Trivium – Top 15 New Wave of American Heavy Metal Albums
Wed, 01 Jul 2015 15:38:54
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.
4. Trivium – Ascendancy
Of all the bands within the so-called "New Wave of American Heavy Metal," Trivium captured the technical and classical ethos of metal's roots most cleverly. The Orlando band unleashed its second full-length album and first true heavy metal landmark in 2005 with Ascendancy [Roadrunner Records]. The UK got it first—as they often do. Sooner rather than later, Matt Heafy [vocals, guitar], Paolo Gregoletto [bass], and Corey Beaulieu [guitar] packed massive venues across the pond and became a household name.
Stateside, the record drew listeners in, and upon repeated analysis, carved out a lifelong fan base. It's as raw, real, and rich as metal albums get. At the same time, there's a wonderful refinement to where you can mention Trivium in the same breath as Metallica and Iron Maiden, and it feels natural. Similar to those torchbearers, they are as inimitable and intricate as they are irresistible.
Watch the Video for "Pull Harder on the Strings of Your Martyr" from Trivium:
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