Top 10 Metal Scenes and Waves

A 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
The Top Ten
1 New Wave of British Heavy 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

NOTABLE BANDS:
Iron Maiden
Judas Priest
Motorhead
Definitely Leppard
Venom
Diamond Head
Saxon
Angel Witch
Raven
Tank

2 Bay Area Thrash Metal Scene

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.

NOTABLE BANDS:
Metallica
Megadeth
Slayer
Testament
Exodus
Death Angel
Possessed
Heathen
Vio-Lence

3 New Wave of American Heavy 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.

NOTABLE BANDS:
Pantera
Lamb of God
Slipknot
Machine Head
Avenged Sevenfold
Mastodon
As I Lay Dying
The Dillinger Escape Plan
Black Label Society
Trivium
God Forbid
DevilDriver
Suicide Silence

4 First Wave of Black Metal

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.

NOTABLE BANDS:
Venom
Bathory
Celtic Frost
Mercyful Fate
Hellhammer
Sodom
Bulldozer
Sabbat

5 East Coast Thrash Scene

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.

NOTABLE BANDS:
Anthrax
Overkill
Nuclear Assault
Stormtroopers of Death
Toxik
Crumbsuckers
Scatterbrain

6 Swedish Death Metal Scene
7 Norwegian Black Metal Scene

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.

NOTABLE BANDS:
Mayhem
Darkthrone
Burzum
Immortal
Emperor
Dark Funeral
Gorgoroth
Satyricon
Enslaved

The origin of some of the most amazing bands ever!

8 Florida Death Metal
9 New Wave of Thrash Metal
10 Teutonic Thrash Metal Scene

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.

NOTABLE BANDS:
Kreator
Sodom
Destruction
Tankard
Coroner
Exumer
Holy Moses
Angel Dust
Assassin

The Contenders
11 New Wave of Traditional Metal

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.

NOTABLE BANDS:
Icarus Witch
Enforcer
White Wizard
Holy Grail
Cauldron
Skull Fist
Bullet

12 British Grindcore scene
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