Best Modern Metal Bands
The Top Ten
avenged sevenfold its the best band of melodic heavy metal, synyster gates solos are always perfectly amazing, lyrics fits perfectly, I like shads voice and the band style its so cool, I only miss the rev, one of the greatest drum player of ever, so amazing live... R.I.P the rev
Avenged Sevenfold is without a doubt the best modern metal band. I mean imagine being in their position, losing your drummer who was not only one of the best drummers but also your best friend. And they still play just as good as ever. People don't always give Avenged Sevenfold the credit they deserve and I think it's about time they get it. R.I.P The Rev
What is wrong?
How did Bullet for my valentine get before a7x? Bullet For My Valentine is good, but they are no where near A7x.
Avenged sevenfold is the harbinger of modern metal...bringing the old school metal in a fresher form (iron maiden dual guitars, elaborate soloing, crazy-ass drums, grit vocals). guess why it's so popular? because its goodV 143 Comments
Unique, powerful and brutal metal band that always deliver and embrace there fans as brothers. Maggot 4 life!
Avenged are good, but have become overrated since The Rev died. Joey Jordison is a much better drummer.
Slipknot was needed to bring heavy music to the masses. Iron Maiden brought needed melody to metal. Metallica brought speed and catchy rhythms to mainstream metal. Slipknot brought heaviness and break neck ferocity back into metal which was featured a lot in the underground. Slipknot was able to bring extreme metal elements to mainstream fans and make more expansive metal heads. What other band today has done that to their scale?
Clearly should be the no. one... each and every individual is just awesome, especially drums with Joey JordisonV 92 Comments
Lamb of god is the absolute epitome of metal. They are the most metal metal band in history, picking up where pantera left off. They're so heavy they make death metal sound like rock, and rock sound like nursery rhymes. I love A7x, but I'd put them on the top of the rock list. I'd put Bullet For My Valentine on top of the steaming pile list where it belongs
When Randy opens his mouth, a portal to Hell is opened and the screaming voices of a thousand demons enter this world via his throat. When I think METAL, I think Lamb of God. They're heavy, they have grooves, their lyrics are meaningful and intelligent, they shred and basically, they just rock. There is nothing better in the metal scene, past or present.
lamb of god by far. of this list I would have to say mastodon, then opeth. then I guess korn because this list is messed up in the head. disturbed and dragonforce? thats just embarrassing. "metalheads" who like dragonforce are cheating themselves because dragonforce speeds up their music. they have no talent. LAMB OF GOD WINNNN - crunchyjuice
The guitarist is so talented. I play guitar too and I tried to play "Walk With Me In Hell", and the speed he plays it at. His hands are unbelievably quick.V 37 Comments
Skilful and broad in terms of music styling, Mastodon mix an uncompromising metal sound with a sweet and technical progressiveness. Their ability to switch from heavy riffs to intricate guitar and drum work never ceases to amaze me. No album sounds like the previous, they epitomise the meaning of progression. Brann Dailor's drumming style and fills are easily one of the best I have ever heard from any drummer and Mastodon are unrivalled in being the best metal band to rise to fame in the new millennium. The fourteen bands that precede them are not even in the same league (Avenged and LOG are cool though).
Mastodon Being below Avenged Sevenfold, Bullet for My Valentine and Disturbed is an absolute joke. Avenged Seveenfold just Released one of the worst albums I have ever heard, Bullet for my Valentine is like death metal for ten year olds, aka Lacking the Parts of death metal that makes it great, and adds nothing unique. Disturbed is a descent band, but that is all that they are. Descent, nothing original. Draiman is a good singer but he only sings one way. Mastodon is a truly unique band that doesn't have a single album that sounds the same and is an absolute behemoth in the world of Stoner Metal.
Best band going at the moment. They are extremely good musicians that really compliment each other. There is no such thing as a simple mastodon song which I is what I really like about them, each song is complicated and isn't just a generic verse and chorus through out. Crack the skye is my favorite album just because some of the songs are so filled with riffs and epic drumming, their early stuff I also dig but but I think the prog root they went down with on crack the skye is the best. Long live mastodon!
It's a crime that Mastodon is in this position. They beat a7x and others and another benefit they come from Atlanta my home so yay! Mastodon and Breaking Benjamin are my 2 biggest inspirations for me playing the guitar.V 31 Comments
Opeth is the best modern metal band. They are extremely talented musicians, with extremely complex and intricate yet crushing and awesome riffs. Their guitar work is incredible. Their singer hands down has the best death growls of all time while also having an absolutely beautiful singing voice. Listen to their songs Blackwater Park, Ghost of Perdition, Reverie/Harlequin Forest, Baying of the Hounds, Leper Affinity, etc and tell me they aren't the best. Lamb of God, Avenged Sevenfold, Disturbed, and Trivium are amazing as well. Linkin Park shouldn't even be mentioned on this list.
Opeth is the best band till date... absolutely fabulous... lyrics, vocals, names of songs, musical quality and detail, innovation, album art, themes, depth, overall impression-everything is the best... those who haven't heard there songs don't know what they're missing... every one of their songs are in perfect sync with their themes... a truly mature band consisting of true maestros.
Opeth is a really talented band and thus SHOULD NOT BE IN A LIST WHERE Linkin Park IS ( and above Opeth!? ). Opeth is just the opposite of Linkin Park; Opeth is a band of really talented instrumentalists and a Great Composer (Akerfeldt) whereas Linkin Park has no one who plays musical instruments. Metal should be played with instruments, NOT BY DJ's.
Go and see them live before they cark it.
You will not regret it. - Bamforth
System of a Down is a band, that when you actually hear it, you will know why they are the best Musicians, best singers, and best band of all time! Slipknot and A7X are very good, but they aren't System of a Down. System of a Down, Tool, RATM, and Slipknot are the only bands whose messages are real! Go METAL FOREVER!
With Serj Tankian on vocals, Daron Malakian on guitar and occasional vocals, Shavo Odadjian as bass guitarist and backing vocals, and John Dolmayan on drums is a well known band. Serj Tankian has a very recognizable voice and the band has a very diverse form of music seen in "Chop Suey! " and "Toxicity". This band continues to go strong. They have only made 5 studio albums, but a large amount of singles.
This band is amazing, it's the most unique band I have ever listened to, every song they make is different from the other so you never get bored of them and everything is perfect in this band, the vocals, the guitar, drums, bass, and their songs are amazing and has true meaning, they're just perfect, VOTE FOR System of a Down!
System 8th? They're the best of 2000's metal. And they're also probably the most recognizable band from this list. Just try Chop Suey or BYOB and you'll definitely know what I'm talking' about. - kapitandankoV 30 Comments
Trivium has never made bad albums. They are amazing and their live performances are stronger than ever. I expect them to reach the top in years to come for sure. They deserve to be up there without a doubt!
Nobody can compare to Trivium's combination of brutality, melody, and instrumentalism. Matt Heafy can sing with the best, and his growls and screams rival anyone today. Matt and Corey's twin guitar leads are face-melting, especially on Shogun where they use seven string guitars. Every album they progress in a new way. No other contemporary metal band out there competes. - Hobbes
TRIVIUM FOR THE WIN!
They have not written a weak song despite changing their sound consistently. Every album sounds different but still has that core, distinctive Trivium sound!
Long live Trivium!
awesomeV 34 Comments
A peerless level of soul and atmosphere mixed with sheer aggression and brutality. Gojira ' rules
Very unique! Gojira are amazing in their ability to make simple, melodic, and heavy music.
Just a kick ass band to listen to. extremely heavy and driving
By far the best metal band of the past decade. Absolutely no comparison. They have redefined progressive metal and their groove is amazing. I'm not a fan of growling vocals but gojiras front man makes it work. The first trendsetters in metal was Metallica, then it was Pantera and now its gojira. Best of the best.V 21 Comments
With David Draiman on vocals, Dan Donegan on guitar, Mike Wengren on Drums and John Moyer on bass, this band proves to be one of the most influential bands of all time. With their very unique style of music and covers such as "Shout 2000" and "Land of Confusion" still haven't been topped. Even though they are on a temporary hiatus since 2010, they still prove to be one of the greatest metal bands of all time. They started off with the name of brawl, but in 1996 changed to Disturbed. David Draiman formed a band called Device in 2012 with Will Hunt (drummer of Evanescene), Virus (guitarist of Dope), and Geno Lenardo (guitarist of filter) and have written "Haze" featuring M. Shadows (singer of Avenged Sevenfold), "Vilify" and "You think you know". They have produced 5 studio albums and one compilation album, 4 of the albums were #1 on the billboard 100 and 3 received platinum.
Indestructable... Enough said. Plus all the other bands don't even compete with the quality and power behind the disturbed music!
They may not be the best of all time. I will say however, Draiman is the best singerout of all these people on the list, he is and will be my favorite and is top ten of all time. Dan Donegan has speed and great rifts, and soul. His Solos are badass, there is a typical argument about speed, well perfect insanity has the speed. He has the skill and will be top 50 of all time. (He may not be the heaviest) John Moyer, well you can't really hear him, but in times when he uses his skill to help perfect a song, you can probably hear moyerat times. (The Animal) Mike Wengren, Speed percussive style, and a fluent metal sound. Even though this may be an opinion, Dammit, these guys are top 50 of all time, and #1 for MODERN DAY METAL!
Best Modern Band But Only True People Can Feel ThatV 44 Comments
R you crazy? Meshuggah must at least among top 10 if not in top 5! And how on earth breaking benjamin be a Metal band?
All I see is just Hard Rock kids taking the top positions. Meshuggah has been in the scene for more than 26 years. And this is sufficient enough to showcase the virtuosity and experience they command.
Meshuggah is "modern"? Are you kidding me? AMAZING band, but they're almost as old as Megadeth and Metallica, how can they be considered new by any means?
They should be among the top 5. Compared to A7x, they are far more betterV 8 Comments
Amon amarth should be #1
#2 behind Machine Head
One of the more talented metal bands out there that aren't metalcore
Raise your horns!V 1 Comment
Black Label Society should be number 1. Why? Because they are the very thing a metal band should be. Guys playing for the fans and not caring about money, fame or selling out. They have stayed true to the metal genre without selling out or going commercial. Also Zakk Wylde is basically one of the modern metal kings. Black Label Society is definitely the best modern metal band
Because Zakk Wylde is an absolute beast. You really need to listen to Godspeed Hellbound and In this River.
These guys should be in the top ten for the riffs alone! Plus zakk wilds unique vocals
Nobody has more great songs than BLS. Nobody. Period.V 7 Comments
Unique sound. Pretty fresh to the metal scene but give it a year or two and they will be big. Probably in my top 10 metal bands.
Surprised that they are so low here, they are so popular. Their music so original, like a blend of Venom and Queen.
Ghost deserves to be way higher. Amazing band with an enthralling look and stage presence.
They have their own style. Amazing. Love. Deserves better rateV 15 Comments
One of the best progressive metal bands ever! Every song is really unique and cool, making them one of my favorites of all time. Everything they do continues to impress me with sensational lyrics, drumming, guitars and singing. What can I say? Singing is masterful, drums are insanely good, guitars are continuously impressive and the bass is outstanding. I respect these guys so much
Well, Tool is something else. They don't follow any rules. They just deliver their song in their own way. Their bass parts are better than any modern or classic metal bands. Their songs are like drugs, you can't help falling in love with those. Rain is the best way to listen Tool song. I remember, it was raining so hardly, then I started to listening 'Righ In Two'. It felt just like I got out from this world and went to a different galaxy and that song is showing me the way
Tool is one of the best prog rock and metal bands has ever comes! They lyrics is the most psychologic, philosophic and mentalism lyrics! Maynard has a really good voice that completed the tool with that voice!
If they are considered one the greatest metal bands in history, yet isn't in the top 5 best modern bands... and out of the bands metal bands in history they are the ones still holding strong... somethings wrong with you guysV 16 Comments
This band is awesome! Some of their songs are softer, but they also have some harder rocking songs, like Trenches.
TRENCHES IS AMAZING! Last Man Standing and Boss's Daughter are also great songs and Pop Evil is by the best modern metal band, followed by Slipknot and Avenged Sevenfold.
What is this band not doing in the top 10? And what IS Trivium doing in the top ten? They suck and pop evil has many good songs such as deal with the devil and last man standing.
Saw PE at a small venue with a mediocre sound system. "Take It All" kicked in, and good old RNR took over!
Check out Onyx & Up... Then you'll go back and get War Of Angels & Lipstick On the Mirror.
If you like hard rock with a catchy ballad or two, good ballads at that. Torn To Pieces snout Leigh's late father... Or insert any heartfelt longing, is an awesome song!
Check this band out!
I don't dislike this band or anything, it's just that THEY'RE NOT METAL. Rap-rock/electronic rock/heavy alternative is what they are.
Those aren't even metal. They're far from metal, hard rock at best. - TheDarkOne_221b
They were nu metal band at their beginning (Hybrid Theory). Just listen to "One Step Closer" or "Papercut".
There are couple of metal songs on the second and third album like "Faint" and "No More Sorrow" but everything after that is alternative/electronic rock.
They pretty much abandoned the metal genres, but they still deserve to be on this list.
They're not even metal, they never were metal! They're a rock band mixed with techno/rap. They're not even Nu-Metal.
I know they are not metal but they are my all time favourite band.V 20 Comments
Most people take metalcore or any metal genre as screaming noisy guitar crap genre but when the will listen to bullet for my valentine.
They will definitely know that they are the TRUE METAL BAND and they just don't make noise but mesmerize you in their musician play.
Truly the best.
All those who hate this band are total idiots and don't know what music is.
Bullet For My Valentine is from frustrations... Dissatisfaction... & much more... Who voted for A7x? This band sings of reality between love & hate... This is a band who can piss off others on stage... I don't know what these people means about metal... But surely they just don't get Bullet For My Valentine from heart... Bullet For My Valentine doesn't write in the name of lyrics.. They are the reality.. Crushing riffs.. Harmonized lead lines.. Excellent drum patterns... Bullet For My Valentine calls for pain... This a heavy metal band... Anyone having doubt about this can go and check their knowledge about different subdivisions of metal genre... Bullet For My Valentine IS THE BEST...
This band makes all such types of songs which are of true meanings and also has real feelings. Give extra votes to the top band. This is a band which makes songs from heart. None of its songs are meaningless. We Can take the example of Heart burst into fire.
Bullet for my valentine should be number 2 next to a7xV 49 Comments
They seriously need to be higher. At least top 15, The Blackening was one of the groove metal albums that can be listened to over and over. Listen to Halo & Beautiful Mourning and you'll see what I mean. Absolutely love them. - ViitalShadow
Machine Head's UNTO THE LOCUST! Listen to it! Review of reviewers it 10/10! B*tch -. - - joaocarvalho
Black Veil brides is above Machine head. Who bought the twelve year olds computers?
We need to get Machine Head to the top ten. please help me.V 10 Comments
Love killswitch great guitar riffs My Curse is an awesome song.
Did you ever listen to When Darkness Falls by Killswitch Engage? Try it then...
The best band in the world in my opinion. With utterly brilliant and unique drumming and guitarist skills they blow minds of many metalers around the world to this day.
I agree on this one!
Breathe life,for you're not alone...breathe life...inside your hear of stone...awesome,...V 11 Comments
Five Finger Death Punch is a killer metal band. If you have never heard of them you should really listen to some of my favorite songs "100 Ways to Hate", "Remember Everything", "No One Gets Left Behind".
Badass band and amazing work on their albums, war is the answer is possibly the greatest metal album released in the past 10 years, Not to mention they came over to play for us when I was deployed to Iraq, it was the greatest concert ever
I'm not going to spend much time on this because I don't want a fan war, but the only reason they fall into 8th is because they are a fairly new band, and because it's a little difficult to relate to them.
Needs to go way up on the listV 52 Comments
Between the Buried and Me are the greatest modern progressive death metal band, who also are the greatest progressive death metal band of all time already. They are the Metallica of progressive death.
24th? These guys are doing what a lot of metal isn't doing nowadays: being creative. Listen to Parallax II, Colors or Alaska to see what I mean!
They are MODERN metal
They have great drummer
Just listen them they'll impress you for sure
Nothing to say, if you have not heard them, then try them. No need to say anything else due to the fact that when you've heard them you will know that they are good. Well that is if you like metal and want to be able to hear the lyrics.
Great music. Vocals, drums, guitars, they got it all. Lyrics are pretty badass
This band is amazing anyone that thinks otherwise go get your ears checked
Should be in the top 5 at least.
Fantastic songwriting, heavy dual guitar attack, a great rhythm section and a very talented vocalist. It's a shame they're so low on the list, check out anything off their latest album and you won't be disappointed. Great live, too.
Have you seen these guys live? Worth every penny!
A must see live. They sound the same on the radio as they do live. Very rare
THE BEST!V 3 Comments
Alice in Chains is grunge... - DavidBondra
Are you kidding me, bb is the best should be in the top tens. They have about 50 songs, each one is breath taking. Every song is amazing, not one song you won't like. Why are they 23?
Whats wrong! This is an amazing band deserves to be in top 10, the melody, with metal in the chorus and touching lyrics the best combination ever!
Breaking Benjamin has been shifting through this list. I feel like they should, at least, be in the top 15. They haven't made a single bad song (that I've heard) and are my second favorite band (not that my opinion matters, but I just thought I'd point that out).
They should be number1V 8 Comments
The reason why they are down here is because they are not classified as a "Modern" band. Their first album came out in 83. They are worthy of this list but don't necessarily belong on it.
Not really good for their modern stuff, but their old stuff (80s) is just amazing.
They are what is known as metal gods. They brought metal back to Earth, and without them, this argument would be invalid. And their new stuff has gone back to their original style, and nothing is going to stop them
They are down.Because they are mainly classic metal.But,they have Death Magnetic,Hardwired...to Self-Destruct and St.Anger as modern Albums.But St.ANger sucked - wriddhakV 15 Comments
I remember the first time I listened to Havok, instantly fell in love with them. They’re probably the best modern thrash band in my opinion.
I know that these guys aren't modern metal but I think just because of the influence that they have had on every single band on this list they deserve to be number one. Not to mention the amazing body of work they have put out over the last 40 years.
LOL, metal can't get more modern than this - Metal_Treasure
Some of the pioneers of metal deserve to be on the list
So the first are modern? - SoldierOfFortuneV 2 Comments
Dream Theater changed music, they truly are one of the most talented bands of all time.
The members make out songs from heart and the music too is heart touching. It sings and can sing all kind of songs.
Plain and Simple... they are BEAST! - fireinside96
Wouldn't consider them that modern. Most of their albums rule.V 4 Comments
Definitely one of the best modern metal bands, the vocalist can do it all. One of the best singers out there. The guitarist bassist and drummer are all solid as well
One of the best modern metal bands. The voice is amazing!
Maiden is a classic metal band & that's the main reason they're rotting down at #56. They don't really belong on this list in particular although they are one of the top 5 best metal bands in general.
They have been around since 175 and they are still awesome. I have been listening to them all my life, as my parents are fans, and I have always lovd them. I admit the vocals may not suit what they are singing but that is't a factor for my opinion in music to be honest though I'm not saying it isn't important. However I find the songs very catchy and I don't see why they are so far down in the list
Should be number two behind Avenged Sevenfold.
2015 Album folks. - wriddhakV 2 Comments
Korn may have defined the genre of "Nu Metal" according to the "media," but in all actuality they are not so easily classified. I freely admit that a few of their albums have missed the mark. However, when they get it right, they are a force to be reckoned with. They are the only band, I can think of, that that has managed to try something different every time they've released new music. Not only do they try new things, but in doing so still manage to have a unique and recognizable sound. Of all the bands on this list, they should certainly be in the top three. Whether one wants to call them "Nu Metal," "Alterna-Metal" or something a bit harder to define, Korn has been rocking out for 23 years. They defined a genre and beyond. They're coming out with their 11th album in October, 2016.
Such an amazing band
Even if you don't like them you can't deny that they are influential and influenced amazing bands like system of a down and slipknot they have 11 albums and still have great diversity.
KoRn at 25? Really? They should be at the top 10.****off. - wriddhak
Alter Bridge is the most underrated band I know. It is my favorite band, and people need to give it a shot. Every band-member is a brilliant musician at their own field. I guess you either love or hate Kennedy's voice, but I think it is best in the business. Their new album is coming in a month, everybody needs to buy it, you won't regret it. ALTER BRIDGE
Hey, check out Mark Tremonti's solo album All I Was. It shows his guitar chops and his vocal and songwriting abilities! He makes Alter Bridge one of the best modern rock bands!
Unique singer, both amazing guitar players with heartbreaking solos and lots music knowledge, also cool messages in their lyrics. Definitively one of the best modern metal bands, a lot of heavy stuff but you can catch the sound, which I think is the thing of Modern Metal
This Great band with excellent musicians and this amazing singer has to be in the top 3.V 5 Comments
Are you KIDDING ME? This band has the BEST modern metal song: Your Disease. Click Click Boom is also up there as one of the best. Slipknot and Disturbed are also great
They aren't metal to begin with - Metal_Treasure
The bands on the top spots of this list aren't even metal - Metal_Treasure
DragonForce might me studio-cheats, or not, I dunno. But nonetheless, their last three albums have been their best yet, and I really dig what they're doing. They embrace modern technology and make extreme power metal, and that's what you get.
Helloween are better.
THE BEST POWER METAL BAND IN HISTORY!
- Through the fire and flames
- Fury of the storm
- Cry thunder
- Three hammers
THIS SHOULD BE number 1 FOR GOD'S SAKEV 2 Comments
Why is Metallica modern metal band? So as megadeath. This band has the best screamer/growler, insane drummer and a nice swift guitarist. Also the bassist owns because his clean vocal just makes me piss on my pants
These guys are awesome sucks Tim's a douche
I love this band
There are many metalcore band I called trash because they using to many palm muting style and poppy clean vocal but this? this band is differentV 1 Comment
The greatest death metal band I've ever heard
THIS BANDS AMS SOOS BRUTALS!
Behemoth is just amazing. Insane vocals and powerful music. Brutal
An exceptional extreme band. Their last album, The Satanist, is one of the best albums I've ever heard. Truly dark, heavy and inspirational.
Extremely cool band with their own, unique and very technical sound.
Its evile come on
By far the best metal band in this list.
Yes I know "they deserve a betta pwace on dis list, what sorcery is wis? 1? 1! ". Again, this is my opinion. I love their music, but it's screamo. It's very difficult to impossible to understand the first time, and difficult to relate to. They also seem to focus a lot on 2 things: fast solos, and even faster chorus.
GreatesT Band On Earth In FLAMES WE TRUST
They take all the essential ingredients of original (New wave of British) heavy metal, and perform it better than most of the original bands did back in the day. Perhaps they are too retro for some people, but I think heavy metal was at its finest in the early 80's.
Old School of Heavy Metal lml
Yes Australian metal at its greatest
Papa Roach was one of those bands that made their bones in the "Nu Metal" era. When the "Nu Metal" ship sank, they crossed over to Alterna-Metal to stay relevant. Basically, they dropped the hip hop element of their music that defined many "Nu Metal" bands and was used prominently on their breakthrough album, "Infest." These guys get a lot of flak however, I think they deserve more respect. They did put out some good music from time to time. I still crank "Forever" from time to time. Mostly when I'm drunk, but still...
Seriously just stop, not only are they not metal they make bad music regardless - imabigpotato
This isn't really metal, although they do have a guilty pleasure for me or two.
Kinda metal I guess but not rly - EliHbkV 1 Comment
This is one of my favorite bands of all time. Sure not all they're songs are metal, but the same goes for Avenged Sevenfold, hell even Metallica isn't die hard metal. Truth of the matter is that they do use a lot of metal elements, especially since they're 2015 album titled Human (an amazingly awesome album) and their earlier works are almost using metal elements. So anyone who wants to dis the band cause "they're not metal" can suck it cause like or not they a lot of stuff that's heavier than modern Metallica, so it's just hypocrisy in my opinion. Overall this band is amazing, they have never released a bad album, not a bad song either, so I feel they deserve more credit.
Three Days Grace is one of my favorite bands, sure they don't do metal exclusively but the metal songs they do are amazing, they should definitely be in the top 15
Three days grace consists of Brad Walst, Neil Sanderson, and Barry Stock. They produced many head banging songs such as "Pain" and "Chalk Outline". They truly show what a metal band is. They have produced 4 studio albums, and they are mainly alternative/ hard rock but are also alternative metal and post-grunge.
I like some of their songs, but they're not really metal.
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