Top Christian Metal Bands

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Christian metal bands exist in all the metal subgenres. What is the best band?

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1August Burns RedAugust Burns Red is an American metalcore band from Manheim, Pennsylvania. Formed in 2003, the group began their first performances while a majority of the members were attending their senior year of high school, and soon began playing shows around Lancaster, before being signed to CI Records. Afterwards, ...read more.

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.

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.

Best band ever. Them and For Today

This band has a great faith. But faith alone does not make a great band. It takes talent, too. These guys combine faith and talent and become giants. That's why they are the best Christian metal band of our time!

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2For TodayFor Today is an American Christian metalcore band from Sioux City, Iowa, formed in 2005. They are currently signed to Nuclear Blast Records.

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!

For Today should definitely be #1. Their music is amazingly brutal, and they are one of the most talented bands out their. Besides that they never fail to praise God in their songs. Have you ever been to one of their concerts? It is an unforgettable experience. The music is rocking but you can tell that God is in the building whenever these guys plug in. For Today definitely deserves the #1 spot.

So raw with their lyrics and music! Never heard a better Christian metal band, from the second I heard them I was hooked! I can listen to them day in and out and never get tired of them! They are such a huge inspiration to me! Their music is so brutal and just out of this world literally! Mattie is so inspiring live too!

I love the rhythm and how obvious their messages are, especially in Devastator.

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3Demon 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.

Demon hunter is flat out amazing! They have style, quality, and amazing lyrics and vocalist. Everything about them is amazing. I also love August burns red but if I had to pick it would be Demon hunter. Although I did vote both.

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4The Devil Wears PradaThe Devil Wears Prada is an American metalcore band from Dayton, Ohio, formed in 2005. It consists of members Mike Hranica, Jeremy DePoyster, Andy Trick, and Daniel Williams.

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.

Love these guys! Great musicians and props because they are from Dayton, Ohio!

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5Red

One of my favourite bands ever. Their musical creativity knows no borders and their lyrics touch me every time. And yes, they ARE a Metal band. It is Alternative Metal/Nu Metal with influences from Rock music and a lot of symphonic and electronic elements.

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

As I much as I love RED, I'm not quite sure if they're metal or not, as apposed to hard rock. Just about all the rest of the bands on this list are metalcore groups, and RED is definitely not that. Not sure though. - caleb4est

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6Living 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.

Why is this at 10? Lol

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7Tourniquet

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.

Jeez this is one of the only real metal bands on the list and they're way more talented and skilled than most of the rest and they've been around longer than the rest too. It's nice to have found a band that's comparable to the metal legends that have Christian lyrics and members

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8Underoath

Underoath at 20? They should be number one. They changed the christian metal scene into what it is today.

Half these bands, or more wouldn't be on here if it wasn't for these guys.

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.

9As I Lay DyingAs I Lay Dying is an American metalcore band from San Diego, California. Founded in 2000 by vocalist Tim Lambesis, the establishment of the band's first full lineup, which included drummer Jordan Mancino, occurred in 2001. As I Lay Dying has released six albums, one split album, and two compilation ...read more.

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.

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.

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!

They're not Christian anymore. Still a great band.

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10SkilletSkillet is an American Christian rock band formed in Memphis, Tennessee in 1996 and based in the United States.

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

You guys realise their biggest hit (monster) is a rip off of animal I have become by three days grace, right? - Blackclover01

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The Newcomers

?System Of A DownSystem of a Down formed in 1994 as an Armenian-American rock group from Glendale, California. The band name is sometimes shortened to System or SOAD. ...read more.

The Contenders

11Oh, SleeperOh, Sleeper is an American Christian metalcore band from Fort Worth, Texas. Previously signed to Solid State Records they are currently operating independently.

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 is the best love it so much. Skillet is NOT a metal band

I love these people

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12Thousand Foot Krutch

Awesome band! One of the best in my opinion, they have so many albums and I've listened to them all so many times.

I love them and you can understand what they are saying and it's all about GOD.

Really good band, SO FAR FROM METAL THOUGH. This band is NOT metal in anyway.

Cool and awesome!

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13Stryper

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.

They're not metal.

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14Becoming 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.

Becoming the Archetype's intro to some of their songs is what sets them apart in my opinion. Listen to "Ransom", "Dichotomy", "The Epigone", "Mountain of Souls", "How Great Thou Art" and the list can go on.

One of the most progressive, musically talented and creative bands I've ever listened to. Their debut album "Terminate Damnation" belongs to the best albums ever produced. It's close to perfect.

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15Impending Doom

Are you kidding me?! Impending Doom has to be the best death metal Christian band I had ever heard. These guys deserve to be #1 on the list. 2 things you need to do while listening to this band, pray to God and head bang the crap out of yourself.

Wow no seriously this list is bogus. This band should be top ten

Amazing I live impending dooms new album especially!

I'm disappointed this band must be top 10.. One of the best Christian metal band ever

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16MortificationMortification is an Australian Christian extreme metal band which was formed in 1987 as a heavy metal group, Lightforce, by mainstay Steve Rowe on bass guitar and vocals.

Their music is very sub par in recent years, but the first three Mortification albums are fantastic death metal. - surgeonsanic

Death metal from Australia that is recognized as excellent even in the secular Death Metal scene.

These guys basically started Christian death metal

Best Christian Extreme Metal Band Ever!

17Deliverance

By far the best Christian thrash band of all time and they have a new album coming out next month with the
Legends Jayson Sherlock on drums, Mike Phillips on guitar, Manny on bass and the man Jimmy.

Very good speed/thrash metal, one of the most important bands in the Christian metal scene.

18Believer

Excellent progressive Thrash. This band is interesting because they are one of the few Christian bands to influence metal outside of the Christian metal scene. They are also the originators of the female fronted symphonic metal sound that bands like Within Temptation and Sirenia are known for.

Believer's first 3 albums are unmatched in their quality and originality combining technical thrash, classical, and opera influences.

19TheocracyTheocracy is a Christian progressive power metal band founded in 2002 by Matt Smith of Athens, Georgia.

If you have never heard Theocracy, listen to them now. If you like DragonForce, you'll like Theocracy. They sound almost just alike, and this band is Christian. Strong faith, all their songs are powerfully written. Listen to "Wages of Sin" "Light of The World" "Laying the Demon To Rest" and "Mirror of Souls" (if you have time) they aren't a super intense death metal band. They are just pure awesome.

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.

This is the band that got me into metal

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20Memphis May Fire

Memphis May Fire should be way up there on the list! They're such an amazing band and their lyrics are always showing me that God loves us. The Sinner is an amazing song talking about how were sinners but God loves us anyway. Also, it talks about God taking away our pride, and other sinful things. Their newest album is amazing too! It's called "Unconditional" great screams, great vocals, they're just awesome! Definitely check them out!

This band hits home. Their music is outstanding in all fields. Their music is quite blunt sometimes, coming from the Mullen's emotional state, but also when calling people out. I thoroughly enjoy this band. Especially the song "Not Enough" and "Sleepless Nights" on their "Unconditional" album.

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!

Don't know how this isn't farther up on the list. Amazing band.

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