Greatest Metal Band of The 2000s

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1Avenged SevenfoldAvenged Sevenfold is an American heavy metal/metalcore (early) band, that was formed 1999 in California . Their longest lineup of members was M . Shadows (Vocals), Synyster Gates (Lead Guitar), Zacky Vengeance (Rhythm Guitar), Johnny Christ (Bass Guitar), and The Rev (Drums) . more.

Awesome music, awesome riffs, awesome lead voice. Perhaps Shadows is the only voice to match (or even surpass) Hetfield. I think Nightmare is one of the best albums to have come out this decade! Really can't get enough of this. Way to go A7X!

#1 by far! A7X has it all. No further explanation necessary, just listen to any song from any of their last three albums and you will be humbled and inspired, if not downright blown away. Even if you can somehow find a way not to like their music, you can't help being impressed by it.

Definitely the best. Look at all the other lists. Synyster gates and the rev are up there with the greats. And above others. And every memeber in that band can sing as well. EVERY ONE. And are all experts at what they do. Rediculously talented. As songwriters and musicians. And singer (Shadows), who has a wonderful and extremely powerful voice, yet one of the best screams there is.

Not really sure how Avenged Sevenfold can be the best metal band of the 2000's when they aren't even a metal band, but whatever.

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2SlipknotSlipknot is a Nu Metal band formed in 1995 from Iowa . The band released their first album in 1999 and was well received by critics and fans. The group gained success after the release of their second studio album, "Iowa". more.

Slipknot has been nominated for seven Grammy Awards, resulting in one win. They were also nominated at the 2008 VMA's, in the category of Best Rock Video, for the single "Psychosocial"...
"Wait and Bleed" - Best Metal Performance, 2001 (nomination)
"Left Behind" - Best Metal Performance, 2002 (nomination)
"My Plague" - Best Metal Performance, 2003 (nomination)
"Duality" - Best Hard Rock Performance, 2005 (nomination)
"Vermilion" - Best Metal Performance, 2005 (nomination)
"Before I Forget" - Best Metal Performance, 2006 (winner)
"Psychosocial"- Best Metal Performance, 2009 (nomination)...

awsome band.. - skt

Best live performers on this list (of the last decade of course otherwise Metallica would be way up there too). Great singer who can go from absolutely brutal vocals to very melodic singing with ease. First two albums were AWESOME, since then they have dropped there form a little bit (much like other bands on this list). System of a down takes number 2 spot easily for me then I'd have to say Linkin Park - (much to the disgust of some metal heads who get a bit too picky about the definition of metal). I believe Linkin Park's first 2 albums are metal, after that maybe not. But those first 2 albums and the explosion in popularity that followed is enough for me to grant them 3rd.

Great balance between heavy songs for when you just can't be messed such as lech on their most recent album (5. the Gray Chapter) and soft, slow music like Snuff.

They are so unique with 9 members and of course the scary ass masks! As a studier of philosophy I've grown a great love for Corey Taylor reading his books and looking into songs like Wherein Lies Continue and find his voice extremely listenable to. I see them a week today and I have never been so excited but am saddened to not be seeing Paul Gray and Joey Jordison. All in all, just.. amazing.

Slipknot can Not be compared to when it comes to speaking the words of this generation. The musical extremes along with the artistic performances, is something to dream of. Thank you.

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3DisturbedDisturbed is an American heavy metal band from Chicago, Illinois. The band comprises vocalist David Draiman, bassist John Moyer, guitarist Dan Donegan, and drummer Mike Wengren.

What disturbed should 1-st or 2-and. They are the best band of this time...
try Indestructible, The Night, Asylum, Down With The Sickness, Stricken, Inside The Fire, Decadence, Perfect Insanity, Stupify, Another Way To Die, Just Stop, Prayer and so on and so on

Disturbed is just amazing, as they have gone through multiple different types of rock, such as nu metal, heavy metal, hard rock, rap metal, and ballads. They definitely have one of the best vocalists of any rock band, and have awesome guitarists and drummers. They have had few wrongs in a career full of right. If you don't agree, look up Down With The Sickness, Stricken, Stupify, The Animal, Asylum, The Sound Of Silence, Voices, and The Light. All of these songs show Disturbed's musical diversity and greatness in vivid detail.

Disturbed should be first or second, they have powerful music and riffs, great lyrics full of meaning, and David Draiman is best vocalist that metal can require... SO GET DISTURBED HIGHER... - metalhead1

Generic boring hard rock. Name one thing this band has ever done that hasn't been done way better by other bands. Oh that's right, you can't. Safe predictable boring trite.

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4Lamb of GodLamb of God is an American heavy metal band from Richmond, Virginia. Formed in 1994, the group consists of vocalist Randy Blythe, guitarists Mark Morton and Willie Adler, bassist John Campbell, and drummer Chris Adler.

Should be number one hands down! Avenged Sevenfold and disturbed don't hold a candle to lamb of god. No other metal band of this generation grasps the spirit and feel of metal like LOG, and not only are they enjoyable to listen to. They're extremely talented, Randy's vocals are unique among all others, Chris adlers drums don't miss a beat, and Mark and Willie's guitar work is a force to be reckoned with, I mean I don't even like avenged, but I've learned to play songs by them and LOG as well, and points for difficulty and just being straight up badass and fun to play go to them. But that's just my non-expert opinion

Lamb of God is just plain amazing. They are the best metal band today in my opinion. They have so many sick songs like "Now You've Got Something To Die For", "Ruin", "Walk With Me In Hell", and so many others.

Lamb of God and Mastodon are probably the only two bands in the top ten that actually deserve to be in the top ten. Everything else needs to be booted off and replaced by bands that don't suck like Amon Amarth or whatever.

They're actually metal! No poseur stuff going on here, just plain ass-kicking metal!

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5System of a DownSystem of a Down formed in 1994 as an Armenian-American rock group from Glendale, California. The band name is sometimes shortened to System or SOAD. more.

Dude, I am a dumb teenager, and I can tell you that you can like both System of a Down and Avenged Sevenfold. You can also like metal and also like things like Elton John and Radiohead. You can like things like Elton John and Radiohead and like alt rockers like Nirvana, REM, Pearl Jam, and the Smashing Pumpkins. I like Classic Rock legends like Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, and Rush. I also like The Beastie Boys, Run DMC, Rage Against the Machine, and Eminem. I have a wide taste in music, and I hate when people draw such harsh lines even within sub-genres. Give everything a chance, maybe you'll surprise yourself and like it.

Dear god this list is awful proof that this website is filled with dumb teenagers that know nothing about music System of a Down are the only great band in the top ten sure Slipknot and Disturbed are enjoyable and have good songs but there best material is not nearly as good as System of a Down's worst.


System is the best band ever hands down

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6MetallicaMetallica is an American Thrash Metal band formed in 1981 . The original lineup was James Hetfield (Vocalist and Rhythm guitarist), Dave Mustaine (Lead Guitar), Lars Ulrich (Drums), Ron McGovney (Bassist). The group came into mainstream from their Self-Titled album and the hit single "Enter Sandman". more.

Metallica! probably not the best in 2000 before they release the Death Magnetic, but after its release, Metallica is back on track again... Death Magnetic sure is heavy and fast... really thrashy... also Megadeth their new album EndGame... back on the track of being thrash metal... - ratchet948

Death magnetic is a class album, however it isn't as good as their original albums (Like The Black Album and Master of Puppets) it dosen't make it a bad album. Some good songs are: That was just your life, The unforgiven 3 and Broken, Beat and Scarred. That album is enough to class them as the best metal band today. - nic1997ps3

Though the 2000s saw 2 not so great albums but death magnetic put them back on track and marked there return too thrash metal a genre they had not worked with since 1988s "And Justice for All" 2008s death magnetic was there best release since 1991s self titled album (a/k/a the black album) shuck meant there first grate album in 17 years! #death magnetic

Always the best any time any day!

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7MastodonMastodon is an American heavy metal band from Atlanta, Georgia, formed in early 2000 and composed of bassist Troy Sanders, guitarists Brent Hinds and Bill Kelliher and drummer Brann Dailor.

I'm sorry, but most of the bands higher than mastodon are completely two dimensional and have little to no variety or originality (lamb of god have essentially written the same few songs again for their whole career and Avenged Sevenfold have pretty much turned into a Metallica tribute band by now). System of a down is pretty good and very experimental despite the nu-metal elements. Slipknot, disturbed and bullet for my valentine are just angsty butt-metal for teenagers. Killswitch engage is fine but also kinda rips off Swedish melodeath a lot. Children of bodom are pretty good, if cheesy, but are fairly similar to other melodeath bands. Metallica haven't released anything groundbreaking in the 21st century. So essentially only system of a down really has any place here. Mastodon is arguably the most influential, progressive (and HEAVY) metal bands on this list, with at least 5 classic albums. So why is a7x leading again?

How is Mastodon not higher! All 4 of their 2000s album (Remission, Leviathan, Blood Mountain, and Crack the Skye) are awesome and quite different from each other, these guys aren't afraid to experiment, and that's why I like them.

One of the most Versatile bands EVER! They can make straight up burn burners (listen to blood and thunder) or more intricate songs ( like the czar). These guys deserve to be way higher than they are because they are carrying metal for the new school

Very underrated band despite them being very well-known, but for the scene which they are in, they don't get nearly enough love or recognition for their art.

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8KillSwitch EngageKillswitch Engage is an American metalcore band from Westfield, Massachusetts, formed in 1999 after the disbanding of Overcast and Aftershock.

This Fire. Meaning the "Fire" of Killswitch Engage will live forever. For this is absolution of all fans of this band

they covered Holy Diver, it wasn't hard from there - zack182daley

As long as Jesse is in the band then they're alright. But Howard... oh boy... don't get me started on him and the way he and the band RUINED Holy Diver

Honestly some of heaviest but deepest music I've ever heard and not to mention the insane difficulty of what they play

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9Bullet For My ValentineBullet for My Valentine are a Welsh heavy metal band from Bridgend, formed in 1998. The band is composed of Matthew Tuck (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Michael Paget (lead guitar, backing vocals), Michael Thomas (drums) and Jamie Mathias (bass guitar). Former members include Nick Crandle and Jason James; more.

Bullet For My Valentine is the best band,
Fever is the best album,
And Tears Don't Fall, Waking The Demon and The Last Fight are the best songs. - cristian17vigo

Bullet for my valentine was the first metal band I've listened to, and I impediment lay fell in love. There is a lot of other great bands that can rival it, such as slipknot, disturbed, five finger death punch and as I lay dying, but bullet for my valentine is my absolute favorite!

They should be number one. Unlike and other band, Bullet For My Valentine have a more melodic tune to their music and the guitar solos are phenomenal.. Not to mention the lyrics to their songs are meaningful and bloody amazing - amanmulji

Cheesy riffs, generic lyrics, whiny vocals, lack of any real talent. Why is this contrived crap so popular? God only knows...

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10ToolTool is an American progressive metal/alternative metal band, that was formed in 1990. more.

Tool's music is much more intricate than most other metal bands, yet has enough anger in them to match the aggression of others. The combination of these two aspects, plus the talent in each member, makes Tool the greatest of metal bands.

Tool are completely unique. No-one else (including top-notch bands) has a sound quite like theirs. Brilliant composition, both lyrically and musically is developed through the numbers by musicians who are at the top of the tree.

Actual metal. Actual deep messaging. They respect metal.

No explanation necessary. Their music does it for them.

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The Contenders

11KornKorn is an American nu metal band from Bakersfield, California, formed in 1993. The band's current lineup includes founding members Jonathan Davis, James "Munky" Shaffer, Brian "Head" Welch, and Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu, with the addition of Ray Luzier, who replaced the band's original member, David more.

Korn is in my opinion the best band ever. They're incredibly innovative, incredibly heavy, and untouchables and take a look in the mirror are some of the greatest heavy metal / nu metal albums in history

Um, what? Wouldn't Korn be a 90's band since they haven't been relevant in the slightest since then? Most of their modern music is disposable in comparison.

I love they are awesome well more than awesome I love korn jonathan davis is so cute - KORN95

They can still get your attention too this day. My favorite band.

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12Children of BodomChildren Of Bodom is a melodic death metal band from Espoo, Finland. Formed in 1993, the group currently consists of Alexi Laiho, Janne Wirman, Henkka Seppälä, Jaska Raatikainen and Daniel Freyberg.

13th isn't a right spot for them in my opinion. COB deserved a higher place. The list is made out of popularity, not greatness. That's why COB not even in top 10. This band is far greater than most of the 2000s band in this list.

I'm a Metallica fan but I think Metallica shouldn't be in this list as they're are more of an earlier band. And come on... They've been voted all over the other lists too!

I love A7X too but in term of metal music, they fall far behind what Children Of Bodom in most aspects. Thank goodness I can't see Linkin Park because they sucks! Linkin Park'S BIG TIME FAILED. - Pyansickness

great melodic death metal band. needled 24/7!


They are best in every respect! HATE CREW!

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13Dream TheaterDream Theater is an American progressive metal band. The band was formed in 1985 under the name of "Majesty", but had to change its name to Dream Theater later. more.

This should be on number 1... avenged in number 1? please... dream theater has much more quality than those guys... I think dream should be at least on number if not at least lamb of god should be on number 1, any band is better than avenged... they have no argument to fight against dream theater or lamb of god..

This should be number 1 very meticulous when come to tone and RIFF.. And even this band are instrumental progressive metal. Its hard to copy their music kick ass!

I think Dream Theatre would be more of a contender for a 1990's list since they really hit it big in 1992 with Images and Words. Great band though, better than most of the hard rock crap posing as metal in the top ten.

Way better than a7x - abc126

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14Five Finger Death PunchFive Finger Death Punch is an American heavy metal band from Las Vegas, Nevada. Formed in 2005, the band's name is derived from a fictional martial arts maneuver in the 2003 film Kill Bill.

Five Finger Death Punch is simply a result of a bunch of bad asses getting together with instruments. Ivan has to be one of my favorite vocalists of all time.

Five Finger Death Punch's singer Ivan Moody has way more aggressive vocals than M. Shadows and their guitar riffs are also more epic than any other metal band and Zoltan Bathory and Jason Hook can also beat Synyster Gates's guitar solo. They should be number #1 in the list, as well as the best New Wave of American Heavy Metal bands, too.

This band should at least be in the top ten they got amazing songs, that even has meaning. And over all an awesome band not everyone agrees, but this happens to be my favorite band.

They will bring Pantera - style music to mainstream rock, making more metalheads. They're groove with a touch of alt metal.

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15As I Lay DyingAs I Lay Dying is an American metalcore band from San Diego, California. Founded in 2000 by vocalist Tim Lambesis, the establishment of the band's first full lineup, which included drummer Jordan Mancino, occurred in 2001. As I Lay Dying has released six albums, one split album, and two compilation more.

One of the few metalcore bands with true skill and talent.

That fact that the lead singer was arrested for ploting to kill his wife makes them better

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16HavokHavok is an American thrash metal band from Denver, Colorado. Formed in 2004, their members currently consist of David Sanchez, Nick Schendzielos, Pete Webber, and Reece Scruggs.

Future of thrash. As the bands that started in the 80's quit one by one, bands like Havok will get more recognition. And no, they're not a whole lot like Slayer. Very unique music.

Havok is definitely most good band of 2000's.Man they are kicking asses like Slayer in 1980's - CreepingDeath

17Arch EnemyArch Enemy is a Swedish melodic death metal band, originally a supergroup, from Halmstad, formed in 1996. Its members were in bands such as Carcass, Armageddon, Carnage, Mercyful Fate, Spiritual Beggars, and Eucharist.

This band inspired me to be what ever I can be the lead singer angela gossow is the best screamer in the world I believe and this is why I chose this band to be #2 - alysteel

Did some really good stuff in the 1990's when Johan Liiva was in the band. Angela Gossow then came along and they did another cool album in the form of Wages of Sin. But everything else the band has released is plastic gimmicky trite. And don't get me started on War Eternal...

I don't know why they aren't on the list already but easy top 5

18Amon AmarthAmon Amarth is a Swedish melodic death metal band from Tumba, formed in 1992. The band takes its name from the Sindarin name of Mount Doom.

Actually one of the few widely popular bands since the late 90's that actually sound like pure metal. Every other band infused hardcore, rap, screamo or something else into their music. Amon Amarth kept it rather simple but true - very heavy melodic death metal with lots of balls, and Vikings are a very interesting theme to base your band around.

Very great music and great band members

Best "Viking" Metal band ever! Listen to" Hermod's Ride To Hel - Loke's Treachery (Part 1)" and be swept into an entirely different plane of existence.

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19All That Remains

this band is super duper. besides the fact they hav a chick in their band, its kinda weird. but w. e this band still kicks major ass

My top ten favorite metal bands are
1 all that remains
2 lamb of god
3 trivium
4 bullet for my valentine
5 acacia strain
6 five finger death punch
7 as I lay dying
8 asking Alexandria
9 machine head
10 kittie

20VolbeatVolbeat are a Danish metal band which was formed in Copenhagen. They play a fusion of rock and roll, heavy metal and rockabilly.

I want to give a huge thank you to this band because I haven't found a group in a long time that I can put on one of their records, hit play and be satisfied from begining to end. I used to have that with bands like Guns n' Roses, Metallica, pantera and since you don't really hear much from these groups anymore, I have had to start looking into the "whats new" section of bands in the current hard rock/heavy metal section... I remember when I stubbled upon Volbeat, I knew about half way through the second song that I had come across a remarkable find!

So thanks Volbeat!... You gave me something that was missing for a long time... Cheers boys
"We sing it out loud and we sing it out proud"!

I've never liked screamo and that is the direction most new metal bands are heading so when I found a band that rocked this hard and didn't scream (Except Evelyn but ill listen through it to here the epic chorus) I was in love

Seen them live in glasgow one of the best gigs I have been too awesome sound just different from mainstream screamo volbeat definitely know how to get the crowd going :) definitely a must see band

This is great.

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