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.
- Albums: Chain Of Thorns
- Sons of Apollo is an American progressive metal supergroup formed in 2017 and composed of drummer Mike Portnoy, bassist Billy Sheehan, keyboardist Derek Sherinian, vocalist Jeff Scott Soto, and ...more
- Bad Wolves is an American heavy metal supergroup formed in 2017. They are best known for their 2018 cover of The Cranberries' 1994 hit "Zombie".
- Albums: Theater of the absurd
- Albums: Above The Sky
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.
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 is a sludge metal/heavy metal band from the UK. Their first full-length release, titled Mire, was released in 2018.
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 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 is a Finnish heavy metal band started in January 2018. The band was founded by Ben Varon, ex-Amoral guitarist and songwriter,
Prophets of Rage is an American rap rock supergroup. Formed in 2016, the group consists of three members of Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave.
- Albums: Prophets of Rage
Turilli / Lione Rhapsody is an Italian symphonic power metal band formed on December 5, 2018, by former Rhapsody of Fire members Luca Turilli and Fabio Lione.
- Albums: Zero Gravity (Rebirth and Evolution)
Hailing from Bournemouth in the UK, I, The Mapmaker formed in 2016 and released their debut EP in 2018.
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.