Top 10 Greatest Christian Hard Rock Bands

The most liked genre from the beginning was Hard Rock. Here is the list of Christian Hard Rock bands.
The Top Ten
1 Skillet Skillet is an American Christian rock band formed in Memphis, Tennessee in 1996 and based in the United States.

Hands down, Skillet is the best out there! I first heard their songs, some years ago, on my uncle's CD's and I've just kept listening to them over and over. Once you hear them, you'll never get over the songs. Their albums are amazing and hearing them live is even better! One of my favorite Christian band!

They have music for depression, songs about how much God loves you, and if you've heard Hero you can tell they're Christians. I wasn't a fan as a little kid, but now I absolutely ADORE them.
Go listen to Whispers In The Dark, it shows how much love Christ has flr his bride (the church) and it makes me teary-eyed just thinking abiut it. So thankful for the Savior who has done so much for me! :-)

I love the fact that Skillet is at the top of Best Christian Rock Bands, Best Christian Metal Bands and now Best Christian Hard Rock bands. That just shows how extremely awesome they are.

I find Skillet boring now. They once were my favorite band, but after I listened to their songs a few times over, they just sounded... repetitive and boring.

2 RED Red is an American christian alternative rock/alternative metal band from Nashville, Tennessee, formed in 2002 by brothers guitarist Anthony Armstrong and bassist Randy Armstrong, with lead vocalist Michael Barnes.

Red is one of my favorite bands of all time, among Nine Lashes and Decyfer Down.
The vocals, though sometimes harsh (which I don't necessarily mind) are incredible.
The guitar riffs are powerful and inventive.
They've developed their own style: cinematic, building and generally a massive sound. Some rock bands (like Skillet, Firelight, even Disciple sometimes) just sound very flat. Red does not fall into that category.
Go listen to Darkest Part, Already Over and Pieces. You won't be disappointed.

Creative, engaging, unique, full sound - fantastic. Often when I hear "screamo bands" in my search for fresh music, it only takes less than 3 seconds of play time to switch them back off. I do not consider Red a screamo band. They are a talented and lyrically musical band that is able to incorporate some screaming in a way that is musically relevant enough that I can stand it (I am after all, 50+! ). Of course, I still appreciate the Red songs with minimal screaming. All in all, my favorite band. Stay true Red!

I wish people could know how great Red really is. They have wonderfully written, passionate songs. (concept or not) Not only do they knock most bands, including Skillet, out of the park live, but also in studio. They have a very clear and amazing sound. So come on Red fans! Vote for the best Christian hard rock band, if not band, out there! No offense Skillet fans. I used to be a huge Skillet fan until I heard Red.

The greatest christian hard rock band ever is RED. I have no doubt in my mind that they are number 1. If I had to make my own top ten list it would have to be.

1. Red
2. Demon hunter (even though they are more alternative metal)
3. Decyfer down
4. Sent by ravens
5. Project 86
6. Love and death
7. Pillar
8. Fly leaf
9. Kutless
10. TFK

3 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.

Even though I'm not into the screaming/growling vocals, the clear vocals are the best I've heard. their music is, can't think of a proper adjective, I just can't' get enough of their sound.

These guys deserve to be at least number 2. They are amazing. Their voices grab you and get your attention. I honestly can't get enough of these guys.

One of the best of both metal and hard rock in the christian world in my opinion.

Demon Hunter overall has been making very good songs. I love their song "On My Side."

4 Thousand Foot Krutch Thousand Foot Krutch is a Canadian Christian rock band formed in 1995. They have released eight albums. They have also released two live albums and three remix albums.

Thousand Foot Krutch is just... Purely amazing! You can have a lot of different sounds to suit you mood, and different songs carry different messages to help you through life. I would recommend Phenomenon (The first song I ever listened to by TFK), War of Change, Last Words, Everyone Like Me, Be Somebody, and The End Is Where We Begin. They are just so amazing! TFK is EASILY my favorite band. RAWK ON!

Thousand foot krutch has been my favorite band for the last ten years now. I've got everyone pig their albums from set it off to oxygen inhale. They have a good mix of hard rock, nu-metal, soft rock and worship. I also have found allot of their musics lyrics very relatable.

One of the Top Hard Rock bands who manage to put out great hits with Every Album. You can't go to a sporting event with out hearing one of the songs! You gotta love how their lyrics are so real and melodic with a rock/punk infuse. It makes their music so addictive!

I discovered TFK through my cousin (also got me to also love Skillet) they show the Christian side in hard rock where bands like Skillet, Red, and Pillar you have to look into the lyrics and meaning of them to see the true Christian side. TFK also has a variety of music to fit your personality and mood.

5 Flyleaf Flyleaf is an American rock band formed in Bell County, Texas, in 2002. The band has charted on mainstream rock, Christian pop and Christian metal genres.

Flyleaf is my number one,no matter how much I listen to them I'll never get enough of hearing Lacey Sturm's voice.

Cassie is their number one song in my opinion.

Come on, why isn't flyleaf in the top ten!?

Come on, flyleaf rocks!

6 Stryper Stryper is an American Christian metal band from Orange County, California. The group's lineup consists of Michael Sweet, Oz Fox, Perry Richardson, and Robert Sweet.

They started it all and the new album No More Hell To Pay shows they are still kicking ass!

Stryker was one of the very first hard rock metal Christian bands. They opened a lot of doors as well as hearts

To Hell with the devil. I think I've made my point

1narnia 2stryper 3whitecross 4seventh avenue 5whiteheart 6rez 7petra 8jarc of clay 9rebecca st. James 10audio adrenaline

7 Disciple

Disciple is talented, no doubt about it. They do have a lot of screaming though. But about 50% of there songs don't and those one's are unbeatable. Dear X and Remedy are my favorites. Best Christian band along with skillet and fireflight. Ashes Remain is also really awesome.

Disciple is my third favorite hard rock band. They are only behind Skillet and Red.
I recommend buying the Attack, Long Live the Rebels, and the Love Letter Kill Shot albums.

Really good band! Amazing lyrics and they sing a good message. They know how are hard enough, but not too hard. They mix just enough yelling into their songs. Have all of their albums

Not only very good instrumental, but even better lyrical.. They are so bold for Jesus! Just AWESOME! Gob bless Disciple!

8 P.O.D. Payable on Death, also known as P.O.D., is a Christian nu metal band formed in 1992 and based in San Diego, California.

Ok, their older stuff from their satellite album was good, but their newer stuff is crap. Especially their album called Murdered Love. They dropped the F bomb while they were singing about God. Not cool.

P.O.D. should be way some controversy about christian title but really rad band lots of boss music listen to boom and you would agree

Well POD is the First and still the ONLY CURRENT Christian rock band that has gone 3rd platinum... Plus it's not their only platinum album ether. Come on y'all!?

Uh, Hello! P.O.D. are you kidding? Not even on the list. Wow. "South Town", "Boom", "Youth of the Nation"... Enough said.

9 Fireflight

Maybe I've been neglecting the Christian hard rock scene. However, I recently found this band Fireflight and I got to say... I like them a lot. That being said, # 5 on the all time list? ASHES REMAIN & PILLAR deserved to be higher. Just my opinion but all things being equal, I think those two should be ranked higher.

The first time I heard their songs I fell in love with them. Fireflight sings and rocks it out to all those who need someone to always be there for them. They are incredibly awesome and God has given them talents they haven't put to waste.
Jesus is truly the way the truth and the life.

I have all of their CD's and have seen them several times in concert and they are fantastic live! I love the edge they have in their music and dawn's voice is a gift from God. Hard, high, and soft when needed! Awesome band!

Fireflight has got that edge to their music and full of powercords and bass and dawns vocals have a way of drawing you in and the message is never sugar coated... Its there lfe through music and Jesus is always the headliner.

10 Project 86 Project 86 is an American rock band formed in Orange County, California, in 1996. Primarily categorized within the Christian rock and alternative metal genres, the band has gained recognition for its intense, aggressive sound and thought-provoking lyrics. Over the years, they have released several albums and undergone various lineup changes, but have consistently maintained a strong fan base within the Christian music community. Project 86 is known for tackling deep philosophical and spiritual questions in their music, setting them apart from their peers.

Hands down the deepest, most complex, true to the music Cristian Hardrock band... I have been listening to them since the early 2000s! Every album is different and will always leave you pleasantly surprised.

This band is great! They have been around for a long time and are one of the sickest Christian rock bands out there

Saw these guys at Joshua Fest and they were so awesome! Great band and lots of energy!

The Contenders
11 Ashes Remain

I love their song "On My Own". It reminds me that if I try to do something that I don't know how to do without help, 9 times out of 10 I will mess up.

All-time favorite. if I had to choose one artist to listen to forever, it would be them.

Ashes remain should be easily in the top 5... They are way better than the others

Amazing vocals, awesome beats, what's not to love?

12 Chevelle Chevelle is an American alternative metal band that formed in 1995 in the Chicago suburb of Grayslake, Illinois. The band was originally composed of brothers: Pete Loeffler, Sam Loeffler and Joe Loeffler.

I cannot believe Chevelle is forgotten. It is a platinum rock group and they truly rock! I have all their albums and I especially liked their Vena Sera album.

They admit they aren't Christian. They said they were mistaken as one and signed

Great Band but they're not a Christian Band.

Best of the best by far

13 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.

Voted best new heavy metal band when they first came out by heavy metal magazine

14 Nine Lashes

I was into this band before they got popular. I was listening to their excellent debut and it reminded me of how great of a band this really is. I've decided to forgive them for ascend, and here's to hoping theyll return to rocking out again. (From Water To War and Escape are their best! )

The vocal and tone of all their songs are great. Although, their newer albums are a bit too soft. I prefer their older albums, where there is a more Hard Rock aspect. Overall, great band!

World We View and From Water to War are both amazing albums that I recommend. Plus Thousand Foot Krutch and Demon Hunter have collaborated with this amazing band!

The vocals of this band are pretty amazing like in anthem of the lonely and get back, but they ruined it in their recent album which was a techno rock one.

15 Love and Death

Brian head welch..

16 Pillar

Pillar is the best band of the last decade that no one has heard of, but they are not trying to win a popularity contest. They play for the reward they will receive in heaven. No metaphoric, sugar coated lyrics here. Just In your face Jesus. Similar to their Heavy Metal Brothers in Christ "For Today"

How can anyone put pillar as #3? They should be #1! Pillar is not just another rock band that sounds like a typical rock group. They have made some of the best albums that skillet or red can't even touch.

Pillar was so great and fantastic band! I love the tattoos, dreadlocks and the screamo effect! Its epic!

I love Pillar so much I look past Religion and just enjoy the music.
This Atheist is a fan of Pillar!

17 Decyfer Down Decyfer Down is a Christian rock band formed in 1999 and based in Morehead City, North Carolina. Until 2002 – the year that Christopher Clonts joined the band – they went by the moniker Allysonhymn (pronounced All-eyes-on-Him). Decyfer Down is well known in Christian music, but the band is also more.

Decyfer Down, despite the loss of a significant band member after their first album, produced one of the best albums (in my opinion) the Christian hard rock community has ever seen. Their first album is incredible, their second, out of this world. Their most recent album, however, was somewhat disappointing for me, although some of the songs match the quality of their previous albums. My favorites of theirs include: 1. Fading 2. Crash 3. Break Free 4. Fight Like This and 5. Vanity among others too difficult to list. If I had to make a list of best Christian hard rock bands (not the most popular or well known, it would likely be:
1. Decyfer Down
2. Nine Lashes (also extraordinary hard rock)
3. Thousand Foot Krutch
4. Skillet
5. We As Human
6. Ashes Remain
7. Disciple (in general, too much screaming for me but I do like some of their songs)
8. Starset
9. Falling Up
10. Pillar
Some RED songs are absolutely amazing as well, but they also have plenty of ...more

Decyfer Down is awesome. They started out the a great album End of Grey that had some great tracks especially No Longer and Here With You. Then, they moved on to make one of the greatest Christian rock music albums ever - Crash. All eleven songs of the album including the bonus track Now I'm Alive are awesome. By this time, they suffered the loss of a big member in their band who was the lead singer and who made Decyfer as it is. Then came in the heart-touching vocalist TJ Harris from the band Fighting Instinct and raised the band to its previous glory. Last year (2016), Decyfer released its most recent album The Other Side of Darkness that was a classic. It was post grunge but all songs were awesome. Nothing More is legend!

They have great music awesome lyrics and so much meaning to them! Just a really awesome band!

This band also has very good songs... you should listen to their song called "Faded".

18 Switchfoot Switchfoot is an American alternative rock band from San Diego, California. The band plays as a quintet.

Switchfoot's words are pulled stright from the life and soul of the singer John Foreman, and almost always has a spiritual air to his songs. Tie that in with music fit for an ocean and you've got a groovy band that sounds too good for its own good.

Their hard rock songs like Dark Horses, Afterlife are equally good to their softer stuff. This is the best band ever.

Incredible band, love the way they get heavy but still leave room for fantastic melodic arrangements!

I have been listen to Christ rare rock for 40years. Swithfoot is one of a hand full of bands that are not good ate what they are trying to do that is to tell the world about our Lord Chrirt Jesus.My name Anthony Hall,I am 65 years young. My phone is 601212 4142 Peace in Christ Anthony

19 Sent by Ravens

I love the way how they put their faith into their band. Even though they are not a band anymore, I still will remember how God used them to change my life!

Listen, Mean What You Say, Best In Me, and Learn From The Night, are some of Sent By Ravens best songs on the album Mean What You Say. They have the perfect mix of everything. They have piano and violin in some songs and then hard rock in others. Mean What You Say has the best guitar solo; Listen has the best pre-chorus; the vocalist uses the perfect mix of head-voise in all his songs. They are unbelievably talented.

Don't know if they deserve to be in the top ten cause consistency is key in evaluating this kind of stuff. And I don't see how you can be all that consistent when you have released two eps and two full lengths.

This band is beyond awesome and one of tge best bands I have ever heard. They outshine any secular band out there. God is definitely using this band... Thanks guys, and keep rocking!

20 Petra

Petra was a great rock band for their time! I saw them in concert twice and they were all about God and bring the truth! I was more a fan when Greg Volz was lead singer and was amazed with his range!

Petra is pathetic. I don't know how anyone could consider them rock, unless maybe you have never heard an electric guitar before.

Not on the top ten? Petra is the greatest Christian rock band ever. They started it all.

Best Christian rock band ever they paved the way for many!

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

Come on people! Seriously?! Stryper, the very band that put Christian rock on the mainstream map, the very core of the genre ranked way down as if a side statement? Makes no sense. Then there's no mention of the best group out today which is Theocracy. Not only is their music far superior to any band mentioned here as the melody and harmonies are unlike any other, but their lyrics are deep... Deep rooted is Theocracy in theology! A Christian band should just be that - Christian. Theocracy has powerful lyrics and music to support it. With no argument or comparison, they are truly the genuine band out there and by far, and simply the best.

If you like European Power Progressive metal than this the band for you. Great Christian lyrics with talent to boot.

What the hell? This band should be #1! Why is it #65? seriously?

This band shouldn't be here!

Come on, really?

22 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.

Underoath is not a Christian "hard rock' band they are a Christian hardcore band and how are they not at the top ten they are like one of the bands that made Christian rock and metal popular!

Why weren't they already in this list?

They're not a Christian band.

23 Kutless Kutless is a Christian rock band from Portland, Oregon formed in 1999. Since their formation, they have released multiple studio albums and one live album, Live from Portland.
24 Narnia
25 The Letter Black

Recently I have listened to their 2021 album. I love their song "Born For This".

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