Heavy metal is a genre of rock and roll which originated from England, which is why the best of rock and roll has ties to the United Kingdom. However, that has not prevented Heavy Metal bands from the US to rise up. There are a number of subgenres of metal, although pure heavy metal bands are those which have survived the test of time. Here are five of the best heavy metal bands in the world.
Heavy Metal lovers know Lemmy, the guy who leads the Motorhead group with such an iconic voice. The group is so popular that even wrestling fans know them because they provide an entrance song for Triple H. Over their entire career, the band has sold more than 14 million albums globally and over 20 studio albums.
If we counted only the mainstream metal bands, there is no doubt that Metallica would be the first one. The American based band, however, lost many of their fans after they decided t go mainstream around the 1990s. However, they also added some generic rock fans and became one of the few bestselling bands. Worldwide, Metallica has sold over 100 million albums over the globe.
3. Judas Priest
As we look at the best heavy metal bands, it is important to remember that hard metal instruments form a part of ‘head banging’, and one of the biggest selling points remains to be the lead vocalist. Many metal bands have musicians who growl, but truth be told, Judas Priest has singers who sing well. Rob Halford is the best singer in the band. The band has over 15 albums and more than 40 million units. Their 2014 release titled ‘Redeemer of Souls’ proves that the band is still strong.
2. Black Sabbath
The Heavy Metal band may have hit in the 1980s, but Black Sabbath already became a hit in 1968. Over five decades since then, the band has held farewell tours with Ozzy Osbourne at the helm, assisted by Geezer Butler and Tony Iommi. The band has won two awards (Grammy) and are members of ‘Hall of Fame’ and ‘Rock and Roll.’
1. Iron Maiden
The Iron Maiden Band is the kind of heavy metal. Bruce Dickinson may have left the band, but the band still remains strong. The band boasts of three guitarists and a vocalist, Dickson. The band has sold over 100 million albums and performed over 2,000 concerts.