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Chad Bowar

Best German Heavy Metal Bands

By March 25, 2013

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Germany is a country with a great metal heritage and tons of really good bands.  From the mainstream hard rock/metal sounds of Scorpions to extreme underground bands, the number of quality German metal bands encompasses numerous genres.   Germany is especially known for thrash metal,  and you'll find a few of the genre pioneers on the list.  Power metal is another genre that's well represented.  Here's our list of the best metal bands from Germany.  Who would you add to the list?

Best German Heavy Metal Bands

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March 25, 2013 at 5:10 pm
(1) Hammer says:

Great list. Love me some German metal! Very little to argue with here . . .

1.Grave Digger—like virtually all the top German bands—have had uncanny longevity, but I just don’t think they rank among the top bands. IMO their material has never stood out like the others on your list in terms of influential elements or overall quality. I would have given the last spot to Edguy. Edguy took elements of virtually all the other greats on your list and catapulted German metal into the the 2000′s with a renewed, youthful energy and songwriting quality that few of their power metal contemporaries of any country matched.

2. With German thrash well represented on your list, I “might” also have traded Sodom for Doro. I like Sodom, but for me they are a step below the other two of the German “big 3″, and I think Doro deserves note as perhaps “the” quintessential female metal vocalist.

3. Agree, while they have ladled on big dollops of commercial rock and pop in their delivery at times through their career, on balance the Scorpions are a metal band. For me, Rammstein is the band that I could arguably categorize as something other than metal, but there’s no denying their impact and influence.

4. While certainly not scratching on the edges of the list itself, a few other notable German bands for me are Primal Fear, Brainstorm and Mystic Prophecy.

March 26, 2013 at 2:11 pm
(2) Eugene says:

How could you forget Crematory ?? :)

March 27, 2013 at 8:35 am
(3) Ericfg says:

Good list. There are *so* many solid German HM bands the list could go on forever. A guilty pleasure of mine was/is the 80s band Tyrant.

April 14, 2013 at 6:39 am
(4) Roozy Reskull says:

thank god i didn’t miss much from the list and have to take some bands else

thanks bowar \m/

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