The 12 Greatest Heavy Metal And Hard Rock Supergroups Of The Modern Era

By Doc Coyle (@DocCoyle)

I have a soft spot for supergroups. It gives me the same feeling as when Ghost Rider and the Punisher would crossover into The Amazing Spiderman for a few issues. It’s the same reason why I love the NBA All-Star game, and why I like ice cream with a bunch of stuff in it; Oreos, Reese’s peanut butter cups, cookie dough, and literally everything else. I am a glutton for the things I like, and I fantasize about what they would be like all mashed up. Heavy supergroups are like fantasy football for metal nerds.

I have an eerie feeling that many metalheads subtly despise the cash grabbing cynicism in the formation of supergroups, and secretly wish them to fail. We demand a lot of our rock heroes. We expect them to be artistically impervious without ever being too heavy-handed with capitalistic intent. This is a delicate balancing act: Musicians pretending to be earnest with their intentions in putting together an all-star act, while internally salivating over the marketing opportunities. Perhaps, I’m the cynic here.

Here are some disclaimers and factors that went into making the list: I factored the number and stature of rockers involved, quality of material produced, and how it influenced the music culture since it’s release. Reverse supergroups don’t count. I.E., Alter Bridge can’t be considered a supergroup, since Miles Kennedy wasn’t famous at the time of the band’s formation. Please keep in mind that this is just one man’s opinion, and although I think my opinion is way more awesome than yours, I’ll understand if you think I’m a dumbass. So, please no hate mail from the nerds who are butthurt that I didn’t include Liquid Tension Experiment.  Also, for future reference, I spend a lot of time making fun of nerds. I’m a lot like Ogre from the Revenge of the Nerds, so I apologize in advance.

12. Conquering Dystopia

“Ashes of Lesser Men” (Live)

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