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Individuals or bands who perform
3 Inches Of Blood - A Canadian Thrash Metal and Power Metal band. They are known for their unique vocal alteration between falsetto cleans and metalcore-esque screaming, as well as their over-the-top nature, manliness, and lyrics involving epic battles and Heavy Mithril.
Abnormality - The arguable top dogs in the New England death metal scene, and one of the most famous female-fronted death metal acts. Also known as " note that band that made that really hard song in Rock Band".
Abominable Putridity - The Face of Russian Slam/Brutal Death Metal.
Aborted - A note Brutal Death Metal / Deathgrind band from Belgium. Known for their use of samples and violent lyrics.
Abysmal Dawn - One of the notable bands in the classic Death Metal revival scene.
Accept - A relatively well-known traditional metal band from Germany. They are considered to be one of the precursors to Power Metal. Best known for their hit "Balls to the Wall".
Acid Bath - One of the first note Sludge Metal bands, in addition to being well-known for their Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly tendencies.
note After Forever
note The Agonist - Canadian note Melodic Death Metal with a female vocalist with a surprisingly good vocal range. Their lyrical themes are Society-based.
Alestorm - Scottish Power Metal band who loves singing about pirates.
Alice in Chains - One of the most popular bands from the 1990s, who continue to go strong today. Possibly the only band falling under both Grunge and Heavy Metal simultaneously. Known for their dark vocal harmonies and the death of their drug-addicted singer, who got replaced with a black dude who isn't well-liked but gains more and more rep as time passes.
All That Remains
Alter Bridge - A beloved alt-metal band who, believe it or not, is literally Creed with a different singer. They are much heavier than the band they formed from the ashes of, and are a big Ensemble Darkhorse of alternative metal.
note Amon Amarth - Melodic Death Metal band from Sweden. They are fond of Vikings and giant beards.
Anaal Nathrakh - The most extreme Black Metal band in the world. Got even more extreme as of late thanks to incorporating elements of Industrial Metal, Death Metal and Grindcore in their sound.
Anal Cunt - An over-the-top Grindcore band seemingly existing only to be metal's equivalent of Stylistic Suck. Their now-dead singer thinks Chris Barnes is a pussy.
note Annihilator - Canadian Thrash Metal band. Well, you might as well call it The Jeff Waters Project, but still.
Anthrax - One of the big 4 Thrash Metal bands, albeit the least popular commercially. They are named after a disease.
Apocalyptica - Metal from Finland WITH CELLOS!
Arch-Enemy - One of Melodic Death Metal's most popular and acclaimed bands.
As I Lay Dying - Trope Codifier for melodic Metalcore, and one of the heaviest of their kind. They're Christian.
Atheist - An early, highly-acclaimed note Technical Death Metal band who reunited after a decade-long split and now continue to tour and record.
At The Gates - One of the original three note Trope Codifiers of Melodic Death Metal and the Ur Example of their subgenre's more brutal side.
note Avenged Sevenfold - Very successful Hard Rock and Alternative Metal band who made it big in the mid-2000s. Loved by their fans, hated by others. Known for their distinctly gritty singing and many a Genre Shift.
Axel Rudi Pell - Hard Rock and Power Metal band led by the guitarist of the same name. Notable for having Johnny Gioeli of Crush 40 (also known as "the Sonic the Hedgehog guy") as their vocalist and frontman.
The Axis Of Perdition
note Babymetal - A metal idol group from Japan. While they may be polarizing for some, they have become one of the biggest Internet phenomena for many metalheads as of late.
Behemoth - Possibly Poland's biggest Death Metal band. Started as Black Metal.
Benighted - French Brutal Death Metal band known for their psychotic lyrics and subtle inclusion of almost every form of death metal ever in one way or another.
The Berzerker - Industrial deathgrind from down under.
Between The Buried And Me - Highly eclectic Progressive Metal band. Was under the radar for a while, but made it big with their 2007 release Colors.
Black Veil Brides - The face of the Hair Metal revival along with Steel Panther. Infamous for their rabid fanbase that loves them for reasons other than their music.
The Black Dahlia Murder - One of the most extreme note Melodic Death Metal bands to exist in this planet. Very popular among both the general public and melodeath fans alike.
Black Label Society - The most acclaimed old-school heavy metal band of the last years.
Black Sabbath - The first ever note Heavy Metal band along with Blue Cheer
Blind Guardian - Popular and well-respected note Power Metal outfit known for their multi-layered vocal harmonies and J. R. R. Tolkien -inspired lyrics.
Blood Red Throne - The face of Norwegian note Death Metal, along with Zyklon.
Blood Stain Child - The most well-respected Japanese Melodic Death Metal outfit. Known for their signature sound that mixes melodeath with Electronic Music.
Blue Cheer - The Ur Example of the genre whose first album, Vincebus Eruptum, is arguably the first example of the genre.
Blue Stahli - An electronic based one man band.
Bolt Thrower - Heavy Mithril meets Death Metal. Easy as that.
Breed 77 - Underground Alternative Metal band from Gibraltar. They fuse their music with Spanish flamenco and sometimes use Yarling.
Body Count - One of the few all African-American metal bands. Brought about by Ice T's love of metal and realization that he knew a lot of good metal musicians.
note Bring Me The Horizon - A popular British Metalcore band whose fanbase loves them for the wrong reasons. Wasn't very respected until they released .
Sempiternal Broken Hope
note Bullet For My Valentine - A Welsh Metalcore/ Hard Rock band known for their emotional lyrics and heavy melodeath influences.
Burzum - Infamous one-man note Black Metal outfit which served as the Trope Maker for the genre's more ambient side. Sole member Varg Vikernes was jailed from 1994-2009 for the arson of three churches and the murder of Mayhem guitarist Euronymous.
Candiria - Avant-Garde Metal outfit whose members famoulsy averted total Author Existence Failure via vehicular accident.
Candlemass - note Trope Codifier for Doom Metal known for their bombastic sound and ex-singer Messiah Marcolin's even more bombastic singing.
Cannibal Corpse - The most popular note Death Metal band on the planet. Known for their violent cover art and explicitly violent lyrics and song titles.
Carcass - Highly influential goregrind group that gradually changed their sound to melodic death and influenced even more bands.
note Cattle Decapitation - Highly eclectic death metal group that has changed their sound with every album and seamlessly fused a little bit of everything that they enjoy into their music without having anything sound out of place.
note Celldweller - The most well-respected Nu Metal band since Deftones. Easily recognizable with its metal/ Electronic Music crossover sound.
Celtic Frost - Claimed to be the missing link between '80s Thrash Metal and Black Metal. Known for their dark, aggressive playing style and their Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly tendencies.
note Children of Bodom - Melodic death/ Power Metal band from Finland known for their unique sound and Word Salad Lyrics. Gravitated towards a modern Thrash Metal sound in recent years, much to the disdain of their fanbase.
Chimaira - note Metalcore band characterized by their extremely fast double-bass drumming and distinctly angry vocals.
Clutch - Very bluesy alternative metal and stoner rock band. You can easily recognize them from their old-school rock influences and Word Salad Lyrics.
Cradle Of Filth - The most successful British metal band since Iron Maiden. Also, despite their name and lyrical themes, and vocal style, they are not a note Black Metal band, claiming otherwise will earn you the wrath of "trve" black metal fans, or at least another Face Palm.
note Chthonic - Taiwanese band rivaling Sigh on being the face of Asian Black Metal. Well-respected for their music. Also loved by fans for other reasons...
Cryptopsy - The definitive Canadian tech-death band.
note Cynic - Acclaimed note Technical Death Metal band that shifted more towards Progressive Rock after its second album.
Dark Tranquillity - One of the pioneers of note Melodic Death Metal. They have since gravitated towards a more progressive, baroque pop-influenced sound.
Deadlock - Female-fronted German band who frequently mix and mash up genres.
Dead By April - Melodic Metalcore band from Sweden, known for their '90s Boy Band-esque musical stylings and polished sound.
Death . The note creators of Death Metal.
Decapitated - One of Technical Death Metal's most lauded bands.
note Deeds Of Flesh - Up there with Suffocation as note the brutal death band, and arguably even more important to the genre thanks to Unique Leader Records, which frontman Erik Lindmark owns and runs.
Defeated Sanity - Essentially Devourment if they were led by a jazz drummer and a modern classical composer-turned-bassist. note The Ensemble Darkhorse of tech-death.
Deep Purple - One of the first metal bands. They were around before Black Sabbath, but didn't play metal right away.
Deftones - The Ensemble Darkhorse of Nu Metal. Identifiable by Chino Moreno's Perishing Alt Rock Voice and angry pterodactyl screams. Gradually got more experimental as time went on.
Deicide - Satanic note Death Metal band that formed in the 80s as well as one of the Trope Codifiers for the genre.
Demon Hunter - Christian Metalcore that doesn't really sound Christian.
Demons And Wizards
note Despised Icon
note Device - Disturbed meets Industrial Metal. Not much else to say.
The Devil Wears Prada
Devourment - One of the first major slam bands and the most recognizable band in the genre by far. Also infamous for revolving-door lineups that consist of the same few people again and again.
note King Diamond
Die Krupps - German Industrial Metal band with a distictive synth and guitar driven style. Known to have influenced Rammstein.
Ronnie James Dio - The undisputed king of the classic metal sound. Died in 2010 and left behind one of the genre's biggest legacies.
note Dir En Grey - A highly respected Japanese metal band with a worldwide cult following. Also one of the most diverse and unusual-sounding metal bands in the active scene. They must be heard to be believed.
Dirty Rotten Imbeciles
Disciple - One of the most blatant examples of Christian Metal. Easy to point out due to Kevin Young's distinct wail and highly religious lyrics.
Disgorge - An American Brutal Death Metal band known for their anti-christian based gore lyrics and highly influential nature. The majority of their past vocalists are now involved in various other bands.
note Disturbed - One of the most popular metal bands in history. They started off as pretty straightfoward note Nu Metal, but gradually evolved into a one-of-a-kind style of metal leaning towards Hard Rock. You might (actually, probably) know them as the band that did "Down with the Sickness".
DragonForce - note Power Metal band famous for, among many other things, super-fast guitars and their liberal use of fantastic themes.
note Dream Theater - The most popular Progressive Metal band. Famous for their long songs and their precise, technical musicianship.
Dwelling Of Duels
Dying Fetus - note Technical Death Metal band from Maryland known for their exceptionally low vocals and rap-like rhythms. Yes, their name was meant to be offensive.
Edge Of Sanity
Emperor - One of the most highly influential Norwegian "second generation" black metal bands.
note Enslaved - Long-running, highly acclaimed Norwegian Black Metal band known for their progressive songwriting and big, epic compositions.
Enter Shikari - Highly famous British Avant-Garde Metal band, which take Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly to truly ungodly levels for their genre. They are the leaders of modern Post-Hardcore.
Epica - A Dutch note Symphonic Metal band that combines various elements of other metal subgenres.
Eric Calderone - a YouTube guitarist that plays music in Metal form.
ES Posthumus - The Ensemble Darkhorse of Symphonic Metal. Highly notable for their film score-inspired sound and heavy orchestrations.
Evile - The leaders of the old-school Thrash Metal revival. Put together Slayer and '80s Metallica and you'd basically get their sound.
Exhumed - One of the most famous and long-lived Carcass worship groups. Known for their near-constant touring and raucous live shows.
note Eyehategod - One of the creators of the sludge genre as well as the undisputed kings of it.
EZO: The first Japanese metal band to perform outside of Japan and be signed by a Western label. Was somewhat Hair Metal but with Darker and Edgier lyrical content.
note Fair To Midland
Faith No More - Metal meets note everything else. Enough said.
Fall Of Efrafa
Fear Factory - note Industrial Metal/ Groove Metal/ Death Metal band known for popularizing the one-man Soprano and Gravel technique. Recognizable for their abrasive, mechanical sound and science fiction-themed lyrics. Easily one of the most popular bands of the genre.
note Five Finger Death Punch - Highly aggressive Groove Metal band known for their unique sound, which manages to remain dense and mean while still radio-friendly. Narm Charm is everywhere in their discography. About half the metal community consider them a disgrace to music, while the other half like them.
Fleshgod Apocalypse - A brutal note Technical Death Metal band from Italy with neo-classical and symphonic elements.
Fozzy - Modern metal band fronted by wrestler Chris Jericho. Started as a joke band, but became a true face in the metal world with the album All That Remains.
Galneryus - The face of Japanese neoclassical metal along with X Japan and Versailles. Notable for their work on the opening and ending theme of and for the departure of then-vocalist Yama-B, whose replacement is widely disliked for his Mnemosyne questionable singing ability.
note The Gathering
The Gazette - Currently one of the most successful and iconic bands in Japanese heavy metal, despite being signed to a non-metal label.
Ghost - Deicide's lyrics plus Black Sabbath's sound equals them.
note God Dethroned
note Godsmack - The Spiritual Successor to Alice in Chains. Some call them rip-offs, and others love their heavy take on the Alternative Metal / Post-Grunge sound. Their name may or may not come from the song of the same name.
Gojira - French Technical Death Metal/ Groove Metal band known for their musical precision and environmentalist lyrics.
Gorgoroth - One of the most infamous note Black Metal bands hailing from Norway due to the history of a major past member.
note GWAR- Long-running "Scumdogs of the Universe" who take theatricality to a whole other level.
Hatebreed - One of the top dogs of modern metalcore and the Trope Codifier for its heavier end along with Converge.
Hate Eternal - The main band of the (in)famous metal producer Erik Rutan, as well as the breakthrough band for the drum virtuoso Derek Roddy.
note The Haunted - Melodic Groove Metal formed from the ashes of At The Gates.
Heaven Shall Burn - A note Melodic Death Metal / Metalcore band from Germany notable for their socio-political lyrics, aggressive music, distinct vocals, and for being vegans.
note Holy Grail
Hour Of Penance - One of the pioneers of the current Italian Death Metal Scene
note Hypocrisy - The musical project of note Death Metal producer Peter Tagtgren. Notable for their dense, very loud, brutal death-influenced Melodic Death Metal sound
Iced Earth - Highly regarded American note Power Metal/ Thrash Metal band known for their frequent lineup changes and love for the Concept Album.
Ill Nino - Latin-infused metal from New Jersey. No two albums by them sound the same. Considered in their heyday to be one of Nu Metal's best bands. They have since shifted to a more Death Metal-influenced sound.
Immolation - Noteworthy OS NY death metal band for their slow, yet heavy atmospheric sound.
Immortal - One of the poster children for the image of note Black Metal. Subject to Narm and Memetic Mutation.
In Flames - One of three note Trope Codifiers for Melodic Death Metal early on, but gradually gravitated towards a more Alternative Metal style with elements of Metalcore and Nu Metal.
Internal Suffering - The most extreme, most hard-hitting, most everything tech-death band to ever come out from South America.
note Iron Butterfly
Iron Maiden - Along with Motorhead and Judas Priest, one of the most popular and influential bands of the NWOBHM ( New Wave Of British Heavy Metal). Known for their operatic singing, galloping bass, and triple-guitar sound. Has spawned numerous imitators.
Jesu - Justin Broadrick's current project after Godflesh. Put together Sunn O))) and My Bloody Valentine and you pretty much get their sound.
Job For A Cowboy - note Deathcore turned Death Metal band from Arizona. Popular among non-death metal fans. Despite the name, they are not a country band.
Judas Priest - The Trope Codifier for NWOBHM along with Motorhead and Iron Maiden.
Jungle Rot - Old-school Death Metal band whose entire catalog has recently been Vindicated by History. Known for their hardcore-influenced writing and war themes.
Jupiter - Japanese note Symphonic Power Metal band formed by the instrumentalists of Versailles after that band went on hiatus in 2012.
Kamelot - note Power Metal band from Florida. Known for their soaring melodies and heavier sound than some of their contemporaries. Their original singer was nothing short of a Dreadful Musician, but their next two singers are widely considered to have some of the best cleans in metal.
Kataklysm - Canadian note Death Metal band known for their hyperspeed drumming sections. They have had two singers, one who sounds like a deranged man in a mental institution, and one who alternates between demonic growls and banshee shrieks.
Katalepsy - The youngest son of Russian Death Metal.
Khanate - note Ensemble Darkhorse of drone metal. Recognisable for their long songs, their feedback-heavy, noisy guitars, strange drum patterns and their singer's bloodcurling screams.
Killswitch Engage - The quintessential mainstream metalcore band.
note Kreator - The face of Teutonic Thrash Metal and an arguable Ur Example of both Death Metal and Melodic Death Metal, never mind their semi-cyclic Genre Shifts to Gothic Metal.
Kvelertak - Norwegian metal band combining Black Metal, Hardcore Punk and Hard Rock influences into what fans call "Black & Roll".
note Lacuna Coil
Lamb Of God - Pretty much the leaders of modern metal. Known for their sound's raw production and heavy grooves.
Led Zeppelin - One of the early pioneers of heavy metal as a whole.
Living Colour - Funk Metal and Alternative Metal band. All their members are African-American.
Loudness: Second Japanese metal band to be signed and tour outside of Japan, most famously so with Mötley Crüe. Most famous for being a Long Runner (over 30 years without a breakup or prolonged hiatus) and doing so via repeated Genre Shift. Also known for its legendary bass players - which have included Taiji Sawada and Naoto Shibata.
Lordi - A Finnish metal band known for their gritty vocals and classic sound. Their smash hit "Hard Rock Hallelujah" brought them to instant recognition.
note Malignancy - The dauntless underdogs of NYDM, though they have attracted more attention as of late thanks to Mike Heller's involvement with Fear Factory. Known for their devoted cult following and completely one-of-a-kind sound.
note Yngwie Malmsteen - Trope Codifier of neoclassical metal.
Manowar - American Power Metal and Speed Metal band which talks mainly about Heavy Mithril. .
They are so manly it's not even funny Marduk
note Mastodon - Popular Georgian band which started out as a Groove/ Sludge Metal band before moving on to a more progressive sound staring with their third album.
note Mayhem - One of the most infamous note Black Metal bands, due to the suicide of one band member and murder of another at the height of the genre's second wave. Arguable Trope Codifier for all of Black Metal and the most famous band in the whole genre.
Megadeth - The second most popular band in the big 4 of Thrash Metal, as well as the one with the largest catalog (14 albums) and arguably most line-up changes. Known for their shred-style guitar and for Dave Mustaine, who also is known for getting booted out of Metallica and for his ignorant behavior.
Melvins - Trope Maker and Trope Codifier for sludge metal.
Meshuggah - Swedish experimental metal quintet, haven't found any mainstream success but nigh-famous in many circles for their excessively technical, chug-heavy, seemingly unclassifiable sound, and for the virtuosity of the band's founding members.
Metallica - The most popular metal band in the entire world, by far. You can't please their so-called "fans".
Metal Church - American Power Metal band with socially-conscious lyrics.
Ministry - The Trope Maker for Industrial Metal.
note Morbid Angel - A pioneering note Death Metal band in the late eighties and early nineties. Caused a massive Broken Base with their Industrial Metal-tinged Illud Divinum Insanus album.
Mortiis - Initially an note Ambient solo project of the former bassist of Emperor, which later developed into a full band that plays Industrial Metal.
Motörhead - The supposed creators of the Speed Metal genre. Fronted by Lemmy, who is known for his manly presence, promiscuity, gravelly singing voice, and refusal to accept his own band's genre, calling them "rock and roll". Don't tell him otherwise.
Mudvayne - A Progressive Metal band from Illinois known for using weird face paint, Esoteric Motifs, unusual genre meshings, and complex technical playing based in Arc Numbers.
Mushroomhead - Industrial Metal band who, much like Slipknot, has many members and wears masks. Whether Slipknot fans want to hear it or not, Mushroomhead did it before them.
My Dying Bride
Nanowar Of Steel
Napalm Death - The first ever note Grindcore band. Rose to fame thanks to their song "You Suffer", which has the Guinness World Record for "Shortest song ever recorded".
Necrophagist - German note Technical Death Metal band who are now taking forever to write music.
note Nevermore - Progressive Metal band known for being the Ur Example of groove metal, their cynical singing and subject matter, and the signature guitar playing of Jeff Loomis. Split (at least temporarily) in 2011.
note Nightwish - The note Trope Codifier for Symphonic Metal. Easily the face of said music genre.
Nile - Put together brutal Technical Death Metal and Egyptian culture, and Nile is what you get. Also famous for having one of the fastest and most technically adept drummers in metal - George Kollias.
Nonpoint - Powerful, hard-hitting Alternative Metal is what they play.
Oathean - South Korean metal band that blends traditional Korean music with extreme metal.
Obituary - A notable note Trope Codifier for Death Metal. Characterized by their laid-back grooves and absolutely psychotic vocals.
note Oomph - Trope Maker for Neue Deutsche Harte.
Opeth - Endlessly acclaimed Swedish Progressive Metal band known for their excessively long songs and seamless shift between music genres in any song.
Origin - One of the heaviest and most brutal bands in the technical death genre, in addition to having musicians who are renowned for their note truly jaw-dropping ability even by genre standards.
Pain Of Salvation - Frequently changing prog-metal act recognizable for their focus on precision and emotion rather than all-out technicality. Some of their albums are considered classics in the genre.
Pantera - Either the note Trope Maker or Trope Codifier of Groove Metal.
Periphery - The zeitgeist band of the djent subgenre.
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Protest The Hero
Psychostick - A very silly, yet highly heralded metalcore band.
note Queensr˙che - A classic rock-influenced Progressive Metal band, known for their massive Broken Base.
note Rammstein - German Industrial Metal band known for their unique sound, scary music and lyrics, larger-than-life singer Till Lindemann, and their obscene music videos. More popular abroad than in their home country, they also are the Trope Codifier for Neue Deutsche Harte and is one of the most popular industrial metal bands alongside Nine Inch Nails, Fear Factory, and Marilyn Manson.
Revamp - Floor Jansen's new band after note After Forever disbanded due to Sander Gommans having a health breakdown and a lack of passion to continue.
Revocation - One of the most talked about new bands in the metal scene. Their unusual mix of Technical Death Metal and Thrash Metal, as well as subtle influences from other music, gained them rising status.
Rhapsody of Fire
Rivers Of Nihil
Sabaton - Swedish Power Metal quintet notable for their history and war inspired lyrics.
note Scars On Broadway
Sepultura - The face of Latin American metal. began as a straight-up note Death/ Thrash metal band, but became known for their crushing approach to experimental metal for most of their career, and for the departure of their frontman and main creative force, Max Cavalera, who was replaced by a black Nu Metal singer whom the fanbase strongly despises.
Sevendust - Atlanta-based metal band who got their start in the late 1990s. Best known for their crushing riffs, radio-friendly hooks, and the unique R&B-influenced vocal delivery of Lajon Witherspoon. The band members are True Companions.
Sexcrement - New England's premier sleaze merchants.
note Shadows Fall
SikTh - A highly respected Nu Metal band known for their chaotic musicianship and dual vocal setup, but better known as an early pioneer of the djent subgenre.
Sigh - Possibly the first Black Metal band to form in Japan, but gradually shifted towards a more experimental sound.
note Six Feet Under - The next note Death Metal band fronted by Chris Barnes after he left Cannibal Corpse. They tend to be groovier and less serious than most other bands in death metal, making them a hugely Love It or Hate It kind of band, though they have gotten much more technical with their last two albums.
Skindred - The only band to ever successfully fuse metal with reggae.
Skinless - note Stealth Parody of brutal death metal.
Slapshock - The face of Filipino metal. Frequently shifts styles.
Slayer - A massively popular American note Thrash Metal band formed in the 1980s and well-known for being Darker and Edgier than their contemporaries. Their Black Sheep Hit "Angel Of Death" made them particularly infamous in the public eye.
Slipknot - One of the best-known metal bands in the world, as well as the genre's arguable public face. Known for their use of masks, Corey Taylor's distinct vocals, and for having 9 members ( though one died).
Sleepytime Gorilla Museum - A mind-breakingly weird Avant-Garde Metal band.
Sonic Syndicate - One of the more recent pioneers of Melodic Death Metal and the Ur Example of melodic metalcore. Their sound frequently changes and so does their lineup.
Soulfly - Max Cavalera's current musical project. Recognizable for mixing note Death Metal and Thrash Metal with tribal and Reggae percussion.
Sound Horizon - Japanese one-man avant-garde musical outfit known for their expansive catalogue that largely consists of Concept Albums
Spawn Of Possession
note Steel Panther - The other face of the Hair Metal revival
Stratovarius - A Finnish Power Metal band known for their soaring musicianship and dense, cinematic sound.
Suffocation - One of the most important bands in death metal, as they created the brutal death subgenre and revolutionized tech by proving that you could be both technical and incredibly heavy.
note Suicidal Tendencies - Originally (and currently) a note Hardcore Punk band, achieved several years of mainstream success when they blended Thrash Metal and Funk.
Suicide Silence - The Trope Codifier of modern deathcore.
Suid Akr A
Sunn O))) - note Trope Codifier of drone doom. DO NOT listen to them while on drugs. It might end very badly.
note System of a Down - One of the most commercially successful and acclaimed metal bands on the planet. Their music is political, funny, and unlike anything else.
note Theatre of Tragedy
Therion - A note Trope Codifier of Symphonic Metal and the arguable Trope Maker of Avant-Garde Metal, with frequent line-up changes.
Tokyo Yankees - The band that launched legendary note power vocalist Soichiro "Ume" Umemura into recognition.
Tool - The second most popular Progressive Metal band. They are from Los Angeles. They are.... Weird, to say the least. Their long-awaited next album has been in Development Hell for almost 8 years.
Devin Townsend - Canadian musician and producer, known for his vocal versatility, strong affinity for humor and extreme musical insanity.
Trigger The Bloodshed
note Trivium - One of the poster children of recent metal. Considered the new Metallica by some, but strongly despised by others.
Twenty Dead Flower Children
Type O Negative
note Underoath - Started off as a Christian Deathcore/ Unblack Metal group before switching to their post-hardcore sound.
Unearth - Considered by some to be the note Spiritual Successor to In Flames.
Vader - (One of) The pioneers of Polish Death Metal.
Venom - One of the first black metal bands, if not, the very first.
Versailles - Japanese note Symphonic Power Metal band well-known for their over-the-top musical style and image.
Hizaki - Lead guitarist of Versailles (and too many other bands to list, including his own solo project). Known for fast, melodic guitar solos. As famous for his fashion sense as he is for his music.
note Voivod - A Canadian Progressive Metal band.
Volbeat - The leaders of modern metal, with Lamb Of God.
Waking The Cadaver - Slam deathcore band infamous for their violent music and lyrics.
Whitechapel - Deathcore with a lot more emphasis on the "death" part.
Wintersun - Finnish note Melodic Death Metal project whose sole founding member and creative force takes ages to record music.
Woods Of Ypres - a melodic Black Metal-turned- Doom Metal band from Canada which suffered sudden Author Existence Failure just before the release of their final album.
The Word Alive
X Japan - Arguably the band that defined Visual Kei and, along with Loudness, practically created the non-underground Japanese metal scene. Tied with Loudness for the second most famous Japanese metal band and was the first most famous Asian heavy metal band until Dir en Grey.
Yoshiki - One of the most well-known drum and piano virtuosos in metal, made famous for his compositional skill, attention-grabbing persona and, prior to a string of neck and back injuries from 1995 onwards, his extreme speed and proficiency in both the drums and the piano and, consequently, for being the note Ur Example of extreme metal. Post-injuries work showcases his increased focus on extreme technicality.
Toshi - Known for his unique vocal tone and range, for making Rob Halford look heterosexual and possibly kickstarting the entire " yaoi fanservice" thing in Visual Kei whatever his actual orientation was, and for spending 10 years in an unhappy marriage and a religion that he denounced and left and sued.
hide - One of the most acclaimed metal guitarists ever, known for pioneering Alternative Metal, bridging the gap between the Eastern and Western metal scenes with his side project Zilch, and inspiring the creation of the various Visual Kei spin-offs, but unfortunately known for a shocking, unusual and tragic death via either suicide or autoerotic asphyxiation.
Sugizo - Guitarist of Luna Sea who replaced hide post the 2007 reunion, officially as of 2009.
Pata - Guitarist who developed a cult following outside of Japan for his works with James Christian, and who was arguably the better guitar player technically in the early years.
Taiji - Virtuoso bassist and guitarist, unfortunately also one who had major problems with alcohol and drugs and severe health issues as a result. Died in 2011, likely as a result of homicide in custody, though the official story is that he hung himself with a bedsheet. note With no wounds from doing so, and no autopsy conducted.
Heath - Replaced Taiji as bassist from 1993 to 1997, and again as of The New Tens. A capable musician, but mentioning his name in a discussion about Visual Kei bassists (or Heavy Metal bassists in general) will not end well.
Yousei Teikoku - Japanese Gothic Metal band, fronted by seiyuu (voice actress) Yui Itsuki. Known for their contributions to several anime series and their bizarre approach to their genre. The fanbase loves them for the wrong reasons, however.
Rob Zombie - Industrial Metal and Groove Metal musician. Fronted the band White Zombie in the 80s and 90s. You may know him for the movies he's directed.
Zyklon - Though to a lesser extent than Blood Red Throne, they were noted as a poster band for Norwegian note Death Metal.