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Fictional Metal Bands That Are More Metal Than Real Metal Bands

List RulesVote up the fictional metal bands that are more authentic than real rockers.

Metal bands, from their logos to their song titles to their growling vocals and over-the-top stage presence, are all about presentation. Therefore, it makes sense that fictional metal bands have been featured prominently in all kinds of media, from movies and books to TV shows, video games, comic books, and more. 

Freed from the dull confines of reality, sometimes these less-than-real metal bands are actually a lot more metal than their real-life counterparts.

  • Photo: This Is Spinal Tap / Embassy Pictures

    Where They're From: Made famous by the mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap, "one of England's loudest bands" originally appeared on an ABC sketch comedy series called The TV Show.

    Who Is In The Band: Nigel Tufnel (Christopher Guest) and David St. Hubbins (Michael McKean) are on vocals and guitar. Derek Smalls (Harry Shearer) is on bass, Viv Savage (David Kaff) is on keyboards, and drummer Mick Shrimpton (R.J. Parnell) meets an unfortunate end on stage.

    Signature Song: "Sex Farm"

    Most Metal Moment: The band cranks their amps up to 11, as Nigel Tufnel explains the value of such a metal move. 

    Are they masterfully metal?
  • Photo: Metalocalypse / Adult Swim

    Where They're From: Metalocalypse

    Who Is In The Band: Nathan Explosion, William Murderface, Skwisgaar Skwigelf, Toki Wartooth, and Pickles are all the members of Dethklok. The cartoon band also has a real-life counterpart that tours with bands like ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, Soilent Green, and Chimaira. The touring version of Dethklok includes Metalocalypse creator Brendon Small, guitarist Mike Keneally, bassist Bryan Beller, and Gene Hoglan on drums.

    Signature Song: "Bloodlines"

    Most Metal Moment: Pretty much everything Dethklok does is ridiculously, cartoonishly metal, but perhaps their most metal quality is that concertgoers are required to sign "pain waivers" prior to their shows.

    Are they masterfully metal?
  • Photo: Airheads / 20th Century Fox

    The Lone Rangers

    Where They're From: Airheads (1994)

    Who Is In The Band: Chazz (Brendan Fraser), Rex (Steve Buscemi), and Pip (Adam Sandler) perform in this band.

    Signature Song: "Degenerated"

    Most Metal Moment: When the DJ at the local radio station refuses to play their demo tape, the Lone Rangers hold everyone at the station hostage with plastic side arms. Later, they are seen performing behind bars and their first album, Live in Prison, goes triple platinum.

    Are they masterfully metal?
  • Photo: Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure / Orion Pictures

    Where They're From: Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)

    Who Is In The Band: The founding members are Bill S. Preston, Esq. (Alex Winter) and Ted Theodore Logan (Keanu Reeves). They are later joined by Joanna Logan and Elizabeth Preston, two English princesses from the 15th century, as well as Death on bass and an alien named Station on bongos.

    Signature Song: We see the Stallyns perform "God Gave Rock and Roll to You" (originally by Kiss) in Bill & Teds Bogus Journey, but we never hear any of their original music. A fan theory postulates that Robbi Robb's "In Time" is meant to represent their songs.

    Most Metal Moment: The music of the Wyld Stallyns will eventually "help put an end" to poverty and international conflict. It will align the planets and bring them into universal harmony, allowing meaningful contact with all forms of life, from extraterrestrial beings to common household pets. Not to mention, it's "excellent for dancing."

    Are they masterfully metal?