Rock Best Metal Bands From The American South  

Will Gish
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List Rules Vote up the best metal bands from the American South and add whatever you feel is missing (though nothing from Florida or Texas).

The American South is a brutal place. The heat, the humidity. The swamps, alligators, poisonous snakes, and spiders. The goddamn bob cats. And that's to make no mention of its dark history, which includes slavery; brutal violence between numerous Native American tribes and European invaders settlers; the savagery of the Civil War; rebels and racist gangs murdering, harassing, and suppressing African Americans for generations; the Trail of Tears; the Hatfields and McCoys; and Hurricane Katrina. Add to that the neo-Gothic aesthetic of New Orleans, and you've got yourself the perfect elements for the furnace in which some of the best American metal bands were formed. Behold: the greatest metal bands from the South. 

The best Southern metal bands count among their ranks some of the best – and most influential – metal bands from anywhere in the world. The NOLA scene, soaked in the swampy waters of the bayou, pumps out slow, titanic riffs that might cave your head in, and it has produced some of the heaviest Southern bands like sludge masters Down, Crowbar, and Eyehategod. Georgia is no slouch, having churned out some of the best psychedelic and stoner metal you'll ever hear compliments of Mastodon, Baroness, and Kylesa. 

And that's just the surface of the murky, ominous waters of Southern American metal bands. Scroll down to scope out the best heavy bands from the South. 

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67 23
Lamb of God is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
Sacrament, Ashes of the Wake, As the Palaces Burn

2
62 20
Down is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
NOLA, Down II: A Bustle in Your Hedgerow..., Down III: Over the Under

3
59 20
Mastodon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
Crack the Skye, Leviathan, Blood Mountain

4
39 9
Acid Bath is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
Paegan Terrorism Tactics, When the Kite String Pops, Demos: 1993 - 1996

5
44 14
Corrosion of Conformity is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
Blind, Wiseblood, In the Arms of God

6
36 13
EyeHateGod is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
Take as Needed for Pain, Dopesick, 10 Years of Abuse (And Still Broke)

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34 14
Crowbar is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
Crowbar, Sonic Excess in Its Purest Form, Sever the Wicked Hand

8
32 15
Superjoint Ritual is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
A Lethal Dose of American Hatred, Use Once and Destroy

9
28 13
Nile is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
Black Seeds of Vengeance, Annihilation of the Wicked, Festivals of Atonement

10
28 16
Goatwhore is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
Funeral Dirge for the Rotting Sun, The Eclipse of Ages Into Black, A Haunting Curse

11
28 16
Baroness is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
Blue Record, Yellow & Green, Red Album

12
18 10
Municipal Waste is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
Hazardous Mutation, Massive Aggressive, The Art of Partying

13
23 15
Pig Destroyer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
Terrifyer, Prowler in the Yard, Phantom Limb

14
19 12
Soilent Green is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
Sewn Mouth Secrets, Confrontation, A Deleted Symphony for the Beaten Down

15
21 14
Pentagram is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
First Daze Here: The Vintage Collection, Review Your Choices, Relentless

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28 21
Gwar is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
Scumdogs of the Universe, Beyond Hell, Lust in Space

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17 15
Cannabis Corpse is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
Beneath Grow Lights Thou Shall Rise, Tube of the Resinated, Blunted at Birth

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16 14
Kylesa is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
Time Will Fuse Its Worth, To Walk a Middle Course, Spiral Shadow

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16 15
Exhorder is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
Exhorder Slaughter in the Vatican, The Law, Get Rude

20
18 18
Between the Buried and Me is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
Colors, The Parallax II: Future Sequence, Alaska

21
18 19
Whitechapel is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
The Somatic Defilement, This Is Exile, Recorrupted - EP

22
13 14
Norma Jean is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
Bless the Martyr and Kiss the Child, Redeemer, The Anti Mother

23
12 14
Pallbearer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
Pallbearer

24
10 13
Black Tusk is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
Taste the Sin, Passage Through Purgatory, Set the Dial

25
8 14
Iron Reagan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
Iron Reagan

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6 13
Today Is the Day is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
Today Is the Day, Temple of the Morning Star, Willpower

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5 13
Down to Nothing is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
The Most, Splitting Headache, Save It for the Birds

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5 16
Arsis is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
We Are the Nightmare, United in Regret, Starve for the Devil

29
3 15
Anagorisis is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
Anagorisis

30
3 16
Young and in the Way is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
Young and in the Way