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364 bands
Rank Image Band / Formed / Genres Albums
1
Megadeth
1983, United States
Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal, Speed Metal
2
Judas Priest
1970, United Kingdom
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock
Painkiller (1990)  #2
3
Helloween
1983, Germany
Power Metal, Heavy Metal
4
Metallica
1981, United States
Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal
Ride the Lightning (1984)  #6
Master of Puppets (1986)  #27
5
Iron Maiden
1975, United Kingdom
Heavy Metal, NWOBHM
6
Black Sabbath
1969, United Kingdom
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, Doom Metal
Paranoid (1970)  #14
Heaven and Hell (1980)  #21
Master of Reality (1971)  #65
7
Gamma Ray
1989, Germany
Power Metal, Speed Metal, Heavy Metal
Land of the Free (1995)  #134
Power Plant (1999)  #155
8
Yngwie Malmsteen
Sweden
Neoclassical Metal, Heavy Metal
9
Deep Purple
1968, United Kingdom
Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Blues Rock
Machine Head (1972)  #10
In Rock (1970)  #112
Made in Japan (1972)  [Live]  #136
10
Testament
1986, United States
Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal
The Legacy (1987)  #296
The Gathering (1999)  #361
Dark Roots of Earth (2012)  #508
11
Ozzy Osbourne
United Kingdom
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock
Blizzard of Ozz (1980)  #36
Tribute: Randy Rhoads (1987)  [Live]  #80
Diary of a Madman (1981)  #711
12
Royal Hunt
1989, Denmark
Progressive Metal, Heavy Metal, Neoclassical Metal, Symphonic Metal
Paradox (1997)  #55
Show Me How to Live (2011)  #287
Moving Target (1995)  #478
13
Pantera
1981, United States
Groove Metal, Heavy Metal, Thrash Metal
14
Edguy
1992, Germany
Power Metal, Heavy Metal
Mandrake (2001)  #90
Hellfire Club (2004)  #233
Theater of Salvation (1999)  #439
15
Darkthrone
1987, Norway
Black Metal, Death Metal, Heavy Metal, Speed Metal
16
Scorpions
1964, Germany
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, Pop Rock
Love at First Sting (1984)  #238
Moment of Glory (2000)  #307
Blackout (1982)  #344
17
Impellitteri
1987, United States
Heavy Metal, Neoclassical Metal
Screaming Symphony (1996)  #300
Stand in Line (1988)  #394
18
X Japan
1982, Japan
Visual Kei, Heavy Metal, Progressive Metal, Power Metal
Blue Blood (1989)  #147
Jealousy (1991)  #457
Art of Life (1993)  #1245
19
Rainbow
1975, United Kingdom
Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, AOR
Rising (1976)  #118
20
Trivium
1999, United States
Melodic Metalcore, Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal
Ascendancy (2005)  #138
Shogun (2008)  #879
21
Rage
1986, Germany
Heavy Metal, Thrash Metal, Power Metal
Strings to a Web (2010)  #606
Lingua Mortis (1996)  #618
Trapped! (1992)  #770
22
Dio
1982, United States
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock
Holy Diver (1983)  #78
The Last in Line (1984)  #338
23
Savatage
1983, United States
Heavy Metal, Progressive Metal, Hard Rock
Gutter Ballet (1989)  #223
Streets: A Rock Opera (1991)  #358
Dead Winter Dead (1995)  #576
24
Primal Fear
1997, Germany
Heavy Metal, Power Metal
Unbreakable (2012)  #627
Seven Seals (2005)  #824
Devil's Ground (2004)  #1105
25
Queensrÿche
1982, United States
Heavy Metal, Progressive Metal
The Verdict (2019)  #807
Empire (1990)  #1193
26
Skid Row
1986, United States
Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Glam Metal
Slave to the Grind (1991)  #181
Skid Row (1989)  #239
Subhuman Race (1995)  #1756
27
Iced Earth
1988, United States
Heavy Metal, Power Metal, Thrash Metal
Alive in Athens (1999)  [Live]  #545
The Glorious Burden (2004)  #1222
28
Mötley Crüe
1981, United States
Glam Metal, Heavy Metal, Hard Rock
Dr. Feelgood (1989)  #212
Girls, Girls, Girls (1987)  #1219
Shout at the Devil (1983)  #1512
29
Accept
1976, Germany
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock
Metal Heart (1985)  #728
Balls to the Wall (1983)  #737
Blood of the Nations (2010)  #813
30
Stryper
1983, United States
Hard Rock, Glam Metal, Heavy Metal, Christian Rock
Second Coming (2013)  #1695
In God We Trust (1988)  #2056
31
Motörhead
1975, United Kingdom
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock
32
Avenged Sevenfold
1999, United States
Heavy Metal, Metalcore, Hard Rock
Nightmare (2010)  #892
City of Evil (2005)  #958
Avenged Sevenfold (2007)  #1428
33
부활 (Boohwal)
1985, Korea
Heavy Metal, Rock, K-Pop
II : Remember (1987)  #150
III : 기억상실 (1993)  #561
Volume 1 (1986)  #1837
34
김경호 (Kim Kyungho)
Korea
K-Pop, Hard Rock, Rock, Heavy Metal
00:00:1998 (1998)  #988
1997 (1997)  #1607
Kim Kyung ho - 5th (2000)  #2679
35
Annihilator
1984, Canada
Thrash Metal, Technical Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal
Never Neverland (1990)  #531
Alice in Hell (1989)  #1057
Set the World on Fire (1993)  #2530
36
Firewind
1998, Greece
Heavy Metal, Power Metal, Neoclassical Metal
Days of Defiance (2010)  #632
The Premonition (2008)  #1033
Allegiance (2006)  #1950
37
Crimson Glory
1983, United States
Heavy Metal, Progressive Metal
Transcendence (1988)  #91
Crimson Glory (1986)  #211
Astronomica (1999)  #5532
38
Alice in Chains
1987, United States
Heavy Metal, Grunge
Dirt (1992)  #304
MTV Unplugged (1996)  [Live]  #1771
Facelift (1990)  #1886
39
Disturbed
1996, United States
Nu Metal, Heavy Metal, Alternative Metal
Perfect Insanity (2008)  [Single]
Ten Thousand Fists (2005)  #1731
Indestructible (2008)  #1990
40
Anthem
1981, Japan
Heavy Metal, Power Metal
Bound to Break (1987)  #593
Hunting Time (1989)  #847
Immortal (2006)  #1140
41
King Diamond
1985, Denmark
Heavy Metal
Abigail (1987)  #414
Conspiracy (1989)  #717
Fatal Portrait (1986)  #1374
42
Gary Moore
United Kingdom
Hard Rock, Blues Rock, Heavy Metal
Still Got the Blues (1990)  #206
Wild Frontier (1987)  #455
Blues Alive (1993)  [Live]  #817
43
HammerFall
1993, Sweden
Heavy Metal, Power Metal
Threshold (2006)  #1447
Crimson Thunder (2002)  #1928
44
W.A.S.P.
1982, United States
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, Glam Metal
The Crimson Idol (1992)  #330
W.A.S.P. (1984)  #1305
The Headless Children (1989)  #1589
45
Masterplan
2001, Germany
Power Metal, Heavy Metal
Masterplan (2003)  #367
Aeronautics (2005)  #1082
MK II (2007)  #1856
46
Celtic Frost
1984, Switzerland
Death Metal, Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal, Doom Metal
To Mega Therion (1985)  #244
Morbid Tales (1984)  [EP]  #1858
Into the Pandemonium (1987)  #2357
47
Metal Church
1980, United States
Heavy Metal, Thrash Metal
Metal Church (1984)  #383
The Dark (1986)  #1012
Live (1998)  [Live]  #1434
48
Manowar
1980, United States
Heavy Metal, Power Metal
Kings of Metal (1988)  #745
Hail to England (1984)  #845
Sign of the Hammer (1984)  #2199
49
Fates Warning
1984, United States
Progressive Metal, Heavy Metal
Perfect Symmetry (1989)  #854
Parallels (1991)  #855
Long Day Good Night (2020)  #860
50
Nevermore
1992, United States
Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal, Progressive Metal
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Info / Statistics
Artists : 42,696
Reviews : 9,980
Albums : 153,530
Lyrics : 198,741