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.

These guys rule! Sacrament is a tremendous album, but new American gospel and as the palaces burn are also criminally underrated albums.

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).

Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan (Drums), their most notable drummer, passed away in 2009, being temporarily replaced by Mike Portnoy, who was replaced by Arin Ilejay, who was finally replaced with Brooks Wackerman. A common phrase for fans "foREVer" was created after the Rev's death in his remembrance.

With the bands debut album "Sounding the Seventh Trumpet" they started with producing metalcore music, until they changed their sound into alternate metal with the album "City of Evil".

The band is best known for songs, like "Afterlife" or "Nightmare", and sometimes "A Little Piece of Heaven". They have created over ten albums. 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 Warner Music Group via Atco Records. Around this time, Pantera would undergo a major change in their musical direction, discarding their Glam Metal image in favor of a more more Thrash Metal esque reputation. Their Thrash influences would eventually be seen as influences for Groove Metal 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.

1. Pantera
2. Machine Head
3. Lamb of God

There is no way Avenged Sevenfold should be at the top of this list, they are a great band, but it's a bit of a stretch to say they are Metal. Pantera was undoubtedly metal, and if anything they got heavier with each album they released. The guys for A7X have frequently said that Pantera was one of their biggest influences. Pantera started the NWOAHM and will always be the greatest!

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 has inspired all of these guys on the list. Dimebag Darrel created very Groovy and good riffs like the riffs from Cowboys from hell and Walk. He also made very beautiful solos that were heard in Hollow and Cemetery gates. With Phil groovin' his voice out and Vinnie Paul hitting the drums like a mutha, and the groovy bass of Rex, Pantera should belong on number one of this list.

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 metal band formed in Des Moines, Iowa in 1996. 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 masks. 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 masterpiece.

Burn My Eyes and The More Things Change were fantastic and purely heavy albums. Seriously strong stuff from a band that had just began. The Burning Red and Supercharger? More experimental but still heavy and both still solid albums by the band. Through The Ashes Of Empires was a return to their older roots and christ, it was heavy! But then came The Blackening... An album so fast, so heavy and so beautiful that is easily the equivalent of today's Master Of Puppets, Among The Living, Rust In Peace or Reign In Blood. Not to forget Unto The Locust, an album that doesn't try and rival the predecessor as most bands would try but instead simply tries, and succeeds, to stand by it. You want the best band is the NWOAHM? This is it! MACHINE HEAD RULE! M/

P.S. machine Head should be first and Pantera should be second... Just saying.

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.

7 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 Silveria in 2007. Korn was originally formed by three of the members of the band L.A.P.D. Korn is best known for their vocalist's aggressive tone and sometimes considered by some, "strange lyrics". The bands best known songs are "Freak on a Leash" and "Falling Away From Me". Their best known albums include their self titled album (1994), Life is Peachy (1996), Follow the Leader (1998), and Issues (1999).

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.

One of the best bands on the planet, supporting and co helping a lot of up and coming 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. Trivium released their debut album, Ember to Inferno, in 2003 under Lifeforce Records. A moderate success, Trivium would later sign to Roadrunner Records a year later and establish further critical and commercial success from there on. They have currently released 8 studio albums. Their musical style has been a subject of change with each album. Ember to Inferno is noted for being Metalcore, with all of their later work having a lot of influence based on Thrash Metal. From their fourth album, Shogun, and onward, Trivium started incorporating elements of Progressive Metal and Traditional Heavy Metal throughout much of their songs.

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

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

9 Disturbed Disturbed is an American alternative metal/nu-metal/heavy 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'll list my top 5 new metal bands: 1. Disturbed 2. Avenged Sevenfold 3. Five Finge Death Punch 4. Godsmack 5. Slipknot
P.S. how is Pantera a new band? A7x coverd "Walk" because they're that old. If they were new they'd be on my list.

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.

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

10 System of a Down System of a Down, formed in 1994, is an Armenian-American alternative metal group from Glendale, California. The band name is sometimes shortened to System or SOAD. They've always been a very political band since their inception. Often being against genocide and war most notably in songs like: Pluck, Holy Mountains, and BYOB (Bring Your Own Bombs). Serj is an active activist who wants to change the world for the better.

The band's current members include Serj Tankian (vocalist, keyboards), Daron Malakian (guitarist, vocalist), Shavo Odadjian (bassist), and John Dolmayan (drummer).

SOAD's genre is debatable, usually between genres such as hard rock, nu-metal, progressive rock, avant-garde metal. 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.

Had to vote it. Pantera 1st, System of a Down 2nd.

Loved Serj Tankian in System of a down.

The Contenders
11 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 metal band from Las Vegas, Nevada. Formed in 2005, the band's name comes from the kung fu movie The Five Fingers of Death.

Five Finger Death Punch is much more better than Avenged Sevenfold.
Five Finger Death Punch songs are awesome and I like their music and the vocalist have a awesome voice. He perform well and can sing different types of voices.
I hate Avenged Sevenfold. Avenged Sevenfold songs are hopeless and feel funny when I listen. Avenged Sevenfold live concert is totally flopped and the worst concert ever and vocalist doesn't sound like studio album.
Their latest album 'The Stage' is totally flopped, and the music doesn't make any sense. When I listen their new songs, it doesn't make sense and sound like a flat, flopped and funny voice. I wonder, how they have composed these kind of songs with music. I consider that a crap voice is better than Avenged Sevenfold vocalist M. Shadows. I could sing much better than Avenged Sevenfold and comparing to The Stage album.
Avenged Sevenfold should have not existed in making music. I think, their talents are different from making music.
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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!

FFDP is the only band that released a new album this year (2013) that was hard rock right in your face with a F U! Right throughout without any compromise. Listen to lift me up and burn mf! Legendary...

12 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

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 albums.
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 Mudvayne Mudvayne was an American heavy metal band from Peoria, Illinois formed in 1996. Originally from Bloomington, Illinois, they are known for their sonic experimentation, innovative album art, face and body paint, masks and uniforms.

They're a good band. They kinda deserve 17 cause they are not the most popular. I like their sound and I love their song Not Falling. And I like any band that is friends with Slipknot.

Mudvayne is my favorite band, because have incredible sound and members extraordinary

16 Demon Hunter Demon Hunter is an American Christian metal band from Seattle, Washington, started in 2000 by brothers Don Clark and Ryan Clark. Although the brothers created the band together, only Ryan remains, since Don left the band to take care of his family.
17 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.

18 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

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20 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 also been considered part of the metal scene.
21 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.
22 Unearth Unearth is an American heavy metal band from Boston, Massachusetts. Formed in 1998, the group has released six studio albums.
23 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.

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25 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.

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