Many people believe that metal is the most misunderstood genre in music. When you think of metal, you imagine devil horns, ominous fast guitar solos, long hair, and some interesting (mostly) leather outfits. But this was the metal of the ‘80s. The metal of the 21st century is more diverse than ever and has grown onto a whole new level. The music played by the new metal bands is much more powerful and influential than ever.

Let’s begin with Baroness. They formed in mid-2003 and got found out by the former member of the band – Johnny Welfare. Their first album was called “Red album” and Heavy Metal magazine named it – Album of the year.

Another modern and successful metal band is Avenged Sevenfold. Formed in 1999, they are a well-known band, famous with its diverse dramatic imagery in album covers and diverse rock sound. By their third album, their style evolved into hard rock and heavy metal style of music. The band has many awards behind its back, including: album of the year, song of the year, best live band, best international band, most dedicated fans and etc.

system-of-a-down-metalThe next famous modern metal band is System of a Down. The band formed in 1994 and had achieved huge commercial success. Interesting thing about their music is the lyrics, in which sexual intercourse, drug abuse and politics often appear. The band has won one Grammy Award in 2006 for “Best Hard Rock Performance”.

Another famous metal band is Lamb of God. They got formed in 1994 and they are considered as an important member of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal movement. The band is mainly considered groove metal despite the many disagreements among critics and fans. They have awards for: best album, best international band, best live band and etc. Formed in 2000, Mastodon became mostly famous for their unique instrumentation and progressive concepts. In their lyrics, you will often read about the classical elements: air, fire, earth, water. They have won awards for best video, best album and etc.