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Metal Band Names Inspired By Games


This is an alphabetical list of band names that were inspired by games. This includes toys, classic card games, role playing tabletop/pen-and-paper games or video/computer games.
Please feel free to suggest more examples of (preferential MS-listed) metal/hard rock band names that were inspired by games.

[Updated 19.07.2024]

Created by: Plattner | 28.06.2024



1. Be'lakor - The Frail Tide
Warhammer Fantasy (role playing tabletop game): demon character Be'lakor the Dark Master
2. Bolt Thrower - In Battle There Is No Law
Warhammer Fantasy (role playing tabletop game): dwarven artillery unit
3. Capra - In Transmission
Dark Souls (role playing video game): named after a demon boss
4. Crystal Lake - Dimension
Romancing SaGa:Ministel Song (role playing video game): location in the game; in addition inspired by the camp in the Friday The 13th movies
5. Daedric Armour - Daedric Armour
The Elder Scrolls (action role playing video game): name based on the immortal beings called Daedra
6. Daedric Tales - The Divine Menace
The Elder Scrolls (action role playing video game): name based on the immortal beings called Daedra
7. Dice Of Fate - Living For The Thrills
game accessories, game of dice, gambling
8. Ereb Altor - By Honour
Drakar Och Demoner (role playing tabletop game): Ereb is the name of the main continent and Altor is the name of the planet on which Ereb is located
9. Firelink - The Inveterate Fire
Dark Souls (role playing video game): named after the central location Firelink Shrine
10. Game Over - For Humanity
term from video games: message in video games that informs the player about the failure to complete the game session successfully
11. Game Over (SWE) - NESperado
term from video games: message in video games that informs the player about the failure to complete the game session successfully
12. Girugämesh - 13's Reborn
Final Fantasy (role playing video game): antagonist boss character Gilgamesh
13. Green Druid - Ashen Blood
Dungeons & Dragons (role playing tabletop game): The name was inspired by the combination of the D&D druid character, the song "The Druid" from Sleep (album: Sleep's Holy Mountain) and the green colour of weed.
14. Gygax - Critical Hits
Dungeons & Dragons (role playing tabletop game): named after Gary Gygax, the co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons
15. Kyuss - Wretch
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (role playing tabletop game): named after an undead monster
16. Lich King - Necromantic Maelstrom
Dungeons & Dragons (role playing tabletop game): name of an undead wizard
17. Maladomini - Malpractice
Dungeons & Dragons (role playing tabletop game): named after the 7th circle of the Nine Hells of Baator in D&D's planescape setting
18. Midnight Dice - Hypnotized
game accessories, game of dice, gambling
19. Monster Magnet - Spine Of God
toy: name of a 1960s magnetic toy made by Wham-O
20. Morgion - Among Majestic Ruin
Dragonlance fantasy series (role playing games and books): name of the god of plague and disease
21. Mutoid Man - Bleeder
Smash TV (arcade video game): boss character, who is half man and half tank and appears at the end of level 1
22. Psudoku - Space Grind
Sudoku (number placement puzzle): the name is a short form of "Planetarisk Sudoku"
23. Shadow Of Intent - Primordial
Halo 3 (first-person shooter video game): name of a spacecraft
24. Shadow Of The Colossus - Shadow Of The Colossus
Shadow Of The Colossus (action adventure video game): named after the title
25. Super Monster Party - Sidequest
Monster Party (NES platform video game): named after the title
26. Tarot - Spell Of Iron
card game: originally intended for playing card games, but occasionally used for cartomancy
27. Tarot (AUS) - Reflections
card game: originally intended for playing card games, but occasionally used for cartomancy
28. The Cards - The Cards
game accessories, card game, gambling
29. Tomb Mold - Primordial Malignity
Bloodborne (role playing video game): named after an item used in Chalice Dungeon rituals
30. Twilight Force - Tales Of Ancient Prophecies
Heroes Of Might & Magic (role playing video game) and Dungeons & Dragons (role playing tabletop game) were cited as general influence on the band name, music and appearance



Disclaimer: All top lists are unofficial and do not represent the point of view of the MS Staff.
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28.06.2024 - 19:53
Plattner
Please feel free to suggest more examples of (preferential MS-listed) metal/hard rock band names that were inspired by games.
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28.06.2024 - 20:42
Netzach
Planewalker
Staff
Written by Plattner on 28.06.2024 at 19:53

Please feel free to suggest more examples of (MS-listed) metal/hard rock band names that were inspired by games.

My own one-man band Maladomini is named after the 7th circle of the Nine Hells in D&D's Planescape setting. There, my secret is out.
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28.06.2024 - 21:13
Plattner
Written by Netzach on 28.06.2024 at 20:42

Written by Plattner on 28.06.2024 at 19:53

Please feel free to suggest more examples of (MS-listed) metal/hard rock band names that were inspired by games.

My own one-man band Maladomini is named after the 7th circle of the Nine Hells in D&D's Planescape setting. There, my secret is out.

Thank you very much for sharing this information, Netzach. I am happy that I can add the album to the list.
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28.06.2024 - 21:20
Cynic Metalhead
Paisa Vich Nasha
1. Atreyu - Named after the character from "The Never Ending Story".

2. Death Angel weapons used in "Doom" and "Castlevania" series.

3. Tiamat - Named after a recurring character in the "Dungeons & Dragons".

Hope this helps, if not ignore it.
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28.06.2024 - 21:27
Netzach
Planewalker
Staff
Written by Cynic Metalhead on 28.06.2024 at 21:20

3. Tiamat - Named after a recurring character in the "Dungeons & Dragons".

I'm not sure it is that Tiamat they are referring to with the band name. Tiamat was a Mesopotamian goddess of salt water frequently depicted as a dragon, which inspired the D&D Tiamat. Considering the early album titles of the band, I'm pretty sure they got it from mythology and not fantasy.
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28.06.2024 - 21:28
Plattner
Written by Cynic Metalhead on 28.06.2024 at 21:20

1. Atreyu - Named after the character from "The Never Ending Story".

2. Death Angel weapons used in "Doom" and "Castlevania" series.

3. Tiamat - Named after a recurring character in the "Dungeons & Dragons".

Hope this helps, if not ignore it.

Thank you very much for your interesting suggestions, Cynic Metalhead.
I will try to find out if the band name was directly inspired by the corresponding game, or if both band and game were inspired by another source (Atreyu from the original book "The Never Ending Story" or Tiamat from Mesopotamian mythology). I will have a look. Thank you.
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28.06.2024 - 21:42
Netzach
Planewalker
Staff
Written by Plattner on 28.06.2024 at 21:28

Thank you very much for your interesting suggestions, Cynic Metalhead.
I will try to find out if the band name was directly inspired by the corresponding game, or if both band and game were inspired by another source (Atreyu from the original book "The Never Ending Story" or Tiamat from Mesopotamian mythology). I will have a look. Thank you.

I am 99% certain that it is the Mesopotamian Tiamat, just check out the concepts of their early albums. Also, Johan Edlund never struck me as a fantasy buff or gamer. My source: being Swedish and having listened to them for most of my life.
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28.06.2024 - 21:57
Plattner
Written by Netzach on 28.06.2024 at 21:42

Written by Plattner on 28.06.2024 at 21:28

Thank you very much for your interesting suggestions, Cynic Metalhead.
I will try to find out if the band name was directly inspired by the corresponding game, or if both band and game were inspired by another source (Atreyu from the original book "The Never Ending Story" or Tiamat from Mesopotamian mythology). I will have a look. Thank you.

I am 99% certain that it is the Mesopotamian Tiamat, just check out the concepts of their early albums. Also, Johan Edlund never struck me as a fantasy buff or gamer. My source: being Swedish and having listened to them for most of my life.

I agree, Netzach. I just wanted to double check. However, the concepts of their early work clearly points to the Mesopotamian Tiamat.
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28.06.2024 - 22:08
Plattner
Written by Cynic Metalhead on 28.06.2024 at 21:20

1. Atreyu - Named after the character from "The Never Ending Story".

2. Death Angel weapons used in "Doom" and "Castlevania" series.

3. Tiamat - Named after a recurring character in the "Dungeons & Dragons".

Hope this helps, if not ignore it.

Thank you again for posting your suggestions.

As far as I can tell, TIAMAT were named after the figure from Mesopotamien mythology (see discussion above).

Based on sources, I can say that the name ATREYU was directly inspired by the character from the book "The Never Ending Story" by Michael Ende.

I have found as interview with band members that say DEATH ANGEL comes from a book title (I have not found the author yet).
This is of interest for my MS book list. When I add it there, I will mention your suggestion that helped me.

I would like to encourage you to post more suggestions that you might have.
Thank you very much for your support, Cynic Metalhead.
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28.06.2024 - 22:17
Netzach
Planewalker
Staff
Written by Plattner on 28.06.2024 at 21:13

Thank you very much for sharing this information, Netzach. I am happy that I can add the album to the list.

I hope you 'll find the time to add it to your listening list too
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28.06.2024 - 23:14
Nejde
Moderator
Shadow of the Colossus is pretty obvious, although not in the database.

Spire Of Lazarus - Don't know about the name but they've released three albums based on Dark Souls, God of War and Prince of Persia respectively. 'Honorable mention' maybe.

Psychonaut - Might be from Tim Schafer's 2005 cult classic game Psychonauts, might not be.
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28.06.2024 - 23:20
Plattner
Written by Nejde on 28.06.2024 at 23:14

Shadow of the Colossus is pretty obvious, although not in the database.

Spire Of Lazarus - Don't know about the name but they've released three albums based on Dark Souls, God of War and Prince of Persia respectively. 'Honorable mention' maybe.

Psychonaut - Might be from Tim Schafer's 2005 cult classic game Psychonauts, might not be.

Thank you very much, Nejde. I will try to check your interesting sounding suggestions.
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28.06.2024 - 23:31
Netzach
Planewalker
Staff
Written by Nejde on 28.06.2024 at 23:14

Psychonaut - Might be from Tim Schafer's 2005 cult classic game Psychonauts, might not be.

A psychonaut is an old term for somebody who uses psychedelic substances to explore inner and outer realms, compare astronaut (star-traveller) to psychonaut (mind-traveller). It has been around since at least the 60s. I prefer my title "planewalker" (which is obviously also inspired by Planescape), which really comes from "plainwalker" (the plains of Ostrogothia), but that's beside the point.
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29.06.2024 - 00:25
Plattner
Written by Netzach on 28.06.2024 at 22:17

Written by Plattner on 28.06.2024 at 21:13

Thank you very much for sharing this information, Netzach. I am happy that I can add the album to the list.

I hope you 'll find the time to add it to your listening list too

I just listened to the title song via the bandcamp player. I liked it very much. Congratulations. I will take the time to listen to the whole album.
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29.06.2024 - 02:00
Netzach
Planewalker
Staff
Written by Plattner on 29.06.2024 at 00:25

I just listened to the title song via the bandcamp player. I liked it very much. Congratulations. I will take the time to listen to the whole album.

Please do, I'd like to know your opinions, and follow my pages if you'd like
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29.06.2024 - 05:07
Druss
Bit more of a tenuous link, but the band Gygax is named after one of the co-creators of D&D
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29.06.2024 - 10:12
Plattner
Written by Druss on 29.06.2024 at 05:07

Bit more of a tenuous link, but the band Gygax is named after one of the co-creators of D&D

Thank you very much, Druss. I have added your interesting suggestion to the list.

Edit:
For transparency I may add that I have found this information only in data base entries or articles, but I have not found official information or an interview to confirm this.
Do you have seen something like an official source?
However, based on the available information, the link of the band name to the game co-founder seems to be correct.
Thank you again for your support, Druss.
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29.06.2024 - 21:30
Gag reflex
Capra is named after Capra Demon, a character from Dark Souls.
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29.06.2024 - 22:33
Plattner
Written by Gag reflex on 29.06.2024 at 21:30

Capra is named after Capra Demon, a character from Dark Souls.

Thank you very much, Gag reflex. I have added your suggestion to the list.
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29.06.2024 - 23:00
Plattner
Written by Netzach on 28.06.2024 at 23:31

Written by Nejde on 28.06.2024 at 23:14

Psychonaut - Might be from Tim Schafer's 2005 cult classic game Psychonauts, might not be.

A psychonaut is an old term for somebody who uses psychedelic substances to explore inner and outer realms, compare astronaut (star-traveller) to psychonaut (mind-traveller). It has been around since at least the 60s. I prefer my title "planewalker" (which is obviously also inspired by Planescape), which really comes from "plainwalker" (the plains of Ostrogothia), but that's beside the point.

This is correct, Netzach. I have found an interview in which band members confirm the link to past experiments with substances.
https://theheavychronicles.com/2023/03/interview-psychonaut/?lang=en
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29.06.2024 - 23:05
Plattner
Written by Nejde on 28.06.2024 at 23:14

Shadow of the Colossus is pretty obvious, although not in the database.

Spire Of Lazarus - Don't know about the name but they've released three albums based on Dark Souls, God of War and Prince of Persia respectively. 'Honorable mention' maybe.

Psychonaut - Might be from Tim Schafer's 2005 cult classic game Psychonauts, might not be.

Thank you again, Nejde. I had a look and can confirm the Shadow of the Colossus example. Maybe I will add it even though they are not in the MS database when the list is longer.

I did not find a confirmation for the band name Spire Of Lazarus, but will continue to search, because the link of the band to video games is obvious.

I have found an interview in which band members of Psychonaut confirm the link of the band name to past experiments with substances.
https://theheavychronicles.com/2023/03/interview-psychonaut/?lang=en
So, this one will not make the list here.

Thank you for your support, Nejde.
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01.07.2024 - 08:57
Chidder
Super Monster Party. "The band focuses on the perspective of characters from the worlds of classic video games, such as Altered Beast, Splatterhouse, and MONSTER PARTY" - that last one was released on NES in 1989.
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02.07.2024 - 17:27
Plattner
Written by Nejde on 28.06.2024 at 23:14

Shadow of the Colossus is pretty obvious, although not in the database.

Spire Of Lazarus - Don't know about the name but they've released three albums based on Dark Souls, God of War and Prince of Persia respectively. 'Honorable mention' maybe.

Psychonaut - Might be from Tim Schafer's 2005 cult classic game Psychonauts, might not be.

It seems that the band Shadow Of The Colossus has been added to the MS database. I would have included it in this list anyway, but now it is even better.
Thank you again, Nejde.
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02.07.2024 - 17:32
Plattner
Written by Chidder on 01.07.2024 at 08:57

Super Monster Party. "The band focuses on the perspective of characters from the worlds of classic video games, such as Altered Beast, Splatterhouse, and MONSTER PARTY" - that last one was released on NES in 1989.

Thank you very much, Chidder. I have added your suggestion to the list.
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09.07.2024 - 18:06
Clintagräm
Shrinebuilder
I enjoy these, thanks for the list! I would add Tomb Mold, a modern Death Metal band from Toronto, Ontario, Canada named after an item in the video game Bloodborne used in Chalice Dungeon rituals. \m/
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09.07.2024 - 18:17
Plattner
Written by Clintagräm on 09.07.2024 at 18:06

I enjoy these, thanks for the list! I would add Tomb Mold, a modern Death Metal band from Toronto, Ontario, Canada named after an item in the video game Bloodborne used in Chalice Dungeon rituals. \m/

Thank you very much for your nice comment and your suggestion, Clintagräm. I have added the band to the list.
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19.07.2024 - 04:43
ohmayhem
Great list as always! First that comes to mind for me is Daedric Tales, inspired by The Elder Scrolls.
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19.07.2024 - 09:37
Plattner
Written by ohmayhem on 19.07.2024 at 04:43

Great list as always! First that comes to mind for me is Daedric Tales, inspired by The Elder Scrolls.

Thank you very much for your kind comment and your interesting suggestion, ohmayhem.

I have added the group to the list. Moreover, based on your hint, I could find another band that I did not know about, Daedric Armour.
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19.07.2024 - 15:28
javierel22
I would add Firelink (Dark Souls)
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19.07.2024 - 15:55
Plattner
Written by javierel22 on 19.07.2024 at 15:28

I would add Firelink (Dark Souls)

Thank you very much for your interesting suggestion, javierel22. I have added the band to the list.
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