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.
What makes A7x unique is that they don’t really have a specific target audience. They’re not *just* a band for tough guys or emo kids or anyone else for that matter. And although they definitely have a recognizable sound, they have experimented with everything from metalcore to country to power ballads to putting an album out that was 50% covers.
I discovered Avenged Sevenfold three years ago and am now a shamelessly obsessed fangirl who knows all of their songs and has also read up on their bios. Personally, what I love most about this band is their ability to express raw emotion in a way that comes off as very mature. Most of the modern metal/rock bands I’ve listened to either come off as whiny or macho, but A7x always manages to sound heartfelt while still sounding badass.
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!
Avenged Sevenfold and Slipknot above Mastodon? are you kidding me Mastodon is way better than those 2 bands combinedV 28 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?
Slipknot and Avenged Sevenfold are both greatV 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
Super solid all around Band. They do nothing wrong and are fairly new. Unfortunately they are kind of...not current. I'm pretty sure they ran into legal trouble over some stuff lost a lot of moneyV 32 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.
Best growls in metal
Saddest and most beautiful melodies in metal
Best composition in metal
And overall badassness
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!
Really why is bullet for my valentine ahead of them. They should rather be 1-2V 42 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!
Easily the best most varied band on this list. They manage to find the the perfect mix of melodic and heavy, and making sure it stays memorable in the process.V 32 Comments
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!
Superb in every matter. Better vocals, guitars, atmosphere and intelligent texts.V 29 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
Gojira are geniuses. What they're able to produce aesthetically and technically with their music makes them the best out there. Every album of theirs is a masterpiece. They might be appreciated more years from now, but they're being undersold at the moment.V 14 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?
Eh.. but anyway it's better than top-10
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
Definitely up there. Sonic brew was groove metal masteryV 5 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.
Should be much higherV 12 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.
Their lyrics and their music are just wonderful. Their music comes straight from their heart and reach all of the fans hearts.V 48 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!
Well they just need to be higher here. - MaxStickiesV 15 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!
The very best, see by yourself!V 10 Comments
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.
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.
They're not even metal, they never were metal! They're a rock band mixed with techno/rap. They're not even Nu-Metal.
Guys the reason Linkin Park shouldn't be in the top is because they are more hard rock than metal. Alternative rock to be exact.
Agreed, while they're a fantastic band I find them more Alternative than ever. Still a good band though. - cjWriter1997
BestV 17 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
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?
Been listening to them my whole life! I will always love themV 8 Comments
Alice in Chains is grunge... - DavidBondra
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.
Volbeat needs to be way higher on this list. They are extremely underrated and very talented. Their throwback pop-metal/hard rock style is unmatched by many bands. - Elijah_Cook
Have you seen these guys live? Worth every penny!
Best metal band out there. Monster vocalsV 3 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!
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
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
DT is my favorite band, but they aren't really modernV 3 Comments
Grindcore garbage. Not worth your time. - Elijah_Cook
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
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
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.
Awesome band deserves to be in top ten. - Elijah_Cook
THE BEST POWER METAL BAND IN HISTORY!
- Through the fire and flames
- Fury of the storm
- Cry thunder
- Three hammers
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.
This is a terrible band. Their music is over-produced, cheesy and unoriginal. If you want real metal listen to Trivium. - Elijah_CookV 46 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!
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
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
At first,I thought they were country! - wriddhakV 4 Comments
29? Are you kidding me? All of the top 28 sound the same with few exceptions. This band, along with BTBAM and Dream Theater ARE modern metal/metalcore. I challenge you to A. Find one song that sounds at least somewhat similar to another within one of these bands, and B. Find one song that sounds similar out of all these artists combined. There aren't any. They are creativity at it's finest and have shaped metal and metalcore to what it is today. Each of these bands should be in the top 10 at least, and in my opinion top 5. Every single song they have ever put together are masterpieces in themselves, and the complete albums are heavenly gifts. If you haven't listened to either of these bands, you haven't listened to metal/core at all.
August Burns Red is so underrated. They should be higher up. And why are bands like Three Days Grace on here! I love them but they are definitely NOT metal.
So under rated what the hell people they should at least be like number 3
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.
These guys are not modern metal but were still awesome. - Elijah_Cook
All the singles are good and the vocals too but the meanings don't match.
So the first are modern? - SoldierOfFortuneV 1 Comment
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
Listen to Parallels and you'll fall in love. What's sad is this band once claimed to be a Christian band but then their singer was a total jerk. - Elijah_Cook
These guys are awesome sucks Tim's a douche
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 2 Comments
The greatest death metal band I've ever heard
THIS BANDS AMS SOOS BRUTALS!
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
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
Extremely cool band with their own, unique and very technical sound.
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.V 1 Comment
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
These guys are extremely talented, they are masters of songwritting.
Great power stoner metal band
Amazing band should be higher
Yes I know. You are all like ugh this band sucks now. No they don't. I agree that if Dave Williams were here they might have topped disturbed and I feel bad that his tragic heart attack by cardiomypathy ended his career at only 30. He is one of the greatest metal singers to step foot on earth. If they produced more songs, they would be #1. Two of my favorites are "Bodies" and "All over me", however "Sinner", and other songs dominated my playlist. Lets move on.C.J. pierce, Mike Luce, Stevie Benton, and Jasen Moreno are now the members. This band basically died off after their first few albums, and it's a shame. They really had it. And one death Messes it all up.
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