Top 10 Metal Scenes and WavesA metal scene / wave is either:
- A time where a number of bands pop up and change metal forever
- A number of bands from the same region pop up to revolutionize metal
Numerous Metal bands from England emerged in the late 70s and early 80s, which popularized metal and directly created numerous subgenres.
Subgenres that were created include Thrash Metal, Speed Metal, & Black Metal.
Power Metal and Glam Metal were greatly influenced by the NWOBHM
Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Motörhead, Venom, Saxon, definitely Leppard (early), Diamond Head, Satan, Tygers of Pan Tang, Angel Witch, Ravsn,
It didn't create Thrash, but it definitely expanded it and made it popular across the world. The most popular and famous Thrash bands are from this region, and it was the biggest underground scene until it became globally popular in 1984. One of the bands from this scene is actually credited by some for the creation of Death Metal.
More recent than the NWOBHM, this movement happened in the mid 90s and early 2000s. This movement is responsible for the creation of several subgenres, including Groove Metal, Nu-Metal, and the "core" genres. (Metalcore, Grindcore, etc. ) It also popularized subgenres such as Alternative Metal, Progressive Metal, Stoner Metal, Sludge Metal, and Industrial Metal. This movement is sometimes credited with reviving Metal.
Lamb of God
As I Lay Dying
The Dillinger Escape Plan
Black Label Society
Pantera, Lamb of God, Black Label Society, Mastodon, Trivium, As I Lay Dying, Suicide Silence, Slipknot, Disturbed, Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Deftones, Down, The Black Dahlia Murder, Machine Head, Unearth, Superjoint Ritual
Movement in the early-mid 80s that shaped Norwegian Black Metal. It started with the NWOBHM band Venom releasing the album Black Metal. This album set the tone lyrically and coined the term Black Metal. Other bands started popping up that influenced Black Metal and some way, and made it what it is.
definitely the most influential. Not only did first wave black metal influence black metal (duh) it was also extremely influential to thrash metal and death metal.
Venom, Bathory, Celtic Frost, Mercyful Fate Sarcófago, Hellhammer, Sabbat (Japan), Bulldozer
Happened in the early 80s, same time as the Bay Area scene. This was different however. The movement took place in New York City, where there was a Hardcore Punk scene happening. These bands had more Punk influence in them, which helped lead to the creation of Crossover Thrash.
Stormtroopers of Death
Anthrax, Overkill, Nuclear Assault, Stormtroopers of Death, Crumbsuckers, Toxik
These bands revolutionized Death Metal in the 90s, and Melodic Death Metal was created in this scene!
At the Gates
Opeth, Bloodbath, Arch Enemy, In Flames, At The Gates, Dark Tranquillity, Amon Amarth, Avatar, Scar Symmetry, Edge of Sanity, Repugnant
After the first wave ended, Norwegian bands emerged in the early 90s, but 10x more brutal. These bands defined the word evil. They wore corpse paint, had extreme satanic lyrics, and many of these bands were involved in a string of church burnings.
The origin of some of the most amazing bands ever!
Mayhem, Satyricon, Darkthrone, Immortal, Burzum, Emperor, Dimmu Borgir, Old Man's Child, 1349, Enslaved, Gorgoroth
Death, Deicide, Atheist, Morbid Angel, Obituary, Massacre
An underground movement that is quietly happening right now! It emerged in the early 2000s and these bands are picking up right where the older bands are leaving off.
Bonded by Blood
Fueled by Fire
Havok, Evile, Ghoul, Skeletonwitch, Municipal Waste, Iron Reagan, Gama Bomb, Vektor
In the mid 80s, many Thrash bands from Germany emerged, bringing brutality to the plate. While the earlier Thrash bands were heavy, such as Slayer and Possessed, these bands one-upped them. They also were influential towards Black Metal's first and second waves.
Kreator, Sodom, Tankard, Destruction, Assassin, Angel Dust
Another quiet movement that started in the late 2000s and early 2010s. These bands are attempting to bring back the Heavy Metal style that was introduced in the NWOBHM. Some musicians from that era have given support to the New Wave.
Napalm Death, Carcass, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Extreme Noise Terror, Nasum