Top 10 New Wave of American Heavy Metal Bands

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This is a list of the best New wave of american heavy metal bands. And please only use bands that are on Wikipedia's list located here.

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1Avenged SevenfoldAvenged Sevenfold is an American heavy metal/alternative metal band, that was formed 1999 in California. The group is set together out of M. Shadows (Vocals), Synyster Gates (Guitar) and throughout their career multiple bassists and drummers. Most notably Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan (Drums), who passed ...read more.

They're the best because they have great lyrics, excellent musicianship, a good image too, and amazing live shows. Plus they're from Orange County like me, which automatically makes them awesome.

I listen to all slipknot and others songs.. But Avenged Sevenfold is the best

Isten to all these bands, but Slipknot's the best. I have all of their albums (bought them at the store, except for Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat., which is actually just a demo album) and all of their songs. I have listened to them since I was thirteen and wont stop any time soon.

Love avenged so much, best band ever...

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2Lamb of God

I actually can not describe this band as well as they really deserve and are. As every metal fans know this band could revive the roughly forgotten groove metal sub-genre that the legendary pantera introduced it in early 90 to metalheads and shortly after they got popular they call this genre to be pure American metal. Sometimes I get annoyed when you compare different bands with different styles and different origins0i don't want to subvert the popularity of avenged sevenfold but as a metal fan that seriously follow all the sub-genre of heavy metal can not consider this band to be the one that could innovate sth extraordinary. They just could improve hard rock style and make it more attractive than before. So I propose to put lamb of god as number one of the list

For those who disagree or don't know Lamb Of God, listen to them, they are the kings, boasting with songs such as Blacken The Cursed Sun, Laid To Rest, Vigil. This band is ultimately the best New Wave Of American Heavy Metal (and heavy metal) band... Can't argue with that... And if you disagree, we Lamb Of God fans wouldn't bother because we're doing fine without ya.

kick-a** drums, kick-a** vocals, kick-a** guitar riffs; Lamb of God is the new Metallica

Lamb of God oozes the kind of ferocity that metal is about.

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3PanteraPantera was a Heavy Metal band formed in 1981 by guitarist Dimebag Darrell and drummer Vinnie Paul. The group got into mainstream after changing from Glam Metal to Groove Metal. Their most succesful album is the title "Vulgar Display of Power" ...read more.

Pantera is the big grandfather of all these metal bands on this list, respect your elders, especially Dimebag Darrel, the coolest guitarist in the world.

Pantera all the way for number #1, There the only REAL Heavy metal band that's stuck to there roots and not get sucked in to all that mainstream that happened in the nighties, They were Heavy, They stayed Heavy. ( like the other post said ). And Not get lighter with each album. And I think we can all Thank god that Dime stuck by his brother and didn't take the offer from Dave mustaine and join megadeth, Or else we wouldn't have such a Pure American Heavy metal band.

Pantera should be #1 no question about it. This list is pathetic most of these bands have no business being on this list! And having avenged at #1 is ridiculous I don't even consider them as a metal band anymore. They are hard rock and their music gets less heavy with every album they release!

Pantera is a great band, but I think they came before the new wave of American heavy metal.

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4SlipknotSlipknot is a Heavy 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". ...read more.

I listen to all these bands, but Slipknot's the best. I have all of their albums (bought them at the store, except for Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat. , which is actually just a demo album)and all of their songs. I have listened to them since I was thirteen and wont stop any time soon.

Slipknot's style has evolved over the years, showing that they are very talented musicians. Pantera saved heavy metal in the 90's but no one does raw aggression like slipknot!

Slipknot forever. I don't know what you guys think but if you seek my advice, They are the real deal. I am not promoting them, I just love them

Best in my opinion

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5Mastodon

By far the most original and creative of all metal bands mentioned in this list. They continue to develop their progressive/sludge inspired sound and push their music into new territory whereas most metals bands have failed to evolve since the last decade. Mastodon continue to experiment and expanded the metal genre and refuse to conform to the homogeneity of the current scenes. They are a force to be reckoned with and have yet to displease critics and fans alike.

These guys bring something totally new to the New American metal stage. They stand high above the rest on this list.

As the guy below me has stated, they are the most original metal band of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal movement. Excellent musicans, with incredibly consistent albums. They are by far the best metal band post-2000.

Greatest metal band of the last 15 years

6Disturbed

Disturbed is the best of these metal bands, one of the top 3 metal bands ever and one of the top 5 bands ever.

I just can't decide between Disturbed and KoRn I love both bands!

Disturbed is its own thing and sounds like nothing else and is amazing

Best band ever

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7Five Finger Death Punch

This guys totally need to be closer to 1. Spot. At least 5. Place, if not more.

These guys kick ass. One of the best metal bands to date

I love almost all of their songs. the singer has a bad ass metal voice and the guitars sound heavy and fast! I love it!

I would say they take the number 1 spot no doubt

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8Machine Head

This band absolutely slays. They have one of metal's most thriving vocalists and they have an awesome take no s*** attitude - PsychoSandman33

This is what true American metal should sound like... Let freedom ring with a shotgun blast!

Avenged sevenfold is so overrated.

All Hail The American DREAM!

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9System 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. ...read more.

Really? No System of a Down on here yet? They have a completely unique sound and influenced some of the bands on this list. They rank among Slipknot and Disturbed as pioneers of a new wave on insane metal.

Got to be one of the best bands ever. Completely original music with a style that ranges from the softer vocals and instrumentation of Roulette to the really harsh vocals and unpredictable format of Suite-pee.

Loved Serj Tankian in System of a down.

Best lyrics and music.

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10Trivium

Beast band that totally deserves to be in the top 10. It's a pity that it is totally underrated. This band makes divine music and are by far the most consistent band from the top 10 list along with disturbed, slipknot and a7x

Americas Bullet for my Valentine - dootdoot

Great band! Every album has its own unique sounds and it great! Definitely the best band here.

Trivium is definitely my Favourite band of all time!

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The Contenders

11KoRn

If it wasn't for korn, none of these bands would exist. Deal with it! Korn is the band who started the new wave of American heavy metal. The vocalist from korn (jonathan Davis) is the first person who started singing about emotions and such, before it was just lame lyrics, and they were also the first really heavy band with 7 stringed guitars and 5 stringed basses. What I love with them is that they don't use ugly ass solos and they don't scream their guts out.

Undebiably, KoRn was the driving force behind nu metal's rise in the late 90s. On the scene since the start of that decade, they were a startingly unique underground phenomena whose grassroot beginnings gave the genre a fresh, DIY edge that had been lost since the rise of mainstream radio rock of the post-grunge era.

I'm sorry but since when was Korn heavy metal? I'll give them metal, but not heavy metal. This whole list is of mostly metal bands, not heavy metal. I do believe it is an inaccurate list. When you talk about new age heavy metal you think of Born of Osiris, Parkway Drive, Reflections, etc. Like even having Djent bands here would be better then the bands you are calling heavy metal in this list.

"heavy metal" is an umbrella term. It covers everyone from Korn, A7X, and Lamb of God to Sabbath, Maiden, and Metallica. Everyone on this list is a heavy metal band.

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12Killswitch Engage

Very original band, AND PHENOMENAL VOCALS, Great GUITAR, AWESOME Bass, KICK Ass Drums?
Need I say more?

There's a very special and unique sound and presence in every music, and it's awesome

Easily the best American metal of the 21st century

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14Godsmack

Listen to I Stand Alone, Awake, Keep Away, Voodoo, Enemy, Saints and Sinners. Then listen to more of their songs after you've heard those and totally got in to them.

This belongs in the top ten for sure

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15Black Label Society

Zakk Wylde has to be one of the greatest guitarists in the world.

Zakk is mighty Thor. Greetings from land of vikings, Sweden.

16Bullet For My Valentine

Bullet my valentine have to be fourth because most of his song kick ass

Although Bullet For My Valentine are not American.. They still need to be ranked top 3 the least.. (if not number one). They are talented musicians with a bright future..

Bullet is the best of this bands, the music is amazing

They are a awesome band and they have given me hope to be a greater person!

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17Mudvayne

They say that bands lose the hard core stuff every album but I think they get better cause without good lyrics its just the same old heavy metal soun so mudvayne should be num 1

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18All That Remains

All that remains and Godsmack should be in the top ten 2 of the best right now

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19Byzantine
20Shadows Fall

Some faith in humanity is restored when I see bands like this. They aren't generic, they don't overuse the same ideas, and they have pretty good musicianship.

The Modern Age Metallica. They are the closest to thrash metal in a modern sense. I don't see them as pure metalcore nor thrash. If you need riffs that you can bang your head to then this the band. They also have great solos.

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