Top Christian Metal BandsChristian metal bands exist in all the metal subgenres. What is the best band?
The Top Ten
Their ability to write such complex music is unfathomable. God is good!
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.
Best band ever. Them and For Today
One of the best "Christian metal" and "metalcore" bands that I've heard. The riffs and breakdowns just set them apart. Quality lyrics and music.
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!
Come on guys, let's raise Demon Hunter above ABR! DH is way better!
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.
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!
For Today should definitely be #1. Their music is amazingly brutal, and they are one of the most talented bands out their. Besides that they never fail to praise God in their songs. Have you ever been to one of their concerts? It is an unforgettable experience. The music is rocking but you can tell that God is in the building whenever these guys plug in. For Today definitely deserves the #1 spot.
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!
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.
You didn't listen to this I suppose. Not just the best christian metal band but its the..., beyond words man
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. - CDAWG
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!
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.
Why so low? They should be on number 1 since they are the ones that invented Christian Metal.
Strong Music, Strong Message and Still relevant after 30 years of Ministry, Stryper is by far the Best Christian Heavy Metal Band ever.
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?
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. - surgeonsanic
Death metal from Australia that is recognized as excellent even in the secular Death Metal scene.
These guys basically started Christian death metal
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... - Inteleon777
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
Best band period in my opinion. No Christian metal band comes anywhere close to the depth of the Lyrics from Theocracy. Just listen to Mirror of Souls, I Am, or Absolution Day. Their lyrics are like poetic sermons that cut right to the heart. They don't shy away from tough subjects or talking about real battles Christians face. They're provoking, encouraging, uplifting, and they challenge me to be a better Christian.
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.
AS I LAY DYING should be right at the top, but I feel that this band is best among all metalcore bands. The songs that it creates are full of Jesus's ideologies but the meanings are so deep and beautiful!
And the music quality is beyond extraordinaire!
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
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Two words: raw metal
Best band out there not just in the Christian category, sick instrumentals, best vocalist. It deserves the number one spot here by far listen to their latest project 'between the stars'. It sold pretty well, and did well on billboard 200. not to mention how good the past albums are, just incredible.
Flyleaf should be number 2 after red Lacey Sturm is my heroin and I'm a 15 year old boy
Not sure if they are metal.
People, do any of you try new bands? Everyone here is claiming that the band they listen to is the best, when actually the band isn't even metal and should be in this list in the first place. Give this band a try. Also, mortification needs some votes, crimson moonlight, crimson thorn. Come on people, are you really metal fans?
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The band's style is a mixture of different aspects from multiple sub-genres of extreme metal. The band takes the breakdowns, blast beats, and low growls that are main elements in deathcore. They supplement them with clean vocals, choruses, and programming that are key parts in metalcore and post-hardcore bands. They also occasionally blend odd time signatures that exist in progressive metal. Keyboards are also used to mimic the orchestral elements that reside in symphonic metal. However, deathcore elements within their music are the most predominant features.
Best christian band I had ever heard! These guys should be number one! Even though these guys cuss sometimes, they are still considered a christian band in my opinion! These guys really showed me the light and made me believe in God even more! Love these guys!
BETRAYING THE MARTYRS is a 6 piece Metal/Hardcore band from Paris, France with a new and refreshing attitude to modern metal that is certain to take the music scene by storm.
They have been my favorite band for five years, and I can't get over their songs, they are so good!
War of Ages has only gotten better since their early albums. They should be #1 on any list of Metal-core bands, and most lists of metal bands in general. As I Lay Dying has a few songs that compare, but War of Ages is simply the best.
By far my favorite metal band ever, the Christian aspect is a bonus. I've looked around but I cannot find anything that even comes close.
Saw them twice, and these are some great musicians - as well as people!
Them and For Today are by far my favorites, but WoA is honestly 70% of my metal playlist. Lyrics could be better at times (some are great though), but their sound is amazing
Wolves at the gate are hands down my favourite band...having listened to nearly all the bands that are listed here. Theocracy as well. But Antestor? Extol? Devil wears prada? come on! Heavy guitars don't a good metal band make. You also need some bloody skill. Then again, I'm not a big fan of doom/black/death, but the devil wears prada can suck ...they aren't half as talented as wolves at the gate.
I went to a show specifically for them, and the number of people that had heard of them was disappointing. Personally one of my top favourites! Great vocals, instruments, and a powerful message. I remember after one song Steve stopped and gave a short message to the crowd about the Lord's grace. The response was amazing! It also happened to be Nick's birthday, and everyone discovered what horrible singers they were when they weren't screaming...
Wolves at the gate is the best! They are really awesome guys! Everyone should listen to them!
The greatest Christian metal band of all time. They are also the most underrated band ever. I love them. You will never find a Christian band more open then these guys.
Their lyrics are right on with what being a Christian bands should be singing about.
Are you kidding for today should be 1 not only does there music sound great but there lyrics amaze me they do not suck
Awesome band with a variety in style over their albums (still all metalcore though). Really powerful lyrics too.
Seriously only 32! If for today (who suck) made it in the to 10 then these guys definitely need to be in the top 10
#1 band for sure. First 2 albums are unbeaten. period.
Neoclassical Power Metal from Sweden
WO! I can't believe this is #44! Fit for a King is one of the heaviest Christian metal bands that exist.
Much more metal than say, skillet, and better all around than most on the list in my humble opinion. Just found them and I am blown away!
Such amazing vocal, riffs, breakdown. This Band deserve much more audience.
I just started listening to them and I think they need to be higher on the list. #42 doesn't cut it for these guys.
They are the best by FAR.
Awesome message rex Carroll best guitarist in Christian music..
Classic metal mixed with the great message? Rex Carroll shred? Sounds best to me.
Rex - Guitar Hero!
Petra are my favourite christian band of all time check out Unseen power and Jekyll and Hyde
WHY IS PETRA AT NUMBER 44?!
THEY ARE THE PIONEERS OF THIS GENRE!
Go listen to 'Jekyll and Hyde'. RIGHT NOW. ALL OF YOU.
Immortal souls should be higher on the list
Amazing band. So many great songs. Incredible live shows. TOP 10 is where they surely belong.
Prophetic, See an BELIEVE cast your thoughts don't be deceived wonder about the last Blast. Take your vac or grab your back pack, drink clean water BOW TO THE ONLY FATHER. Seek the meek or hells fire, Place your name grab your fame hate for Jesus is to BLAME.
They aren't really metal anymore, but they still sound better than every band above them. How are they 26?
Amazing band.. They should be on the top ten.
This is the best Christian metal band of all time...their Birth Pangs album is raw and driven with powerful vocals from Michael Drive Lee and excellent musicianship...they're red hot!
I can't believe they are ranked this low! Amazing band, great musicianship, great lyrics.
Only band in this line up that mirrors Iron Maiden, and that's saying a lot.
80s metal in a similar vein as Judas Priest and Iron Maiden.
Christian melodic power metal, they released 2 albums with... Deep Christian lyrics with high technical power riffs and amazing vocal
Wanna hear some Yngwie malmsteen like guitar solos and riffs? You should give this a try. plus lyrics are so Christ-centered.
Crazy good clean vocals with great lyrics that praise Christ! The guitar is pretty technical and they have a good blend of heavy and clean tunes.
I love blessthefall better than Miley Cyrus or jennifer lopez because the band blessthefall are acually made it up like Christian and they talk about their music and they always talk about God and religion and Jesus Christ also. I've acually heard of the band blessthefal I think years ago and they always write about something Christianity. I've known alittle bit of songs of blessthefall that I've heardis like "Hey Baby, Here's That Song You Wanted and 40 days and others and I love it because it's awesome! My favorite blessthefall band member I like is Beau Bokan! Beau Bokan is an excellent lead singer of the band blessthefall because his voice is awesome and he is so cute!
The Crucified is absolutely amazing. I grew up listening to them. They definitely have their own sound. Pillars of humanity is my personally my favorite album. They have a hardcore punk/ thrash metal sound I highly recommend that you listen to them. Even though they don't make music anymore their music still speaks to me
The Crucified, both albums Pillars and the Self Titled should be up in the top ten
Take a listen and they will smash all the bands that sound the same here.
It's just wrong that a band like The Crucified is not even in the top 50!
Trouble is the ONLY christian metal band that is worth listening to.
Sadly but not surprisingly, Trouble is not on this list! From the eighties thru early 2000’s Trouble has been making and influencing some of the greatest heavy metal ever. There is a reason bands like Tourniquet and players like Dave Grohl consider them a major influence. From Psalm 9 to Run to the light, you’ll find some of the greatest down tuned heavy riffs and blistering guitars of all time. Know your roots people!