Best Modern Heavy Metal / Metalcore Bands


The Top Ten

1 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.

The best metal band ever!..
Shadows's vocals, Syn's lead guitar, Zacky's rhythm guitar, Johnny's Bass, Rev's (or Arin's) drumming!..

They are the new wave of heavy metal. Have you guys heard any of their Albums. Waking the Fallen was probably the best metalcore album back then. They are most definitely above a NU-METAL band like slipknot. Probably one of the best guitarist, lead singer, and had the best drummer before he died (R.I.P the rev)

Avenged Sevenfold is everything. Matt's amazing voice, Syn & Zacky's guitar skills, Johnny's bass lines and Jimmy's drumming made them the band they are today. Thankfully, Arin is here to continue where Jimmy left off. Avenged is the best band ever! R.I. P Jimmy The Rev Sullivan.

I see this band being grouped with bands more like Dream Theater than being grouped with bands like Slipknot. The guitarist is extremely talented, and so is every other member in the band. They're self titled album is amazing and so are Waking the Fallen and Nightmare. - Metalfan2112

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2 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.

There is simply no other metal band that compares to slipknot, of the 1000's that exist and I've heard from whatever genre, slipknot is instantly recognisable and original, tribal drumming, the vocal selection from coreys powerhouse screaming and singing with deep moving voice, guitars that sound good enough to kill someone, the anger level is lethal and cannot be replicated authentically, metal would not be the same without them, slipknot have changed my life and continue to inspire for as long as there is electricity to listen

Slipknot is imply the best band, sadly they have never came to South Africa. Joey is the most amazing drummer and I think slipknot is the second best band in the world due to their brilliant song "snuff". I'm sorry but I would place Bullet For My Valentine as number 1 on thi list

No hate on a7x great band but they shouldn't be number one slipknot revolutionized metal combining rap and screaming and the contrast between the soft spots and heavy patches in the song make them that much more brilliant amazing band corey taylor is a genius enough said

How stupid...slipknot should be on first

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3 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.

Probably one of the most talented metal bands out there right now, some truly astonishing musicianship and talent behind their works, and as alluded to by other fans, there is a heavy Pantera influence, and these guys are their well-deserving successor. As The Palaces Burn, Sacrament and Resolution are probably their best works, raw and uncompromising, powerful and thought provoking, spine-crushingly heavy and epic. Even if they're not to your taste, you'd do yourself a disservice by not giving them a try.

Awesome band, can't compare to any other. Amazing drummer and vocalist! Randy Blythe never fails to impress!

Epic band! Pantera influences and Slayer influences are obvious, but they have a very unique style that makes them much more than the knock-offs some will say they are!

I prepare slipknot for 2nd place

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4 System of a Down System of a Down System of a Down formed in 1994 as an Armenian-American Nu Metal group from Glendale, California . The band name is sometimes shortened to System or SOAD. more.

Every jam is different, you could also understand every word.. They're heavy yet soft, they are intricate with their music, great drums and voice...

Oh hell yes! System are my life, their songs are so... Weird it's awesome, been listening to them since I was a kid because my parents would always play them, even though I'm more into metalcore, System of a Down are always great to listen to

System of a Down rocks! Uh, no pun intended. Their songs never get old to me.


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5 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" .

I love disturbed I grew up with them and got into them with their first album. down with the sickness. ever since then I always loved them more than anything. they were the best band ever to me. to be honest if it wasn't for disturbed. I wouldn't know most of the music I know today. they were the gate open to metal music to me.

In terms of originality and the sheer power of their music, no one can touch Disturbed. Not Avenged Sevenfold and Synyster Gates with his super-high output pickups, not Volbeat, who is closer to hard rock than metal, NO ONE!

They Should Be the 1st Just Listen To their 2008 album (indestructible)
You will like them in my opinion it is the best 2008 album :)
And Slipknot should be the 2nd place listen to all hope is gone - nooreldeen

David Draiman is extremely talented.

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6 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.

Bullet for my valentine is such a awesome band.. What IT IS DOING BELOW.. And came the second 5FDP.. They are the modern heavy metal.. Rest I like are present in this list of top ten...

That band is awful. Their music is over-produced and adapts every thing that made most nu-metal bad. If you want real metal, listen to Trivium, Veil of Maya or something technical and melodic. - Elijah_Cook

Their first cd is a masterpiece... I think they should be at least 1st or 2nd

This band is more of groove metal

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7 Children of Bodom Children of Bodom Children Of Bodom is a melodic death metal band from Espoo, Finland. Formed in 1993, the group currently consists of Alexi Laiho, Janne Wirman, Henkka Seppälä, Jaska Raatikainen and Daniel Freyberg.

Children Of Bodom need to be more listened in the world, even in North Korea, Afghanistan etc. Because that band is not terrible and have a lot of awesome songs

Chilren of Bodom is simply the best band I have ever listened, specially their song "Every time I die" is a masterpiece.

Cob is one of the best European metal bands ever.

A very underrated Finnish band together with nightwish

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8 Bullet for My Valentine Bullet for My Valentine Bullet for My Valentine are a Welsh metalcore 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 James; more.

Totally wrong list! Bullet For My Valentine should be at least at top 3! It is not like other bands who just scream without any talent! - rohitsingh

Yep totally agree, Bullet For My Valentine should be in top 2 :D

What? Seriously?
Slipkont, five finger death punch & killswitch engage are rated higher than Bullet For My Valentine hell no this is so not happening

Favorite band of all time <3 If you haven't listened to them, check them out!

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

I am so grateful that I have never been reduced to just one style of music or let I style define me.L am a 57 yr old man that probably understands in ways that when through situations we will never know something very powerful is produced it was given to us in Killswitch.

Killswitch Engage is positive, fast, and heavy. What more could you ask for?
The band is so underrated it's not even funny. I think they deserve at least top 5.

Super band, I love the new holy diver!

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10 Volbeat Volbeat Volbeat are a Danish metal band which was formed in Copenhagen. They play a fusion of rock and roll, heavy metal and rockabilly.

Truthfully I just discovered this band a few months ago... But they are awesome and I've since bought all 5 of their albums. I want America to know what Denmark already knows... Volbeat is here!

I discovered Volbeat about a year ago and I had never heard anything like it. It was so unique and quite different, but I instantly fell in love!

This is great band it should be in the top 10 list - Schulm3

Saw these guys live with Metallica a couple nights ago. Seeing them live gave me a new respect for them. They killed it. Currently listening to Warrior's Call rn, and now they are one of my favorite bands.

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The Contenders

11 Pantera Pantera Pantera was an American Heavy Metal band formed in 1981 by guitarist Dimebag Darrell and drummer Vinnie Paul. The band started out as a Glam Metal act in the 1980s with little success. After discarding their original lead vocalist and enlisting Phil Anselmo, the band signed a major record deal with more.

Pantera are old school metal not modern metal. There first album came out in the early 80's.Pantera are better then every band on this list but there old school.

Pantera got good riffs and great music like walk, cowboys from hell, I'm broken.

Pantera is the best heavy metal band ever

Panteras albums cowboys from hell, vulgar display of power, and far beyond driven are classic metal along with there glam metal albums ( not modern metal)

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12 Byzantine

The best metal in years. Heavily underrated. A mix of Pantera, Testament, Lamb of God with a touch of maybe Rush. The ingredients seem self destructive but work very well in this band. Vocal is great, rhythm section is very potent. Guitars do what they need to do. All in all it's a travesty the band does not have more support throughout the world probably because its not promoted well enough.

13 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.

They have changed avery album all in different directions. They have created amazing masterpieces like shogun and the crusade and just kick ass songs like strife and in waves

Listen to Down From The Sky and In Waves and you'll know why Trivium is the future of Metal

The new Metallica sound is here

Best metal band ever

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14 Tool Tool Tool is an American progressive metal/alternative metal band, that was formed in 1990. more.

Tool is something which takes you to a different dimension. Their songs just match the frequency of your brain waves producing resonance which leads to ultimate satisfaction

15 Arch Enemy Arch Enemy Arch Enemy is a Swedish melodic death metal band, originally a supergroup, from Halmstad, formed in 1996. Its members were in bands such as Carcass, Armageddon, Carnage, Mercyful Fate, Spiritual Beggars, and Eucharist. V 1 Comment
16 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.

Incredible band, lyrics, guitars, drums, all amazing. Once you get in to As I Lay Dying you will never stop listening to them.

As I Lay Dying also has some of the best guitar solos I have ever heard. You cannot deny that they are brutally amazing.

Nice clean vocal, nice guitar solo, nice drummer, and nice scream vocal

17 Meshuggah Meshuggah Meshuggah is a Swedish progressive metal band from Umeå, formed in 1987. They are credited with crafting the Djent subgenre. Meshuggah's line-up consists of founding members vocalist Jens Kidman and lead guitarist Fredrik Thordendal, drummer Tomas Haake, who joined in 1990, rhythm guitarist Mårten more.

It is not possible to put them in N° 16 they are n° 1

When I wake up I have one idea listen corridor of cameleons or neurotica
It is so complex it is difficult to listen over groups of metal after

18 Black Veil Brides Black Veil Brides Black Veil Brides is an American rock band currently consisting of Andy Biersack (vocals), Jinxx (guitar), Jake Pitts (guitar), Christian Coma (drums) and Ashley Purdy (bass), that formed in 2006 in Ohio. more.

I love this band so much! Their latest album "wretched and divine" wasn't really heavy metal more like glam rock.. but I can guarantee that their new album will be a lot more heavy. They have saved my life and I love them so muuuch.

Ahh can't wait for the new album in october!

They save my life They r so amazing n awesome
Andy and the other members I love you guys so much
Your music is the coolest ever I ever heard
I want to say guys you r ma heros
Ma favorite band ever!

"Metal" - SoldierOfFortune

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19 All Shall Perish All Shall Perish

My favorite off all time but they have changed

Saw them in concert in Pensacola 2012. Kick-ass and fun to hang with after the show.

20 Dream Theater Dream Theater Dream Theater is an American progressive metal band from Boston, Massachusetts. The band was formed in 1985 under the name of "Majesty", only to change its name to Dream Theater later. more.

They are actually a prog metal band, so they don't really fit on the list. - zxm

This band should be way higher come people.

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2. Avenged Sevenfold
3. Slipknot
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