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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
Stryper 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
Demon Hunter Nu metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

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Theocracy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
DominiqueJohnLaurion added Theocracy Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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Disciple is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
Disciple Nu metal, Christian hardcore, Groove metal

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Bride is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
DominiqueJohnLaurion added Bride Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Rock music

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Barren Cross is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
Barren Cross 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 Deliverance 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 Bloodgood 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 Red Dark ambient, Nu metal, Rock music

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Whitecross is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
DominiqueJohnLaurion added Whitecross Heavy metal, Christian metal, Hard rock

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Tourniquet is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
MikeSteelreaperStoker added Tourniquet Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

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

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revconradhutchings added Living Sacriifice Christian Metal

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

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P.O.D. is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
P.O.D. Nu metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

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Mortification is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
DominiqueJohnLaurion added Mortification Thrash metal, Groove metal, Power metal

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Sacred Warrior is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
DominiqueJohnLaurion added Sacred Warrior 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 Wolves at the Gate Metalcore, Alternative rock, Screamo

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

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

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Narnia is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
DominiqueJohnLaurion added Narnia Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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Guardian is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
Guardian Contemporary Christian music, Christian rock, Christian metal

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Fit for a King is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
steven-harrison added Fit for a King

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Underoath is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
Underoath Deathcore, Christian hardcore, Black metal

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Extol is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
DominiqueJohnLaurion added Extol Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Melodic death metal

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Resurrection Band is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
Milo added Resurrection Band 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
Becoming the Archetype 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
Impending Doom Deathcore, Goregrind, Brutal death metal

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

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As I Lay Dying is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
As I Lay Dying Thrash metal, Metal, Christian hardcore

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Jerusalem is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
Milo added Jerusalem Christian rock, Christian metal

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Norma Jean is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
Norma Jean Post-metal, Christian hardcore, Mathcore

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Rage of Angels is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
JonathanTuma added Rage of Angels

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Hand Of Fire is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
TEKI added Hand Of Fire Thrash - Produced by Juan Urteaga. Producer of Testment, Exdous. 

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Seventh Angel is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
MikeSteelreaperStoker added Seventh Angel Doom metal, Thrash metal, Death metal

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Decyfer Down is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
DougWallace added Decyfer Down Post-grunge, Alternative rock, Christian rock

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The Devil Wears Prada is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
The Devil Wears Prada Christian hardcore, Metalcore, Heavy metal

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Switchfoot is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
revconradhutchings added Switchfoot Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

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

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Vengeance Rising is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
Vengeance Rising Thrash metal, Death metal, Christian metal

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Antestor is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
DominiqueJohnLaurion added Antestor Doom metal, Black metal, Dark metal

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Milo added Messiah Prophet

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Fireflight is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
revconradhutchings added Fireflight Post-metal, Rock music, Post-grunge

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Divinefire is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
DominiqueJohnLaurion added Divinefire Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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Sleeping Giant is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
steven-harrison added Sleeping Giant Metalcore, Christian metal

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

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The Showdown is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
DominiqueJohnLaurion added The Showdown Thrash metal, Deathcore, Christian hardcore

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Blessthefall is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
Blessthefall Christian hardcore, Emo, Metalcore

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PAR~A~DIGM is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Christian Metal Bands
PAR~A~DIGM Christian Contemporary, Pop, Alternative Rock - Their incredible upbeat attitude and positive energy combine to make them one of the most sought after performers today, each member of the band contributes their influences into the music they write, this creates a range of ...

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