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The Best Christian Metal Bands 

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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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Stryper is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands

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

Stryper 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), ...more

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Disciple is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands

Albums: Scars Remain, Horseshoes & Handgrenades, By God, What Was I Thinking, Back Again, + more

Disciple is a Christian metal / rock band from Knoxville, Tennessee, formed in 1992.

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P.O.D. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands

Albums: Brown, Testify, P.O.D., Satellite, The Fundamental Elements of Southtown, + more

Payable on Death (abbreviated P.O.D.) is an American Christian nu metal band formed in 1992 and based in San Diego, California. The band's line-up consists of vocalist Sonny Sandoval, drummer ...more

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Whitecross is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
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Albums: Unveiled, Hammer & Nail, Triumphant Return, Whitecross, Equilibrium, + more

Whitecross is a Christian metal band that formed in 1985 in Waukegan, IL releasing their first recording in 1987. Their early albums, which often invite comparisons to Ratt, are laced with fast, ...more

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Barren Cross is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands

Albums: Atomic Arena, State of Control, Rock for the King, Rattle Your Cage, Hotter Than Hell! Live

Barren Cross is a Christian metal band that was formed in Los Angeles, California in 1983 by high school friends Ray Parris and Steve Whitaker. The band released six albums from 1986 to 1994. ...more
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Bloodgood is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
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Albums: Bloodgood / Detonation, Rock in a Hard Place / Out of the Darkness, All Stand Together, Rock in a Hard Place, Detonation, + more

Bloodgood is a Christian metal band from Seattle, Washington. Originally formed in 1984 and by 1988 represented one of the four largest Christian metal bands alongside Barren Cross, Whitecross, ...more
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Pillar is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
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Albums: Where Do We Go from Here, For the Love of the Game, Original Superman, Nothing Comes for Free, Above, + more

Pillar is a Christian rock band from Tulsa. Following a brief hiatus, four members from the "peak years" (Rob Beckley, Noah Henson, Michael Kalel Wittig and Lester Estelle) reunited in ...more

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Holy Soldier is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands

Albums: Encore, Promise Man, Holy Soldier, Last Train

Holy Soldier is a Christian hard rock band from Los Angeles, California.

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Bride is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
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Albums: Show No Mercy, Snakes in the Playground, Oddities, Silence Is Madness, Kinetic Faith, + more

Bride were an American Christian rock band formed in the 1980s, by brothers Dale and Troy Thompson. During the band's peak years it was known for covering a wide range of musical styles and ...more
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Guardian is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands

Albums: Bottle Rocket, Miracle Mile, Buzz, First Watch, Fire and Love, + more

Guardian is an American Christian hard rock/metal band. The band has released seven studio albums, three additional albums in Spanish—and toured extensively worldwide. There are also numerous ...more
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Kutless is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands

Albums: Strong Tower, Hearts of the Innocent, Kutless, Sea of Faces, Believer, + more

Kutless is a Christian rock band from Portland, Oregon formed in 2001. Since their formation, they have released multiple studio albums and one live album, Live from Portland. They have sold ...more

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Demon Hunter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands

Albums: The World Is a Thorn, The Triptych, Storm the Gates of Hell, Summer of Darkness, Demon Hunter, + more

Demon Hunter is an American Christian metal band from Seattle, Washington, started in 2000 by brothers Don Clark and Ryan Clark. Although the brothers created the band together, only Ryan ...more

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Red is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
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Albums: Release the Panic, End of Silence, Innocence & Instinct, Until We Have Faces, Who We Are: The Red Anthology, + more

Red (also stylized R3D or RED) is an American Christian rock band from Nashville, Tennessee, formed in 2002 by brothers guitarist Anthony Armstrong and bassist Randy Armstrong, with lead ...more

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Resurrection Band is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
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Albums: Civil Rites, Ampendectomy, Rainbow's End, Between Heaven 'n Hell, Live Bootleg, + more

Resurrection Band, also known as Rez Band or REZ, was a Christian rock band formed in 1972. They were part of the Jesus People USA Christian community in Chicago and most of its members have ...more

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Switchfoot is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
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Albums: Learning to Breathe, Oh! Gravity., New Way to Be Human, Vice Verses, Best of Bootlegs Vol. 1, + more

Switchfoot is an American rock band from San Diego, California. The band's members are Jon Foreman (lead vocals, guitar), Tim Foreman (bass guitar, backing vocals), Chad Butler (drums, ...more

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Theocracy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
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Albums: Mirror of Souls, Theocracy, As the World Bleeds

Theocracy is a Christian progressive power metal band founded in 2002 by Matt Smith of Athens, Georgia. The group originally started out as a one man project and all the instruments and vocals ...more

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War of Ages is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
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Albums: Arise & Conquer, War of Ages, Fire From the Tomb, Pride of the Wicked, Eternal, + more

War of Ages is an American Christian metalcore band formed during the summer of 2002 in Erie, Pennsylvania. The band's self-titled debut album War of Ages was released in July 2005 on Strike ...more
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Decyfer Down is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
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Albums: End of Grey, Crash, Scarecrow

Decyfer Down is a Christian rock band formed in 1999 and based in Morehead City, North Carolina. Until 2002 – the year that Christopher Clonts joined the band – they went by the moniker ...more
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Fireflight is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
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Albums: Unbreakable, The Healing of Harms, Glam-Rok, For Those Who Wait, Now, + more

Fireflight is an American Christian rock band formed in Eustis, Florida in 1999. The band is signed by Flicker Records. They have played in ShoutFest, Revelation Generation, and have been ...more

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Deliverance is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
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Albums: As Above - So Below, Deliverance, What a Joke, River Disturbance, Weapons of Our Warfare, + more

Deliverance is an American Christian thrash metal band which later shifted more towards heavy metal and progressive metal. Founded by Jimmy P. Brown II in 1985, many members have either stayed ...more
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Jerusalem is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
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Albums: Dancing on the Head of the Serpent, Prophet, Volüm Fyra, Volym 3, Volym 2 (Volume 2), + more

Jerusalem is a Swedish Christian rock band, founded in 1975 by Ulf Christiansson. It was one of the first bands to combine Christian lyrics with a hard rock and heavy metal sound.
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Tourniquet is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
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Albums: Psycho Surgery, Pathogenic Ocular Dissonance, Crawl to China, Stop the Bleeding, Microscopic View of a Telescopic Realm, + more

Tourniquet is a Christian metal band that was formed in 1989 by Ted Kirkpatrick, Guy Ritter and Gary Lenaire in Los Angeles, California, United States. The band primarily performs a mixture of ...more

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Wolves at the Gate is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
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Albums: VxV, Captors, We Are the Ones

Wolves at the Gate also known as WATG is a Christian metal and post-hardcore band from Cedarville, Ohio, United States. Formed in 2009, they're currently signed to Solid State Records, where the ...more
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Impending Doom is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands

Albums: The Serpent Servant, Nailed. Dead. Risen., There Will Be Violence, Baptized in Filth, Death Will Reign, + more

Impending Doom is an American Christian deathcore band from Riverside, California. The group has released five full-length studio albums and are currently a five piece with vocalist Brook Reeves ...more

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Fit for a King is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
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Albums: Creation | Destruction

Fit for a King, also known as FFAK, is a Christian metal band from both Dallas and Tyler, Texas that started in 2007. They released two independent EPs in 2008 entitled Fit for a King and 2009's ...more

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