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The Best Bands Like Metallica

Updated May 9, 2021 3.8k votes 275 voters 6.5k views38 items

List RulesVote up the bands that Metallica fans should check out ASAP.

Looking for good bands like Metallica? You've come to the right place. 

Arguably the most influential heavy metal band since Black Sabbath, the legendary four-piece has had an eternal impact on the genre. Practically every new metal group has been inspired by the outfit in some way, and even modern top bands who were getting their start during Metallica's heyday, like Gojira and Tool, have clearly drawn some influence in their own Grammy-winning music.

Of course, though they're the most widely-known heavy metal band from the '80s and '90s, there is a wealth of other great bands from the era that sound like Metallica. Megadeth, Slayer, and Pantera - all legends in their own rights - have discographies that pack a punch similar to that of their esteemed contemporary. 

While there are a lot of awesome groups and related artists that sound like the legends behind Master of Puppets, it's up to you to decide which are the best of the best. Vote up the heavy metal bands you'd be most likely to recommend to people who are fans of Metallica, and be sure to add any that you feel we might have missed.

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