Top Christian Metal Bands

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July 27, 2015 - Christian metal bands exist in all the metal subgenres. What is the best band? Don't agree with the list? Vote for an existing item you think should be ranked higher or if you are a logged in, add a new item for others to vote on or create your own version of this list.

The Top Ten

1
August Burns Red
The best metal band that I've ever heard... Their vocals have great range and clarity, their guitarists are very talented, and their drummer is probably the most skilled I have heard. On top of that, their lyrics are the most moving of any metal band. All those who agree with me, help bring ABR to the top of this list.
Best band ever. Them and For Today
One of the best "Christian metal" and "metalcore" bands that I've heard. The riffs and breakdowns just set them apart. Quality lyrics and music.
[Newest]Very solid band( I'm getting increasingly more into them as of late. Excellent songwriting and they break new boundaries on their latest work.

2The Devil Wears Prada
They describe my entire philosophy in their songs. Amazing band! Most underrated because of their sound. Their message is amazing, but not EVERYBODY can tolerate the screaming. I love the passion though!
I love The Devil Wears Prada! And for me they're the best (melodic) metal band. I love how they play, Mike's screams, guitar riffs, EVERYTHING. This band fits my soul.
Best Of them all! Vocals and musIc are unparrelled in Amy band besides maybe Stryper or demon hunter.
[Newest]Love these guys! Great musicians and props because they are from Dayton, Ohio!

3For Today
For Today is the best lyrically, and musically! They are always challenging me in my walk with God, and they are always encouraging me. Their music never fails to uplift the Lord. Plus, they are actually metal. I love Skillet, but Skillet isn't a metal band!
I honestly have never heard better lyrics in any other band I've listened to. Mattie Montgomery crafts songs of amazing depth and meaning and it's just such a great experience to listen to For Today
This band isn't just amazing but they include God in every song and they never stray away from what they believe in no matter what.

4Demon Hunter
I love metal because it calms me down. I find myself concentrating on all the different parts of the song other than the wailing and squawking. 'Collapsing' is definitely my favourite Demon Hunter and Metal song of all time. The only problem I face is trying to explain to my, non-metal fan, friends, their album covers.
This IS the greatest Christian metal band out there. Sure they have made better songs in the past, and yet that's what should set them apart from all the others. They are inspiring and instrumentally they are awesome. Alongside Oh, Sleeper they should be at the top.
My favorite Christian Metal band ever. Their newest album, True Defiance, has some of the best songs they have, like Dead Flowers, Tomorrow Never Comes, and Crucifix.
[Newest]Demon Hunter are amazing! Been a long time fan!

5Red
Awesome band... and excellent sound, up until "Until We Have Faces". But to be honest, they're not a metal band (you've got Let Go and a few harder songs) but they're pretty much hard rock. Don't confuse the two... but for their effort and unique sound, I think they should go up on this list!

P.S. Their BEST sound was on their first two albums -- they've gotten too pop-like from there in my humble opinion. I hope the 2015 one cleans that up and restores their classic sound.
Just hear to them and you will realise. It should be at least top 3. Definitely a more deserving band. They have the most emotive and dark sound ever heard. Yet melodious. A great combo of anger and melody. Hear lost, let go and fight inside and you will understand.
You didn't listen to this I suppose. Not just the best christian metal band but its the..., beyond words man
[Newest]I like I the breather, becoming the archetype and red I can't choose my favorite

6As I Lay Dying
AS I LAY DYING should be right at the top, but I feel that this band is best among all metalcore bands. The songs that it creates are full of Jesus's ideologies but the meanings are so deep and beautiful!
And the music quality is beyond extraordinaire!
Just have to say that vengeance rising should not be on here. The band is now satanic. I don't care if they used to be Christian, they're not a Christian band. Skilled is not metal any way you twist it. And August Burns Red should be way up here.
Their leader hired a hitman to kill their wife. All of the members have said that they are Atheistic now. Please remove this from the list and not vote for it.

7Skillet
Skillet is my favorite band in the world and I admire everything that they do. They should be number one. John Cooper can wail and Jen Ledger can drum amazing for someone so young and her voice is like an angel. Korey Cooper knows how to wail on the keyboards and guitar and as for Seth Morison, you are an amazing guitarist. I love Skillet. I have everything they have ever made from the first album in 1996 Skillet to the last album Awake 2009 and am getting the new one that is coming out in April or March.
Best Band ever! Their songs are awesome and christian orientated. Feel in love with the ban first time I heard Awake and Alive. Then I heard Monster and every song is as good as the last. Awesome!
Their simply the best. Tell me how many bands has 10-15 great songs as skillet. Awake and alive. Monster. Hero. Falling inside the black. Whispers in the dark. Yours to hold. Lucy. Dead inside. Comatose. The older I get. The last night. Live free or let me die. Rebirthing. Never surrender. Its not me its you. The list never ends. Simply greatt
[Newest]Skillet's an amazing band, but they aren't really metal.

8Tourniquet
Just listen to songs like "Ark of Suffering", "Swarming Spirits", "Ready or Not", and "Broken Chromosomes". Then you might consider them as good as the big four. I'd probably say Ark of Suffering would rank up to songs like "Master of Puppets", and "Symphony of Destruction". Swarming Spirits is a good song, and my personal favorite by them, even though one of their riffs sounds like Metallica's "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)". "Ready or Not", is basically the "PAINKILLER" or Christian Metal, and they were both released the same year. "Broken Chromosomes" was also really good.

A good Christian band that proves that you can be a Jesus Follower and still Rock Out!
Tourniquet's musical composure and aggressive thrash style surpasses all Christian metal bands. The heavy but cleaner vocals communicates the message more clearly, and the clever, metaphorical lyrics always broadens my knowledge on what the bible has to say about things. Grab a dictionary for those medical terms though; it can get pretty brutal
Laugh out loud at the current top 2. Tourniquet is easily the most talented Christian band ever and one of the very few that can compete with secular bands. Their first three albums are as good as the best releases by the big 4 thrash metal bands.

9Underoath
Underoath at 20? They should be number one. They changed the christian metal scene into what it is today.
I'm sorry, this page is not accurate. I agree with the first two, seeing as As I lay Dying, Devil Wears Prada and Underoath have all been debated among many as being the best Christian metal bands out there. But Stryper, Tournaquet and Demon Hunter don't even deserve to be on this list. Sorry.

10Stryper
No band is more technical or progressive than stryper. I am a fan of all metal, not just christian, and these guys have blown me away since the 80's with their incredible guitar work and unbelievable vocals. Over the years they have only gotten better; the album "murder by pride" is on my top ten lists of greatest albums of all time of any music style, nudging out their previous album "reborn". Hey Stryper, thanks for SPECTACULAR music, keep rocking, I will keep listening.
I accepted the Lord as my Savior when I was 10 years old. I have been a die-hard Stryper fan since 1985. I found that Stryper music allowed me to express myself as a Christian to my head banging friends.
Strong Music, Strong Message and Still relevant after 30 years of Ministry, Stryper is by far the Best Christian Heavy Metal Band ever.
[Newest]Christian Big-Hair Metal at its best. Wish there were more classic metal Christian bands out there; I'm too old for metalcore and screamo.

The Contenders

11Oh, Sleeper
This band is one of the best Christian bands I've listened to. The lyrics are awesome and Micah's screaming is very clear yet aggressive as Shane's clean vocals will blow you away.
Sick band! I'm a fan of both Oh Sleeper and The Devil Wears Prada and I have to say Oh Sleeper's music is way better The Devil Wears Prada. And as for vocals, Micah beats Mike!
Oh sleeper destroys! Means to believe is so powerful! Wayy better than The Devil Wears Prada with their nonstop auto tune clean vocals ABR and Oh, Sleeper are the top too in my opinion and where is For Today they should replace skillet in this list and The Color Morale should replace Demon Hunter
[Newest]Oh sleeper is the best love it so much. Skillet is NOT a metal band

12Thousand Foot Krutch
I love them and you can understand what they are saying and it's all about GOD.
I LOVE TFK! They're not a metal band so much as they are a hard rock/alternative rock band, but if that genre has a list, they should be at the top. AMAZING BAND!
TFK is less hard than august burns red or demon hunter, but it still deserves to be in the top ten. they are harder than skillet, and skillet is up there. not cool people.

13Becoming the Archetype
Even after several line-up changes this band keeps pushing the limits Progressive Christian Death-metal genre. They aren't afraid to experiment with different sounds with their albums evolving in different ways every time. Most importantly, you can feel the pure fervor for God displayed in energetic, all-out musicianship.

14Living Sacrifice
Epic times ten. Tourniquet, living sacrifice, and strong arm before a dirtbike race. Real metal that gets you pumped and lets you feel the power of god with there lyrics and sound.
Living Sacrifice is Stellar! Been listening to them since they first hit the scene.
A great band, killer music and great lyrics.

15Betraying The Martyrs
The band's style is a mixture of different aspects from multiple sub-genres of extreme metal. The band takes the breakdowns, blast beats, and low growls that are main elements in deathcore. They supplement them with clean vocals, choruses, and programming that are key parts in metalcore and post-hardcore bands. They also occasionally blend odd time signatures that exist in progressive metal. Keyboards are also used to mimic the orchestral elements that reside in symphonic metal. However, deathcore elements within their music are the most predominant features.
BETRAYING THE MARTYRS is a 6 piece Metal/Hardcore band from Paris, France with a new and refreshing attitude to modern metal that is certain to take the music scene by storm.
They have been my favorite band for five years, and I can't get over their songs, they are so good!

16Theocracy
Hands down best Christian Power Metal band out there. All three albums are amazing, and Matt Smith's singing, songwriting, and lyrics are second to none. "I Am" off As the World Bleeds is without a doubt the most epic song ever written.
Awesome Epic Power-Prog with the very best lyrics I have ever heard. This band is so good that I have met non Christians who admit that Mirror of Souls is a masterpiece. The only other Christian Metal band that comes close is Tourniquet.
Heavy, melodic and has some of the best song writing that I have ever heard. The lyrics are always very thought provoking and the music is so good that it can stand up against the very best of secular power metal.
[Newest]The best Christian band, and perhaps the best metal band in the world today, PERIOD. Matt Smith is a legitimate genius songwriter and arranger, and has a pretty decent voice to boot!

17Disciple
Jesus is very Happy when Disciple releases a new album. These guys are a Force for The LORD!
Listen to Outlaws by disciple.. Just amazing.. And By God is their best metal song.. Followed by scars remain.
Seen them three times and will again soon.

18Antestor
Only 16th place? It makes me sad to see bands like The Devil Wears Prada and August Burns Red (neither of which are metal) in the top two spots, while one of the most recognized Black Metal bands - in both the Christian and secular world - are not even in the top ten.
This band cleared the way for Christians in the Black scene while enduring death threats and assaults. Seriously people, more respect for a good band.
Without question the best Christian metal band of all time, in my opinion. These guys strike a near perfect balance of absolute ferocity and introspection-promoting melody I've ever heard; secular and Christian alike. And where is A Hill to Die Upon? There really should be separate lists for metal and the rest of the "core" stuff.

19Memphis May Fire
This is easily one of my favorite Christian metal bands. There is great vocals and great instrumentation from everyone else. Plus, Matty Mullins is really a good man of God who even last year (2014) came out with a Christian pop solo career!

20Impending Doom
Impending doom is the best christian metal band. As I have a music band too.
Wow no seriously this list is bogus. This band should be top ten
Amazing I live impending dooms new album especially!
[Newest]One of my favorite metal bands of all time.

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