Naming a band is an important decision, one that will stay with you for the duration of your musical career. It requires great thought and consideration, which begs the question why Metal bands always seem to have the most bizarre names. Certainly, some Metal band names are incredibly badass: Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Slayer, Pantera, and Tool, to name a few. However, there are some which…don’t quite match up, to say the least. In this article, we’re going to look at some of the craziest and most absurd metal band names in history!
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How to come up with a strong name for a band
But before we get into it, first let’s look at what makes a strong name for a band:
- It must reflect the appropriate mood and imagery
- Make it unique and descriptive
- Think about how it will suit your merchandise
- Ensure that it is relatively easy to read and spell
- Make sure you pick something legally available
- Grab an available domain name as well
- You can invent a new word or play off an existing one if you like
- Let it be a reflection of your fans
Now, that’s about all it takes to come up with a quality name for a band. With that in mind, let’s see how some of the following metal bands got on.
Sexual metal band names
OK, so it’s fair to say that the following metal bands got the ‘unique and descriptive’ part of the band naming process right:
- Pearl Jam
- Lovin’ Spoonful
- Monkey Grip
- Limp Bizkit
- The Flaming Lips
- Circle Jerks
- The Velvet Underground
- Heavy Load
Some of these band names are admittedly clever, others not so much. The Velvet Underground for example, sounds like the ideal place to buy couple’s erotic toys online. Lovin’ Spoonful on the other hand: somewhere you wouldn’t want to go for ice-cream.
Silly metal band names
Some of these metal bands are unique for sure, however, the imagery that they reflect doesn’t necessarily match up with what you’d expect from a metal band:
- Atomic Rooster
- Crushed Butler
- Ethel the Frog
- Pink Fairies
- Quiet Riot
- Shark Island
- Tucky Buzzard
- Vanilla Fudge
- Witchfinder General
- Blue Öyster Cult
As silly as many of these metal band names are, it demonstrates the softer side of metal. They might appear to be a mean and angry bunch on the outside, but if you look beyond that, you’ll find a gooey centre with an awesome sense of humour.
Badass metal band names
These guys got the memo it seems:
- Ángeles del Infierno
- Grave Digger
- Living Death
These metal band names are awesome! Short, punchy, with dangerous and somewhat aggressive imagery. That’s what you’d expect from a loud and proud metal band.
We’ll never not be surprised by metal band names. Metal heads are frequently pushing the boundaries and seeing what they can get away with – which is synonymous with the anarchistic nature of the genre. The fact is, the band names are only words and what matters most is the music behind them.