Top 10 Best Metalcore BandsThe best Metalcore bands there are on this planet...
The Top Ten
BEST BAND EVER! AFTER METALLICA! ASCENDANCY IS BRILLIANT! AND SHOGUN IS A PIECE OF ART! I SERIOUSLY LOVE THEM! TRIVIUM FTW!
Best band ever truly amazing riffs and mats killer voice paired with corey's ripping guitar solos make the best metalcore band ever
Great riffs, they remind me of classic heavy metal
Trivium have great rhythms and melodies and they play very musically. Their Thrash/Metalcore Crossover is just amazing!
I love a lot of the bands on this list but seriously, this is no contest. Avenged started Metalcore and, I must admit, were pretty damn good at it but yet they are easily a lot better at making their more Heavy Metal styled stuff. I also love Killswitch and again, they are really good. The only problem is that some songs are really really strong whereas others are weak. Then Asking Alexandria too. I love them but compared to As I Lay Dying? No way. Also have Bullet For My Valentine who I love but, although a good band, they don't compare to As I Lay Dying. Plus there's BMTH. Started out as good Deathcore and turned into good Metalcore but yet they suck live and some songs are not the greatest. Trivium too. I actually love these guys so much but yet As I Lay Dying still beat them. On this list I see my 3 favourite Metalcore bands (As I Lay Dying, Trivium, KSE) but yet no one on here is better then As I Lay Dying.
The thing with As I Lay Dying is that with every album they ...more
I think their latest album "Awakened" was the worst. And "The Powerless Rise" wasn't as good as the previous albums. but that's just my opinion
Best metalcore today . Trivium is awesome but I prefer As I lay Dying more since they have a blend heavy metal, hardcore, and grindcore
Bullet is my number 2. As I Lay Dying every song, every break down the lyrics everything about this band is amazing. Live they are insane they get the crowd so involed, I've never seen a show like As I Lay Dying. Plus have you heard bullet live? They are garbage. But their albums do kick-ass. Because of the live shows and how much meaning the lyrics have in them AS I LAY DYING is hands down number one on this list
As I lay dying covers the ingredients of their music genre in every way, the dual soloing, the violent breakdowns, Josh Gilbert's clean vocal intervention and yes last but not the least Tim's muscular growling. The coordination of all these pieces even in a short 4 minute ordeal of a song is done so perfectly. As I lay dying forever m/(-_-) m/.
Forgive me, because my English is poor, but I'm here to express my comment about this band the best possible way. In Brazil, people do not hear much metalcore bands, most of them unaware of the matelcore and similar genres. The people of Brazil have preferences for styles less appreciable, unfortunately. It is not easy to promote the metal around here because people are only interested in samba and funk ordinary. But I believe there is a group to which I belong enjoying a good metal song and we are striving to spread the best genre of all: metalcore. This band exemplifies perfectly good building style we're talking about, their music is amazing, all the parts that constitute bring beauty to the song. We must recognize that the KSE has revolutionized the world music scene by introducing a new style and reformulating the concept of music. They brought a new way of understanding and making music, a new way of looking at the process of musical creation. At first, Jesse Leach made clear ...more
Killswitch Engage are the best ever Melodic Metalcore band ever because lets be honest most Metalcore bands out there are crap. Jesse Leach and Howard Jones are two of the best Metalcore Vocalists ever without ever sounding outdated. I don't know the hell Avenged Sevenfold 2nd despite being top of their game in the past they're not Metalcore now!
By a long shot! Best in this category. Favorite album is alive or just breathing! Their new stuff after all these years blows all the competition away. Also just pay attention to the lyrics! Nothing but positive and uplifting vibes.
So far this is the metalcore band that best suits with my ears, although there are differences in characteristics between the two vocalists they are the best
ABR obliterates all of their competition... Or at least they should be. Their guitar and drum playing is some of the best, and their singing goes unmatched. Not to mention the lyrics to a lot of their songs are moving if you listen to them. They're the best thing that's ever happened to metalcore and they deserve to be number 1
Some of the best riffs as well as some of the most innovative Ideas the genre has seen. Their dynamics are unbelievable. From the most mellow quite parts to some of the hardest-hitting breakdowns and riffs out there.
To me, August Burns Red makes some of the most beautiful and dynamic music that's out there With multiple instruments that are not specific to the metalcore/hardcore genre, they infuse many genres into their music to make every song a piece of art and not just a number to complete the album. ABR is going where no other band has gone before and they are doing so with excellence. Sure, all of the other bands on this list are great metalcore bands and they all deserve to be in the top 10, no matter what number. But as to ABR, they are the most unique. As every song is unique in itself, some characteristics of ABR are their bone crushing breakdowns, intricate guitar riffs, expert drum work, and spot on screaming. Examples are in the songs: Internal Cannon, Empire, Spirit Breaker, Creative Captivity, Black Sheep, Composure, Crusades, Mariana's Trench, Animals, and Count It All As Lost.
August Burns Red's music is not compared in any way with any other band's; the excellent work of the drummer Matt Greiner fits perfectly with the bass and guitars like there could not be any other way to play it along as the way it is set to be done. Including Jake Luhrs unique and superior scream and voice! Also the lyrics are awesome! The song Meridian includes some words of the Holy Bible and they make it MUSIC in an excellent and incredible way! They deserve to be the #1 metalcore band!
Bullet For My Valentine, Trivium, Bring Me The Horizon, Asking Alexandria, Parkway Drive are some of the BEST bands in the modern metal. But Bullet For My Valentine seems to be the most outstanding. Pretty much every aspect of their music is perfect (in my opinion) - the lyrics, the guitar parts, the drum parts, the vocal performance...just everything. Also they are a great live band, which isn't something usual with most of the bands in this genre. Also, they sound pretty unique, original and recognizable, which is another problem for the metalcore bands.
Trivium are another of the quality bands out there. Just listen to some of their songs from 'In Waves' or 'Shogun'. Absolutely great band.
BMTH just... I don't really like the first album (except a few songs), but their other work... Incredible. And every album is better than the previous and shows progress which is great. 'Sempiternal' is my personal most favourite album (so far).
AA are a good band, with ...more
SPEECHLESS! how can a band be so mind blowing like them! never have I heard any band performing like them before! just listen them and you will feel why and how they are THE BEST! you will feel what a perfect metal core band is like!
This is the best band. What a powerful scream, fast solo and technical druming. Hey man they are the king and legend of metalcore
Bullet For My Valentine have to be the best band in this list, most of the bands on this list are amazing but Bullet For My Valentine surpasses all of them, just look at their success in this industry,
- Best Live Band (2010)
- Best Single "Tears Don't Fall" (2006)
- Best British Band x5 (2006, 2008, 2009, 2010 x2
- Best British Newcomer x2 (2004, 2005)
- Headlined Kerrang! 's 25-year anniversary tour of the UK
Seriously they are outstanding!
They have produced 5 albums in 10 years! (As of 14/08/2015)
Every song is amazing and I love every song they have produced, which is a problem
With some bands because a lot of bands are inconsistent leaving many songs not like-able.
Bullet For My Valentine has to be the most consistent a band can get, also they are amazing live, which is another problem with a lot of bands (not being able to perform good live)
And I personally think that is a key ingredient in a band's success
I don't ...more
I like all of the bands listed, in fact, the sub genre of metalcore itself holds the best music ever created... That being said, I personally love All That Remains because of the ever maturing of their songs from album to album, and the way they texture their songs. Blending the traditional metal screams with clean vocals makes the band one that can be listened to for long periods (which I often do) without the music becoming exhaustive. All That Remains should top the list. Don't believe me? Give a listen to "A War You Cannot Win' for starters!
No way! Bullet for my valentine is more like emo screamo than any type of metalcore... All that remains is where its at. Insane vocals and riffs! Killswitch... Tied for #1, Avenged Sevenfold also a great band, I agree on their position. But bullet for my valentine don't come close in my opinion. Maybe on an indie rock or emo list! Where is the death punch at! Trivium blows bullet away by far! Take bullet for my valentine of the list!
A lot of bands are blurring the lines between genres, such as Bullet For My Valentine, As I Lay Dying, Caliban etc. But All That Remains are the best at what they do - which is blurring the lines between Metalcore, thrash, modern metal, death metal and everything in between. They released one of the greatest albums in 'The Fall of Ideals', but many felt they sold-out their fanbase. But 'Overcome' aside, all their releases are excellent for those with a broad palette. And 'A War You Cannot Win' is fantastic. They're no doubt some of the best musicians on the planet, and can do it all. They march to the best of their own double-kick drum. Triple-A band.
DRUMMER AND LEAD GUITARIST AND VOCALIST IS AWESOME...
THEY ARE BEST KNOWN FOR THERE MELODY AND SPEED AS WELL AS GOOD DEPTH OF THERE LYRICS...
THEY DESERVE THE BEST POSITION BUT AS I LAY DYING ALSO GREAT METALCORE BAND
This is the BEST band of the 21th century. I thought all metal was becoming dull and the new bands were just using ripoffs of 80s and 90s metal BEFORE I heard PWD. Theses guys are truly in it for the music and have put out 3 albums that have changed my life for the better. Sure you can say someone's better at guitar or drums but Parkway has the best sound in metalcore... END OF STORY.
As I Lay Dying isn't too far behind.
Parkway drive is seriously the best metalcore band I know and I listen to all sorts of metalcore. For the first is not B4MV, A7X, Triv, KSE, new BMTH, ADTR, LOG, HB, SS or SF metalcore, sure they all got influences from metalcore but they are not clean metalcore. PWD deserve to be in the top just listing to them I mean Gordon have a real killer blast beat and Luke and Jeff is one of the best guitar duet you can find in the 21 century and Winstons incredible growl style is one of the best in all the Core genre. He could really be a singer in a death metal band. The Albums Horizons, Deep Blue and Atlas are real milestones in the metalcore genre it's hard to find a song that you can't like or just want to mosh to. Especially with songs like Carrion, The Siren's Song, Boneyards, Idols and Anchors, Horizont, Dead Man's Chest, Sleepwalker, Wreckage, Deadweight, Deliver Me, Karma, Home Is For The Heartless, Set To Destroy, Old Ghost / New Regrets, Dream Run, Wild Eyes, Dark Days, The River, ...more
Parkway drive keeps me awake and with energy in the office, they are responsible for a good written code
The reason that PWD isn't #1 is because they aren't as popular. Give them a listen! Try and find a song that doesn't kick A. It's impossible. Bullet For My Valentine is good but they are nowhere near the talent of these Aussies.
Come on guys BMTH rocks! They're the most unique band here. I've never heard similar structure of song. They should be on 2nd 'cause they're awesome. Just listen to Empire or Alligator Blood or even Hospital For Souls, Sleepwalking and Chelsea Smile (These are my favorite songs) And if you want something for chill out listen Deathbeds I promise that you won't be disappointed! VOTE FOR BMTH!
You've never heard similar song structure? You must never have heard any other metalcore band..
Great band! They have been all around the heavy scale from deathcore, to almost pop punk on amo
How can a band make both There is a Hell... and Sempiternal and not be number 1?
They should be on #1 they are the greatest in all core genres ever period.
Its simple really, none of the other bands would exist without them
I think Converge are the greatest because they are true to the term Metalcore unlike many other bands because they combined elemnts of Thrash and Hardcore.
The album Jane Doe and a fantastic mixture of metal and hardcore and is one of the heaviest things I've ever heard
Why is this no.22 when As I Lay Dying is no. 1? Not to mention the other garbage that are above this band. This list is a joke.
I had to go all the way to 40 to see a non-poseur band? Have you people not seen all your favorite bands wearing these dudes' shirts in band photos? It's cause they all know Converge are better than their sorry asses.
They are the best metalcore band ever. Sam has a very powerful voice and his screams are more emotional than every other metalcore singer. Their lyrics are deep and meaningful, their instrumentals are amazing. There are a lot of very good bands here, but the only band on the same level as these guys is avenged sevenfold.
Vote for them, please
Why on earth is Architects at 53? Are people going deaf? Dear Lord. They're an absolute fantastic band and deserve to be so much higher up. They've changed their sound in little bits throughout their albums but they've remained true to themselves, and their newest album absolutely rocks (not to mention how much meaning and significance it carries with Tom's passing.) Sam Carter's vocals are as powerful, emotional, and strong as ever in Holy Hell. Instrumentation has always been top-notch as well, not to mention their unique atmospheric thing they have going on in a lot of their stuff. Lyrics always have a point, with just the right amount of political sting, and carry a whole load of meaning. One of my all time favorite metalcore acts.
Sam Carter has the most powerful voice among all metalcore bands and their music is amazing, they should be first
You wanna know how amazing Architects is? Listen to the two songs "Doomsday" and "A Wasted Hymn". It shows their diversity to tone it down and explode loud. Doomsday is a blaster with a sing-along chorus all culminating in a hurricane of pain and sound. A Wasted Hymn is soft, melodic, sad yet punchy. It's a harmonious song that fans of all kinds of music can love. Listen to Architects.
Revolutionized metalcore with Calculating Infinity, and Greg helped put them even more on the map
If you saw this band live you would know exactly why they deserve to be in the top 10.
They have more skill than any band on this list. Also, Greg is probably the best vocalist in the whole scene
The BEST live band around. Not the best band, though. But definitely worth every penny to see them live.
Sure, if you consider the actual music aspect of AA, there are better on this list, like Escape The Fate. Not to say that they aren't talented, they definitely are. But Danny Worsnop can scream like nothing I've heard. His lows are fairly average, in league with most of the bands on this list, but his highs are incredible. His high screams sound like he's screaming through a tube, and the sound is coming out far away. He makes them sound almost unattached, like he's throwing his voice! His performance at the Mitch Lucker memorial show was also one of the best. But this band isn't just Asking Danny. Ben Bruce can pump out some pretty intense breakdowns, and his verses are pretty neat too. And the topics that they sing out are real. Sure, a lot of them are about women (wink wink), but most of their songs are about substance abuse and relationship problems. All in all, Asking Alexandria deserves to be in the top ten, after making it through the MANY problems they've had.
They are like the best band ever! I love like all their songs so much especially a candlelit dinner with inamorta, a prophecy, alerion, final episode, and not the american average
WTF? You guys Missed One of the Best... m/ m/ for Asking Alexandria
By far deserve to be on the top with songs like "to the stage, reckless and relentless, not the American average, a candlelit dinner with inamorata and run free" those are a few of them and the are so amazing most of the songs are to do with danny and his bad habits and his near death experience listen to them believe me you won't be disappointed
These guys are amazing. Every instrument is on point, nice growling and clean vocals. Insane technical skill, and they can pull it all off live. They also incorporate many different genres into the metal, and it leaves me in awe how smoothly they can transition in between them.
Jesus Christ. This list has made me lose faith in humanity. A bunch of third-string wranglers from a terrible metalcore subgenre, that its fans mistake for metalcore itself, taking space away from good bands like BtBaM. And why are they so far down anyway? I thought they had actual popularity.
They are mostly popular for their works in progressive metal, not metalcore. - Gamefreak23788
Their later albums really aren't metalcore, I only really call their first 2 proper metalcore, and I found them both to be extremely dull for the most part
Not Metalcore anymore or have been for a while, but they destroy 99% of the bands below, and still did back when they had a metalcore sound
What!? They deserves number 1. Do you know that Unearth invented metalcore?
All those emo kids who don't know what Real Metalcore is must listen to unearth. And Asking Alexandria, bvb they all sucks
Deserves to be number 1 or 2. Great band
I don't even know why BMTH is here they suck
By far the most underrated metalcore band. Amazing riffs, songs, never selling out. People saying AA is good metalcore? Or BMTH? You don't even know how much more influential this band has been on the genre!
How is it, that a band that never disappoints on any release EVER, gets a disappointing place in this "best metalcore" competition? Each and every single song Unearth has ever written is 10x better than most of these bands entire careers best work. If you skip past these guys, give them a chance. You'll realize that As I Lay Dying can't even compare in AWESOMENESS.
the most versatile hardcore band in the biz these days, I was really impressed with their most recent work in Zombie and With Roots Above And Branches Below. Plus they play an amazing live show. my props to these guys.
Their earliest works are like guilty pleasures for me, but around 2009's With Roots Above this band stepped it up big time. One year later, 2010's Zombie EP shattered ideology around this band. They had crafted something insane. Another year goes by, and the band puts out Dead Throne in 2011, which I will say is the biggest record they done. 8:18 is also good but the middle portion of the bands career has left a massive impact with these conceptual releases. Miles above anything BMTH or AA could ever accomplish.
the first metalcore I heard, this guys have made great music!
I don't understand why Asking Alexandria are told to be better than them. The Devil Wears Prada has much better instrumentals and much better screams. The Devil Wears Prada is one of those bands who always surprises you with each new release.
Hatebreed is the more hardcore punk side of metalcore and it's done so well. It has to be said that if you like one album by these guys you will like every other album they release and not in a bad way. The only thing really against Hatebreed is the lyrics I'm not a huge fan of bands like Suicidal Tendencies for the fact that the lyrics are all super tough guy lyrics. Though Hatebreed has more to their lyrics than look at how tough I am. They still have those moments.
"super tough guy lyrics"? I guess you prefer emo whiny lyrics. Also they are metalcore just because they don't do screamo like a lot of awful metalcore bands (as I Lay dying, converge, asking alexandria etc) doesn't mean they are not metalcore
No At the gates was melodic death metal and hade nothing to do whit metalcore. Not sure if metalcore started whit hatebreed but it was NOT At the gates.
Metalcore started with At The Gates, NOT hatebreed imbecile
Their defiantly a hardcore band, and the other stuff is nu metal for sure
I love their new song blood eagle
Just the best band ever.
Best singer ever, seriously this guy is amazing. As for the rest it is just as good, powerful, efficient, melodic when it comes to choruses... It's hard to go through an entire album though but once you've heard a few songs from other bands and then go back to Memphis May Fire you realize that there's always something more... That something that most of today's bands don't have... Talent
I think this band is so amazing Matty Mullins (lead singer) is so awesome at what he does this is literally my favorite Metalcore band and this will always be my favorite this band saved my life so many times they also made me in a better mood throughout the day plus I feel as if Matty Mullins understands what people go through he is beyond amazing along with the whole band itself. They have something that a lot of bands don't have. I love MMF! An Matty you're amazing at what you do and don't forget that! I literally wish I could go to one of your concerts one of these days I also would totally love to meet everyone! I think MMF should be #1 on the list.
Lyrics, choruses, breakdowns and the lead singer's voice is fantastic. They quickly became one of my all time favourite bands!
This is an amazing band. I LOVE the lyrics to many of their songs because their songs actually have meaning. I mean Beneath the Skin? That song is a gift from heaven because it's just beautiful. The lead singer has amazing vocals and it's just... BAM!
Volumes is still pretty "new" and I won't be surprised when they hit top ten very soon. Such an amazing band with potential.
The riffs are so catchy and as a band they can breakdown and be ambient. They should be 2 or three not 97
Great progressive metalcore band, but they haven't overcome Northlane...
Just a Great Band! Great Riffs & they have an Awesome Drummer - Nick!
Extremely under rated.
A group of musicians with real talent and clever ideas, this band moves me in a certain way that only very very few bands can.
People talk about how unique their favorite band on this list really are.. Well in that case so will I. If u really think u have heard something unique, then please have a proper listen to this band.
This is my personal favourite metalcore band.
Really interesting layers, especially in the album Singularity. The lyrics don't suck, but the vocals are actually distracting from the music... the instrumental version of the album is incredible.
Northlane deserves higher on list
These are some relatively new guys that really deserve a listen. If your into the idea of unique breakdowns and a sound that can be described as Parkway drive with clean vocals, then this is the band for you. Deserves to be top 10 with their latest album Divinitation.
This band artistically and sonically is one of the better bands that I have listened to, and I have a good amount of metalcore albums. I hope they don't get overlooked because so many good bands are releasing good albums and it is easy to miss a great release because of this. They are a band that truly deserve to be heard. Also it has to be said that their music has tremendous substance!
Just started listening to this band and they're really amazing. As the other comment stated, the same heavy screaming that parkway drive has with beautiful clean lyrics. Really worth a listen
A-M-A-Z-I-N-G BAND! One Reality is one of the best albums ever recorded!
Adam gray is literally the best drummer ever.. amazing band!
They are like August Burns Red little brother... but sounds good.. I like their sound.
Drummer puts on quite a show
Wow this band is criminally underrated, shadows fall, killswitch engage and lamb of God were the 3 bands that popularized the "core" sound we know today (I know lamb of God is more groove metal but a lot of elements in their music reflects metalcore so they are an influence on the genre. Also, shadows fall started doing solos again since they started (the 90's and 00's were a dark time for metal since not many bands played solos and we had all this nu metal and nothing else. Shadows fall was a band that ignored that trend and paved the way for a lot of metalcore bands to follow. They are a top 3 in book.
Awesome heavy, melodic riffing and, Mind Blowing Guitar solos that put most other metalcore bands to shame. They are the perfect blend of Swedish Death Metal and American Hardcore, one of the few metalcore bands that I truly love.
For me the best this band, amazing guitar notes
Top notch and highly underrated
Definitely my all time favorite band! Mattie's vocals are always clean cut and easy to understand and the power behind the lyrical content always leaves me breathless as I mosh and scream myself!
Worth a much better spot than this! True metalcore
Amazingly heavy. Sounds similar to parkway drive!
I really appreciate this band.. But when you talk a lot about Jesus it will get boring sometimes... you have to balance guys... balance!