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The Best Bands Like Metallica

Updated May 27, 2020 1.1k votes 78 voters 1.7k views37 items

List RulesVote up the bands that Metallica fans should check out ASAP.

Looking for good bands like Metallica? You've come to the right place. 

Arguably the most influential heavy metal band since Black Sabbath, the legendary four-piece has had an eternal impact on the genre. Practically every new metal group has been inspired by the outfit in some way, and even modern top bands who were getting their start during Metallica's heyday, like Gojira and Tool, have clearly drawn some influence in their own Grammy-winning music.

Of course, though they're the most widely-known heavy metal band from the '80s and '90s, there is a wealth of other great bands from the era that sound like Metallica. Megadeth, Slayer, and Pantera - all legends in their own rights - have discographies that pack a punch similar to that of their esteemed contemporary. 

While there are a lot of awesome groups and related artists that sound like the legends behind Master of Puppets, it's up to you to decide which are the best of the best. Vote up the heavy metal bands you'd be most likely to recommend to people who are fans of Metallica, and be sure to add any that you feel we might have missed.

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    Megadeth
    Megadeth is an American thrash metal band from Los Angeles, California. The group was formed... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Iron Maiden
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    Slayer
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    Slayer is an American thrash metal band from Huntington Park, California. The band was formed... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    Black Sabbath
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    Motörhead
    Motörhead () were an English rock band formed in June 1975 by bassist, singer, and songwriter... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Anthrax
    Anthrax is an American thrash metal band from New York City, formed in 1981 by guitarist Scott... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Testament
    Testament is an American thrash metal band from Berkeley, California. Formed in 1982 under the... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Pantera
    Pantera () was an American heavy metal band from Arlington, Texas. The group was formed in... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Judas Priest
    Judas Priest are an English heavy metal band formed in West Bromwich in 1969. They have sold... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    Exodus
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    Exodus is an American thrash metal band formed in 1979 in Richmond, California. They have gone... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    Overkill
    Overkill is an American thrash metal band, formed in 1980 in New Jersey. They have gone... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Ozzy Osbourne
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    Kreator
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    Machine Head
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    Trivium
    Trivium is an American heavy metal band from Orlando, Florida, formed in 1999. After getting... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Dio
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    Dio was an American heavy metal band formed in 1982 and led by vocalist Ronnie James Dio,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Tool
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    Tool is an American rock band from Los Angeles. Formed in 1990, the group's line-up includes... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    Death Angel
    Death Angel is an American thrash metal band from Daly City, California, initially active from... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Helloween
    Helloween is a German power metal band founded in 1984 in Hamburg, West Germany by members of... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Diamond Head
    Diamond Head are an English heavy metal band formed in 1976 in Stourbridge, England. The band... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    White Zombie
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    Saxon
    Saxon are an English heavy metal band formed in 1976, in South Yorkshire. As one of the... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Annihilator
    Annihilator is a Canadian heavy metal band founded in 1984 by vocalist, guitarist, bassist,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Aerosmith
    Aerosmith is an American rock band formed in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1970. The group... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    Wolf
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    Wolf is a Swedish heavy metal band from Örebro. Formed in 1995, the band has since released... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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