music 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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Down is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
Down NOLA, Down II: A Bustle in Your Hedgerow..., Down III: Over the Under

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48 15
Lamb of God is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
Lamb of God Sacrament, Ashes of the Wake, As the Palaces Burn

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42 13
Mastodon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
Mastodon Crack the Skye, Leviathan, Blood Mountain

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33 10
Corrosion of Conformity is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
Corrosion of Conformity Blind, Wiseblood, In the Arms of God

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24 7
Acid Bath is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
Acid Bath Paegan Terrorism Tactics, When the Kite String Pops, Demos: 1993 - 1996

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26 9
Crowbar is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
Crowbar Crowbar, Sonic Excess in Its Purest Form, Sever the Wicked Hand

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24 10
EyeHateGod is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
EyeHateGod Take as Needed for Pain, Dopesick, 10 Years of Abuse (And Still Broke)

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20 7
Nile is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
Nile Black Seeds of Vengeance, Annihilation of the Wicked, Festivals of Atonement

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21 8
Goatwhore is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
Goatwhore Funeral Dirge for the Rotting Sun, The Eclipse of Ages Into Black, A Haunting Curse

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24 11
Gwar is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
Gwar Scumdogs of the Universe, Beyond Hell, Lust in Space

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23 11
Superjoint Ritual is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
Superjoint Ritual A Lethal Dose of American Hatred, Use Once and Destroy

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21 10
Baroness is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
Baroness Blue Record, Yellow & Green, Red Album

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18 8
Pentagram is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
Pentagram First Daze Here: The Vintage Collection, Review Your Choices, Relentless

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15 6
Soilent Green is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
Soilent Green Sewn Mouth Secrets, Confrontation, A Deleted Symphony for the Beaten Down

The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams

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17 8
Pig Destroyer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
Pig Destroyer Terrifyer, Prowler in the Yard, Phantom Limb

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15 7
Cannabis Corpse is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
Cannabis Corpse Beneath Grow Lights Thou Shall Rise, Tube of the Resinated, Blunted at Birth

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16 9
Between the Buried and Me is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
Between the Buried and Me Colors, The Parallax II: Future Sequence, Alaska

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12 6
Municipal Waste is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
Municipal Waste Hazardous Mutation, Massive Aggressive, The Art of Partying

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13 7
Kylesa is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
Kylesa Time Will Fuse Its Worth, To Walk a Middle Course, Spiral Shadow

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16 11
Whitechapel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
Whitechapel The Somatic Defilement, This Is Exile, Recorrupted - EP

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10 7
Norma Jean is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
Norma Jean Bless the Martyr and Kiss the Child, Redeemer, The Anti Mother

The Best Opening Act You've Ever Seen

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9 9
Exhorder is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
Exhorder Slaughter in the Vatican, The Law, Get Rude

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8 8
Pallbearer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
Pallbearer

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7 8
Black Tusk is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
Black Tusk Taste the Sin, Passage Through Purgatory, Set the Dial

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6 7
Iron Reagan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
Iron Reagan

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5 6
Today Is the Day is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
Today Is the Day Today Is the Day, Temple of the Morning Star, Willpower

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4 6
Down to Nothing is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
Down to Nothing The Most, Splitting Headache, Save It for the Birds

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3 8
Anagorisis is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
Anagorisis

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3 10
Young and in the Way is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
Young and in the Way

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3 10
Arsis is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
Arsis We Are the Nightmare, United in Regret, Starve for the Devil