There is the best of this, the best of that, and then you have the metaliest metal bands forged by lyrical blacksmiths deep down in the mines of heavy metal. The metaliest, you know, metal. Not as in the genre-est of metal, but the bands that sing of metal the word or the scientific elements while slaying the genre of heavy metal. These metal bands have metal on the mind, metal plates in their heads, and a tendency towards a high iron diet. Keep reading for the ten metaliest metal bands.
See also: The ten most geeky metal bands
10. Metallica Metallica hasn't been on many lists except for shit lists in its latter years, but the band's metaliness has been rich with them right from the start -- the moment you utter the outfit's name. Kill 'Em All was almost called Metal Up Your Ass, which, ouch!, was the act's demo album from the year before. Metal Up Your Ass also became one of their most popular T-shirts. Most of Metallica's metaliness was on the first album, along with the song "Metal Militia," but Death Magnetic was the most recent album which could draw you nearer if you were dead.
9. Black Sabbath "Iron Man" was only the second heavy metal single to terrorize parents' ears, but it was the first biggest lump of iron ore in heavy metal to thud into the laps of metal younglings. "He was turned to steel, in the great magnetic field," and then he Godzilla stomps and kicks ass with his "Heavy boots of lead."
8. Judas Priest Lead vocal blaster Rob Halford is known for bringing in the metal studs on tight leather look into the virtually nonexistent metal attire supply, as well as famously riding his rumbling motorcycle on stage at the end of each show. British Steel was slapped with a huge razor blade on its cover, and while two buzzsaw tires on a motorcycle grace Painkiller. "Hard as Iron," "Steeler," "Metal Meltdown," and two metal references in one song title on "Between the Hammer & the Anvil" weld on Judas Priest as heavy metal metal devotees.
7. Motörhead The many fine tunes of Motörhead fixed together is just one big wet dream joyride on the open road with long hair flapping behind, fist pumping pistons, and gas guzzling motorized vehicles. Albums like Motörizer, along with songs with names like "Iron Fist," "The Hammer," and "Iron Horse/Born to Lose" fetters iron lung Lemmy Kilmister and Motörhead to metal on the mind.
6. Dethklok Not only is Dethklok in an adult cartoon on Adult Swim called Metalocalypse, metal lovers wish they could live in Dethlkok's massive citadel called Mordhaus, which is made with a large quantity of steel. Dethklok is the type of band that doesn't forget to bring their axe and sword while golfing, wears titanium-based, diamond-encrusted cod pieces, and flies a massive metal helicopter called Hatredcopter. "I fly the beast made of steel/Thick knives that cut the night/Gas tank is filled with vengeance/Machine guns shooting spite."
5. Fear Factory Metal and machines are a reoccurring theme puttering down on the Fear Factory floor assembly line. Albums with names like Mechanize, Demanufacture, and The Industrialist, and songs like "Linchpin," yelling "Can't take me apart" has always had listeners thinking of metal machinery pumping and grinding laboriously, meticulously, and ceaselessly. The Industrialist is a concept album machined with commentary on how the world puts too much reliance into technology.
4. Hammerfall Hammerfall immediately sends visions to the brain of a medieval toiling away, perfecting a fine blade with each drop of the hammer. Songs with names like "The Metal Age," "Steel Meets Steel," "Man on the Silver Mountain" a Rainbow cover, "Let the Hammer Fall," "Templars of Steel," "Raise the Hammer," "The Unforgiving Blade," "Hammer of Justice," and more lava boil and singe the eyebrows with mention of metallic elements in times of war.
3. Amon Amarth Persistent conquerors of metal music sailing the ocean blue with lyrics armor thick with Norse mythology, old worlds, Vikings, bloody battles and epic journeys, Amon Amarth can still knock out its enemies with double-bladed battle axes of exploratory fingering and alcohol corroded vocals fit for a king. Amon Amarth lyrics are splattered with metal, like "Valhall Awaits Me" with "A clear song rings in the blade/When steel meets hardened steel/A sword cuts through my shield."
2. Anvil An anvil is a beating plate for metal formation and one of the finest tools used to squash cartoon characters. Anvil the thrash metal band never found the spotlight in the public eye, but they sure were infused with metal in thrash metal's heyday. With albums like Metal on Metal (two uses of metal in three words on one album), Forged in Fire, and the Strength of Steel, Anvil beats the composition of the competition.
1. Manowar Manowar is boiling in lyrics crowned in fantasy flamed swords, armor, and everything metal warfare clashing into Norse mythology. "By moonlight we ride/Ten thousands side by side/With swords drawn held high/Our whips and armour shine." "Man o' War" was a heavy firepower warship used from the 16th to 19th century; canons side-by-side lined the sides of the ship like a thirteen year old with oversized braces.