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.
Albums: City of Evil, Waking the Fallen, Avenged Sevenfold, Hail to the King, Sounding the Seventh TrumpetAvenged 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: Paranoid, Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell, Vol. 4, Master of RealityBlack 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: British Steel, Screaming for Vengeance, Hell Bent for Leather, Defenders of the Faith, PainkillerJudas 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: The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, Genesis, Foxtrot, A Trick of the Tail, TrespassGenesis 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: Practice What You Preach, The New Order, The Legacy, Demonic, The GatheringTestament 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: To Hell With the Devil, Soldiers Under Command, Against the Law, In God We Trust, Can't Stop the Rock: The Stryper Collection 1984-1991Stryper is an American Christian metal band from Orange County, California. The group's lineup consists of Michael Sweet (lead vocals, guitar), Oz Fox (guitar), Perry Richardson (bass guitar), and... more
Albums: Nevermind, In Utero, MTV Unplugged in New York, Bleach, Heart‐Shaped BoxNirvana was an American grunge band that was formed by singer/guitarist Kurt Cobain and bassist Krist Novoselic in Aberdeen, Washington in 1987. Nirvana went through a succession of drummers, the... more
Albums: Hair of the Dog, Razamanaz, Loud 'n' Proud, Love Hurts, The CatchNazareth 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: Jars of Clay, Christmas Songs, The Eleventh Hour, Much Afraid, If I Left the ZooJars of Clay is a Christian rock band from Nashville, Tennessee. They met at Greenville College in Greenville, Illinois.Jars of Clay consists of Dan Haseltine on vocals, Charlie Lowell on piano and... more
Albums: Christmas Offerings, Third Day, Offerings: A Worship Album, Time, Come TogetherThird Day is a Christian rock band formed in Marietta, Georgia during the 1990s. The band was founded by lead singer Mac Powell, guitarist Mark Lee and former member Billy Wilkins. The other band... more
Albums: Bonded by Blood, Fabulous Disaster, Another Lesson in Violence, The Atrocity Exhibition: Exhibit A, Pleasures of the FleshExodus is an American thrash metal band formed in 1979 in Richmond, California. They have gone through numerous lineup changes, two extended hiatuses, and the deaths of two former band members. Their... more
Albums: Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs, The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste, The Land of Rape and Honey, Animositisomina, Houses of the MoléMinistry is an American industrial metal band founded by lead singer Al Jourgensen in 1981. Originally a new wave synthpop outfit, Ministry changed its style to industrial metal in the mid-1980s.... more
Albums: Sacrament, Ashes of the Wake, As the Palaces Burn, Burn the Priest, New American GospelLamb of God (sometimes abbreviated as LoG) is an American heavy metal band from Richmond, Virginia. Formed in 1994 as Burn the Priest, the group consists of bassist John Campbell, vocalist Randy... more
Albums: Ausgebombt, Agent Orange, M-16, Better Off Dead, In the Sign of EvilSodom is a German thrash metal band from Gelsenkirchen, formed in 1981. Along with the bands Kreator, Destruction and Tankard, Sodom is considered one of the "The Big Teutonic Four" of Teutonic... more
judah & the lion
Albums: The Tenth Sub Level of Suicide, Massive Conspiracy Against All Life, Xasthur / Leviathan, Leviathan / Crebain, Tentacles of WhorrorLeviathan is an American black metal solo project that started in 1998 by Wrest. In Leviathan, Wrest records and plays all instruments including vocals entirely on his own. Additionally, Wrest has... more
Albums: Of Skins and Heart, The Blurred Crusade, Magician Among the Spirits, Starfish, Forget YourselfThe Church are an Australian alternative rock band formed in Sydney in 1980. Initially associated with new wave and the neo-psychedelic sound of the mid-1980s, their music later became more... more
Albums: Chaos A.D., Arise, Beneath the Remains, Roots, NationSepultura (Portuguese: [ˌsepuwˈtuɾɐ], "grave") is a Brazilian heavy metal band from Belo Horizonte. Formed in 1984 by brothers Max and Igor Cavalera, the band was a major force in the groove metal,... more
Albums: Clumsy, Playlist: The Very Best of Our Lady Peace, Naveed, Superman's Dead, 4 AMOur Lady Peace (sometimes shortened to OLP) is a Canadian rock band formed in Toronto, Ontario in 1992. Led by lead vocalist Raine Maida since its formation, the band currently consists of Duncan... more
Lost ProphetsAlternative rock, Hard rock
Albums: Psychocandy, Stoned & Dethroned, Hate Rock 'n' Roll, Darklands, Barbed Wire KissesThe Jesus and Mary Chain are a Scottish alternative rock band formed in East Kilbride in 1983. The band revolves around the songwriting partnership of brothers Jim and William Reid. After signing to... more
Albums: King James, The Fall, MaximusKing James is a metal/rock supergroup formed in 1993 by guitarist Rex Carroll. He joined former Sacred Fire frontman, Jimi Bennett to form the band. Some time later, they recruited Tim Gaines and... more
Albums: Saving Abel, Bringing Down the Giant, Miss America, Live at the House of Blues, Crackin' the SafeSaving Abel is an American rock music group from Corinth, Mississippi, who were started in 2004 by Jared Weeks and Jason Null. The band title is from the ancient biblical story of Cain and Abel, that... more
Albums: Eureka, Honey Be Good, Dreamlife EP, Walking The Ghost Back Home, Mahalia (extended version)The Bible are an English rock band. The band released two critically acclaimed albums in the mid-1980s and are best known for the independent chart hits "Graceland" and "Mahalia". Since The Bible's... more
Albums: For Lovers Only, Rock Is Hell, GodGod was a rock 'n' roll band from Melbourne, Australia, together from 1986 to 1989 and comprising Joel Silbersher, Tim Hemensley, Sean Greenway and Matthew Whittle. All members were 15-16 at the time... more