Greatest Metal Band of the 2000s

Yes, it is time to piss Hair Bands and butt rockers off! From Nu Metal to Screamo to Death Metal.

The Top Ten

1 Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold is an American alternative metal 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!

Best guitarist for sure

#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.

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2 Slipknot Slipknot Slipknot is an American Heavy Metal band formed in 1995 from Iowa. The band is best known as one of the pioneers of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal during the late 1990s - 2000s and are distinguishable by the band's clothing choices, consisting of black/red jumpsuits and horror inspired masks. 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

What's not to love with this band? Classy shredding merged with screaming vocals and amazing drums. An amazing band. Should be number one R.I.P Paul gray

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.

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3 Lamb of God Lamb of God Lamb 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 are something to die for. Listen to any of their albums, preferably New American Gospel or As The Palaces Burn and see for yourself why Lamb is truly a great band.

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4 Disturbed Disturbed Disturbed is an American nu metal/ alternative rock/ alternative metal band from Chicago, Illinois. The band comprises vocalist David Draiman, bassist John Moyer, guitarist Dan Donegan, and drummer Mike Wengren. They are known for songs like "Down With the Sickness" and "Stricken" .

I grew up on this music. Best metal band of it's time I don't care what anyone says no one will change my mind. Disturbed has got me through so much and David draiman has a great singing voice

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 the best Nu metal band of all time, they make consecutive good songs if its not good its amazing if its not, its murderously awesome, if not, its an emotional rollercoaster of hardcore ecstacy and fourth dimension feelings you'll only know when you hear their songs. Only a few songs in all their albums combined are not good enough to hype you up, but bery very far from horrible. In fact I've never heard a horrible song from them. Even their latest album shows that they never run out of good music ideas and will never disappoint you as long as they are alive and making music. (Nutty-Nyc)- I listen to Black metal and I think disturbed is as good as the best of them from Bathory to Immortal. Try sickened, stupify, sons of plunder, old friend and the night... You'll hooked for life

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.

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

I voted for System because they are my favorite band. That was the only thing that made me cast my vote. A good chunk of these bands are very equal in my opinion for influence and good songs. System only had the edge because my personal taste aligns a little more with what they have put out.

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.


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6 KillSwitch Engage KillSwitch Engage Killswitch 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

I just love how they deliver their song; by SCREAMING IT OUT! - aeromaxx777

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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7 Tool Tool Tool is an American progressive/alternative/post-metal band, that was formed in 1990. more.

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Tool's not a band, it's an experience

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.

Haha haha haha. Tool is not a band, its an experience. Lol yes it is.. a bad one... thank you, this was fun.

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8 Metallica Metallica Metallica 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 sucked in the 2000s

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

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9 Mastodon Mastodon Mastodon 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?

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

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.

This band should be number 1 the reason there not number 1 is because people only listen to what's on the radio the only 2 bands in the top 5 that even made 1 masterpiece is Slipknot and system of a down and mastodon has made 6 damn near perfect albums all critically acclaimed

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10 Bullet For My Valentine Bullet For My Valentine Bullet for My Valentine are a Welsh metalcore/emo 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 more.

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

Has to be one of the greatest bands in the world it's been my passion to be lead singer in a band for as long as I can remember and now I have reached my dreams music has inspired me especially bullet for my valentine

Bullet for my Valentine is one my favorite bands of all time. The Poison, Scream Aim Fire, and their newest album are some of the heaviest out there.

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The Contenders

11 Dream Theater Dream Theater Dream Theater is an American progressive metal band from Boston, Massachusetts. The band was formed in 1985 under the name of "Majesty", only to change its name to Dream Theater later. more.

If it is for the time Jordan Rudess joined, then they are the best of the 2000's

Nightmare Cinema is the best

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!

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12 Five Finger Death Punch Five Finger Death Punch Five Finger Death Punch, often shortened to Five Finger or Death Punch, also abbreviated as 5FDP or FFDP, is an American Heavy Metal band from Las Vegas, Nevada. Formed in 2005, the band's name comes from the kung fu movie The Five Fingers of Death.

Too many cover songs - SoulOfBlack15

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.

This band is what got me interested in metal. They are easily the best metal band in my eyes, of course I have some bias. But their music always has meaning and always sounds great.

Not only is FFDP, in my opinion, the band of this century, they also simply can do no wrong. The Bleeding, Dying Breed, The Way of the Fist, The Pride, Got Your Six, The Wrong Side of Heaven and Jekyll and Hyde are but a few of the head-banging, riff-raving, vocal-blaring anthems of many metal heads. Five Finger Death Punch is only getting better.

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13 Children of Bodom Children of Bodom Children 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.

They are just really good

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!


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14 Korn Korn Korn 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

If it wasn't for KoRn, I wouldn't be the songwriter I am today. Nor would I be a die-hard metalhead. I don't even know if I'd be alive. KoRn has just helped and inspired me so much over the years, and will always be one of my favorite bands. There will always be a special place in my heart of Jonathan Davis.

Take a look in the mirror is out standing! Issues and the three before are just as good! Been a huge fan for as long as I can remember. Much love.

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

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15 Arch Enemy Arch Enemy Arch 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.

Why number 17? They should be top 5 at least. - Rockmusic22

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...

They took a few years to grow on me, being a fan of Carcass and Amott's guitar work with.. I followed Him to Arch Enemy, The music was almost as aggressive, but melodic at the same time, all while showing the handy work of Michael Amott. I even went and seen them live at a local brick and mortar venue in 2007 or 08, got drunk, loaded to be correct and walked out unimpressed with the band... Not sure what it was or when or if it was me getting older and older.. but they grew on me and now I don't go a day without hearing some arch enemy. next to Megadeth, they've become one of my favorite bands. oddly enough..

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16 Opeth Opeth Opeth is a Swedish progressive death metal band from Stockholm, formed in 1990 by David Isberg, who invited Mikael Akerfeldt into the band as a bassist. Isberg ended up leaving the band, which lead to Mikael becoming the band's vocalist, guitarist, principal songwriter, and driving force. Along with more.

Blackwater park, Deliverance, Damnation, Ghost Reveries and Watershed = amazing decade for these guys. By the way, this is one of the worst lists I have ever seen.

Listen to one song ghost reveries and you will see why this band is better than any listed above them.

47?! Really?! Every album these guys released in the 2000s was a masterpiece; 2001's blackwater park is one of the greatest progressive metal albums of all time - period.

If you like death metal, prog metal, or any kind of complex, multidimensional music, you seriously need to look these guys up. Their album Still Life singlehandedly got me into death metal.

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17 Machine Head Machine Head Machine Head is an American heavy metal band from Oakland, California. Formed on October 12, 1991, the group was founded by vocalist and guitarist Robb Flynn and bassist Adam Duce. They have received great critical success especially for their album "The Blackening" which is considered a modern metal more.

Machine Head were boss in the 90's with (especially) "Burn My Eyes" and "The More Things Change", but after venturing into nu metal in the late 90's-early 00's, they kind of redeemed themselves and actually became not only great again, but also very relevant. No one can deny the impact "The Blackening" had in 2007, and the albums after that haven't been too shabby either, if though not as great as some of their past albums.-

Come on... It's about the 2000s, not about bands, which exist since the 80s...

And in the 2000s, the best band metal band is machine head, please listen to the albums unto the locust and blackening, they are awesome.

However, nothing's better than the heavy metal of the 80s

The Blackening was voted Best Metal album of the DECADE. How can they not be higher on this list

Machine Head top 10 of 2000's No questions

18 Iron Maiden Iron Maiden Iron Maiden are an English heavy metal band formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. The most critically acclaimed period for the band was from 1983-1989. With vocalist Bruce Dickinson, bassist Steve Harris, lead guitarist Dave Murray, rhythm guitarist Adrian more.

Below Metallica, HA! That's a joke, what? , they've released two albums have they, I don't even know. Iron Maiden on the other hand, Brave New World, Dance Of Death, A Matter Of Life And Death and Final Frontier (if you'll consider it). Also, a monster tour recreating the atmosphere of the famous World Slavery Tour, ah Iron Maiden, always thinking of the fans, and that's why they are not only the best band of the decade, but of all time

Still around and you guys don't even consider them? -

What are they doing in 14th position... they should be at the top... After the release of Brave New World, they have never had a bad album... Iron Maiden the best metal band ever...

I like maiden but along with Metallica and Dream theatre they simply do not belong with the top bands out of the 2000s, they are too good!

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19 Dethklok Dethklok Dethklok is both a virtual band featured in the Adult Swim animated program Metalocalypse and a real band created to perform the band's melodic death metal music in live shows. Both bands were created by Brendon Small and Tommy Blacha. more.

I’m not a fan of this band in my opinion

For being a fictional yet semi-real band, their music is kick-ass.


20 Trivium Trivium Trivium is an American Heavy Metal band from Orlando, Florida, formed in 1999. Their frontman, Matt Heafy, lead guitarist Corey Beaulieu and Bassist Paulo Gregoletto are the band's most consistent members and have appeared in every album since. more.

Ascendency was the best metal album of the decade, and one of the best since Painkiller. They did have some weaker albums, but their sound was still unbelievable and nothing has topped Ascendency (except maybe A7X's Nightmare)

Though every album they released was different from the others, making their discography somewhat of a roller-coaster when it comes to quality, I cannot deny the fact that they did put out great albums like "Shogun", "The Crusade", "Ascendancy", and even the hugely underrated "Vengeance Falls".

When the album "In Waves" came out it was the only music I listened to for months. Just listen to "Forsake Not the Dream" before you pass judgement. Incredible!

Black Sabbath... Iron Maiden... Metallica... TRIVIUM - KMalik993

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21 Godsmack Godsmack Godsmack is an American rock band from Lawrence, Massachusetts, formed in 1995. The band is composed of founder, frontman and songwriter Sully Erna, guitarist Tony Rombola, bassist Robbie Merrill, and drummer Shannon Larkin.

Bad ass!

This band should be higher they're one of the best selling heavy metal artists of the 2000s

Really? Godsmack deserves to be in the top tens as well as Five Finger Death Punch, Volbeat, Drowning Pool, and SOiL. Sully Erna's vocals rocks the whole world and Tony Rombola's guitar riffs are epic.

Great voice and riffs - gemcloben

22 All That Remains All That Remains All That Remains is an American heavy metal band from Springfield, Massachusetts, formed in 1998. They have released eight studio albums, a live CD/DVD, and have sold over a million records worldwide.

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

23 Havok Havok Havok 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 bringing Thrash metal back, hard, and fast with politically charged lyrics that echo what we see in today's current political climate.

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

24 Nightwish Nightwish Nightwish is a symphonic metal band from Kitee, Finland. The band was formed in 1996 by lead songwriter and keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen, guitarist Emppu Vuorinen, and lead singer Tarja Turunen. It's currently formed by Tuomas, Emppu, lead vocalist Floor Jansen, bassist and vocalist Marco Hietala, more.

Definitely worthy of this list, Nightwish infuses orchestral sounds with hard pounding riffs and awesome solos. Both eras of vocalists have their own great qualities too.

Okay, 29th, time to leave this earth - Disturbedpotato

So many many really good bands left off this list, like nightwish, probably because they were not U.S. bands with labels spending cash to spin their tunes on U.S. radios

They have great composition with operatic approach to metal that sounds gothic, they create nice harmony and poems with meaning

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25 Iced Earth Iced Earth Iced Earth is an American heavy metal band from Tampa, Florida. It was formed in 1985 under the name Purgatory by guitarist and main songwriter Jon Schaffer and original drummer Greg Seymour.

True musicians love the works of Iced Earth...they are the "Journey" of the metal world, Jdas Priest, maiden and many more. They can sing play and make it good...all this growling and 3 note play is for brain dead Nazi's.

26 As I Lay Dying As I Lay Dying As 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

Death Metal at it's finest - zack182daley

27 Gojira Gojira Gojira is a progressive metal band from Bayonne, France. The band was known as Godzilla until 2001. Gojira is composed of Joe Duplantier on vocals and rhythm guitar, his brother Mario Duplantier on drums, Christian Andreu on lead guitar, and Jean-Michel Labadie on bass.

Way better than GODSMACK! Come on...

From Mars to Sirius is arguably the best (and most important) metal album of the decade. Their other stuff was great too.

67? Come on guys, wow, gojira and mastodon out side the top 10? Seems like interesting music isn't on most peoples agender. It would kill you guys to listen to something that isn't mainstream would it? I seriously recommend checkin these guys out, you'll thank me later.

Epic sound! Overall. If you don't know who gojira is you need to put down your Britney Spears records an give these guys a chance.

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28 Byzantine

The range of this band is unsurpassed. They play 70's, 80's, 90's and 00's in one song and make it seem easy. The biggest surprise of my library.

29 Nile Nile Nile is an American technical death metal band from Greenville, South Carolina, United States, formed in 1993. Their music and lyrics are inspired by Ancient Egyptian/Near Eastern mysticism, history, religion, and ancient art, as well as the works of H.P. Lovecraft.

So many 12 year old kids on this site wow

30 Evanescence Evanescence Evanescence is an American rock band founded in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1995 by singer/pianist Amy Lee and guitarist Ben Moody.

They aren't metal - Metal_Treasure

Evanescence Should Be At Least Top Ten

Should be number one easily.

Should be higher

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31 Municipal Waste Municipal Waste Municipal Waste is a crossover thrash band from Richmond, Virginia. They performed at the UK's Download Festival on June 15, 2008. They also joined At the Gates on their "Suicidal Final Tour" along with Darkest Hour, Toxic Holocaust and Repulsion.
32 Amon Amarth Amon Amarth Amon 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.

Amon Amarth should be top 10 without a doubt. Never really had a bad album, and besides, Disturbed, Avenged Sevenfold, Bullet for My Valentine, Slipknot and System of a Down are NOT metal bands. They also suck horribly :D

33 Three Days Grace Three Days Grace Three Days Grace is a Canadian rock band formed in Norwood, Ontario in 1992 with a line-up consisting of guitarist and lead vocalist Adam Gontier, drummer and backing vocalist Neil Sanderson, and bassist Brad Walst. Their original name was Groundswell until they changed it to their current name in 1997. more.

They are easily number #1 how are they #22

They deserve to be in top 10.

Should be higher..

How come Three Days Grace isn't in the top 10 or this entire list as a matter of fact? They deserve the number 1 spot

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34 Cannibal Corpse Cannibal Corpse Cannibal Corpse is a American death metal band from Buffalo, New York, formed in 1988. The band is known for their graphic album covers, explicitly violent lyrics and song titles like "I C** Blood" The group got into mainstream after performing the song "Hammer Smashed Face" in the 1994 film Ace Ventura: more.

Its unbelievable what bands people put on this list (most of it being pop rock and screamo bs). Tokio Hotel? What. At least Cannibal Corpse makes some honest and real metal.

One of the 2 best death metal bands, along with children of bodom. - gemcloben

This is one of the only actual metal bands to have been listed here. It's a joke that all these mallcore bands even made it on the list. What has happened to metal?

There not from the 2000s, get your facts right.

35 Meshuggah Meshuggah Meshuggah is a Swedish progressive metal band from Umeå, formed in 1987. They are often considered the fathers or founders of the djent metal sub genre due to their use of downtuned guitars. They are also known for their song “Bleed”, which is known for its extremely complicated instrumentation, more.

86th? Well, if people would actually stay on topic, they shouldn't be listed as theyve been around for over 20 years. If people actually knew & cared about METAL, 3/4 of the bands on this list would be omitted. Yes many of them listed have released great albums in the 2000's but I understood this to be bands that actually lauched in 2000-current. But, so is public opinion driven top anything lists!

#89. I just can't. can't comprehend the stupidity of this band not being listed in the top ten. what people step away from the mass produced slipknot and embrace these crazy sweeds who are mind blowing in the studio and mind melting live

36 Toxic Holocaust Toxic Holocaust Toxic Holocaust is an American black/thrash metal band from Portland, Oregon, formed in 1999. The band has gained notoriety among the thrash metal community, and is arguably one of the most popular modern thrash metal bands. Toxic Holocaust also gained attention when their song "Bitch" was featured more.

Toxic Holocaust is God

37 Volbeat Volbeat Volbeat are a Danish heavy metal band formed in Copenhagen in 2001. 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

BEST METAL BAND EVER. Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood, Rock the Rebel - Metal the Devil, Beyond Hell/Above Heaven.. Amazing band, amazing instrumentals, beyond amazing voice.

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39 Rammstein Rammstein Rammstein is a German Neue Deutsche Härte and Industrial Metal band consisting of Till Lindemann (vocals), Richard Kruspe (guitar), Paul Landers (guitar), Oliver Riedel (electric bass), Christoph Schneider (drums) and Christian Lorenz (keyboard), that formed in 1994 in Berlin . more.

Their absolutely amazing! Their music is amazing and beautiful! They are their own inspiration and they do not take others ideas.

It's the best ever
Plus the live concerts ar epic!

40 Linkin Park Linkin Park Linkin Park is an American rock band formed in Agoura Hills, California, in 1996. The members currently include Mike Shinoda (vocals, keyboards, rhythm guitar), Brad Delson (guitar), Dave "Phoenix" Farrell (bass), Joe Hahn (DJ) and Rob Bourdon (drums). Linkin Park are associated with a mixture of Alternative more.

Linkin Park is perhaps the best Nu metal band in this decade
Meteora and minutes to midnight were just awesome
They definitely deserve more votes

Linkin Park deserve to be in the top ten, they are one of the best in 2000 metal bands.! They can rock it out for sure!

Awful cliched contrived crap, not metal in the slightest. Probably closer in sound to Taylor Swift than metal.

Should be on top 5 for Chester's voice alone. the whole band got a great sound.. How the hell did they end up on 126th?

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41 Evile Evile Evile are an English thrash metal band from Huddersfield, formed in 2004. The band's debut album, Enter the Grave, was produced by Flemming Rasmussen at Sweet Silence Studios in Copenhagen, Denmark and was released worldwide in 2007 by Earache Records to critical acclaim by fans and critics alike.

While they're not reinventing the wheel by any means, their Slayer-meets-Metallica thrash sound is surely a nice and fresh addition to the metal scene in an age of metal- and deathcore.

42 Rage Against The Machine Rage Against The Machine Rage Against the Machine is a rock band formed in Los Angeles, California. The band consists of vocalist Zack de la Rocha, bassist Tim Commerford, guitarist Tom Morello and drummer Brad Wilk.

Rage with Chris is awesome - 2316

They're a 90's band - SoulOfBlack15

This band released all their stuff in the 1990's. Good band and all but has no place on this particular list.

When a funk rock band listed in greatest metal band...

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43 Atreyu

How is Atreyu so low on this list

atreyu should be first one of the best bands I've ever seen I'm my life just amazing

Too good to be mainstream metal.

Done everything from heavy to light... and well

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44 Marilyn Manson Marilyn Manson Marilyn Manson is an American rock band from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Formed in 1989 by frontman Marilyn Manson and Daisy Berkowitz, the group was originally named Marilyn Manson & the Spooky Kids with their theatrical performances gathering a local cult following in the early 1990s. more.


45 Bring Me the Horizon Bring Me the Horizon Bring Me the Horizon is a British rock band from Sheffield, Yorkshire. Formed in 2004, the group currently consists of vocalist Oliver Sykes, guitarist Lee Malia, bassist Matt Kean, drummer Matt Nicholls, and keyboardist Jordan Fish. They are signed to RCA Records globally and Columbia Records exclusively more.

Should be in top 10, not as #50. like, In my opinion, seriously one of the best bands ever. I mean it, it ain't just "some band" it's a huge band that I absolutely love

Worst band of all time. No real riffs to be found anywhere, just talentless 0-0-1-0-0-0 breakdowns, awful lyrics and vocals and a pathetically fake and processed sound. Talentless hacks like these losers making it big, let alone being passed off as "metal" are one of the reasons why I'm convinced there is no God.

In my opinion, BMTH is the best band ever. I don't know why this band is 45th. I think it should have been in top 10. Oli Sykes even had a throat cancer from screaming in Count Your Blessings, Suicide Season, There is a Hell...

They should be number one my ass maybe if this list is for gateway bands but this list is for genuine metal bands like Korn or Linkin Park, not mediocre bands that lead you to real music. just my opinion of course

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46 Devil You Know

So underrated
But they are very modern - gemcloben

47 Papa Roach Papa Roach Papa Roach is an American rock band from Vacaville, California. Formed in 1993, their first major-label release was the triple-platinum album Infest.
48 Skeletonwitch Skeletonwitch Skeletonwitch is an American blackened thrash metal band from Athens, Ohio, formed in 2003. The band currently consists of drummer Dustin Boltjes, bassist Evan Linger, and guitarists Nate Garnette and Scott Hedrick and vocalist Adam Clemans.
49 Shadows Fall Shadows Fall Shadows Fall is an American heavy metal band from Springfield, Massachusetts, formed in 1995. Although the band has experienced several line-up changes, for most of its recording career, Shadows Fall has been composed of Jonathan Donais, Matt Bachand, Paul Romanko, Brian Fair, and Jason Bittner.

A very solid American metal band. All the elements are there.

Way underrated and by the way this list is an opinion, this I know but god it sucks

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