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'''Christian Metal''' is a particularly controversial offshoot of ChristianRock which began in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and has gradually gained popularity since. Basically, any HeavyMetal band with UsefulNotes/{{Christian|ity}}-based lyrics or Christian members can be categorized as this. American bands such as Resurrection Band and Petra are usually credited with pioneering the genre, while Stryper were arguably the first Christian Metal band to garner mainstream attention. Other bands, such as Tourniquet and Australia's Mortification, incorporated a heavier style and have become staples in the underground Metal scene. At the TurnOfTheMillennium, RapMetal band P.O.D. achieved ranks in the Billboard 200 and frequently appeared on Creator/{{MTV}} alongside their secular peers. Since P.O.D.'s success, Christian bands such as Music/{{Underoath}}, ''Norma Jean'' and Music/TheDevilWearsPrada have gained enormous popularity in the burgeoning {{Metalcore}} scene.

Christian Metal has received criticism from both Christian and secular audiences, being perceived as an oxymoron due to traditional Metal's anti-establishment, anti-religious and hedonistic sentiments. However, this has not prevented the genre from enjoying varying degrees of underground and mainstream success since its formation in the late 1970s.

Several Metal bands such as Attack Attack!, Music/AvengedSevenfold, He Is Legend, Music/KillswitchEngage, Music/{{Pentagram}}, Trouble, Music/{{Candlemass}} and even Music/BlackSabbath have included Biblical themes in their lyrics, but are generally [[NotChristianRock not considered Christian bands]]. Likewise, a few bands such as Music/{{Savatage}} and Music/{{Helloween}} have openly Christian bandmembers and have written several Christian-themed songs but are generally not considered Christian bands.

'''Christian Metal bands include:'''
* [[Music/ThirtyEighthParallel 38th Parallel]] (NuMetal)
* Music/{{Antestor}} ([[BlackMetal Unblack Metal]])
* Music/AsILayDying ({{Metalcore}} and ThrashMetal)
* Music/AugustBurnsRed (Metalcore and ProgressiveMetal)
* Music/BarrenCross (Traditional Heavy Metal)
* Music/{{Believer}} (Technical ThrashMetal)
* [[Music/{{Blessthefall}} blessthefall]] ({{Metalcore}} and PostHardcore)
* Music/{{Bloodgood}} (Traditional HeavyMetal and HardRock)
* Music/{{Bride}} (Traditional HeavyMetal and HardRock)
* Music/TheChariot (Mathcore)
* Music/CrimsonMoonlight
* Music/CrimsonThorn
* Music/DemonHunter ({{Metalcore}} , GrooveMetal, and AlternativeMetal)
* Music/TheDevilWearsPrada (Metalcore)
* Music/{{Deliverance}}
* Music/{{Detritus}}
* Music/{{Disciple}} (originally GrooveMetal; later transitioned to NuMetal)
* Music/{{Eterna}}
* Music/EternalDecision
* Music/{{Extol}} ( TechnicalDeathMetal)
* Music/{{Guardian}}
* Music/HasteTheDay (Metalcore)
* Music/HolySoldier
* Music/{{Horde}} ( The UrExample and TropeMaker for Unblack Metal)
* Music/{{Impellitteri}}
* Music/ImpendingDoom (UrExample for Christian {{Deathcore}})
* Music/{{Lament}} ( MelodicDeathMetal)
* Music/{{Leviticus}}
* Music/{{LivingSacrifice}} (ThrashMetal, DeathMetal, Metalcore, GrooveMetal)
* Music/LoveandDeath
* Music/MessiahProphet
* Music/{{Mortal}}
* Music/{{Mortification}}
* Music/NormaJean (Metalcore, Mathcore, Sludge Metal)
* [[Music/OhSleeper Oh, Sleeper]] (Technical Metalcore)
* Music/{{Paramaecium}}
* [[Music/{{POD}} P.O.D.]] (NuMetal, RapMetal, and AlternativeMetal)
* Music/{{Red}} (AlternativeMetal, SymphonicMetal, and occasionally NuMetal)
* Music/RobRock
* Music/ResurrectionBand ( arguably the UrExample, although they were primarily HardRock)
* Music/SacredWarrior
* Music/{{Saint}}
* Music/SaviourMachine
* Music/SeventhAngel
* Music/SeventhAvenue
* Music/TheShowdown ( MelodicDeathMetal, DeathMetal, and Metalcore for their early material and GrooveMetal, ThrashMetal, and Southern Metal for their later material)
* Music/SoulEmbraced ( Death Metal and Alternative Metal)
* Music/StillRemains
* Music/{{Stryper}} ( Traditional HeavyMetal and HairMetal)
* Music/ThousandFootKrutch (NuMetal, HardRock, and AlternativeMetal)
* Music/{{Tourniquet}} ( ThrashMetal and ProgressiveMetal
* Music/{{Ultimatum}}
* Music/{{Underoath}} ( Metalcore and PostHardcore; Early material was a mix of DeathMetal, BlackMetal, and Metalcore)
* Music/{{Vaakevandring}}
* Music/VeniDomine
* Music/VengeanceRising (reformed as Once Dead after former lead singer Roger Martinez denounced his faith)
* Music/VirginBlack (one of the more controversial Christian Metal bands due to the dark lyrical content of their songs)
* Music/WarOfAges (Metalcore)
* Music/{{Whitecross}} (Traditional HeavyMetal)
* [[Music/XSinner X-Sinner]]
* Music/{{Zao}} (Metalcore)