Top 10 New Wave of American Heavy Metal Bands

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.
The Top Ten
1 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.

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

I honestly think that this band is #1 on this list, not a7x, mostly because of a few reasons: 1) they've been here longer, starting in the days they were known as Burn The Priest, 2) their musicianship as a whole is more complex and not watered down, and 3) they just kick ass! These guys have put out a ton of albums over 20 years, and they haven't budged an inch since their debut as far as heavyness goes! If you don't agree just listen to Laid to Rest and Redneck. Oh, they also have GROOVE to them, a lot like Pantera!

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.

When you are invited to travel with legends like Slayer on their last four, you are being left the reins of the industry. Randy Blyth is one of the few vocalist that rarely puts anything out that sucks. But with talent like Mark and Chris, if he does, we probably wouldn't even notice. Plus, they have the endorsement of Slayer. Enough said.

2 Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold is an American heavy 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.

They're one of the most popular and influential metal bands today. These guys are very talented musicians and songwriters. They are technical enough to please metal fans while being catchy and melodic enough to sound good to people who aren't metal fans. a lot of their sound does derive from their influences but at the same time they also have their own sound as well. They experiment and change their genre more than I change my underwear and they still sound good with each change, not exactly an easy thing to do. Good riffs, nice dual guitar harmonies, fantastic solos, catchy and beautiful melodies, very good lyrics, and amazing vocals. Their albums "waking the fallen", "city of evil", and "the stage" are absolute masterpieces. I listen to many metal and rock bands, especially a lot from this list, and yet A7X still surprises me with how talented they are and how great their music is. One of the best bands of all time in my opinion, easily!

All of these bands are amazing. I love Lamb of God, Slipknot, FFDP and more that should be up here (Trivium at 10? ), and although they are fantastic, Avenged speaks to all metal people. They were my gateway metal band, which is why they are so high up in my opinion. Avenged got me into Lamb of God and Trivium and Slipknot. When I think metal, I think of, hard riffs, epic drums and a band that changes the way a person thinks about music. Before this band, I never liked metal. Thanks to them, I am a metalhead all the way. A7X introduced me to this fantastic world, and they can lead others into metal. This is why they're the best new wave of American Heavy Metal bands

There is no doubt that avenged sevenfold is the best group of the 21st century! I own every avenged sevenfold album, even the new album hail to the king. But I do have to say, matallica started heavy metal therefore since they are the pioneers of this amazing music genre they can be considered the best in the world!

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.

3 Pantera Pantera was an American Heavy Metal band formed in 1981 by guitarist Dimebag Darrell and drummer Vinnie Paul. The band started out as a Glam Metal act in the 1980s with little success. After discarding their original lead vocalist and enlisting Phil Anselmo, the band signed a major record deal with more.

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 is the definition of a REAL Heavy metal band. Just listen to their heavy riffs and solos, not to mention Phil's amazing vocals and Dimebag's unparalled distorted riffs. Just listen to songs like cowboys from hell, Walk,5 minutes alone, Mouth for war, Domination, I'm broken, and so on. Avenged sevenfold is number 1 due to some lame voters. One who truly knows what heavy metal is all about will vote for PANTERA!

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!

Are you kidding me? No.2? No sir. Pantera paved the road for all the other bands on this list, including the number 1 pick. I believe Pantera is the rightful number 1 because... Let's face it... The WORST Pantera song is still better than the BEST A7X song...

4 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.

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.

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.

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

Style unlike any others, these guys have given the Heavy Metal genre a much needed face lift.

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

This is bull! How could they be at number 4. They were the start of the new wave of heavy metal! And there hasn't been any other band as insane as them live, even though the self-titled and Iowa era was way better than the new era (vol3 and all hope is gone). But they are back alright! The Gray Chapter is their best album yet... In my opinion

Just a pure American Heavy Metal band that deserves all the recognition they have received and more as there live performances, attention grabbing image and brutal yet melodic music are all unrivalled. Slipknot is one of the if not the most unique band of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal

Honestly don't know why they aren't number 1, they have plenty of good songs, the talent is there, and they are capable of producing heavy metal anthems but also slow melodic lyrics mixed with the best metal roars I uave ever heard. Corey taylor has to be in my top 5 metal vocalists of all time.

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.

6 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.

Greatest metal band around right now. Bring new meaning to the term "Metal Gods" with their agelessness. How many metal bands put out their best work in their 40's and 50's? The Blackening and Unto the Locust are some of my favorite albums of all time.

Epic band! And I thought slipknot was the greatest band. Seriously maggots! Check this one forget the rest. And get A7x off this list please.

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

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

7 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" .

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

Listen to Ten Thousand Fists and Asylum all the way through and your mind will be blown.

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

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

8 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.

The band that will carry the Metal torch into the future! This band needs to be on the top because of their last album alone with The Sin and the Sentence. Their unique sound is constantly evolving and the are an amazing live band that sound better in person.

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

Trivium is one of my favourite heavy matel bands I like all of there songs and I hope to see them in liverpool. my favourite songs are Wake The (end is nigh) In waves and At the end of this war

This band should be in a higher position. This is the perfect convination; Thrash and Metalcore. And the most important thing... It's a HEAVY band

9 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.

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.

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.

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.

korn has it all, things from nu metal or industreal, hip hop, heavy heavy metal, alternative and expirimantel rapcore and listen to thir unplugged, this is ubsulutly another style of music. with great vocalist, two talanted guitarists, amazing drummer and bassist that everyone loves they doing thyr'e best, MY FAVORITE BAND AND I JUST 12

10 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 Alternative Metal/Alternative Rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada. Formed in 2005, the band's name comes from the kung fu movie The Five Fingers of Death.

What a band! Ivan Moody, the very best metal vocalist of the decade, he would even give James hetfield a run for his money. Zoltan what a great guitarist! These guys know how to put great songs together they are true masters of metal. May you long reign! You should be number 1 without a doubt.

Ivan Moody has one of those iconic, instantly recognized voices. He can do guttural, testosterone-laden, roars or he can do clean, baritone, melodies.
The band is musically reminiscent of more powerful yet simple bands like Moterhead or Judas Priest
5FDP for the win!

I can respect the talents of all these other bands, but 5FDP has a more unique structure plus kick-ass breakdowns. And their songs aren't screamo, death metal crap.

These guys rock! They have a tough in your face attitude, support our troops & truly need to be higher up on the scale,

The Contenders
11 Killswitch Engage Killswitch Engage is an American metalcore band from Westfield, Massachusetts, formed in 1999 after the disbanding of Overcast and Aftershock.

Great stuff.
Great guitars and I prefer the singer Jesse Leach.
So take a look for "Times Of Grace", too.
Another Band of Jesse Leach and Adam Dutkiewicz (Guitar Killswitch Engage)

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

I don't think KSE is the best, but I DO think they are more NWOAHM than Nu-Metal crap like Slipknot and Korn. PANTERA (thank God it's #2) started NWOAHM, no doubt, they even precede Korn, so no argument there. And also, where's Chimaira?
Lamb of God, KSE, A7X, Pantera, Byzantine, Chimaira, Shadows Fall, Mastodon, and maybe Trivium and DevilDriver.

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

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.

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.

Loved Serj Tankian in System of a down.

The best band on this list hands down.

13 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.

This band should be top five! Definitely ahead of mastadon!

14 Black Label Society Black Label Society is an American heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California formed in 1998 by Zakk Wylde.

BLS is a and formed out Ozzy and can play just about anything, their concerts extreme and their CDs are excellent ear candy.

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

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

15 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.

This band, lamb of god, and killswitch are considered the "big three" of NWOAHM. They should be WAY higher than #20! Every album is amazing, they have been on hiatus for a few years and have kind of fallen out of the spotlight but to be honest I think out of those 3 listed above; as good as they are, I enjoy SF the most.

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.

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.

Best heavy speed out there

16 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.

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

Supremely underrated band

17 Byzantine
18 Hatebreed Hatebreed is an American metalcore band from Connecticut, formed in 1994. They have released 7 studio albums to date, most recently The Concrete Confessional on May 13, 2016. Their musical style blends influences from hardcore punk and heavy metal; a prominent band within the hardcore scene, they have more.
19 Down Down is an American heavy metal supergroup that formed in 1991 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The band's current lineup consists of vocalist Phil Anselmo, guitarist Pepper Keenan, guitarist Bobby Landgraf, bassist Pat Bruders, and drummer Jimmy Bower.
20 Unearth Unearth is an American heavy metal band from Boston, Massachusetts. Formed in 1998, the group has released six studio albums.
21 The Dillinger Escape Plan The Dillinger Escape Plan is an American mathcore band from Morris Plains, New Jersey. The group originated in 1997 after the disbanding of Arcane, a hardcore punk trio consisting of Ben Weinman, Dimitri Minakakis, and Chris Pennie.

This > Avenged Sevenfold, Disturbed and System of a Down combined. Unlike those bands, Dillinger actually possesses some originality, as well as some of the most chaotic music you'll ever hear.

22 DevilDriver DevilDriver are an American heavy metal band from Santa Barbara, California, formed in 2002, consisting of vocalist Dez Fafara, guitarists Mike Spreitzer and Neal Tiemann, bassist Diego "Ashes" Ibarra and drummer Austin D'Amond.

The NWofAHM is slim pickings, and we're all dying for one of these bands to break down the walls of pop music today.

23 Chimaira Chimaira was an American alternative metal band from Cleveland, Ohio. Formed in 1998, the group was a notable member of the New Wave of American Alternative Metal scene.

Chimaira are the pure embodiment of American heavy metal. At least most of their early stuff.

Amazing career for them always will be my favorite band! best thrash!

Duh, they're better than most of the top ten

24 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.

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.

Godsmack deserves to be better positioned in this rank.

Should be top 10 on this list

This belongs in the top ten for sure

25 Superjoint Ritual Superjoint, previously Superjoint Ritual, is an American metal band formed by Phil Anselmo, Joe Fazzio, and Jimmy Bower in the early 1990s, later to be joined by Hank Williams III, and Kevin Bond.
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