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The Best New Heavy Metal Bands Of 2019, Ranked

Updated February 7, 2020 294 votes 95 voters 6.4k views16 items

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

    Alternative Metal, Melodic Metalcore
    Bad Wolves is an American heavy metal supergroup formed in 2017. They are best known for their... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Liliac is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New Heavy Metal Bands Of 2019, Ranked
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    Liliac

    Heavy Metal Hard Rock

    AlbumsChain Of Thorns

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    Sons of Apollo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New Heavy Metal Bands Of 2019, Ranked
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    Sons of Apollo

    Progressive Metal
    Sons of Apollo is an American progressive metal supergroup formed in 2017 and composed of... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Runescarred is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New Heavy Metal Bands Of 2019, Ranked
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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.

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    Amken is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New Heavy Metal Bands Of 2019, Ranked
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    Amken

    Thrash

    AlbumsTheater of the absurd

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    Majestica is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New Heavy Metal Bands Of 2019, Ranked
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    Majestica

    Power Metal

    AlbumsAbove The Sky

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

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    Conjurer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New Heavy Metal Bands Of 2019, Ranked
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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.

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

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    Oceanhoarse is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New Heavy Metal Bands Of 2019, Ranked
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    Oceanhoarse

    Heavy Metal
    Oceanhoarse is a Finnish heavy metal band started in January 2018. The band was founded by Ben... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Prophets of Rage is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New Heavy Metal Bands Of 2019, Ranked
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    Prophets of Rage

    Rap Rock, Rap Metal

    AlbumsProphets of Rage

    Prophets of Rage is an American rap rock supergroup. Formed in 2016, the group consists of... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Pagan is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New Heavy Metal Bands Of 2019, Ranked
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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.

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    Leeched is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New Heavy Metal Bands Of 2019, Ranked
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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.

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    Project Vela is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New Heavy Metal Bands Of 2019, Ranked
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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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    I, The Mapmaker is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New Heavy Metal Bands Of 2019, Ranked
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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.

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    Turilli / Lione Rhapsody is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New Heavy Metal Bands Of 2019, Ranked

    AlbumsZero Gravity (Rebirth and Evolution)

    Turilli / Lione Rhapsody is an Italian symphonic power metal band formed on December 5, 2018,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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