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The Best '90s Christian Metal Bands  

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List Rules Vote up the best Christian metal bands that were active and releasing albums in the 1990s.

Starting in the 1970s as a type of evangelism to counteract doom metal, Christian metal saw a surge in the '80s that gave it enough power to not get totally lost under genres like grunge in the early '90s. Using that momentum, Christian metal bands began to specialize in extreme metal genres like death metal and gained a foothold in secular outlets by the late 1990s.

Because of this lull, most Christian glam metal act like Styrper broke up by the early and mid-'90s (like most glam metal bands, Christian or not), while other bands like Tourniquet spent the latter half of the 1990s softening their sound to hard rock until returning to thrash metal by the end of the decade. For millennial Christian metalheads, the wide range of Christian metal bands that emerged in the '90s allowed a freedom to explore subculture and identity with their friends who weren't in the church. In a world still reeling from an era of satanic panic, "clean" black metal like Horde went into most headbangers' CD wallets.

We've put together a list of some of the best Christian '90s metal bands, but if we're missing one be sure to add them to the list and vote up the best Christian metal bands of the 1990s.

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Deliverance is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '90s Christian Metal Bands
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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Tourniquet is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '90s Christian Metal Bands
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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Stryper is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '90s 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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Vengeance Rising is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '90s Christian Metal Bands
Human Sacrifice, Once Dead, Destruction Comes
Vengeance Rising was an American Christian thrash metal band from Los Angeles, California. Fronted by vocalist Roger Martinez, they originally formed as Vengeance in 1987, but changed their name ...more
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Holy Soldier is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '90s Christian Metal Bands
Encore, Promise Man, Holy Soldier
Holy Soldier is a Christian hard rock band from Los Angeles, California.
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Sacred Warrior is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '90s Christian Metal Bands
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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Bride is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '90s Christian Metal Bands
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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Extol is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '90s Christian Metal Bands
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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Mortification is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '90s Christian Metal Bands
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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Believer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '90s Christian Metal Bands
Dimensions, Extraction From Mortality, Sanity Obscure
Believer is an American technical thrash metal band from the late 1980s and early 1990s, that plays a hybrid of thrash and progressive metal. Believer is known for its innovative use of ...more
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Barren Cross is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '90s 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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Whitecross is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '90s Christian Metal Bands
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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Guardian is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '90s 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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Trouble is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '90s Christian Metal Bands
Manic Frustration, Psalm 9, Run to the Light
Trouble is an American doom metal band noted as one of the pioneers of their genre, alongside bands such as Candlemass and Saint Vitus. The band created a distinct style taking influences of the ...more
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P.O.D. is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '90s 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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Argyle Park is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '90s Christian Metal Bands
Misguided, Suspension of Disbelief
Argyle Park was an underground industrial rock supergroup founded in New York City in 1994 and active until 1996. Members of the group reformed under the name AP2 in 1998, and were active under ...more
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Seventh Angel is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '90s Christian Metal Bands
Lament for the Weary, The Torment, The Dust of Years
Seventh Angel are a British Christian metal band that formed in 1987. The band was known for its combination of doom metal and thrash metal. According to Cross Rhythms magazine, they were ...more
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One Bad Pig is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '90s Christian Metal Bands
The Quintessential One Bad Pig, Volume 1, Live at Cornerstone 2000
One Bad Pig is a Christian punk and metal crossover band from Austin, Texas which formed in 1985. The Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music describes them as "quite possibly the most ...more
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Horde is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '90s Christian Metal Bands
Hellig Usvart, Alive in Oslo
Horde is an unblack metal project of Australian musician Jayson Sherlock, formerly of Mortification and Paramaecium. In 1994 the only album Hellig Usvart was released on Nuclear Blast. With a ...more
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Crimson Thorn is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '90s Christian Metal Bands
Dissection, Purification, Unearthed
Crimson Thorn is an American Christian death metal band. According to Allmusic, they are "surely one of the world's most extreme-sounding Christian metal bands". Crimson Thorn has ...more
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Seventh Avenue is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '90s Christian Metal Bands
Eternals, Southgate, Between the Worlds
Seventh Avenue was a Christian metal band from Wolfsburg, Germany, formed in 1989. Consisting of guitarist/vocalist Herbie Langhans, guitarist Florian Gottsleben, bassist Markus Beck, and ...more
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Oficina G3 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '90s Christian Metal Bands
O Tempo, Humanos, Acústico
Oficina G3 is a Christian rock band from São Paulo, Brazil. Lead vocalist and guitarist Juninho Afram formed the band along with drummer Walter Lopes and bassist Wagner García in ...more
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Immortal Souls is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '90s Christian Metal Bands
Under the Northern Sky, Wintereich, Ice Upon the Night
Immortal Souls is a melodic death metal band from Kokkola, Finland, formed in 1991. They released a split album and their debut on Little Rose Productions in the late 1990s and early 2000s. In ...more
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Iahweh is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '90s Christian Metal Bands
Iahweh
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Balance of Power is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '90s Christian Metal Bands
When the World Falls Down, Book of Secrets, Heathen Machine
Balance of Power are a British melodic progressive metal group, formed in 1995.