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
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    Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal
    • Albums: Ænima, Lateralus, 10,000 Days, Undertow
  • Metallica
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    Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal
    • Albums: Master of Puppets, Ride the Lightning, Metallica, …and Justice for All, Kill 'Em All

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

  • Megadeth
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    Glam metal, Thrash metal, Rock music
    • Albums: Rust in Peace, Peace Sells... but Who's Buying?, Youthanasia, Countdown to Extinction, Cryptic Writings

    2019 release: Warheads on Foreheads (compilation)

  • Opeth
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    Doom metal, Thrash metal, Progressive metal
    • Albums: Blackwater Park, Damnation, Ghost Reveries, Watershed, Still Life
  • Nightwish
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    Symphonic black metal, Gothic metal, Power metal
    • Albums: Once, Century Child, Oceanborn, Angels Fall First, Wishmaster
  • Rammstein
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    Neue Deutsche Härte, Industrial metal, Hard rock

      2019 release: Untitled

    • Queensrÿche
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      Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal
      • Albums: Operation: Mindcrime, Empire, Promised Land, American Soldier, Operation: Mindcrime II

      2019 release: The Verdict

    • Sabaton
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      Power metal, Heavy metal
      • Dream Theater
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        Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal
        • Albums: Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence, Images and Words, Metropolis, Part 2: Scenes From a Memory, Train of Thought

        2019 release: Distance over Time

      • Baroness
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        Progressive metal, Indie, Heavy metal
        • Albums: Blue Record, Yellow & Green, Red Album, A Grey Sigh in a Flower Husk, First

        2019 release: Gold & Grey

      • Within Temptation
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        Doom metal, Gothic rock, Rock music
        • Albums: The Silent Force, Enter, The Heart of Everything, Mother Earth, The Howling

        2019 release: Resist

      • Overkill
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        Thrash metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal
        • Albums: Feel the Fire, Taking Over, W.F.O., The Years of Decay, Under the Influence

        2019 release: The Wings of War

      • Sunn O)))
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        Doom metal, Dark ambient, Black metal
        • Albums: Altar, Monoliths & Dimensions, Angel Coma, The Grimmrobe Demos, White2
      • Alcest
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        Post-metal, Shoegazing, Black metal
        • Albums: Écailles de Lune, Les Voyages de l'Âme, Souvenirs d'un autre monde, Shelter, Tristesse Hivernale
      • I Prevail
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        Metalcore, post-hardcore, pop punk
        • Albums: Lifelines, Trauma

        2019 release: Trauma

      • Quiet Riot
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        Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal
        • Albums: Metal Health, Condition Critical, QR III, Guilty Pleasures, Quiet Riot II

        2019 release: One Night in Milan (live)

      • Flotsam and Jetsam
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        Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal
        • Albums: Doomsday for the Deceiver, Drift, The Cold, When the Storm Comes Down, My God

        2019 release: The End of Chaos

      • Papa Roach
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        Nu metal, Rock music, Emo
        • Albums: Potatoes for Christmas, Infest, Lovehatetragedy, Last Resort, The Paramour Sessions

        2019 release: Who Do You Trust?

      • Whitesnake
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        Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music
        • Albums: 1987, Lovehunter, Slide It In, Saints & Sinners, Forevermore

        2019 release: Flesh & Blood

      • Inter Arma
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        Inter Arma

        Sludge, Black Metal, Death Metal
        • Pelican
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          Post-metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock
          • Albums: The Fire in Our Throats Will Beckon the Thaw, Pelican, PLCN/TAAS, Pelican / Mono, City of Echoes
        • Doro
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          Heavy Metal
          • מזמור (Mizmor)
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            מזמור (Mizmor)

            Black/Drone/Doom Metal
            • Albums: 2019 release: Cairn
          • Disillusion
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            Progressive metal, Industrial metal, Melodic death metal
            • Albums: Back to Times of Splendor, Gloria, Red, The Porter, Three Neuron Kings
          • HammerFall
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            Power metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal
            • Albums: Masterpieces, Crimson Thunder, Glory to the Brave, Legacy of Kings, Chapter V: Unbent