Best Alternative Metal Bands


The Top Ten

1 Tool Tool Tool is an American progressive metal/alternative metal band, that was formed in 1990. more.

Tool is not only the greatest alternative (really Progressive) metal band out there, but also the greatest band of all time! System of a down is the second best band on this list, but even they can't come close. Can serji hold a scream for 22 seconds? Don't think so. Is system's guitarist able to create as complex rhythms and riffs like tool? Don't think so. Is their bass even comparable to the bass line on forty six and 2? Don't think so. Can system's drummer do a fourth of what Danny carry can do? Not if their lives depended on it. Tool is by far the most creative band in existence. I will say serji has a larger range than Maynard, but serji still can't match him lyrically or holding notes.

Maynard's voice, along with Adam Jone's restrained guitar and Justin Chancellor's amazing bass lines, coupled with Danny Carey's amazing knack for getting the beat exactly right, makes Tool easily the best alternative metal band and one of the best bands of the '90s.

Tool is definitely the most alternative metal band ever. The band uses the strangest bass and drum play and mixes this with all kinds of sound effects untill it's all good. Maynard's voice expresses anger in such a different way than all other metal-bands do, it's more a deep hate but you can only get to this when you lose yourself in it's complex lyrics and music.
System of a Down is also a really alternative metal band, but doesn't come near to Tool in musical compositions, lyrics and vocals.
And seriously people, Linkin Park, Breaking Benjamin and Three Days Grace aren't even metal! And Avenged Sevenfold is the boy band of the metal, they aren't even alternative!

Best Band of ALL TIME

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2 System of a Down System of a Down System of a Down formed in 1994 as an Armenian-American Nu Metal group from Glendale, California . The band name is sometimes shortened to System or SOAD. more.

System of a down is one of the greatest bands ever. They have so much variety. Their songs are so crazy, but each of them have a deep meaning.

I'm not sure anyone has had as much of a groundbreaking, brash, yet melodic sound like them. They can switch from something beautiful and honest to something unusual and absurd in a split second yet still hold true to what the song was about and even save face in the process. Pure talent

I gotta say this has to be one of the best bands ever. The music is so amazing that you can't stop listening to them. The best songs are the older ones..(albums System of a Down 1998, toxicity, and steal this album) but some of the newer ones (albums hypnotize and mesmerize) are good too. I know the band is over, but they should really make more music..they still go on tours..

System of a Down is so damn good

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3 Linkin Park Linkin Park Linkin Park is an American rock band formed in Agoura Hills, California, in 1996. The members include Chester Bennington (vocals), Mike Shinoda (rapping vocals, pianist), Brad Delson (guitar), Dave "Phoenix" Farrell (bass), Joe Hahn (DJ) and Rob Bourdon (drums). Linkin Park are associated with a mixture more.

Linkin Park has the best vocalist and they are not so metal in terms of their songs, other metal bands don't have the duo like mike and chester

What? Slipknot is better than Linkin Park, you've gotta be kidding Me, first of all Corey can't even scream into 18 Seconds straight, second, Linkin Park's vocalists are cleaner than Slipknot, Third they have more meaning in their songs, and the LAST, LINKIN PARK is the best Alternative band of the whole world!

Definitely the best, if not, one of them. Chester just had this amazing capability to scream and sound like 3 other cheaters are screaming at the same time. And Mike plus Chester equals AMAZING! Not to mention all of this amazing talent to be able to jump octaves and genres in a split second, then jump back

Though they are a rock band they have few songs which sound like Alternative metal. They are definitely the best Rock band!

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4 Breaking Benjamin Breaking Benjamin Breaking Benjamin is a American post-grunge/alternative metal band formed in 1998. The bands members all changed in the time between 2010 to 2014, with the exception of Ben Burnley (Vocals). The Ex-Members included Chad Szeliga (Drums), Aaron Fink (Guitar) and Mark Klepaspi (Bass). more.

The first and only band in my life whose all song are amazing... How can this happen that I liked each and every song of this band.. When I first listened to this band, I thought how could have I missed this band for all the passed years... And yeah, Breaking Benjamin have made me a rockstar... They deserves to be at the top of the list... When it comes to alternate metal, Benjamin rules...

Breaking benjamin are the best band I know, I have been hooked on them for months, there songs are all good there is not 1 song they play that I don't absolutely love, the lyrics in there songs are always very catchy and I love it how there are always awesome guitar solo's

These guys have talent and bens voice is amazing. The guitars are sick and Ben has amazing vocals. Ben get better!

Every album is great. Benjamin Burnley is one of the greatest songwriters there is.

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5 Deftones Deftones Deftones are an American alternative metal band from Sacramento, California. The band, which was founded in 1988, consists of Chino Moreno, Stephen Carpenter, Frank Delgado, Abe Cunningham and Sergio Vega.

These guys are the TRUE definition of alternative metal. Linkin Park and Korn are Nu Metal, Tool is Progressive metal, Rage Against the Machine and Slipknot are heavy metal, and Three Days Grace, Breaking Benjamin and Disturbed are just modern metal. Alice in Chains doesn't even come close to fitting the criteria of alternative metal, and System of a Downs just sounds like...

They are different from every band out today and any band that had been out they are amazing and deserve to be in the number one spot

Simply amazing. They are a rare band. From the very first time I heard a song of theirs, it made me wanting to close my eyes and "travel"
Chino Moreno's voice is one of the greatest and it perfectly suits with the music they produce. KEEP GOING MEN! Please, the exist since '88 and I firmly believe that they should gain more "ground"
Thank you.
Joan, a Greek fan

Best alternative matal band ever. Should be in top 3

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6 Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine is a rock band formed in Los Angeles, California. The band consists of vocalist Zack de la Rocha, bassist Tim Commerford, guitarist Tom Morello and drummer Brad Wilk.

Rage is the best hands down! Know Your Enemy, Killing in the Name of, Bullet in the Head, all great songs with awesome guitar by Tom Morello.


The best alternative metal/nu metal band of all times

They're Good

7 Korn Korn Korn is an American Nu-Metal band from Bakersfield, California, formed in 1993. The band's current lineup includes founding members Jonathan Davis, James "Munky" Shaffer, Brian "Head" Welch, and Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu, with the addition of Ray Luzier, who replaced the band's original member, David more.

If we compared korn with songs like :-Falling away from me, Freak On A Leash, Coming Undone, Twisted Transistor, Somebody Someone, Make Me Bad, Clown, Alone I Break. Surely korn will beat system of a down
But actually system of a down is more successful, Popular.. Than Korn System of a Down album of 2001 was the most successful metal album in 2001 but not the best - nooreldeen

Love korn they are absolutely awesome seen them in concert twice they should be in top 10 for sure

Korn is way more popular, unique, and talented than system of a down what is wrong with you guys?

If not number one they shound be number two on the list not number 11

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8 Faith No More Faith No More Faith No More is an American rock band from San Francisco, California, formed in 1979. Before settling on their current moniker in 1983, the band performed under the names Sharp Young Men and later Faith No Man.

What is Faith No More doing in the bottom of the top tens. They are credited for inventing alternative metal. They are the best alternative metal band but System of a Down, Tool, and Breaking Benjamin are more better, too.

At one time till about a year ago I waas like a lot of the world and thought that all they had was epic! Boy was I wrong!. They are awesome. Epic is not even there best song. They are as good as any of the bands in front of them on here. They might not get the radio play, butt just look up these songs: last cup of sorrow, falling to pieces, from out of nowhere, midlife crisis and their best song The real thing. The real has to be one of the best songs ever.

Faith No More literally created alt metal


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9 Alice In Chains Alice In Chains Alice in Chains is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1987 by guitarist and songwriter Jerry Cantrell and original lead vocalist Layne Staley.

AiC is a band that people either hate, or hold as epic. They have a way of expressing emotions that people find hard to even comprehend. In hard times they have given me and members of my family hope and self respect. If it were me, they'd be at the top of this list. May you live within all you touch Layne Staley, and RIP.

Alice paved the way to bridge alternative or grunge with metal. They were the influence for a lot of today's alt metal bands, including Tool who have had Staley sing with them and Maynard has sang with Alice.

Alice in Chains is a great grunge metal band kind of emotional and dark. Nirvana and Alice in Chains are both the two best grunge bands.

Deserves top be in the top 3 spot damn

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10 Slipknot Slipknot Slipknot is a Heavy Metal band formed in 1995 from Iowa. The band released their first album in 1999 and was well received by critics and fans. The group gained success after the release of their second studio album, "Iowa". more.

How can you beat Phycosocial and Wait and Bleed? (song by Slipknot)

Just writing down a couple of nice tunes like : sober, schism, parabola, vicarious.. And sorry these are only the first things that came to my head (can continue for hours).. If you are a musician or at least a prepared and longtime listener of music you would agree that slipknot shouldn't even be carrying water for Tool. And don't get me wrong.. Slipknot are an amazing band.. But there's no contest at all.

Wait and bleed, pulse of the maggots, phycosocial, the nameless.8, 0, 2, are best. And Slipknot is the band who deserve to win this cause they're absolutely amazing.

System of a down, tool, alice in chains are against SLIPKNOT very very very SOFT

Number 1 bitch

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The Contenders

11 Disturbed Disturbed Disturbed is an American heavy metal band from Chicago, Illinois . The band comprises vocalist David Draiman, bassist John Moyer, guitarist Dan Donegan, and drummer Mike Wengren . They are known for songs like "Down With the Sickness" and "Stricken" .

Another one of my favorite bands, David Draiman's voice is more unique and powerful than any other one around. These guys have been amazing from the start with "the sickness" record. Now they are one of the kings of Heavy/alt-Metal.

Seriously? Why are these guys even ALTERNATIVE? They're like mainstream now, and I would put both of them on the top of my list.

This should be like... Number 4 or 3! Not 9!

I'm not sure they're truly in this category, but they're the best band on this list.

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12 Helmet Helmet Helmet is an American alternative metal band from New York City formed in 1989. Founded by vocalist and lead guitarist Page Hamilton, Helmet has had numerous lineup changes, and Hamilton has been the only constant member.

This is not true. Helmet should be higher in the list at least the 4th best alternative metal band in the list. Hamilton has a strong powerful voice that can beat any other alternative metal band. So that is why Helmet deserved to be in the top tens.

If it wasn't for Helmet than there would be no System of a Down, Tool or Korn - josephbezzina

One the best and most influential...criminally underrated

Very deserving of a top 10 spot. One could argue in the top 5. - cjWriter1997

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13 Three Days Grace Three Days Grace Three Days Grace is a Canadian rock band formed in Norwood, Ontario in 1997 with a line-up consisting of guitarist and lead vocalist Adam Gontier, drummer and backing vocalist Neil Sanderson, and bassist Brad Walst. In 2013 Gontier left the band due to creative differences. He was replaced with Brad's more.

One of the greatest bands of our time. Their songs are catchy, dark without being depressing and inspirational. They also send a strong message of hope and tell you not to give up, no matter how bad it gets. This bands has helped me through some really rough times. And Adam Gontier's voice is so unique, powerful.. Just amazing.

Such an amazing band. Meaningful lyrics that make a great rhythm. Their songs are about the pains of life but they also tell you not to give up. Songs that are filled with so much energy. Three Days Grace really is great.

These guyz are having some talent. all three of their albums are awesome to hear. their rhythm is phenomenal. even their vocalist is also great to hear. and in their new album "Life Starts Now" their lead guitarist has shown that he is also not behind. these guyz are really great. - dwaipayanmazumder

Everything about this band is my definition of perfect! I don't care what anyone says about them, because they are a HUGE inspiration to me! Words can't explain how much I love them, even after Adam left!

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14 Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold is an American alternative metal/metalcore (early) band, that was formed 1999 in California. Their longest lineup of members was M. Shadows (Vocals), Synyster Gates (Lead Guitar), Zacky Vengeance (Rhythm Guitar), Johnny Christ (Bass Guitar), and The Rev (Drums). more.

Okay, A7X are my favorite alternative metal band (and of all time) and because of that I am bias with my decision that they are the best. Synyster Gates (Guitar) - his both rhythm guitar and melodies are extremely good. His playing is smooth yet ridiculously fast. Zacky Vengeance (Guitar) - His rhythm guitar is brilliant though you don't really pay that much attention to him in the band.M. shadows (Vocalist) - He isn't the greatest of singers and he whines a lot in his lyrics but his vocals change often making it a brilliant experience to listen to. The Rev (ex drummer, now deceased) - His drumming is insanely tight. His rhythms are brilliant and he is the best drummer I have ever heard play. Johnny Christ (Bassist) - His bass skills are good but as with Zacky you don't really pay attention to him. Arin Llejay (new drummer) - We haven't heard him play yet but from the previews of the new Avenged Sevenfold album I think we can safely say that the band will keep their reputation for ...more

Avenged Sevenfold isn't even CLOSE to alternative metal. Their music is classified as heavy metal/hard rock (first two albums were metalcore though). Seriously, there's nothing "alternative" about them.

Avenged Sevenfold. If you are a alternative metal fan you must have heard Nightmare from Avenged Sevenfold. This song is really great.

Just started listening to them and now I wonder where they have been all my life.

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15 Nine Inch Nails Nine Inch Nails Nine Inch Nails is an American industrial rock/metal band and, founded in 1988 by Trent Reznor in Cleveland, Ohio.

Johnny Cash covered Hurt, so Trent did something right

They're Good!

16 Soundgarden Soundgarden Soundgarden is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1984 by singer and rhythm guitarist Chris Cornell, lead guitarist Kim Thayil, and bassist Hiro Yamamoto.

My favorite grunge band. Seriously, why haven't more people voted them up? Classic '90s band vs. Modern rock radio? I hope the choice isn't that hard.

This tool and aic the best alt

They are much more Alt-Metal than LP, and while Chester is great, Chris Cornell is amazing! Kim Thayil is way better than Brad Delson. Overall, vote up Soundgarden!

They're Good

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17 Primus Primus Primus is an American rock band based in San Francisco, California, currently composed of bassist Les Claypool, guitarist Larry LaLonde and drummer Tim Alexander. Les Claypool is regarded as one of the best bassists of all time for his slap-bass ability in notable songs like "My Name Is Mud", "The Toys more.

You know something is wrong when Papa Roach, Linkin Park and Limp Bizkit are above Primus

Les Claypool is one of the best bass virtuosos and I can't see how Linkin Park is above Primus...

2 percent?!?! How?!?!?!
Despite what people say the whole band is really good (not just les) and although I wouldn't put them as high as first they definitely deserve to be on the actual top ten list

Come on, Jerry Was a Race Car Driver is alt metal gold!

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18 Chevelle Chevelle Chevelle is an American rock band that formed in 1995 in the Chicago suburb of Grayslake, Illinois. The band was originally composed of brothers: Pete Loeffler, Sam Loeffler and Joe Loeffler.

Chevelle should be way closer to the top of the list. They are unique, talented, and just pure awesome. Their songs never get old, and each one is one-of-a-kind. Pete's voice is amazing. I would kill for his vocals. Pete can show anything from sadness, to anger, to complete hatred in his voice. Either way, his voice is beautiful. Their lyrics are amazing. Each song has it's own deep meaning. Their melodic sound is the best. The electric is great, the drums are great, and the bass is just perfect. When I listen to them, I just get lost in the music and I'm pretty much in my own "happy world" haha. All in all, Chevelle is the most definitely the BEST alt-metal band you will ever come across.

... And come on, Breaking Benjamin, Linkin Park, Avenged Sevenfold, Three Days Grace, SERIOUSLY? NO! Yeah, they may be pretty good bands sometimes (ahem, except Linkin Park... ), but they are far from alternative metal. We need more bands like Chevelle, Tool, and Deftones. Mainly Chevelle. ...more

Chevelle Is An Amazing Alternative Metal Band That provides Some Of The Best Music Of Today And All Time. Chevelle Gets Its Alternative Metal Influences From Bands Like Tool, But At The Same Time Manages To Create Something Totally Great, Unique, Different, And Overall Awesome That No Others Can Compare To. All Of The Songs Are Incredible And Carefully Crafted To Create Some Of The Best Music In The World. The Secret Is That They Combine Amazing Usages Of Screaming, Melody, Gutair Riffs, Very Well Written Lyrics, Drumming, And Great Band Members Overall. Chevelle Is Definitely One Of The Best Bands Out There Today And In My Top Three Favorite Bands Of All Time! But Where They Really Shine Is This Type Of Thinking (Could Do Us In) And La Gargola. So If Your In The Mood For A Band That's So Good That Words Can't Even Express, Then Try Chevelle.

Chevelle should be #1. They're by FAR my favourite band and just unlike anything else. I always think of them as 'pure rock' they're so true to themselves and unique. Every single one of their songs is different and yet still so good. Pete has an amazing voice, so much emotion. And the guitar riffs are unreal. Listen to any of their songs and vote for them! Anything off Sci Fi Crimes will blow you away. Everyone says The Red is their best song but Sleep Apnea will get you right away.

This is shameful that this is behind Slipknot and Primus. Primus maybe has four good songs and Slipknot is just unpleasant screaming. The depth of this band is unmatched in terms of how many good songs they have. Also, the more I listen to Disturbed the less I like it and Korn is just so abstract lol

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19 Evanescence Evanescence Evanescence is an American rock band founded in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1995 by singer/pianist Amy Lee and guitarist Ben Moody.

The singer has such a beautiful voice. Their songs have a deep meaning which many enjoy. It doesn't make my ears burst like some other music I've heard. It soft at times, though they are still capable of making it sound like metal. Which is just awesome. Those of you who like some dark music should definitely give this band a try.

This list disgusting. Evanescence is the best Alternative metal band with Linkin Park and Amy is the best singer.

Evanescence has the most beautiful (in a heavy guitar way) songs I have ever heard.

Evanescence mean so much to me, they were my first metal band. Thank You Amy Lee

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20 Melvins Melvins The Melvins are an American band that formed in 1983. They usually perform as a trio, but in recent years have performed as a four piece with two drummers.

They Invented Sludge! If it wasn't for them, grunge, sludge wouldn't even exist...

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