Top Christian Metal Bands

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

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1August 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.

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

Top Christian metalcore band

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2For 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.

Listen to Fearless

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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.

Raw and unapologetic. Though they aren't the heaviest band out there, their lyrics are great and they have a pure metal attitude.

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4The 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.

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

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5As 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!

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.

This is NOT a Christian band.

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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.

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.

Red is my favorite band but Lacey Sturm is my heroin

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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.

Stryper has to be the best band in the world!

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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

This Needs to be higher. Now.

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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.

10Oh, 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

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

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The Contenders

11Living 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.

I bet this band is the heaviest Christian metal band ever

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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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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.

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.

Just listen to the album

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14Thousand 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.

Love their song courtesy call

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15Impending 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!

This band need more credit

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16Vengeance Rising

Vengeance was a great band! Their first two albums were among the best two metal albums ever produced! It's a shame about Roger and all, but it still doesn't change the fact of how good they were. Farkas was one the best guitarists I have ever heard and the same for Glen on the drums.

The band that first made Christian Metal extreme.

Someone remove this satanic band from this list - AggressiveBlaze


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.


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.

My No. 1 favourite band. The best Power Metal band you'll ever listen to. Each album and song is a masterpiece, both lyrically and musically.

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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!


ARE YOU KIDDING dead last 'come on. Skillet isn't metal it has no right to be here. at its hardest skillet is hard rock, and lately they've been becoming symphonic hard rock more and more

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.

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