Best Alternative Metal BandsJason-Scott
The Top Ten
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!
God father they are!V 34 Comments
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..
Superior songwriting and melodic chaos. - MetalPopeV 46 Comments
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
Its all about love, memories, lyrics, music and Chester's angel voice..V 22 Comments
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!
Just the best. There songs never get old and basically just my inspiration to learn guitar in any capacity.V 56 Comments
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 best alternative metal/nu metal band of all times
Behind Breaking Benjamin, AND Linkin Park? You people know no taste.V 2 Comments
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 are unique and experimental not many bands can produce such a contrast and diversity between their songs. Deftones will always be one of my all time favourites.V 21 Comments
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?
They are nu metal, not alternative metal.V 7 Comments
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.
Ok people let’s be real AIC invented alt metal they should be number 1V 8 Comments
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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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
Hardness doesn't equal quality. That's why Pink floyd is better than drowning pool, or megadeth is better than cannibal corpse - MetalPope
Number 1 bitchV 16 Comments
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!V 24 Comments
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.V 13 Comments
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. - cjWriter1997V 7 Comments
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.V 8 Comments
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 LeeV 3 Comments
Johnny Cash covered Hurt, so Trent did something right
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 GoodV 1 Comment
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...
Come on, Jerry Was a Race Car Driver is alt metal gold!
Antipop, Seas of Cheese, Punchbowl, and Animals is better than any Linkin Park albumV 2 Comments
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 lolV 19 Comments
They Invented Sludge! If it wasn't for them, grunge, sludge wouldn't even exist...
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!
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 agree they are industrial metal or should fall under the NDHV 1 Comment
Bullet aren't alternative metal but are still good nonetheless
Great band but don't hear temper temper
Not alternative metal. Whiny bullcrap for scene kids whose music taste hasn't yet developed.
Why is Bullet For My Valentine so down below here?
Listen to Tears Don't Fall (Pt 1) & Bittersweet memories
They'll blow your mind away...
Papa roach? 24?... Whats wrong with you?
PAPA ROACH is the BEST! It should be number 1!
Papa Roach way better than 3days posersV 1 Comment
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.V 1 Comment
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!
Definitely more prog metal than alternative metal
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 ❤❤❤
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.
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.
Mile Patton's a great singer - Kfox101
Mike Patton's a great singer - Kfox101
I'm sorry but no Christian rock band should be on this list. - Kfox101
Skillet is just such a great band with some great music.
Great band, great message!
If you like skillet then you're dumb
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
Nirvana aren't Alt metal they are Grunge
This is too weird. Nirvana should be the top group
They is my aesthetic! how are they not top ten!
White Zombie isn't alternative metal, but White Zombie is an awesome band.
This band is awesome... Math metal with prog elements the real death from Sweden
Stone Sour + Slipknot are both VERY great bands, both having Corey Taylor as their lead sing, who I am totally not obsessed with...V 1 Comment
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.V 1 Comment
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
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.
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
Stp is better than 90 percent of the turds that are on list no matter what genre u wanna put them in there a really good band perfect singer went along great with what the deleos were trying to do a tight band and talented too
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
How this is41 - Disturbedpotato
Very amazing band, as well as the vocalist Mike Patton who in which is involved with numerous bands including, "Faith no More" and "Peeping Tom" etc...
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
Pearl Jam is hard rock, not metal.
Opeth 49? I don't wanna live on this planet anymore...
Hey opeth is in 35th? Joking man, they are originally heavy
Come on opeth fan there something special here...
This band is the reason why I started listening to alternative metal. It deserves better thn "38" I was expecting it to see them at least in top 10.. The guitar riffs or solos are nothing fancy but over all they are very cathy and literally touches you! Can't stop listening to their songs maan!
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