are not top 20 bad. - wrests

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9 Brokencyde Brokencyde Brokencyde is an American crunkcore musical group from Albuquerque, New Mexico, founded in 2006. The group's lineup consists of David "Se7en" Gallegos and Michael "Mikl" Shea, and musically are one of the founding groups in the crunkcore genre, which is crunk hip-hop with screamed vocals.

I voted for this band as it is not even metal. I mean Lamb of God, Cradle of Filth, Skid Row, hell all these bands could at least be considered as metal. But just listen to Brokencyde. There are hardly any elements in their music that even resembles metal. The closest thing that even makes them resemble metal is the screamed vocals, and they are still done in the wrong technique.

Why Limp Bizkit and Linkin Park are on this here? This band definitely number 1. - 05yusuf09

While I don't mind Limp Bizkit or Nickelback, I simply cannot STAND Brokencyde. What they do is pop music with screams to attract the scene kids. They are an absolute disgrace to metal and should never have seen the light of day.

Not even metal. But even then. When I think of bands that suck, BrokeNCYDE comes to mind. Them and Blood on the Dance Floor.

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10 Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold is an American alternative metal/metalcore (early) band, that was formed 1999 in California. Their longest lineup of members was M. Shadows (Vocals), Synyster Gates (Lead Guitar), Zacky Vengeance (Rhythm Guitar), Johnny Christ (Bass Guitar), and The Rev (Drums). ...read more.

Avenged Sevenfold is 4th place for best metal band of all time but 6th plave for worst metal band of all time - that doesn't make sense at al, I mean come on what nonsense!

Funny how people hate these guys just because they're overrated. Laugh out loud! It's also funny how they're on the Best Metal Bands list - MetalFoREVer1228

Exactly. I love them, but I understand they're in no way underrated. - Songsta41

These guys are the Wal-Mart of metal bands. Everything about them, they try replicating but doing it in such a plastic fashion. Calling them today's Metallica is practically an insult. - Infyrin

This band is the worst one. I hate this band, vocal, music and everything. Hopeless band.

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The Contenders

11 Attila Attila Attila is an American metalcore band from Atlanta, Georgia, formed in 2005. Frontman Chris Fronzak started the band in high school and, not wanting to use typical death metal terms, adopted the name from Attila the Hun, which he came across in a book.

What is the one thing worse than Limp Bizkit (who is actually number 1 on this list right now)? A band that takes the utter crap of Limp Bizkit and uses it as inspiration to make even crappier crap. What drives me crazy about this group is that they are on record, hugely influenced by Fred Durst.

I might just quit my job, and make it my full time profession warning people against this band. They are so bad, the have the potential to ruin music forever. Even the earliest tribal beats, the music of Motzart, the sounds of the Beatles, will all be eclipsed under the umbrella term of music - that thing that Attila ruined, and no one wants to hear sounds anymore. A whole planet of people who tore their own ears off just for the sweet silence.

The creation of this band was probably foretold in some ancient writing on the side of some pyramid their music, signalling the end of music itself. This band really are the most wretched piece of excrement. They should use their music to punish deviancy.

Just awful

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12 Cradle of Filth Cradle of Filth Cradle of Filth are a British extreme metal band that formed in Suffolk in 1991. The band's musical style evolved from black metal to a cleaner and more "produced" amalgam of gothic metal, symphonic black metal and other extreme metal styles.

I'll agree that they aren't that great of a band, but a few songs are decent. And anyone who thinks they're a black metal band is a retard. Paul Allender even said that they've never tried to be a black metal band. They're more of a gothic metal band.

"Look at me! I have a pentagram necklace and wear black clothing! " That wasn't thought provoking when I was in high school 14 years ago, and it's still yawn-inspiring.

They shouldn't even call themselves black metal. They are nothing but mainstream rock with black metal screams. - gravecrawler

They try way too hard to be edgy, rather than being that naturally. That said, Her Ghost in the Fog is an absolutely amazing song. - kempokid

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13 Blood On the Dance Floor Blood On the Dance Floor Blood on the Dance Floor is an American scene duo currently consisting of Dahvie Vanity and Fallon Vendetta that formed in 2006. Former members include Jayy von Monroe (2009-2016) and Garrett Ecstasy (2009). All of them provided vocals to the project. ...read more.

Get this away from me. This isn't even metal but it deserves to be number 1. These guys are pedophiles. But people shouldn't listen to these animals. They deserve to be rotting in hell - SirSkeletorThe3rd

I voted for them because of how bad they are, but BOTDF IS NOT METAL! If anything, they're closer to rap. - roarktenjouin

Before you ask, I did take time to listen to several of their songs. Didn't like even one.

This is not a rock band. Not even close. Still, they deserve to be on this list for the identical and terrible lyrics and Dahvie's cancerous voice. - HollyleafOfThunderClan

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14 Anal C*** Anal C*** Anal C*** was an American grindcore band founded by vocalist Seth Putnam in 1988. The band is known for their highly offensive lyrics which included themes of misogyny, homophobia, racism, Nazism, antisemitism, and schadenfreude (ridicule of the unfortunate). Their music has been received negatively ...read more.

Jesus. I understand the sick humor, but humor doesn't make a good band. The vocals are the worst I've ever heard come out of a male (Yoko Ono takes the spot for females and the spot for all time), music is only 2 minutes at most, you get my point. To those who consider this cancer music, you must be deaf or stupid. - MKBeast

Its not even that I find them offensive they just make godawful music - LMARINE

Even if this band was a joke, the joke got old and not funny as soon as their fist note played.

NOBODY INSULTS ERIC CLAPTON AND LIVES - InsertCleverName

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15 Hollywood Undead Hollywood Undead Hollywood Undead is an American rap rock band from Los Angeles, California, United States. They released their debut album, Swan Songs, on September 2, 2008, and their live CD/DVD Desperate Measures, on November 10, 2009. Their second studio album, American Tragedy, was released April 5, 2011. All of ...read more.

Metal and rap should never be together, just like peanut butter and ketchup

Tell that to Rage Against the Machine, but yeah Hollywood Undead sucks.

Bunch of wannabe gangsters...

No way their songs are good many good songs by the band you just need to find the right song

They're awesome! - EliHbk

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16 Waking the Cadaver

This band is awful. I'm a fan of brutal music, but no. Their music is just bad. Not to mention that in their first album, the drummer was terrible. He couldn't keep a beat if his life depended on it. Their second album is a big improvement but it still sounds terrible. They are the worst deathcore band in existence - MetalFoREVer1228

I can comprehend death metal vocals just fine, but waking the cadaver is incomprehensible. Not to mention the drummer can't play

Their debut album is worse than anything any band in the top ten has ever done

Scrap my previous comment. These days, they have actually improved tremendously. Their first album was god awful. They're second album was still bad with a slightly improved sound. It's their latest album Real Life Death that impressed me. Now they're still not the best (obviously) but they're not as bad anymore as they initially were, and that says a lot - MetalFoREVer1228

17 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; ...read more.

Why is Bullet For My Valentine in this list? They are NOT posers, they are a great melodic metalcore band and they have never pretended to be something that they are not, so I really don't get why you call them posers when there are like 100000 bands that are 100000 times more poser than Bullet For My Valentine.

Why is bullet for my Valentine considered a bad band? They are not posers, I mean sure the vocalist doesn't always have a heavy tone, but nonetheless they are great. Bullet for my Valentine- you want a battle (here's a war)

Their ok some good songs some band but they do have some crap songs but their still good

I'm not gonna lie, I did think Scream Aim Fire repeated itself a little, but that doesn't stop them from being talented. - AdamDestructorJr.

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18 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: ...read more.

Why this on list? They are the backbone of death metal after death disbanded

Sounds like cookie monster made a metal band.

After Death disbanded, Obituary became the backbone of Death Metal, because you can actually understand what Jon Tardy screams. Cannibal Corpse are talented musicians who make dull and unintelligible dirge. They've earned their place in Death Metal, which I do respect, just not with me.

I know Cannibal Corpse sucks, but they're honestly better than Anal C*** - HollyleafOfThunderClan

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19 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.

The worst tried death metal band. They copied Cannibal Corpse with their growl of blood spreading all of his mouth of drug.

Other bands here are worse, but I don't consider a lot of them to be metal, but I do this band, so I voted here. Mitch Licker was one of the worst vocalists and lyricists in metal, although I'm not glad of his death. - Caleb9000

I don't think deathcore is a metal genre but yeah these guys suck.

If deathcore isn't metal then what is it - imabigpotato

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20 Five Finger Death Punch Five Finger Death Punch Five Finger Death Punch is an American heavy metal band from Las Vegas, Nevada. Formed in 2005, the band's name is derived from a fictional martial arts maneuver in the 2003 film Kill Bill.

Their first 2 albums were pretty good but nowadays Five Finger Death Punch is the epitome of awfulness. Dick head band members, childish tough guy image, and some of the most laughably god-awful lyrics of any band on the planet. How ANYONE likes this piss-poor excuse of a band is beyond me.

Don't forget the repetitive drum pattern, I think you know the one. - AdamDestructorJr.

They need to change the band name, seriously. Because the title Five Finger Death Punch seems to be a Hardcore Metal, Nu-Metal band. But they are not really like that. They did a lot of soft songs and that's the way this band is known. They should really change the title to maybe "Five Ways To Freedom". They did good song but the title just don't fit with the band.

I am so happy to see that this band made this list. This band is terrible. My friend loves them and I've told him multiple times they're terrible. They're the worst band of all time. If you wanna listen to real music, listen to Hedley. Not this band.

I'd put them at number one. They are actually metal and actually horrible. - Elijah_Cook

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