In the late 1960s and the early 1970s, some rock music enthusiasts pushed the limits of blues-rock into a new genre they called the Heavy Metal Rock. Many bands in the genre emerged and with a brisk pace rock music developed as a craze in the United Kingdom and in the United States. With its roots in blues rock and psychedelic rock, bands that played heavy metal were characterized by highly amplified distortion they created in their music. With deep rooted lyrics and immensely loud music – metal bands have ever since filled stadiums and facilities with cheers and banging heads. Here are top10 metal bands ever!
After being fired from Hawkwind, bassist, singer and songwriter Ian Fraser Kilmister, professionally known as Lemmy formed his own band Motorhead in 1975. The English band has to date released twenty albums alongside seven live recordings. Featuring a power-trio of Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister, Phil “Wizzö” Campbell and Mikkey Dee, Motorhead were very popular in the 1980s when they hit the UK top 40 Charts regularly. Overkill, Bomber, Ace of Spades and No Sleep ’til Hammersmith are some of the finest music albums by the band, which pioneered speed metal and trash metal with their fusion of punk rock with heavy metal.
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Founded by guitarists Scott Ian and Danny Lilker in 1981, Anthrax is an American heav heavy metal band with ten studio albums and 20 singles to their kitty. One of the most popular trash metal bands of the 1980s, Anthrax is reported to have sold over 15 million albums worldwide. Anthrax had quite an up-and-down career, the band hit an all time high in the mid-1980s with many successful albums but in the 90s, with departure of the vocalist Joey Belladonna from the band, the band slowly faded into the darkness.
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The famed American heavy metal band Pantera was formed by Abbott brothers – drummed Vinnie Paul and guitarist Dimebag Darrell in 1981. They were joined by vocalist Terry Glaze and Bassist Rex Brown and soon became a band to reckon with. Having sold over 20 million albums, Pantera started as a glam metal band but with the release of Cowboys from Hell almost a decade later in 1990, they pushed the doors open to make themselves recognized as a thrash metal band with a heavy grove in their music.
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7. Led Zeppelin:
It can be fruitlessly debated all day whether Led Zeppelin are actually a metal band or not, but the fact is they are undoubtedly the most successful and influential folk rock and metal bands in history. The English rock band most influential in the late 1960s and throughout the 1970s, comprised of guitarist Jimmy Page, singer Robert Plant, bassist/keyboardist John Paul Jones, and drummer John Bonham. For records, Led Zeppelin are one of the best-selling music artists ever in audio recording history because it is believed Led Zeppelin managed to sale more than record 200 million albums worldwide.
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6. Judas Priest:
The heavy metal band formed in England in 1969, Judas Priest was one of the biggest metal bands in the world following the release of British Steel in 1980. Having sold over 50 million albums worldwide, Judas Priest had many up and downs over the years with major lineup changes. Front-man Rob Halford left the band in 1992 and Judas Priest had a lean patch until Halford reunited in 2003. Since the reunion the band has made some very successful world tours.
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Slayer is an American thrash metal band formed by guitarists Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King sometime in the year 1981. They came into the thick of things with other metal giants like Metallica and Megadeth following the success of Reign in Blood in 1986. Having recorded a sale of over 45 million albums worldwide, Slayer still tours the world with its original four, sending the crowds into a unique frenzy every time they make a stage performance.
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Formed after Dave Mustaine expulsion from Metallica in 1983 by Mustaine and David Ellefson, Megadeth is successful heavy metal band based in America. Regarded as the pioneer of trash metal rock in America, Megadeth was ranked the best among trash metal legends like Metallica, Slayer and Anthrax in the latter half of 1980s. Known well for their lyrical themes on politics, war, addiction, relationships and religion, Megadeth is recorded to have sold about 38 million albums worldwide.
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3. Iron Maiden:
Formed by songwriter and bassist Steve Harris in 1975, the English metal legend Iron Maiden is pioneer of heavy metal in Britain. Grown to popularity with over thirty-six albums to the kitty, Iron Maiden rocks every show with songs like Run To The Hills and the Fear Of The Dark Shirt. Considered undoubtedly one of the best heavy metal bands in the world, Iron Maiden success can be noted by its sale of 85 million albums worldwide. Maestros of live shows, with very little changes in the main lineup, Iron Maiden are believed to have played at over 2000 live shows in their career.
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You love them or hate them, but the big-daddy of all things heavy music, Metallica is perhaps up in the best out there. Living majorly with a hate-hate relationship with their fans, Metallica still has a fan following good enough to pack any stadium in the world. With the confidence of doing what they like doing, the American heavy metal band is best known for its aggressive music, fast tempos and instrumentals. Formed in 1981 the group comprises of James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, lead guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo. Metallica has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide and is slated to release its tenth studio album in early 2014.
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1. Black Sabbath:
Formed in 1969 by foursome – vocalist Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward, the English heavy metal kings Black Sabbath were playing metal to the world well in the 1970s when the other heavy metal legends weren’t even born. Having seen an insane number of changes in the lineup, Black Sabbath never faded in popularity and has sold over 70 million records worldwide. Front-man Ozzy Osbourne was forced out of the band in 1979 but in 1997 the foursome united once again for the triumphant series of reunion tours. It is believed (not confirmed by the band) that Black Sabbath are working on their first LP since Never Say Die released in 1978. We’re waiting!
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