Top 10 New Wave of American Heavy Metal Bands

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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 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.

This one should be number 1

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.

Undoubtedly the leaders of the NWOAHM movement. In my opinion, Ashes of the Wake is the best heavy metal album of the 2000's.

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

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2 Avenged Sevenfold 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). ...read more.

They're the best because they have great lyrics, excellent musicianship, a good image too, and amazing live shows. Plus they're from Orange County like me, which automatically makes them awesome.

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!

I listen to all slipknot and others songs.. But Avenged Sevenfold is the best

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.

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3 Pantera 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 ...read more.

Pantera is the big grandfather of all these metal bands on this list, respect your elders, especially Dimebag Darrel, the coolest guitarist in the world.

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!

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!

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4 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.

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.

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.

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.

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5 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. ...read more.

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.

Slipknot's style has evolved over the years, showing that they are very talented musicians. Pantera saved heavy metal in the 90's but no one does raw aggression like slipknot!

Slipknot forever. I don't know what you guys think but if you seek my advice, They are the real deal. I am not promoting them, I just love them

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

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6 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 ...read 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.

This band absolutely slays. They have one of metal's most thriving vocalists and they have an awesome take no s*** attitude - PsychoSandman33

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

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.

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7 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 ...read more.

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.

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.

"heavy metal" is an umbrella term. It covers everyone from Korn, A7X, and Lamb of God to Sabbath, Maiden, and Metallica. Everyone on this list is a heavy metal band.

One of the best bands on the planet, supporting and co helping a lot of up and coming bands.

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8 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" .

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

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

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

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

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9 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. ...read 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

Americas Bullet for my Valentine - dootdoot

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

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10 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 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.

I'd say they are a good band if you just starting to get into metal.

This guys totally need to be closer to 1. Spot. At least 5. Place, if not more.

These guys kick ass. One of the best metal bands to date

I would vote pantera but it said new metal bands and while I consider these guys hard rock they do deserve (in my opinion) to be in the top 5 along with slipknot and mastodon

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The Contenders

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

Very original band, AND PHENOMENAL VOCALS, Great GUITAR, AWESOME Bass, KICK Ass Drums?
Need I say more?

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

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)

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12 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 ...read more.

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

13 System of a Down 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. ...read more.

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.

Seriously should be higher

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.

Loved Serj Tankian in System of a down.

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

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

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

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

15 Hatebreed 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 ...read more.
16 Tool Tool Tool is an American progressive/alternative/post-metal band, that was formed in 1990. ...read more.

A tie between the and Mastodon for me

Best prog band ever

Really, this should have made top 10. They're the band that is the most complex I know. Especially with the Fibonacci sequence.

What why the hell is tool at number 21 what number 1 get a life why is m shadows band number one god please tell me why!

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17 Fear Factory Fear Factory Fear Factory is an American heavy metal band that was formed in 1989. During the band's career, it has released nine full-length albums and has evolved through a succession of styles, including industrial metal, death metal, groove metal, and thrash metal.

Dino is a Dick!

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

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

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

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

20 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.

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

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.

21 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.

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

Supremely underrated band

Indeed

22 Unearth Unearth Unearth is an American heavy metal band from Boston, Massachusetts. Formed in 1998, the group has released six studio albums.

The track My will be done is epic

23 Down 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.
24 Lazarus A.D.

Great group of dudes. Amazing music!

25 Breaking Benjamin Breaking Benjamin Breaking Benjamin is a American post-grunge/alternative metal band formed in 1998. The bands members all changed in the time between 2010 to 2014, with the exception of Ben Burnley (Vocals). The Ex-Members included Chad Szeliga (Drums), Aaron Fink (Guitar) and Mark Klepaspi (Bass). ...read more.

Not Heavy Metal. - Soulstealer

Breaking Benjamin is post grunge; not heavy metal

26 Hellyeah Hellyeah Hellyeah is an American heavy metal supergroup, consisting of Mudvayne vocalist Chad Gray, former Nothingface guitarist Tom Maxwell, bass player Kyle Sanders, guitarist Christian Brady and former Pantera and Damageplan drummer Vinnie Paul.

This band defines Heavy Metal!

27 The Dillinger Escape Plan 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.

28 DevilDriver 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.

29 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 ...read more.

Bullet my valentine have to be fourth because most of his song kick ass

Although Bullet For My Valentine are not American.. They still need to be ranked top 3 the least.. (if not number one). They are talented musicians with a bright future..

Bullet is the best of this bands, the music is amazing

They are a awesome band and they have given me hope to be a greater person!

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30 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.

I mean I will take it

Godsmack is the best. there best song is "Cryin like a bich"

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.

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31 Mushroomhead Mushroomhead Mushroomhead is an American nu metal band from Cleveland, Ohio. Formed in 1993 in the Cleveland Warehouse District, the band is known for their avant-garde sound which includes influence from heavy metal, art rock and electro-industrial and their imagery which features masks and costumes as well as ...read more.

Top at least 15 American heavy metal band!
i really like this band! - Amirjdog

32 Superjoint Ritual 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.
33 Gemini Syndrome

Lux album kicks so much ass

34 Mudvayne 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.

Muvayne bad ass band one of my favorites

They say that bands lose the hard core stuff every album but I think they get better cause without good lyrics its just the same old heavy metal soun so mudvayne should be num 1

One word... DIG...

35 The Black Dahlia Murder The Black Dahlia Murder The Black Dahlia Murder is an American melodic death metal band from Waterford, Michigan, formed in 2001. Their name is derived from the 1947 unsolved murder of Elizabeth Short, often referred to as Black Dahlia.

Why these guys aren't in the top 10 is beyond me

36 Ghost Ghost Ghost is a Swedish heavy metal band that was formed in Linköping in 2008. Ghost consists of 5 masked instrumentalists, known as The Nameless Ghouls, and a demonic anti-pope known as Papa Emeritus. They have released 4 studio albums, 1 live album and 2 EPs. Each album brings in a new version of Papa ...read more.
37 Beartooth Beartooth Beartooth is an American metalcore band formed by Caleb Shomo in Columbus, Ohio in 2012. They are signed to Red Bull Records since 2013 along with Shomo's electronic act Class.

Beartooth will always be an all time favorite band for me because they address strong topics such as their song, Beaten in Lips. Their music is great.

38 Protest the Hero

these guys kick total ass. no question about it - fireinside96

39 Asking Alexandria Asking Alexandria Asking Alexandria are an English metalcore band from York, North Yorkshire formed initially in 2008 by lead guitarist Ben Bruce along with former lead singer Danny Worsnop, bassist Joe Lancaster, keyboardist and synth player Ryan Binns, and current members drummer James Cassells and rhythm guitarist ...read more.

These youngsters are the greatest techno skype metal bands that I have ever heard of.

They should be the top 10 because they have been an isperation to people and come one they are British and hot as Mexican chilli!

40 Atreyu
41 Warbringer Warbringer Warbringer is an American thrash metal band formed in 2004. Century Media Records signed Warbringer after seeing them at a local show in LA.

Solid band. Love Adam Carroll. Carlos Cruz is inspiring. A great band.

42 Norma Jean
43 Otep Otep Otep is an American heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1995. They have released two EPs, eight studio albums, and one live album.
44 Skillet Skillet Skillet is an American Christian rock band formed in Memphis, Tennessee in 1996 and based in the United States.

Pretty good band, but I'm sirs of surprised they even made it this high on the list

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46 Ministry Ministry Ministry is an American industrial metal band founded by lead singer and only original member Al Jourgensen in 1981. Originally a new wave synthpop outfit, Ministry changed its style to industrial metal in the mid-1980s.

The best of his kind.

47 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.

Should be waay higher

48 Babymetal Babymetal Babymetal is a Japanese metal idol band. Their line-up consists of Suzuka Nakamoto as "Su-metal", Yui Mizuno as "Yuimetal", and Moa Kikuchi as "Moametal".
49 Becoming the Archetype

the best Christian death metal band! - rock2metal

50 All Shall Perish All Shall Perish

A great Deathcore band which is underrated.

Good great not bad for an american metal band

One of the best bands ever! Need to listen!

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