Posted in metal | music on February 25, 2014

By Doug Moore

If you're not familiar with Metal Archives, here's a quick primer: also known as the Encyclopedia Metallum, it'ss basically a Wiki-style, user-driven data base for metal bands. You can search it by band name, song title, album title, musician, and so forth. It's not a perfect tool, but it's an indispensible resource for virtually any metal fan.

Anyone who even casually follows metal knows that because the genre has produced so many bands, a lot of the band names involved are...um...a little repetitive. We took a pretty close look at this phenomenon over at Invisible Oranges today -- specifically, we used Metal Archives to put together a list of the most overused metal band name words we could come up with. We started out by looking for words that turned up over 100 results on Metal Archives' band-name search function; when we realized that we'd amassed over 100 such words, we decided to limit the list to the top 100 in terms of results. We've got the list itself here -- every entry turns up over 100 results, but the top words returned 1,000+ results (!). You can read about the method we used on the original post, but the results are listed in this post.

It probably make a good magnet set, but if you are starting a metal band, you might want to avoid these words...

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THE 100 MOST OVERUSED METAL BAND NAME WORDS

1. Death - 1,184 entries 2. Black - 1,157 entries 3. Dark - 1,094 entries 4. Blood - 924 entries 5. Dead - 741 entries 6. Hell - 704 entries 7. War - 731 entries 8. Necro - 632 entries 9. Soul - 538 entries 10. Night - 520 entries 11. Fall - 503 entries 12. Hate - 470 entries 13. God - 455 entries 14. Evil - 449 entries 15. Kill - 415 entries 16. Fire - 392 entries 17. Storm - 389 entries 18. Rain - 388 entries 19. Lord - 385 entries 20. Head - 383 entries 21. Metal - 359 entries 22. Human - 347 entries 23. Light - 345 entries 24. Moon - 329 entries 25. Winter - 322 entries 26. Shadow - 304 entries 27. Demon - 300 entries 28. Satan - 298 entries 29. Pain - 297 entries 30. Eternal - 285 entries 31. Dream - 284 entries 32. Burn - 273 entries 33. Witch - 271 entries 34. Chaos - 266 entries 35. Flesh - 265 entries 36. Cult - 264 entries 37. Goat - 261 entries 38. Rage - 259 entries 39. Terror - 252 entries 40. Force - 249 entries 41. Fear - 249 entries 42. Throne - 245 entries 43.Wolf - 241 entries 44. Stone - 240 entries 45. Christ - 236 entries 46. Steel - 232 entries 47. Rot - 231 entries 48. Funeral - 230 entries 49. Torment - 222 entries 50. Ritual - 216 entries 51. Cross - 214 entries 52. Gate - 213 entries 53. Frost - 208 entries 54. Gore - 202 entries 55. Doom - 199 entries 56. Corpse - 198 entries 57. Beyond - 194 entries 58. Crypt - 189 entries 59. Infernal - 189 entries 60. Wind - 189 entries 61. Brain - 185 entries 62. Lost - 178 entries 63. Grim - 175 entries 64. Ash - 175 entries 65. Iron - 169 entries 66. Face - 167 entries 67. Raven - 166 entries 68. Spirit - 165 entries 69. Morbid - 164 entries 70. Forest - 155 entries 71. Sick - 154 entries 72. Cold - 147 entries 73. Skull - 147 entries 74. Anger - 147 entries 75. Fuck - 146 entries 76. Fallen - 145 entries 77. Grind - 144 entries 78. Devil - 140 entries 79. Ruin - 140 entries 80. Thrash - 137 entries 81. Suffer - 135 entries 82. Murder - 133 entries 83. Divine - 133 entries 84. Slaughter - 133 entries 85. Brutal - 132 entries 86. Child - 126 entries 87. Nocturnal - 124 entries 88. Sorrow - 124 entries 89. Psycho - 123 entries 90. Torture - 122 entries 91. Torment - 222 entries 92. Wrath - 121 entries 93. Serpent - 119 entries 94. Agony - 118 entries 95. Slave - 116 entries 96. Heaven - 113 entries 97. Circle - 112 entries 98. Grace - 111 entries 99. Noise - 111 entries 100a. Ancient - 108 entries 100b. Dragon - 108 entries 100c. Hand - 108 entries
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Comments (27)

Uhm ..... SAUSAGE?!?!?!?!?!??

Posted by Anonymous | February 25, 2014 4:13 PM

no Grimes?

Posted by Anonymous | February 25, 2014 4:16 PM

Fire & Wind but no Earth or Water.

Posted by Anonymous | February 25, 2014 4:18 PM

#35 Smashing #56 Pumpkins

Posted by Metal Corgan(1) | February 25, 2014 4:19 PM

So BV is actively seeking troll-bait now?

Posted by Anonymous | February 25, 2014 4:19 PM

Notice the distinct lack of hummus on this list.

Posted by Anonymous | February 25, 2014 4:25 PM

Hahaha so who is the troll? BV is the troll, fools.

Posted by Anonymous | February 25, 2014 4:39 PM

#17 Bratwurst

#19 Kielbasa

Posted by Anonymous | February 25, 2014 4:45 PM

4:25: Hummus came in at 101.

Posted by Anonymous | February 25, 2014 4:53 PM

#23 Pizza

#48 Basement

Posted by Anonymous | February 25, 2014 4:54 PM

#85 Chubby

#39 DeVry

Posted by Anonymous | February 25, 2014 5:02 PM

I can't believe SUCK didn't crack this list, but it's definitely in the top 10 for descriptive terms for Metal.

Posted by Anonymous | February 25, 2014 5:08 PM

Goatshit is my favorite band

Posted by Anonymous | February 25, 2014 5:45 PM

When me and my band go out to kill small children we always listen to Assfuckshitcunt

Posted by Anonymous | February 25, 2014 5:53 PM

Hey, at least we are vegan

Posted by Anonymous | February 25, 2014 5:54 PM

Why was the word 'torment' on that list twice? haha

Posted by Andy | February 25, 2014 9:14 PM

Torment is #49 and #91 on that list.

Posted by Andy | February 25, 2014 9:15 PM

FUCK YOU SAUSAGE! You ugly hairy fat little cargo-shorted fucking troll. I hate you!

Posted by Anonymous | February 25, 2014 10:32 PM

5:02 DeVry FTW!

Posted by Anonymous | February 25, 2014 10:37 PM

No bolt nor thrower, no care.

Posted by Anonymous | February 25, 2014 11:42 PM

So far, the top names used in scarf bands are:

Deer
Polyester
Bear
Nylon
Animal
Scarf
Fuschia
Hunx
Rammed

to be continued...

Posted by Anonymous | February 26, 2014 11:27 AM

Come see my new band at St. Vitus next week. We just started up. We are called Death Black Dark Blood. P.S. There is a list coming out like this about progressive indie bands and the top ten words are And, You, Will, Know, Us, By, The, Trail, Of, Dead.

Posted by whiteguy | February 26, 2014 11:56 AM

LOL it ain't done until the whiteguy shwings

Posted by Anonymous | February 26, 2014 12:22 PM

Time to make a band called 'Dark Black Death.'

Posted by Anonymous | February 26, 2014 3:44 PM

Boys and boyesses, be shore to check out (no, not that way little darlings) my scrumptious country yet not too country boograss band Caspar the Frumpy Ghost and his Goshdarn Scoobeh Snackx.

Bound to make yo' quanglang quiver!

- Mr. FootFetish

Posted by Anonymous | February 26, 2014 4:05 PM

Y'all need to check out my black metal band: Stromboli Chauffeur

Posted by Anonymous | February 26, 2014 4:23 PM

^^
YES!!

Posted by whiteguy | February 26, 2014 4:28 PM

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