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 Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold is an American alternative metal/metalcore (early) 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 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

A7X is the best doubt

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2 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.

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

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.

kick-a** drums, kick-a** vocals, kick-a** guitar riffs; Lamb of God is the new Metallica

This band just does everything right. Great albums and great songs

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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 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 better than A7X - EliHbk

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4 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. 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

They are awesome

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5 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.

Greatest metal band of the last 15 years

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6 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

Best band ever

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7 Five Finger Death Punch Five Finger Death Punch Five Finger Death Punch is an American alternative metal/ alternative rock band formed in, Las Vegas Nevada. The band's came originated from a fictional movie called Kill Bill.

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 love almost all of their songs. the singer has a bad ass metal voice and the guitars sound heavy and fast! I love it!

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.

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8 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 more.

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

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

Still doing it big!

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

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.

The best band on this list hands down.

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10 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. more.

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

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

Americas Bullet for my Valentine - dootdoot

I love them,they are incredible and drive me crazy...

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The Contenders

11 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 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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12 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


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13 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 more.

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

14 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.

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.

This belongs in the top ten for sure

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15 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.

16 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 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

I really like the new song don't need you

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17 Tool Tool Tool is an American progressive metal/alternative metal band, that was formed in 1990. 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.

Honestly the videos,album art, the overall experience is just something so distinctive.

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18 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...

19 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


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.

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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 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. V 1 Comment
26 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.

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 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.
29 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 more.
30 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. V 1 Comment
32 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

33 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!

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34 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

35 Protest the Hero

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

36 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.
37 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 3 studio albums, 1 live album and 2 EPs. Each album brings in a new version of Papa more.
38 Atreyu
39 Norma Jean
40 Saliva Saliva Saliva is an American rock band formed in Memphis, Tennessee in 1996. Saliva released their self-titled debut album on August 26, 1997, through Rockingchair Records, a record label owned and operated by Mark Yoshida, who recorded and produced the release at his studio, Rockingchair Studios.
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42 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.

43 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.

44 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. V 1 Comment
45 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!

46 Municipal Waste Municipal Waste Municipal Waste is a crossover thrash band from Richmond, Virginia. They performed at the UK's Download Festival on June 15, 2008. They also joined At the Gates on their "Suicidal Final Tour" along with Darkest Hour, Toxic Holocaust and Repulsion.
47 Stone Sour Stone Sour Stone Sour is an American rock band formed in Des Moines, Iowa in 1992, performing for five years, before disbanding in 1997. They reunited in 2000 and since 2006, the group has consisted of Corey Taylor, Josh Rand and Roy Mayorga. V 2 Comments
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 Gojira Gojira Gojira is a progressive metal band from Bayonne, France. The band was known as Godzilla until 2001. Gojira is composed of Joe Duplantier on vocals and rhythm guitar, his brother Mario Duplantier on drums, Christian Andreu on lead guitar, and Jean-Michel Labadie on bass.

I can't believe Gojira wasn't here before. Gojira possesses a lot of technical skill... just look at their drummer! They also write very progressive music that changes a lot. For example, Flying Whales packs in over 10 movements in less than eight minutes. Considering the fact that one of those movements is about three minutes long, that is impressive. - ThatoneMetalhead

50 Becoming the Archetype

the best Christian death metal band! - rock2metal

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