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.