The Best Bands Named After Things from the Bible
Biblical bands can be found in almost every genre of music. Plenty of bands have religious names – some intentionally, others not so much. This list includes bands named after Bible characters or stories, bands with “Bible” in their name, and more. Some seem incredibly obvious, but others might surprise you.
Genesis is one of the more obvious entries on this list. This band, which formed in the late 1960s, was originally going to be named “Gabriel’s Angels,” after lead singer and founding member Peter Gabriel. Another band member thought Genesis made sense, because it marked a beginning of the group’s musical journey. The Book of Genesis is the first book of the Hebrew Bible and the Christian Old Testament. Genesis’ first album was called, appropriately enough, From Genesis to Revelation (Revelation is the last book of the Bible).
A lot of metal bands have Biblical band names, including Exodus, Black Sabbath (though adding “Black” certainly denotes a sinister air to the moniker), Avenged Sevenfold, Judas Priest (another way to say “Jesus Christ”), Ministry, Lamb of God, and Testament. There is also a new wave/pop group called simply “The Bible.” And of course, there’s Stryper, one of the first mainstream Christian rock groups.
Bible band names are plentiful in the world of music. Which bands named after the Bible are your favorites? Give your personal picks a thumbs up to move them towards number one, and add any great groups that are missing.
Black Sabbath were an English rock band, formed in Birmingham in 1968, by guitarist and main songwriter Tony Iommi, drummer Bill Ward, bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler and singer Ozzy ...more
- Albums: Paranoid, Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell, Vol. 4, Master of Reality
Avenged Sevenfold is an American heavy metal band from Huntington Beach, California, formed in 1999. The band's members are lead vocalist M. Shadows, rhythm guitarist and backing vocalist Zacky ...more
- Albums: City of Evil, Waking the Fallen, Avenged Sevenfold, Hail to the King, Sounding the Seventh Trumpet
Judas Priest are an English heavy metal band formed in West Bromwich in 1969. They have sold over 50 million copies of their albums. They are frequently ranked as one of the greatest metal bands of ...more
- Albums: British Steel, Screaming for Vengeance, Hell Bent for Leather, Defenders of the Faith, Painkiller
Genesis were an English rock band formed at Charterhouse School, Godalming, Surrey, in 1967. The most successful and longest-lasting line-up consisted of keyboardist Tony Banks, bassist/guitarist ...more
- Albums: The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, Genesis, Foxtrot, A Trick of the Tail, Trespass
Testament is an American thrash metal band from Berkeley, California. Formed in 1982 under the name Legacy, the band's current lineup comprises guitarists Eric Peterson and Alex Skolnick, lead ...more
- Albums: Practice What You Preach, The New Order, The Legacy, Demonic, The Gathering
Nazareth are a Scottish hard rock band formed in 1968 that had several hits in the United Kingdom, as well as in several other West European countries in the early 1970s. They established an ...more
- Albums: Hair of the Dog, Razamanaz, Loud 'n' Proud, Love Hurts, The Catch