Best Alternative Metal Bands
The Top Ten
I don't necessarily agree with Tool being #1 on this list (I initially voted for Alice in Chains) - marvelous band, though - but I agree with them being alternative metal, and not progressive metal.
I mean, take bands like Dream Theater and Symphony X on one side, and bands like Alice in Chains and Helmet on the other side, and tell me which ones you would rather group Tool with.
Songs like "Lateralus" and "Third Eye" are mere exceptions in Tool's discography, and songs like "Forty-Six & Two", "The Pot", "Schism", "Stinkfist" etc. aren't all that progressive at all.
Brilliant band, nonetheless.
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!
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.
Tool brings art to the alternative/metal community. You can scream and bash on drums all you want, but you will never get the same artistic, flowing feel that Tool has to offer. Danny Carey brings an unmuted, almost primal beat for the rugged harshness of metal, while Maynard softens it with melodic, passionate vocal harmonies. Tool really is the first of its kind (with Puscifer and A Perfect Circle following up behind).
System Of A Down's mix of aggressiveness and melody and their socially and politically conscious lyrics make them one of the best Alternative Metal bands.
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..
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
System of a Down is great band. Every song of 'em is different, so it's hard to decide their best, because all of their song is the best. Chop Suey, B.Y.O.B, Toxicity, Radio/Video, all of it is unique. And Serj's voice is incredible. Hope they reunite again and make more songs
Linkin park redefined alternative metal and nu metal brilliantly, their lyrics are simply the best ever. Moreover, Chester and Mike are the best duo in metal history.
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!
Both bands are really fantastic but are you kidding me?!
COREY CAN HAVE MELODY!
DID YOU EVER LISTEN TO SNUFF?
Linkin park is one of the best modern bands and ha the best vocalist and musical stuff in the last 30 years.
They are simply the best
Even though Linkin Park used a variety of genres within their musicial career they are well known for a lot of alternative metal / nu metal songs such as "One Step Closer", "Papercut", "Given Up", "Points Of Authority" and so on. It's undeniable that Linkin Park is one of the most known bands of all time, that's why they deserve to be rated higher.
The reason a great Alternative band brings havoc is simply voice work. Ben in this respect is a truly extremely underestimated person. His energetic voice work can change everything in every metal / heavy metal / rock piece you've heard, ever. Breaking Benjamin won't be anything without this badass voice.
Of course their instrumentalists do their great part. The new line up also has a great drummer and the guitars if anything have improved a lot.
The best band in this genre according to me... Ben has the amazing voice in the world they are through all my bad times.. Whenever I feel depressed I feel to their song.. All of their are best but here are my favorite 20 songs.
1. Give me sign
2. Without you
4. The diary of jane
5. Evil angel
7. So cold
8. Blow me away
9. Unknown soldier
14. Sooner or later
15. I will not bow
16. Had enough
17. Dear agony
18. Lights out
20. Until the end.
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...
My all-time favorite band. Well not quite Alternative Metal, they are still an excellent alternative hard-rock band. I have never came across a band like this, I mean, another one of my favorite bands is Metallica, and I have never come across a Metallica song that I haven't liked. But, I have never, ever came across a Breaking Benjamin song that I haven't LOVED!
One of the few angsty teen bands that are actually good and where the angst feels real. I mean just listen to the song Daddy, a very disturbing song yet my favourite by Korn as well.
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
Korn is way more popular, unique, and talented than system of a down what is wrong with you guys?
Love korn they are absolutely awesome seen them in concert twice they should be in top 10 for sure
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...
Deftones set a massive example for alternative metal, they are so under rated nowadays. some of these bands don't even qualify to be labelled as alternative metal, just because they're not alternative.
Deftones were no ordinary band, the guitar riffs made you pumped up, the bass was thumping and the drumming was so experimental. And Chinos voice was the beginning of something new. that's all I have to say
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"
Joan, a Greek fan
Listen to Diamond Eyes, Passenger, My Own Summer, Sextape, Change, Digital Bath, and Minerva and you'll understand why they should be at the top of this list. System of a Down and Tool are amazing but when it comes to alternative, Deftones is one of the pioneers and kicks LP's ass
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.
The first band that should come to anyone's mind when someone mentions alternative metal.
The best mix of Rock, Rap/Hip Hop and Funk I've ever listened to. Not to mention, their political lyrics add to the great music too.
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
Nobody mixes Rock, Hip Hop and Funk quite like them(Or as good as them).
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.
This list cannot bu true. Faith no More deserves to be in first place. They are the godfathers of alternative metal. Also, this list should look like this:
1. Faith No More
5. 10 Years
6. White Zombie
7. Linkin Park
9. Life of Agony
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.
Surely it has to be FNM? They just about invented the genre and were doing their thing when Metallica and Guns n Roses were rocking hair and stadiums!
Not only that but they came back in 2015 sounding fresh as ever.
Ever since alt-metal became defined as the most emotional sub-genre in terms of lyrical content and power behind a song, no band has exhibited more emotion in their discography than Slipknot and my mind will never be changed from this. Hearing the behind the scenes notes and interviews from the band about Iowa and.5: The Gray Chapter is gut-wrenching to say the least. I'm yet to see a band get close to matching the prowess of this group.
Haha. You must be kidding me, uh? System Of A Down, Tool, Breaking Benjamin and Disturbed above Slipknot? Are you kidding' me? Slipknot is the world's best metal band at 00's and one of the best of all time. You can't beat these gods.
Corey has brutal screams, unlike Chester and can rap faster than Mike. Their 2 drummers are crazy and nobody has the energy they do. Linkin Park is not unique. don't hate LP at all just Slipknot is the best
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.
They aren't Alternative Metal. Post Grunge, Alternative Rock, Hard Rock or Hard Alternative are what they are. And Hard Alternative is really just a watered down ripoff of Alternative Metal.
They are post-grunge and alt rock, yes, but they are alt metal as well. Hard rock is something entirely else, and "hard alternative" is not a thing that exists.
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.
Three Days Grace have that something in every song that makes it special. When I first listened to Animal I have Become I felt so much tension and inspiration. Few bands can create so dark and meaningful songs embraced with so much quality (Adam' vocals are simply amazing and instrumentals are phenomenal).
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.
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.
Disturbed is the best band ever. Every song is agressive and has a deep meaning. That is what I seek in A. Alternative band! Disturbed is. Not a better band than breaking benjamin because they are a little bit better in vocals. Thanks to ben burnley.
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.
David draiman have a better voice than chester.
Disturbed is much better than Linkin Park.
Disturbed must be number 1!
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 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.
In my opinion... Chevelle and Deftones run the game..
They are the KINGS of Alternative Metal
NIN is NOT alt-metal
Korn and Slipknot are Nu-Metal
Disturbed, A7X, QOTSA, RATM, LinkinPark, etc... are NOT alt-metal
You guys really need to look up what Alternative Metal is. Because most of the bands on here that are listed above chevelle and deftones(with the exception of tool).. are abominations and aren't even close to alt-metal
I love Korn and Slipknot!
As far as Alice in Chains.. they are the PIONEERS of Alternative Metal.. just like Korn are the PIONEERS of Nu-Metal
You guys need to brush up on your history.. evanesence, NIN... hahaahahaaha, seriously!?!?... NO. GTFO
Chevelle should definitely be in top 10, if anything they should be #1. They're lyrics, sound, vocals, and music is just different from anything else. I really haven't heard any other band that can come close to how talented Chevelle really is (and I listen to a lot of different bands in different genres of rock). Listen to anyof their songs and you'll be truly amazed.
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 is my all-time favorite band. I think they should be number one on the list because I am just addicted to the music. It's like a drug to me. A7X is incredible. The way Matt Shadows can go from his normal singing voice to an instant scream is amazing. I love A7X, always have, and always will.
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.
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
Helmet has created this genre and every band here is inspired by them...
One the best and most influential...criminally underrated
They're amazing : no failed album, each member is extremely talented (seriously, the drummer, the bassist and the guitarist all have mad chops), their live jamming is tremendously underrated, they are very entertaining, their way of composing songs is totally unique...
They're one of the most original bands ever.
Their style falls in various categories, and one of them is alt-metal. Indeed, songs like Tommy the cat and Jerry was a racecar driver really have an alt-metal sound.
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...
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.
Alternative? Metal? Gothic? Pop? Evanescense is the best female fronted bands and one of the best overall.. Amazing voice, houting lyrics and Amy's feelings while singing are beyond comparasion
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.
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.
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 don't deserve to be this low
How are they not in top 10
Definitely deserves to be right behind (or in front) of TOOL! Maynard James Keenan is awesome in all his bands, A Perfect Circle needs to at least be in the top 10 as awesome as they sound and I'm sure many would agree!
MJK's main project, Tool, is well deserving of its #1 spot but to have his second of similarly incredible quality so low at #44? Disappointing. This needs to be higher.
Much better than these posers. Tool, Primus, Melvins, APC, and Helmet are the real deal folks.
Johnny Cash covered Hurt, so Trent did something right
Are they Alt Metal? Well, they're great either way.
I honestly think Red should deserve a spot at least in the twenties. I, and I'm sure many others too, feel that Red is under-credited too much. They are an amazing band that can go to slow and soft, to sharp an heavy. The ways in which they approach music is something new and very exciting. Each song they have created has its own unique voice, which I know I find pretty awesome. Hell, whenever I introduce Red to people who definitely express their dislike to anything related to metal ( whether it even be alternative rock), they fall in love with them and tell me how much Red's music is amazing and it's something they've never heard before. Red deserves a higher place, and I hope people soon come to realize just what an amazingly creative and talented band they are.
Are you kidding me, every single song they come out with is simply amazing. They express such emotion in their songs and sure, they're on the Christian side but they never preach. And their songs are heavy as hell at times. These guys should definitely be in the top 5 this list is a joke
Should be up there with Breaking Benjamin. It seems like no one really knows about there music, because if people did, Red would be labeled as one of the top modern bands.
I had to dig through a lot of garbage to find this Jewel. If you like Breaking Benjamin, you might like RED even more.
They Invented Sludge! If it wasn't for them, grunge, sludge wouldn't even exist...
Soundgarden and the Melvins should be much higher on this list.
Behind Breaking Benjamin, Three Days Grace, LINKIN PARK, KORN? what?
Rammstein is my favourite band. They brought me to world of metal. German language in their songs makes it 100 percent more brutal. When you translate their lyrics you will love'em twice as much. I'm not surprised that they are forbidden in Germany (for younger than 21).
I understand why this is so low. Firstly it is German and (almost) nobody wants to listen to another language secondly it is industrial not alternate but they are still the best.
Well, I will vote for them anyways since I love Rammstein, but they are mainly Industrial Metal, so I understand why they are so low on this list.
I agree they are industrial metal or should fall under the NDH
White Zombie isn't alternative metal, but White Zombie is an awesome band.
Alter bridge is the band wich all of its songs I love. The compositions goes from a soft balad to a song that make all your emotions go out. Its amazing how the chords and the game of voices that tremonti creates can touch you deep in different feelings. But the diference with other tremonti's band is Myles Kennedy. His voice just empowers the potencial of the composition, making a powerful and unique sound that I've never heard in other bands
Best band ever don't look the ratings. Listen to their songs. RISE Today is their best song. Never vote for a band you have not heard. AB is the best. I wanna rise today and change this world. Their lyrics are awesomely awesome. They are better than Linkin Park system of down. They should be in top 10
I'm not saying these guys should definitely be number one, there's a lot of really good metal bands. But I think there really under rated and I think that any fan of alt metal really needs to listen to these guys and then rethink there vote. Especially there newest album Fortress.
Have no idea why a band like Alter Bridge was continuously overlooked throughout the years. You just cannot find even one bad song in their 3 studio albums - and in September 2013 they're gonna release one more. Myles Kennedy is bound to be one of the top 5 vocalist of all time.