Greatest Christian Thrash Metal Bands

The Christian thrash is one of the most famous genres in Christian metal.

The Top Ten

1 Tourniquet

They had been called "probably the best-known Christian metal band next to Stryper"
If you think Christian metal sucks, just hear songs like "A Dog's Breakfast", "Viento Borrascoso" or "Crawl to China"; and you'll start thinking in a different way - rock2metal

Very good I can tell what they say must Christian metal vocals are very hard to understand they deliver the message loud and clear

There first three albums pit um on the map!

Amazing band and to see them live was incredible. The quality of their work is amazing and it�'s a shame it�'s not more well known in secular, cause it really high quality music.

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2 Deliverance

Sorry, but this band has always had the edge, I'm not going to compare them to other Christian bands, but if you listen to Deliverance, you get such a feeling of satisfaction that no other thrash band will ever give because, they kill any thrash non-christian bands with song writing and musicianship. Yes bands like Slayer and Metallica are great awesome bands but, they don't have that edge like Deliverance has because of one main ingredient and that is God.

Their debut album (like the VR's) is a legend in Christian metal. Just hear some songs, and you will understand what I'm talking about. - rock2metal

A great band that isn't afraid of experimenting

They are awesome! DELIVERANCE RULES!

3 Living Sacrifice

Their first two albums were thrash, and several others have thrash elements. Their last few albums have been a weird blend of groove, thrash, and death metal. So they qualify, I think.

They may have only been thrash for their debut release, but they immediately got comparisons to Slayer. Not bad for just starting out.

Obviously they're death metal, but still, they have more skill than most other thrash bands, Christian or not.

They're really extreme metal, but they still rock

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4 Believer

One of the few Christian thrash bands who non Christian thrashers would rate. Lyrically uncomprising in their faith and musically adept as well as not afraid to push the boat out. Could hardly be branded the Christian equivalent of... (name whatever secular band). Too many Christian bands are 2nd rate imitations but you certainly can't say this of Believer. Thought Ultimatum would have warranted a top ten slot even though they sound uncannily like Overkill.

Sanity Obscure and Dimensions were their best albums by far. Love those. I think it's a little annoying when they still use the name "Believer" when they sound like they don't believe anymore...

Extraction from mortality, enough said!

Made a few great albums. Wish they had played for longer.

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5 Vengeance Rising Vengeance Rising

Their first two albums are classical in the Christian metal music, just hear great songs like "Human Sacrifice". The only thing that they did wrong, was that Roger Martinez (the singer and rhythm guitarist) led the band to atheism and them to satanism. - rock2metal

Great band and just so you all know...the rest of the band are still Christians and played with Scott waters of ultimatum in a reunion band called "Once Dead" the only one who isn't Christian anymore is Roger Martinez AND none of the members are satanists...geez.

Not only were they a Christian Thrash Metal act, but they were doing things NO ONE ELSE was doing at the time in the Thrash Metal scene! Their a band, no matter if you're Christian or not, to definitely give a listen to

Watch the music video for BEFORE THE TIME

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6 Eternal Decision

I absolutely love this band. They sure get the message across. I'm so thankful for bands like this. Music is the main thing that converted me and these guys made a big impact. I was an atheist for about 5 years and a lot of things happened in my life to make me change my ways. If it wasn't for Christian music in a genre that I listen to EVERY day I feel that I would still be lost.

Great band, very underrated. Of coarse they're not as good as Tourniquet or something, but they are still a great band. I think they are a lot too similar to Metallica though, they need to be more original.

They are known for their similarity with Metallica (they vocals are similar). But, I think they have a great style; just hear some of their songs. - rock2metal

The band that got me into christian metal

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7 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 are As I Lay Dying here? Not only are they not a "Thrash" Metal band, but their not even a Christian band. And Tom (their vocalist) is a mad man (tried to have his wife killed)

Great band! Have their own style

This is one of the best band that I like. Their musics are awesome

They're not thrash, not Christian.

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8 Seventh Angel

Seventh Angel has a great sound to them, but I need to find a good place to buy their albums, cause I want to hear more. As a Christian they sound almost as good as Metallica. Probably the best Christian Thrash band I have heard. _m/JESUS YOU ARE MY SAVIORm/_

Whoever said they have explicit albums must have them confused with someone else. I know them and their music is pure. Great band and deserve to be higher on this list.

I don't know who has said they have explicit albums - definitely not. I know these guys and all their music is pure. Should be at number 1 on here.

This is the best christian thrash band in my opinion. And not much preaching either, and that is good for me as I am an agnostic.

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9 Demon Hunter 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.

Demon Hunter can't write a bad song. They have a few thrash songs like Beheaded, but for the most part they are metalcore.

Such a gifted band, but would not count it as a trash metal band. Anyway, I would really love to see them live one day.

Very good band. Just not thrash.


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

BEST METAL BAND PERIOD, Christian OR NOT. Matt Smith has such a fantastic voice that is real singing, none of this "growl" stuff that is so annoying.

EVERY SONG on every ALBUM by theocracy is worth listening to I love the heavy riffs and melodic style

The best melodic metal that I've ever heard, including secular bands.

They are the defenition of Christian Trash Metal.

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The Contenders

11 Mortification 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.

a great band from Australia. - rock2metal

I don't listen to much Christian metal but Mortification's album Scrolls Of The Megilloth is probably my favourite "non modern" metal album. Its crisp, punchy, fast guitars and drums, and consistent throughout the entire track list. The vocals too are pretty killer. The the growls at the beginning of the song Terminate Damnation are some of the coolest I've ever heard and my favourite part of the whole album. that's my opinion.

I've always dug their awesome music.

Best thrash metal outfit ever. They were da thing back in the 90s. Awesome lyrics and musicianship... and that crazy logo

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12 Oil

OIL should by far be rated number on the Christian metal list; simply because they broke all the rules of Christian metal; never had any financial backing from their label and still sold over a million records overseas. Also; listen to the production on their first major release "Refine" and it is world class; the produciton is solid as a Pantera album; and then listen to the production of the majority of the bands listed above OIL. Their producitons are horrible. OIL took Christian metal to a higher leverl. And yes the band had Ron of Darkn Angel; but did you know that guitarist Blake Nelson used to play with David Lombardo of Slayer? And that is what influenced Daivd to pursude metal.

It's a great band because the vocalist from a anti-Christian band (Dark Angel) converted to Christianity and made the band - rock2metal

They sounded like Metallica so does eternal decision, judah first, thresher, tourniquet did a little but most of there songs were corny aside from carried the wounded and 4 or 5 other songs by them

Sounds just like Metallica

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13 Bloodgood

They are a great hard rock band, and they have experimented with thrash! - rock2metal

13th place is not enough for Bloodgood. Has made many good albums. Position 4 or 5.

14 Ultimatum

I think they fit in good, in the Christian thrash/metal area.

Ultimatum is personally in my top 5 Christian Thrash list

15 Repent

This was one of my all time best

Best live show I have ever seen still

A true to the word band always had a strong message.

Roger lee havens vocals with a chuck rummans written song]it can't get much better[

16 Evanescence Evanescence Evanescence is an American rock band founded in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1995 by singer/pianist Amy Lee and guitarist Ben Moody.

Their a great band don't get me wrong, but they neither thrash nor Christian

What? This should be in the top10!Who agree with me guys?

17 Bride

Hard Christian Metal... only a couple thrash tunes though

18 Testament Testament Testament is an American thrash metal band from Berkeley, California. Formed in 1983 under the name Legacy, the band consists of vocalist Chuck Billy, guitarists Eric Peterson and Alex Skolnick, bassist Steve DiGiorgio and drummer Gene Hoglan.

Best thrash band. But not christian

19 Bring to Life

Puerto Rico's Christian thrash metal band

20 Detritus

British Thrash. Reasonably debut but fantastic second album (If But For One)! Check them out.

21 Megadeth Megadeth Megadeth is an American thrash metal band from Los Angeles, California. Megadeth was formed in 1983 by guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson, shortly after Mustaine was fired from Metallica. They have released 15 studio albums to date, and have gone through many lineup changes, with Dave more.

One of, if not the greatest thrash band in history

22 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. The most critically acclaimed period for the band was from 1983-1989. With vocalist Bruce Dickinson, bassist Steve Harris, lead guitarist Dave Murray, rhythm guitarist Adrian more.

Not Christian.

23 Woe of Tyrants
24 Extol Extol Extol are a progressive extreme Christian metal band from Bekkestua, Norway that was formed in 1993. The band is known for playing a variety of different styles of metal which include progressive metal, death metal, black metal and thrash metal.

An extreme Christian metal band from Oslo, Norway. They are classified as thrash, death, and progressive metal. They sing with the growled/scream vocals and have the virtuoso-epic tendencies of the aforementioned genres along with the heaviness of thrash. "Undeceived" is one of the heaviest pieces of Christian metal ever recorded and "Ember" is the perfect slice of thrash from their 2000 Undeceived album

25 Antestor

Under the Sun and Via Dolorosa are two songs that I can get stuck in my head happily.

26 Memphis May Fire
27 Second Thief

I'm not too good at typing up my opinions on music. I like to explain how I feel about music verbally face to face with someone. But I have a nice story! :D

I'm not sure why these guys aren't on here but they get the message across for sure. My best friend went back and forth with Christianity for a bit. While he was in one of his Christian phases he introduced me to this band. I feel that this is the main band that converted me for good. I never knew you could have such a great time listening to Christian music and learn so much from it.

Don't get me wrong. I'm not a "Bible thumper", I still listen to some pretty heavy satanic stuff. I mean Children of Bodom and Rings of Saturn are two of my favorite bands. I will never be a perfect Christian. But who can be?

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