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New Wave Of American Heavy Metal

10. Trivium

Trivium is an American heavy metal band from Orlando, Florida, formed in 1999. After getting signed to Roadrunner Records in 2004, the band has released eight studio albums and over twenty singles. The band has sold over one million albums worldwide.

Trivium has been described as heavy metal, metalcore, thrash metal, progressive metal, melodic death metal and groove metal.

Their style has evolved over the years from their earliest work on Ember to Inferno right through to In Waves, there is a clear thrash influence from Metallica and Machine Head, as well as some early In Flames.

9. Killswitch Engage

Killswitch Engage is an American metalcore band from Westfield, Massachusetts, formed in 1999 after the disbanding of Overcast and Aftershock.

Killswitch Engage primarily play heavy metal and metalcore, combining sounds from extreme metal and hardcore. Like some modern metalcore bands, Killswitch Engage vocally combine singing, screaming vocals, and growls in their music.

Killswitch Engage’s music mixes “crushing” riffs, double bass drum patterns, power chords, dual-guitar harmonies, often punctuated with pinch harmonic squeals in their music and breakdowns that one can expect from the metalcore genre. Their music is influenced by Swedish melodic death metal, New York hardcore and thrash metal.

8. Machine Head

Machine Head is an American heavy metal band from Oakland, California. Formed on October 12, 1991, the group was founded by vocalist and guitarist Robb Flynn and bassist Adam Duce. They have received great critical success especially for their album “The Blackening” which is considered a modern metal masterpiece.

Machine Head has been mainly described as groove metal and thrash metal. The band is influenced by Californian thrash metal bands such as Vio-lence, Metallica, Exodus, Slayer and Testament, crossover thrash bands Suicidal Tendencies and Cro-Mags, groove metal bands Pantera and Exhorder, and grunge bands Nirvana, Soundgarden and Alice in Chains.

Their early albums Burn My Eyes and The More Things Change… show a groove metal and thrash metal approach, similar to bands like Pantera and Exhorder. The albums also featured technical drumming by Chris Kontos and Dave McClain. The band changed their musical direction for the albums The Burning Red (1999) and Supercharger (2001), which have been described as displaying a nu metal sound. These albums featured rapping by Robb Flynn and simpler guitar riffs, but retaining part of their aggressive sound. This change in direction resulted in criticism from many fans because of the popularity of nu metal at the time.

Machine Head returned to the groove metal and thrash metal sound of the first two albums with the album Through the Ashes of Empires, which proved a success.

7. Five Finger Death Punch

Five Finger Death Punch is an American heavy metal band from Las Vegas, Nevada. Formed in 2005, the band’s name is derived from a fictional martial arts maneuver in the 2003 film Kill Bill.

Five Finger Death Punch has been described as groove metal, thrash metal, alternative metal and hard rock. Thom Jurek of AllMusic wrote that Five Finger Death Punch’s “instantly recognizable sound is comprised of equal parts melodic and meaty guitar riffs, fat vamps, catchy hooks, tight, flashy solos, and hard-grooving bass and drums”. Five Finger Death Punch vocalist Ivan Moody’s vocals are usually singing and screaming. Five Finger Death Punch also occasionally play ballads.

Bathory described Five Finger Death Punch as “a straight-up heavy metal band with a hint of thrash metal — maybe a hint of the Euro stuff in there” and then said, “that’s pretty much what we are”. Spencer described Five Finger Death Punch as “kind of like stepping on a garden rake while looking at a supermodel. Blissful yet fucking devastating”. He then said, “We have an energy and a rhythmical style that’s different than what’s happening out there. We have songs that grab you and stay with you and rip your face off. Hooks, balls, melodies and energy — that’s us”.

6. Disturbed

Disturbed is an American heavy metal band from Chicago, Illinois . The band comprises vocalist David Draiman, bassist John Moyer, guitarist Dan Donegan, and drummer Mike Wengren . They are known for songs like “Down With the Sickness” and “Stricken”.

Classified as a heavy metal or hard rock band, Disturbed is also regarded by some critics as nu metal and alternative metal.

According to frontman David Draiman on the band home documentary M.O.L., the lyrics that he writes are inspired by actual experiences of his own, and he stated that he likes to present his ideas with cryptic lyrics. These lyrical themes range from the Judeo-Christian concept of Heaven and Hell, domestic abuse, suicide, insanity, relationships, war, to more fantasy-like themes, such as vampirism, werewolves and demons.

5. Mastodon

Mastodon is an American heavy metal band from Atlanta, Georgia, formed in early 2000 and composed of bassist Troy Sanders, guitarists Brent Hinds and Bill Kelliher and drummer Brann Dailor.

Mastodon cross multiple heavy metal genres such as progressive metal, sludge metal, alternative metal, stoner rock, experimental metal, and groove metal. James Christopher Monger of Allmusic describes Mastodon as “one of the more notable New Wave of American Heavy Metal acts, a genre spawned in the mid-’90s” and says that “Mastodon’s innovative, lyrically astute blend of progressive metal, grindcore, and hardcore helped position the band as one of the preeminent metal acts of the early 21st century.”

4. Slipknot

Slipknot is a Heavy Metal band formed in 1995 from Iowa. The band released their first album in 1999 and was well received by critics and fans. The group gained success after the release of their second studio album, “Iowa”.

In 2010, Original bass player Paul Gray died from a overdose of morphine. Also in 2013, Drummer Joey Jordison was fired from the band over drug accusations, It was later discovered that he had a disease that didn’t allow him to move properly, which was the cause of accusation.

Slipknot is regarded as a pioneer of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal; its output has been compared to that of Pantera, Machine Head, Hatebreed, Life of Agony, and Prong, among others. Slipknot is considered a nu metal band. The band’s members prefer to distance themselves musically from other nu metal bands such as Korn and Limp Bizkit. Slipknot describes its sound as “metal metal” and regards the link to nu metal as coincidental and a result of nu metal’s emergence being concurrent with that of Slipknot. The band’s sound typically features a heavily down-tuned guitar setup, a large percussive section, samples, and turntables. Using a variety of vocal styles, the music typically features growled vocals, screaming, backing vocals, as well as melodic singing. The band has continually experimented with its sound, most notably developing tracks led by acoustic guitars and melodic singing that first appeared on Vol. 3 (The Subliminal Verses).

Slipknot’s lyrics are generally very aggressive; they sometimes include profanity while exploring themes such as darkness, nihilism, anger, disaffection, love, misanthropy, and psychosis. They often draw upon topics including the music industry, politics, personal strife, and reflection, among others. Rick Anderson of Allmusic said, “those lyrics that are discernible are not generally quotable on a family website”

3. Pantera

Pantera was a Heavy Metal band formed in 1981 by guitarist Dimebag Darrell and drummer Vinnie Paul. The group got into mainstream after changing from Glam Metal to Groove Metal. The band’s most successful album is “Vulgar Display of Power”. As the pioneers of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal, They would be influential to the development of Nu Metal and Metalcore. They are known for songs like “Cowboys From Hell”, “Walk”, “Cemetary Gates”, “I’m Broken” and “5 Minutes Alone” .

While being a heavy metal band, Pantera’s style was considered both groove metal and thrash metal. Pantera’s early material has been described as glam metal. Pantera also has been influential to the development of nu metal, metalcore, and several other movements. They have also been called one of the pioneers of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal. Popmatters has claimed that, “Darrell Abbott’s influence on the entire genre of heavy metal is massive; after Cowboys From Hell and Vulgar Display of Power, every notable young American metal band since has, in some way or another, copied their guitar style from those records: Korn, Limp Bizkit, Slipknot, Hatebreed, Lamb of God, Shadows Fall… the list is endless.”

As of 2003, the band disbanded . The next year, guitarist Dimebag was assassinated and shot live on stage.

2. Lamb od God

Lamb of God is an American heavy metal band from Richmond, Virginia. Formed in 1994, the group consists of vocalist Randy Blythe, guitarists Mark Morton and Willie Adler, bassist John Campbell, and drummer Chris Adler.

Although Lamb of God’s genre is a major point of disagreement among fans and critics alike, they are mainly considered groove metal. John Campbell, on the Walk With Me in Hell DVD, says that Lamb of God is “a punk band that plays heavy metal”, while Chris Adler refers to Sacrament as a speed metal album. Burn the Priest and early Lamb of God has been called a fusion of thrash metal, death metal and hardcore punk, as well as “grindcore and death metal for the hardcore kids”. The band incorporates thrash metal elements, which was shown as a direction on Resolution and Wrath.

1. Avenged Sevenfold

Avenged Sevenfold is an American alternative metal/metalcore (early) band, that was formed 1999 in California. Their longest lineup of members was M. Shadows (Vocals), Synyster Gates (Lead Guitar), Zacky Vengeance (Rhythm Guitar), Johnny Christ (Bass Guitar), and The Rev (Drums).

Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan (Drums), their most notable drummer, passed away in 2009, being temporarily replaced by Mike Portnoy, who was replaced by Arin Ilejay, who was finally replaced with Brooks Wackerman. A common phrase for fans “foREVer” was created after the Rev’s death in his remembrance.

With the bands debut album “Sounding the Seventh Trumpet” they started with producing metalcore music, until they changed their sound into heavy metal with the album “City of Evil”.

The band is best known for songs, like “Afterlife” or “Nightmare”, and sometimes “A Little Piece of Heaven”. They have created over ten albums.

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