Metal Lords: 10 Fictional Rock & Metal Bands We Wish Were Real

Cranking up SkullF***er while watching Netflix's Metal Lords can't help but conjure the power ballads of other fictional rock and metal bands, each as distinct and memorable as the movies they come from. It's a bittersweet experience because the riffs are real but the bands are not, and outside of their movies, fans can't crowd arenas, nightclubs, or festivals to rock out to their songs in person.

Whether in movies like Metal Lords which uses music to tell a coming-of-age story, Rock Star which explores life on the road for traveling musicians, or horror movies like Trick or Treat which combines a shredding superstar with the supernatural, they all have fictional bands fans wish they could really throw horns at.

In 2022, it's not as common for metal bands to win Battle of the Bands, but Hunter and Kevin are determined to see the Rock Gods smile upon them. With the help of accomplished cellist Emily from band class, they've got a shot at glory.

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With a band name like SkullF***er, it might be easy to dismiss the teen stars of Metal Lords, but thanks to actor Adrian Greensmith's real accomplishments as a jazz guitarist, they don't sound half bad (especially given Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello being involved and writing their big number). The bonds of friendship are strengthened by brutal riffs and savage solos, and a righteous rendition of "War Pigs."

Prior to the grisly murder of Eric Draven and his fiancée Shelly, Eric was in a band called Hangman's Joke. Even after he was resurrected to take revenge on their killers, he didn't abandon his music because even in death, the show must go on. Eric was brought back because of the profound pain his soul suffered at losing the love of his life, and music was like opening a vein to let all of his beautiful anguish out.

If The Crow was made today, would it even have Eric standing on a rooftop, treating Detroit to an impromptu rock ballad at midnight? "Buildings burn, people die, but real love lasts forever," he says at one point. Yes, Eric, the love of haunting '90s rock music.

When the Scooby Gang investigates reports of a witch in Oakhaven, Massachusetts, in Scooby-Doo! and the Witch's Ghost, they never expect to team up with  The Hex Girls — a rock band that combines eco-friendly messages, a goth aesthetic, and a girl-power attitude — to find the real perpetrator.

The Hex Girls have appeared in myriad episodes of Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, What's New, Scooby-Doo? as well as other direct-to-video films, prompting fans to think that these supporting Scooby-Doo characters should have their own spin-off. With their LGBTQ-conscious stance, tolerance of various spiritual beliefs (Thorn is Wiccan), and catchy tunes, everyone wants to blast "I'm a Hex Girl."

Eddie Weinbauer is a metalhead whose obsession with deceased rockstar Sammi Curr and his band hasn't done him any favors at school, but he has the last laugh when he plays a mysterious demo record backward and unknowingly unleashes Curr's zombie on an unsuspecting student body. The devil really does have all the best tunes.

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What could be more '80s than a high school nerd obtaining a rock 'n' roll golem, decked out in leather, spikes, and Aquanet, to teach his bullies a lesson? The Sammi Curr Band rocks hard, and nothing beats appearances by rock gods Ozzy Osbourne as a televangelist ranting against the dangers of metal and Gene Simmons as a shock jock.

While working on their setlist, metalheads Zakk and Brodie decide to up the ante of their music by exploring black magic, hoping it will give their songs the edge they need. After performing a ritual together, they summon The Blind One, an ancient evil intent on enslaving the world through the circulation of metal music.

Much like its predecessor Trick or Treat, Deathgasm is considered to be one of the best horror movies about rock bands, serving screams along with its throat growls. It also features some true headbangers from its titular band, who happens to be a couple of softies underneath their corpsepaint. In fact, it's the chemistry and friendship between the members that make the band so solid.

Just when fans thought The Misfits riding motorcycles that looked like electric guitars was the coolest thing about Jem and the Holograms, The Stingers came along and blew every other band away. The Misfits were the main antagonists of the show, but The Stingers became the hard act to follow by season 3.

With their knowledge of the occult and awesome fashion, they brought West German glam rock to Saturday morning cartoons, even giving Jem and Starlight Music a run for their ruffles. With Riot as their lead singer, Minx on synths, and Rapture on guitar, they had something special to offer the New Wave scene. Despite being ambitious and selfish, they knew that the music came first, and they were always willing to put aside their differences for the sake of rocking out.

It's tough when the Steel Dragon tribute band he founded gives him the boot, but that kick in the amp is just what Chris needs to be open to new opportunities. When the real Steel Dragon asks him to front their band, he jumps at the chance to join the pantheon of metal masters, learning the price of fame and fortune along the way.

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Based on the rise of rock royalty Judas Priest, Steel Dragon is an epic metal band that is fully realized, and authenticity is key for making the musical journey in Rock Star believable. The movie takes the music seriously (Chris's vocals are done by the leader singer of Steelheart) but never itself, and it's too bad that Steel Dragon isn't packing arenas in real life.

This Is Spinal Tap is one of the most revered music movies of all time, specifically because of how well the journey of the titular fictional band is laid out. This mockumentary explores the band's turbulent quest to claim its status on the metal charts, encumbered by member infighting, groupies, and lugubrious managers.

Listening to Spinal Tap, fans can distinctly hear where its early psychedelic pop sound merged into progressive rock, with a final metamorphosis into heavy metal. The behind-the-scenes turmoil, band interviews, and concerts feel so real at times, that fans would swear Spinal Tap existed.

What's cooler than Buckaroo Banzai, a famous neurosurgeon, physicist, and test pilot? His rock band, The Hong Kong Cavaliers! When Dr. Banzai isn't busy gazing at grey matter or breaking sound barriers, he's playing in packed nightclubs and protecting the world from the Red Lectroids. Each member of the band has special skills like lockpicking or demolition along with their unique musical abilities, making them the Justice League of rock 'n' roll.

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension has a little something for everyone, but having its heroes be rockstars means it also has an offbeat soundtrack to match its wild visuals. It was supposed to become a cult classic that established its own cinematic universe, but the planned sequel was never made.

In Adult Swim's animated series Metalocalypse, the fictional death metal band Dethklok is the most famous band on the planet. When they aren't playing to arenas that pack fans numbering in the millions, they're spending time in their floating gothic fortress.

With members that resemble musicians in real metal bands like Burzum, Cannibal Corpse, and Children of Bodom, it has a level of legitimacy that's rare for a cartoon. Dethklok also feels lovingly constructed from real archetypes, with its members representing Norway, Sweden, the Midwest, and Florida, all locations with high concentrations of metal fans.

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