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The Best Heavy Metal Bands Of 2019, Ranked  

Coley Reed
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List Rules Vote up your favorite heavy metal artists who released new music in 2019

Updated: check out our list of the best heavy metal bands of 2020!

Whether you like face-melting guitar solos or dark vocals, the best heavy metal groups of 2019 have it all. The 2019 class of good heavy metal groups includes veteran acts, newcomers, and everyone in between. Some of the best metal artists and bands of 2019 have massive tours on the calendar, while others are releasing highly bands new albums.

Legends of the heavy metal genre and some of the greatest headbangers of all time are also among the hottest metal bands right now, with Metallica releasing a new live album, Megadeth coming out with a compilation, and Rammstein still making ears bleed with a new untitled album.

But it's not just the classic metal bands on the scene in 2019, with up-and-coming artists and heavy metal groups like 3Teeth, Turilli/Lione Rhapsody, and I Prevail ready to make a name for themselves and leave their mark on the music world.

Which metal bands do you think will own 2019? Vote your favorite 2019 heavy metal collective up to the top of this list and add any artists we may have missed. Then head over and check out the top metal albums to come out in 2019.

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Metallica is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Heavy Metal Bands Of 2019, Ranked
Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

2019 release: Helping Hands ... Live & Acoustic at the Masonic (live)

Metallica is an American heavy metal band. The band was formed in 1981 in Los Angeles by vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich, and has been based in San Francisco for most ...more
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Tool is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Heavy Metal Bands Of 2019, Ranked
Pizzametal added Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal
Tool is an American rock band from Los Angeles. Formed in 1990, the group's line-up includes drummer Danny Carey, guitarist Adam Jones, and vocalist Maynard James Keenan. Justin Chancellor has ...more
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Megadeth is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Heavy Metal Bands Of 2019, Ranked
Glam metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

2019 release: Warheads on Foreheads (compilation)

Megadeth is an American thrash metal band from Los Angeles, California. The group was formed in 1983 by guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson, shortly after Mustaine's dismissal ...more
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Nightwish is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Heavy Metal Bands Of 2019, Ranked
Richard van Tintelen added Symphonic black metal, Gothic metal, Power metal
Nightwish is a symphonic metal band from Kitee, Finland. The band was formed in 1996 by lead songwriter and keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen, guitarist Emppu Vuorinen, and former lead singer Tarja ...more
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Rammstein is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Heavy Metal Bands Of 2019, Ranked
Industrial metal, Gothic metal, Industrial music

2019 release: Untitled

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Opeth is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Heavy Metal Bands Of 2019, Ranked
Pizzametal added Doom metal, Thrash metal, Progressive metal
Opeth is a Swedish progressive metal band from Stockholm, formed in 1989. The group has been through several personnel changes, including the replacement of every single original member. Lead ...more
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Queensrÿche is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Heavy Metal Bands Of 2019, Ranked
Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal

2019 release: The Verdict

Queensrÿche is an American heavy metal band. It formed in 1980 in Bellevue, Washington, out of the local band The Mob. The band has released 15 studio albums, one EP, and several DVDs, and ...more
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Dream Theater is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Heavy Metal Bands Of 2019, Ranked
Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

2019 release: Distance over Time

Dream Theater is an American progressive metal/rock band formed in 1985 under the name Majesty by John Petrucci, John Myung, and Mike Portnoy while they attended Berklee College of Music in ...more
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Overkill is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Heavy Metal Bands Of 2019, Ranked
Thrash metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal

2019 release: The Wings of War

Overkill is an American thrash metal band, formed in 1980 in New Jersey. They have gone through many line-up changes, leaving bassist D. D. Verni and lead vocalist Bobby "Blitz" ...more
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Sabaton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Heavy Metal Bands Of 2019, Ranked
JeHe added Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal
Sabaton is a heavy metal band from Falun, Sweden formed in 1999. The band's main lyrical themes are based on war and historical battles. This is heard in the albums Primo Victoria, Attero ...more
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Flotsam and Jetsam is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Heavy Metal Bands Of 2019, Ranked
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

2019 release: The End of Chaos

Flotsam and Jetsam is an American thrash metal and progressive metal band that formed in Phoenix, Arizona in 1981. The band currently consists of vocalist Eric "A.K" Knutson, ...more
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Quiet Riot is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Heavy Metal Bands Of 2019, Ranked
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

2019 release: One Night in Milan (live)

Quiet Riot is an American heavy metal band founded in 1973 by guitarist Randy Rhoads and bassist Kelly Garni. The band is ranked at No. 100 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock.The ...more
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Whitesnake is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Heavy Metal Bands Of 2019, Ranked
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

2019 release: Flesh & Blood

Whitesnake are a hard rock band formed in England in 1978 by David Coverdale, after his departure from his previous band Deep Purple. Their early material has been compared by critics to the ...more
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Within Temptation is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Heavy Metal Bands Of 2019, Ranked
Doom metal, Gothic rock, Rock music

2019 release: Resist

Within Temptation is a Dutch symphonic metal band founded in 1996 by vocalist Sharon den Adel and guitarist Robert Westerholt. They have always been classified by critics as gothic metal or ...more
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Baroness is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Heavy Metal Bands Of 2019, Ranked
Progressive metal, Indie, Heavy metal

2019 release: Gold & Grey

Baroness is an American band from Savannah, Georgia whose original members grew up together in Lexington, Virginia.
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Papa Roach is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Heavy Metal Bands Of 2019, Ranked
Nu metal, Rock music, Emo

2019 release: Who Do You Trust?

Papa Roach is an American rock band from Vacaville, California, formed in 1993. The original lineup consisted of lead vocalist Jacoby Shaddix, guitarist Jerry Horton, drummer Dave Buckner, ...more
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I Prevail is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Heavy Metal Bands Of 2019, Ranked
Metalcore, post-hardcore, pop punk

2019 release: Trauma

I Prevail is an American metalcore band formed in Southfield, Michigan, established in 2013. They released their debut EP Heart vs. Mind on January 26, 2015. They gained popularity after posting ...more
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HammerFall is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Heavy Metal Bands Of 2019, Ranked
LuNSo added Power metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal
HammerFall is a Swedish heavy metal band from Gothenburg, Sweden. The band was formed in 1993 by ex-Ceremonial Oath guitarist Oscar Dronjak.
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Sunn O))) is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Heavy Metal Bands Of 2019, Ranked
Pizzametal added Doom metal, Dark ambient, Black metal
Sunn O))) (pronounced "sun") is an American experimental metal band from Seattle, Washington, that formed in 1998. The band is known for a heavy and slow sound, that blends diverse ...more
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Whitechapel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Heavy Metal Bands Of 2019, Ranked
Whitechapel Deathcore, Heavy metal, Death metal

2019 release: The Valley

Whitechapel is an American heavy metal band from Knoxville, Tennessee. The band is named after the Whitechapel district in East London, England, referencing the series of murders committed by ...more
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Candlemass is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Heavy Metal Bands Of 2019, Ranked
Doom metal, Heavy metal

2019 release: The Door to Doom

Candlemas is the Christian feast of the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple. It can also refer to: Candlemass (band), a Swedish doom metal band of 1984 onwards Candlemass (album), the eighth ...more
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Doro is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Heavy Metal Bands Of 2019, Ranked
T Russell Morris added Doro Heavy Metal
Doro is the second solo album of the German female hard rock singer Doro Pesch. The album was released on 25 September 1990.
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Darkthrone is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Heavy Metal Bands Of 2019, Ranked
Crossover thrash, Black metal, Crust punk

2019 release: Old Star

Darkthrone is an influential Norwegian metal band. They formed in 1986 as a death metal band under the name Black Death. In 1991, the band embraced a black metal style influenced by Bathory and ...more
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L7 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Heavy Metal Bands Of 2019, Ranked
Riot grrrl, Grunge, Heavy metal

2019 release: Scatter the Rats

L7 is an American punk rock band from Los Angeles, California, first active from 1985 to 2001 and re-formed since 2014. Due to their sound and image, they are often associated with the grunge ...more
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Alcest is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Heavy Metal Bands Of 2019, Ranked
Pizzametal added Post-metal, Shoegazing, Black metal
Alcest is a French shoegazing band from Bagnols-sur-Cèze, France, founded and led by Neige. It began in 2000 as a black metal solo project by Neige, soon a trio, but following the release ...more