Top Christian Metal Bands

Christian metal bands exist in all the metal subgenres. What is the best band?

The Top Ten

1 August Burns Red August Burns Red is an American metalcore band from Manheim, Pennsylvania. Formed in 2003, the group began their first performances while a majority of the members were attending their senior year of high school, and soon began playing shows around Lancaster, before being signed to CI Records. Afterwards, ...read more.

Amazing riffs! Epic screaming! Drummer just ROCKS! And they have some songs that aren't just neutral, but also Christian! Defender, Whitewashed, and Redemption to name a few.

The best metal band that I've ever heard... Their vocals have great range and clarity, their guitarists are very talented, and their drummer is probably the most skilled I have heard. On top of that, their lyrics are the most moving of any metal band. All those who agree with me, help bring ABR to the top of this list.

Their ability to write such complex music is unfathomable. God is good!

Best band ever. Them and For Today

2 Demon Hunter Demon Hunter is an American Christian metal band from Seattle, Washington, started in 2000 by brothers Don Clark and Ryan Clark. Although the brothers created the band together, only Ryan remains, since Don left the band to take care of his family.

Sometimes their songs don't make sense at first. But I looked up the meaning of the words (and some Bible searching), and there is a TON of really deep theology in their songs! It blew me away, and helped deepen my faith! Plus, Ryan Clark has a REALLY nice voice and can scream understandable words! Really love this band!

Love this band's mix of screaming and clean vocals! Demon Hunter is so talented, their lyrics are great and they are amazing in concert!

I love metal because it calms me down. I find myself concentrating on all the different parts of the song other than the wailing and squawking. 'Collapsing' is definitely my favourite Demon Hunter and Metal song of all time. The only problem I face is trying to explain to my, non-metal fan, friends, their album covers.

Hands down, this is the greatest Christian metal band of all time. Been a fan since The Triptych record, which was one of my favorites. I've listened to many bands like August Burns Red, Impending Doom, Skillet, Living Sacrifice, Becoming the Archetype, Fit For A King. and they are all amazing! but I still think Demon Hunter should be at the top of the list. With Patrick Judge's mind blowing guitar solos, and how Ryan Clark can switch from angry growling to a beautiful melodic chorus, and of course Yogi Watts on drums. This band has talent. My two favorite songs have got to be Collapsing, and Undying. I also don't understand why Living Sacrifice is not even in the top 5. Demon Hunter is a great band and deserve to be recognized.

3 For Today For Today is an American Christian metalcore band from Sioux City, Iowa, formed in 2005. They are currently signed to Nuclear Blast Records.

Their songs are either upfront Christian messages, or It's tough theology like Demon Hunter. But I've yet to hear a song that could even be considered neutral, much less offensive or secular. Great ministry, plus their lead singer has a nice voice! Hope their music ministry is around a while longer!

Add devout Christian to metal, and this glorious creation is what you get.

As a Christian, I absolutely love this band because of their out in the open love and passion for Jesus Christ. They don't beat around the beat, or sugarcoat anything. They are very upfront. Disregarding the lyrics though, it's hard not to be impressed with the amazing unclean vocalist that is Mattie Montgomery. One of the few that you can really feel emotion and power through his voice. The energy these guys give off at their concerts is absolutely intense. Sad to hear they are breaking up, but extremely happy that I have and will continue to call them my favorite musical act.

For Today is the best lyrically, and musically! They are always challenging me in my walk with God, and they are always encouraging me. Their music never fails to uplift the Lord. Plus, they are actually metal. I love Skillet, but Skillet isn't a metal band!

4 The Devil Wears Prada The Devil Wears Prada is an American metalcore band from Dayton, Ohio, formed in 2005. It consists of members Mike Hranica, Jeremy DePoyster, Andy Trick, and Daniel Williams.

They describe my entire philosophy in their songs. Amazing band! Most underrated because of their sound. Their message is amazing, but not EVERYBODY can tolerate the screaming. I love the passion though!

I love The Devil Wears Prada! And for me they're the best (melodic) metal band. I love how they play, Mike's screams, guitar riffs, EVERYTHING. This band fits my soul.

Best Of them all! Vocals and musIc are unparrelled in Amy band besides maybe Stryper or demon hunter.

Love these guys! Great musicians and props because they are from Dayton, Ohio!

5 Red Red is an American rock band from Nashville, Tennessee, formed in 2002 by brothers guitarist Anthony Armstrong and bassist Randy Armstrong, with lead vocalist Michael Barnes.

I don't understand why people say Red isn't metal. They have a few rockier songs, but they're mostly metal!

The instrumentals and powerful voice make for the best in Christian metal.

One of my favourite bands ever. Their musical creativity knows no borders and their lyrics touch me every time. And yes, they ARE a Metal band. It is Alternative Metal/Nu Metal with influences from Rock music and a lot of symphonic and electronic elements.

Just hear to them and you will realise. It should be at least top 3. Definitely a more deserving band. They have the most emotive and dark sound ever heard. Yet melodious. A great combo of anger and melody. Hear lost, let go and fight inside and you will understand.

6 Living Sacrifice

Epic times ten. Tourniquet, living sacrifice, and strong arm before a dirtbike race. Real metal that gets you pumped and lets you feel the power of god with there lyrics and sound.

Living Sacrifice is Stellar! Been listening to them since they first hit the scene.

A great band, killer music and great lyrics.

One of my first metal bands. Glad to see it high up on the list.

7 Tourniquet

Just listen to songs like "Ark of Suffering", "Swarming Spirits", "Ready or Not", and "Broken Chromosomes". Then you might consider them as good as the big four. I'd probably say Ark of Suffering would rank up to songs like "Master of Puppets", and "Symphony of Destruction". Swarming Spirits is a good song, and my personal favorite by them, even though one of their riffs sounds like Metallica's "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)". "Ready or Not", is basically the "PAINKILLER" or Christian Metal, and they were both released the same year. "Broken Chromosomes" was also really good.

A good Christian band that proves that you can be a Jesus Follower and still Rock Out!

Tourniquet's musical composure and aggressive thrash style surpasses all Christian metal bands. The heavy but cleaner vocals communicates the message more clearly, and the clever, metaphorical lyrics always broadens my knowledge on what the bible has to say about things. Grab a dictionary for those medical terms though; it can get pretty brutal

Tourniquet has it all, especially in their second incarnation, with Luke Easter and Aaron Guerra. Check out Microscopic view of a telescopic realm. Fantastic, topped by Erratic palpitations of the human spirit, which has everything you could imagine in a song. It's my second favorite Christian themed song after Believe by Savatage ( best song lyrics ever).

Laugh out loud at the current top 2. Tourniquet is easily the most talented Christian band ever and one of the very few that can compete with secular bands. Their first three albums are as good as the best releases by the big 4 thrash metal bands.

8 Underoath Underoath is an American rock band from Tampa, Florida. Founded by Dallas Taylor and Luke Morton on November 30, 1997, in Ocala, Florida; subsequently its additional members were from Tampa.

Underoath at 20? They should be number one. They changed the christian metal scene into what it is today.

I agree man heck with Spencer doing vocals actually inspired me to be a lead singer - Dustythemetalfan

Truly the greatest Christian metal band out there! And their new album is sick! The fact they're only at number 10 is quite baffling. They deserve to be number 2 if not 1.

Half these bands, or more wouldn't be on here if it wasn't for these guys.

I'm sorry, this page is not accurate. I agree with the first two, seeing as As I lay Dying, Devil Wears Prada and Underoath have all been debated among many as being the best Christian metal bands out there. But Stryper, Tournaquet and Demon Hunter don't even deserve to be on this list. Sorry.

9 Skillet Skillet is an American Christian rock band formed in Memphis, Tennessee in 1996 and based in the United States.

Skillet is metal, nu-metal, alternative metal, and metal in itself band. However, when they deliver their music, they are trying to reach a very diverse fan base and keep their numbers up at the same time. That is pretty amazing for any band and let's not forget to add the fact that John and the rest of the Skillet crew have NEVER swayed away from their true Christian roots whether they are on stage, in the studio, and in their personal lives. They are one of the few metal bands that are as transparent as Skillet. So, in closing, I will keep praying that their music will bring peace to those in turmoil, happiness in times of sadness, and comfort in times of grief. Godbless, Master Panhead Theo

Skillet while not metal is one of the most influential christian bands on the rock and metal scene, they aspire to create good music for everyone (christian or not) to enjoy and then to speak Christ through that music to those who will hear.

Skillet is my favorite band in the world and I admire everything that they do. They should be number one. John Cooper can wail and Jen Ledger can drum amazing for someone so young and her voice is like an angel. Korey Cooper knows how to wail on the keyboards and guitar and as for Seth Morison, you are an amazing guitarist. I love Skillet. I have everything they have ever made from the first album in 1996 Skillet to the last album Awake 2009 and am getting the new one that is coming out in April or March.

Best Band ever! Their songs are awesome and Christian orientated. Feel in love with the ban first time I heard Awake and Alive. Then I heard Monster and every song is as good as the last. Awesome!

10 Thousand Foot Krutch Thousand Foot Krutch is a Canadian Christian rock band formed in 1995. They have released eight albums. They have also released two live albums and three remix albums.

Really good band, SO FAR FROM METAL THOUGH. This band is NOT metal in anyway.

Awesome band! One of the best in my opinion, they have so many albums and I've listened to them all so many times.

I love them and you can understand what they are saying and it's all about GOD.

Heck, I'm listening to 'Born Again' as I'm typing this. Need I say more?

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11 Stryper Stryper is an American Christian metal band from Orange County, California. The group's lineup consists of Michael Sweet, Oz Fox, Perry Richardson, and Robert Sweet.

No band is more technical or progressive than stryper. I am a fan of all metal, not just christian, and these guys have blown me away since the 80's with their incredible guitar work and unbelievable vocals. Over the years they have only gotten better; the album "murder by pride" is on my top ten lists of greatest albums of all time of any music style, nudging out their previous album "reborn". Hey Stryper, thanks for SPECTACULAR music, keep rocking, I will keep listening.

I accepted the Lord as my Savior when I was 10 years old. I have been a die-hard Stryper fan since 1985. I found that Stryper music allowed me to express myself as a Christian to my head banging friends.

Strong Music, Strong Message and Still relevant after 30 years of Ministry, Stryper is by far the Best Christian Heavy Metal Band ever.

The first Christian Metal band to really make it big. Without Stryper, there probably would not be anywhere near as many Christian metal bands as there are and they would not get the attention that they do.

12 Mortification Mortification is an Australian Christian extreme metal band which was formed in 1987 as a heavy metal group, Lightforce, by mainstay Steve Rowe on bass guitar and vocals.

There was no Death Metal/Thrash prior to Mortification. They are to Christian Death Metal as Black Sabbath is to Metal. They invented the genre.

Their music is very sub par in recent years, but the first three Mortification albums are fantastic death metal.

Death metal from Australia that is recognized as excellent even in the secular Death Metal scene.

These guys basically started Christian death metal

13 Theocracy Theocracy is a Christian progressive power metal band founded in 2002 by Matt Smith of Athens, Georgia.

I agree that their lyrics are powerful. Good music too. My only problem is I'm not big into 7-11 minute songs. For today and Demon hunter also have deep lyrics with deep theology written in if you like typical metal (and some screaming sometimes...), and the songs are 3-5 minutes if that's more your thing. Also, Skillet, Red, and TFK aren't metal, so WHY ARE THEY ON THIS LIST?!?

Mirror of Souls, I Am, As the World Bleeds, Ghost Ship, The Wonder of it All, Paper Tiger, need I go on? Some of the best lyrics I've heard in songs. The best solos I've heard. One of the best voices I've heard. And they are Christian! Too bad they're not very popular...

Hands down best Christian Power Metal band out there. All three albums are amazing, and Matt Smith's singing, songwriting, and lyrics are second to none. "I Am" off As the World Bleeds is without a doubt the most epic song ever written.

I would have said Mirror of Souls off the album of the same name personally - germshep24

If you have never heard Theocracy, listen to them now. If you like DragonForce, you'll like Theocracy. They sound almost just alike, and this band is Christian. Strong faith, all their songs are powerfully written. Listen to "Wages of Sin" "Light of The World" "Laying the Demon To Rest" and "Mirror of Souls" (if you have time) they aren't a super intense death metal band. They are just pure awesome.

The best Christian metal band for me, too. I think they are better than DragonForce though. "I Am" is a great song as well. - Metal_Treasure

14 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 ...read more.

Whether they are Christian now or not, their songs with a Christian message are good songs. And they are good with their music and vocals, so from that standpoint, they are a good band too.

Their leader hired a hitman to kill their wife. All of the members have said that they are Atheistic now. Please remove this from the list and not vote for it.

No this band is not christian at all the singer made an attempt to kill his own wife and he is now an atheist.

Just have to say that vengeance rising should not be on here. The band is now satanic. I don't care if they used to be Christian, they're not a Christian band. Skilled is not metal any way you twist it. And August Burns Red should be way up here.

15 Oh, Sleeper Oh, Sleeper is an American Christian metalcore band from Fort Worth, Texas. Previously signed to Solid State Records they are currently operating independently.

This band is one of the best Christian bands I've listened to. The lyrics are awesome and Micah's screaming is very clear yet aggressive as Shane's clean vocals will blow you away.

Sick band! I'm a fan of both Oh Sleeper and The Devil Wears Prada and I have to say Oh Sleeper's music is way better The Devil Wears Prada. And as for vocals, Micah beats Mike!

Oh sleeper is the best love it so much. Skillet is NOT a metal band

Oh, Sleeper is Amazing Its Comes As 2nd As My Favorite Christian Metal Band The Devil Wears Prada Takes 1st

16 Deliverance

By far the best Christian thrash band of all time and they have a new album coming out next month with the
Legends Jayson Sherlock on drums, Mike Phillips on guitar, Manny on bass and the man Jimmy.

Very good speed/thrash metal, one of the most important bands in the Christian metal scene.

17 Memphis May Fire

Memphis May Fire should be way up there on the list! They're such an amazing band and their lyrics are always showing me that God loves us. The Sinner is an amazing song talking about how were sinners but God loves us anyway. Also, it talks about God taking away our pride, and other sinful things. Their newest album is amazing too! It's called "Unconditional" great screams, great vocals, they're just awesome! Definitely check them out!

This is easily one of my favorite Christian metal bands. There is great vocals and great instrumentation from everyone else. Plus, Matty Mullins is really a good man of God who even last year (2014) came out with a Christian pop solo career!

This band hits home. Their music is outstanding in all fields. Their music is quite blunt sometimes, coming from the Mullen's emotional state, but also when calling people out. I thoroughly enjoy this band. Especially the song "Not Enough" and "Sleepless Nights" on their "Unconditional" album.

There not a Christian band not to mock your list but on several occasions they've said there not they did use Christian messages but they said they don't belive them they only used it for ratings

18 Impending Doom Impending Doom is an American Christian deathcore band from Riverside, California. The group has released five full-length studio albums and are currently a five piece with vocalist Brook Reeves as one of the two original remaining members along with Manny Contreras who left the band in 2010 but returned ...read more.

Wow no seriously this list is bogus. This band should be top ten

Are you kidding me?! Impending Doom has to be the best death metal Christian band I had ever heard. These guys deserve to be #1 on the list. 2 things you need to do while listening to this band, pray to God and head bang the crap out of yourself.

I dunno why this band is at least in the top 5. Seriously, what is this? Impending Doom is one of the best Christian metal bands out their! Like really, I think this band should be in at least the top five. The way they can combine death metal, and the Christian culture is just magnificent. I really respect this band, and think they are great

Amazing I live impending dooms new album especially!

19 Believer

An absolutely outstanding thrash metal band. One of the best thrash metal bands of all time. These guys were incredibly influential. The first three albums were absolute masterpiece. Each one became a little bit more Progressive and complex. Also one of the few bands that could sound as good or better live then on their CD. Stryper was always strong in this respect also.

Excellent progressive Thrash. This band is interesting because they are one of the few Christian bands to influence metal outside of the Christian metal scene. They are also the originators of the female fronted symphonic metal sound that bands like Within Temptation and Sirenia are known for.

Believer's first 3 albums are unmatched in their quality and originality combining technical thrash, classical, and opera influences.

20 Disciple

ARE YOU KIDDING ME...in dead last 'come on. Skillet isn't metal it has no right to be here. at its hardest skillet is hard rock, and lately they've been becoming symphonic hard rock more and more

Jesus is very Happy when Disciple releases a new album. These guys are a Force for The LORD!

Listen to Outlaws by disciple.. Just amazing.. And By God is their best metal song.. Followed by scars remain.

Seen them three times and will again soon.

21 Becoming the Archetype

Even after several line-up changes this band keeps pushing the limits Progressive Christian Death-metal genre. They aren't afraid to experiment with different sounds with their albums evolving in different ways every time. Most importantly, you can feel the pure fervor for God displayed in energetic, all-out musicianship.

Becoming the Archetype's intro to some of their songs is what sets them apart in my opinion. Listen to "Ransom", "Dichotomy", "The Epigone", "Mountain of Souls", "How Great Thou Art" and the list can go on.

One of the most progressive, musically talented and creative bands I've ever listened to. Their debut album "Terminate Damnation" belongs to the best albums ever produced. It's close to perfect.

If it wasn't for these guys I wouldn't like metal...of any kind.

22 Vengeance Rising Vengeance Rising was an American Christian thrash metal band from Los Angeles, California. Fronted by vocalist Roger Martinez, they originally formed as Vengeance in 1987, but changed their name in 1989 to avoid conflict with another band from the Netherlands.

Vengeance was a great band! Their first two albums were among the best two metal albums ever produced! It's a shame about Roger and all, but it still doesn't change the fact of how good they were. Farkas was one the best guitarists I have ever heard and the same for Glen on the drums.

The band that first made Christian Metal extreme.

23 Love and Death

Brian is truly talented and the music and lyrics are just powerful and moving to the soul. The songs are just blessing and motivating, and on top of that, the band is excellent and wonderful. Looking forward to their second album.

They may just be starting out but Brian "Head" Welch has had plenty of experience. I believe that we will see these guys at the top in a few years. Keep rocking Love and Death!

Korn's Brian 'Head' Welch doing Christian metal is what got me into Christian music. my favourite song by love and death has to be "Chemicals" when I first heard it I instantly fell in love with this band. If you don't know them I highly recommend you look them up!

One of the best vocalists in metal, under Draiman and Moody.

24 Antestor

Only 16th place? It makes me sad to see bands like The Devil Wears Prada and August Burns Red (neither of which are metal) in the top two spots, while one of the most recognized Black Metal bands - in both the Christian and secular world - are not even in the top ten.
This band cleared the way for Christians in the Black scene while enduring death threats and assaults. Seriously people, more respect for a good band.

Without question the best Christian metal band of all time, in my opinion. These guys strike a near perfect balance of absolute ferocity and introspection-promoting melody I've ever heard; secular and Christian alike. And where is A Hill to Die Upon? There really should be separate lists for metal and the rest of the "core" stuff.

For all the history behind Antestor, as the only Christian band that released an album with Christian lyrics in on of the most satanic record company (cacophonous records), and they are preaching the gospel for over 20 years, and the album return of the black death one of the most influencial metal albums of all time.

Simply the most atmospheric of music there is!

25 Sacrament

Two words: raw metal

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