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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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Living Sacrifice is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
revconradhutchings added Nonexistent, Inhabit, Reborn
Living Sacrifice is a Christian death metal band that formed in September 1989 in Little Rock, Arkansas, United States. The band has released eight studio albums, out of which the first three ...more

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Stryper is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
To Hell With the Devil, Soldiers Under Command, Against the Law
Stryper is a Christian glam metal band from Orange County, California. The group's lineup consists of Michael Sweet, Oz Fox, Tim Gaines, and Robert Sweet. In 2004, Gaines left the band and was ...more

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Demon Hunter is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
The World Is a Thorn, The Triptych, Storm the Gates of Hell
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, only one remains, since ...more

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Theocracy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
DominiqueJohnLaurion added 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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Disciple is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
Scars Remain, Horseshoes & Handgrenades, By God
Disciple is a Christian metal / rock band from Knoxville, Tennessee, formed in 1992.

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Bride is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
DominiqueJohnLaurion added Show No Mercy, Snakes in the Playground, Oddities
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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Deliverance is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
DominiqueJohnLaurion added As Above - So Below, Deliverance, What a Joke
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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Barren Cross is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
Atomic Arena, State of Control, Rock for the King
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) 9 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
DominiqueJohnLaurion added Bloodgood / Detonation, Rock in a Hard Place / Out of the Darkness, All Stand Together
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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Tourniquet is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
MikeSteelreaperStoker added Psycho Surgery, Pathogenic Ocular Dissonance, Crawl to China
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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Red is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
DominiqueJohnLaurion added Release the Panic, End of Silence, Innocence & Instinct
Red is an American rock band from Nashville, Tennessee, formed in 2004. The band's lineup consists of singer Michael Barnes, guitarist Anthony Armstrong, and bassist Randy Armstrong. They are ...more

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Whitecross is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
DominiqueJohnLaurion added Unveiled, Hammer & Nail, Triumphant Return
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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War of Ages is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
DominiqueJohnLaurion added Arise & Conquer, War of Ages, Fire From the Tomb
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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Holy Soldier is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
Encore, Promise Man, Holy Soldier
Holy Soldier is a Christian hard rock band from Los Angeles, California.

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Mortification is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
DominiqueJohnLaurion added Break the Curse, Hammer of God, Scrolls of the Megilloth
Mortification is an Australian Christian extreme metal band which was formed in 1987 as a heavy metal group, Lightforce, by mainstay Steve Rowe on bass guitar and vocals. By 1990, in the ...more

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P.O.D. is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
Brown, Testify, P.O.D.
Payable on Death is an American Christian alternative metal band formed in 1992. The band's line-up consists of vocalist Sonny Sandoval, drummer Wuv Bernardo, guitarist Marcos Curiel, and ...more

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Sacred Warrior is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
DominiqueJohnLaurion added Master's Command, Obsessions, Wicked Generation
Sacred Warrior is a Christian heavy metal band formed in 1988 and based in Chicago, Illinois. Their music is often compared to that of Queensrÿche or Iron Maiden.

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Wolves at the Gate is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
VanessaHawelu added 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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Saint is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
DominiqueJohnLaurion added In The Battle, Time's End, Too Late For Living
Saint is an American Christian metal band, first active in the mid-1980s, releasing their first album Warriors of the Son in 1984. Common themes of Saint's music include hell, evil, and ...more

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Fit for a King is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
steven-harrison added 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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Pillar is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
DominiqueJohnLaurion added Where Do We Go from Here, For the Love of the Game, Original Superman
Pillar is a Christian rock band currently located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Confessions, their eighth studio album and sixth with a major label, was released in 2009. On October 27, 2012 Pillar ...more

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Guardian is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
Bottle Rocket, Miracle Mile, Buzz
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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Narnia is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
DominiqueJohnLaurion added Awakening, Course of a Generation, Enter the Gate
Narnia is a Christian neoclassical progressive power metal band founded by guitarist Carl Johan Grimmark and singer Christian Liljegren. The band formed in Sweden in 1996, disbanded in 2010, and ...more

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Extol is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
DominiqueJohnLaurion added Burial, Extol, Undeceived
Extol are a Christian progressive extreme metal band from Bekkestua, Norway that was formed in 1993. The band is known for playing a variety of different styles of metal which include ...more

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Resurrection Band is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
Milo added Civil Rites, Ampendectomy, Rainbow's End
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