Fictional Metal Bands That Are More Metal Than Real Metal Bands
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Fictional Metal Bands That Are More Metal Than Real Metal Bands

Over 700 Ranker voters have come together to rank this list of Fictional Metal Bands That Are More Metal Than Real Metal Bands
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Vote 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.

  • Spinal Tap
    Photo: This Is Spinal Tap / Embassy Pictures
    314 VOTES

    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. 

    314 votes
  • Dethklok
    Photo: Metalocalypse / Adult Swim
    306 VOTES

    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.

    306 votes
  • The Lone Rangers
    Photo: Airheads / 20th Century Fox
    290 VOTES

    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.

    290 votes
  • Wyld Stallyns
    Photo: Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure / Orion Pictures
    271 VOTES

    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."

    271 votes
  • Steel Dragon
    Photo: Rock Star / Warner Bros.
    221 VOTES

    Steel Dragon

    Where They're From: Rock Star (2001)

    Who Is In The Band: Bobby Beers (Jason Flemyng), Kirk Cuddy (Dominic West), Ghode (Zakk Wylde), A.C. (Jason Bonham), and Jörgen (Jeff Pilson) make up this rocking crew. Over the course of the film, Beers is replaced by Chris "Izzy" Cole (Mark Wahlberg) on lead vocals.

    Signature Song: "Blood Pollution"

    Most Metal Moment: The plot of Rock Star is actually loosely based on the real-life story of Tim "Ripper" Owens, who was singing in a Judas Priest tribute band called British Steel when he was approached to replace original Judas Priest vocalist Rob Halford.

    221 votes
  • F*ck Your Yankee Blue Jeans
    Photo: Clerks / Miramax Films
    167 VOTES

    F*ck Your Yankee Blue Jeans

    Where They're From: Clerks (1994)

    Who Is In The Band: We don't know the full lineup, but Silent Bob's cousin Olaf from Moscow (John Hennry Westhead) is the band's frontman.

    Signature Song: "Berserker"

    Most Metal Moment: Jay and Silent Bob are outside Quick Stop Groceries and Jay is explaining that Silent Bob's cousin Olaf from Moscow fronts a metal band. To prove it, he goads him into singing the chorus, though his English is not so good. Olaf sings, "My love for you is like a truck, Berserker. Would you like some making f*ck, Berserker." 

    167 votes