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Best Metal Bands From The American South 

Will Gish
Updated June 27, 2017 2k votes 291 voters 6.3k views 30 items

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
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Lamb of God is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
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Mastodon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
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Corrosion of Conformity ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
Corrosion of Conformity
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Crowbar is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
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Acid Bath is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
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EyeHateGod is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
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Superjoint Ritual is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
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Gwar is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
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Baroness is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
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Goatwhore is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
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Municipal Waste is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
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Nile is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
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Pig Destroyer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
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Cannabis Corpse is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
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Pentagram is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
Pentagram
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Kylesa is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
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Soilent Green is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
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Between the Buried and M... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
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Whitechapel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
Whitechapel
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Norma Jean is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
Norma Jean
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Exhorder is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
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Pallbearer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
Pallbearer
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Black Tusk is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
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Iron Reagan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Best Metal Bands From The American South
Iron Reagan