Best Modern Metal Bands
The Top Ten
They get a lot of flack from the older generation of metalheads (I know I was one that use to bash them all the time). But when you sit down and listen to their music you cannot deny the talent. Sinister gates solo on The stage (song) is one of my all time favorite guitar solos in any genre. That being said, if I were to give the mantle of best modern metal band I would have to go with Gojira. Theyve done more to shake things up in the genre In my opinion. But A7x is a great band and I can't wait till their next album.
Even though these guys are pretty popular, people keep looking them over as just another band. Their music is everything but the ordinary. From the rapid fire drums from the Rev (RIP Jimmy) to the upbeat kicks by Wackerman or the melodic yet sharp melodies from Synyster Gates to the harsh and clean vocals of Matt Shadows, Avenged Sevenfold definitely deserve more love and the number one spot on this list. 🤘
The versatility, the musicianship, the tribute to classic metal, with the addition and willingness to experiment with something new that has not been beat to death, all contribute to how great this band is. Oh yeah... and Syn Gates is INCREDIBLE, his tone? His feel? Is he a technical virtuoso the likes of Steve Vai or Paul Gilbert? Maybe not quite there, (though he is certainly close, and possibly just as good but prefers to do things more musical? ), but his ability to create this wicked mesh of dark carnival meats metal meats classical meats every other style you've heard, is just insane. Everybody is this band is super skilled... and M Shadows is the male Janis Joplin of metal/hard rock in my opinion...
Avenged Sevenfold is the epitome of modern metal. In my opinion, they are literally perfect. M. Shadows is an awesome vocalist and the lyrics often focus on the darker side of human nature and the realities of life. Every other one of their members is also incredibly skilled, Zachy is an amazing rhythm guitarist, Johnny is an awesome bass guitarist, and the Rev is one of the best modern drummers ever. But my favorite thing about this band has to be Synyster Gates. Holy crap. This guy is the definition of a modern guitar god and his solos are some of the most badass and ear-pleasing solos that I have ever heard. My favorite thing about Rock and Metal is the guitar and Avenged Sevenfold is special to me because they place lots of emphasis on the guitar and Johnny, Zachy, and Synyster combined create some of the most badass solos and riffs ever that I could headbang to all day long. These guys really combine classic metal with modern metal in their own distinct style to make some of the ...more
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.
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.
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!
I am not a slipknot fan but respect the skill they have. I do believe the Rev was a better drummer than Joey (RIP Rev) as you can see in songs like beast and harlot and bat country. When comparing vocals it is a personal preference and I believe Syn has given more memorable solos. Both are metal but slipknot is closer to death metal and A7X is closer to thrash metal. Please stop tearing down an amazing band as they are very good and over looked by music critics.
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 is real heavy metal and Avenged Sevenfold is not. Slipknot has made one of the greatest albums ever with their debut. Then they made one of the heaviest albums of all time with IOWA. Then in 2014 they changed the metal genre with.5: The Grey Chapter. Slipknot wears the best outfits of any metal band and their live shows are amazing. Slipknot is #1 by a long shot.
Bullet For My Valentine is good and it deserves to be in top 3 but I think that avenged sevenfold is overrated its music is nothing compared to slipknot. Slipknot has its own unique music. The band is the best metal band I have ever know. No other band can be as great as slipknot.slipknot lyrics are just awesome also no one can beat them when it comes to stage perfomances. Slipknot musiccan suit any feeling of a person. Its aggresive as well smooth at times. Slipknot songs do bring positivity inpeople.Maggot for life and R.I.P Paul
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.
LOG are metal veterans they have been in the running for years they are the real pros how can you put these bands before LOG, they shouldn't be anywhere on this list (except for Slipknot). Bands like Bullet For My Valentine are closer to teenage pop than metal come on. Don't even get me started with Avenged Sevenfold.
Lamb of God is in my opinion one of the best bands that ever existed. I understand that people chose a7x because of Jimmy "the rev" Sullivan (R.I.P. ), but when I think of metal, Lamb of God is what gets on my mind. Also, both Slayer and Metallica aren't modern metal bands. They are amazing, but don't belong in this list.
Gojira is on their own level right now, when I think about newish fresh metal I think of them. Definitely one of my favorite bands out. I'm a huge Opeth fan, but they have gone progressive rock now (which I love as well) for the past 10 years so I can't really consider them modern metal, but those two bands (I would add mastodon as well) have done more for metal than any of these blast beat emotionless growl nonsense that's taken metal by the balls. I love A7x as well but no way are they number 1.
Gojira has good depth, can go from beautiful to brutal in a
well timed transition, with beats reminiscent of the heaviest of metal sub-genres to the likes of math rock and jazz. Great at conveying emotion without coming off as hacks or cheesy. Well thought-out, unpretentious progressive metal without sacrificing heaviness or heart.
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.
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.
They're amazingly diverse in their compositions, and pull it off almost every time. They've got the straight up metal songs (Toxicity, Jet Pilot, B.Y.O.B., Cigaro, Prison Song, etc...), they've got their more wacky, out there songs (Vicinity of Obscenity, Needles, Radio/Video, Violent Pornography, Bounce, etc...) and they've got their wonderful, ballad style songs (Aerials, Hypnotize, Soldier Side, Question!, etc...), and it all works so well. They're recognizable almost instantly, and have great musicianship, especially in the vocals section, with Serj and Daron supplementing it nicely. Their drummer, John, is a serious force to be reckoned with, and while he's no Danny Carey (I saw you on this list, Tool. I still love you), he's really good at what he does, from the straight up blast beating to the progressive drumming. Daron's a great guitarist, able to pull off the fast paced tremolo of B.Y.O.B., as well as the progressive chord structuring of Question!. Overall, they're just a ...more
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 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!
sometimes it wouldn't hurt to say something nice to a modern band without calling it THE GREATEST BAND OF ALL TIME...
I voted for them best I'm a massive fan but theyve taken a different direction now so I can see why they wouldn't be number 1 for modern metal bands since they technically don't do metal anymore. But that doesn't mean they don't make beautiful music anymore, in fact the opposite, their new album is a proggy rock masterpiece.
Unique sound and song writing...a balanced combination of grunge and melodic vocals. Thoughtful Progressive tones & Swedish Metal collide.
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.
"Tasteful" is the best way to describe Opeth. When a songwriting god the likes of Steven Wilson not only endorses, but produces your product, you can rest assured that the content is quality stuff. Found within a genre of music saturated in the obnoxious, Opeth stands alone. That being said, nothing about Opeth is obnoxious, which, to me is why they stand out. Whether it be the dark evil that simply emanates from the album 'Blackwater Park', the grinding genius of 'Deliverance', or the slowed, melancholic passion of 'Damnation', every album has a brilliant sense of archetypal focus.
Trivium is the best modern metal band for a number of reasons.
1. They are very smart lyrically. A lot of their songs have a much deeper meaning than what's actually being sang.
2. Signature tone and guitar sound is something that Trivium has mastered.
3. They are flat out Raw power metal and badass live.
If you haven't checked them out before, go listen to Throes of Perdition, or the whole Shogun cd in general.
Trivium kicks ass!
Either this band or Opeth really deserve to be number one. They just define epic. I love how they combine extreme technicality with emotion and soulful playing. Their album "Shogun" is easily one of the best metal albums I've ever heard, and I've heard a LOT. I love all the bands on this list, but these guys are truly something else. Give their song "Into the Mouth of Hell We March" a listen.
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.
Sorry, but every single song Trivium writes is just a rip-off of other artists (especially Metallica and Iron Maiden). No way in hell that this crappy plagiarising band deserves anywhere near this list. The band members are also a bunch of egotistical douchebags.
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.
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!
These guys are easily one of the most "metal" bands on this list. Their riffs are so damn good, their singer is just amazing, every member of the band is really good at what they do, their songs are just so awesome, atmospheric, and aggressive, and they have never released a bad album or done anything wrong. I like Slipknot, but seriously? Slipknot above Disturbed? These guys are 150% better in literally every way. They are the masters of nu metal.
Disturbed is simply the greatest metal band in the modern day. Even though it is on hiatus it still carries songs to last for generations. Our kids and our kid's kids can listen to Disturbed years into the future, and still enjoy them. There is not much more that can be said. The others that ranked higher than Disturbed do not deserve the position they hold. Disturbed #1
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.
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.
One of the best bands in general. Forge is a genius. Love their music, their lyrics and their show.
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
Super underrated band definitely deserves to be in top 5 at least.
Meshuggah have never had a soft moment in their entire (almost 30 year) history. They are pretty much the driving inspiration and responsible for all the modern djent and prog metal bands calling themselves 'metal' but failing to be half as heavy, influential or long-lasting as these crazy bastards. Not to mention they absolutely destroy live shows. Insanely awesome band who deserve more cred.
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?
Meshuggah aren't really a "modern" metal band, they've been around since the late 80s. Not saying they're bad but they don't really belong on this list.
They are the best metal band ever.
Chester is an Amazing vocalist and his screams are awesome. They deserve to be first, although I'm happy to see avenged sevenfold on the top
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 don't care what genre Linkin Park is, but for me Linkin Park will always be a nu-metal band. The first three albums + hunting party are really good. Without LP I wouldn't listen any "real" or "aggressive" metal.
The best musics I have ever listened in this category. They can not be compared with others because Linkin Park have not root in the ground.
Come one this makes a True Metalhead sad to see all this crappy Metalcore and Nu Metal bands up there.
One of the more talented metal bands out there that aren't metalcore
History and mythology and metal.
Amon amarth should be #1
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
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.
This band... You can say about many of METAL BANDS that they have awesome guitars and awesome drums - WHICH KILLSWITCH ENGAGE has (one of the best in my humble opinion). But while many prefer different guitar tunning, playing and riffing THERE's ONE THING THAT KILLSWITCH HAS AND OTHER METAL BANDS don't HAVE. VOICE OF HOWARDS JONES (lead singer) AND ADAM DUTKEWITZ (lead guitarist).
LiStEn To ThE SoNg BREAK THE SILENCE. Listen To It AS WHOLE.
This is one of the best bands to see live! saw them with; pop evil, I prevail, in this moment, and five finger death punch.
Their cover of Holy Diver is their best song. Holy Diver's guitar solo is the best!
Modern metal - Watch Danny Carey live on the drums during a performance of "Pnuema" and you can begin to appreciate the raw talent these guys bring to the table. TOOL always challenge their audience to use their brains. Some seriously difficult time signature changes & poly-rhythms few bands can master.
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 just one of those unique bands. If you were to take this band and compare them with Avenged Sevenfold, five finger...etc. Tool is on a whole new level. Tool has songs that have deep meaning and multiple views for interpretations. To me they have the old school recipes for making genuinely amazing songs that create a timeless atmosphere. The others... Create mainstream success but are shortly forgotten.
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
Alice in Chains is grunge...
The brutal sound 5fdp can produce is incredible. There's no other like that. Ivan's screaming and singing vocals with the dual guitars of Jason Hook and Zoltan Bathory is just a great combo. Not to mention, they can also still manage to do softer songs and ballads which are also pretty good. Though, the best thing about them is the messages they put in their songs. Some of them are great for venting anger. Some of them are great for getting a true message voiced. Some of them are relatable. Some of them are all of those, such as "Stranger Than Fiction". They're just the best in my opinion.
These guys are underrated. they are way better live than just hearing blue on black get overplayed on some out of town radio station
Awesome members, live shows, instrumentals, lyrics, vocals, and everything desirable in metal. On par with Slipknot. They make amazing groove metal, the best sub-genra of metal in my opinion. They create brutal headbangers like The Way of the Fist and Dying Breed, but also know how to slow things down a bit for tracks like Far From Home and Battle Born. Amazing band.
Best Metal Band in the world right now. The musicality and talent of these guys far surpasses most of the bands on this list. You can hear the roots of metal coming through every song, but this is something uniquely powerful. Anthems for a new generation. Thank you 5FDP for restoring an old guy's faith in metal!
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).
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!
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?
I will not say that they belong on top spot but this bands definitely deserves to be in top ten
This is the best band in existence. Saw them in london ontario with 4 other bands a leigh kakaty (the lead singer) jumped in the crowd right in front of me and my dad.
This band is just EPIC! Their new album, Onyx RUULLEES! Welcome To Reality, Trenches, Fly Away, and more... What's not to like.
If you have never heard of this band, look up Last Man Standing and Trenches. You will not regret it. This band is going to become a hit - I know it.
Pop evil is my inspiration for doing music. It is the reason I have my own band "Breaking of the Lamb." I like to listen to "torn to pieces." when I am depressed. they have helped me wright my hit song Alpacca WArs. This is the best band in the UnIVersE... !?
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!
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.
So many different types of songs. Really written for music lovers. Brilliant writing!
Pop Evil and Bullet For My Valentine ahead of Volbeat? Are you kidding me? At least they're ahead of 5FDP...
A must see live. They sound the same on the radio as they do live. Very rare
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.