The Top 10 Christian Metal Bands

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Although many heavy metal purists might agree that all the best bands are affiliated with Satan, it's not a requirement for all bands who were born to head bang. On the contrary, there are plenty of Christian metal bands that range from death metal, to metalcore and '80s metal. Some artists in this realm often wish critics and fans would focus less the religious aspect--claiming it detracts from the music--while others embrace the Christian themes expressed in their songs. The end result is a sound that one might never guess is based on a love for Jesus. We now present our list of the Top 10 Christian Metal Bands.

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10. Zao
Zao began in the early '90s in West Virginia and rose to become one of the loudest, emerging bands in the metalcore scene. With a heavy Christian theme, the band's early albums were inspired by religious imagery and were heavily faith based. Yet, as time progressed, and the band's line up changed, this influence became less and less tangible in the band's music, especially since none of the original line up remains in the band. 2004's seminal album, The Funeral of God has been the band's most well known album to date. The band has toured on the Warped Tour and alongside other bands such as Misery Signals, Unearth, Dillinger Escape Plan and Shadows Fall. Also be sure to check out the more abrasive, darker and mysterious album eighth, 2006's The Fear is what Keeps us Here, produced by iconic musical engineer Steve Albini.


9. Believer
This thrash metal band from Pennsylvania were always reluctant to label themselves as a Christian band, even though the lyrics have been primarily faith based, early on in the band's career. Along with bands such as Cynic, Pestilence and other similar death metal bands, Believer's emphasis on Thrash metal truly made them a different breed among other extreme metal bands. With origins on the East Coast in the mid '80s, the band disbanded in 1994, but has reunited with an evolved sound: one that fuses elements of experimental rock, classical, symphonic and even operatic metal. The band's lyrics have often dealt with themes from the Bible, and personal struggles with religious faith. Be sure to listen to 2009's Gabriel, and 2011's Transhuman, then contrast the sound with the band's early releases, such as 1991's Sanity Obscure.

See also: Top 10 Folk Metal Bands



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cradleofilth25
cradleofilth25

And where is demon hunter there one of the best around today as well as becoming the archetype

kodiakthejuggler
kodiakthejuggler

My favorite is Detritus. 


From Bristol, England, and active in the early 90s, they released two records. The first, Perpetual Defiance (1991) is pretty tame thrash, but their 2nd, If But For One (1993) is an absolute thrash classic!


I cannot begin to tell you just how perfect this album is. Released on R.E.X. Music, a now defunct label from Tennessee, it is exceedingly rare and long out of print. I will never ever sell my copy, so don't even ask!

sweetliberty17761776
sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

hey what about the jesus and mary chain??


lololol


( well, it seemed funny for a second)

BobLoblawsLawBlog
BobLoblawsLawBlog

You know what they call "christian music" that doesn't suck? Music.

Al Wölfhaus
Al Wölfhaus

I'll stay the fuck out if Christian's churches and they sure as he'll better stay outta my metal. Hypocritical C suckers.

Louis Mata
Louis Mata

Wally George's favorite band. No thanks.

Billy Berry
Billy Berry

Oh yeah, Tom Araya is Christian btw. Or catholic, but same shit

Joe Smith
Joe Smith

Still can't pull off the epic compositions of Dimmu Borgir or get as nasty as Gorgoroth, who actually were charged with religious offenses in Poland after an epic show. Who would think a white, Christian nation would actually charge someone with religious offences? It was that amazingly satanic of a show!

Billy Berry
Billy Berry

There's actually a lot of good metal from Christian bands. They don't necessarily preach it in their music, but there are a lot of them that live the Christian life style and make amazing fuckin metal!!! \m/

John Hald
John Hald

Christian metal? Lolololol thats as appealing as kidz pop lol

Scott Linck
Scott Linck

Obviously, Gustavo had nothing to do with the article then. The little man is as relevant as Tom Leykis is now.

sonofthunder73
sonofthunder73

Yeah, well Believer is not a Christian metal band.  Your word "reluctant" isn't accurate.  They specifically said that they are not a Christian metal band, so they probably don't belong on this list.  Their last two albums (Gabriel, and especially Transhuman) are not even remotely Christian lyric-wise.


I think that Joey Daub is a Christian, and perhaps Kurt Bachman... but they just sing about things that are in their hearts and minds.  Even when they sang about direct Biblical themes they were never preaching.  They want the listeners to make up their own minds.

yoshq
yoshq

For a metal list posted in 2014? This is not metal. This is heavy metal. Metal nowadays has a different style. I think these things need to be named correctly to avoid confusion, although I realize said confusion is very widespread.

skalgrimmson
skalgrimmson

No A Hill to Die Upon? No Benea Reach? No Becoming the Archetype?

gahanis
gahanis

I'm surprised Stryper and Narnia are in this list.  Most of these bands are extreme metal bands.

gipsyco
gipsyco

thanks  4 the iniciative, GOD Bless.

of course guardian is rock, not metal, otherway how  could anyone

forget the hard rock from the fathers REZ- wich is the Rock band.

leandrovtd
leandrovtd

Where are Living Sacrifice and Demon Hunter???

Wuchak
Wuchak

I can't believe Saint isn't on this list. Blasphemy! Check out their cds HELL BLADE, THE REVELATION or DESPERATE NIGHT for verification. Saviour Machine should be on the list too. Check out LEGEND III:I.  

jlowans
jlowans

Nice list, brings back memories, but you forgot Bride, Guardian, and Whitecross at the very least.

sorednax3
sorednax3

 Gee, I guess Christian Metal doesn't go back more than 6 years. Where is Bride? Bloodgood? Barren Cross? Rage of Angels? Guardian?

discipleinagony
discipleinagony

How can you put Narnia and not include Saviour Machine?


absalisson
absalisson

And Whitecross? is a big band too

premsta
premsta

You forgot Theocracy.

ChangingF8
ChangingF8

How can a list such as this exist without Deliverance?

Brainwashed_in_church
Brainwashed_in_church topcommenter

I'd bet 95% of these bands' members are Born Again Christians who "Found Jesus" as an alternative to suicide. Probably depression or booze or alcohol or prison tripped their  psychological survival wire that caused this mental change. (Does anyone become a BAC without "hitting bottom"?).

All people are either brainwashed religious or born again religious or mentally healthy.

skalgrimmson
skalgrimmson

I mean good list but missing some key bands

cradleofilth25
cradleofilth25

Theocracy the best Christian band period metal or not

waltstuart
waltstuart

@Brainwashed_in_church  however, assuming all people must fall into one of those 3 categories is very faulty logic. There are those kinds of people, but there are also the mentally unstable, mentally handicapped, among others. Not to mention mentally healthy does not rule out being a true Christian. Religious brainwashing is sadly still around, but that does not rule out SOME being mentally stable, since that would imply normal function would be impaired. There are mostly extreme cases which are definitely on the line of mentally instability, even to the point of contemplating suicide themselves. It's dangerous. But becoming a true born again Christian does in no way imply an unhealthy state of mind, though I'm aware many non-Christians think otherwise. 

thomasjohnames
thomasjohnames

@Brainwashed_in_church  


What if I told you that all people who play/listen to metal don't collectively want to kill themselves. 

Brainwashed_in_church
Brainwashed_in_church topcommenter

@waltstuart @Brainwashed_in_churchYes, I think you are correct about that; There are  "mentally unstable, mentally handicapped, among others" however "becoming a true born again Christian" is an unhealthy state of mind to the extent that accepting as truth anything that has no substance or basis is delusional and being delusional is being mentally unhealthy.

waltstuart
waltstuart

@Brainwashed_in_church Sure, it has plenty of base. People usually don't think they can accept it though. And it does have substance, just not the kind people usually want. It is very strange to non-Christians, but calling something unhealthy because one doesn't understand it does not make it so. Different does not equal unhealthy.

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