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Top Christian Hard Rock Bands


From the underground days of the Resurrection Band of the late 1970's to the 21st century, as a genre, Christian hard rock has twisted, turned and grown. But one thing has remained the same -- the reason they sing and play. These bands all make music for the Lord.

12 Stones

12 Stones
Executive Music Group

12 Stones was formed in 2000 in Mandeville, Louisiana (a small suburb North of New Orleans). They were signed by Wind-Up Records in 2002 and have released 3 albums since then.

12 Stones Discography

12 Stones Essential Songs

12 Stones Band Members

Paul McCoy – Vocals
Eric Weaver – Guitar
Aaron Gainer – Drums
Will Reed - Bass

In 2003 Paul McCoy was featured on the Evanescence song "Bring Me To Life" and he won a GRAMMY for Best Hard Rock Performance.

Decyfer Down

Decyfer Down

Originally known as Allysonhymn (pronounced "all-eyes-on-him, Decyfer Down formed in 1999 as an acoustic group with 2 members -- drummer Josh Oliver and guitarist Brandon Mills. 2002 brought a lot of changes to the band. They added members, changed their name to Decyfer Down and switched to a rock sound. SRE Recordings signed the group in 2006 and their debut came out that summer.

Decyfer Down Discography

Decyfer Down Essential Songs

Decyfer Down Band Members

TJ Harris - Vocals, Guitar
Brandon Mills - Guitar
Josh Oliver - Drums
Chris Clonts - Guitar

    Decyfer Down Official Site



    Kevin Young was in middle school when the first thoughts of forming a band entered his mind. At 13, he and drummer Tim Barrett formed Disciple, adding guitarist Brad Noah in December 1992. Over the next 8 years, they released 4 more albums, adding bassist Joey Fife in '03 to become a quartet.

    They went back to the studio in early '04 to record Rise Up and got the attention of A&R men at major labels across the country. They eventually signed with SRE.

    Since then, the line-up and the record labels have changed, but the great music remains the same!

    Disciple Discography

    Disciple Essential Songs

    Disciple Band Members

    Kevin Young (Vocals)
    Micah Sannan (Guitar)
    Israel Beachy (Bass)
    Trent Reiff (Drums)


    Fireflight hit the Christian music scene in 2006 after getting signed by Flicker Records. Led by Dawn Michele, who has been compared to Joan Jett and The Pretenders’ Chrissy Hynde, the band has proven that they definitely have what it takes to be one of the best.

    Fireflight Discography

    Fireflight Essential Songs

    Fireflight Band Members

    Dawn Michele (Vocals)
    Glenn Drennen (Guitar)
    Justin Cox (Guitar)
    Adam McMillion (Drums)
    Wendy Drennen (Bass)



    Flyleaf was formed in Texas in 2000. In 2004, the band released their debut EP on Octone Records. The full-length CD, titled Flyleaf, released that one year later with Howard Benson at the helm as producer.

    Flyleaf Discography

    Flyleaf Essential Songs

    Flyleaf Band Members

    Kristen May - vocals
    Sameer Bhattacharya - guitar
    Jared Hartmann - guitar
    Pat Seals - bass
    James Culpepper - drums


    Razor & Tie

    P.O.D. (Payable on Death) was formed in 1992 in San Ysidro, California by Marcos Curiel, Noah Bernardo (Wuv) and Wuv's cousin, Sonny Sandoval. Mark Daniels (Traa) joined in 1993. Throughout the 90s, P.O.D. sold more than 40,000 copies of their three homemade EPs. Atlantic Records signed the band in 1998. Marcos left in 2003 and was replaced with Jason Truby. In 2006 Marcos rejoined the band. Jason left and P.O.D. left Atlantic.

    P.O.D. Discography

    P.O.D. Essential Songs

    P.O.D. Band Members

    Sonny Sandoval - Vocals
    Marcos Curiel - Guitar
    Wuv Bernardo - Drums
    Traa Daniels - Bass



    RED was formed in 2004 in Nashville, Tennessee when Michael Barnes met brothers Anthony and Randy Armstrong. The addition of drummer Andrew Hendrix and second guitarist Jasen Rauchy officially made a band and RED was born. After the group signed with Essential Records, Hendrix left and Hayden Lamb was picked as the replacement drummer. Lamb was injured in a serious wreck in 2007 and officially left the band in 2008.

    RED Discography

    RED Essential Songs

    RED Band Members

    Michael Barnes - Vocals
    Anthony Armstrong - Guitar
    Joe Rickard - Drums
    Randy Armstrong - Bass

    RED Photo
    RED Profile

    Sent By Ravens

    Sent By Ravens
    Tooth & Nail Records

    Hailing from Hartsville, South Carolina, Sent By Ravens is one of those great bands that delivers lyrics that come from their hearts rather than a "success formula."

    Sent By Ravens Discography

    Sent By Ravens Essential Songs

    Sent By Ravens Band Members

    Zach Riner - Vocals
    JJ Leonard - Guitar
    Andy O'Neal - Guitar
    Jon Arena - Bass
    Dane Anderson - Drums



    Skillet was formed in Memphis, TN, by John Cooper, Ken Steorts, and Trey McClurkin in '96. John's wife Korey joined in '01, Ben Kasica replaced Ken, Lori Peters replaced Trey and the band signed with Ardent Records. In '04 Lava Records picked the band up and released them to mainstream.

    Skillet Discography

    Skillet Essential Songs

    Skillet Band Members

    John Cooper - Vocals, bass
    Korey Cooper – keyboard, vocals, rhythm guitar, synthesizer
    Jen Ledger - Drums, vocals
    Seth Morrison - Guitar


    Stryper - 25 years of music

    Originally formed in 1982 in Orange County, California as Roxx Regime by brothers Michael and Robert Sweet, Oz Fox and Tim Gaines, Stryper helped put Christian Hard Rock/Metal on the map. A nine year hiatus (1992-2000) found the band members pursuing music apart, but the Yellow and Black came back and are going as strong as ever with a new album that just hit stores.

    Stryper Discography:

    Stryper Essential Songs

    Stryper Band Members

    Michael Sweet - Vocals, guitar
    Oz Fox - Lead Guitar
    Robert Sweet - Drums
    Tim Gaines - Bass

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