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100 Best Heavy Metal Bands of the 2000s

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What are the best heavy metal bands of the 2000s? Read on to find out!

What are the best heavy metal bands of the 2000s? Read on to find out!

Heavy Metal Music in the 2000s

Myriad forms of heavy metal emerged in the 2000s. The traditional heavy metal sound evolved into a diversified modern metal sound augmented by a wide genre of influences. Although this sophisticated new sound in the realm of heavy metal was criticized by metal purists for leaning toward the mainstream, there is no denying that, post-2000, the genre reached a wider non-metal audience globally.

With bands incorporating new sounds and diverse influences, the metal soundscape has changed considerably. A number of heavy metal bands have found mainstream success with their albums since the year 2000.

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The Top 10 Heavy Metal Bands of the 2000s

  1. Slipknot
  2. System of a Down
  3. Lamb of God
  4. Avenged Sevenfold
  5. Mastodon
  6. Killswitch Engage
  7. The Dillinger Escape Plan
  8. Korn
  9. As I Lay Dying
  10. Opeth

Top Heavy Metal Bands of the 2000s #11–40

#11–20#21–30#31–40

11. Rammstein

21. The Black Dahlia Murder

31. Iron Maiden

12. Disturbed

22. Amon Amarth

32. Soulfly

13. Metallica

23. Slayer

33. Machine Head

14. Trivium

24. Mudvayne

34. Gojira

15. Judas Priest

25. Dream Theater

35. Evanescence

16. Motorhead

26. Behemoth

36. Converge

17. Underoath

27. Within Temptation

37. Deftones

18. Meshuggah

28. Suicide Silence

38. High on Fire

19. Nightwish

29. Napalm Death

39. Tool

20. Megadeth

30. Bring Me the Horizon

40. Dimmu Borgir

Top Heavy Metal Bands of the 2000s #41–70

#41–50#51–60#61–70

41. Nine Inch Nails

51. Therion

61. Lacuna Coil

42. Children of Bodom

52. Paradise Lost

62. Papa Roach

43. Sepultra

53. All That Remains

63. Job for a Cowboy

44. Queensryche

54. Type O Negative

64. August Burns Red

45. Sikth

55. Fear Factory

65. Carnifex

46. Pantera

56. Bullet for My Valentine

66. Parkway Drive

47. Rhapsody of Fire

57. Cradle of Filth

67. Arch Enemy

48. Between the Buried and Me

58. Architects

68. Unearth

49. Limp Bizkit

59. Mayhem

69. Symphony X

50. In Flames

60. Shadows Fall

70. Marilyn Manson

Top Heavy Metal Bands of the 2000s #71–100

#71–80#81–90#91–100

71. Dark Tranquility

81. Deicide

91. Cannibal Corpse

72. Atreyu

82. Whitechapel

92. Tristania

73. The Red Chord

83. Hatebreed

93. Sevendust

74. Bleeding Through

84. Epica

94. Ion Dissonance

75. All Shall Perish

85. Angra

95. Norma Jean

76. Veil of Maya

86. Suffocation

96. Baroness

77. Static-X

87. Theatre of Tragedy

97. Strapping Young Lad

78. Heaven Shall Burn

88. Five Finger Death Punch

98. Nile

79. The Devil Wears Prada

89. Edenbridge

99. Immortal

80. Godsmack

90. Darkest Hour

100. Evile

Other Notable Heavy Metal Bands of the 2000s

Born of Osiris

Textures

After the Burial

The Acacia Strain

Emmure

Despised Icon

Within the Ruins

Attila

Obituary

The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza

Impending Doom

Draconian

The Faceless

Vader

Decapitated

Pig Destroyer

Moonspell

Testament

Entombed

Drowning Pool

As Blood Runs Black

Every Time I Die

Trial of Tears

Dismember

Manowar

Gorgoroth

The Vision Bleak

Dio

Morbid Angel

Ice Nine Kills

Entwine

Anaal Nathrakh

Darkthrone

Sirenia

Obscura

Katatonia

Mushroomhead

Belphegor

Through the Eyes of the Dead

Demon Hunter

Lacrimas Profundere

Extreme Noise Terror

Cryptopsy

Acid King

After Forever

Ministry

Deathstars

Ill Nino

Bloodbath

Swallow the Sun

My Dying Bride

Bolt Thrower

Red Harvest

Exhumed

Nasum

Down

Watian

Deadlock

Winds of Plague

DragonForce

Zao

Exodus

Cephalic Carnage

Theocracy

Nevermore

Spawn of Possession

Candlemass

Superjoint Ritual

Anthrax

Alchemist

Grave Digger

The Human Abstract

Sybreed

Divine Heresy

Dark Funeral

Godflesh

Overkill

36 Crazyfists

Helloween

Dying Fetus

Soilwork

Royal Hunt

Poisonblack

Theatres des Vampires

Naglfar

Lake of Tears

P.O.D.

Marduk

Kamelot

With Blood Comes Cleansing

Sunnn)))

Psyclon Nine

Satyricon

Deathspell Omega

Becoming the Archetype

DevilDriver

Creamatory

Nifelheim

Kittie

Amorphis

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Spineshank

Graveland

Sabaton

Wolves in the Throne Room

Sodom

Tyr

Iced Earth

Dark Moor

Avatar

Darkane

Kalmah

Black Label Society

The Haunted

Protest the Hero

Havoc Unit

Poison the Well

Cult of Luna

Mnemic

Xandria

Adema

Neurosis

Arsis

Reverend Bizarre

Circus Maximus

Flaw

Coal Chamber

Avtercocke

Regurgitate

Turmion Katilot

Soilent Green

Elis

Primordial

Cathedral

Stratovarius

Extol

Pelican

Prong

Damageplan

Septicflesh

HammerFall

Kataklysm

Death Angel

Toxic Holocaust

Enslaved

Shape of Despair

Venom

Heloween

Flowing Tears

Crowbar

10 Years

Arkona

The Berzerker

For My Pain...

Kreator

Evoken

Sentenced

Chimaira

Clawfinger

Electric Wizard

Tankard

Yob

Dry Kill Logic

Misrey Index

Skeletonwitch

Brutal Truth

Agalloch

Necrophagist

Visions of Atlantis

The Chariot

Crimson Moonlight

Equilibrium

Skepticism

Sonata Arctica

Aborted

Catamenia

Tiamat

Negura Bunget

Windir

Nothingface

Delain

Stone Sour

Immolation

American Head Charge

Leaves' Eyes

The Fall of Troy

Stream of Passion

Falconer

Virgin Black

Warmen

Ahab

Darkseed

Novembers Doom

Blut Aus Nord

Blind Guardian

Hypocrisy

Waltari

Snot

Mortal Love

Cattle Decapitation

Municipal Waste

Metalcore Scene in the 2000s

Metalcore became one of the most popular heavy metal subgenres in the 2000s. The characteristic breakdowns gave this form of music its signature identity. The heavy guitar riffs, double bass drumming, and occasional use of blast beats in intense passages created a conducive environment for moshing and headbanging at concerts. The metalcore scene in the decade led to the emergence of diversified subgenres such as:

  • mathcore,
  • melodic metalcore,
  • progressive metalcore,
  • and nu metalcore.
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Djent Bands in the 2000s

The 2000s witnessed the Djent movement come alive with a bang. A subgenre of progressive metal, djent showcased a distinctive palm-muted, distorted, high-gain sound that became epic with heavy metal fans. Although the roots of djent emerged in the ‘90s, the movement grew rapidly in the 2000s.

Certain djent bands showcased a diverse style characterized by syncopated riffs, polymeters, palm-muted guitar chords, and rhythmically complex odd-time structure shifts. A number of guitarists in this genre popularized the use of seven-string, eight-string, and nine-string guitars for their dynamic alterations in guitar sound.

Deathcore Bands in the 2000s

A subgenre of extreme metal, deathcore came into its own in the 2000s. This form of music combined diverse forms of death metal with metalcore. Death metal guitar riffs, low growls, shrieked screams blast beats, and tremolo picking infused with metalcore characteristics give deathcore a unique identity.

A number of death bands experimented with a fusion of metal styles from different subgenres such as djent, progressive metal, and nu metal. While the frequent use of breakdowns in deathcore was criticized by traditional heavy metal fans, the movement did emerge strong in the decade.

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Nu Metal Bands in the 2000s

Nu metal continued to grow in popularity in the 2000s. The first wave of nu metal, which emerged through the ranks of alternative metal in the ‘90s, spawned a heavier sound through the second wave of nu metal in the 2000s.

A number of bands with stylistic origins shaped with nu metal emerged in the metal scene. Influences of hardcore punk, groove metal, thrash metal, industrial metal, hip-hop, and rap-metal defined the nu metal sound with became hugely popular with youth. A number of alternative metal bands and nu metal bands released commercially successful albums through the decade.

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Grindcore Bands in the 2000s

Experimental forms of grindcore came into prominence in the 2000s. A number of bands built their musical style with diverse influences of extreme metal, hardcore punk, crust punk, industrial metal, and thrashcore. Down-tuned guitars set to the backdrop of a noise-filled sound complemented by growls, shrieks, grinding bass, and extreme tempo blast beats gave a unique identity to grindcore bands in this decade.

While microsongs, a grindcore trait that featured songs of extremely short duration (5–10 seconds), were popular with grindcore bands of the ‘90s, post-2000, many bands excluded this trait in their albums.

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Post-Grunge Scene in the 2000s

The post-grunge scene continued to gain prominence in the 2000s. A number of bands associated with the movement achieved a great deal of commercial success in this decade.

Although angst and anger were the conventional themes in this form of music, the latter part of the decade witnessed many bands adopt narratives, anthems, and grunge-toned ballads in their style of music. Furthermore, a number of emerging bands in the movement favored a softer sound than their contemporaries.

Death Metal Bands in the 2000s

The 2000s witnessed a new metal movement emerge through death metal of the ‘90s. A number of death bands diversified their sound bringing in influences from a wide range of metal genres. This helped spawn several subgenres that became hugely popular among the heavy metal community and emerged in a brand new avatar in the 2000s, including:

  • melodic death metal,
  • technical death metal,
  • deathgrind,
  • blackened death metal,
  • death-doom,
  • brutal death metal,
  • and symphonic death metal.

Although the majority of death metal bands did not have much to brag about in terms of record sales, certain bands released critically acclaimed albums noteworthy of their technical prowess. Many melodic death metal bands and technical death metal bands garnered a cult following among extreme metal fans.

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Gothic Metal Bands in the 2000s

Gothic metal evolved significantly in the 2000s. A number of bands incorporated new forms of metal to come up with a diversely atmospheric sound. The beauty and the beast singing style, which featured aggressive male vocals and clean female vocals, became a signature style with many goth bands.

A number of bands associated with the genre further diversified their sound to form a variant, symphonic metal, which became hugely popular with metal fans. While gothic metal was often associated with non-mainstream, post-2000, many bands in this genre had considerable mainstream success.

Other Metal Subgenres in the 2000s

A number of metal subgenres gained a cult following among sections of traditional heavy metal and non-traditional heavy metal fans, including:

  • symphonic black metal,
  • pagan metal,
  • drone metal,
  • goregrind,
  • industrial death metal,
  • industrial black metal,
  • doom metal,
  • groove metal,
  • melodic metalcore,
  • mathcore,
  • and nu metalcore.

While many heavy metal subgenres have failed to achieve mainstream success, many bands in non-mainstream have had a colossal impact on modern heavy metal. Extreme forms of music reached a new level in the 2000s and opened doors for new sounds in heavy metal.

The list below showcases a diverse collection of 2000s heavy metal bands from different subgenres. If you are a metal buff, you will want to have your say. Feel free with your views and opinions in the comments section.

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