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 this list most of these aren't even metal bands and some of these aren't even modern bands - germshep24
AWESOME SONGSV 146 Comments
Unique, powerful and brutal metal band that always deliver and embrace there fans as brothers. Maggot 4 life!
Best metal band ever
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?V 93 Comments
Mastodon are, in a word, unique. The fact that three of the band members sing keeps their music fresh all the time. Also, their music has clean and NOT growling vocals like most modern metal bands and this sets them aside from the majority of metal bands. Their song structures vary from song to song and this also contributes to distinguish them from the norm. Mastodon have progressive rock elements in their music and this also is a positive factor which ensures they maintain that unpredictability in their music. In not so many words: they're not a boring band.
The number of epic albums from this band is staggering. The music is complex, intense, and so damn interesting. Hard to get tired of listening to a Mastodon album because there are so many things to take in, that you hear something new each time you listen. The members have virtuoso-level skills on their instruments. They have a unique sound, and they really put themselves into their music.
I love Avenged Sevenfold and Trivium, but they pale in comparison with the great creativity and technicality of Mastodon. - MattAffterburner
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).V 34 Comments
New hero of metal after Pantera
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.
Carrying the groove legacy that Pantera started, these guys are worlds better than any other modern metal band. - MetalPope
Lamb of god practically redefined metal come on peopleV 38 Comments
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.
Undoubtably one of the finest metal drummers of all time. Mario Duplantier.
Best riffs, best live vocals, best drumming in modern metal
UnderratedV 24 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.
Opeth consists of high class musicians and have delivered strong melodies with interesting dynamics and tempo changes over the last two decades. It was just a year ago since I discovered this band. Now I own every single album and will remain a fan forever. One of the top bands of all time!
Sadly, the majority of musical consumers want their instant "fix" through catchy choruses and won't invest the time to let more complex compositions grow on them. Not so talented bands/artists constantly get media attention and commercial success due to their looks, a "cool" image, a single massive hit or through releasing a few 3-4 minute radio-friendly songs that consist of the chorus from beginning to end. A year later the songs that were considered great compositions are considered embarrassing and will never be played again. I don't mind a catchy chorus, but to me those wouldn't be as good without interesting verses and/or instrumental parts in between.
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
Might not be as great as Mastodon, but they deserve higher than #8. - MattAffterburner
They should be no1. They have consistently been making great albums and never disappoint!
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!
Trivium is a convergence of mastery and talent. Harmony of their music combined with different vocal approaches becomes more and more robust from album to album.V 36 Comments
Nobody has more great songs than BLS. Nobody. Period.
I'm # 1, but I like this band better than the others...
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.V 7 Comments
They should be among the top 5. Compared to A7x, they are far more better
Modern? how can a band founded it 85 (with another name) be modern? they are only 2 years younger than megadeth who are considered dad metal
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.V 8 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
Saw Ghost live recently and have to say they were possibly the best band I've ever seen live. Cardinal Copia controlled the crowd like no other and the whole audience sang along with every lyric. These guys deserve to be way bigger.
They have their own style. Amazing. Love. Deserves better rate
Unique and amazing...
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.V 16 Comments
Raise your horns!
Amon amarth should be #1
#2 behind Machine Head
One of the more talented metal bands out there that aren't metalcoreV 1 Comment
It amazes me that people still think and ever thought this band was metal, It isn't. - Soulstealer
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.
I know they are not metal but they are my all time favourite band.
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_221bV 21 Comments
Needs to go way up on the list
The vocals are amazing in songs like The Bleeding while also maintaining hard roots. The guitar is recognizable and fun while the drums are out of control and excellent. Best metal band today. And they put on a more fun show than anyone out there
Great vocal and brutal intruments, the best band, great titles. Can I say.V 53 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!
Their cover of Holy Diver is their best song. Holy Diver's guitar solo is the best!V 11 Comments
This BORING band deserves no place on this list. They are not metal but, they suck anyway. Maynard James Keenan along with his idiotic band's fanbase are the worst kind of people on this earth. This is an uncreative, bland, and downright horrible band.
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
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
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!V 17 Comments
Alice in Chains is grunge... - DavidBondra
I love BB but they aren't metal. - Soulstealer
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).V 9 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.
This band is just the core of rock. Every single one of the tracks on onyx are just masterpiece, especially fly away and trenches. Even lipstick on the mirror is great. This band IS rock!V 8 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
Best metal band out there. Monster vocals
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!V 3 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.
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!
Epica is #47? I'm losing faith in humanity...
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
This Great band with excellent musicians and this amazing singer has to be in the top 3.
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
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!V 5 Comments
The bands on the top spots of this list aren't even metal - Metal_Treasure
No question about it they're number 1, they do not have a single bad album and have continued to produce a consistent standard of great heavy metal music for over twenty years
We need to get Machine Head to the top ten. please help me.
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 -. - - joaocarvalhoV 10 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.
They hammered a school with a law suit when a fan got suspended for wearing a 'Korn' t-shirt...V 3 Comments
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
Dragon force OWNZ! Where is killswitch engage? THEY DESERVE TO BE IN THIS LIST!V 2 Comments
Its evile come on
Extremely cool band with their own, unique and very technical sound.
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.
This band is a really creative band that can make you feel intense emotions with their song writing choices and their lyrics, I definitely recommend them.
Talented and unique guys. The top spots of this list are taken by generic non-metal bands and the list sucks. - Metal_Treasure
These guys are extremely talented, they are masters of songwritting.
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.
Great power stoner metal band
Amazing band should be higher
They are not metal
You might as well put one direction on here if this is considered metal.
This is not metal why is this even here
Not really metalV 4 Comments
One of the best and most influencial band in the modern technical death metal scene, these guys are also very creative and insanely talented.
Theas guys kinda suck
They aren't metal to begin with - Metal_Treasure
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
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
Kinda metal I guess but not rly - EliHbk
This isn't really metal, although they do have a guilty pleasure for me or two.V 1 Comment
The greatest death metal band I've ever heard
THIS BANDS AMS SOOS BRUTALS!
These guys are legendary! Forefathers and ground-breakers of modern metal as we know it today. Too bad people don't give them their rightful credit...
Come on now people... How are these guys not on the list?
Belongs In Top Ten.
Wouldn't consider them that modern. Most of their albums rule.
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! - fireinside96V 4 Comments
They influenced countless metal bands and have been thrashing souls for 3 decades.
No way slayer can't be behind useless bands like the sword
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