Heavy metal is a type of music that has been around for more than half a century, but there are some countries that have a long tradition of this style. In the list prepared by the editor Mateus Ribeiro, five countries are presented with big names and bands that have influenced and contributed to the development of heavy metal.
Germany is home to two of the biggest bands like The Scorpions and Get It who have been active for decades and continue to dominate the genre. In addition, German metal bands have names such as Kreator, Sodom, Destruction and Tankard, which make up the “Big Four” of German bands. We should also highlight Helloween, the biggest name in power metal, and other bands like Edguy, Avantasia, Blind Guardian and Gamma Ray.
Brazil is another country that has produced great heavy metal bands, such as Sepultura, Vipera, Angra, Korzus, Dorsal Atlantica, Sarcfago and Krisiun, all of which arose in the 80s and 90s. Now Brazil continues to be the cradle of great ambassadors. of heavy metal, such as Claustrophobia, Flamini, Submersa, Crypt, Nervosa, Tortura Squadorum and Project46, among others.
America’s “Big Four” gave the world of thrash metal, consisting of Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax. Death metal is also very strong in the United States, with names such as Death, Deicide, Morbid Angel, Possession, Cadaver Cannibal, Obituary, Malevolent Creation, Suffocation and Immolation. Other big names in American metal include Manowar, Savatage, Forbidden Earth, Pantera, Trivia, Machine Head, Sevenfold Revenge, Fear Factory, Killswitch Engage, Fall Shadows and Slipknot.
In England, the rise of heavy metal, iconic bands such as Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Black Sabbath emerged, as well as Iron Maiden and Judas Priest, two giants of the genre. We must also highlight Saxons, Diamond Head, Venom, Motörhead and Whitesnake, among others. England is also home to some of the newer and heavier bands like Paradise Lost, Anathema, Cradle Dirty, Bolt Shooter and Carcass.
Finally, Sweden has been the most productive country when it comes to metals since the 80s. Bands like Europa, Entombed, Out, In The Gates, Dark Tranquility, In Flame, Solwork, Evergrey, Arch Enemy, Sanctus, Candlemass, Meshuggah, Amon Amarth, Sabaton, Therion and Katatonia have credited the great country of Sweden for its heavy music.
In summary, these are five countries with a long tradition in heavy metal, each of which has contributed in a unique way to the development of the genre over the decades.