Metal bands list

List of metal bands – Heavy, Death, Black, Christian metal bands lists

This is a list of metal bands, bands that have at some stage in their career played within the style of metal. Metal bands are sorted by metal genres and listed by characters !–9 and letters A through Z, by country. A number of metal genres and sub-genres have developed since the emergence of heavy metal (usually shortened to metal) during the late 1960s and early ’70s. At times metal genres may overlap or are difficult to distinguish, but they can be identified by a number of factors. They may differ in terms of: vocal style, lyrics, guitar playing style, instrumentation, tempo, song structure, drumming style, etc.

Here you can find lists of:

Heavy Metal bands, Death metal bands, Black Metal bands, Metalcore bands, Thrash metal bands, Power metal bands, Speed metal bands, Industrial metal bands, Folk metal bands, Gothic metal bands, Pagan metal bands, Viking metal bands and Groove metal bands.

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List of metal bands – Metal genres and sub-genres timeline

The name “Metal” is typically used simply because the contraction of the full phrase is a code used by fans to show that they naturally understand that the band being mentioned is a “heavy” band or that the genre of music they listen to might not be referred to as soft or weak in any way.

metal history timeline

Heavy metal, usually just referred to by the phrase “metal,” is a musical subgenre of rock and roll and an explicit subculture with their very own codes, rituals and style. The genre is usually agreed to have began in the mid- to late 1960s, depending on which band one takes as the starting point. Although many critics and experts look at bands such as Blue Cheer, Steppenwolf, MC5, etc. as metal, these bands can more properly be categorized as proto-metal. The emergence of two main bands made it easier to determine the style – Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath – and they are properly recognized as the 1st metal bands. They helped set the template for the metal bands which followed, particularly in terms of musicianship, but also in style, attitude, and perspective. Heavy metal fashion and style, however, just like the music, are continuously changing and evolving into specific subgenres and subcultures with their own evolving rules and rituals.