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.
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)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
Albums: Ænima, Lateralus, 10,000 Days, UndertowTool 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
Albums: Rust in Peace, Peace Sells... but Who's Buying?, Youthanasia, Countdown to Extinction, Cryptic Writings
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
Albums: Once, Century Child, Oceanborn, Angels Fall First, WishmasterNightwish 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
Albums: Sehnsucht, Rosenrot, Mutter, Reise, Reise
2019 release: Untitled
Albums: Blackwater Park, Damnation, Ghost Reveries, Watershed, Still LifeOpeth 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
Albums: The Art of War, Primo Victoria, Attero Dominatus, Coat of Arms, MetalizerSabaton 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 Dominatus,... more
Albums: Operation: Mindcrime, Empire, Promised Land, American Soldier, Operation: Mindcrime II
2019 release: The VerdictQueensrÿche 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
Albums: Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence, Images and Words, Metropolis, Part 2: Scenes From a Memory, Train of Thought
2019 release: Distance over TimeDream 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
Albums: Lucidity, April Rain, We Are the Others, Interlude, AmenityDelain is a Dutch symphonic metal band formed in 2002 by former Within Temptation keyboardist Martijn Westerholt, and Charlotte Wessels. The name of the band comes from the Kingdom of Delain in... more
Albums: Feel the Fire, Taking Over, W.F.O., The Years of Decay, Under the Influence
2019 release: The Wings of WarOverkill 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
Albums: The Silent Force, Enter, The Heart of Everything, Mother Earth, The Howling
2019 release: ResistWithin 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
Albums: Blue Record, Yellow & Green, Red Album, A Grey Sigh in a Flower Husk, First
2019 release: Gold & GreyBaroness is an American band from Savannah, Georgia whose original members grew up together in Lexington, Virginia.... more
Albums: Lifelines, Trauma
2019 release: TraumaI 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
Albums: Metal Health, Condition Critical, QR III, Guilty Pleasures, Quiet Riot II
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
Albums: Earth 2: Special Low Frequency Version, HEX; or Printing in the Infernal Method, Angel Coma, Sunn Amps and Smashed Guitars Live, Extra‐Capsular Extraction
2019 release: Full Upon Her Burning LipsEarth is an American musical group based in Olympia, Washington, formed in 1989 and led by the guitarist Dylan Carlson. Earth's music is nearly all instrumental, and can be divided into two distinct... more
Albums: Born Too Late, Saint Vitus, V, Mournful Cries, C.O.D.
2019 release: Saint VitusSaint Vitus is an American doom metal band from Los Angeles, formed in 1979. They consist of founding members Dave Chandler and Mark Adams, alongside sporadic singer Scott Weinrich and recently added... more
Albums: 1987, Lovehunter, Slide It In, Saints & Sinners, Forevermore
2019 release: Flesh & BloodWhitesnake 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
Albums: Masterpieces, Crimson Thunder, Glory to the Brave, Legacy of Kings, Chapter V: UnbentHammerFall is a Swedish heavy metal band from Gothenburg, Sweden. The band was formed in 1993 by ex-Ceremonial Oath guitarist Oscar Dronjak.... more
DoroHeavy MetalDoro is the second solo album of the German female hard rock singer Doro Pesch. The album was released on 25 September 1990.... more
Albums: Doomsday for the Deceiver, Drift, The Cold, When the Storm Comes Down, My God
2019 release: The End of ChaosFlotsam 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
Albums: Potatoes for Christmas, Infest, Lovehatetragedy, Last Resort, The Paramour Sessions
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
WhitechapelDeathcore, Heavy metal
Albums: The Somatic Defilement, This Is Exile, Recorrupted - EP, Demo 2006, Our Endless War
2019 release: The ValleyWhitechapel 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
Albums: Count 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: AmoBring 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
Albums: A Blaze in the Northern Sky, Under a Funeral Moon, Transilvanian Hunger, Soulside Journey, Circle the Wagons
2019 release: Old StarDarkthrone 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