Most Influential Metal Band



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What is the most influencial metal band?

Black Sabbath
169
Iron Maiden
82
Metallica
36
Led Zeppelin
26
Judas Priest
22
Slayer
16
Motörhead
8

Total votes: 359
11.07.2011 - 09:24
MickeyDeez79
Which Band is the Most Influential To Metal In Your Opinion?
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11.07.2011 - 09:30
In_tallica
All of theese bands have been highly influential, but I would say maien, because of their guitar harmonic influence on the metal scene. Without maiden we would not even have the Gothenburg scene to begin with, and Metallica and Helloween for instance would not sound the same at all.

Up The Irons!!
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11.07.2011 - 09:40
wormdrink414
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They were/are all influential, but I guess I have to go with Sabbath. The autopilot answer.
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11.07.2011 - 09:41
ScreamingSteelUS
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I would say easily Black Sabbath. Iron Maiden is my favorite, but Black Sabbath was the original. All Metal roads lead back to Sabbath. Each of the other bands obviously had their own very important stylistic changes to make or trademarks to add, but Sabbath laid down the original template from which every other band (with the possible exception of contemporaries like Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple) learned.
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11.07.2011 - 11:58
Powerslavex
Alexskywalker
Well it all started with black sabbath, but still i think maiden are the most influential
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11.07.2011 - 13:30
Nemo Atkins
Each one is influential in their own right: Sabbath pretty much kick started the metal scene, Maiden and Priest pioneered the twin-guitar work that is frequently heard in metal today (and Maiden could be disputed as pioneering triple-guitar now, so we'll have to wait and see whether that comes to anything in the future), Slayer kick started death metal (which is somewhat ironic, as they don't think they are death metal from what I've read), Metallica are the most famous of the thrash metal scene (we'll skip over the nineties and the first half of the previous decade), Motorhead basically found a way to create music that both metalheads and punk fans like and I can't comment much about Zeppelin beyond the fact they wrote Stairway To Heaven (which is possibly their best known piece) and Heartbreaker. If I really had to pick the most influential out of all of them, I'd probably go with Sabbath, with Maiden and Priest tied for second.
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11.07.2011 - 14:01
truenoacero
Without Black Sabbath heavy metal wouldn't exist.
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11.07.2011 - 14:42
Sean 79
Has to be Sabbath. That's where it began. Never considered Zeppelin as a metal band. More of a rock band that influenced the likes of Kiss, Aerosmith and all the bands of that ilk.
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11.07.2011 - 15:18
Giza
I can't deny Sabbath's influence on everything metal... But I'll vote for Led Zeppelin just because I like them more...
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11.07.2011 - 15:26
The5tHorseman
Black Sabbath! of course. The fathers of Metal.
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11.07.2011 - 16:02
Cryzpin
Written by truenoacero on 11.07.2011 at 14:01

Without Black Sabbath heavy metal wouldn't exist.

Oh yeah, it would. That's so naive to say this, omg there was a flow which BS was among the first to swim in. That's it, no Sabbath religion please.
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11.07.2011 - 16:08
Beastofmetal456
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Judas Priest. Exciter anyone?
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11.07.2011 - 17:09
Coolingsrock
Sabbath then zeppelin in my opinion . iron maiden are just followers.
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11.07.2011 - 18:16
Cynic Metalhead
Atrocious Virgin
It all started with Sabbath but The New Wave of British Heavy Metal's era highly pushed by Maiden only!!

Up the Irons!
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11.07.2011 - 18:48
Xim
Rocker of Worlds
Black Sabbath, they pretty much invented the genre of metal. And other than Led Zeppelin (who I consider more hard-rock than metal) all the bands mentioned in the poll would consider Black Sabbath a big influence on their music.
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11.07.2011 - 19:45
arwestromen
Boring answer but true...it's sabbath
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11.07.2011 - 20:58
Fat & Sassy!
Nomcat
JETHRO TULL
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11.07.2011 - 21:04
fabregassed
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Written by Fat & Sassy! on 11.07.2011 at 20:58

JETHRO TULL


King Crimson + Frank Zappa > Jethro Tull.

Just sayin.
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11.07.2011 - 21:07
Fat & Sassy!
Nomcat
Written by Guest on 11.07.2011 at 21:04

Written by Fat & Sassy! on 11.07.2011 at 20:58

JETHRO TULL


King Crimson + Frank Zappa > Jethro Tull.

Just sayin.


I was being a smartass with my original comment, but yes. I can at least agree with the Zappa bit. ;P

/derailing of derivative thread successful
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11.07.2011 - 21:11
Septicfish
Hard to choose, but in my opinion Maiden and Sabbath spawned countless derivatives, and influenced a good number of innovators to create a template for future metal bands..
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11.07.2011 - 21:52
Grody2themax
Written by truenoacero on 11.07.2011 at 14:01

Without Black Sabbath heavy metal wouldn't exist.


Without Zeppelin, Sabbath may not have sounded nearly the same though.

Still I voted Maiden though. Even though I think LZ kickstarted metal, they aren't too influential to metal nowadays.
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12.07.2011 - 00:08
Jomsviking
Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden. Black Sabbath influenced the early heavy metal scene for the most part, but Iron Maiden influenced a lot more bands and styles. Judas Priest helped out a lot with that as well.
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12.07.2011 - 01:19
Chainer
Witch Hunter Gen
Written by Coolingsrock on 11.07.2011 at 17:09

Sabbath then zeppelin in my opinion . iron maiden are just followers.

You are aware that your statement is ludicrous correct?
IMO Zeppelin > Maiden = false. And Maiden are followers, followers of what exactly?
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Everything he doesn't like is metalcore. Britney Spears, Elton John, Michael Moore, and green beans are also metalcore, in case you guys didn't know.
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12.07.2011 - 01:25
Guib
Thrash Talker
OMG Maiden is not winning
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12.07.2011 - 03:04
Coolingsrock
Written by Chainer on 12.07.2011 at 01:19

Written by Coolingsrock on 11.07.2011 at 17:09

Sabbath then zeppelin in my opinion . iron maiden are just followers.

You are aware that your statement is ludicrous correct?
IMO Zeppelin > Maiden = false. And Maiden are followers, followers of what exactly?


whatever not followers ..they are nothing alike but are both amazing. anyway agree to disagree cause thats what these topics are all about.
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12.07.2011 - 03:07
Coolingsrock
The evolution of music in a certain sense towards metal ---- beatles->sabbath>judas>iron maiden>thrash scene(the best)-> ..........the ever going cycle.
and thousands of bands in between.
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12.07.2011 - 03:09
Guib
Thrash Talker
Thanks for stating opinions
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12.07.2011 - 03:31
sbgmetal
Most influential prob black sabbath but i could say judas priest since ive seen so many bands try to be like them too... but i like all three the same
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12.07.2011 - 04:27
erykk
1) Black Sabbath, 2) Iron Maiden & 3) Metallica
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12.07.2011 - 06:46
Captain Obvious
Black Sabbath for sure...

by the way, remove zeppelin from this poll immediately, because if you're considering classic rock bands as influences, then imo Deep Purple, Cream, Steppenwolf, Rush, ACDC and Blue Oyster Cult were way more influential on the scene than LZ ever was...
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