Five metal artists you should be listening to
For a lot of people metal is something foreign and weird. As a metal fan myself I can confirm that there are a lot of bands that are weird, but that sort of stuff barely makes up 10% of the genre as a whole.
Long story short I do believe that metal is under appreciated and a lot of the time misunderstood, especially in the Christian side of the industry. But if you’re curious then here are a few gateways into metal that you should check out.
One of the biggest names on our playlist, Skillet have been a part of the music industry for over two decades. Keeping close to their original sound yet maturing their lyrical process to create something new Skillet have been one of the few metal bands to gain success in both mainstream and Christian charts. With effective use of distortion and the occasional metal scream these guys have many metal anthems to wade through.
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
These Florida band have also been going for a substantial amount of time, since 2003 in fact. These guys have been described as many things from pop-punk to hardcore and straddle the line between Christian and Mainstream effectively. Their distorted guitars and smooth melodies blended together are lighter than the metal stereotype but their sound definitely steers in that direction.
Gold, Frankincense & Myrrh
This trio of sisters have managed to secure their own niche in metal. Not only are they one of the few all female metal bands out there but they do so wearing cheerleader outfits with the #beautycore tagline. With effective use of screamed vocals and a hard-hitting distorted sound backed by pounding drums, these ladies are a perfect example of what metal is and can be.
Many people seem to agree that These guys invented what we now call Nu Metal (not everyone but a lot). Again this band has nearly three decades worth of experience behind them and have managed to stick to their core sound and evolve their music around what made them big in the first place, and is a great starting place for interest in metal.
Meet Your Maker
New faces on the scene Meet Your Maker started writing original stuff after a fair stint of covering metal tracks from bands like Sleeping Giant and Skillet, therefore having a solid grounding playing metal before writing. Their track “The Risen King” encompasses a fair amount of what metal is with the screamed vocals, solid double bass pedals and a build to a highly anthemic finish amongst other things.
Now these are just a small selection to cut one’s teeth with, but there is a whole world of metal to explore. Take a look, find what you like. Who knows? You may find something long lasting.