Christian Bands That Sounds Like Linkin Park (6 Great Examples)

Linkin Park is always a standout name when it comes to conversations about rock and nu-metal, especially when rap and hip-hop are included in the mix.

After their quick rise to international fame in 2000 following their debut studio album, “Hybrid Theory”, Linkin Park became an MTV staple and even a household name with hits like “One Step Close”, “In The End”, and “Crawling”.

It’s not always easy to find Christian alternatives but if you like Linkin Park’s sound, we’ve created a list of Christian bands that could work as alternatives.

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Thousand Foot Krutch

Often abbreviated as TFK, Thousand Foot Krutch is a big name in Christian rock circles.

With their sound starting out as a praise and worship spin on the nu-metal sound of the era, they are a great option as a Christian alternative to Linkin Park. 

The rock trio, from Peterborough, Canada, was formed in 1995 by Trevor McNevan, Joel Bruyere, and Steve Augustine.

Thousand Foot Krutch has a massive discography, having released eight studio albums, two live albums, and even three remix albums.

Here’s a list of their released material:

  • Shutterbug (as Oddball) (1995)
  • That’s What People Do (1997)
  • Set It Off (2000)
  • Phenomenon (2003)
  • The Art of Breaking (2005)
  • The Flame in All of Us (2007)
  • Welcome to the Masquerade (2009)
  • The End Is Where We Begin (2012)
  • Oxygen: Inhale (2014)
  • Exhale (2016)

Thousand Foot Krutch has a heavy sound, filled with chunky guitar riffs, angsty melodies, and positive messages. If you’re looking to headbang to a Christian Linkin Park alternative, they’re a great shout!

One of our favorite songs from Thousand Foot Krutch is “Courtesy Call” off their 2012 album “The End Is Where We Begin”, an anthem of a song with heavy guitar riffs and soaring lead vocals in its chorus.

Disciple

Disciple is a Christian band that plays in the realm of hard rock and rap-metal. Formed in Knoxville, Tennesse in 1992, they have been around for years and have a lot of great music to get stuck into.

Their lyrics predominantly focus on God and what Jesus has done for them, and with their heavy sound mixed with rap vocals, they’re a positive alternative to Linkin Park.

Disciple has a huge discography, having been around for many years.

Here are all twelve of their studio albums:

  • What Was I Thinking (1995)
  • This Might Sting a Little (1999)
  • By God (2001)
  • Back Again (2003)
  • Disciple (2005)
  • Scars Remain (2006)
  • Southern Hospitality (2008)
  • Horseshoes & Handgrenades (2010)
  • O God Save Us All (2012)
  • Attack (2014)
  • Long Live the Rebels (2016)
  • Love Letter Kill Shot (2019)

Disciple’s “Radical” off their 2014 album “Attack” is a favorite of ours. With a sing-along, anthemic chorus, and driving drums and guitars, it’s hard not to head-bang along.

Project 86

Project 86, a heavy rock band formed in Orange County, California, offers a great Christian alternative to Linkin Park.

With their blisteringly heavy sound and a strong influence from the rapcore genre, Project 86 has ten full-length albums to get your teeth stuck into!

Project 86’s songs are honest and filled with hope, often commenting on social issues from literature. With their aggressive style and often moving song content, they’ll be sure to get your head banging and feet moving.

Here are all ten of their studio albums:

  • Project 86 (1998)
  • Drawing Black Lines (2000)
  • Truthless Heroes (2002)
  • Songs To Burn Your Bridges By (2004)
  • …And The Rest Will Follow (2005)
  • Rival Factions (2007)
  • Picket Fence Cartel (2009)
  • Wait For Siren (2012)
  • Knives To The Future (2014)
  • Sheep Among Wolves (2017)

Project 86’s “Fall, Goliath, Fall” is our hot favorite of the bands. Released in 2012 off of the “Wait For The Siren” album, it has a big chorus, repeating the line “Fall, Goliath, Fall, which you can’t help but sing along to.

Pillar

American rock band Pillar has a hard-hitting sound, filled with chunky guitars and driving drums. Drawing from metal and heavier genres, and incorporating positive messaging in their lyrics, they’re a decent Christian alternative to Linkin Park.

Their breakout album “Fireproof” in 2002 saw them shoot into stardom, launching national tours and putting Pillar on the map as a household name in Christian rock and metal.

Pillar is also incredibly prolific, having released nine full-length albums.

Here’s the full list:

  •  Metamorphosis  (1999)
  • Original Superman (2000)
  • Above (2000)
  • Fireproof (2002)
  • Where Do We Go From Here (2004)
  • The Reckoning (2006)
  • For the Love of the Game (2008)
  • Confessions (2009)
  • One Love Revolution (2015)

Pillar’s “Frontline” off their 2004 album, “Where Do We Go From Here” is our pick of the bunch, a battle cry of a song uniting the listener in the band’s message of hope and a fighting spirit.

P.O.D

P.O.D. are probably one of the most well-known Christian bands in the alternative metal genre and is a great substitute for Linkin Park.

Meaning ‘Payable On Death’, P.O.D was born out of San Diego, California, and has been a driving force in Christian metal across the world.

With their sound pulling a lot of influence from rap and metal as well as genres like nu-metal and reggae, P.O.D’s likeness to Linkin Park is undeniable.

They have a heavy sound, but also use beautiful and moving melodies to take you on a journey through their music.

P.O.D. have a long and prolific record in the industry, having released 10 full-length albums.

Here is the full list of P.O.D’s studio albums:

  • Snuff the Punk (1994)
  • Brown (1996)
  • The Fundamental Elements of Southtown (1999)
  • Satellite (2001)
  • Payable on Death (2003)
  • Testify (2006)
  • When Angels & Serpents Dance (2008)
  • Murdered Love (2012)
  • The Awakening (2015)
  • Circles (2018)

P.O.D’s “Youth Of The Nation”, off their 2001 album Satellite, was an anthem of its generation and remains a defining moment for the group.

PAX217

PAX217, a Christian American Rap-rock born out of Orange County, California, is definitely a group to get into if you’re a fan of Linkin Park.

Although they incorporate a bit more rap and a little less screaming than the other groups on this list, PAX217 is still a great alternative in the Christian hard rock genre.

PAX217 was often compared to another hit artist on this list, P.O.D, due to their inclusion of reggae and more rap in their music.

Having begun their career in 1994, they released two studio albums and an EP before disbanding in 2005. However, PAX217 reunited in 2010 for a tour and gave fans what they had been missing for a few years.

Here is a list of their three studio albums:

  • Twoseventeen (2000)
  • Engage (2002)
  • Check Your Pulse EP (2004)

Some of their most notable hits are “A.M”, a hard-hitting punk and hardcore-influenced song with lyrics about putting God back into focus, and “Sandbox Praise”, a punchy song that will get you head-banging and shouting.

If you’re also a Blink 182 fan, you’ll want to check out our article about top Christian bands that sound like Blink 182.

Closing Thoughts

Linkin Park has a distinct sound, with Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda riffing off of each other with both screaming and rapping.

Their inclusion of heavy guitar riffs, DJ scratching, and keyboard sampling makes them a very unique band and makes it hard to pick completely accurate alternatives.

Nevertheless, give these 6 bands a listen if you’re looking for Christian alternatives in the rap-metal/rap-rock genre.