The Name Remains So Lame: 10 Metal Bands With Non-Metal Monikers

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So you’ve decided it’s time for you to start your very own metal band. You’ve got the requisite Marshall stacks and pointy guitars, you’ve assembled a group of like-minded metalheads with which to play and you’ve found yourself a cramped rehearsal space to start creating heavy sounds. Only thing you need now is a band name. Hmm…how about…Rainbow? Dew-Scented? The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza? YEAH, NOW THAT’S FREAKIN’ METAL!!! Wait…what? It turns out that some metal bands have decided to go a different route from the typical death, chaos and destruction themes and chosen handles that are a little, dare we say…lamer? And although these band names don’t exactly convey heaviness, once the songs kick in and you hear those pummeling riffs, there’s no mistaking that these are indeed HEAVY METAL bands. Here’s a list of 10 Metal Bands with Non-Metal Monikers – band names as atypical as the various types of metal they play.

Rainbow
A rainbow generally conveys a warm and fuzzy feeling, but there was nothing warm or fuzzy about this trailblazing ‘70s metal band, especially during the early Dio days.


Meshuggah
This Swedish extreme metal band took their name from the Yiddish word for “crazy” which makes sense since there’s nothing more metal than the Yiddish language.

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