From trailblazing German supergroups Rammstein and Scorpions to the legendary metal-heads Lamb of God and Megadeth, 2023's top heavy metal bands are back (and here to stay) with electrifying new music across every metal sub-genre (including nu metal, metalcore, avant-garde metal, doom metal, gothic metal, power metal, Celtic metal, and melodic death metal). Porcupine Tree triumphantly returns to the forefront of the progressive metal scene after their decade-long hiatus, riding high since the release of their powerful eleventh studio album Closure/Continuation; and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Ozzy Osbourne maintains both his “Prince of Darkness” nickname and GOAT status in his mid-70s. Zeal & Ardor continue to disrupt the avant-garde metal world while defying industry stereotypes through their innovative fusion of black metal with African-American spirituals; and English hard rock duo the Nova Twins fearlessly shatter glass ceilings as a black female-led metal duo, fiercely fighting for social justice across their latest projects.
Which trending heavy metal groups are you most excited to see live, and whose records are you currently listening to? Vote below for the best heavy metal bands of 2023, and be sure to also check out this year's top new heavy metal songs afterwards.