Top 10 Best Metalcore BandsMrhabs4ever The best Metalcore bands there are on this planet...
The Top Ten
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/.
Most brutal riffs ever!V 99 Comments
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!
The GreatestV 75 Comments
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
My favourite..V 112 Comments
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
This band is by FAR the best. In fact, I'd hardly call them entirely metalcore. More like straight up metal. Many of their songs have thrash metal and even melodic death metal elements. But, nonetheless, they make truly amazing MUSIC, and that's what really matters. Their guitarists are absolutely incredible. Matt heavy has a powerful voice. Their album Shogun is one of my favorite metal albums ever, and I loved their straight up thrash metal on the Crusade. They're like a modern version of Metallica mixed with Iron Maiden. This metal band will go down in history for their raw talent. Trivium rules! m/V 75 Comments
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.
Best metalcore band by far. Powerful vocals, beautiful instrumentals. Perfect band.V 114 Comments
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!
So powerfulV 74 Comments
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!
A7x foreverV 68 Comments
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.
InsaneV 110 Comments
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.
Love this band!V 24 Comments
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
Come on guys... AA is the best metalcore band ever exist.V 89 Comments
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
Shouldn't be in this genre they are thrash metal.V 43 Comments
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
NoV 26 Comments
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 themV 2 Comments
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.
Northlane deserves higher on list
Unique, sounds like the apocalypseV 6 Comments
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 everyoneV 15 Comments
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.
Oh come on, it should be way higher than 16. An amazing band but without Austin they're never gonna be the same.V 30 Comments
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.V 4 Comments
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.
Most beautiful deep songs and lyric videos I've ever witnessed. Fell in love the first time I heard "Oh Sweet Catastrophe" and "The Fallout."V 13 Comments
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.
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
Amazing lyrical power in these guys and some truly lethal breakdowns make their songs literally headbanging
worthy PS my favorite band
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.
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
Should be number 1V 5 Comments
Related ListsBest Screamo/Death Metal/Metalcore Bands Top 10 Post-hardcore / Metalcore Bands Best Modern Heavy Metal / Metalcore Bands Top Ten Metalcore / Deathcore / Screamo Bands Top Ten Metalcore / Hardcore Bands
List StatsUpdated 25 May 2017
6 years, 341 days old
Top Remixes (63)
2. August Burns Red
3. As I Lay Dying
2. Bring Me the Horizon
3. The Devil Wears Prada
View All 63