The Best Bands Like Metallica

10. Ozzy Osbourne

Ozzy Osbourne

John Michael "Ozzy" is an English singer,rose to prominence in the early 1970s as the lead vocalist of Black Sabbath, however he was fired in 1979. He enjoyed successful solo career, releasing 12 studio albums, the first seven of which were all awarded multi-platinum certifications in the US.

9. Testament


One of the initial bands at the bay area in the 1980s, Testament was a thrash metal band new to emerge during the time. Originally formed as 'Legacy' in 1983, it had a savage intro in 1987, that set Testament at the forefront of the flourishing thrash metal scene.

8. Black Sabbath 

Black  Sabbath

 Formed in 1968, Black Sabbath was an English heavy metal band based in Birmingham. MTV ranked them as the "Greatest Metal Band" of all time, and they were placed second in VH1's "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock" list- that was inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005.

7. Exodus


There is more than one artist with this name; but we'll focus on the most known. At their prime (83-86) they were known as 'Kings of the Bay (area)', with no other band in the bay area to compete with them.. After several personnel changes, Exodus split in 1993. However, the band reformed in 1997-1998 .

6. Sepultura


A Brazilian metal band from Belo Horizonte. Formed  by brothers Max and Igor Cavalera, the band was a big driving force in the groove metal, thrash metal, and death metal genres during the late 1980s. The band has released sixteen studio albums to date, the latest being Sepulquarta (2021).

5. Anthrax


An American band, based in New York City, Anthrax is thrash metal band, who released their first full-length album in 1984. The band has managed to sell 10 million albums worldwide, and are classified as one of the ''big four'' of thrash metal bands alongside Metallica, Slayer, and Megadeth.

4. Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden is an English heavy metal band formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. The band's discography has grown to 40 albums, including 17 studio albums, 12 live albums, four EPs, and eight compilations.

3. Slayer


Slayer was an American metal band from Huntington Park, California, active from 1981-2019. Slayer released twelve studio albums, two live albums, two extended plays and a cover album- with four of the band's studio albums  receiving gold certification in the U.S.

2. Pantera


Pantera was an American heavy metal band based in Arlington, Texas. The group was initiated in 1981 by the Abbott brothers. The band first started started as a glam metal band,  and then later Pantera released four albums during the 1980s.

1. Megadeth


Based in L.A. in 1983, Megadeth is an American heavy metal band formed by vocalist/guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson. So far, Megadeth has sold 38 million records worldwide, earned platinum certification in the U.S. for six of its fifteen studio albums, and also received twelve Grammy nominations.