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The Best Heavy Metal Bands Of 2019, Ranked

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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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  • 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 been ...more
  • 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 from ...more
  • 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 of its ...more
  • 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
  • 2019 release: Untitled

    Rammstein are a German Neue Deutsche Härte band formed in Berlin in 1994. The band's lineup—consisting of lead vocalist Till Lindemann, lead guitarist Richard Kruspe, rhythm guitarist Paul Landers, ...more
  • 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
  • 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
  • Sabaton are a Swedish heavy metal band from Falun. Most of their 10 albums are written about war. Their 9th album The Great War (2019) reached number 1 on Swedish and German music charts. Sabaton has ...more
  • 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
  • 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 rock, ...more
  • 2019 release: Gold & Grey

    Baroness is an American band from Savannah, Georgia whose original members grew up together in Lexington, Virginia.
  • 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" Ellsworth as the only ...more
  • 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 a ...more
  • 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, bassist ...more
  • 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 original ...more
  • 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 blues ...more
  • Doro is the second solo album of the German female hard rock singer Doro Pesch. The album was released on 25 September 1990.
  • 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, guitarists Michael ...more
  • HammerFall is a Swedish heavy metal band from Gothenburg, Sweden. The band was formed in 1993 by ex-Ceremonial Oath guitarist Oscar Dronjak.
  • 2019 release: Amo

    Bring Me the Horizon are a British metalcore band from Sheffield, Yorkshire. Formed in 2003, the group currently consists of lead vocalist Oliver Sykes, lead guitarist Lee Malia, bassist Matt Kean, ...more
  • 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
  • 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 Jack ...more
  • 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 genres including ...more
  • 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 of their ...more
  • Blut Aus Nord is a black metal band from Mondeville, Calvados, France, which has incorporated avant-garde elements in its music.