I believe it was the great philosopher Frederich Nietzshe who famously once said, "Rock is dead." Actually, maybe he said “God is dead.” Or was it, “Rock gods are dead?” Either way, it seems for years critics have bemoaned the dearth of true rock and rollers in the music scene. However, we contend that rock is alive and well. Don't believe us? Shame on you! Just to show you you're a real dumb, stupid dummy for doubting us (sorry, my vocabulary isn’t what it used to be), here are thirteen artists waving the flag of rock music for us all.
5FDP have cemented themselves as the future of metal and hard rock. Their current album, American Capitalist, is their biggest, most melodic, and most advanced yet. Weaving the brutal grooves of Pantera with arena-ready melodies and Ivan Moody's piercing lyrics, 5FDP make us all believe in the power of hard rock. They’re also nominated for four Revolver Golden Gods Awards, which you can vote on here!
These Ohioans have evolved their garage stomping blues and crafted their songwriting year after year. What once were just cool little ditties have evolved into great songs, with a progressive take on a classic medium: the blues. See? Everything comes around- it's like the Circle of Life from The Lion King!
Leave it to Korn to reinvent themselves and rock music yet again. While these hard rock legends have been around since the early nineties, they are constantly challenging themselves to explore new directions. Case in point: their brilliant new album, The Path of Totality, was co-written and co-produced by some of Electro's biggest and brightest artists- including Skrillex, Excision, Kill the Noise, 12th Planet, Flinch, and others. The mix of rock and dub step/electro is pitch-perfect- giving us all a brand new look at the future of rock.
These guys may hail from frigid Alaska, but their music is... Wait for it... Red hot! See what I did there? With their quirky and uncanny blend of Ziggy Stardust, Pixies, and even (dare I say) Flight of the Conchords, Portugal the Man really gives Portugal the Country a run for its money.
The godfathers of alternative music breathed new life into the rock scene with their fourth (fourth!!!) album in over two decades. Wow, they are like the Halley's comet of rock albums! With TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek on bass duties, the result is an ethereal, exploratory album in The Great Escape Artist that digs deep into the underbelly of rock and roll.
M83 manage to capture the eighties sound so vividly, they sound like a true throwback rather than a retro gimmick. Being genuine has always been at the heart of rock music, and it comes across with this outfit’s sound.
Is it a stretch to call Skrillex rock? What are all of those weird bleeps and feedback noises anyway? Can you really call this music? Does the fact that people ask these questions every day prove that this dubstep master is challenging the boundaries of music, which has always been a defining characteristic of rock and roll?
Temple, Texas' biggest rockers have been keeping quiet lately, but don't let that fool you- they've been meticulously honing their craft for an explosive third album. You can expect it later this year, and it should speak for itself as to why Flyleaf will be contributing another vivid chapter to the book of rock.
Chris Cornell's not-so-merry band of dark rockers is poised to release new music this year as well. Considering that every album of theirs has been a classic, this is truly going to be one of the most anticipated albums in recent memory. We'll see if over fifteen years in between albums has made these classic rockers mature like a fine wine.
It's crazy to think that Kid A came out almost twelve years ago. Even today, it sounds like a fresh and cutting edge album- what originally brushed fans back has become a seminal album for both electronic music and rock. It's just one of the reasons Radiohead have always been true pioneers and risk takers in the biggest sense of the term. They will continue to push the boundaries of rock for years to come.
Billy Corgan remains one of the most prolific and potent songwriters in rock 'n' roll. Blare the Gish and Siamese Dream reissues for a refresher course on his psychedelic heavy alternative mastery. However, Smashing Pumpkins' forthcoming Oceania, is shaping up to be one of the biggest rock events of the year and quite possibly the decade. With the amps turned up and Corgan's brilliant storytelling on deck, we can't wait...
Is there a band more maniacally magical than Tool? Shrouded in myth and murk, every album becomes a journey in its own right with the songs all veering off down their respective polyrhythmic rabbit holes. They're emblematic of the future—and more.
The alternative rock duo repeatedly kick the world in the balls with their debut No Name No Color. It's punky, it's spunky, it's raw, and it's real. There's a real grit and gutter energy refined with some truly powerful songwriting chops. They're as badass as 21st century rock bands come.
Stay tuned next week, when we discuss the ten bands keeping Ragtime alive! Agree or disagree? Let us know, below...