Top 10 Best Metalcore Bands

The best Metalcore bands there are on this planet...

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1As I Lay Dying

I love a lot of the bands on this list but seriously, this is no contest. Avenged started Metalcore and, I must admit, were pretty damn good at it but yet they are easily a lot better at making their more Heavy Metal styled stuff. I also love Killswitch and again, they are really good. The only problem is that some songs are really really strong whereas others are weak. Then Asking Alexandria too. I love them but compared to As I Lay Dying? No way. Also have Bullet For My Valentine who I love but, although a good band, they don't compare to As I Lay Dying. Plus there's BMTH. Started out as good Deathcore and turned into good Metalcore but yet they suck live and some songs are not the greatest. Trivium too. I actually love these guys so much but yet As I Lay Dying still beat them. On this list I see my 3 favourite Metalcore bands (As I Lay Dying, Trivium, KSE) but yet no one on here is better then As I Lay Dying.

The thing with As I Lay Dying is that with every album they progress, get better. Every album brings something new, a little different. I remember listening to An Ocean Between Us upon its release and it was intense. The song writing on that was amazing. Fast yet melodic, brutal yet beautiful, heavy yet meaningful. It had everything. Amazing riffs (compare any riff by any of the other bands on here to the riffage in The Sound Of Truth and they loose in an instant), brutal growls and screams, harmonic and beautiful cleans, severe in-your-face breakdowns, face-shredding solos and harmonic yet melodic dual guitar work that blew your mind and made you cry tears of joy. Then ever since their last albums just got better and better. Not to mention that their cover of Slayer's War Ensemble and Judas Priest's Electric Eye on the Decas album made me crap gold. Compare them to Trivium's Master of Puppets cover of Bullet's cover of Pantera's Domination and they demolish. These reasons alone is why As I Lay Dying are and probably will be. THE greatest Metalcore band to ever exist.

I think their latest album "Awakened" was the worst. And "The Powerless Rise" wasn't as good as the previous albums. but that's just my opinion

Bullet is my number 2. As I Lay Dying every song, every break down the lyrics everything about this band is amazing. Live they are insane they get the crowd so involed, I've never seen a show like As I Lay Dying. Plus have you heard bullet live? They are garbage. But their albums do kick-ass. Because of the live shows and how much meaning the lyrics have in them AS I LAY DYING is hands down number one on this list

As I lay dying covers the ingredients of their music genre in every way, the dual soloing, the violent breakdowns, Josh Gilbert's clean vocal intervention and yes last but not the least Tim's muscular growling. The coordination of all these pieces even in a short 4 minute ordeal of a song is done so perfectly. As I lay dying forever m/(-_-) m/.

I like AsI Lay Dying - they're borderline thrash - but don't a lot of these bands undermine their own belief system by the actions they engage in? I'm an atheist, so don't care, but what is Metalcore anymore - either by dilution or contradiction?

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2Bullet for My Valentine

Bullet For My Valentine, Trivium, Bring Me The Horizon, Asking Alexandria, Parkway Drive are some of the BEST bands in the modern metal. But Bullet For My Valentine seems to be the most outstanding. Pretty much every aspect of their music is perfect (in my opinion) - the lyrics, the guitar parts, the drum parts, the vocal performance...just everything. Also they are a great live band, which isn't something usual with most of the bands in this genre. Also, they sound pretty unique, original and recognizable, which is another problem for the metalcore bands.

Trivium are another of the quality bands out there. Just listen to some of their songs from 'In Waves' or 'Shogun'. Absolutely great band.

BMTH just... I don't really like the first album (except a few songs), but their other work... Incredible. And every album is better than the previous and shows progress which is great. 'Sempiternal' is my personal most favourite album (so far).

AA are a good band, with quality songs, but the thing is that they are kind of banal, but still their songs are recognizable and way better than the other bands' in this specific genre (crabcore, I think that's how they call it). Awesome band!

Parkway Drive is a band that I've found recently and I'm BLOWN AWAY! No doubt, one of the greatest bands in contemporary metal. Super heavy band, with good lyrics and it's recognizable. SICK GROUP!

...Just Bullet For My Valentine is the band that stands out the most, so I'm putting my vote here. M/

Avenged Sevenfold and Killswitch Engage are good bands as well.
Also While She Sleeps seems to be a good band from the new-coming ones.

SPEECHLESS! how can a band be so mind blowing like them! never have I heard any band performing like them before! just listen them and you will feel why and how they are THE BEST! you will feel what a perfect metal core band is like!

This is the best band. What a powerful scream, fast solo and technical druming. Hey man they are the king and legend of metalcore

Of course they're great. The teeny-bopping girls love Tuck the guys that swing that way love him and for those who go to Festivals to see a band mop the floor with almost every band preceding them, with poison, and fever, and temper, and venom, this band is where it's at.

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3Killswitch Engage

Killswitch Engage are the best ever Melodic Metalcore band ever because lets be honest most Metalcore bands out there are crap. Jesse Leach and Howard Jones are two of the best Metalcore Vocalists ever without ever sounding outdated. I don't know the hell Avenged Sevenfold 2nd despite being top of their game in the past they're not Metalcore now!

One of very few good metalcore bands (along with Trivum), Killswitch Engage are great.
So much better than garbage like Asking Alexandria or Bring Me The Horizon.
Unlike said bands, Killswitch Engage actually has talented musicians, and make good music.
Alive Or Just Breathing was one of the best metal albums of the 21st century, and probably the best metalcore album of all time.

KsE really blow away every single band in this top, except maybe As I Lay Dying and A7X, because of their rich musical ability. Come on guys, best metal core riffs ever!

You guys don't know how much I LOVE this band! ^_^ - Pegasister12

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Best band ever truly amazing riffs and mats killer voice paired with corey's ripping guitar solos make the best metalcore band ever

Great riffs, they remind me of classic heavy metal

All their songs are master pieces and they are the best metalcore band.

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5Parkway Drive

Parkway drive is seriously the best metalcore band I know and I listen to all sorts of metalcore. For the first is not B4MV, A7X, Triv, KSE, new BMTH, ADTR, LOG, HB, SS or SF metalcore, sure they all got influences from metalcore but they are not clean metalcore. PWD deserve to be in the top just listing to them I mean Gordon have a real killer blast beat and Luke and Jeff is one of the best guitar duet you can find in the 21 century and Winstons incredible growl style is one of the best in all the Core genre. He could really be a singer in a death metal band. The Albums Horizons, Deep Blue and Atlas are real milestones in the metalcore genre it's hard to find a song that you can't like or just want to mosh to. Especially with songs like Carrion, The Siren's Song, Boneyards, Idols and Anchors, Horizont, Dead Man's Chest, Sleepwalker, Wreckage, Deadweight, Deliver Me, Karma, Home Is For The Heartless, Set To Destroy, Old Ghost / New Regrets, Dream Run, Wild Eyes, Dark Days, The River, Swing and Atlas (Sry take all gods)! And with almost non clean vocals in it PWD are my absolutely favorite band in the metalcore and top 5 in all my genres. Those guys deserve to be on the top! That's It!

This is the BEST band of the 21th century. I thought all metal was becoming dull and the new bands were just using ripoffs of 80s and 90s metal BEFORE I heard PWD. Theses guys are truly in it for the music and have put out 3 albums that have changed my life for the better. Sure you can say someone's better at guitar or drums but Parkway has the best sound in metalcore... END OF STORY.

As I Lay Dying isn't too far behind.

The reason that PWD isn't #1 is because they aren't as popular. Give them a listen! Try and find a song that doesn't kick A. It's impossible. Bullet For My Valentine is good but they are nowhere near the talent of these Aussies.

BEST Metal core band EVER!

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6Avenged Sevenfold

When Eddie riggs says in brutal legend that he feels like he was born in the wrong time and he wants to be in a time where music was ancient epicness. This is Avenged Sevenfold The most Legendary band of all time
Rip Rev. the drummer

This band is my favorite! M. Shadows' voice and vocal harmonies are admirable, unique. Synyster's guitar sounds like heaven to my ears. When you combine those two gods with the awesome talent of J. Christ, Zacky Vengeance and the deceased (but forever in our hearts) Jimmy "The REV" Sullivan, this band seriously has no match. All of their cds are GREAT but my favorite so far is City of Evil (that one is truly AMAZING). Nightmare is an awesome album but sadly it reminds us that Sullivan is no longer in the band, although he had his part in it. However, Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater's ex-drummer) did a great job taking Jimmy's place on the album. Avenged Sevenfold should be #1 in this list, although Bullet is a great band also (my second favorite).

One of the best bands on the planet.
Their first albums are good, their last 2 cds are simply fantastic! They surely became one of my favourite bands and their like shows are simply insane!

One of the best bands ever... Just one concert and your hooked... Beat performance ever and will have you under tanning there true talent. 1st concert I went to made Avenged Sevenfold make sense to me. Wish I could have seen the Rev play though ( forever A7X

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7August Burns Red

To me, August Burns Red makes some of the most beautiful and dynamic music that's out there With multiple instruments that are not specific to the metalcore/hardcore genre, they infuse many genres into their music to make every song a piece of art and not just a number to complete the album. ABR is going where no other band has gone before and they are doing so with excellence. Sure, all of the other bands on this list are great metalcore bands and they all deserve to be in the top 10, no matter what number. But as to ABR, they are the most unique. As every song is unique in itself, some characteristics of ABR are their bone crushing breakdowns, intricate guitar riffs, expert drum work, and spot on screaming. Examples are in the songs: Internal Cannon, Empire, Spirit Breaker, Creative Captivity, Black Sheep, Composure, Crusades, Mariana's Trench, Animals, and Count It All As Lost.

ABR obliterates all of their competition... Or at least they should be. Their guitar and drum playing is some of the best, and their singing goes unmatched. Not to mention the lyrics to a lot of their songs are moving if you listen to them. They're the best thing that's ever happened to metalcore and they deserve to be number 1

August Burns Red's music is not compared in any way with any other band's the excellent work of the drummer Matt Greiner fits perfectly with the bass and guitars like there could not be any other way to play it along as the way it is set to be done. Including Jake Luhrs unique and superior scream and voice! Also the lyrics are awesome! The song Meridian includes some words of the Holy Bible and they make it MUSIC in an excellent and incredible way! They deserve to be the #1 metalcore band!

August Burns Red is MUCH better than Bullet for my Valentine, TRIVIUM, and to be honest even better than Parkway Drive and As I Lay Dying (although they are both incredible to.) Bullet for my Valentine isn't even close. It sucks that even in metal the popular music is seen as superior by the conforming sheep.

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8All That Remains




A lot of bands are blurring the lines between genres, such as Bullet For My Valentine, As I Lay Dying, Caliban etc. But All That Remains are the best at what they do - which is blurring the lines between Metalcore, thrash, modern metal, death metal and everything in between. They released one of the greatest albums in 'The Fall of Ideals', but many felt they sold-out their fanbase. But 'Overcome' aside, all their releases are excellent for those with a broad palette. And 'A War You Cannot Win' is fantastic. They're no doubt some of the best musicians on the planet, and can do it all. They march to the best of their own double-kick drum. Triple-A band.

No way! Bullet for my valentine is more like emo screamo than any type of metalcore... All that remains is where its at. Insane vocals and riffs! Killswitch... Tied for #1, avenged sevenfold also a great band, I agree on their position. But bullet for my valentine don't come close in my opinion. Maybe on an indie rock or emo list! Where is the death punch at! Trivium blows bullet away by far! Take bullet for my valentine of the list!

While I must admit, they're last two albums didn't quite hit the mark, these guys are hands down my favorite. I'd put them at the top of the list with As I lay dying, and well above these other chumps, I mean, Avenged Sevenfold? Really? Trivium, and Bullet 4 my Valentine have two or three good songs, but not a album's worth, so they're not up top either

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9Bring Me the Horizon

Come on guys BMTH rocks! They're the most unique band here. I've never heard similar structure of song. They should be on 2nd 'cause they're awesome. Just listen to Empire or Alligator Blood or even Hospital For Souls, Sleepwalking and Chelsea Smile (These are my favorite songs) And if you want something for chill out listen Deathbeds I promise that you won't be disappointed! VOTE FOR BMTH!

You've never heard similar song structure? You must never have heard any other metalcore band..

Their lyrics have been wonderful insights into life and it's nuances. The sounds from Blessed with a curse were excellent with solid vocals, they're always improving even after disasters and getting great sounds.

Dude Seriously? This should be like at the top. I mean not only are they AWESOME! But they have really great lyrics and they are BRITISH! British metalcore... Does it really get any better. It's amazing... They sound beautiful with amazing vocals and also... Just to make the band even more amazing they have Oliver Sykes who is hot as hell. Just saying. I love every single one of their songs and their songs are beautiful and different. They are a very unique band and it's addicting. Bring Me the Horizon is my drug

WOW... 9th?!?!?!? I don't think so... - ryedfore

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10Asking Alexandria

Sure, if you consider the actual music aspect of AA, there are better on this list, like Escape The Fate. Not to say that they aren't talented, they definitely are. But Danny Worsnop can scream like nothing I've heard. His lows are fairly average, in league with most of the bands on this list, but his highs are incredible. His high screams sound like he's screaming through a tube, and the sound is coming out far away. He makes them sound almost unattached, like he's throwing his voice! His performance at the Mitch Lucker memorial show was also one of the best. But this band isn't just Asking Danny. Ben Bruce can pump out some pretty intense breakdowns, and his verses are pretty neat too. And the topics that they sing out are real. Sure, a lot of them are about women (wink wink), but most of their songs are about substance abuse and relationship problems. All in all, Asking Alexandria deserves to be in the top ten, after making it through the MANY problems they've had.

They are like the best band ever! I love like all their songs so much especially a candlelit dinner with inamorta, a prophecy, alerion, final episode, and not the american average

WTF? You guys Missed One of the Best... m/ m/ for Asking Alexandria - skt

Worsnop's gone, so are they. Woe, Is They.

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The Newcomers


The UK's little known Metalcore giants have been at it, on and off, for nearly 20-years. They got in there well before Deftones, and aren't dissimilar. Arc'tan'gent remains their highlight - though, for the dedicated, they have some rare eps and albums still around. Underrated and very influential.


They should be in top 3...
My Opinion is - 1. Lamb of God 2. Whitechapel 3. The Black Dahlia Murder.
Why them sissy bands on the top 5?

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The Contenders

11Lamb of God

I think lamb of god is the best

The most epic scream sound... And I like this band. Lamb of god forever

I think Lamb of God is one of the best metalcore bands and I like them more than Killswitch Engage and Bring Me the Horizon

Lamb of God must be number 1.. Why only in 11th place...

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12The Devil Wears Prada

the most versatile hardcore band in the biz these days, I was really impressed with their most recent work in Zombie and With Roots Above And Branches Below. Plus they play an amazing live show. my props to these guys. - alexthehardcorekid

The Devil Wears Prada is good band, but there's no metalcore on this list, most of the bands here are melodic metal with breakdowns taken from hardcore. Parkway Drive and Suicide Silence are death metal with many breakdowns, Trivium based on thrash metal, Lamb Of God is groove metal. I actually like bands like The Devil Wears Prada, Trivium, As I Lay Dying, A7X etc. But they never played metalcore, metalcore is Acrid, Oathbreaker, Cursed, Starkweather and many others.
P. S: don't't trust Wikipedia.

the first metalcore I heard, this guys have made great music! - rock2metal

It's an amazing band full of faith and talent. The second metal band I ever listened to.

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By far the most underrated metalcore band. Amazing riffs, songs, never selling out. People saying AA is good metalcore? Or BMTH? You don't even know how much more influential this band has been on the genre!

How is it, that a band that never disappoints on any release EVER, gets a disappointing place in this "best metalcore" competition? Each and every single song Unearth has ever written is 10x better than most of these bands entire careers best work. If you skip past these guys, give them a chance. You'll realize that As I Lay Dying can't even compare in AWESOMENESS.

Best metalcore band by far! !

My will bed done!

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Extremely under rated.
A group of musicians with real talent and clever ideas, this band moves me in a certain way that only very very few bands can.
People talk about how unique their favorite band on this list really are.. Well in that case so will I. If u really think u have heard something unique, then please have a proper listen to this band.

This is my personal favourite metalcore band.

Northlane deserves higher on list

Very unique to the metal-core scene.

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15Memphis May Fire

Best singer ever, seriously this guy is amazing. As for the rest it is just as good, powerful, efficient, melodic when it comes to choruses... It's hard to go through an entire album though but once you've heard a few songs from other bands and then go back to Memphis May Fire you realize that there's always something more... That something that most of today's bands don't have... Talent

I think this band is so amazing Matty Mullins (lead singer) is so awesome at what he does this is literally my favorite Metalcore band and this will always be my favorite this band saved my life so many times they also made me in a better mood throughout the day plus I feel as if Matty Mullins understands what people go through he is beyond amazing along with the whole band itself. They have something that a lot of bands don't have. I love MMF! An Matty you're amazing at what you do and don't forget that! I literally wish I could go to one of your concerts one of these days I also would totally love to meet everyone! I think MMF should be #1 on the list.

Lyrics, choruses, breakdowns and the lead singer's voice is fantastic. They quickly became one of my all time favourite bands!

Should be put at the top as the best out there is what I believe!

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16Of Mice and Men

How can Of Mice and Men not be farther up there?! Austin's a fantastic screamer, and Shayley's clean vocals make me want to cry! Not to mention the extremely awesome rest of the band! Seriously though! My favourite Metalcore band, easily.

Austin Carlile is so unique in his screaming, As I Lay Dying, Parkway Drive, and August Burns Red are better on a technical level, but Austin's unique sound mixed with Shay (now Aaron) and his great cleans, produce amazing songs.

Of mice and men is simply awesome, although I'm French, the lyrics makes me feel better and I can't explain why, but it is my favorite band by far. I also loves others band, but they don't have a same beautiful melody, so deeply lyrics n an awesome singer as Austin Carlile.

Best metalcore band ever can't stop listening to it

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The riffs are so catchy and as a band they can breakdown and be ambient. They should be 2 or three not 97

When you listen to songs such as "Edge of the Earth" and "Vahle" you just want to keep listening more and more. These guys are so addictive! - NuMetalManiak

18A Day to Remember

ADTR is a post hardcore/pop punk band. Not even close to metalcore.

You can rarely go wrong with a day to remember their music blends perfectly and they are not afraid to call people out in their song which in my opinion adds 20 badass points

I really like A Day To Remember but the fact that keeps bugging me is that they usually don't do guitar solos in their songs, my personal favorite album is Homesick.

Good Band Though!

Dude, really... 18 on a list about a genre they've been defining for years now?

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19Crown the Empire

CTE hasn't even been around for all that long, but they're definitely more talented than most (if not all) of the above-named bands. The screamer is one of the best I've heard in metalcore, and the cleans are some of the best I've heard in general. If you're looking for creativity, brutality, and amazing vocals then look no further than Crown the Empire. M/

How can you possibly put crown the empire so low? From the amazing melodic sung songs by Andrew to the heavy screaming that Dave brings to the band, Whether it's Limitless, The Fallout, or the newest album The Resistance Rise of the Runaways, you can't not fall in love with their catchy choruses, heavy breakdowns, and perfect clean and screamed vocals.

As far as style and creativity this band has shown thru the support and overwhelming increase in popularity that they are metal core. With the vocalist (Andrew) sounding strong and sometimes very weak, gives this band no other metal core band has a unique personality.

DAMN THEY AMAZING drunk so can't say a lot but listening to them now AMAZING!

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20In Hearts Wake

These are some relatively new guys that really deserve a listen. If your into the idea of unique breakdowns and a sound that can be described as Parkway drive with clean vocals, then this is the band for you. Deserves to be top 10 with their latest album Divinitation.

Just started listening to this band and they're really amazing. As the other comment stated, the same heavy screaming that parkway drive has with beautiful clean lyrics. Really worth a listen

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