Top 10 Best Metalcore Bands

The best Metalcore bands there are on this planet...

The Top Ten

1 As I Lay Dying As I Lay Dying As I Lay Dying is an American metalcore band from San Diego, California. Founded in 2000 by vocalist Tim Lambesis, the establishment of the band's first full lineup, which included drummer Jordan Mancino, occurred in 2001. As I Lay Dying has released six albums, one split album, and two compilation more.

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

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/.

And Of Mice & Men and The Devil Wears Prada just to name some more. - Elijah_Cook

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2 Killswitch Engage Killswitch Engage Killswitch Engage is an American metalcore band from Westfield, Massachusetts, formed in 1999 after the disbanding of Overcast and Aftershock.

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!

KsE really blow away every single band in this top, except maybe As I Lay Dying and A7X, because of their rich musical ability. Come on guys, best metal core riffs ever!

Firstly.. I'm from Egypt
No one here listen to metal bands
Some of the people know a little bit about metal music and metal bands
But I love metal with all it's kinds and types
But let's be honest.. The band that made me
Go into metal world and made me love metal
Is killswitch Engage.. Man!
They are the best of it in my opinion
So much bands have raised up now
But no one can get above killswitch
It's there time now
Killswitch engage is the best
Live for ever killswitch Engage 💜

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3 Trivium Trivium Trivium are an American heavy metal band from Orlando, Florida, formed in 1999. After getting signed to Roadrunner Records in 2004, the band has released seven studio albums and nineteen singles.


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

The new album won me over

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4 Bullet for My Valentine Bullet for My Valentine Bullet for My Valentine are a Welsh metalcore/emo band from Bridgend, formed in 1998. The band is composed of Matthew Tuck (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Michael Paget (lead guitar, backing vocals), Michael Thomas (drums) and Jamie Mathias (bass guitar). Former members include Nick Crandle and Jason more.

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

I love bullet because of screaming clean voice plus lyrics is so modern and their song are related to modern era...

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5 August Burns Red August Burns Red August Burns Red is an American metalcore band from Manheim, Pennsylvania. Formed in 2003, the group began their first performances while a majority of the members were attending their senior year of high school, and soon began playing shows around Lancaster, before being signed to CI Records. Afterwards, more.

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

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!

August Burns Red should be in number 2 following As I lay dying. ABR is a true metalcore band ever formed.

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6 Parkway Drive Parkway Drive Parkway Drive is an Australian metalcore band from Byron Bay, New South Wales, formed in 2003. As of 2015, Parkway Drive has released five full-length albums, one EP, two DVDs, a split album and one book, titled Ten Years of Parkway Drive.

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

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.

Parkway solos most of metalcore, the only band I see having a clear lead on them is Killswitch, any other is highly debatable.'

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

This band is my favorite! M. Shadows' voice and vocal harmonies are admirable, unique. Synyster's guitar sounds like heaven to my ears. When you combine those two gods with the awesome talent of J. Christ, Zacky Vengeance and the deceased (but forever in our hearts) Jimmy "The REV" Sullivan, this band seriously has no match. All of their cds are GREAT but my favorite so far is City of Evil (that one is truly AMAZING). Nightmare is an awesome album but sadly it reminds us that Sullivan is no longer in the band, although he had his part in it. However, Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater's ex-drummer) did a great job taking Jimmy's place on the album. Avenged Sevenfold should be #1 in this list, although Bullet is a great band also (my second favorite).

When Eddie riggs says in brutal legend that he feels like he was born in the wrong time and he wants to be in a time where music was ancient epicness. This is Avenged Sevenfold The most Legendary band of all time
Rip Rev. the drummer

One of the best bands on the planet.
Their first albums are good, their last 2 cds are simply fantastic! They surely became one of my favourite bands and their like shows are simply insane!

Seharusnya ini di top 3

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8 All That Remains All That Remains All That Remains is an American heavy metal band from Springfield, Massachusetts, formed in 1998. They have released eight studio albums, a live CD/DVD, and have sold over a million records worldwide.

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.

Six, yum - EliHbk

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9 Bring Me the Horizon Bring Me the Horizon Bring Me the Horizon is a British rock band from Sheffield, Yorkshire. Formed in 2004, the group currently consists of vocalist Oliver Sykes, guitarist Lee Malia, bassist Matt Kean, drummer Matt Nicholls, and keyboardist Jordan Fish. They are signed to RCA Records globally and Columbia Records exclusively more.

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..

Their lyrics have been wonderful insights into life and it's nuances. The sounds from Blessed with a curse were excellent with solid vocals, they're always improving even after disasters and getting great sounds.

Ok, they are no longer Metalcore exactly, but they're first two albums were among the best that genre has ever seen. Now, they've evolved into something very different, but totally unique. There is a Hell... was the first step and introduced the electronic element they were adapting into their sound, and the Sempiternal took it and practically created a new genre. Their latest release, That's the Spirit, has very much left Metalcore behind entirely. However, the musicality of the instrumentals and artistry of the lyrics is pretty unequaled among these band. Plus, Oli has managed to go from one of the best screamers ever to a genuinely great clean vocalist. The transformation of the band is impressive and deserves recognition.

The bad singer but AWESOME lyrics and music! ! !

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10 Asking Alexandria Asking Alexandria Asking Alexandria are an English metalcore band from York, North Yorkshire formed initially in 2008 by lead guitarist Ben Bruce along with former lead singer Danny Worsnop, bassist Joe Lancaster, keyboardist and synth player Ryan Binns, and current members drummer James Cassells and rhythm guitarist more.

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 - skt

Asking alexandria has phenominmal high screams and guitar work is on point

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The Contenders

11 Lamb of God Lamb of God Lamb of God is an American heavy metal band from Richmond, Virginia. Formed in 1994, the group consists of vocalist Randy Blythe, guitarists Mark Morton and Willie Adler, bassist John Campbell, and drummer Chris Adler.

Lamb of god is not metalcore. They are to good too be in the metal core genre.

I think lamb of god is the best

The most epic scream sound... And I like this band. Lamb of god forever

Not metalcore. - Elijah_Cook

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12 The Devil Wears Prada The Devil Wears Prada The Devil Wears Prada is an American metalcore band from Dayton, Ohio, formed in 2005. It consists of members Mike Hranica, Jeremy DePoyster, Andy Trick, and Daniel Williams.

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. - alexthehardcorekid

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! - rock2metal


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13 Unearth Unearth Unearth is an American heavy metal band from Boston, Massachusetts. Formed in 1998, the group has released six studio albums.

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.

Best metalcore band by far! !

Never heard of them

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14 Of Mice and Men Of Mice and Men

How can Of Mice and Men not be farther up there?! Austin's a fantastic screamer, and Shayley's clean vocals make me want to cry! Not to mention the extremely awesome rest of the band! Seriously though! My favourite Metalcore band, easily.

Austin Carlile is so unique in his screaming, As I Lay Dying, Parkway Drive, and August Burns Red are better on a technical level, but Austin's unique sound mixed with Shay (now Aaron) and his great cleans, produce amazing songs.

Of mice and men is simply awesome, although I'm French, the lyrics makes me feel better and I can't explain why, but it is my favorite band by far. I also loves others band, but they don't have a same beautiful melody, so deeply lyrics n an awesome singer as Austin Carlile.

This is the best metalcore band of all time, I just have to say it. No other metalcore band (not that most of those bands are bad) sound anything like these guys. Even without Austin they are still amazing.

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15 Northlane

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.

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.

This is my personal favourite metalcore band.

Have kept quality over a range of different sounds

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16 Memphis May Fire

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!

By far the best band in all the list, real metalcore here everyone

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17 A Day to Remember A Day to Remember A Day to Remember (often abbreviated ADTR) is an American rock band from Ocala, Florida, founded in 2003 by guitarist Tom Denney and drummer Bobby Scruggs. They are known for their unusual amalgamation of metalcore and pop punk. The band currently consists of vocalist Jeremy McKinnon, rhythm guitarist more.

ADTR is a post hardcore/pop punk band. Not even close to metalcore.

Then why are they so high then, look they are metalcore, listen to them, compare them to other metalcore bands. They sound like a blend between metalcore and pop punk - RustyNail

You can rarely go wrong with a day to remember their music blends perfectly and they are not afraid to call people out in their song which in my opinion adds 20 badass points

I really like A Day To Remember but the fact that keeps bugging me is that they usually don't do guitar solos in their songs, my personal favorite album is Homesick.

Good Band Though!

Sure, they aren't 100% Metalcore. But listen to 'Mr. Highway's Thinking About the End' - one of the most iconic breakdowns, 'Exposed', 'Heartless' (my favorite)

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18 Volumes

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...

Simply great.

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19 Crown the Empire Crown the Empire

CTE hasn't even been around for all that long, but they're definitely more talented than most (if not all) of the above-named bands. The screamer is one of the best I've heard in metalcore, and the cleans are some of the best I've heard in general. If you're looking for creativity, brutality, and amazing vocals; then look no further than Crown the Empire. M/

How can you possibly put crown the empire so low? From the amazing melodic sung songs by Andrew to the heavy screaming that Dave brings to the band, Whether it's Limitless, The Fallout, or the newest album The Resistance Rise of the Runaways, you can't not fall in love with their catchy choruses, heavy breakdowns, and perfect clean and screamed vocals.

As far as style and creativity this band has shown thru the support and overwhelming increase in popularity that they are metal core. With the vocalist (Andrew) sounding strong and sometimes very weak, gives this band no other metal core band has a unique personality.

There songs are so unique and creative they have to be one of my favorite bands of all time

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20 In Hearts Wake

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

Is there a bad Australian band? In metalcore there is Parkway Drive, Amity Affliction, Northlane, Buried In Verona, well, In Hearts Wake (I Killed The Prom Queen, Deez Nuts, Capture The Crown - not as awesome as the other but still very good bands, I’m just that much of a fan)... Than there are awesome deathcore bands Thy Art Is Murder, Make Them Suffer and Boris The Blade, all best of the best. AC/DC of course... That’ all I can come up with, but daaamn. Australia is awesome for heavy bands. - Mixer

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21 Hatebreed Hatebreed Hatebreed is an American metalcore band from Connecticut, formed in 1994. They have released 7 studio albums to date, most recently The Concrete Confessional on May 13, 2016. Their musical style blends influences from hardcore punk and heavy metal; a prominent band within the hardcore scene, they have more.

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.

Metalcore started with At The Gates, NOT hatebreed imbecile

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.

I'll vote for them because I'm a fan but their hardcore throughout, Most of these other bands aren't metalcore there new metal bands, a real metalcore band is Carnefex for example.

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22 Texas In July

A-M-A-Z-I-N-G BAND! One Reality is one of the best albums ever recorded!

They are like August Burns Red little brother... but sounds good.. I like their sound.

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23 Beartooth Beartooth Beartooth is an American metalcore band formed by Caleb Shomo in Columbus, Ohio in 2012. They are signed to Red Bull Records since 2013 along with Shomo's electronic act Class.

Any band with caleb shomo is an amazing and truthfully metalcore band unlike many of the bands here

Beartooth is amazing I like the songs

Best band ever NO contest at all

Damn fine band, one of the best I've ever seen live

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24 The Dillinger Escape Plan The Dillinger Escape Plan The Dillinger Escape Plan is an American mathcore band from Morris Plains, New Jersey. The group originated in 1997 after the disbanding of Arcane, a hardcore punk trio consisting of Ben Weinman, Dimitri Minakakis, and Chris Pennie.

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.

These guys are not metalcore. Most talented band on this list.

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26 The Amity Affliction The Amity Affliction

These guys have only just begun to break the metalcore scene! They're awesome and they're finally getting recognition and getting headlining acts here in the states! It's awesome to see bands who you've followed since they started out finally getting to go on to bigger and better opportunities!

Hands down the best metalcore band on this list. Not only are their songs packed full of hard driving riffs and catchy melodies, but unlike the other metalcore bands on here their lyrics actually mean something. Ahren's clean vocals are incredible and are so dynamic, whereas Joel's screaming is so emotional it leaves you speechless. Can't wait for them to get the recognition as a band that they deserve! AMITY!

There is no lack of hardcore and metalcore talent coming out of Australia in the past decade. Greats like Amity, Parkway and Buried in Verona cannot be overlooked as they have defined metal talent in the Land Down Under.

This band is hectic

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27 For Today For Today For Today is an American Christian metalcore band from Sioux City, Iowa, formed in 2005. They are currently signed to Nuclear Blast Records.

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!

28 Suicide Silence Suicide Silence Suicide Silence is an American deathcore band from Riverside, California. Formed in 2002, the band has released four full-length studio albums, one EP and eleven music videos.

Suicide Silence is death core, not metalcore

Amazing band, the most memorable in my opinion R.I.P. mitch Lucker

Suicide Silence is AMAZING they should be in the top ten!

But Suicide Silence is deathcore

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29 Shadows Fall Shadows Fall Shadows Fall is an American heavy metal band from Springfield, Massachusetts, formed in 1995. Although the band has experienced several line-up changes, for most of its recording career, Shadows Fall has been composed of Jonathan Donais, Matt Bachand, Paul Romanko, Brian Fair, and Jason Bittner.

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

Shadows fall have to be at lease top 15

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30 Like Moths to Flames

Listen to these and you will know why they should be higher on this list.

Very talented, should definitely be higher!

New album brings a new album to head bang!

Give them a chance and you will not regret listening to them

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31 Woe, Is Me

Yes, 'Numbers - Deluxe' is a high-quality release. Very unique, and the 'Keisha' cover smashes it out of the park. Brutal, with finesse.

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32 Pierce the Veil Pierce the Veil Pierce the Veil is an American post-hardcore band from San Diego, California. Formed in 2006, the band was founded by brothers Vic and Mike Fuentes after the disbandment of the group Before Today, which was formed out of the San Diego punk rock scene.

Not even slightly metalcore. Can't stand them either.

I live PTV, but they shouldn't be on this list; they're more post-hardcore.

They're not metalcore at all.

This band is Post-hardcore, it shouldn't be here, I like them though

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33 Miss May I Miss May I Miss May I is an American metalcore band from Troy, Ohio. Formed in 2007, they signed to Rise Records in 2008 and released their debut album, Apologies Are for the Weak through the label while the members were still attending high school.

Miss May I on 26? Have you guys Listened to this band? Listen to architect, Tides, Hey Mister, Not our tomorrow... Then you'll Realize...

Those are some incredible songs man, I thought the exact same thing.

They play great live and all their songs are great! Listen to them!

I think "Miss May I" has a different musical genres, and most specials songs hard to follow, because I think the rhythm of the music is very unique compared to other bands

Such a brutal band. They deserve AT LEAST top 15 if not top 10. All the break downs are dope and original.

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34 Bury Tomorrow

These guys have bought british metalcore to a whole new level, with their own unique sound. I love these guys they are amazing every band member adds something to the band truly amazing! Union crowns best metalcore album of 2012 no doubt about it.

Amazing band, with perfect cleans and screams that work well with each other and with the instrumentals. One of the best Melodic Metalcore bands out there. Songs are amazingly written and performed, you won't be disappointed.

If you haven't heard these guys, you need to start with "Portraits" and work your way up, but you may never want to leave that album, by far my favorite.
I came on this list to see what bands compare to these guys and to be perfectly honest, I gave your bands a listen and I'm sorry but they don't hold a candle to the combo of Daniel and Jason. Daniel rips apart everyone and the cleans by Jason perfectly melds the song together.

Not my favourite metal band, but for metalcore no one else is on their level.

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35 Atreyu

Atreyu is now underneath Pierce the Veil. What is wrong with you people? Listen to Lip Gloss and Black. Listen to Right Side of the Bed. Listen to Ex's and Oh's. Listen to Any song from the first three albums... They all destroy pretty much any song any band on this last past the Top 10 have ever done.

Awesome lyrics and vocals I mean the growls ar given by lead vocalist Alex and the clean vocals ar given by the drummer! Awesome

They only need 3-minutes for their song to make me say "Cool"! They maybe don't have the best drummer, or best guitarist, but their songs are awesome!

What could be more badass than the perfect blend of screaming and singing. With a variety of different sounds between albums.

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

Lol! Disturbed doesn't have any metalcore genre on their songs!

This band is metal not metalcore, I don't mean to be one of the technical dickheads but it's true, only metalcore and sub-genres of metalcore should be here

37 The Word Alive

Every album is different than their last, always coming up with new ideas. Great band, great music.

Underrated band. Should be in the top 10!

Luke is good. Singer sounds like cry baby when singing. Avoid.

Amazing band. Dark matter is insane.

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38 The Ghost Inside

Honestly, seeing these guys live a few times I don't thin they are number one material. But I don't think they should be where they are at. With solid breakdowns, lyrics that aren't pointless, this band should be at least top 25 for sure. They are just amazing and their stage presence when seeing them live makes them that much greater.

Seriously the most well rounded solid band that is around at this exact moment. True, solid, technical, hard hitting band... Get with it people

It seems they are just on the edge of the breakthrough of their careers. Just first seeing them live and then going back to listening to their music. Very powerful stuff to listen to and have some of the best beats and breakdowns I have heard.

I got mixed feelings about their older records, but "Get What You Give" is really really awesome! - Flav

39 Every Time I Die Every Time I Die Every Time I Die is an American metalcore band from Buffalo, New York, formed in 1998. They have garnered acclaim for their energetic and intense live shows.

I can't believe this band is so far down the list. probably because most don't consider them metalcore. but from who I see on this list the were the very early on one of the greatest.

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40 The Color Morale

These guys should so be top 10! They are a great metalcore band and Garrett Rapp is great

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41 Vampires Everywhere!

Damn great band love them too bits but you wont really like them if you aren't into some sick lyrics so 50 is reasonable but they at least deserving of a top 30 spot I mean come on bullet for my valentine sucks ass

42 Being As An Ocean

With lyrics that cut to the bone and a style that's unique and fresh like an update to the scene, they deserve wayyy more attention than what they have.

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43 Demotional Demotional

Illusions is a great song

Their first album

44 Slipknot Slipknot Slipknot is an American Heavy Metal band formed in 1995 from Iowa. The band is best known as one of the pioneers of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal during the late 1990s - 2000s and are distinguishable by the band's clothing choices, consisting of black/red jumpsuits and horror inspired masks. more.

In my opinion, I would have to say slipknot started the metalcore community. Don't give a flying care what people say! PERIOD!

They were a mix of nu metal and thrash metal, and now they are just straight heavy metal

Slipknot is great but far from Metalcore. They're in the sub genre of Groove Metal.

I agree 1000% way better than anything in this list!

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45 Soilwork Soilwork Soilwork is a Swedish melodic death metal band from Helsingborg. They are signed to Nuclear Blast. Formed in late 1995 by Björn Strid and Peter Wichers, originally under the name Inferior Breed, the band changed their name in late 1996 to Soilwork.

Why the hell is Soilwork on a Metalcore list... They're melodic death metal...

And they're better than most on the list

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46 Palisades

Lol, bad girls track

47 Motionless In White Motionless In White Motionless in White, often abbreviated MIW, is an American metalcore band from Scranton, Pennsylvania.

This is the band which can make you scream and if you haven't heard their songs start hearing. It will really raise up your goosebumps. This is the best band I've ever heard and is perhaps really underrated. Vote for them now

All aspects of their music is on point. They're amazing live, I saw them twice. Overall an amazing band and genuine bunch

Motionless In White has beautiful lyrics, Chris's vocals sound amazing and his leans are very beautiful, MIW needs to be in the top 10!

Best metalcore band

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48 Attack Attack!

I've listened to many metalcore bands but most sound all the same. I feel like this band is what most metalcore bands have been influenced by these days. Yeah they get a lot of hate but I feel like AA! Has the most unique sound and they will always be remembered. From the days where Austin Carlile and Johnny Franck were the vocals, to the last attack attack album with Caleb Shomo doing both vocals and screams. I will always think of this band when I hear the word Metalcore


The only good things Attack Attack done was showing Austin Carlile and Caleb Shomoto the world, so that they could start some GOOD metalcore bands. - Mixer

This Means War should at least put them in the top 10! I love Caleb Shomo

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49 I See Stars I See Stars I See Stars is an American rock band that formed in 2006 based in Warren, Michigan. The band currently consists of vocalist Devin Oliver, guitarist Brent Allen, keyboardist and vocalist Andrew Oliver, and bass guitarist Jeff Valentine.

I see starss rule I love this band so much

Yes, they are a rare talent, no doubt. 'New Demons' is fantastic.

Excellent band, HELL YEAH! But metalcore, not really anymore. ISS is more Post-Hardcore and alternative electronic rock now. Listen to the treehouse album and you'll understand.


50 Five Finger Death Punch Five Finger Death Punch Five Finger Death Punch is an American heavy metal band from Las Vegas, Nevada. Formed in 2005, the band's name is derived from a fictional martial arts maneuver in the 2003 film Kill Bill.

Five Finger Death Punch does not only make great music, but they are so dedicated to their fans. It's really cool that with all the fame they don't ever forget their fan base who helped make them famous. I have a lot of respect for them because of what they do. Van Moody has such a unique voice, and the whole band itself is just incredibly talented in general, they should definitely be higher on this list

Five Finger Death Punch is my favorite band of all time, but why are they on this list? They're groove metal.

Why in the name of god is Five Finger Death Punch way the hell down here?
This is honestly, like, the greatest band there will ever be. Stunning percussion, vocals, and instrumental elements in every song.

Far from death more like nu-groove metal

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