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. - Adrian_4
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!
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. - DarkBoi-X
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.
The diversity in their music and how it changes so drastically while sounding so good is art, and how much truth and meaning and emotion they put into their songs just has me so connected to them
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
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!
Breaking Benjamin is awesome, I have all their songs and I’m constantly finding great songs and get into certain songs then get back into other 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.
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
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!
Both bands are really fantastic but are you kidding me?!
COREY CAN HAVE MELODY!
DID YOU EVER LISTEN TO SNUFF? - Idiot244
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"
Joan, a Greek fan
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
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. - DarkBoi-X
In my opinion Korn and Rage should be higher than BB and Linkin Park because they are the one who inspired them - Ljubo1950
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
They are nu metal, not 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. - DarkBoi-X
Nobody mixes Rock, Hip Hop and Funk quite like them(Or as good as them). - DarkBoi-X
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.
Why is RATM BEHIND BREAKING BENJAMIN AND 3 DAYS GRACE? WHAT THE HELL THIS WEBSITE HAS NO CREDIBILITY
The first band that should come to anyone's mind when someone mentions alternative metal. - Adrian_4
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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. - DarkBoi-X
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. - Adrian_4
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
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 awesome! Deserves to be in top ten at least come on.
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.
David draiman have a better voice than chester.
Disturbed is much better than Linkin Park.
Disturbed must be number 1!
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!
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
They are not Alternative Metal, they're Heavy Metal/Hard Rock. - Soulstealer
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.
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
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
Helmet has created this genre and every band here is inspired by them...
Les Claypool is a bass god. Love the Funk Metal sound of these guys. - DarkBoi-X
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. - JoLeKosovo
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
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.
How are they not in top 10 - Ljubo1950
They don't deserve to be this low
This tool and aic the best alt
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. - X_xvBaTMaNvx_X
I had to dig through a lot of garbage to find this Jewel. If you like Breaking Benjamin, you might like RED even more.
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!
Much better than these posers. Tool, Primus, Melvins, APC, and Helmet are the real deal folks.
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.
Johnny Cash covered Hurt, so Trent did something right
Are they Alt Metal? Well, they're great either way. - DarkBoi-X
Soundgarden and the Melvins should be much higher on this list.
They Invented Sludge! If it wasn't for them, grunge, sludge wouldn't even exist...
Behind Breaking Benjamin, Three Days Grace, LINKIN PARK, KORN? what?
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. - mitsurugi
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.
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 love German language!
White Zombie isn't alternative metal, but White Zombie is an awesome band.
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
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.
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.
This is the best band I have ever seen, their lyrics are awesome and music is excellent, one day remains, AB, blackbird, all is awesome albums, their voice beat heart like wind, they should be in top 5,
Mudvayne are very talented musicians, much more talented than garbage like Linkin Park and Slipknot.
Mudvayne must be in the place 1 this band is so amazing! The vocalist the bassist is very nice I don't know why them have to stay in the 17th place. Posers System of a Down first place pfff... this list are full of crap
Mudvayne is best aternative band I've ever heard cauze they touching my dark heart in they lyrics keep hangin'4 all of yours bro you guys make so got damn rock on!
Marilyn Manson is literally a perfect example of a "alternative metal" band. Everything from Manson's vocals, to the bands instrumentals, it all comes together and creates an orgasm for your ears.
What... This band should be in top ten!
Best band ever
If we’re talking alternative metal, Manson is top 10 easily. The varied sounds from their early projects, the poetry and complexity in their lyrics, and the ferocity and shock factor that was essential to Manson’s vision and message make this group one of the most dynamic and enthralling groups to ever grace the genre.
Best band to never really get mainstream during the nu metal explosion on the early 00's
They are the godfather of nu-metal
Should be exponentially higher on this list. They have zero bad albums and Lajon is easily one of alt metal's greatest vocalists.
Honestly, I'm not entirely sure if they're alt metal or prog metal but either way they deserve to be on this list they are complex, exciting, deep and that bassist!
They definitely don't deserve to be on this list because they are not alt-metal in the slightest. Great band though. - Gamefreak23788
Definitely more prog metal than alternative metal
Stone Sour + Slipknot are both VERY great bands, both having Corey Taylor as their lead sing, who I am totally not obsessed with...
Biased because they're the first cd I ever bought. Got it for the creepy clown in the cover (I was young). They blew my mind from beginning to end. Then they changed formats with each album, and continued to blow my mind.
Skillet is just such a great band with some great music.
Great band, great message!
If you like skillet then you're dumb
I can't believe I had to add this in the list. Better than sod.
Maybe better than the grass substitute (sod) but not greater than the band
Amazing band they should be higher. - Soulstealer
Papa roach is so awesome!
Papa roach? 24?... Whats wrong with you?
PAPA ROACH is the BEST! It should be number 1!
Papa Roach way better than 3days posers
Might not be the hardest or the most progressive of the bands on this list, but definitely a talented and innovative 5 piece group. Their recording sound and proffesionality live alone, should be appreciated also by fans of harder groups..
Deserve at least top 5 in my opinion. Incredible band, incredible lyrics and Genius musician, each and every one of them!
I love Incubus, mix-genre bands are the best! This should be at least number 10 in the list. - jonothius
For those STUPID EMOS who think that their music is really heavy just because their favorite "musicians" are dressed like satan go listen to some real hardcore songs like: "certain shade of green" by incubus.
Not alternative metal. Whiny bullcrap for scene kids whose music taste hasn't yet developed.
Bullet aren't alternative metal but are still good nonetheless
Also not Alternative Metal, they're Metalcore. - Soulstealer
Great band but don't hear temper temper
This band is awesome... Math metal with prog elements the real death from Sweden
One of the best bend on the earth.
Awesome band, should be in top 10. Go Limp Bizkit!
Keep on rollin' baby! M/
Underrated. Really great band, but Limp Bizkit is very rapcore...
I love this band ❤❤❤
I cannot believe that Mushroomhead is not higher just seen them live in concert they were absolutely incredible if you have not heard their music please do yourself a favor and pick up their latest album The Righteous and the Butterfly or even some of their older titles like superbuick or savior sorrow you cannot go wrong I love Mushroomhead I would say being a Slipknot fan as well they are right there for me as well and I have been listening to slipknot since their self titled debut album which is a great album so is Iowa but as I was saying this band should be much higher I mean come on Evanesence is #18 and Mushroomhead is #48 it just don't seem right
Best unknown band around. Totally unique!
Best band on the list
Melhor banda de Metal Alternativo de todas. Nem se compara com merdas como Korn, Slipknot, Disturbed, Linkin Park, A7X e outras bandas de poser...
QOTSA is primarily desert rock before alt metal. While they were one of the bands to get me into alt metal, they are much more bluesy and at times psychedelic in their sound. It's basically a genre that seems to be captained by Joshua Homme these days, spanning several different acts, including Eagles of Death Metal, Them Crooked Vultures, and the entirety of the Desert Sessions just to name a few. They have collaborated with several artists that span the rock and metal genre and have been consistently been putting out albums that are always fresh, but not an entire alienation to their sound which hold heavily in their own genre as well as others. So while I wouldn't particularly call them an alt metal band, they definitely deserve recognition for their influence on the genre.
They are pretty new, but they are an amazing band, just listen to their song My Demons
Impossible. Nickelback can't be higher than any alternative metal band on this list. Godsmack should be higher in this list. By the way, how can you beat their songs like I stand Alone, Bad Magick, Whatever, and Voodoo.
They've been around for such a long time, with so many awesome songs! They deserve to be at least in the Top Ten!
Are you kidding me they should be number 1 they have so many great songs Voodoo, Whatever, awake, I standd alone just to name a few this list is a joke
One of the first alt metal bands should be way higher
They should be a lot higher on this list.
Just discivered them, and they're actually pretty good, though my favorites would be Alice in Chains and Tool