Best Modern Metal Bands

The Top Ten
1 Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold is an American heavy metal band, that was formed 1999 in California. Their longest lineup of members was M. Shadows (Vocals), Synyster Gates (Lead Guitar), Zacky Vengeance (Rhythm Guitar), Johnny Christ (Bass Guitar), and The Rev (Drums).

Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan (Drums), their most notable drummer, passed away in 2009, being temporarily replaced by Mike Portnoy, who was replaced by Arin Ilejay, who was finally replaced with Brooks Wackerman. A common phrase for fans "foREVer" was created after the Rev's death in his remembrance. more.

The versatility, the musicianship, the tribute to classic metal, with the addition and willingness to experiment with something new that has not been beat to death, all contribute to how great this band is. Oh yeah... and Syn Gates is INCREDIBLE, his tone? His feel? Is he a technical virtuoso the likes of Steve Vai or Paul Gilbert? Maybe not quite there, (though he is certainly close, and possibly just as good but prefers to do things more musical? ), but his ability to create this wicked mesh of dark carnival meats metal meats classical meats every other style you've heard, is just insane. Everybody is this band is super skilled... and M Shadows is the male Janis Joplin of metal/hard rock in my opinion...

What makes A7x unique is that they don't really have a specific target audience. They're not *just* a band for tough guys or emo kids or anyone else for that matter. And although they definitely have a recognizable sound, they have experimented with everything from metalcore to country to power ballads to putting an album out that was 50% covers.

I discovered Avenged Sevenfold three years ago and am now a shamelessly obsessed fangirl who knows all of their songs and has also read up on their bios. Personally, what I love most about this band is their ability to express raw emotion in a way that comes off as very mature. Most of the modern metal/rock bands I've listened to either come off as whiny or macho, but A7x always manages to sound heartfelt while still sounding badass.

Not many bands have released the diversity of albums that A7X has. EVER. The first album was pure metalcore, City of Evil is a great guitar-driven album, their self-titled album was a very successful experimental album, Nightmare had a very good dark theme, and HTTK is old-school 80s metal. Thus, each album has a different sound, and even individual songs span many genres (even into the realms of country). For their sheer versatility, they have to be the best modern rock/metal band out there. Include the facts of their talented guitar work, drumming, and solid vocals from M. Shadows, and it's no contest. A7X for the win!

So deep and diverse in addition to their prodigious talent. They reinvent themselves with each new album, and have long been universally regarded within the music industry as the best live show on Earth. But let's get down to real meat of this conversation and talk about why A7X is the best band in the world right now: Avenged Sevenfold is #1 because they have the best guitarist in the world playing on their team, the awe-inspiring Synyster Gates. The guy is a virtuoso in the studio & a master at riding the lightning in front of jam packed arenas and stadiums on the road. In addition to their musical attributes, these are just straight up good human beings. Avenged Sevenfold always treat their fans with the utmost respect and patience. They love America; they love playing with the USO for the troops overseas; and they enjoy working with veterans in their free time too. They also have the one thing no one else in metal has going for them right now. The same thing that made Rock so big ...more

2 Slipknot Slipknot is an American metal band formed in Des Moines, Iowa in 1996. The band is best known as one of the pioneers of the New Wave of American Alternative Metal during the late 1990s - 2000s and are distinguishable by the band's clothing choices, consisting of black/red jumpsuits and horror inspired masks. more.

I am not a slipknot fan but respect the skill they have. I do believe the Rev was a better drummer than Joey (RIP Rev) as you can see in songs like beast and harlot and bat country. When comparing vocals it is a personal preference and I believe Syn has given more memorable solos. Both are metal but slipknot is closer to death metal and A7X is closer to thrash metal. Please stop tearing down an amazing band as they are very good and over looked by music critics.

Slipknot was needed to bring heavy music to the masses. Iron Maiden brought needed melody to metal. Metallica brought speed and catchy rhythms to mainstream metal. Slipknot brought heaviness and break neck ferocity back into metal which was featured a lot in the underground. Slipknot was able to bring extreme metal elements to mainstream fans and make more expansive metal heads. What other band today has done that to their scale?

Slipknot is real heavy metal and Avenged Sevenfold is not. Slipknot has made one of the greatest albums ever with their debut. Then they made one of the heaviest albums of all time with IOWA. Then in 2014 they changed the metal genre with.5: The Grey Chapter. Slipknot wears the best outfits of any metal band and their live shows are amazing. Slipknot is #1 by a long shot.

I do love A7X, but it is pretty obvious that right now Slipknot is the biggest and best metal band around, I mean there is just no other like them and there never will be. And as for bullet, they are good yeah but God they don't compare to Slipknot or A7X at all. They are pretty much just the same as any other gothic metal/rock band.
Slipknot number 1 always!

3 Mastodon Mastodon is an American heavy metal band from Atlanta, Georgia, formed in early 2000 and composed of bassist Troy Sanders, guitarists Brent Hinds and Bill Kelliher and drummer Brann Dailor.

Skilful and broad in terms of music styling, Mastodon mix an uncompromising metal sound with a sweet and technical progressiveness. Their ability to switch from heavy riffs to intricate guitar and drum work never ceases to amaze me. No album sounds like the previous, they epitomise the meaning of progression. Brann Dailor's drumming style and fills are easily one of the best I have ever heard from any drummer and Mastodon are unrivalled in being the best metal band to rise to fame in the new millennium. The fourteen bands that precede them are not even in the same league (Avenged and LOG are cool though).

Mastodon Being below Avenged Sevenfold, Bullet for My Valentine and Disturbed is an absolute joke. Avenged Seveenfold just Released one of the worst albums I have ever heard, Bullet for my Valentine is like death metal for ten year olds, aka Lacking the Parts of death metal that makes it great, and adds nothing unique. Disturbed is a descent band, but that is all that they are. Descent, nothing original. Draiman is a good singer but he only sings one way. Mastodon is a truly unique band that doesn't have a single album that sounds the same and is an absolute behemoth in the world of Stoner Metal.

Mastodon are, in a word, unique. The fact that three of the band members sing keeps their music fresh all the time. Also, their music has clean and NOT growling vocals like most modern metal bands and this sets them aside from the majority of metal bands. Their song structures vary from song to song and this also contributes to distinguish them from the norm. Mastodon have progressive rock elements in their music and this also is a positive factor which ensures they maintain that unpredictability in their music. In not so many words: they're not a boring band.

Best band going at the moment. They are extremely good musicians that really compliment each other. There is no such thing as a simple mastodon song which I is what I really like about them, each song is complicated and isn't just a generic verse and chorus through out. Crack the skye is my favorite album just because some of the songs are so filled with riffs and epic drumming, their early stuff I also dig but but I think the prog root they went down with on crack the skye is the best. Long live mastodon!

4 System of a Down System of a Down, formed in 1994, is an Armenian-American alternative metal group from Glendale, California. The band name is sometimes shortened to System or SOAD. They've always been a very political band since their inception. Often being against genocide and war most notably in songs like: Pluck, more.

With Serj Tankian on vocals, Daron Malakian on guitar and occasional vocals, Shavo Odadjian as bass guitarist and backing vocals, and John Dolmayan on drums is a well known band. Serj Tankian has a very recognizable voice and the band has a very diverse form of music seen in "Chop Suey! " and "Toxicity". This band continues to go strong. They have only made 5 studio albums, but a large amount of singles.

They're amazingly diverse in their compositions, and pull it off almost every time. They've got the straight up metal songs (Toxicity, Jet Pilot, B.Y.O.B., Cigaro, Prison Song, etc...), they've got their more wacky, out there songs (Vicinity of Obscenity, Needles, Radio/Video, Violent Pornography, Bounce, etc...) and they've got their wonderful, ballad style songs (Aerials, Hypnotize, Soldier Side, Question!, etc...), and it all works so well. They're recognizable almost instantly, and have great musicianship, especially in the vocals section, with Serj and Daron supplementing it nicely. Their drummer, John, is a serious force to be reckoned with, and while he's no Danny Carey (I saw you on this list, Tool. I still love you), he's really good at what he does, from the straight up blast beating to the progressive drumming. Daron's a great guitarist, able to pull off the fast paced tremolo of B.Y.O.B., as well as the progressive chord structuring of Question!. Overall, they're just a ...more

This band is amazing, it's the most unique band I have ever listened to, every song they make is different from the other so you never get bored of them and everything is perfect in this band, the vocals, the guitar, drums, bass, and their songs are amazing and has true meaning, they're just perfect, VOTE FOR System of a Down!

System of a Down is a band, that when you actually hear it, you will know why they are the best Musicians, best singers, and best band of all time! Slipknot and A7X are very good, but they aren't System of a Down. System of a Down, Tool, RATM, and Slipknot are the only bands whose messages are real! Go METAL FOREVER!

5 Lamb Of God Lamb of God is an American heavy metal band from Richmond, Virginia. Formed in 1994, the group consists of vocalist Randy Blythe, guitarists Mark Morton and Willie Adler, bassist John Campbell, and drummer Chris Adler.

When Randy opens his mouth, a portal to Hell is opened and the screaming voices of a thousand demons enter this world via his throat. When I think METAL, I think Lamb of God. They're heavy, they have grooves, their lyrics are meaningful and intelligent, they shred and basically, they just rock. There is nothing better in the metal scene, past or present.

Lamb of god is the absolute epitome of metal. They are the most metal metal band in history, picking up where pantera left off. They're so heavy they make death metal sound like rock, and rock sound like nursery rhymes. I love A7x, but I'd put them on the top of the rock list. I'd put Bullet For My Valentine on top of the steaming pile list where it belongs

LOG are metal veterans they have been in the running for years they are the real pros how can you put these bands before LOG, they shouldn't be anywhere on this list (except for Slipknot). Bands like Bullet For My Valentine are closer to teenage pop than metal come on. Don't even get me started with Avenged Sevenfold.

Lamb of God is in my opinion one of the best bands that ever existed. I understand that people chose a7x because of Jimmy "the rev" Sullivan (R.I.P. ), but when I think of metal, Lamb of God is what gets on my mind. Also, both Slayer and Metallica aren't modern metal bands. They are amazing, but don't belong in this list.

6 Gojira Gojira is a progressive metal band from Bayonne, France. The band was known as Godzilla until 2001. Gojira is composed of Joe Duplantier on vocals and rhythm guitar, his brother Mario Duplantier on drums, Christian Andreu on lead guitar, and Jean-Michel Labadie on bass.

Gojira is on their own level right now, when I think about newish fresh metal I think of them. Definitely one of my favorite bands out. I'm a huge Opeth fan, but they have gone progressive rock now (which I love as well) for the past 10 years so I can't really consider them modern metal, but those two bands (I would add mastodon as well) have done more for metal than any of these blast beat emotionless growl nonsense that's taken metal by the balls. I love A7x as well but no way are they number 1.

Gojira has good depth, can go from beautiful to brutal in a
well timed transition, with beats reminiscent of the heaviest of metal sub-genres to the likes of math rock and jazz. Great at conveying emotion without coming off as hacks or cheesy. Well thought-out, unpretentious progressive metal without sacrificing heaviness or heart.

By far the best metal band of the past decade. Absolutely no comparison. They have redefined progressive metal and their groove is amazing. I'm not a fan of growling vocals but gojiras front man makes it work. The first trendsetters in metal was Metallica, then it was Pantera and now its gojira. Best of the best.

Gojira are geniuses. What they're able to produce aesthetically and technically with their music makes them the best out there. Every album of theirs is a masterpiece. They might be appreciated more years from now, but they're being undersold at the moment.

7 Disturbed Disturbed is an American alternative metal/nu-metal/heavy metal band from Chicago, Illinois. The band comprises vocalist David Draiman, bassist John Moyer, guitarist Dan Donegan, and drummer Mike Wengren. They are known for songs like "Down With the Sickness" and "Stricken" .

With David Draiman on vocals, Dan Donegan on guitar, Mike Wengren on Drums and John Moyer on bass, this band proves to be one of the most influential bands of all time. With their very unique style of music and covers such as "Shout 2000" and "Land of Confusion" still haven't been topped. Even though they are on a temporary hiatus since 2010, they still prove to be one of the greatest metal bands of all time. They started off with the name of brawl, but in 1996 changed to Disturbed. David Draiman formed a band called Device in 2012 with Will Hunt (drummer of Evanescene), Virus (guitarist of Dope), and Geno Lenardo (guitarist of filter) and have written "Haze" featuring M. Shadows (singer of Avenged Sevenfold), "Vilify" and "You think you know". They have produced 5 studio albums and one compilation album, 4 of the albums were #1 on the billboard 100 and 3 received platinum.

They may not be the best of all time. I will say however, Draiman is the best singerout of all these people on the list, he is and will be my favorite and is top ten of all time. Dan Donegan has speed and great rifts, and soul. His Solos are badass, there is a typical argument about speed, well perfect insanity has the speed. He has the skill and will be top 50 of all time. (He may not be the heaviest) John Moyer, well you can't really hear him, but in times when he uses his skill to help perfect a song, you can probably hear moyerat times. (The Animal) Mike Wengren, Speed percussive style, and a fluent metal sound. Even though this may be an opinion, Dammit, these guys are top 50 of all time, and #1 for MODERN DAY METAL!

These guys are easily one of the most "metal" bands on this list. Their riffs are so damn good, their singer is just amazing, every member of the band is really good at what they do, their songs are just so awesome, atmospheric, and aggressive, and they have never released a bad album or done anything wrong. I like Slipknot, but seriously? Slipknot above Disturbed? These guys are 150% better in literally every way. They are the masters of nu metal.

I don't understand how you rate LOG, Bullet For My Valentine, A7X and Slpiknot over possibly the greatest metal band in history YES I SAID IT! They've done what? 6 albums? Working on a 7th? None of them are bad, their song quality is unmatched, I'll put any song Disturbed had against a top song from any other band, and Disturbed will probably win. Please rate Disturbed higher than 5!

8 Opeth Opeth is a Swedish progressive death metal band from Stockholm, formed in 1990 by David Isberg, who invited Mikael Akerfeldt into the band as a bassist. Isberg ended up leaving the band, which lead to Mikael becoming the band's vocalist, guitarist, principal songwriter, and driving force. Along with Edge of Sanity, Opeth is credited with being the first progressive death metal band, although they now play progressive rock. Akerfeldt is good friends with Jonas Renkse of Katatonia, and Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree.

Opeth consists of high class musicians and have delivered strong melodies with interesting dynamics and tempo changes over the last two decades. It was just a year ago since I discovered this band. Now I own every single album and will remain a fan forever. One of the top bands of all time!

Sadly, the majority of musical consumers want their instant "fix" through catchy choruses and won't invest the time to let more complex compositions grow on them. Not so talented bands/artists constantly get media attention and commercial success due to their looks, a "cool" image, a single massive hit or through releasing a few 3-4 minute radio-friendly songs that consist of the chorus from beginning to end. A year later the songs that were considered great compositions are considered embarrassing and will never be played again. I don't mind a catchy chorus, but to me those wouldn't be as good without interesting verses and/or instrumental parts in between.

Opeth is the best modern metal band. They are extremely talented musicians, with extremely complex and intricate yet crushing and awesome riffs. Their guitar work is incredible. Their singer hands down has the best death growls of all time while also having an absolutely beautiful singing voice. Listen to their songs Blackwater Park, Ghost of Perdition, Reverie/Harlequin Forest, Baying of the Hounds, Leper Affinity, etc and tell me they aren't the best. Lamb of God, Avenged Sevenfold, Disturbed, and Trivium are amazing as well. Linkin Park shouldn't even be mentioned on this list.

"Tasteful" is the best way to describe Opeth. When a songwriting god the likes of Steven Wilson not only endorses, but produces your product, you can rest assured that the content is quality stuff. Found within a genre of music saturated in the obnoxious, Opeth stands alone. That being said, nothing about Opeth is obnoxious, which, to me is why they stand out. Whether it be the dark evil that simply emanates from the album 'Blackwater Park', the grinding genius of 'Deliverance', or the slowed, melancholic passion of 'Damnation', every album has a brilliant sense of archetypal focus.

I can't believe Opeth is not in the top ten. They are easily one of the most talented metal bands out there right now and these kids that say avenged sevenfold has the greatest guitarist and that Corey Taylor is a godly vocalist could really learn something by listening to this band. Mikael Adkerfeldt is a musical genius and his growl is the most demonic thing that I've ever heard. To top it all off, he has a beautiful singing voice as well.

9 Ghost Ghost is a Swedish rock/heavy metal band that was formed in Linköping in 2008. Ghost consists of 5 masked instrumentalists, known as The Nameless Ghouls, and a demonic anti-pope known as Papa Emeritus. They have released 4 studio albums, 1 live album and 2 EPs. Each album brings in a new version of Papa Emeritus. However, in 2018 the Emeritus lineage was replaced with Cardinal Copia. Ghost gained mainstream success in 2015 with the release of their 3rd album, Meliora, which won them a Grammy.

Saw Ghost live recently and have to say they were possibly the best band I've ever seen live. Cardinal Copia controlled the crowd like no other and the whole audience sang along with every lyric. These guys deserve to be way bigger.

Unique sound. Pretty fresh to the metal scene but give it a year or two and they will be big. Probably in my top 10 metal bands.

Surprised that they are so low here, they are so popular. Their music so original, like a blend of Venom and Queen.

One of the best bands in general. Forge is a genius. Love their music, their lyrics and their show.

10 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.

Trivium released their debut album, Ember to Inferno, in 2003 under Lifeforce Records. A moderate success, Trivium would later sign to Roadrunner Records a year later and establish further critical and commercial success from there on. They have currently released 8 studio albums. more.

Trivium is the best modern metal band for a number of reasons.
1. They are very smart lyrically. A lot of their songs have a much deeper meaning than what's actually being sang.
2. Signature tone and guitar sound is something that Trivium has mastered.
3. They are flat out Raw power metal and badass live.
If you haven't checked them out before, go listen to Throes of Perdition, or the whole Shogun cd in general.

Trivium kicks ass!

Either this band or Opeth really deserve to be number one. They just define epic. I love how they combine extreme technicality with emotion and soulful playing. Their album "Shogun" is easily one of the best metal albums I've ever heard, and I've heard a LOT. I love all the bands on this list, but these guys are truly something else. Give their song "Into the Mouth of Hell We March" a listen.

Nobody can compare to Trivium's combination of brutality, melody, and instrumentalism. Matt Heafy can sing with the best, and his growls and screams rival anyone today. Matt and Corey's twin guitar leads are face-melting, especially on Shogun where they use seven string guitars. Every album they progress in a new way. No other contemporary metal band out there competes.

Sorry, but every single song Trivium writes is just a rip-off of other artists (especially Metallica and Iron Maiden). No way in hell that this crappy plagiarising band deserves anywhere near this list. The band members are also a bunch of egotistical douchebags.

The Contenders
11 Linkin Park Linkin Park is an American rock band formed in Agoura Hills, California, in 1996. The members currently include Mike Shinoda (vocals, keyboards, rhythm guitar), Brad Delson (guitar), Dave "Phoenix" Farrell (bass), Joe Hahn (DJ) and Rob Bourdon (drums). Linkin Park are associated with a mixture of Alternative more.

They were nu metal band at their beginning (Hybrid Theory). Just listen to "One Step Closer" or "Papercut".

There are couple of metal songs on the second and third album like "Faint" and "No More Sorrow" but everything after that is alternative/electronic rock.

They pretty much abandoned the metal genres, but they still deserve to be on this list.

I don't care what genre Linkin Park is, but for me Linkin Park will always be a nu-metal band. The first three albums + hunting party are really good. Without LP I wouldn't listen any "real" or "aggressive" metal.

They are the best metal band ever.
Chester is an Amazing vocalist and his screams are awesome. They deserve to be first, although I'm happy to see avenged sevenfold on the top

The best musics I have ever listened in this category. They can not be compared with others because Linkin Park have not root in the ground.

12 Black Label Society Black Label Society is an American heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California formed in 1998 by Zakk Wylde.

Black Label Society should be number 1. Why? Because they are the very thing a metal band should be. Guys playing for the fans and not caring about money, fame or selling out. They have stayed true to the metal genre without selling out or going commercial. Also Zakk Wylde is basically one of the modern metal kings. Black Label Society is definitely the best modern metal band

Because Zakk Wylde is an absolute beast. You really need to listen to Godspeed Hellbound and In this River.

Super underrated band definitely deserves to be in top 5 at least.

These guys should be in the top ten for the riffs alone! Plus zakk wilds unique vocals

13 Bullet For My Valentine Bullet for My Valentine are a Welsh metalcore 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 James; both were on bass. They were formed under the name Jeff Killed John and started their music career by covering songs by Metallica and Nirvana. Jeff Killed John recorded six songs which were not released; two of these tracks were reworked later in their career as Bullet for My Valentine. Financial difficulties dictated the name change, which was followed by a change in music direction. In 2002, more.

Bullet For My Valentine is from frustrations... Dissatisfaction... & much more... Who voted for A7x? This band sings of reality between love & hate... This is a band who can piss off others on stage... I don't know what these people means about metal... But surely they just don't get Bullet For My Valentine from heart... Bullet For My Valentine doesn't write in the name of lyrics.. They are the reality.. Crushing riffs.. Harmonized lead lines.. Excellent drum patterns... Bullet For My Valentine calls for pain... This a heavy metal band... Anyone having doubt about this can go and check their knowledge about different subdivisions of metal genre... Bullet For My Valentine IS THE BEST...

BFMV is one of the pioneer bands in the Genre Metalcore who are hugely inspired by bands like Metallica, Slayer, Iron maiden and Nirvana. I personally like their sound a lot specially for the use of clean tone as well as heavy riffs along with goose bumping lyrics of the songs. Matthew Tuck is definitely one of those Vocalist who can scream his throat out his body and playing shredding solos in his guitar - Not an easy task brother…If you have not listened to this band before, do try the below songs -
1. Tears don't fall
2. Your betrayal
3. Scream Aim Fire
4. All these things I hate
5. Waking the demon (listen to the live one for the snayer work by Jason Bowld)
6. Hand of blood
7. Cries in vain etc

Most people take metalcore or any metal genre as screaming noisy guitar crap genre but when the will listen to bullet for my valentine.
They will definitely know that they are the TRUE METAL BAND and they just don't make noise but mesmerize you in their musician play.
Truly the best.

All those who hate this band are total idiots and don't know what music is.

Personally, I like the drums they put out, twin pedals and the guitar solos are cool. Waking the demon will always be my favourite unless they dish out another song with better twin pedal aggression than waking the demon. Raising hell, take it out on me, scream aim fire, eye of the storm, your betrayal, are songs that are nice to play and listen to

14 Five Finger Death Punch Five Finger Death Punch, often shortened to Five Finger or Death Punch, also abbreviated as 5FDP or FFDP, is an American metal band from Las Vegas, Nevada. Formed in 2005, the band's name comes from the kung fu movie The Five Fingers of Death.

The brutal sound 5fdp can produce is incredible. There's no other like that. Ivan's screaming and singing vocals with the dual guitars of Jason Hook and Zoltan Bathory is just a great combo. Not to mention, they can also still manage to do softer songs and ballads which are also pretty good. Though, the best thing about them is the messages they put in their songs. Some of them are great for venting anger. Some of them are great for getting a true message voiced. Some of them are relatable. Some of them are all of those, such as "Stranger Than Fiction". They're just the best in my opinion.

Awesome members, live shows, instrumentals, lyrics, vocals, and everything desirable in metal. On par with Slipknot. They make amazing groove metal, the best sub-genra of metal in my opinion. They create brutal headbangers like The Way of the Fist and Dying Breed, but also know how to slow things down a bit for tracks like Far From Home and Battle Born. Amazing band.

Best Metal Band in the world right now. The musicality and talent of these guys far surpasses most of the bands on this list. You can hear the roots of metal coming through every song, but this is something uniquely powerful. Anthems for a new generation. Thank you 5FDP for restoring an old guy's faith in metal!

Please get this band to at least top 5. Seriously the best band I've heard in my entire life. Check out The Bleeding, Bulletproof, No One Gets Left Behind, and M.I.N.E. (End This Way) and you will see and hear exactly what I am talking about. I'm so pumped for Got Your Six!

15 Meshuggah Meshuggah is a Swedish progressive metal band from Umeå, formed in 1987. They are often considered the fathers or founders of the djent metal sub genre due to their use of downtuned guitars. They are also known for their song “Bleed”, which is known for its extremely complicated instrumentation, more.

Meshuggah have never had a soft moment in their entire (almost 30 year) history. They are pretty much the driving inspiration and responsible for all the modern djent and prog metal bands calling themselves 'metal' but failing to be half as heavy, influential or long-lasting as these crazy bastards. Not to mention they absolutely destroy live shows. Insanely awesome band who deserve more cred.

All I see is just Hard Rock kids taking the top positions. Meshuggah has been in the scene for more than 26 years. And this is sufficient enough to showcase the virtuosity and experience they command.

Meshuggah is "modern"? Are you kidding me? AMAZING band, but they're almost as old as Megadeth and Metallica, how can they be considered new by any means?

Meshuggah aren't really a "modern" metal band, they've been around since the late 80s. Not saying they're bad but they don't really belong on this list.

16 Tool Tool is an American alternative metal/progressive metal band, that was formed in 1990. more.

Well, Tool is something else. They don't follow any rules. They just deliver their song in their own way. Their bass parts are better than any modern or classic metal bands. Their songs are like drugs, you can't help falling in love with those. Rain is the best way to listen Tool song. I remember, it was raining so hardly, then I started to listening 'Righ In Two'. It felt just like I got out from this world and went to a different galaxy and that song is showing me the way

Tool is just one of those unique bands. If you were to take this band and compare them with Avenged Sevenfold, five finger...etc. Tool is on a whole new level. Tool has songs that have deep meaning and multiple views for interpretations. To me they have the old school recipes for making genuinely amazing songs that create a timeless atmosphere. The others... Create mainstream success but are shortly forgotten.

One of the best progressive metal bands ever! Every song is really unique and cool, making them one of my favorites of all time. Everything they do continues to impress me with sensational lyrics, drumming, guitars and singing. What can I say? Singing is masterful, drums are insanely good, guitars are continuously impressive and the bass is outstanding. I respect these guys so much

Modern metal - Watch Danny Carey live on the drums during a performance of "Pnuema" and you can begin to appreciate the raw talent these guys bring to the table. TOOL always challenge their audience to use their brains. Some seriously difficult time signature changes & poly-rhythms few bands can master.

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

The best band in the world in my opinion. With utterly brilliant and unique drumming and guitarist skills they blow minds of many metalers around the world to this day.

Another great band. I personally think the second sounds better but the first one is good also.

This is one of the best bands to see live! saw them with; pop evil, I prevail, in this moment, and five finger death punch.

Their cover of Holy Diver is their best song. Holy Diver's guitar solo is the best!

18 Between the Buried and Me Between the Buried and Me is an American progressive metal band from Raleigh, North Carolina. Formed in 2000, the band consists of Tommy Giles Rogers, Jr.

Between the Buried and Me are the greatest modern progressive death metal band, who also are the greatest progressive death metal band of all time already. They are the Metallica of progressive death.

24th? These guys are doing what a lot of metal isn't doing nowadays: being creative. Listen to Parallax II, Colors or Alaska to see what I mean!

19 Alice in Chains Alice in Chains is an American grunge/alternative metal band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1987 by guitarist and songwriter Jerry Cantrell and original lead vocalist Layne Staley.

Alice in Chains is grunge...

20 Amon Amarth Amon Amarth is a Swedish melodic death metal band from Tumba, formed in 1992. The band takes its name from the Sindarin name of Mount Doom.

Come one this makes a True Metalhead sad to see all this crappy Metalcore and Nu Metal bands up there.

History and mythology and metal.

Amon amarth should be #1

One of the more talented metal bands out there that aren't metalcore

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

Korn may have defined the genre of "Nu Metal" according to the "media," but in all actuality they are not so easily classified. I freely admit that a few of their albums have missed the mark. However, when they get it right, they are a force to be reckoned with. They are the only band, I can think of, that that has managed to try something different every time they've released new music. Not only do they try new things, but in doing so still manage to have a unique and recognizable sound. Of all the bands on this list, they should certainly be in the top three. Whether one wants to call them "Nu Metal," "Alterna-Metal" or something a bit harder to define, Korn has been rocking out for 23 years. They defined a genre and beyond. They're coming out with their 11th album in October, 2016.

Even if you don't like them you can't deny that they are influential and influenced amazing bands like system of a down and slipknot they have 11 albums and still have great diversity.

Music sounds great, If you like a little more heavy metal then you will probably like this band.

This should be in the top 5 at least. These guys were the pioneers of Nu Metal.

22 Pop Evil

Saw PE at a small venue with a mediocre sound system. "Take It All" kicked in, and good old RNR took over!

Check out Onyx & Up... Then you'll go back and get War Of Angels & Lipstick On the Mirror.

If you like hard rock with a catchy ballad or two, good ballads at that. Torn To Pieces snout Leigh's late father... Or insert any heartfelt longing, is an awesome song!

Check this band out!

This band is just EPIC! Their new album, Onyx RUULLEES! Welcome To Reality, Trenches, Fly Away, and more... What's not to like.

If you have never heard of this band, look up Last Man Standing and Trenches. You will not regret it. This band is going to become a hit - I know it.

Pop evil is my inspiration for doing music. It is the reason I have my own band "Breaking of the Lamb." I like to listen to "torn to pieces." when I am depressed. they have helped me wright my hit song Alpacca WArs. This is the best band in the UnIVersE... !?

This band is just the core of rock. Every single one of the tracks on onyx are just masterpiece, especially fly away and trenches. Even lipstick on the mirror is great. This band IS rock!

23 Volbeat Volbeat are a Danish heavy metal band formed in Copenhagen in 2001. They play a fusion of rock and roll, heavy metal and rockabilly.

How are they not higher... the best front man vocally on this entire list. The music is flawless and they are so diverse in their influences (Elvis, Cash, 'tallica). They change up the direction in their songs on a dime better than any band on this list. Def. top 5.

Fantastic songwriting, heavy dual guitar attack, a great rhythm section and a very talented vocalist. It's a shame they're so low on the list, check out anything off their latest album and you won't be disappointed. Great live, too.

So many different types of songs. Really written for music lovers. Brilliant writing!

Pop Evil and Bullet For My Valentine ahead of Volbeat? Are you kidding me? At least they're ahead of 5FDP...

24 Cattle Decapitation Cattle Decapitation is an American Deathgrind band from San Diego, California formed in 1996. Cattle Decapitation's songs protest the mistreatment and consumption of animals, the abuse of the environment and touch subjects such as misanthropy and genocide of the human race. Much of their music is based more.
25 Breaking Benjamin Breaking Benjamin is a American post-grunge/alternative metal/rock band formed in 1998. The bands members all changed in the time between 2010 to 2014, with the exception of Ben Burnley (Vocals). The Ex-Members included Chad Szeliga (Drums), Aaron Fink (Guitar) and Mark Klepaspi (Bass). The band is one of the most well-known bands of its genre and is associated with its electronic sounds in their songs and overall technicality. After the release of their second album "We Are Not Alone", the band gained a lot success in Europe and Asia.

Breaking Benjamin has been shifting through this list. I feel like they should, at least, be in the top 15. They haven't made a single bad song (that I've heard) and are my second favorite band (not that my opinion matters, but I just thought I'd point that out).

Whats wrong! This is an amazing band deserves to be in top 10, the melody, with metal in the chorus and touching lyrics the best combination ever!

Are you kidding me, bb is the best should be in the top tens. They have about 50 songs, each one is breath taking. Every song is amazing, not one song you won't like. Why are they 23?

Great band, but there alternative rock. Not metal

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