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The Best New Heavy Metal Bands Of 2019, Ranked

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Vote up the best heavy metal bands since 2016.

Updated: check out the best top 10 new metal bands of 2020!

Get ready to shred as we rock - we mean, rank - the hottest heavy metal bands of 2019. While it's fun to listen to old favorites, every year introduces music fans to incredible new bands, and the 2019 class of new heavy metal artists is filled with supergroups, shredders, and everyone in between.

Even though heavy metal has been around for decades, over the years it’s started to take on many new sounds and has seeped into other subgenres. Some of the best new metal groups today incorporate elements of hip-hop into their dynamic sounds, while others stick to the tried-and-true heavy metal formula. And then there are some bands who may have disbanded but have recently reformed. Whether you prefer rap metal, melodic metal, or are just looking for some classic heavy metal to headbang to, these bands bring the heat.

Which new heavy metal artist is your favorite in 2019? Vote your favorite new acts up to the top of this list and be sure to add any artists we may have missed.

 

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  • Liliac
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    Liliac

    Heavy Metal Hard Rock
    • Albums: Chain Of Thorns
  • Sons of Apollo
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    Progressive Metal
    • Bad Wolves
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      Alternative Metal, Melodic Metalcore, Groove Metal
      • Amken
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        Amken

        Thrash
        • Albums: Theater of the absurd
      • Majestica
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        Majestica

        Power Metal
        • Albums: Above The Sky
      • Møl
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        Møl

        Metal, Black metal


          Møl is a shoegaze/black metal band from Denmark. They released their first full-length album, Jord, in 2018, and an accompanying instrumental version shortly after. 

        • Runescarred
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          Runescarred

          Metal


            Runescared is a progressive rock/heavy metal band from Austin, Texas. The band is known for its high-energy shows and vintage-style metal songs.

          • Conjurer
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            Conjurer

            Heavy Metal, Sludge Metal


              Conjurer is a sludge metal/heavy metal band from the UK. Their first full-length release, titled Mire, was released in 2018.

            • Pagan
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              Pagan

              Black metal, Hardcore punk


                Pagan is an Australian-based black metal/hardcore punk band that formed in 2016. The band released their debut album, Black Wash, in 2018.

              • Leeched
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                Leeched

                Metal


                  Leeched is a metal group that formed in the UK in 2018. The idea for the band was conceived by lead singer Laurie Morbey while he was visiting a museum in Manchester.

                • Oceanhoarse
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                  Heavy Metal
                  • Prophets of Rage
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                    Rap Rock, Rap Metal
                    • Albums: Prophets of Rage
                    • Albums: Zero Gravity (Rebirth and Evolution)
                  • I, The Mapmaker
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                    I, The Mapmaker

                    Melodic Metal


                      Hailing from Bournemouth in the UK, I, The Mapmaker formed in 2016 and released their debut EP in 2018.

                    • Project Vela
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                      Project Vela

                      Heavy metal, Cinematic Rock


                        Project Vela is a cinematic rock/heavy metal band from Denver, Colorado. Their sound is said to have been heavily inspired by the Hard Rock band Starset. 

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                        Kurgan