Top 10 Best Metalcore Bands

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

The Top Ten Best Metalcore Bands

1 Trivium Trivium is an American Heavy Metal band from Orlando, Florida, formed in 1999. Their frontman, Matt Heafy, lead guitarist Corey Beaulieu and Bassist Paulo Gregoletto are the band's most consistent members and have appeared in every album since. more.


Best band ever truly amazing riffs and mats killer voice paired with corey's ripping guitar solos make the best metalcore band ever

Trivium have great rhythms and melodies and they play very musically. Their Thrash/Metalcore Crossover is just amazing!

At least, Trivium is the best mainstream metalcore band. As I Lay Dying is close, but lack in creativity. Trivium always tries to make something different, although, some good, some bad. But better than writing the same song with the same formula on and on.
Shogun is one of my favorite album. - Vernkastel

2 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/.

I think they have a big problem that many of their songs sounds very similar. Start with some riffs, then screaming vocal goes on. Then melodic clean vocal chorus. Then screaming again. Guitar solo, chorus again, and end with screaming.
Listen to them to much is a boring thing. Parallels, Sound of the Truth and Forever, I believe, is the best songs of their three formulas. - Vernkastel

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

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.

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

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

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!

4 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

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!

5 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

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

6 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

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.

7 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.




8 Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold is an American heavy metal 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!

Not metalcore. They're first two albums were metalcore (Sounding The Seventh Trumpet, Waking The Fallen) But when City of Evil came out they went to a more traditional metal/hard rock sound. Then came their self titled which moved closer to traditional metal. Nightmare came out and it had influence from their self titled and City of Evil. Then came Hail The King which was definitely a traditional heavy metal album. Now they are doing a remastered special edition of Waking The Fallen so for everybody here for Avenged Sevenfold's metalcore style that is the next album you should be buying. Hope this helped

9 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.

How can a band make both There is a Hell... and Sempiternal and not be number 1?

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..

They should be on #1 they are the greatest in all core genres ever period.

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.

10 Converge

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. - RighteousMalevolent

Its simple really, none of the other bands would exist without them - that1guysfrend

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

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.

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11 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

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

12 Architects Architects is a British Metalcore band formed in 2004 in Brighton, East Sussex. Consisting of five band members, Architects' discography consists of seven studio albums and one split EP.

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

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. - Temmie

Sam Carter has the most powerful voice among all metalcore bands and their music is amazing, they should be first

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.

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

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 - HatebyDesign

Deserves to be number 1 or 2. Great band
I don't even know why BMTH is here they suck - TuhindeFreak

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.

14 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.

Revolutionized metalcore with Calculating Infinity, and Greg helped put them even more on the map - xEliHbkx

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.

15 Between The Buried And Me Between the Buried and Me is an American progressive metal band from Raleigh, North Carolina. Formed in 2000, the band consists of Tommy Giles Rogers, Jr.

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 - kempokid

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

16 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

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.

17 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.

Their defiantly a hardcore band, and the other stuff is nu metal for sure

18 Periphery

I love their new song blood eagle - XxSEVEREDHUMANITYxX

Just the best band ever.

19 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...

Just a Great Band! Great Riffs & they have an Awesome Drummer - Nick!

20 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.

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

21 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!

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!

22 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


23 The Agony Scene
24 Texas In July

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

25 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

Top notch and highly underrated

26 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!

27 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

Personally Atreyu is my favorite band. With songs like Lose It and The Theft I don't see how they aren't higher on the list. I know they aren't as well known as some of the other bands here but they should be.

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!

28 Crown the Empire Crown the Empire is an American metalcore band formed in 2010 in Dallas, Texas. They have released one EP and three full-length albums.

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.

Okay really people? Really? This should be so much further up. Maybe not top ten but at least top twenty because this band is a very solid metalcore band.

29 Demotional

Illusions is a great song

Their first album

30 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.


I like the way they use eletronic stuff in their music.. makes it unique or at least different.

31 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

But Suicide Silence is deathcore

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


Please give these guys a listen. They are one of the most complete bands I've ever heard, and deserve far more recognition than they've gotten. In just two albums they absolutely shattered my conception of what I considered a good band to be. These guys are the future of the genre. Check out "White Noise", "The Architect", "Alpha Seed", "Dreamwalkers", "Hybrid Earth", "Rebirth", "Warrior", and "Lights City".

Anybody who listens to ERRA knows how good of a band they are, anybody who doesn't, should. These guys wear the metalcore crown. Shame on the people who made this list.

They are gonna get big. They are 322th now, just to know for you who see them in top 10 in the future - this is how they started. - Mixer

Technical in all aspects. They always have a sound that puts me in another world. One of my favorites.

33 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.

Good Screams, nice pace and catchy refrains. Make awesome shows

Beartooth is one of my favorite bands. I would've voted for Wage War though if they were on this list. - Ultrasonic1000

I love Beartooth. So many good songs with melodic chorus and amazing riffs..

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

34 BlesstheFall

Blessthefall is coming ot with a new album soon called Hollow Bodies. The first single "You Wear A Crown, But Your No King" Shows these great musicians talents. They have a large fanbase and constantly have awesome live performances. Deserve to be in top 20 at least!

Excellent music. I highly recommend giving them a listen.

Why are they so underrated!?

They are really awesome.

35 Incendiary
36 Bad Omens


One of the most amazing and influential bands lyrically and instrumentaly. No 2 songs are alike. They have only released one album and a single but has a huuuge following. They inspired me to try to start a band.The only name we can agree on now is "in the company of misery". Can't wait for B O's next album!



37 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

38 Any Given Day Any Given Day is a German heavy metal band formed in 2012 in Gelsenkirchen. In 2016, the band recorded a song entitled "Arise" with singer and guitarist Matt Heafy of Trivium.

Their newest album is sooo good, and the title track features Matt Heafy from Trivium. Any Given Day is such an underrated band for sure - Ascendency

39 Wage War

Damn they are way to low, one of the most amazing bands truly!

This guys are awesome!

Move them up, ffs!

40 Light The Torch

If Not For Me Band. Check it out. Especially their newest song "My Own Way" and it's music video. The Road to Milestone is one. A Scent Like Wolves. Light The Torch isn't that great, but that's just me

41 Code Orange Code Orange is an American metallic hardcore band that formed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 2008. Formed in high school as Code Orange Kids, the band acheieved early success for their energetic performances and hard-hitting music. In 2014, the band's name was officially changed to Code Orange, just more.
42 After The Burial After the Burial is an American metalcore band from Minneapolis, Minnesota. They are currently signed to Sumerian Records and have released four of their five full-length albums through the label.


After the burial... To say this band changed my life forever, the vocals, that fast drums, guitar work, those breakdowns, to say all their albums EPs are brutal awesome progressive and have deathcore elements, to say this ban should be 1st. And this band be my favorite of all time. And people listen to their albums vote for this move it from 162.

43 Heaven Shall Burn Heaven Shall Burn are a German metalcore band from Saalfeld, formed in 1996. The band consists of vocalist Marcus Bischoff, guitarists Maik Weichert and Alexander Dietz, bassist Eric Bischoff and drummer Christian Bass.

Best vocal and rhythm of all metalcore bands with rank 45, you guys serious?

These guys are a German machine, extreme music that everyone should listen!

They're more melodic death metal than metalcore

2 words, black tears

44 Times of Grace

I don't know if Adam D's and J, Leech's masterpiece is up here, but it's Metalcore at its very best. 10/10 listening.

45 God Forbid

When I heard they broke up, I couldn't believe it. I really love their sound

I agree with the other guy constitution is amazing and earthsblood is really good too they deserve a higher spot on the list.

Consitution of Treason is and always will be one of my favorites!

46 Poison the Well

Give it a listen if you haven't

47 Shai Hulud
48 While She Sleeps

They will blow you off your feet! Quite a band indeed! Brit Rock at its best!

At the forefront of new British metalcore along with Bury Tomorrow. Can't believe they're so far down this list

Awesome band, really smart riffs and lyrics too, can't believe this rating.

Probably the most unique metalcore band out there right now. Another of the great British metalcore bands. - Mixer

49 Zao

This band influenced As I Lay Dying along with many others on here, so I have no idea why they didn't make it anywhere on here.

Zao is too old to be on top of the list. I really love them. They’re so unique in this genre in early days. Their music are so solemn and always touch my heart, and so will you. Listen to ‘When Blood & Fire Bring Rest’, one of the best metalcore album ever. - Vernkastel

How the hell is Zao so low on this list?
Listen to when blood and fire bring rest or liberate te ex inferis or even the fear that keeps us here
They influenced so many bands on this list
So much bs on this list

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