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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
Glam metal, Nu metal, Rock music

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Demon Hunter is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
Nu metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

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Disciple is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
Nu metal, Christian hardcore, Groove metal

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Bride is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
DominiqueJohnLaurion added Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Rock music

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Theocracy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
DominiqueJohnLaurion added Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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Barren Cross is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
Heavy metal, Christian rock, Christian metal

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Deliverance is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
DominiqueJohnLaurion added Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Heavy metal

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Bloodgood is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
DominiqueJohnLaurion added Thrash metal, Shock rock, Heavy metal

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Red is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
DominiqueJohnLaurion added Dark ambient, Nu metal, Rock music

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Tourniquet is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
MikeSteelreaperStoker added Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

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Whitecross is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
DominiqueJohnLaurion added Heavy metal, Christian metal, Hard rock

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War of Ages is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
DominiqueJohnLaurion added Christian hardcore, Melodic death metal, Metalcore

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revconradhutchings added Christian Metal

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Holy Soldier is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
Glam metal, Christian metal, Hard rock

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Mortification is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
DominiqueJohnLaurion added Thrash metal, Groove metal, Power metal

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P.O.D. is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
Nu metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

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Sacred Warrior is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
DominiqueJohnLaurion added Heavy metal, Traditional heavy metal, Christian metal

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Wolves at the Gate is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
VanessaHawelu added Metalcore, Alternative rock, Screamo

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Saint is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
DominiqueJohnLaurion added Heavy metal, Christian metal

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Pillar is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
DominiqueJohnLaurion added Nu metal, Christian hardcore, Rapcore

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Fit for a King is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
steven-harrison added

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Narnia is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
DominiqueJohnLaurion added Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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Guardian is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
Contemporary Christian music, Christian rock, Christian metal

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Extol is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
DominiqueJohnLaurion added Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Melodic death metal

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Underoath is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
Deathcore, Christian hardcore, Black metal

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Resurrection Band is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
Milo added Blues-rock, New Wave, Rock music

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Becoming the Archetype is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Deathcore, Melodic death metal

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Impending Doom is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
Deathcore, Goregrind, Brutal death metal

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Kutless is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
Nu metal, Christian alternative rock, Contemporary worship music

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Jerusalem is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
Milo added Christian rock, Christian metal

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As I Lay Dying is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Metal, Christian hardcore

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Rage of Angels is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
JonathanTuma added

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Seventh Angel is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
MikeSteelreaperStoker added Doom metal, Thrash metal, Death metal

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Norma Jean is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
Post-metal, Christian hardcore, Mathcore

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Decyfer Down is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
DougWallace added Post-grunge, Alternative rock, Christian rock

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Switchfoot is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
revconradhutchings added Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

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Milo added

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The Devil Wears Prada is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
Christian hardcore, Metalcore, Heavy metal

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Believer is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Heavy metal

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Antestor is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
DominiqueJohnLaurion added Doom metal, Black metal, Dark metal

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Vengeance Rising is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Death metal, Christian metal

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Fireflight is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
revconradhutchings added Post-metal, Rock music, Post-grunge

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Hand Of Fire is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
TEKI added Thrash -

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Sleeping Giant is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
steven-harrison added Metalcore, Christian metal

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Divinefire is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
DominiqueJohnLaurion added Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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Saving Grace is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
BenHawkes113 added

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Phinehas is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
bruce-sanders added

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The Showdown is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
DominiqueJohnLaurion added Thrash metal, Deathcore, Christian hardcore

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Blessthefall is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
Christian hardcore, Emo, Metalcore

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Horde is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
DominiqueJohnLaurion added Heavy metal