21 Bands Like Metallica (similar music you’re guaranteed to love!)
Metallica was formed in 1981 and since then they have become one of the biggest bands in the history of music. Over the years their musical style has changed a number of times which probably means we won’t ever get any more albums like “Master Of Puppets” ever again. So we decided to find other bands that can fill the gap left by Metallica’s changing style.
If you like classic Metallica and are looking for other bands that sound similar, keep reading as we present our 21 bands like Metallica.
Megadeth are the ultimate sound-like-Metallica band and for good reason. Dave Mustaine, the founder and only constant member of Megadeth, was originally a member of Metallica. He wrote the track “The Four Horsemen” and Megadeth’s debut album “Killing is my Business… and Business is Good” features a track called “The Mechanix” that sounds almost exactly the same.
Trivium were formed in 1999 by Matt Heafy,Travis Smith and Brad Lewter, since then they have sold more than a million albums worldwide. Over the years the band has had personnel changes but Matt Heafy is the constant in the band.
3. Lamb Of God
Lamb of God were formed in 1994 and were originally known as “Burn The Priest”. They have released 10 studio albums, 2 EPs, 3 DVDs and 28 singles. The only constant member of the band is John Campbell (bass) but the guitarists Willie Adler and Mark Morton are by far one of the best guitar duos of all time.
The instantly recognisable voice of Chuck Billy lets you know that Testament are performing. But the equally talented Alex Skolnick’s guitar playing goes a long way into making Testament such a huge hit with their fans.
5. Flotsam And Jetsam
Metallica’s bassist Jason Newsted was the bassist on Flotsam and Jetsam’s debut album. After that debut album was released the band went on to record another 13 studio albums so far. They’re more speed metal than Metallica but they’re definitely worth a listen.
From 1981 until 2003 Pantera were rocking the world, releasing 9 studio albums and selling more than 20 million albums worldwide. They started as a glam metal band but soon became a fully fledged metal band once Phil Anselmo became vocalist. Their fourth album, “Power Metal” started the heavier phase of their career.
No list of bands that sound like Metallica would be complete without Anthrax. They are named as one of the “big four” thrash metal bands along with Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth. Formed in 1981 by Dan Lilker and Scott Ian, Anthrax were one of the forerunners of the thrash metal genre.
Known as one of the most influential thrash metal bands of all times, Slayer have been plagued by bans, lawsuits and criticism by religious groups and members of the public. They have released 12 studio albums, 3 live albums, 2 EPs and a box set, so there’s plenty to get your teeth into.
One of the younger thrash metal bands, Evile have released 5 studio albums so far and any one of them will be a good place to start but if you really want to hear their most Metallica like material, we’d suggest you start with the track “Thrasher” from their debut album “Enter The Grave”.
10. Avenged Sevenfold
One of the most successful metal bands of all time, we nearly never included them in this list because who doesn’t know Avenged Sevenfold? But we decided they were too good to leave out. They have experimented with many styles over the years but there’s always an underlying heavy metal sound going on.
11. Alter Bridge
Formed in 2004 in Orlando Florida, Alter Bridge have so far released 7 studio albums. Although generally not as heavy as Metallica they have found increasing success among metal fans over the past 20 years. If you want to hear some heavy material from Alter Bridge, their 2019 album “Walk The Sky” is a good place to start.
Kreator were formed in 1982 and have released 14 studio albums, 2 EPs, 2 live albums and 3 compilation albums. They have sold more than 2 million albums worldwide and their second album “Pleasure To Kill” is thought to be one of the most influential thrash metal albums ever.
Another German band formed in 1982, Destruction have achieved a wide following from all over Europe and the USA. Their first album “Infernal Overkill” was released to coincide with their first European and US tour.
Our third German band formed in the 80s, Sodom were formed in 1981 and have gone through a number of personnel changes during their career with only Tom Angelripper (vocals and bass) being a constant member. They have released 16 studio albums, 7 EPs, 3 live albums and 2 compilation albums.
Our fourth and final German thrash metal band, Tankard along with Sodom, Destruction and Kreator are the “big four” teutonic thrash metal bands. Unlike the others Tankard’s songs pretty much all relate to beer or alcohol in general. That doesn’t stop the music being pretty awesome.
16. Sacred Reich
Formed in Phoenix, Arizona in 1985, Sacred Reich have recorded 5 studio albums and are thought to be one of the leading members of the second wave of thrash metal bands from the 80s.
17. Death Angel
Often referred to as one of the leaders of the second wave of thrash metal artists from the 80s, Death Angel are still performing, touring and recording. Even though they had to take a break after their drummer Andy Galeon suffered an injury during an accident on their tour bus.
Formed in 1978 in Newcastle upon Tyne UK, Venom are thought to be a major influence on the early thrash metal scene. Their first and second albums were so influential that their second album title,”Black Metal”became the name of a genre of metal.
Overkill have sold more than 16 million albums worldwide and are thought to be one of the most successful East Coast thrash metal bands of all time. It was their second album “Taking Over” that catapulted Overkill onto the main stage.
Exodus was formed in 1979 in Richmond, California and has released 11 studio albums, 2 live albums and one compilation album. They are known as “the kings of the Bay area scene” along with Metallica.
21. S.O.D. (Stormtroopers Of Death)
S.O.D. were one of the first bands to fuse thrash metal with hardcore punk to create crossover thrash. Their songs were somewhat controversial with lyrics which were claimed to have been offensive. The band has always maintained that those lyrics were intended as a joke, just to annoy certain members of the public.
Who Would You Include?
That’s our 21 bands that sound like Metallica, did we include your favourite? Let us know in the comments who you would have included and why.