Best Modern Metal Bands

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21 Machine Head Machine Head Machine Head is an American heavy metal band from Oakland, California. Formed on October 12, 1991, the group was founded by vocalist and guitarist Robb Flynn and bassist Adam Duce. They have received great critical success especially for their album "The Blackening" which is considered a modern metal more.

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 them

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22 Pop Evil

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!

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

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

They have the best singer, Michael Poulsen is awesome. they also have great guitar solos.

24 Havok Havok Havok is an American thrash metal band from Denver, Colorado. Formed in 2004, their members currently consist of David Sanchez, Nick Schendzielos, Pete Webber, and Reece Scruggs.
25 Metallica Metallica Metallica is an American Thrash Metal band formed in 1981 . The original lineup was James Hetfield (Vocalist and Rhythm guitarist), Dave Mustaine (Lead Guitar), Lars Ulrich (Drums), Ron McGovney (Bassist). The group came into mainstream from their Self-Titled album and the hit single "Enter Sandman". more.

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

1. They are not modern
2. Even if they were, all their material post...And Justice For All has been rather weak.
3. At their prime though, they smash every metal band ever aside from Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath - DavidBondra

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26 Cattle Decapitation Cattle Decapitation Cattle Decapitation is an American Deathgrind band from San Diego, California formed in 1996. Cattle Decapitation's songs protest the mistreatment and consumption of animals, the abuse of the environment and touch subjects such as misanthropy and genocide of the human race. Much of their music is based more.
27 Between the Buried and Me Between the Buried and Me Between the Buried and Me is an American progressive metal band from Raleigh, North Carolina. Formed in 2000, the band consists of Tommy Giles Rogers, Jr.

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
Really heavy

28 Korn Korn Korn is an American Nu-Metal band from Bakersfield, California, formed in 1993. The band's current lineup includes founding members Jonathan Davis, James "Munky" Shaffer, Brian "Head" Welch, and Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu, with the addition of Ray Luzier, who replaced the band's original member, David more.

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...

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29 High on Fire High on Fire High on Fire is an American heavy metal band from Oakland, California, that was formed in 1998. Matt Pike, the band's frontman and founder, also plays guitar for the influential stoner doom band Sleep. V 1 Comment
30 Soilwork Soilwork Soilwork is a Swedish melodic death metal band from Helsingborg. They are signed to Nuclear Blast. Formed in late 1995 by Björn Strid and Peter Wichers, originally under the name Inferior Breed, the band changed their name in late 1996 to Soilwork.

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!

31 Breaking Benjamin Breaking Benjamin Breaking Benjamin is a American post-grunge/alternative metal band formed in 1998. The bands members all changed in the time between 2010 to 2014, with the exception of Ben Burnley (Vocals). The Ex-Members included Chad Szeliga (Drums), Aaron Fink (Guitar) and Mark Klepaspi (Bass). more.

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).

48?! Are you kidding me? These guys are awesome!

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32 Alter Bridge Alter Bridge Alter Bridge is an American rock band from Orlando, Florida, formed in 2004. The band consists of lead vocalist and guitarist Myles Kennedy, lead guitarist and backing vocalist Mark Tremonti, bassist Brian Marshall, and drummer Scott Phillips.

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!

I LOVE Alter Bridge, but aren't they more Hard Rock? - cjWriter1997

Best band ever!

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33 Dragonforce Dragonforce DragonForce are a British power metal band based in London, England. Formed in 1999, the group are known for their long and fast guitar solos, fantasy-themed lyrics, and electronic sounds in their music to add to their retro video game-influenced sound.

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.

Dragon force OWNZ! Where is killswitch engage? THEY DESERVE TO BE IN THIS LIST!


- Through the fire and flames
- Fury of the storm
- Cry thunder
- Three hammers

Helloween are better.

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34 Obscura Obscura Obscura is a German technical death metal band from Landshut, Germany, founded in 2002. The band became prominent when members of Necrophagist and Pestilence joined Steffen Kummerer to release the critically acclaimed second full-length album, Cosmogenesis. The band was named after the Gorguts album more.
35 Black Sabbath Black Sabbath Black Sabbath are a Heavy Metal band formed in Birmingham, England in 1968 by guitarist and songwriter Tony Iommi, Singer Ozzy Osbourne, Bassist and Main Lyricist Geezer Butler and Drummer Bill Ward . The band got into mainstream after improving after their debut album got negative feedback . In 1978, more.

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.

All the singles are good and the vocals too but the meanings don't match.

No Sabbath - no metal.

36 As I Lay Dying As I Lay Dying As I Lay Dying is an American metalcore band from San Diego, California. Founded in 2000 by vocalist Tim Lambesis, the establishment of the band's first full lineup, which included drummer Jordan Mancino, occurred in 2001. As I Lay Dying has released six albums, one split album, and two compilation more.

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

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 different

This is crap why is this on this list

37 Dethklok Dethklok Dethklok is both a virtual band featured in the Adult Swim animated program Metalocalypse and a real band created to perform the band's melodic death metal music in live shows. Both bands were created by Brendon Small and Tommy Blacha. more.

The greatest death metal band I've ever heard

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38 Iron Maiden Iron Maiden Iron Maiden are an English heavy metal band formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. They were known for some big hits such as The Trooper, and The Number of the Beast, and have released 16 studio albums . The New Wave of British Heavy Metal Pioneers would more.

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.

The music is fantastic but the lyrics don't suit the reason of their music.

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39 Saliva Saliva Saliva is an American rock band formed in Memphis, Tennessee in 1996. Saliva released their self-titled debut album on August 26, 1997, through Rockingchair Records, a record label owned and operated by Mark Yoshida, who recorded and produced the release at his studio, Rockingchair Studios.

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

40 Papa Roach Papa Roach Papa Roach is an American rock band from Vacaville, California. Formed in 1993, their first major-label release was the triple-platinum album Infest.

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.

At least Papa roach deserve to be in tge top 10, they are a true metal band m/

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