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    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 14:32:37

    Top 15 New Wave Of American Heavy Metal Albums -

    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.

    Slipknot Iowa
    1. Slipknot - "The New Wave of American Heavy Metal received its
    ignition from this record."
    Lamb of God Sacrament
    Killswitch Engage - Alive Or Just Breathing
    2. Lamb of God - "A record that recoils with a kind of irresistible intensity..."
    3. Killswitch Engage - "It'll feel even better once it turns 20"
    Trivium - Ascendancy
    The Dillinger Escape Plan - Miss Machine
    4. Trivium - "It's as raw, real, and rich as metal albums get."
    5. The Dillinger Escape Plan - "Nothing about 'Miss Machine' was
    noisy for the sake of."
    Hatebreed Perseverance
    Atreyu The Curse
    6. Hatebreed
    7. Atreyu
    Lamb of God - As the Palaces Burn
    Killswitch Engage - the End of heartache
    8. Lamb of God
    9. Killswitch Engage
    The Devil Wears Prada Zombie EP
    All That Remains - This Darkened Heart
    10. The Devil Wears Prada
    11. All That Remains
    Poison the well - tear from the red
    Converge Jane Doe
    12. Poison the Well
    13. Converge
    DevilDriver - The Last Kind Words
    Shadows Fall - The Art of Balance
    14. DevilDriver
    15. Shadows Fall




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