Slipknot – Top 15 New Wave of American Heavy Metal Albums
Wed, 01 Jul 2015 17:10:58
These are the albums that defined the aughts.
The '00s were quite a fertile period for heavy music. So much so that the press and fans anointed the era "The New Wave of American Heavy Metal" or "The New Wave of American Metal." Same difference. MTV resurrected Headbanger's Ball, with Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed installed as the host. Late night TV shows, like Jimmy Kimmel Live!, were booking the bands of the era to perform with increasing frequency throughout the decade. Yes, those firebreathing noise merchants in The Dillinger Escape Plan played Conan and things were never, ever the same.
If you require more proof that the public and media hungered for metal equally, well, think about how Ozzfest ballooned, inviting heavier bands to play both the main and the side stages. The annual heavy metal summer camp was eventually immobilized and replaced by The Rock Star Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, which also grew exponentially and played sheds.
Most impressive were the sales numbers of these bands. Albums repeatedly went platinum and gold, with the likes of Slipknot, Killswitch Engage, Lamb of God and Atreyu notching RIAA certifications and awards for achieving monster sales. More notable was the fact that you could turn on the radio and hear these same bands on the dial and not always after midnight on specialty shows.
Do we even need to mention the Grammy nominations? It made us realize that people with their ears to the underground and in possession of a keen knowledge of the aggressive music scene were influencing the balloting, since extreme bands were notching noms. It wasn't as though this was further atonement for the Jethro Tull gaffe that still haunts the metal category today; it was an institution recognizing and supporting a movement!
Hands down—the '00s were a legit and rich era for heavy metal. These are the albums that defined the period.
1. Slipknot – Iowa
Slipknot changed everything. That's a general and consistent theme throughout their career. The masked Iowa nine-piece have been at the forefront of every genre shift since their legendary self-titled debut, Slipknot, arrived back in 1999. They made the current scene heavier than, challenging the genre forbearers at the time and altering the game. Then, they went and did it all over again in 2001 with Iowa.
As far as the New Wave Of American Heavy Metal goes, the second album from Corey Taylor [vocals], M. Shawn Clown Crahan [percussion], Paul Gray [bass], Jim Root [guitar], Mick Thomson [guitar], Sid Wilson [turntables], Chris Fehn [percussion], Joey Jordison [drums], and Craig Jones [samples] effectively preceded the movement. Iowa [Roadrunner Records] debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 200, a huge feat at the time, and set a precedent that didn't exist prior for heavy music. They sold out arenas on their fall Pledge of Allegiance tour supporting the album. They made the marketplace ready for a "real" metal movement, effectively prepping the path the for the likes of Lamb of God, Killswitch Engage, and everybody else on this list prior to be mass-embraced. Honestly, there may not have been a New Wave of American Heavy Metal if not for Slipknot, if not for Iowa.
Watch the Music Video for "Left Behind" from Slipknot:
See the other artists and albums on our Top Top 15 New Wave of American Heavy Metal Albums feature!