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Top Ten Metal Bands

Metallica​
Metallica​

If Metallica is "heavier stuff" than death metal is still a good ways away. I felt mentioning that Metallica was bubblegum pop compared to a lot of music of the same era would have been irrelevant to his/her question. Not that it matters but at least you know now lol. \m/ keep calm and metal on friend.

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Slayer​
Slayer​

Slayer is an American thrash metal band from Huntington Park, California. The band was formed in 1981 by vocalist and bassist Tom Araya and guitarists Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman. Slayer's fast and aggressive musical style made them one of the founding "big four" bands of thrash metal, alongside Metallica, Megadeth and Anthrax.

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Megadeth​
Megadeth​

Megadeth is the best metal band and also best band in world. Dave's vocals and solos are amazing whatever you say, if you listen that ''set the world afire'' you understand me. Megadeth's guitarist's are perfect.

Pantera​
Pantera​

Pantera was an American heavy metal band from Arlington, Texas. The group was formed in 1981 by the Abbott brothers – drummer Vinnie Paul and guitarist Dimebag Darrell – along with lead vocalist Terry Glaze.

Slipknot​
Slipknot​

Slipknot is an American heavy metal band from Des Moines, Iowa. The band was founded in 1995 by percussionist Shawn Crahan, drummer Joey Jordison and bassist Paul Gray.

Anthrax​
Anthrax​

Anthrax is an American heavy metal band from New York City, formed in 1981 by rhythm guitarist Scott Ian and bassist Dan Lilker. The group was considered one of the leaders of the thrash metal scene during the 1980s and is one of the "Big Four" thrash metal bands with Metallica, Megadeth, and Slayer; Anthrax is the only one of the four from the East Coast.

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MotöRhead​
MotöRhead​

More importantly, Motörhead may not have topped this list, but they are certainly the Most Metal Metal Band of All Time. When we use ‘metal’ as an adjective, we are describing how closely something relates to Motörhead. If something is ‘metal’, it means Lemmy wouldn’t actively give it the finger. Though he just might, for propriety’s sake.

Opeth​
Opeth​

Opeth is a Swedish heavy metal band from Stockholm, formed in 1989. The group has been through several personnel changes, but lead vocalist, guitarist and songwriter Mikael Åkerfeldt has remained Opeth's primary driving force throughout the years.

Korn​
Korn​

Korn are identified as the pioneers of nu metal music, a form of alternative metal music which began in the mid-1990s. While generally considered an alternative metal and nu metal band, the band has also been labeled as heavy metal, grunge, hard rock, rap metal, funk metal, groove metal and industrial metal.

Death​
Death​

Blackened death metal is a style that combines death metal with black metal. Examples of blackened death metal bands are Dissection, Belphegor, Behemoth, Akercocke, and Sacramentum. Slam death metal is a style that was evolved from the 1990s New York death metal scene, incorporating elements of hardcore punk.

Mastodon​
Mastodon​

Mastodon is an American heavy metal band from Atlanta, Georgia. Formed in 2000, the group is composed of bassist Troy Sanders, guitarists Brent Hinds and Bill Kelliher, and drummer Brann Dailor, all of whom perform vocals in studio (except Bill Kelliher).

Tool​
Tool​

Tool was described by Patrick Donovan of The Age as "the thinking person's metal band. Cerebral and visceral, soft and heavy, melodic and abrasive, tender and brutal, familiar and strange, western and eastern, beautiful and ugly, taut yet sprawling and epic, they are a tangle of contradictions."

Sepultura​
Sepultura​

In fact, Sepultura paved the way for a lot of bands: today, metal bands come from all over the world, but you’d hard pressed to name any non-America, non-European extreme music projects that made any real kind of impact prior to Sep. The genre’s healthy, diverse state in the modern era is thanks largely to the work of Sepultura.

Godsmack​
Godsmack​

Godsmack has been described as nu metal, heavy metal, post-grunge, hard rock, and alternative metal. The band's primary influences include Aerosmith, Alice in Chains, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Metallica, Pantera and Rush according to Erna, Larkin, and Rombola.

AC/DC​
AC/DC​

AC/DC are an Australian rock band, formed in Sydney in 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young. A hard rock/blues rock band, listeners have also classified their music as heavy metal, although they refer to themselves as "a rock and roll band, nothing more, nothing less".

Disturbed​
Disturbed​

Disturbed is an American heavy metal band from Chicago, Illinois, formed in 1994. The band includes vocalist David Draiman, bassist John Moyer, guitarist/keyboardist Dan Donegan, and drummer Mike Wengren. Former band members are vocalist Erich Awalt and bassist Steve Kmak.

Helloween​
Helloween​

Bands ... Power/Speed Metal Lyrical themes: Fantasy ... The earliest version of Helloween was formed as Gentry in 1978 by Kai Hansen ...

Meshuggah​
Meshuggah​

Meshuggah was labelled as one of the ten most important hard rock and heavy metal bands by Rolling Stone and as the most important band in metal by Alternative Press. Meshuggah has found little mainstream success, but is a significant act in extreme underground music and an influence for modern metal bands.

Testament​
Testament​

Testament is an American thrash metal band from Berkeley, California. Formed in 1983 under the name Legacy, the band's current lineup comprises guitarists Eric Peterson and Alex Skolnick, lead vocalist Chuck Billy, drummer Gene Hoglan, and bassist Steve Di Giorgio.

Ghost​
Ghost​

Ghost is a Swedish heavy metal band that was formed in Linköping, Sweden in 2006. In 2010, they released a 3-track demo followed by a 7" vinyl titled "Elizabeth", and later their debut full-length album Opus Eponymous. The Grammis-nominated album was widely praised and significantly increased their popularity.

Venom​
Venom​

Venom are an English extreme metal band formed in 1978 in Newcastle upon Tyne. Coming to prominence towards the end of the new wave of British heavy metal, Venom's first two albums—Welcome to Hell (1981) and Black Metal (1982)—are considered a major influence on thrash metal and extreme metal in general.

Manowar​
Manowar​

Manowar are so metal that they got their original record deal after they were discovered during a mining expedition. Manowar are so metal that they readily lose electrons to form positive ions, and if you were to put them in a room with a non-metal band, they’d form an ionic bond.

Rammstein​
Rammstein​

Rammstein (German pronunciation: [ˈʁamʃtaɪn]) is a German industrial metal band, formed in 1994 in Berlin.

Kreator​
Kreator​

Kreator is a German thrash metal band from Essen, formed in 1982. Their current lineup has been the same since 2001: lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Mille Petrozza, bassist Christian Giesler, drummer Jürgen "Ventor" Reil, and lead guitarist Sami Yli-Sirniö.

Trivium​
Trivium​

Trivium is an American heavy metal band from Orlando, Florida, formed in 1999. After getting signed to Roadrunner Records in 2004, the band has released eight studio albums and over twenty singles. Their latest album, The Sin and the Sentence, was released on October 20, 2017. The band has sold over one million albums worldwide.

Dio​
Dio​

Dio was an American heavy metal band formed in 1982 and led by vocalist Ronnie James Dio, after he left Black Sabbath with intentions to form a new band with fellow former Black Sabbath member Vinny Appice, the band's drummer.

Exodus​
Exodus​

Exodus have influenced multiple thrash metal and death metal bands such as Slayer, Cannibal Corpse, Death, Testament, Death Angel, Vio-lence, Obituary, Forbidden, Annihilator, Kreator, Destruction, Morbid Angel, Entombed and Onslaught.

Carcass​
Carcass​

Carcass is considered to be the major inspiration and musical foundation for most deathgrind/goregrind bands, as well as being one of the founding fathers of melodic death metal when they had switched their genre to the melodic death metal sound by the early '90s.

Queensrÿche​
Queensrÿche​

Queensrÿche / ˈ k w iː n z r aɪ k / is an American heavy metal band. It formed in 1982 in Bellevue, Washington out of the local band the Mob. The band has released 15 studio albums, one EP, several DVDs, and continues to tour and record.

Black ​Sabbath​
Black ​Sabbath​

Nowhere in the wide, wacky world of heavy-metal subgenres is Black Sabbath's influence more keenly felt than in doom metal. The band's slow grooves, down-tuned guitars and murky riffs embody the style to this day.

Iron Maiden​
Iron Maiden​

Iron Maiden are an English heavy metal band formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. The band's discography has grown to thirty-eight albums, including sixteen studio albums, twelve live albums, four EPs, and seven compilations.

Judas Priest​
Judas Priest​

When it comes to what metal SOUNDS like, on a purely sonic level, no band wrote more of the book than Judas Priest, and that includes a fellow British band yet to appear on this list that often gets the credit.

Avenged ​Sevenfold​
Avenged ​Sevenfold​

Avenged Sevenfold (sometimes abbreviated as A7X) is an American heavy metal band from Huntington Beach, California, formed in 1999.

Dream ​Theater​
Dream ​Theater​

Dream Theater is an American progressive metal band from Boston, Massachusetts. The band was formed in 1985 under the name of "Majesty", only to change its name to Dream Theater later. ...read more.

Cannibal ​Corpse​
Cannibal ​Corpse​

Cannibal Corpse is an American death metal band from Buffalo, New York, now based in Tampa, Florida. Formed in December 1988, the band has released fourteen studio albums, two box sets, four video albums, and two live albums.

Led Zeppelin​
Led Zeppelin​

Led Zeppelin have influenced hard rock and heavy metal bands such as Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Rush, Queen, Aerosmith, the Black Crowes, and Megadeth as well as progressive metal bands like Tool and Dream Theater.

Machine ​Head​
Machine ​Head​

Machine Head is an American heavy metal band from Oakland, California. The band was formed in 1991 by vocalist/guitarist Robb Flynn and bassist Adam Duce. The band's aggressive musicianship made them one of the pioneering bands in the new wave of American heavy metal.

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Blind ​Guardian​
Blind ​Guardian​

Blind Guardian is a German power metal band formed in 1984 in Krefeld, West Germany. They are often credited as one of the seminal and most influential bands in the power metal and speed metal subgenres.

Killswitch ​Engage​
Killswitch ​Engage​

Killswitch Engage is an American metalcore band from Westfield, Massachusetts, formed in 1999 after the disbanding of Overcast and Aftershock. Killswitch Engage's current lineup consists of vocalist Jesse Leach, guitarists Joel Stroetzel and Adam Dutkiewicz, bassist Mike D'Antonio, and drummer Justin Foley.

Deep Purple​
Deep Purple​

Yes. Deep Purple is a metal band. Not only proto-metal or heavy metal. They are a pure metal. More than traditional heavy metal. They created metal music. In fact they are more metal than Black Sabbath. Let me give some examples of it.

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Morbid Angel​
Morbid Angel​

Morbid Angel is an American death metal band based in Tampa, Florida formed in 1983 by guitarist and sole remaining original member Trey Azagthoth, vocalist and bassist Dallas Ward, and drummer Mike Browning.

X Japan​
X Japan​

Dedicated purveyors of serial killer-themed doom metal that swings like a mammoth’s hairy bollocks, the band’s eccentric but somehow oddly authentic take on the stoner metal template has resulted in some of the most wonderfully crushing records of the last 20 years.

Linkin Park​
Linkin Park​

Both Bennington and his LINKIN PARK bandmate Mike Shinoda have said that the band's return to heavier sounds on its new studio album, "The Hunting Party", is partially a reaction to the more subdued music currently being played on Modern Rock radio.

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MöTley Crüe​
MöTley Crüe​

Mötley Crüe was an American heavy metal band formed in Los Angeles, California, on January 17, 1981. The group was founded by bassist Nikki Sixx and drummer Tommy Lee, lead singer Vince Neil and lead guitarist Mick Mars.Mötley Crüe has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, including 25 million albums in the United States, making it one of the best-selling bands of all time.

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Lamb Of God​
Lamb Of God​

Lamb of God (sometimes abbreviated as LoG) is an American heavy metal band from Richmond, Virginia. Formed in 1994 as Burn the Priest, the group consists of vocalist Randy Blythe, guitarists Mark Morton and Willie Adler, bassist John Campbell, and drummer Chris Adler.

Guns N' ​Roses​
Guns N' ​Roses​

The music of Guns N' Roses is a fusion of punk rock, blues rock, heavy metal, hard rock, and hair metal. The Illusions albums saw the band branching out into art rock, while "The Spaghetti Incident?" saw the group blend hard rock with punk rock.

A Perfect ​Circle​
A Perfect ​Circle​

The band has also been lumped in with the nu metal genre, a label that is cited due to the band's rise to fame coinciding with the genre's movement towards more melodic heavy material similar to A Perfect Circle's sound, and its use was contested by many publications.

Alice In ​Chains​
Alice In ​Chains​

Alice in Chains was named 15th greatest live band by Hit Parader, with vocalist Layne Staley placing as 27th greatest heavy metal vocalist of all time. The band's second album, Dirt, was named 5th best album in the last two decades by Close-Up magazine.

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At the Gates​
At the Gates​

One of the pioneers of the Gothenburg death metal sound. Upon reforming in 2007 with the Slaughter of the Soul line-up (the Björler brothers, Lindberg, Larsson and Erlandsson), At the Gates initially announced that they would not record a new album.

System Of A ​Down​
System Of A ​Down​

System of a Down isn't a nu metal band. They have their own genre. What make them great is their song are completely different, yet all of em are great. Everybody have their own favourite, but we all like their song anywayM. System of a Down is amazing.

Bullet for My ​Valentine​
Bullet for My ​Valentine​

Bullet for My Valentine, often abbreviated as BFMV, are a Welsh heavy metal band from Bridgend, formed in 1998. The band is currently composed of Matthew Tuck (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Michael Paget (lead guitar, backing vocals), Jason Bowld (drums) and Jamie Mathias (bass guitar).

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