Metal music has a reputation for being hard and aggressive, a celebration of the darker side of life. Something happened in the '80s however, with a baffling infusion of glam that spawned a big-haired, face-painted style. This bizarre mix of makeup and macho macabre left an unforgettable mark on the genre, with some attempts to nail the look coming up hilariously short.

We here at Bored Panda have decided to celebrate this strange period in music history, with a selection of the funniest and most awkward metal band photos out there. Scroll down below to check them out for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments!

(h/t: Design You Trust)

#1

Manowar

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Wynand 3 months ago

Man, oh man!

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#2

Young And Broke Motley Crue 1980

Motley Crue

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Hans 3 months ago

Fantastic shoes!

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#3

Manowar

Manowar

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Wynand 3 months ago

Romance novel cover casting call

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#4

Metal Band

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Wynand 3 months ago

Anyway, here's Wonderwall

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#5

Motörhead

Motörhead

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Wynand 3 months ago

Lemmy think about this for a second

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#6

Vepri Suicida (Wild Boar's Suicide)

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Luis Milian 3 months ago

this is so bad, it stays bad.

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#7

Stryper

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Wynand 3 months ago

Look, there goes our career

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#8

Stovokor

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Wynand 3 months ago

I see some Klingons circling Uranus.

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#9

Tunnel Of Love

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FanDaPanda 3 months ago

Im picking up on some notes of willy wonka with a hint of drugs and alcohol.

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#10

Manowar

Manowar

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pandaes 3 months ago

is this whole post a photoshoot of Manowar? xD

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#11

Judas Priest

 Judas Priest

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pandaes 3 months ago

Good old times :_D

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#12

Pretty Boy Floyd

Pretty Boy Floyd

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Wynand 3 months ago

No ragrets

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#13

X Japan

X Japan

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Sei Ichirou 3 months ago

RIP Hide (guitar player. To this very day a legend in Japan. Died far too early and still noone knows what exactly happened). X Japan were one of the things that changed the Japanese youth so much back in the 80s. If you like metal and are interested, look for a band named Seikimatsu/Seikima-II/聖飢魔Ⅱ. They were founded in the same year as X Japan, they're still active and are one of the bands that still look this wild.

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#14

Black Death

Black Death

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ispeak catanese 3 months ago

That safety pin!

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#15

Venom

Venom

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Lotte 3 months ago

this looks like it came out of some sort of medieval war movie

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#16

Shotgun Messiah

Shotgun Messiah

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BusLady 3 months ago

Now, for the photo shoot, steal your sister's workout clothes.

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#17

Metal Band

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Max L. 3 months ago

Boy, did you eat Gene Simmons ?

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#18

TWATT

TWATT

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Ms.Maria 3 months ago

TWATT. I'm dying here...!

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#19

Rhapsody Of Fire

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Quinn Nix 3 months ago

A relatively recent metal band, here. These guys got Christopher Lee (Saruman the Wizard, from LotR) to voice story-telling interludes on one of their prog metal albums. How awesome is that?

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#20

Awkward Metal Band Photo

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Mark 3 months ago

Frankie goes to Hollywood, the later years.

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#21

Metal Band

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Wynand 3 months ago

If you can't love yourself, how in the hell are you gonna love somebody else!

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#22

Funny Awkward Metal Bands Photos

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Jason M 3 months ago

Please tell me their band name is Die-abetes.

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#23

Metal Band

Crimson Glory 

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Bored Bear 3 months ago

Baby: "I was told I could take a picture with the teletubbies. They lied."

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#24

Metal Band

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Wynand 3 months ago

Mom, is that you?

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#25

Detsorgsekalf

Detsorgsekalf

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Kjorn 3 months ago

damn… his cat was Walking across his keyboard computer and that's how he gets his names

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#26

Madam X

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Kristy P 3 months ago

Their logo reminds me of Al's men's support group "No M'am" on Married With Children

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#27

Metal Band

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Hans 3 months ago

These guys do not take themselves too serious. Chapeau!

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#28

Metal Band

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BusLady 3 months ago

Looks like Batman could use a new cape.

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#29

Crimson Glory

Crimson Glory

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Maurício Seabra 3 months ago

Midnight was a damn good singer...

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#30

Tunnel Of Love

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Mark 3 months ago

Takes name of band wayyyy to literally!

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#31

Night Jamming Band

Night Jamming Band

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Kristy P 3 months ago

Looks like REO Speedwagon on Halloween

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#32

Metal Band

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Mama Panda 3 months ago

Put down the crack pipe!

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#33

Metal Band

Michael Angelo Batio

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Enrico Zabeo 3 months ago

no, he isn't Michael Angelo Batio, he is Randy Piper from W.A.S.P. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Randy_Piper

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#34

Krank

Krank

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Eagle Girl 3 months ago

When you let your sister do your make up

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#35

Metal Band

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BusLady 3 months ago

I bet some of those poses weren't easy to hold.

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#36

Metal Band

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CheeseOnToast 3 months ago

The despairing guy in the middle has just realised that no one remembered to bring a basketball.

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#37

Metal Band

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hobbitly 3 months ago

They're wearing 3 different bands shirts, this is not a band, just some fans.

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