Top 10 New Wave of American Heavy Metal BandsD2Demon 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
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 band..awesome..no doubtV 51 Comments
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
Deserved to be number 2 spot!V 39 Comments
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 - EliHbkV 19 Comments
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
Slipknot probably tied with avenged sevenfold ( not that I like avenged sevenfold. I'm just being honest)V 17 Comments
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.V 1 Comment
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 everV 6 Comments
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
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.V 23 Comments
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!V 7 Comments
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
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 warV 5 Comments
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.V 5 Comments
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.V 5 Comments
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
BEST THING SINCE RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE!V 2 Comments
This band should be top five! Definitely ahead of mastadon!
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
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.
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 youV 4 Comments
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.
Tool Rules!V 4 Comments
All that remains and Godsmack should be in the top ten 2 of the best right now
Supremely underrated band
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...
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.
The track My will be done is epic
Great group of dudes. Amazing music!
The NWofAHM is slim pickings, and we're all dying for one of these bands to break down the walls of pop music today.
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.
Duh, they're better than most of the top ten
Amazing career for them always will be my favorite band! best thrash!V 1 Comment
Pretty good band, but I'm sirs of surprised they even made it this high on the list
Why these guys aren't in the top 10 is beyond me
these guys kick total ass. no question about it - fireinside96
Solid band. Love Adam Carroll. Carlos Cruz is inspiring. A great band.
The best of his kind.
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!
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
the best Christian death metal band! - rock2metal
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