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What Is The Most Influential Heavy Metal Musician?

These are my choices. In your opinion what's the most influential Heavy Metal musician? List is chronological.
1Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath


Tony Iommi and Ozzy Osbourne. Tony Iommi's opening riff and Ozzy's insane vocals on Black Sabbath are probably heavy metal's first moment. Most influential song writing: Probably Black Sabbath
2Judas Priest
Sad Wings of Destiny


Rob Halford, Glenn Tipton and K. K. Downing. Halford's high range vocals quickly become a genre landmark. Glenn Tipton and K. K. Downing guitar duets also influenced thousands of heavy metal guitar players all over the world. Most influential song writing: Probably Victim of Changes
3Motorhead
Ace of Spades


Lemmy Kilmister. Lemmy's rock 'n' roll attitude inspired an all generation of extreme heavy metal bands. Most influential song writing: Probably Ace of Spades
4Iron Maiden
The Number of the Beast


Steve Harris, Bruce Dickinson, Dave Murray and Adrian Smith. Steve Harris unique song writing took the genre to a whole new level. Dave's and Adrian's guitar duets or Dickinson's vocals and stage performance are also very influential to the genre. Most influential song writing: Probably Phantom of the Opera, The Number of the Beast and Hallowed Be thy Name
5Venom
Welcome to Hell


Conrad "Cronos" Lant. Never was a fan but Cronos and his mates were a major influence on the thrash and black metal scene. Most influential song writing: Probably Witching Hour or Black Metal
6Metallica
Kill 'Em All


James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich. These guys released the first speed/thrash metal album: Kill 'Em All. Hetfield's rhythm work and Ulrich's high-speed performance inspired an all new generation of heavy metal bands. Most influential song writing: Probably Seek and Destroy
7Slayer
Show No Mercy


Jeff Hanneman, Kerry King and Dave Lombardo. Hanneman's and Kerry King's extremely violent riffs/leads and Lombardo's insane drumming inspired the extreme music scene all over the world. Most influential song writing: Probably Black Magic and Angel of Death
8Megadeth
Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?


Dave Mustaine. Mustaine contribution on Kill 'Em All helped to shape the speed/thrash genre. His "solo" work continue to be extreme influential. One of the most iconic heavy metal characters. Most influential song writing: Probably Peace Sells, In My Darkest Hour or Holy Wars...The Punishment Due
9Bathory
Under the Sign of the Black Mark


Bathory's self titled album is probably the first real black metal album ever released. His shrieking vocals, satanic/dark themes and low budget raw productions become a black metal landmark. Most influential song writing: Probably The Return of the Darkness and Evil or Woman of Dark Desires
10Death
Scream Bloody Gore


Chuck Schuldiner. Even if Possessed's Seven Churches was the first death metal album ever released, Chuck Schuldiner helped to shape the genre. His minor guitar scales and his unique guttural roar influenced thousands of extreme bands. Most influential song writing: Probably Evil Dead or Pull the Plug
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