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    These are the albums that defined the aughts.

    The New Wave of American Heavy Metal

    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.

    10. The Devil Wears Prada – Zombie EP

    It's possible to actually make the argument that The Devil Wears Prada started the 21st century zombie craze—or at least played a major part in it. The group delivered its phenomenal concept outing the Zombie EP in August 2010 months prior to The Walking Dead's debut. It even debuted at #10 on the Billboard Top 200. As far as modern heavy metal went, nobody had delivered something this ambitious yet. The five songs threaded together a narrative told through samples and Mike Hranica's visual and vibrant lyrics. At the same time, they merged Jeremy DePoyster's thrashed-up polyrhythmic guitar stomp with flourishes of haunting electronics, yielding an utterly eerie backdrop. Daniel Williams held down a mind-bending drum canvas punctuated by Andy Trick's walloping bass. With this swinging axe, it felt like trudging through the Zombie Apocalypse locked and loaded and ready to fight.

    "Revive" merged this heavy bludgeoning with one of their most entrancing refrains, "All is lost." "Escape" and "Anatomy" breed a feeling of appropriate terror that's utterly infectious, while "Outnumbered" heightens the tension through its dense distorted punch. "Survivor" ends everything on an appropriately epic note. The band will release its Space EP [Rise Records] on August 21. It's their next concept offering and given Zombie's classic status, it's definitely one of the most anticipated this year.

    Listen to "Outnumbered" from The Devil Wears Prada:

    Rick Florino

    'Zombie EP' from The Devil Wears Prada is available on Ferret Music.
    The Devil Wears Prada Zombie EP

    TDWP's 'Space EP' is due out August 21, 2015 on Rise Records.

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