The Most Heavy Metal Banjo: 15 Metal Songs Featuring a Banjo

Musicngear presents you 15 of our favorite metal songs significantly incorporating a banjo in them. The list is in no particular order. Enjoy!

By Eugenia RoditisMusicngear Editor

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(You can find a Youtube and Spotify playlist of the tracks included in this article at the bottom of the page)

Mastodon - "Divinations"

Mastodon is an American heavy metal band from Atlanta, Georgia, formed in 2000. The group is composed of Troy Sanders (bass/vocals), Brent Hinds (lead guitar/vocals), Bill Kelliher (rhythm guitar/backing vocals), and Brann Dailor (drums/vocals).

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Revocation- "Invidious"

Revocation is an American heavy metal band from Boston, Massachusetts, founded by guitarist and vocalist David Davidson, bassist and vocalist Anthony Buda and drummer Phil Dubois-Coyne in 2000. 

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Taake - "Myr"

Taake is a Norwegian black metal band from Bergen, formed in 1993. The band's one continuous member is Hoest, who writes and records most of the music.

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Finntroll - "Skogsdotter"

Finntroll is a folk metal band from Helsinki - Finland, formed in 1997. The band consists of Samuli "Skrymer" Ponsimaa – guitar, Henri "Trollhorn" Sorvali – keyboards / guitars, Sami "Tundra" Uusitalo – bass, Mikael "Routa" Karlbom – guitar, Aleksi "Virta" Virta - keyboards, Mathias "Vreth" Lillmåns – vocals, Heikki "Mörkö" Saari - drums.

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Sonata Arctica - "Cinderblox"

Sonata Arctica is a Finnish power metal band from the town of Kemi, Finland, formed in 1995. The current line-up consists of Tommy Portimo – drums, Tony Kakko – lead vocals, Henrik Klingenberg – keyboards, backing vocals, Elias Viljanen – guitars, backing vocals, Pasi Kauppinen – bass, backing vocals.

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King Giant - "13 To 1"

King Giant was a metal band from Pimmit Hills - Virginia (later renamed Pimmit Hills).

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Maylene & The Sons Of Disaster - "Step Up (I'm On It) "

Maylene and the Sons of Disaster is an American heavy metal band formed Birmingham, Alabama in 2004. Current members are: Dallas Taylor lead vocals / acoustic guitar / banjo, Brad Lehmann – bass / backing vocals, Jake Duncan – backing vocals / lead guitar, Jasin Todd  – lead guitar, Steve Savis – rhythm guitar / backing vocals, Jon Thatcher Longley – drums.

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The Absence - "The Murder"

The Absence is an American melodic death metal band from Tampa, Florida formed in 2002. The group is composed of Jamie Stewart - Vocals, Joey Concepcion - Guitar, Jeramie Kling − Drums, Taylor Nordberg - Guitar, Mike Leon - Bass. 

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Einvera - "Invariably Transient"

Einvera is a metal band formed in Los Angeles - California. Band members are: Grant - Vocals / Guitar / Banjo / Vibraphone / Accordion / Mandolin / Glockenspiel / Toy piano, Mike - Bass /Keyboards, Zac - Drums.

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Fair to Midland- "Amarillo Sleeps on My Pillow"

Fair to Midland was an American progressive rock band based in Dallas - Texas, formed in 1998. The band consisted of Darroh Sudderth – vocals, Cliff Campbell – guitar, Nathin Seals – bass, Brett Stowers – drums, Matt Langley – keyboards, Jon Dicken – bass, Ryan Collier – bass [touring only], Logan Kennedy – drums [touring only].

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Wuthering Heights - "Longing for the Woods Suite"

Wuthering Heights is a heavy metal band based in Denmark. The band was formed in 1989 by guitarist and songwriter Erik Ravn. Other band members are: Morten Gade Sørensen – drums, percussion, Nils Patrik Johansson – vocals, Teddy Möller – bass, vocals, Andreas Lindhal – keyboards, Martin Arendal – guitar.

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Ensiferum - "Stone Cold Metal"

Ensiferum is a Finnish folk metal band from Helsinki formed in 1995. The group is composed of Markus Toivonen – guitars, backing vocals / clean vocals, Petri Lindroos – harsh vocals / guitars, Sami Hinkka – bass / clean vocals, Janne Parviainen – drums, Pekka Montin – keyboards / clean vocals. 

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Panopticon - "Bodies Under the Falls"

Panopticon is a black metal band created by Austin Lunn in 2008.

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No One Gets Out Alive - "Banjo Slam"

No One Gets Out Alive was a german one-man band formed in 2008 in Bad Laasphe, North Rhine-Westphalia by Andreas Schüßler.

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The Native Howl - "Thunderhead"

The Native Howl is a band from Leonard, Michigan formed in 2013. Members are: Alex Holycross, Jake Sawicki, Mark Chandler, Zach Bolling.

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Do you know of any other metal bands featuring a banjo in their songs? Tell us in the comments below and we'll make sure to add them!

About Eugenia Roditis

Eugenia isn’t a musician herself but grew up in a family composed of musicians. She loves going to concerts and festivals when she actually has the time to as she is a mother of two. Eugenia joined the MusicnGear team in 2012.

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