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The Best Bands Named After Things from the Bible

Updated November 2, 2018 1.7k votes 277 voters 17.8k views32 items

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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.

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    Avenged Sevenfold
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    Avenged Sevenfold

    Thrash metal, Deathcore

    AlbumsCity of Evil, Waking the Fallen, Avenged Sevenfold, Hail to the King, Sounding the Seventh Trumpet

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  • 2
    Black Sabbath
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    47

    Black Sabbath

    Doom metal, Blues-rock

    AlbumsParanoid, Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell, Vol. 4, Master of Reality

    Black Sabbath were an English rock band, formed in Birmingham in 1968, by guitarist and main... more on Wikipedia

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  • 3
    Judas Priest
    57
    39

    Judas Priest

    New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal

    AlbumsBritish Steel, Screaming for Vengeance, Hell Bent for Leather, Defenders of the Faith, Painkiller

    Judas Priest are an English heavy metal band formed in West Bromwich in 1969. They have sold... more on Wikipedia

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  • 4
    Genesis
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    38

    Genesis

    Rock music, Pop rock

    AlbumsThe Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, Genesis, Foxtrot, A Trick of the Tail, Trespass

    Genesis were an English rock band formed at Charterhouse School, Godalming, Surrey, in 1967.... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Testament
    41
    33

    Testament

    Thrash metal, Groove metal

    AlbumsPractice What You Preach, The New Order, The Legacy, Demonic, The Gathering

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  • 6
    Stryper
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    28

    Stryper

    Glam metal, Nu metal

    AlbumsTo Hell With the Devil, Soldiers Under Command, Against the Law, In God We Trust, Can't Stop the Rock: The Stryper Collection 1984-1991

    Stryper is an American Christian metal band from Orange County, California. The group's lineup... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Nirvana
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    53

    Nirvana

    Rock music, Grunge

    AlbumsNevermind, In Utero, MTV Unplugged in New York, Bleach, Heart‐Shaped Box

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  • 8
    Exodus
    30
    29

    Exodus

    Thrash metal, Groove metal

    AlbumsBonded by Blood, Fabulous Disaster, Another Lesson in Violence, The Atrocity Exhibition: Exhibit A, Pleasures of the Flesh

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  • 9
    Third Day
    24
    22

    Third Day

    Pop music, Christian alternative rock

    AlbumsChristmas Offerings, Third Day, Offerings: A Worship Album, Time, Come Together

    Third Day is a Christian rock band formed in Marietta, Georgia during the 1990s. The band was... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Nazareth
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    30

    Nazareth

    Blues-rock, Rock music

    AlbumsHair of the Dog, Razamanaz, Loud 'n' Proud, Love Hurts, The Catch

    Nazareth are a Scottish hard rock band formed in 1968 that had several hits in the United... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Lamb of God
    30
    38

    Lamb of God

    Thrash metal, Groove metal

    AlbumsSacrament, Ashes of the Wake, As the Palaces Burn, Burn the Priest, New American Gospel

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  • 12
    Jars of Clay
    24
    30

    Jars of Clay

    Rock music, Folk rock

    AlbumsJars of Clay, Christmas Songs, The Eleventh Hour, Much Afraid, If I Left the Zoo

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  • 13
    Ministry
    23
    30

    Ministry

    Doom metal, New Wave

    AlbumsPsalm 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 Molé

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  • 14
    Sodom
    17
    24

    Sodom

    Crossover thrash, Thrash metal

    AlbumsAusgebombt, Agent Orange, M-16, Better Off Dead, In the Sign of Evil

    Sodom is a German thrash metal band from Gelsenkirchen, formed in 1981. Along with the bands... more on Wikipedia

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  • 15
    Leviathan
    15
    23

    Leviathan

    Dark ambient, Black metal

    AlbumsThe Tenth Sub Level of Suicide, Massive Conspiracy Against All Life, Xasthur / Leviathan, Leviathan / Crebain, Tentacles of Whorror

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  • 16
    The Church
    14
    26

    The Church

    Jangle pop, New Wave

    AlbumsOf Skins and Heart, The Blurred Crusade, Magician Among the Spirits, Starfish, Forget Yourself

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  • 17
    6
    16

    judah & the lion

  • 18
    The Jesus and Mary Chain
    15
    30

    The Jesus and Mary Chain

    Indie pop, Shoegazing

    AlbumsPsychocandy, Stoned & Dethroned, Hate Rock 'n' Roll, Darklands, Barbed Wire Kisses

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  • 19
    Peter, Paul and Mary
    14
    32

    Peter, Paul and Mary

    Folk music, Folk rock

    AlbumsPeter, Paul and Mary, Peter, Paul and Mommy, In the Wind

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  • 20
    Our Lady Peace
    10
    26

    Our Lady Peace

    Rock music, Pop rock

    AlbumsClumsy, Playlist: The Very Best of Our Lady Peace, Naveed, Superman's Dead, 4 AM

    Our Lady Peace (sometimes shortened to OLP) is a Canadian rock band formed in Toronto, Ontario... more on Wikipedia

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  • 21
    Saving Abel
    11
    28

    Saving Abel

    Heartland rock, Rock music

    AlbumsSaving Abel, Bringing Down the Giant, Miss America, Live at the House of Blues, Crackin' the Safe

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  • 22
    Cathedral
    10
    29

    Cathedral

    Doom metal, Heavy metal

    AlbumsThe Ethereal Mirror, Caravan Beyond Redemption, Endtyme, Supernatural Birth Machine, The VIIth Coming

    Cathedral were a doom metal band from Coventry, England. The group gained attention upon... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Sepultura
    10
    30

    Sepultura

    Nu metal, Heavy metal

    AlbumsChaos A.D., Arise, Beneath the Remains, Roots, Nation

    Sepultura (Portuguese: [ˌsepuwˈtuɾɐ], "grave") is a Brazilian heavy metal band from Belo... more on Wikipedia

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  • 24
    King James
    7
    23

    King James

    Rock music, Heavy metal

    AlbumsKing James, The Fall, Maximus

    King James is a metal/rock supergroup formed in 1993 by guitarist Rex Carroll. He joined... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Lost Prophets
    8
    37

    Lost Prophets

    Alternative rock, Hard rock