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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76 27
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
67 22
Mastodon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
Crack the Skye, Leviathan, Blood Mountain

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72 26
Down is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
NOLA, Down II: A Bustle in Your Hedgerow..., Down III: Over the Under

4
49 17
Corrosion of Conformity is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
Blind, Wiseblood, In the Arms of God

5
43 13
Acid Bath is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
Paegan Terrorism Tactics, When the Kite String Pops, Demos: 1993 - 1996

6
41 15
Crowbar is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
Crowbar, Sonic Excess in Its Purest Form, Sever the Wicked Hand

7
40 16
EyeHateGod is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
Take as Needed for Pain, Dopesick, 10 Years of Abuse (And Still Broke)

8
38 20
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
30 17
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
31 18
Baroness is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
Blue Record, Yellow & Green, Red Album

11
31 19
Goatwhore is listed (or ranked) 11 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

12
21 11
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
Pentagram is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
First Daze Here: The Vintage Collection, Review Your Choices, Relentless

14
21 14
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
29 23
Gwar is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
Scumdogs of the Universe, Beyond Hell, Lust in Space

16
23 18
Pig Destroyer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
Terrifyer, Prowler in the Yard, Phantom Limb

17
19 16
Exhorder is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
Exhorder Slaughter in the Vatican, The Law, Get Rude

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17 15
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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19 18
Cannabis Corpse is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
Beneath Grow Lights Thou Shall Rise, Tube of the Resinated, Blunted at Birth

20
15 15
Norma Jean is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
Bless the Martyr and Kiss the Child, Redeemer, The Anti Mother

21
14 14
Pallbearer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
Pallbearer

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19 22
Whitechapel is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
The Somatic Defilement, This Is Exile, Recorrupted - EP

23
18 22
Between the Buried and Me is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
Colors, The Parallax II: Future Sequence, Alaska

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11 15
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

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10 15
Iron Reagan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
Iron Reagan