The ten best Southern metal bands

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Because of the relentless, pounding humidity and heat, a different kind of anger boils in the veins of Southern metal cowpokes. Southern metal is at all times heavy, like metal should be, but it's also lethargic at times, with a sweet tea in hand, sitting on the porch, and sometimes it's wild with beer while off-roading, or bluesy, with all its exes living in Texas. These bands have the dirtiest and most calloused hands in the metal world, spitting out a brand of attitude unlike the rest of the country. Keep reading for the ten best Southern metal bands.

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10. Texas Hippie Coalition
THC is bringing Southern metal to a whole new generation of metal kiddos like an eighteen-wheeler full of ninety-ounce steaks barreling down a dusty highway to a Texas barbecue. If ZZ Top, Pantera and Black Label Society could remember the lovechild they created back in the '90s, it would be the redheaded-stepchild trailer-trash stoner-groove metal men of THC.


9. Goatwhore
As nasty as a pissed-on rotting carpet, Goatwhore fucks your ears with blackened death metal gutted and smoked from the bowels of New Orleans. Goatwhore is the afterbirth of the beloved darlings of Acid Bath, but completely drained of its sludge-metal chug-along, and full of coal-burning, driving speed metal. Not as legendary and groundbreaking as its predecessors in New Orleans, but ferocious enough to let out your inner foul animal.


8. Corrosion of Conformity
From farther north than most Southern metal, but far enough below the Mason-Dixon Line that they wouldn't get labeled as "damn Yankees," Corrosion of Conformity spits out a sludge metal as ill-tempered as a Carolina Mudcat. COC was one of the few Southern metal bands to make it on mainstream radio, while still recording black-and-blue B-sides with a Dr. Jekyll-and-Mr. Hyde guise.


7. Black Label Society
Created in another part of the country in California -- worlds away from the South, Black Label Society captures the soul of Southern metal, unleashing an alcohol-fueled, sludgy groove metal with the cornerstone of Zakk Wylde. The radio couldn't handle this eighty-proof handle of BLS, and it wouldn't do it justice, either, because with the band's raw, hair-whipping-on-the-open-road and my-way-or-the-highway attitude, hearing the band live is the only way to go.


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Mason T Green
Mason T Green

If BLS, a Cali band gets on here, I'd say Richmond, motherfucking Virginia is South enough, so where's Lamb of God?

Anthony Daniel Stone
Anthony Daniel Stone

I like the list but fuck texas hippy coalition. They don't deserve to be on it and it doesn't have Mastodon!

Kyla Cangemi
Kyla Cangemi

Loved Down and BLS as a kid. And Acid Bath's Dax Riggs has a reputation as crazy and fairly talented for a reason.

Joshua Chase
Joshua Chase

Maylene and the Sons of disaster? He is Legend? Mastodon?

Kris Martinez
Kris Martinez

Where's Mastodon? Where's Lamb of God? ?Ever hear of Death? DamnYankee wrote this article :( nIm \m/

Skid Jarrett Gilmore
Skid Jarrett Gilmore

Which COC? Pantera's been over even longer than when West word first posted this "article".

Greg Keenan
Greg Keenan

Umm, three bands with Sammy Duet, seriously? What about Mastodon, Black Tusk, Baroness?

Jack Bouchard
Jack Bouchard

Makes sense, though they should have clarified that.

Rhett Ellis
Rhett Ellis

I was thinking about starting a genre that is a mix of black metal and ragtime-- call it rage time.

Byron Day
Byron Day

I think they are were just going for the swamp sludge thing with this.

Byron Day
Byron Day

Have you guys even listened to, THC? Talent-less garbage. No matter how many dumbasses listen to them, they should not be on that list. Argh.

Jack Bouchard
Jack Bouchard

The fact that Death and Mastodon aren't on this list makes it a joke.

Byron Day
Byron Day

All of them except for #10. Fuck that band.

Phil Knight
Phil Knight

I listen to all of them. And living down here I get to see many of them play. Crowbar next month!

Andrew Kelly
Andrew Kelly

Nice song titles send the post to my timeline and ill check it..soon

Dave Maness
Dave Maness

Ugh black label society and thc? For real? What about rwake? Clutch? Bloodlet? Obituary?

darkskiesrock
darkskiesrock

Some great and legendary bands on the list. I would add Honky, Wo Fat, Hellgoat, Suplecs, Kylesa, Las Cruces, Mastodon, Solitude Aeturnus, and Dixie Witch to name a few - and to the Texas naysayers, well fuck you. We are southern as hell and proud of it. And these days, Saint Vitus (Dave lives in NOLA and Henry in the DFW area - yes I know they originated in California). There are several great non-southern but southern sounding bands like the UKs Orange Goblin and New Jersey's Half Way to Gone and as mentioned already, Goatsnake, that could be on the list. The groove based, sludgey, blues infused, down-tuned style is alive and well.

magichateball
magichateball

And you leave bands like Antiseen, Death, Soilent Green, Mastodon, Buzzoven and Obituary off this list? I'm disappointed.

Carter Hart
Carter Hart

-upon a burning body?? Maybe they need more credibility(?)...

Jay Mears
Jay Mears

Larry, slow your roll gibroni!! Let me know when you know about music!! My boy has got it 100% right!! If you cant take the heat get out of the kitchen my friend!!!! TEXAS SON!!!!

deadhorse
deadhorse

deadhorse! The most underrated Black Balled Bastards in the South and Yeah Texas is South... we are just so f**k'n big!!

Sayre Rowan
Sayre Rowan

EyeHateGod is an embarrassment to me as a resident of La. Clutch and a band from the Southern U.K., Orange Goblin blow all of them besides Pantera away.

Larry White
Larry White

texas hippie coalition is so effn terrible... who in the hell is your music critic... and, um... what about Clutch???

turdsplitter
turdsplitter

Exactly what did Pantera do for death metal? I was listening to death metal before Cowboys From Hell came out!

turdsplitter
turdsplitter

Ugggh! This list is pretty lame. I guess the focus was on the New Orleans area so I can let it slide a bit. Acid Bath is long since gone, with 1 member in Goatwhore. If they are just throwing shit out on certain bands featuring the same f-ing members they could give some of Dax Riggs's other groups. Crowbar, Down, and Pantera suck balls compared to so many other "southern" bands. Anything Phil related sucks either way. Not one mention of Rwake! WTF!

lukeduke81
lukeduke81

LARGE MARGE (lake Charles,la), CHOKE (lake charles,la), 4MAG NITROUS (gonzales,la), BLACK FERATU (lafayette,la), WHITE LIGHT CEMETERY (lafayette,la), CHEATER PIPE (breaux bridge,la)

lukeduke81
lukeduke81

LARGE MARGE (lake Charles,la), CHOKE (lake charles,la), 4MAG NITROUS (gonzales,la), BLACK FERATU (lafayette,la), WHITE LIGHT CEMETERY (lafayette,la), CHEATER PIPE (breaux bridge,la)

wormchow
wormchow

all these bands are commercial and lame get a life fuctards


curiosityrecords
curiosityrecords

Acid Bath, Goatwhore, and Crowbar... although he was only in Crowbar briefly and didn't contribute much to their song writing. I got to see them twice with Sammy.

curiosityrecords
curiosityrecords

I thought this was obvious. "Southern metal" is like Texas Blues, New Orleans jazz, or British Psychedelia. It has become it's own particular genre/sect. I'm amazed by how many people have misunderstood this and threw a tantrum because their favorite metal band... who happened to live somewhere near the southern US... wasn't listed.


I do find it odd that a guy from New Jersey started a band in California and was listed as anything remotely "Southern."

marcofthebeast1
marcofthebeast1

Don't know of the others, but Clutch is from Maryland.

santinojames88
santinojames88

@soragamer3 
this shit is a fucking joke....referring to these little "core" bitches as anything remotely CLOSE to the bands referenced in this article is nothing short of sacrilege. keep listening to your bieber chug-chug bands and keep it real in your parents basement.


burndown
burndown

@Larry White Clutch isn't Southern

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