Best Bands by Style
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106Death
97.128Evoken
96.224Demilich
96.228Esoteric
95.9124Death
95.522Lykathea Aflame
95.481Immolation
95.054Gorguts
94.942Akercocke
94.827The Chasm
94.686Suffocation
94.539Kalmah
94.546Insomnium
94.4100Katatonia
94.327Orphaned Land
94.277Amorphis
94.143Atheist
94.134Possessed
94.045Incantation
94.024Misery Index
94.053Origin
93.967Bolt Thrower
93.9131Behemoth
93.847Entombed
93.8175Opeth
93.654Hypocrisy
93.6166Darkthrone
93.637Septicflesh
93.621Ceremonial Castings
93.560Autopsy
93.420Satan's Host
93.329Deeds of Flesh
93.321Triptykon
93.325Spawn of Possession
93.384Vader
93.126Anata
93.146Arsis
93.080Carcass
93.080My Dying Bride
93.0105Amon Amarth
93.0147Cannibal Corpse
92.920Dead Congregation
92.830The Gathering
92.864Paradise Lost
92.885Nile
92.722Mourning Beloveth
92.766Dissection
92.7111Deicide
92.746Dismember
92.722Sarcófago
92.623Deceased
92.653Therion
92.541Swallow the Sun
92.521Disillusion
92.538Edge of Sanity
92.436Psycroptic
92.422閃靈
92.425Mercenary
92.331Necrophobic
92.320Weapon
92.225The Crown
92.229Obscura
92.220Ghoul
92.229Melechesh
92.152Dying Fetus
92.154Cynic
92.145The Faceless
92.1120Napalm Death
92.090Dark Tranquillity
92.020Haggard
92.056The Black Dahlia Murder
91.923Arghoslent
91.948Belphegor
91.821Quo Vadis
91.839Necrophagist
91.839Absu
91.655At the Gates
91.654Cattle Decapitation
91.527Nocturnus
91.569Obituary
91.553Bloodbath
91.425Suidakra
91.425Protector
91.424Exhumed
91.345Krisiun
91.347Strapping Young Lad
91.242Malevolent Creation
91.229The Red Chord
91.228Tiamat
91.2127Sepultura
91.260Anathema
91.125Wormed
91.166Decapitated
91.1101Cryptopsy
91.023Teitanblood
91.020Vomitory
90.922Novembre
90.728God Dethroned
90.736Devourment
90.738Skeletonwitch
90.656Pestilence
90.6114Morbid Angel
90.535Asphyx
90.554Aborted
90.3102Cradle of Filth
90.225Novembers Doom
90.128The Berzerker
87Black
95.859Moonsorrow
95.598Bathory
95.349Primordial
94.958Sigh
94.942Akercocke
94.780Ulver
94.630Paysage d'Hiver
94.580Emperor
94.454Rotting Christ
94.496Enslaved
94.358Nokturnal Mortum
94.147Arcturus
94.137Falkenbach
94.127Windir
93.9131Behemoth
93.822The Ruins of Beverast
93.837Deströyer 666
93.6166Darkthrone
93.667Wolves in the Throne Room
93.621Ceremonial Castings
93.633Bal-Sagoth
93.528Mgła
93.575Deathspell Omega
93.572Summoning
93.449Taake
93.468Blut aus Nord
93.425Darkspace
93.420Lunar Aurora
93.438Carach Angren
93.420Satan's Host
93.340Samael
93.321Triptykon
93.357Graveland
93.223Kampfar
93.255Moonspell
93.220Vreid
93.1101Sodom
93.169Anaal Nathrakh
93.0132Burzum
93.0110Marduk
92.949Leviathan
92.938Inquisition
92.827Negură Bunget
92.8104Immortal
92.825Panopticon
92.724Limbonic Art
92.766Dissection
92.722Sarcófago
92.620The Axis of Perdition
92.599Drudkh
92.436Old Man's Child
92.422閃靈
92.331Necrophobic
92.320Weapon
92.399Gorgoroth
92.229Melechesh
92.234Peste Noire
92.146Borknagar
91.922Sabbat
91.955Alcest
91.948Belphegor
91.839Absu
91.722Dødheimsgard
91.523Nortt
91.526Sargeist
91.544Shining
91.425Velvet Cacoon
91.425Suidakra
91.320Lifelover
91.323Bethlehem
91.2135Mayhem
91.028Arckanum
91.033Impaled Nazarene
91.023Teitanblood
90.823Urgehal
90.831Hate Forest
90.872Xasthur
90.745Abigor
90.627Mütiilation
90.532Behexen
90.523Amesoeurs
90.421Fen
90.341Dark Funeral
90.3102Cradle of Filth
90.322Aura Noir
90.123Krallice
90.141Watain
51Thrash
96.024Morbid Saint
95.598Bathory
94.936Heathen
94.431Vio-lence
94.342Vektor
94.143Atheist
94.134Possessed
94.031Razor
94.059Voivod
93.8140Kreator
93.837Deströyer 666
93.847Metal Church
93.741Demolition Hammer
93.620Discharge
93.532Coroner
93.384Vader
93.235Artillery
93.1101Sodom
93.086Nevermore
92.938Inquisition
92.722Sarcófago
92.650Dark Angel
92.623Deceased
92.494Overkill
92.225The Crown
92.238Forbidden
92.220Ghoul
92.154Cynic
92.038Flotsam and Jetsam
91.922Sabbat
91.923Arghoslent
91.824Agent Steel
91.839Absu
91.425Protector
91.3179Slayer
91.347Strapping Young Lad
91.2127Sepultura
91.1133Iced Earth
91.0107Meshuggah
90.921Whiplash
90.964Destruction
90.8111Exodus
90.738Skeletonwitch
90.695Anthrax
90.620Hirax
90.656Pestilence
90.5200Megadeth
90.449Death Angel
90.396Testament
90.322Aura Noir
90.237Tankard
47Progressive
95.9124Death
95.522Lykathea Aflame
95.282Rush
95.153Angra
95.034Neurosis
95.077Symphony X
94.942Akercocke
94.630Vintersorg
94.496Enslaved
94.452Fates Warning
94.342Vektor
94.327Orphaned Land
94.277Amorphis
94.228Cult of Luna
94.147Arcturus
94.143Atheist
94.059Voivod
93.926Devin Townsend
93.847Ayreon
93.8175Opeth
93.627Ne Obliviscaris
93.440Týr
93.437Ihsahn
93.447Savatage
93.127X Japan
93.086Nevermore
92.9152Dream Theater
92.827Negură Bunget
92.722Crimson Glory
92.521Disillusion
92.538Edge of Sanity
92.229Obscura
92.266Kamelot
92.252Pain of Salvation
92.154Cynic
92.146Borknagar
92.145The Faceless
92.020Haggard
91.789Mastodon
91.628Baroness
91.654Cattle Decapitation
91.520Unexpect
91.260Anathema
90.922Novembre
90.732Devin Townsend Project
90.727Adagio
90.656Pestilence
41Heavy
96.020Satan
95.851Mercyful Fate
95.336Riot V
95.361Alice in Chains
95.373King Diamond
95.282Rush
95.0167Black Sabbath
94.340Rainbow
94.277Amorphis
94.148W.A.S.P.
93.9228Iron Maiden
93.864Deep Purple
93.827Slough Feg
93.847Metal Church
93.6166Darkthrone
93.620Discharge
93.534Manilla Road
93.447Savatage
93.420Satan's Host
93.485Motörhead
93.3156Judas Priest
93.127X Japan
93.134Jag Panzer
92.722Crimson Glory
92.641Bruce Dickinson
92.160Accept
92.131Enforcer
91.835Virgin Steele
91.751Rage
91.728Loudness
91.525Soundgarden
91.124Skid Row
91.151Grave Digger
90.946Ghost
90.834Faith No More
90.852Dio
90.823Angel Witch
90.852Scorpions
90.5200Megadeth
90.448Saxon
90.263Running Wild
40Doom
97.128Evoken
96.228Esoteric
95.850Type O Negative
95.733Ahab
95.721Acid Bath
95.182Candlemass
95.0167Black Sabbath
94.525Solitude Aeturnus
94.4100Katatonia
94.333Saint Vitus
94.327Orphaned Land
94.277Amorphis
94.198Agalloch
93.822The Ruins of Beverast
93.728Pentagram
93.321Triptykon
93.147Cathedral
93.080My Dying Bride
92.830The Gathering
92.864Paradise Lost
92.722Mourning Beloveth
92.627Reverend Bizarre
92.663Electric Wizard
92.541Swallow the Sun
92.434High on Fire
92.122Virgin Black
92.125Pallbearer
92.035Earth
92.025Sleep
91.623Shape of Despair
91.523Nortt
91.323Bethlehem
91.326Draconian
91.228Tiamat
91.260Anathema
91.055Sunn O)))
90.922Novembre
90.820Empyrium
90.535Asphyx
90.225Novembers Doom
35Power
95.336Riot V
95.153Angra
95.0127Blind Guardian
95.077Symphony X
94.539Kalmah
94.452Fates Warning
94.336Helstar
93.847Metal Church
93.620Lost Horizon
93.534Manilla Road
93.447Savatage
93.420Satan's Host
93.127X Japan
93.134Jag Panzer
93.086Nevermore
92.8109Helloween
92.720Dragonland
92.722Crimson Glory
92.720Persuader
92.561Gamma Ray
92.443Falconer
92.425Mercenary
92.266Kamelot
92.038Flotsam and Jetsam
91.835Virgin Steele
91.824Agent Steel
91.751Rage
91.1117Nightwish
91.151Grave Digger
91.1133Iced Earth
90.831Iron Savior
90.524After Forever
90.242Alestorm
90.263Running Wild
90.165Stratovarius
23Folk
95.859Moonsorrow
95.349Primordial
94.780Ulver
94.630Vintersorg
94.358Nokturnal Mortum
94.330Equilibrium
94.327Orphaned Land
94.198Agalloch
94.137Falkenbach
94.127Windir
93.440Týr
93.346Finntroll
92.827Negură Bunget
92.825Panopticon
92.443Falconer
92.422閃靈
92.229Melechesh
92.146Borknagar
91.425Suidakra
90.820Empyrium
90.863Ensiferum
90.530Skyclad
90.242Alestorm
22Technical
96.224Demilich
95.522Lykathea Aflame
95.054Gorguts
94.936Heathen
94.686Suffocation
94.053Origin
93.532Coroner
93.329Deeds of Flesh
93.325Spawn of Possession
93.126Anata
93.146Arsis
92.885Nile
92.436Psycroptic
92.229Obscura
92.145The Faceless
91.821Quo Vadis
91.839Necrophagist
91.229The Red Chord
91.125Wormed
91.166Decapitated
91.1101Cryptopsy
91.0107Meshuggah
20Speed
95.336Riot V
95.0127Blind Guardian
94.936Heathen
94.336Helstar
94.031Razor
93.6166Darkthrone
93.485Motörhead
93.1101Sodom
92.8109Helloween
92.561Gamma Ray
92.131Enforcer
91.824Agent Steel
91.751Rage
91.151Grave Digger
90.921Whiplash
90.831Iron Savior
90.695Anthrax
90.620Hirax
90.5200Megadeth
90.263Running Wild
17Symphonic
94.580Emperor
94.358Nokturnal Mortum
93.637Septicflesh
93.621Ceremonial Castings
93.633Bal-Sagoth
93.438Carach Angren
92.724Limbonic Art
92.720Dragonland
92.653Therion
92.122Virgin Black
92.020Haggard
91.1117Nightwish
90.935Tristania
90.820Empyrium
90.727Adagio
90.524After Forever
90.3102Cradle of Filth
13Ambient
95.034Neurosis
94.780Ulver
94.630Paysage d'Hiver
93.926Devin Townsend
93.468Blut aus Nord
93.425Darkspace
93.0132Burzum
93.022Mortiis
92.949Leviathan
92.620The Axis of Perdition
91.425Velvet Cacoon
90.831Hate Forest
90.732Devin Townsend Project
13Gothic
95.850Type O Negative
94.454Rotting Christ
93.321Triptykon
93.255Moonspell
93.080My Dying Bride
92.864Paradise Lost
92.122Virgin Black
91.326Draconian
91.228Tiamat
90.922Novembre
90.935Tristania
90.524After Forever
90.3102Cradle of Filth
12Grindcore
94.454Rotting Christ
94.024Misery Index
93.169Anaal Nathrakh
93.080Carcass
93.044Pig Destroyer
92.220Ghoul
92.152Dying Fetus
92.1120Napalm Death
91.654Cattle Decapitation
91.424Exhumed
91.229The Red Chord
90.128The Berzerker
10Sludge
95.721Acid Bath
95.034Neurosis
94.445Isis
94.228Cult of Luna
94.133Crowbar
92.434High on Fire
91.789Mastodon
91.628Baroness
91.528Melvins
90.928Corrosion of Conformity
9Brutal
95.522Lykathea Aflame
94.686Suffocation
94.053Origin
93.329Deeds of Flesh
92.885Nile
92.152Dying Fetus
91.125Wormed
91.1101Cryptopsy
90.736Devourment
9Industrial
93.468Blut aus Nord
93.340Samael
93.169Anaal Nathrakh
93.022Mortiis
92.620The Axis of Perdition
91.722Dødheimsgard
91.347Strapping Young Lad
91.129Godflesh
90.128The Berzerker
8Viking
95.598Bathory
94.630Vintersorg
94.496Enslaved
94.330Equilibrium
94.137Falkenbach
94.127Windir
93.357Graveland
92.146Borknagar
7Stoner
94.927Kyuss
93.147Cathedral
92.663Electric Wizard
92.434High on Fire
92.020Orange Goblin
92.025Sleep
91.525Soundgarden
5Funeral
97.128Evoken
96.228Esoteric
95.733Ahab
91.623Shape of Despair
91.523Nortt
3Pagan
95.859Moonsorrow
93.357Graveland
93.223Kampfar
2Deathcore
92.145The Faceless
91.1101Cryptopsy
2Experimental
91.323Bethlehem
91.129Godflesh
1Metalcore
91.229The Red Chord
The first number in each entry is a bias score, derived from the assigned ratings on a curve desgined to reward both individual reviewer enthusiasm and collective critical attention. For releases, each rating counts; for bands, release ratings are aggregated by reviewer first. The second number is the number of reviewers who rated that band or release. A release needs at least 4 ratings to qualify; a band needs ratings from at least 20 different reviewers.
Data from Encyclopaedia Metallum · Analysis by glenn mcdonald · Updated 3 January 2018