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The Best Christian Metal Bands

Updated September 2, 2020 21.4k votes 3.2k voters 152.1k views109 items

If you're a fan of Christian metal, you know that what separates Christian metal bands from traditional heavy metal is that they appreciate the good book and the Lord's word. More upbeat and positive than their metal counterparts, Christian metal bands still play heavy metal, but their take on it is what makes them unique. There are separate subgenres of Christian metal, just like secular metal, and the only link between these Christian metal bands are their words. Emerging in the 1970s as a form of evangelism to counteract doom metal, Christian metal has grown over the years and is one of the more popular genres of Christian music.

So, what are the best Christian metal bands? Any list of Christian metal bands has to have the likes of P.O.D., Resurrection Band, Petra, Demon Hunter, Jerusalem, Mortification and Underoath. These are widely regarded as some of the top Christian metal bands and with good reason. Their songs resonate with a large number of fans and these Christian metal bands frequently sell out shows across the world.

That said, it's up to you to determine what are the best Christian metal bands. If you notice that a band is missing from this list, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best christian metal bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest christian metal musician ever?" If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular christian metal bands that you might've heard of. 

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    Disciple

    Scars Remain, Horseshoes & Handgrenades
    Disciple is a Christian metal / rock band from Knoxville, Tennessee, formed in 1992....  more

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    Stryper

    To Hell With the Devil, Soldiers Under Command
    Stryper is an American Christian metal band from Orange County, California. The group's lineup...  more

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    #1261 of 1,728 The Best Rock Bands of All Time#229 of 392 The Greatest Heavy Metal Bands Of All Time

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    P.O.D.

    Brown, Testify
    Payable on Death (abbreviated P.O.D.) is an American Christian nu metal band formed in 1992...  more

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    Whitecross

    Unveiled, Hammer & Nail
    Whitecross is a Christian metal band that formed in 1985 in Waukegan, IL releasing their first...  more

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    #14 of 55 The Best '90s Christian Rock Bands & Artists#3 of 44 The Best '90s Christian Metal Bands

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    Bloodgood

    Bloodgood / Detonation, Rock in a Hard Place / Out of the Darkness
    Bloodgood is a Christian metal band from Seattle, Washington. Originally formed in 1984 and by...  more
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    Barren Cross

    Atomic Arena, State of Control
    Barren Cross is a Christian metal band that was formed in Los Angeles, California in 1983 by...  more
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    Bride

    Show No Mercy, Snakes in the Playground
    Bride were an American Christian rock band formed in the 1980s, by brothers Dale and Troy...  more
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    Pillar

    Where Do We Go from Here, For the Love of the Game
    Pillar is a Christian rock band from Tulsa. Following a brief hiatus, four members from the...  more

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    Guardian

    Bottle Rocket, Miracle Mile
    Guardian is an American Christian hard rock/metal band. The band has released seven studio...  more
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    Resurrection Band

    Civil Rites, Ampendectomy
    Resurrection Band, also known as Rez Band or REZ, was a Christian rock band formed in 1972....  more

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    Holy Soldier

    Encore, Promise Man
    Holy Soldier is a Christian hard rock band from Los Angeles, California....  more
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    Demon Hunter

    The World Is a Thorn, The Triptych
    Demon Hunter is an American Christian metal band from Seattle, Washington, started in 2000 by...  more

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    Theocracy

    Mirror of Souls, Theocracy
    Theocracy is a Christian progressive power metal band founded in 2002 by Matt Smith of Athens,...  more

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    Fit for a King

    Creation | Destruction
    Fit for a King, also known as FFAK, is a Christian metal band from both Dallas and Tyler,...  more
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    War of Ages

    Arise & Conquer, War of Ages
    War of Ages is an American Christian metalcore band formed during the summer of 2002 in Erie,...  more
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    Jerusalem

    Dancing on the Head of the Serpent, Prophet
    Jerusalem is a Swedish Christian rock band, founded in 1975 by Ulf Christiansson. It was one...  more
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    Red

    Release the Panic, End of Silence
    Red (also stylized R3D or RED) is an American Christian rock band from Nashville, Tennessee,...  more

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    Tourniquet

    Psycho Surgery, Pathogenic Ocular Dissonance
    Tourniquet is a Christian metal band that was formed in 1989 by Ted Kirkpatrick, Guy Ritter...  more

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    Decyfer Down

    End of Grey, Crash
    Decyfer Down is a Christian rock band formed in 1999 and based in Morehead City, North...  more

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    #54 of 510 The Very Best Christian Bands & Artists#26 of 243 The Best Christian Rock Bands & Artists

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    Deliverance

    As Above - So Below, Deliverance
    Deliverance is an American Christian thrash metal band which later shifted more towards heavy...  more
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    Kutless

    Strong Tower, Hearts of the Innocent
    Kutless is a Christian rock band from Portland, Oregon formed in 2001. Since their formation,...  more

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    Fireflight

    Unbreakable, The Healing of Harms
    Fireflight is an American Christian rock band formed in Eustis, Florida in 1999. The band is...  more

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    Wolves at the Gate

    VxV, Captors
    Wolves at the Gate also known as WATG is a Christian metal and post-hardcore band from...  more
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    Impending Doom

    The Serpent Servant, Nailed. Dead. Risen.
    Impending Doom is an American Christian deathcore band from Riverside, California. The group...  more
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    Mortification

    Break the Curse, Hammer of God
    Mortification is an Australian Christian extreme metal band which was formed in 1987 as a...  more

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