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The Best Heavy Metal Bands Of 2019, Ranked

Updated January 22, 2020 3.9k votes 349 voters 3.4k views44 items

List RulesVote 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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  • 1
    Metallica is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Heavy Metal Bands Of 2019, Ranked
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    Metallica

    Thrash metal, Rock music

    AlbumsMaster of Puppets, Ride the Lightning, Metallica, …and Justice for All, Kill 'Em All

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

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  • 2
    Tool is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Heavy Metal Bands Of 2019, Ranked
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    Tool

    Post-metal, Metal

    AlbumsÆnima, Lateralus, 10,000 Days, Undertow

    Tool is an American rock band from Los Angeles. Formed in 1990, the group's line-up includes... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Megadeth is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Heavy Metal Bands Of 2019, Ranked
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    Megadeth

    Glam metal, Thrash metal

    AlbumsRust in Peace, Peace Sells... but Who's Buying?, Youthanasia, Countdown to Extinction, Cryptic Writings

    2019 release: Warheads on Foreheads (compilation)

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    Nightwish is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Heavy Metal Bands Of 2019, Ranked
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    Nightwish

    Symphonic black metal, Gothic metal

    AlbumsOnce, Century Child, Oceanborn, Angels Fall First, Wishmaster

    Nightwish is a symphonic metal band from Kitee, Finland. The band was formed in 1996 by lead... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Opeth is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Heavy Metal Bands Of 2019, Ranked
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    Opeth

    Doom metal, Thrash metal

    AlbumsBlackwater Park, Damnation, Ghost Reveries, Watershed, Still Life

    Opeth is a Swedish progressive metal band from Stockholm, formed in 1989. The group has been... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Rammstein is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Heavy Metal Bands Of 2019, Ranked
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    Rammstein

    Industrial metal, Gothic metal

    AlbumsSehnsucht, Rosenrot, Mutter, Reise, Reise

    2019 release: Untitled

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    Queensrÿche is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Heavy Metal Bands Of 2019, Ranked
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    Queensrÿche

    Progressive metal, Rock music

    AlbumsOperation: Mindcrime, Empire, Promised Land, American Soldier, Operation: Mindcrime II

    2019 release: The Verdict

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  • 8
    Dream Theater is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Heavy Metal Bands Of 2019, Ranked
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    Dream Theater

    Progressive metal, Rock music

    AlbumsSix Degrees of Inner Turbulence, Images and Words, Metropolis, Part 2: Scenes From a Memory, Train of Thought

    2019 release: Distance over Time

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  • 9
    Sabaton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Heavy Metal Bands Of 2019, Ranked
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    Sabaton

    Thrash metal, Power metal

    AlbumsThe Art of War, Primo Victoria, Attero Dominatus, Coat of Arms, Metalizer

    Sabaton is a heavy metal band from Falun, Sweden formed in 1999. The band's main lyrical... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Overkill is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Heavy Metal Bands Of 2019, Ranked
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    Overkill

    Thrash metal, Groove metal

    AlbumsFeel the Fire, Taking Over, W.F.O., The Years of Decay, Under the Influence

    2019 release: The Wings of War

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    Within Temptation is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Heavy Metal Bands Of 2019, Ranked
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    Within Temptation

    Doom metal, Gothic rock

    AlbumsThe Silent Force, Enter, The Heart of Everything, Mother Earth, The Howling

    2019 release: Resist

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    Baroness is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Heavy Metal Bands Of 2019, Ranked
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    Baroness

    Progressive metal, Indie

    AlbumsBlue Record, Yellow & Green, Red Album, A Grey Sigh in a Flower Husk, First

    2019 release: Gold & Grey

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    I Prevail is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Heavy Metal Bands Of 2019, Ranked
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    I Prevail

    Metalcore, post-hardcore

    AlbumsLifelines, Trauma

    2019 release: Trauma

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    Flotsam and Jetsam is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Heavy Metal Bands Of 2019, Ranked
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    Flotsam and Jetsam

    Thrash metal, Progressive metal

    AlbumsDoomsday for the Deceiver, Drift, The Cold, When the Storm Comes Down, My God

    2019 release: The End of Chaos

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  • 15
    HammerFall is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Heavy Metal Bands Of 2019, Ranked
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    HammerFall

    Power metal, Heavy metal

    AlbumsMasterpieces, Crimson Thunder, Glory to the Brave, Legacy of Kings, Chapter V: Unbent

    HammerFall is a Swedish heavy metal band from Gothenburg, Sweden. The band was formed in 1993... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Papa Roach is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Heavy Metal Bands Of 2019, Ranked
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    Papa Roach

    Nu metal, Rock music

    AlbumsPotatoes for Christmas, Infest, Lovehatetragedy, Last Resort, The Paramour Sessions

    2019 release: Who Do You Trust?

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    Whitesnake is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Heavy Metal Bands Of 2019, Ranked
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    Whitesnake

    Glam metal, Blues-rock

    Albums1987, Lovehunter, Slide It In, Saints & Sinners, Forevermore

    2019 release: Flesh & Blood

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    Quiet Riot is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Heavy Metal Bands Of 2019, Ranked
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    Quiet Riot

    Glam metal, Rock music

    AlbumsMetal Health, Condition Critical, QR III, Guilty Pleasures, Quiet Riot II

    2019 release: One Night in Milan (live)

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    Doro is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Heavy Metal Bands Of 2019, Ranked
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    Doro

    Heavy Metal
    Doro is the second solo album of the German female hard rock singer Doro Pesch. The album was... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Whitechapel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Heavy Metal Bands Of 2019, Ranked
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    Whitechapel

    Deathcore, Heavy metal

    AlbumsThe Somatic Defilement, This Is Exile, Recorrupted - EP, Demo 2006, Our Endless War

    2019 release: The Valley

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    Bring Me The Horizon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Heavy Metal Bands Of 2019, Ranked
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    Bring Me The Horizon

    Deathcore, Metalcore

    AlbumsCount Your Blessings, Suicide Season, There Is a Hell, Believe Me I've Seen It. There Is a Heaven, Let's Keep It a Secret

    2019 release: Amo

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    Candlemass is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Heavy Metal Bands Of 2019, Ranked
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    Candlemass

    Doom metal, Heavy metal

    AlbumsNightfall, Epicus Doomicus Metallicus, From the 13th Sun, Lucifer Rising, King of the Grey Islands

    2019 release: The Door to Doom

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    Darkthrone is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Heavy Metal Bands Of 2019, Ranked
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    Darkthrone

    Crossover thrash, Black metal

    AlbumsA Blaze in the Northern Sky, Under a Funeral Moon, Transilvanian Hunger, Soulside Journey, Circle the Wagons

    2019 release: Old Star

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    L7 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Heavy Metal Bands Of 2019, Ranked
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    L7

    Riot grrrl, Grunge

    AlbumsBricks Are Heavy, Hungry for Stink, Smell the Magic, The Best of L7: The Slash Years, Maneater

    2019 release: Scatter the Rats

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    Sunn O))) is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Heavy Metal Bands Of 2019, Ranked
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    Sunn O)))

    Doom metal, Dark ambient

    AlbumsAltar, Monoliths & Dimensions, Angel Coma, The Grimmrobe Demos, White2

    Sunn O))) (pronounced "sun") is an American experimental metal band from Seattle, Washington,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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