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    Fri, 15 Mar 2013 09:01:47

    Feature: Faces of 21st Century Heavy Metal — Volbeat - By ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino...

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    Arguably, there are a few heavy metal and hard rock bands out there right now that can stand proudly alongside the best—Metallica, Pantera, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax, and the like. In fact, heavy music is only getting stronger in this day and age. There's a bevy of bands that have picked up that proverbial torch and continued burning down the world with it.

    ARTISTdirect.com wanted to highlight a few of them as they're not only waving the flag for the genre but for musicianship as well.

    We also wanted to preface this with a special criteria. This is only a list of bands who released their first album after the year 2000. This is strictly a "21st Century" list.

    Without further pomp and circumstance and horns proudly up...

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    There's nobody on this planet or any other that sounds like Volbeat. How many groups can say that? They're the most completely original group to roll through heavy metal in decades. They can segue from a rockabilly swing into a thrash metal beatdown without batting an eye. Frontman Michael Poulsen's voice resounds with an immortal power. The man can sing, and he can riff at the same time. They've toured with Metallica, and they garnered a ton of attention with the brilliantly catchy "Fallen". However, with their forthcoming album, Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies out April 9, they're raising the stakes again. Everything fans love about Volbeat hits the next level, and they churn out a rock record for the ages.

    Rick Florino

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