Best Screamo/Death Metal/Metalcore Bands


The Top Ten

1 Bullet For My Valentine 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; more.

YEAA Bullet For My Valentine is the best metalcore band ever!
Just listen to Waking the demon, Suffocating under words of sorrow, Scream aim fire.
They are the best!

Waking the demon. That one really does it. Nothing else is required to show why BFMV is at the top of this list. If you haven't heard it, I pity you.

Bullet For My Valentine have the best songs ever like waking the demon and scream aim fire, your betrayal...

Really happy about hem behing #1! Litteraly all of their songs are masterpieces! Beat beand ever!

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2 As I Lay Dying As I Lay Dying As I Lay Dying is an American metalcore band from San Diego, California. Founded in 2000 by vocalist Tim Lambesis, the establishment of the band's first full lineup, which included drummer Jordan Mancino, occurred in 2001. As I Lay Dying has released six albums, one split album, and two compilation more.

All that remains as I lay7 dying and parkway drive are the best by far they have awesome guitar parts and singing!

Bring me the horizon should not be higher than them. Hell they shouldn't even be in the top 10. These guys are the best ever!
This is how the list should be. :-
1. As I lay dying
2. Killswitch engage
3. Bullet for my valentine
4. The Devil wears prada
5. August burns red
6. Parkway Drive
7. All that remains
8. Underoath
9. Chiodos
10. Asking Alexandria.

They are the best... Why? They got the best lyrics overall. Just listen to anodyne sea, parallels, repeating yesterday, darkest nights

Really inspiring and different..

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3 Bring Me the Horizon 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.

ok heres the deal here bullet for my v isn't a screamo band I like them but there metal and deathmetalish and I like devil wears prada and they are a screamo band so thats cool but this is my favirote band every even with their new album and I love braile and they have no reflection

I love the hell outta this band laugh out loud this band is probably of of the best, if not the BEST band I've ever heard, and I've heard a lot of screamo. This band has amazing vocals and is just downright amazing! Heck yea

this is the best band I can't wait for their new album!

I love this band.

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4 August Burns Red 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.

They are just brilliant. They just ooze talent in every conceivable way. Unmatched instrumental talent, and Jake Luhrs, the screamer is second only to Mike Hranica of The Devil Wears Prada. The Lyrics are genius and very inspired. Also, they are very very good people. They constantly go out of their way to help others in need, and their organization called Heart Support is something you should all check out.

Amazing guitar and meaningful lyrics

To the guy who voted Killswitch Engage, they have tons of terrible songs. As a matter of fact they only have a few good ones. But august burns red has been one of my favorite bands for years. In my opinion one of the best drummers out there, and I can't describe their stuff other than "magnificent. " Especially constellations.

God damn august burns red is my second favourite band next to chelsea grin if I had to introduce some one to a band I would have to show them abr

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5 The Devil Wears Prada 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.

These guys are just incredible. They get better after each album, they put on great shows, and they have an original sound.

Love Assistant to the Reginal Manager! Don't really get their spelling though

You simply can't beat the devil wears Prada. From dear love, to dead throne they have mastered the style of pure American metalcore and being one of the first metalcore bands to top the billboard 200 charts at number 4. These guys know what there doing and are spreading the word of god one song at a time. In my opinion they are the greatest metalcore band that will ever live

Favorite song by me is born to lose and danger wildman so cool so down so damn fantastic!

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6 Trivium Trivium Trivium are an American heavy metal band from Orlando, Florida, formed in 1999. After getting signed to Roadrunner Records in 2004, the band has released seven studio albums and nineteen singles.

Trivium was the band that brought me into screamo. I like a lot of other bands on this list but Trivium will always be number 1. Pull Harder On The Strings Of Your Martyr enough said.

They have been at this since Matt was 17. They. Deserve. Better. They really care about their fans. Check them out. NOW!

Master of the puppets

How is Trivium below BMTH? Oliver Sykes sucks. Trivium, As I Lay Dying, Bullet For My Valentine, Killswitch Engage and All That Remains are the best Metalcore bands ever.

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

Killswitch Engage is great! Doesn't really matter who their vocalist is (Jesse Leach or Howard Jones). Their songs have awesome lyrics and music. They strike a balance between screaming and melody.

Killswitch Engage Didn't have any bad songs so why is it the 8th. I think it should be at least 3rd. Or 4th.
Top of the great list is on the album As Daylight Dies.
Then when they redone Holy Diver it was so so so awesome.
so why 8th. I ask you?

End of my heartache! Awesome song the guitar riffs are awesome jesse leach and howard jones

This genre sucks but Killswitch Engage is goid

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8 Asking Alexandria 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.

Love them. If you don't like them at first keep listening because I learned to love them.

Listen to; A Candlelit dinner with Inamorta. The final episode

BEST EVER Saw them at warped tour... Their First CD was AWESOME. GO AA

Omg... these new guys are complitley unbeliveble...!
Listen to there Debt Album ''Stand Up and Scream'' Its awesome...

listen to,
-The Final Episode (Let's Change the Channel)
-If You Can't Ride Two Horses at Once... Then You Should Probably Get Out of the Circus
-Not the American Average
-I Was Once, Possibly, Maybe, Perhaps a Cowboy King... Etc...! - skt

Just listen to "final episode"

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9 Of Mice & Men Of Mice & Men

Seriously? Of Mice and Men is the band that got me into metalcore etc! Shayley Bourget is the best clean vocalist ever, and his voice always makes me want to cry. Austin Carlile is boss, enough said, and all the instrument playing dudes are pretty awesome too!

This Is my favorite band. Their cover of "Blame It" is incredible. I have no clue why these guys are so far down on this list. Bands such as, "A Day To Remember, " can not touch these guys.

Of Mice and Men are epic! Their cover of Jamie Foxx's song "Blame It" is awesome and I truly hope that they come out with a new song in 2013 because most bands don't meet the qualifications that Of Mice and Men meet. For that Of Mice and Men should be number one

Of Mice & Men? One of the most influential bands I've witnessed 9 is low but not top 5

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10 Cannibal Corpse Cannibal Corpse Cannibal Corpse is a American death metal band from Buffalo, New York, formed in 1988. The band is known for their graphic album covers, explicitly violent lyrics and song titles like "I C** Blood" The group got into mainstream after performing the song "Hammer Smashed Face" in the 1994 film Ace Ventura: more.

Every single other band in this list is metalcore/screamo. In not quite sure why the author of this page included death metal in the title because it is a completely different beast than the other two.

Screamed vocals does not equate to metal. An emphasis on aggression over melody, blast beats, high tempos, and an idgaf attitude do (among other things, those are just what came to mind).

I have no problem with your music tastes, I enjoy trivium and used to like Bullet For My Valentine, but please do not call them metal. They have more in common with pop than metal.

A good rule of thumb: if it has a catchy sing-along chorus, it is not metal.
Another: if every guy in the band has long black hair, it is also not metal. It is all about the music, not the appearance.

First true metal band on this list so far... The rest is Emo material for teen girls that wants to be rebel.

The pioneers, most widely recognized death metal band, and for a good reason. Musicianship is increadable and they are far superior to any other lame band in the top 10 list here.

First of all death metal and core don't go well with each other

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The Contenders

11 Death Death Death was an American Death Metal band formed in 1983 by Chuck Schuldiner. Death is considered to be one of the most influential bands in heavy metal and a pioneering force in death metal. Its debut album, Scream Bloody Gore, has been widely regarded as the first death metal record, while the band's more.

Death is the band that took the blueprints Possessed put down and evolved death metal into a clearly separate genre from the thrash that was more popular at the time. Possessed may have invented death metal, but in my opinion, Death defined it.

Are they great simply because they had such a major part of creating a genre of music? That might be a part of it, but no. What makes them so great is the fact that their music still stands up today because of the quality of musicianship, the vocal performance of Chuck Schuldiner, and the incredible songwriting that came together to make some of the best death metal, and possibly music in general, that you'll ever hear.

The complex drumming, abrasive edge to their guitars, monstrous growling by Chuck, and the pure technical skill showed by their musicians made the music great, but their ability to use actual melody without giving up any of the threatening, evil feel of the music they made is why they're able to stand up to any ...more

Why the hell is this band not at the top! Chuck is an amazing musician, and an incredibly nice guy. This band is beautiful in a musical sense. How this is lower than that joke of a band named asking Alexandra Is beyond a joke and absurd! This band created death metal, and, in my opinion the greatest death metal band, second being a band called revocation. If you're looking for death metal, you have found it, and must check them out immediately!

These guys created Death Metal. Hence the me the DEATH Metal. They laid down the foundation for all of the bands above. They need to be in the top 10 at the very least. They're like the Sex Pistols or Korn of Death Metal... You guys suck. Especially since ADTR isn't in the top as well... Have you heard Jeremy's death growls? They're the bomb-diggety.

Why are death and chuck schuldiner so low on every list... it's really annoying. - abc126

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12 Black Veil Brides Black Veil Brides Black Veil Brides is an American rock band currently consisting of Andy Biersack (vocals), Jinxx (guitar), Jake Pitts (guitar), Christian Coma (drums) and Ashley Purdy (bass), that formed in 2006 in Ohio. more.

Bvb is the best band ever... Hands down. I can't wait for their new album. 2 more days.

Together we will Set this World on Fire... This is the new Religion, AMEN!

We are the BVB Army and we will support BVB whenever with their meaningful songs!

This list is one of the worst lists I have ever seen on this website the fact that awful bands like Black Veil Brides and Asking Alexandra can be above legendary bands like Death, Morbid Angel, Opeth Etc is just sickening - christangrant


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13 All That Remains 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.

this needs to be waaaay higher on the list. they should be in the top three. have you heard phil's screams? - someguy12345

Yeah aATR needs to be higher. And atreyu should at least be on here somewhere.

What seriously? At Least top 3 along with killswitch engage. Lame ass voters that don't know good music

--------------------------This Calling by ATR. - spiderskull98

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14 Parkway Drive 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.

Hands down one of the best heavy metal bands around. Their instrumentals are amazing along with perfect vocals that flow with the killer music!

Really? 23rd for probably the best band in the world! Breakdowns awesome, guitar that rivals anybody and a drummer that just does it to hang out with his mates. No metal band is better.

Best metal band ever. My favourite band and I am so proud to be living in the same country as these musical magicians. They are truly spectacular and perfect live. BEST BAND EVER!

Good band

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15 Sleeping With Sirens Sleeping With Sirens Sleeping with Sirens is an American Rock band from Orlando Florida. The band formed in 2009. SWS lead singer is Kellin Quinn

Sleeping With Sirens use creativity for their music videos, it's more than them just rocking out. They express their thoughts and words in a way that correctly portrays how anyone could feel at that moment. Kellin Quinn has amazing vocals, and this helps them very much to their advantage of conveying their ideals. Not only that, they're amazing when they preform live, and are kind to their fans overall. When Kellin screams... It's quite amazing

Sleeping With Sirens is the BEST BAND EVER! They are true to writing REAL lyrics with actual MEANING. They don't fail to please fans, when they produce the best songs ever. Also, just know that when Kellin sings, SHUT THE HELL UP! He also screams beautifully. (Imagine That) SWS IS THE BEST BAND EVER!

Kellin's high voice is perfect and I love them. Kellin's screams are amazing and the whole band truly loves their fans.

Pretty good. They r pretty hot too so bonus

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16 Motionless In White Motionless In White Motionless in White, often abbreviated MIW, is an American metalcore band from Scranton, Pennsylvania.

I love Motionless In White! I think that they really are a great band and that their music is to reach out to their fans like it says in their song Immaculate Misconception; they just want to reach out and change someone's life forever. Go Motionless In White!

I LOVE motionless in white! I didn't know what real music actually sounded like till I stumbled upon a Bryan Stars interview with MIW. Ever since then I can't find any other band that makes me feel so safe and not alone. I've never been put into any life threatening moments but this band has changed my perspective on life. In the most positive way it can.

There music is not just music, it is the truth. There music is food to me and may others to thrive on. I listen to them every day and I truly appreciate everything they produce.

Coolest guys ever.

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17 Underoath Underoath


Best band ever!
Just purely amazing Christan scream ever!
Can't get any better then Underoath!

Amazing screamo band! But I'm not sure bullet for my valentine is a screamo band...Sure they have a scream every here and there but not enough to be at the top of the list...

At least Underoath is legit screamo unlike BMTH and The Devil Wears Prada

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18 Amon Amarth 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.

They're the only actual METAL band here,

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19 Children of Bodom Children of Bodom Children Of Bodom is a melodic death metal band from Espoo, Finland. Formed in 1993, the group currently consists of Alexi Laiho, Janne Wirman, Henkka Seppälä, Jaska Raatikainen and Daniel Freyberg.

They are one of those bands whose live performances are better than the studio versions

Way too below... Heavily underrated band... Should have easily made its way to the top 5.

Best scream of all heavy metal band! They are like the gods of scream. death metal at its best with a tinge of melody yaa

Amazing instrumentation with an incredible voice and a touch of comedy at the end of a couple songs.

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20 Alesana

I'm in LOVE with Alesana's music! Best Screamo band ever! THE MOST AWESOME BAND EVER.. the band is EPIC.. Rock on alesana fans m/ :D

What! Why is this "11" don't you people have taste?! How can you people live with yourself! Well I'm done now next time this better be in the top ten...

I love Alesana! (:
it's all ABOUT screamo
best heavy metal screamo band out better than the new screamo bands

I don't really like the vocalist that much.

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