Top 10 Best Christian Metalcore Bands

The metalcore is a fusion between extreme metal and hardcore punk. Many of the metalcore bands are Christian. What do you think is the best?
The Top Ten
1 August Burns Red August Burns Red is an American metalcore band from Manheim, Pennsylvania. Formed in 2003, the group began their first performances while a majority of the members were attending their senior year of high school, and soon began playing shows around Lancaster, before being signed to CI Records. Afterwards, they were signed to Solid State Records, and most recently to Fearless Records. Prominent features of their music include heavy breakdowns and odd-meter riffs as well as often lyrics covering topics such as depression, social tolerance, and grief at the death of a loved one. They have now started writing for other bands too, they wrote 'Find My Way' for their friends band FROM INSIDE which is due out Summer 2016. Details of other projects they are working on is set to be released on their Facebook page.

There's a reason these guys headline this list. If your truly searching for honest, pure metal done expertly and at standards that far excede anything either secular or Christian, these ARE your guys. There is literally nothing bland, standard, boring or simple from these guys; there is only progression and perfection. Since Rescue & Restore, each song literally feels as though it were meticulously crafted with these incredible and remarkably unique breakdowns and bridges that never get old. There just isn't a band out there capable of what ABR does on the regular. The impeccable artistry of all 5 of these regular dudes leaves me at a loss every time I hear them. When I think of Jesus loving, gut wrenching, sonic metal whose lyrics often time trump hyms, I think of ABR...

An extraordinary band, they are very talented. Creativity of them seem to have no end, their songs are the amazing and charming. I like listening to August Burns Red, but I miss a clean vocals on some songs. They, however, are not limited to just listen Constellations that we were impressed. His later projects are also great. We can say that they are one of today's best bands.

Their songs are a mix of heavy melodic music and Christian value based lyrics and it's just a perfect mixture of this that makes their songs so powerful and spirit filled. Their songs just SCREAM! Out JESUS to the whole world which I've never seen in any other Christian band.

Man, this band is the most openly christian band in this whole world. They even shout the name of Jesus, God, Holy Spirit, or they even pray for the crowds after their concerts and they would even cheer me up. As I Lay Dying just plays christian music that's all. They are not too open. But abr is.

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 albums.

Hard to say whether this band is truly Christian. From what I know, they professed the Christian faith openly in the past. They called themselves Christians. But honestly, I have my doubts. Currently, the singer is arrested, leaving the band on hiatus, and he revealed he became an atheist. For those who do not believe, look at the lyrics of some songs, like "This Who We Are"; it may seem that they are not practitioners of Christianity, but I think they had a different view on religion, unusual way of interpreting and expressing their faith. All indications are that the remaining players will continue to make music without bringing Christian references in his compositions. There was a change. But we must know that they were a Christian band. The statements of the singer about his atheism concern the change he suffered later. Despite the controversy, we must consider the As I Lay Dying a Christian metalcore band. Only giving the lyrics we can draw clearer conclusions. The truth is they ...more

I don't know how to say how much this band influenced my life in good way. Their music is so inspiring to better yourself, and it helps you to find out your way in life. After listening of As I Lay Dying and Still Remains I have become better person and it helps me to feel closer to God

No matter if they are not really Christians. What matters is that they are an amazing band and their songs pass a positive message. That's what makes them a great metalcore band

This Is my favorite Christian metal band I heard.
It's the only Christian metal band I heard!

3 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.

Amazing.. listen to Rosamary Had an Accident. The band has been on the scene since at least 2005 and continue to produce beautiful compositions. There are a lot of poetic metaphors in the lyrics. They don't just write songs, they write albums which tell stories, are themed and have purpose. The vocals are very unique and the drumming is out of this world.

This band shoul be in the first place. They have an original and awesome sound, they don't do generic metalcore songs, and they have REAL deep and wise lyrics, unlike other bands that just fill space with the lyrics. Truly a great band

I don't really listen to any Christian bands other than The Devil Wears Prada and I only actually listen to them because of A Day To Remember, but, yeah, THEY'RE AWESOME!

Clearly the best. Dead Thrpne puts them on top if Zombies or With Roots Above and Branches Bellow didn't.

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

Personally, extremely overrated. Their only chasing safety was amazing, but almost everything that followed was some sort of Circa Survive-ish attempt at innovation. I love what these guys brought to the table, but all in all, very expected. All I can say is, I pray that whenever August Burns Red disbands, they receive as much accolades as these guys, because what ABR has done throughout their album's to include their faithfulness is truly remarkable...

Probably THE most well known Christian metalcore band out there and for good reason! Had one of the most talented clean vocalists in the Metalcore Scene and has well written songs, music and lyrics wise!

Come on! It's Underoath. Even though they aren't necessarily a Christian band right now, they've made plenty of songs during their time.

These guys were one of my first Metalcore bands other than Demon Hunter and I still love them to this day!

5 Haste the Day

This is a great band with great melodies and magnificent choruses. Their songs are incredible. I just think that the vocals could be improved, but they are great! All of them work often bring excellent choruses and fantastic break downs... I love them

Haste the Day -When everything Falls.. I think its #1myself.. Although the others are nice also this is my favorite band although I did not think it was a Christian band when I first herd it.

Truly an epic band.I listened to every one of there albums for months at a time before I eventually settled on Dreamer and Pressure The Hinges.
I love this band!

Every album is so good! Attack of the wolf king, Pressure the hinges and coward are masterpieces!

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

This band is definitely my favorite metalcore bands out there. Every one of their songs has a deeper meaning behind them. Like son of the morning and the finisher. At first I didn't get either of the songs songs until I looked it up and it blew me away. I am so proud of this band I can tell you listen to any one of theirs songs and you will like it! Check me out they are sick!

Love this band, Children of Fire is one song you must hear before you die

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

Aight, these guys are a bit of an enigma. They lost 2 guys who quit to become missionaries, but have also almost dissolved due to doctrinal differences as well. Is For Today a Christian band? For sure, but at times they feel almost scripted in their presentation. They have a couple of gems no doubt, but a large swath of their material is little more than polished hardcore all the way down to Matty Montgomerys vocals. I don't know, they are definitely interested in God's Kingdom, but at the same time, some kind of social uprising that runs along side much of their album's too; there's something I just don't get with them.
While bold in Christ, they are really ordinary in metal. I just wish Montgomery would change his vocals far too often.

This is the band that really got me into metalcore. I was quite surprised when I saw that their lyrics were similar to those of the artists we play in my church. When I listened to My Confession for the first time I just loved the lyrics as well as the music. The message was clear and I really felt that I could relate to it. In my opinion it's the best Christian metalcore band along with August Burns Red and Demon Hunter.

I really want to like these guys more than I do. They are openly Christian, however, album after album their their sound remains static with few exceptions. I love their breakdowns, love their ministry, but have outgrown their formulaic and predictable approach.

My favorite of all time. Met Mattie Montgomery at a show and watching him pray with every individual fan had me in tears. He and the rest of the band are True inspirations and they speak truth to troubled youth. They have shown me through god that I am not useless and I have a purpose

8 The Chariot

This band belongs to a particular style of metalcore, known as mathcore. It is a very technical and experimental style ( and very chaotic, I would say ).

9 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.

I like Demon Hunter because they just get me motivated to seek the ways of God! These guys have a gift! I also like August Burns Red, As I lay Dying, The Devil Wears Parada, Wolves at the Gate, and Oh, Sleeper the same way!

This band has been a God send for this broken Vet. Coming home from war with multiple injuries both seen and unseen, this band helped me bare my soul and allowed myself to heal.

A lot of their stuff is metalcore, but a lot of it is also alternative metal. They're kinda half and half.


#1 song for me. Makes me wanna violently trash my house, or break a chair over something, while screaming at the top of my lungs!

10 War of Ages

These guys are straight hardcore. They bear no relation to ABR at all. However, they are actually really solid in most ways. As is the case with most hardcore, their style can get stale and clunky but what's nice is how rare that actually is with WoA. They have some really slick and balanced breakdowns and their singer does actually do more than talk scream. Lyrically, they touch of Christian struggles and contemporary issues musically, they fall in between Snapcase and maybe A Day to Remember...
B- all day

One of the best Christian bands around. Look at all the music they are turning out. Definitely driven, and always something new to listen to!

The Contenders
11 Blessthefall Blessthefall is an American metalcore band formed in Phoenix, Arizona in 2004. The band's music combines elements of post-hardcore and screamo, featuring a mix of clean and screamed vocals. They have been lauded for their emotionally charged lyrics and intricate instrumentals, gaining them a dedicated following. Blessthefall has released multiple albums and toured extensively, cementing their place in the metalcore scene.

These guys are marginally Christian. Sure, Jake Lurhs has a cameo on a song off Hollow Bodies, but their song content is very wordly (for lack of a better word). These guys walk the line, but musically, BTF are tight, heavy and trendy. If your looking for nebulous, Christian metal, with a little Memphis may fire and of mice and men with a splash of I see stars, these your guys.

They aren't too overt, but their members are Christian and they do have some lyrics in their songs hinting at their faith. Singer's wife is the singer LIGHTS.

It is a Christian band, and a great one!

Hollow bodies is a gorgeous album!

12 Fit For A King

Perfect balance of melodic and heavy styles. Not only do they have brutal breakdowns and fierce screams, but they have something many alternatives out there don't: gripping emotion. Tracks like Oblivion will show you what I mean. This band is the definition of Christian metalcore.

They are becoming more and more I am listining to Fit For A King, my beloved Band.
Here is everything matching, Sound, Vocals, Lyrics and the full power of positive energy.

The lyrics hit home. If more people could get past the sound, they'd love it.

Just recently discovered them, but I really enjoy their music!

13 Wolves at the Gate

Super versatile; see Back to School.
These guys are so under rated...great vocals, solid breakdown's and a sincere devotion to Christ...

They are absolutely amazing. Great sound, inspirational lyrics and awesome message!

Amazing Sound. Amazing Lyrics! Amazing Group of guys spreading the gospel!

Dude I truly love these guys they are so touching and fanatic to me. my favorite song is called oh the dephs.

14 Living Sacrifice Living Sacrifice is an American Christian metal band formed in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1989. Over the years, their music has evolved to encompass various styles, including thrash metal, death metal, and metalcore. They are considered pioneers in the Christian metal genre, known for their unflinching lyrics and complex compositions. Living Sacrifice has been influential not only in religious circles but also in the broader metal community.

Original, brutal, unrelenting. Like nothing else. Absolute pleasure to listen to.

Should easily be at the top of this list. As they basically, along with ZAO, started Christian Metalcore!

15 Impending Doom Impending Doom is an American Christian deathcore band from Riverside, California. The group has released five full-length studio albums and are currently a five piece with vocalist Brook Reeves as one of the two original remaining members along with Manny Contreras who left the band in 2010 but returned in 2012. The band refers to their style of music as "Gorship", which is described by Reeves as "Worshiping God through our gore-sounding music".

100 % Brutality,100 % Gospel of Jesus Christ driven...

16 Phinehas

This band is extraordinary. They make beautiful vocals, awesome guitar solos, awesome break downs, bass and drums in tune. The band is the true metalcore. I just think some of their songs are very gloomy and depressing, but they are amazing! I love these guys. They are great, should be among the top ten...

Great band awesome vocalist, awesome acoustic songs as well, probably one of my favorite bands really helped me turn my life around.

Why are they not at like the top of the list? Such good guys, Amazing artists, Great lyrics...

Honestly, I consider them better than Underoath and The Chariot

17 Memphis May Fire Memphis May Fire is an American metalcore band formed in Denton, Texas and currently signed to Rise Records.

With their newest album, Unconditional, there is no longer any question regarding these guys devotion to Christ. If your looking for heavy without the radio flair, these are the guys you've been searching for. Look for that super heavy, breakdown band you can show off to your friends? Boom, got em...
Highly recommend The Hollow as an introduction...

My best band so far. Their songs have been inspiration in my life. I thank God for for their music everyday!

These guys remind me why to stay true to my faith. Thank God I have them to look to when in need of uplifting!

This is my favorite Christian Hardcore band. Listen to the lyrics on one of their songs.

18 Norma Jean

I've had a long long "love" affair with these guys. There isn't a genre that quite fits them. These guys library is quite extensive and covers a lot. These are some albums that scream the gospel and others that seem like aimless noise. These is no question these guys have a uniqueness to what they bring to metal, a constant to their heaviness; they are literally pioneer's, but at times, I feel like I'm being taken advantage of too. Look, just know Living Sacrifice, The Chariot and Maylene and the Sons of Disaster all came from or became who NJ is today...never judge a book by its cover

a great tune from 'em is "I Used to Hate Cell Phones, Now I Hate Car Accidents". When I heard it for first time, I knew they were a great metalcore band!

19 Silent Planet

One of my all-time favorites! Great guys with love for people.

Should be at the top.

20 Sleeping Giant

I've never seen them live, but I've watched them on YouTube countless times. Tommy is an amazing man of faith and pure love for people. He loves Jesus so much, and it is shown in praise dancing, bowing, and full outpour at every show. This band is thick with the Holy Spirit and never fail to give praises.

Most definitely the best I so wish I can be in their concerts. I love how they preach and pray for others I smile when I see their videos. their awesome to me.

21 Blessed by a Broken Heart

These guys embody fun..

22 Becoming the Archetype

Becoming the Archytype is ( in my opinion) the best Christian metalcore band, all time in fact. Their music is much more complex than some of the top ranked on this list. I think that they are much more progressive in style and bring an Avant-garde metal sound that comes close to rivaling such bands as Messhuggah and Gojira. Artistically they are far and away better than any band on this list. No offense to August Burns Red or As I Lay Dying because I love the sound of most all Metalcore bands (especially the bands that have positive song concepts). That being said, BTA should be much higher on this list. If you are listing real metalcore bands that totally shred from first song to last.

In my humble opinion this band should be in the top 10, their music has so much taste and variety. There's something for everyone in there

23 Texas In July Texas In July was an American metalcore band formed in Ephrata, Pennsylvania in 2007. The band's music incorporates elements of melodic metalcore and progressive metal, often featuring intricate guitar work and complex drum patterns. They were known for their high-energy live shows, earning them a strong following in the underground metal scene. Texas In July disbanded in 2015, but their music continues to be celebrated among metalcore enthusiasts.

Very Great. Much like. Newest album is definitely a much better produced work than their first album

24 Fallstar

Yeah underrated. Backdraft Album is one of my top 10. The band has an awesome style and passion for God

This is the best band ever... Should be in top 10

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