Heavy Metal is an awesome art form!  True, there are only a handful of genius writers pioneering, while there are thousands of imitators and people who just focus on aggression like animals.  However, just like any form of music if you search you can find many great artists.  Though heavy metal is a very wild art form, it can also be a very focused and driven art form, displaying true will power!

To me, some of the best metal artists who are true pioneers and very influential are:

Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Motorhead, Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Death (Chuck Schuldiner was the one who invented death metal), Sepultura, Pantera, White Zombie, Tool, and Opeth.   In my opinion, a lot of modern metal is very heavily inspired by Slayer, Pantera, and Max Cavalera (Sepultura and Soulfly); and even Tool for some.   I only like to listen to musicians who I feel are true pioneers of their own sound.  Some of my personal favorites also include Danzig, Type O Negative (RIP Peter Steel), Testament, Iced Earth, Demons and Wizards.

It’s okay if your list differs.  Feel free to post in comments below.

You can hear a metal song I wrote: