Top 10 Best Metalcore Bands

The best Metalcore bands there are on this planet...
The Top Ten
1 Trivium Trivium is an American Heavy Metal band from Orlando, Florida, formed in 1999. Their frontman, Matt Heafy, lead guitarist Corey Beaulieu and Bassist Paulo Gregoletto are the band's most consistent members and have appeared in every album since. more.

This band is by FAR the best. In fact, I'd hardly call them entirely metalcore. More like straight up metal. Many of their songs have thrash metal and even melodic death metal elements. But, nonetheless, they make truly amazing MUSIC, and that's what really matters. Their guitarists are absolutely incredible. Matt heavy has a powerful voice. Their album Shogun is one of my favorite metal albums ever, and I loved their straight up thrash metal on the Crusade. They're like a modern version of Metallica mixed with Iron Maiden. This metal band will go down in history for their raw talent. Trivium rules! m/

Trivium third? Should be first. Their albums have every range of metalcore you'd ever need. Shogun is a work of art. Ascendancy is a scream-along album. Same with In Waves. The Crusade, I'll admit isn't the greatest, but there are good songs on it like Ognition, Detonation, Tread The Floods, Contempt Breeds Contamination. And Vengance Falls is a album where you can sing along and really shows us Matt's amazing singing voice.

Trivium are one of the bands out there that are making proper music and writing stuff from the heart and soul... Unlike bands like Bring Me The Horizon. Why are they on this list.

Trivium is metalcore, thrash metal and heavy metal - trivium - combined. They are sometimes melodic, sometimes heavy, and all the time they are complex. I'm glad to see Trivium above A7X at least, and surprised to see Bullet For My Valentine above it. Honorable mentions are: Bullet for My Valentine, Killswitch Engage, As I Lay Dying, All That Remains. But TRIVIUM will always remain the best metalcore band ever!

Trivium are simply amazing, every album I own from them is just brilliant from beginning to end. The heavy riffs and powerful drumming just carry every song so perfectly, and in my opinion Heafy has one of the best growls I've heard (and I've heard plenty), but also his clean vocals are just as amazing.
I am glad to see them up this end of the list, as there are many other great metalcore bands here

2 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.

Indisputable superiority of the As I Lay Dying. The first time I heard them was something delirious. I felt it would be the metalcore band that would mark my life. Impossible to describe the delirious feeling that touched me. Deep. Intense. Magic. I could see a bright talent and outstanding creativity. I like the weight they bring to their music, the rhythmic guitar, the mind-blowing guitar solos, the powerful growling vocals and drums. There is harmony in this band. There is strength, good melodies and beautiful compositions. Worth listening to them. The as I lay dying deserves a biography by his story. Tragic separation in the end, but they left a major intervention in the contemporary metal. They became unforgettable. Good night!

Find me one other metalcore band that has the dynamic range between hard throaty growls in the verses and emotional melodic serenades in the chorus all while maintaining uniqueness with each song; nothing sounding the same or blending with others, leading to it becoming background music... I'll wait...

It goes like this

5) TRIVIUM (not strictly metalcore)

After 5, it gets complicated, but those are the top metalcore bands ever. Each of these bands changed the game of metalcore in ways nobody else has since they've come around. They all have excellent guitar work, powerful lyrics, massive drums, and well thought out compositions. They never stick to the same thing over and over again, they always add something new with each album, evolving them to something more than just another metalcore band. I mean albums like Ascendancy, Deep Blue, An Ocean Between Us, Constellations, or Alive Or Just Breathing. All of these albums showcased the best metalcore for their times. They've all proven to be more than just metalcore junkies too. Trivium executing thrash in an excellent way on The Crusade, As I Lay Dying riffing away on almost all their albums telling all the "metalcore sucks ...more

As I Lay Dying is a awesome band but do not believe should be first. by what I see most of the comments justifying that As I Lay Dying is the best is compared to weaker bands like BMTH and AA. Listen to some Parkway Drive and draw your own conclusions, as Parkway Drive should really be band # 1 place. As I Lay Dying in # 2 course, for As I Lay Dying is very cool, but we should by in place and realize that Parkway Drive really deserves the first place. is not disrespecting the band, I like As I Lay Dying, but we must be fair.

3 Killswitch Engage Killswitch Engage is an American metalcore band from Westfield, Massachusetts, formed in 1999 after the disbanding of Overcast and Aftershock.

Forgive me, because my English is poor, but I'm here to express my comment about this band the best possible way. In Brazil, people do not hear much metalcore bands, most of them unaware of the matelcore and similar genres. The people of Brazil have preferences for styles less appreciable, unfortunately. It is not easy to promote the metal around here because people are only interested in samba and funk ordinary. But I believe there is a group to which I belong enjoying a good metal song and we are striving to spread the best genre of all: metalcore. This band exemplifies perfectly good building style we're talking about, their music is amazing, all the parts that constitute bring beauty to the song. We must recognize that the KSE has revolutionized the world music scene by introducing a new style and reformulating the concept of music. They brought a new way of understanding and making music, a new way of looking at the process of musical creation. At first, Jesse Leach made clear ...more

One of the OGs in the genre. Always have to tip my hat to them. I have been a fan since middle school. Plus both Howard and Jesse have amazing ability to adapt their tone to the music. That makes Killswitch a very versatile band in the genre.

Whether it's Howard or Jesse as the frontman, KSE are the OGs of metalcore's first wave of mainstream popularity in the early-mid 2000s. "As Daylight Dies" is a classic within the genre, among other KSE albums.

Killswitch Engage are the best ever Melodic Metalcore band ever because lets be honest most Metalcore bands out there are crap. Jesse Leach and Howard Jones are two of the best Metalcore Vocalists ever without ever sounding outdated. I don't know the hell Avenged Sevenfold 2nd despite being top of their game in the past they're not Metalcore now!

4 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, more.

Definitely deserve a spot in the top 10. ABR are confident in their music and identity, and not afraid to break the mould and create some spectacular non-conventional songs. Their technical skill is unmatched and they have some of the most mind shattering breakdowns is all of Metalcore

To me, August Burns Red makes some of the most beautiful and dynamic music that's out there With multiple instruments that are not specific to the metalcore/hardcore genre, they infuse many genres into their music to make every song a piece of art and not just a number to complete the album. ABR is going where no other band has gone before and they are doing so with excellence. Sure, all of the other bands on this list are great metalcore bands and they all deserve to be in the top 10, no matter what number. But as to ABR, they are the most unique. As every song is unique in itself, some characteristics of ABR are their bone crushing breakdowns, intricate guitar riffs, expert drum work, and spot on screaming. Examples are in the songs: Internal Cannon, Empire, Spirit Breaker, Creative Captivity, Black Sheep, Composure, Crusades, Mariana's Trench, Animals, and Count It All As Lost.

ABR, As I lay dying, parkway drive are for me are the best metalcore band in this list. Especially ABR. These guys are oozing talent. One of the few core bands I've heard that could mix melody, rhythm and br00talness so perfectly. Thanks to the gut wrenching vocals, fluidity and just plain awesomeness of the bass lines (which is actually really rare in bands these days), the soaring melodies and breakdowns of the guitars and one of the most technical drumming I've heard. I mean the odd time signatures, the suprise tempo changes. It just fits perfectly and ABR is one of the few metalcore bands that could be so technical and yet so groovy and heavy at the same time. White washed, Marianas trench, fault line are the ones that get you hooked. But songs like internal cannon, provision (one of the hardest drumming patterns I've heard from metal in a long time), spirit breaker, fault line. Just to name a few. This band deserves that number 1 spot. And every band in this list knows it.

August Burns Red's music is not compared in any way with any other band's; the excellent work of the drummer Matt Greiner fits perfectly with the bass and guitars like there could not be any other way to play it along as the way it is set to be done. Including Jake Luhrs unique and superior scream and voice! Also the lyrics are awesome! The song Meridian includes some words of the Holy Bible and they make it MUSIC in an excellent and incredible way! They deserve to be the #1 metalcore band!

5 Bullet for My Valentine Bullet for My Valentine are a Welsh metalcore/emo band from Bridgend, formed in 1998. The band is composed of Matthew Tuck (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Michael Paget (lead guitar, backing vocals), Michael Thomas (drums) and Jamie Mathias (bass guitar). Former members include Nick Crandle and Jason more.

Bullet For My Valentine have to be the best band in this list, most of the bands on this list are amazing but Bullet For My Valentine surpasses all of them, just look at their success in this industry,

- Best Live Band (2010)
- Best Single "Tears Don't Fall" (2006)
- Best British Band x5 (2006, 2008, 2009, 2010 x2
- Best British Newcomer x2 (2004, 2005)
- Headlined Kerrang! 's 25-year anniversary tour of the UK

Seriously they are outstanding!

They have produced 5 albums in 10 years! (As of 14/08/2015)

Every song is amazing and I love every song they have produced, which is a problem
With some bands because a lot of bands are inconsistent leaving many songs not like-able.

Bullet For My Valentine has to be the most consistent a band can get, also they are amazing live, which is another problem with a lot of bands (not being able to perform good live)
And I personally think that is a key ingredient in a band's success

I don't ...more

Bullet for my Valentine is a great Band. I really like, how Bullet for my Valentine can sound often so calm and on the other side so aggressive (listen to 'Watching us die tonight' and 'No Way out'). Well... they have som great Albums but the worst one is Temper temper. In this Album there were litteraly almost no screams and many songs sound pretty much the same. But they did a really good Job with the latest Album Venom. Much screams and good solos can be heard in this album. I recommend this Band every Metalcore fan because they have a great sound, Can be heavy and calm at the same time and the solos are amazing.

Bullet For My Valentine, Trivium, Bring Me The Horizon, Asking Alexandria, Parkway Drive are some of the BEST bands in the modern metal. But Bullet For My Valentine seems to be the most outstanding. Pretty much every aspect of their music is perfect (in my opinion) - the lyrics, the guitar parts, the drum parts, the vocal performance...just everything. Also they are a great live band, which isn't something usual with most of the bands in this genre. Also, they sound pretty unique, original and recognizable, which is another problem for the metalcore bands.

Trivium are another of the quality bands out there. Just listen to some of their songs from 'In Waves' or 'Shogun'. Absolutely great band.

BMTH just... I don't really like the first album (except a few songs), but their other work... Incredible. And every album is better than the previous and shows progress which is great. 'Sempiternal' is my personal most favourite album (so far).

AA are a good band, with ...more

There isn't a single bullet for my valentine song that I don't love, they just keep delivering! And don't even get me started on "the poison" album, It is the best album I have ever heard and it has inspired me to keep producing music because of how good it is, I have been listening for bullet for over 7 years and I have never once been bored of a song they put out, the singing, guitar, drums etc... are all incredible.

I highly, highly recommend Bullet For My Valentine to any metal lover.

6 Parkway Drive Parkway Drive is an Australian metalcore band from Byron Bay, New South Wales, formed in 2003. As of 2015, Parkway Drive has released five full-length albums, one EP, two DVDs, a split album and one book, titled Ten Years of Parkway Drive.

Needs to be higher. I don't care if they're 6th. They need higher. They're songs sound epic, the lyrics have meaning, the vocals fit with the instruments, it's just pure epicness

Well, I never thought I would be capable of listening to something like Metalcore, I always hated screaming and growling until I first saw PWD live. Wow, that was the most impressive experience in my musical life. It totally changed me. It is a pleasure to listen to some of the most beautiful melodies like in "The River" combined with some chugga-chugga moves like in "Idols and Anchors". A pleasure to listen to them and play on guitar. After listening to them I don't get impressed by any of the bands on this list. They should be the Number One. Sure, Killswitch and As I lay dying are great, but still, Parkway Drive is kind of a Metalcore God for me.

Parkway never seizes to amaze. Their latest album IRE, every song delivers. You can hear how they're getting creative and branching to different styles BECAUSE THEY CAN. You hear in the composition of these songs they put everything into this album and had a great time in doing so. Lyrically deep, with a rigid backbone of a message to the masses. Instrumentally beautiful, every riff, every solo composed beautifully. And then the attitude we all know, with their build ups to the heavy breakdowns. Every song in the end is it's own masterpiece. Even though the album just dropped and its currently on every device I own. And hard copy in my car. I will anxiously be awaiting another album.
Bravo guys, job well done.

Deserved the #1 spot for sure.

And to you sir who put them so low on this list...

"Forked tongued mother ******, tell me HOW THE HELL DO YOU SLEEP AT NIGHT!? "
Parkway Drive- Dying to believe

Parkway is most hard hitting band in the genre. Their albums have each transcended the other and have in no way showed a watering down of elements that the genre has tragically continued to deal with. No riff ever felt ripped off and no breakdown ever felted forces. The band offers the perfect blend of groove and melody and vocalist Winston is one of the most powerful voices to be heard in the extreme metal world. This is a band hardcore fans and even metalheads alike can get behind and not be disappointed. (also no scenie weenies in this band haha)

7 All That Remains All That Remains is an American heavy metal band from Springfield, Massachusetts, formed in 1998. They have released eight studio albums, a live CD/DVD, and have sold over a million records worldwide.

A lot of bands are blurring the lines between genres, such as Bullet For My Valentine, As I Lay Dying, Caliban etc. But All That Remains are the best at what they do - which is blurring the lines between Metalcore, thrash, modern metal, death metal and everything in between. They released one of the greatest albums in 'The Fall of Ideals', but many felt they sold-out their fanbase. But 'Overcome' aside, all their releases are excellent for those with a broad palette. And 'A War You Cannot Win' is fantastic. They're no doubt some of the best musicians on the planet, and can do it all. They march to the best of their own double-kick drum. Triple-A band.

I like all of the bands listed, in fact, the sub genre of metalcore itself holds the best music ever created... That being said, I personally love All That Remains because of the ever maturing of their songs from album to album, and the way they texture their songs. Blending the traditional metal screams with clean vocals makes the band one that can be listened to for long periods (which I often do) without the music becoming exhaustive. All That Remains should top the list. Don't believe me? Give a listen to "A War You Cannot Win' for starters!

No way! Bullet for my valentine is more like emo screamo than any type of metalcore... All that remains is where its at. Insane vocals and riffs! Killswitch... Tied for #1, Avenged Sevenfold also a great band, I agree on their position. But bullet for my valentine don't come close in my opinion. Maybe on an indie rock or emo list! Where is the death punch at! Trivium blows bullet away by far! Take bullet for my valentine of the list!

I don't think Bullet and A7X really count here... I love them both, but they've got a very different angle on metal. As I Lay Dying just doesn't have the musicality or creativity of ATR. They're more intense but they sacrifice versatility and musical realism in the process and frequently sound melodramatic. ATR has widely varied breakdowns, melodies, and moods while still retaining the heart of metalcore. As for vocalists, I'd take Phil over Tim any day.

8 Bring Me the Horizon Bring Me the Horizon is a British rock band from Sheffield, Yorkshire. Formed in 2004, the group currently consists of vocalist Oliver Sykes, guitarist Lee Malia, bassist Matt Kean, drummer Matt Nicholls, and keyboardist Jordan Fish. They are signed to RCA Records globally and Columbia Records exclusively more.

They aren't metalcore anymore lol, but they have some awesome metalcore albums in their discography. To any Metalcore fan out there who wants to check out bring me the horizon. I suggest you go listen to Sempiternal, it's a masterpiece.

Although they were only Metalcore for about 3 albums, BMTH still made an impact within the scene. These guys are so much more talented than the gaterkeeper elitists believe them to be. Lee Malia is a phenomenal guitarist and Oli has proven himself as an incredibly versatile vocalist. "Sempiternal" is a Melodic Metalcore/Electronicore masterpiece with so much emotion. BMTH is probably one of the greatest bands in combining genres.

Ok, they are no longer Metalcore exactly, but they're first two albums were among the best that genre has ever seen. Now, they've evolved into something very different, but totally unique. There is a Hell... was the first step and introduced the electronic element they were adapting into their sound, and the Sempiternal took it and practically created a new genre. Their latest release, That's the Spirit, has very much left Metalcore behind entirely. However, the musicality of the instrumentals and artistry of the lyrics is pretty unequaled among these band. Plus, Oli has managed to go from one of the best screamers ever to a genuinely great clean vocalist. The transformation of the band is impressive and deserves recognition.

I don't know how this isn't #1 Bring Me The Horizon is the best band ever with such amazing lyrics with so many meanings and a great story it tells when he was on drugs and how he got back stabbed by many people. Some people are stupid and only love the band because of their new album or Sempiternal and also because Oliver is hot. You guys aren't real fans Oliver is his don't get me wrong but it's not all based about Oliver, he doesn't do any thing except write song lyrics and sing. Matt Nichols (drummer), Lee Malilia (Sorry for butchering his name. Guitarist, lyricist), Matt Kean (guitarist), Jordan Fish (Keyboardist) all play a role in Bring Me The Horizon without then Bring Me The Horizon wouldn't be where they are now. But Bring Me The Horizon should be at the top of this list.

9 Architects Architects is a British Metalcore band formed in 2004 in Brighton, East Sussex. Consisting of five band members, Architects' discography consists of seven studio albums and one split EP.

Why on earth is Architects at 53? Are people going deaf? Dear Lord. They're an absolute fantastic band and deserve to be so much higher up. They've changed their sound in little bits throughout their albums but they've remained true to themselves, and their newest album absolutely rocks (not to mention how much meaning and significance it carries with Tom's passing.) Sam Carter's vocals are as powerful, emotional, and strong as ever in Holy Hell. Instrumentation has always been top-notch as well, not to mention their unique atmospheric thing they have going on in a lot of their stuff. Lyrics always have a point, with just the right amount of political sting, and carry a whole load of meaning. One of my all time favorite metalcore acts.

This is a fantastic METALCORE band. Slipknot, Pierce the Veil, Falling in Reverse and Sleeping with Sirens are NOT metalcore.
Anyways, Architects definitely deserve to be much further up the list, not only because they are actually metalcore, but because of interesting use of time signatures combined with complex guitar parts that do more than 0-0-0 make them stand out from many of those that are ranked higher. Also, Sam Carter's meaningful lyrics and soulful vocals cannot just be overlooked...

You wanna know how amazing Architects is? Listen to the two songs "Doomsday" and "A Wasted Hymn". It shows their diversity to tone it down and explode loud. Doomsday is a blaster with a sing-along chorus all culminating in a hurricane of pain and sound. A Wasted Hymn is soft, melodic, sad yet punchy. It's a harmonious song that fans of all kinds of music can love. Listen to Architects.

Absolutely absurd for Architects to be this low. They should be in the top five without any doubt. I personally would place them in the number one spot, but that's primarily because of my personal preference. Subjectivity aside, they are some of the most talented musicians anywhere on this list, and Sam Carter's lyrical abilities are second only to those of Keith Buckley from ETID.

10 Unearth Unearth is an American heavy metal band from Boston, Massachusetts. Formed in 1998, the group has released six studio albums.

What!? They deserves number 1. Do you know that Unearth invented metalcore?
All those emo kids who don't know what Real Metalcore is must listen to unearth. And Asking Alexandria, bvb they all sucks

How is it, that a band that never disappoints on any release EVER, gets a disappointing place in this "best metalcore" competition? Each and every single song Unearth has ever written is 10x better than most of these bands entire careers best work. If you skip past these guys, give them a chance. You'll realize that As I Lay Dying can't even compare in AWESOMENESS.

By far the most underrated metalcore band. Amazing riffs, songs, never selling out. People saying AA is good metalcore? Or BMTH? You don't even know how much more influential this band has been on the genre!

Definitely needs be higher in the list. In my opinion they come right after:
1) As I Lay Dying
2) Parkway Drive
3) August Burns Red
4) Trivium
On rank 5

The Contenders
11 Converge

Why isn't Converge #1? They basically invented metalcore, and they've been active since the mid 90s! And they just got even better with each album, in my opinion. Unlike a lot of "innovator" bands, Converge not only laid the groundwork for this style, but as every other metalcore band just rips each other off, Converge is always going the extra mile and on the cutting edge. From Jacob Bannon's dynamic vocal style, to Kurt Ballou's amazing production and guitar work, to Ben Koller's completely insane drumming, this band is just a total package that no other metalcore will ever step up to.

As a sidenote, u should watch Ben Koller's "KollerCam" series, he basically puts on a GoPro when he played at a live show, and u could see how he tackles the kit. He's a madman.

I think Converge are the greatest because they are true to the term Metalcore unlike many other bands because they combined elemnts of Thrash and Hardcore.

The album Jane Doe and a fantastic mixture of metal and hardcore and is one of the heaviest things I've ever heard

I had to go all the way to 40 to see a non-poseur band? Have you people not seen all your favorite bands wearing these dudes' shirts in band photos? It's cause they all know Converge are better than their sorry asses.

Why is this no.22 when As I Lay Dying is no. 1? Not to mention the other garbage that are above this band. This list is a joke.

12 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.

These guys are amazing. Every instrument is on point, nice growling and clean vocals. Insane technical skill, and they can pull it all off live. They also incorporate many different genres into the metal, and it leaves me in awe how smoothly they can transition in between them.

Jesus Christ. This list has made me lose faith in humanity. A bunch of third-string wranglers from a terrible metalcore subgenre, that its fans mistake for metalcore itself, taking space away from good bands like BtBaM. And why are they so far down anyway? I thought they had actual popularity.

This band should be number 1 to be honest

This the band should be #1

13 Asking Alexandria Asking Alexandria are an English metalcore band from York, North Yorkshire formed initially in 2008 by lead guitarist Ben Bruce along with former lead singer Danny Worsnop, bassist Joe Lancaster, keyboardist and synth player Ryan Binns, and current members drummer James Cassells and rhythm guitarist more.

Sure, if you consider the actual music aspect of AA, there are better on this list, like Escape The Fate. Not to say that they aren't talented, they definitely are. But Danny Worsnop can scream like nothing I've heard. His lows are fairly average, in league with most of the bands on this list, but his highs are incredible. His high screams sound like he's screaming through a tube, and the sound is coming out far away. He makes them sound almost unattached, like he's throwing his voice! His performance at the Mitch Lucker memorial show was also one of the best. But this band isn't just Asking Danny. Ben Bruce can pump out some pretty intense breakdowns, and his verses are pretty neat too. And the topics that they sing out are real. Sure, a lot of them are about women (wink wink), but most of their songs are about substance abuse and relationship problems. All in all, Asking Alexandria deserves to be in the top ten, after making it through the MANY problems they've had.

Best band! Danny Worsnop can sing and scream. The band can play anything and do anything. They have made the best metalcore songs and are better than anything else. I have heard many other MC bands but just can't get into their music. When I discovered this band for myself, I fell in love with their music. It has the best balance of singing and music. Danny knows when to sing and when to scream. Many other bands cannot make this happen in their music. Every single song is brilliant. This is the best band in the world!

In my personal ranking, AA is always number 1! I'm also fan of post-hardcore, trancecore and metalcore genre. I was fascinated to A Skylit Drive's clean vocal, I See Stars' trance breakdown and Augusts Burns Red's head-blowing metalcore breakdowns, fast drumming and guitar rifts but when I first listened to the album Stand up and Scream by Asking Alexandria, I freaked out by all of those elements that are combined together in one song! Songs like Alerion, The Final Episode, A Candlelit Dinner with Inamorta, If You Can't Ride Two Horses At Once…You Should Get Out Of The Circus, A Prophecy and When Everyday's the Weekend, Welcome, Dear Insanity, Closure, To the Stage and Reckless n' Relentless shows that AA is not only capable of combining Metalcore, Post-Hardcore, Trancecore and screamo, but can also make the world's best music of the genres! AA is really taking Metalcore, Post-Hardcore, Trancecore and screamo to a whole new level which had never done by any existing bands... Yeah, ...more

Saw them live, was by far the best gig I've ever been too, their simply epic in every way... I can't say this for many bands but I like every single song they make and the fact that the band was only formed 2008 and was successful both in the UK and in the State's with in a few years which is a massive achievement show's how epic they are

14 The Dillinger Escape Plan The Dillinger Escape Plan is an American mathcore band from Morris Plains, New Jersey. The group originated in 1997 after the disbanding of Arcane, a hardcore punk trio consisting of Ben Weinman, Dimitri Minakakis, and Chris Pennie.

They have more skill than any band on this list. Also, Greg is probably the best vocalist in the whole scene

The BEST live band around. Not the best band, though. But definitely worth every penny to see them live.

If you saw this band live you would know exactly why they deserve to be in the top 10.

These guys are not metalcore. Most talented band on this list.

15 Hatebreed Hatebreed is an American metalcore band from Connecticut, formed in 1994. They have released 7 studio albums to date, most recently The Concrete Confessional on May 13, 2016. Their musical style blends influences from hardcore punk and heavy metal; a prominent band within the hardcore scene, they have more.

Hatebreed is the more hardcore punk side of metalcore and it's done so well. It has to be said that if you like one album by these guys you will like every other album they release and not in a bad way. The only thing really against Hatebreed is the lyrics I'm not a huge fan of bands like Suicidal Tendencies for the fact that the lyrics are all super tough guy lyrics. Though Hatebreed has more to their lyrics than look at how tough I am. They still have those moments.

Metalcore didn’t start by hatebreed, don’t be an idiot.
Crossover Thrash started at 80s, far earlier than hatebreed. Crossover Thrash was the prototype of old metalcore. Hatebreed is a advanced version of them.
New metalcore is a completely different thing, got a huge influences from some non-metalcore bands, especially At The Gates, In Flames, and Pantera.

This band should definitely be ranked higher than they are...they bring the fierce every album and the live show is totally BAD ASS! Don't be a sissy and check them out you'll thank me for it later

No At the gates was melodic death metal and hade nothing to do whit metalcore. Not sure if metalcore started whit hatebreed but it was NOT At the gates.

16 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.

Their earliest works are like guilty pleasures for me, but around 2009's With Roots Above this band stepped it up big time. One year later, 2010's Zombie EP shattered ideology around this band. They had crafted something insane. Another year goes by, and the band puts out Dead Throne in 2011, which I will say is the biggest record they done. 8:18 is also good but the middle portion of the bands career has left a massive impact with these conceptual releases. Miles above anything BMTH or AA could ever accomplish.

The Devil Wears Prada is good band, but there's no metalcore on this list, most of the bands here are melodic metal with breakdowns taken from hardcore. Parkway Drive and Suicide Silence are death metal with many breakdowns, Trivium based on thrash metal, Lamb Of God is groove metal. I actually like bands like The Devil Wears Prada, Trivium, As I Lay Dying, A7X etc. But they never played metalcore, metalcore is Acrid, Oathbreaker, Cursed, Starkweather and many others.
P. S: don't't trust Wikipedia.

I don't understand why Asking Alexandria are told to be better than them. The Devil Wears Prada has much better instrumentals and much better screams. The Devil Wears Prada is one of those bands who always surprises you with each new release.

What 10. I love his vocals and the guitars. The best part is the breakdowns and how well they work with the guitars to make it way more melodic. The cleans are amazing too.

17 Periphery

I love their new song blood eagle

Just the best band ever.

18 Memphis May Fire

I think this band is so amazing Matty Mullins (lead singer) is so awesome at what he does this is literally my favorite Metalcore band and this will always be my favorite this band saved my life so many times they also made me in a better mood throughout the day plus I feel as if Matty Mullins understands what people go through he is beyond amazing along with the whole band itself. They have something that a lot of bands don't have. I love MMF! An Matty you're amazing at what you do and don't forget that! I literally wish I could go to one of your concerts one of these days I also would totally love to meet everyone! I think MMF should be #1 on the list.

Best singer ever, seriously this guy is amazing. As for the rest it is just as good, powerful, efficient, melodic when it comes to choruses... It's hard to go through an entire album though but once you've heard a few songs from other bands and then go back to Memphis May Fire you realize that there's always something more... That something that most of today's bands don't have... Talent

This is an amazing band. I LOVE the lyrics to many of their songs because their songs actually have meaning. I mean Beneath the Skin? That song is a gift from heaven because it's just beautiful. The lead singer has amazing vocals and it's just... BAM!

Come on guys, cleans are great and screams are amazing. Pitches that have some actual diversity opposed to a bland, monotonic scream all the way through. You can actually tell which song you're listening to with mmf.. Give them a higher place than 21!

19 Northlane

Extremely under rated.
A group of musicians with real talent and clever ideas, this band moves me in a certain way that only very very few bands can.
People talk about how unique their favorite band on this list really are.. Well in that case so will I. If u really think u have heard something unique, then please have a proper listen to this band.

Really interesting layers, especially in the album Singularity. The lyrics don't suck, but the vocals are actually distracting from the music... the instrumental version of the album is incredible.

Fantastic vocals by Marcus Bridge, some of their older stuff is really fantastic too.

Very unique sound, haven't heard a band that's een close to their style! I have high expectations for node!

20 Volumes

Volumes is still pretty "new" and I won't be surprised when they hit top ten very soon. Such an amazing band with potential.

When you listen to songs such as "Edge of the Earth" and "Vahle" you just want to keep listening more and more. These guys are so addictive!

The riffs are so catchy and as a band they can breakdown and be ambient. They should be 2 or three not 97

Great progressive metalcore band, but they haven't overcome Northlane...

21 In Hearts Wake

This band artistically and sonically is one of the better bands that I have listened to, and I have a good amount of metalcore albums. I hope they don't get overlooked because so many good bands are releasing good albums and it is easy to miss a great release because of this. They are a band that truly deserve to be heard. Also it has to be said that their music has tremendous substance!

These are some relatively new guys that really deserve a listen. If your into the idea of unique breakdowns and a sound that can be described as Parkway drive with clean vocals, then this is the band for you. Deserves to be top 10 with their latest album Divinitation.

Just started listening to this band and they're really amazing. As the other comment stated, the same heavy screaming that parkway drive has with beautiful clean lyrics. Really worth a listen



Erra is absolutely the best Metalcore band in the world! (in my opinion) Their blend with harsh and clean vocals are absolutely godly.

Please give these guys a listen. They are one of the most complete bands I've ever heard, and deserve far more recognition than they've gotten. In just two albums they absolutely shattered my conception of what I considered a good band to be. These guys are the future of the genre. Check out "White Noise", "The Architect", "Alpha Seed", "Dreamwalkers", "Hybrid Earth", "Rebirth", "Warrior", and "Lights City".

Anybody who listens to ERRA knows how good of a band they are, anybody who doesn't, should. These guys wear the metalcore crown. Shame on the people who made this list.

They are gonna get big. They are 322th now, just to know for you who see them in top 10 in the future - this is how they started.

23 Texas In July

They are like August Burns Red little brother... but sounds good.. I like their sound.

Adam gray is literally the best drummer ever.. amazing band!

Drummer puts on quite a show

Banda linda de perfeita!

24 Shadows Fall Shadows Fall is an American heavy metal band from Springfield, Massachusetts, formed in 1995. Although the band has experienced several line-up changes, for most of its recording career, Shadows Fall has been composed of Jonathan Donais, Matt Bachand, Paul Romanko, Brian Fair, and Jason Bittner.

Wow this band is criminally underrated, shadows fall, killswitch engage and lamb of God were the 3 bands that popularized the "core" sound we know today (I know lamb of God is more groove metal but a lot of elements in their music reflects metalcore so they are an influence on the genre. Also, shadows fall started doing solos again since they started (the 90's and 00's were a dark time for metal since not many bands played solos and we had all this nu metal and nothing else. Shadows fall was a band that ignored that trend and paved the way for a lot of metalcore bands to follow. They are a top 3 in book.

Awesome heavy, melodic riffing and, Mind Blowing Guitar solos that put most other metalcore bands to shame. They are the perfect blend of Swedish Death Metal and American Hardcore, one of the few metalcore bands that I truly love.

How is Asking Alexandria ranked higher then Shadows Fall? SF has been around for at least twice as long as aa!

I agree with the guy below way better than asking alexandria should be top 10

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