Where were you on the night before the dawn of the New Millennium? Jon Kerr was getting a pit going in Jilly’s Rockworld, Manchester. We’ve asked him to summarise the ten years since then in all things metal in a handy A to Z
Not just any Californian metalcore outfit, this lot. A7X have produced a wide range of sounds across their four albums and have developed a global fanbase. From the release of debut Sounding the Seventh Trumpet to appearing between NIN and Metallica at the UK leg of the Sonisphere Festival, it has been Avenged Sevenfold’s decade.
Watch the video to ‘Unholy Confessions’ by Avenged Sevenfold
Having fallen spectacularly on their face with 2001’s Supercharger, Machine Head re-grouped and got their act together. The culmination of this hard work came five and a half years later with one of the most acclaimed long-players of the decade, The Blackening (review). From start to finish, it sounds like an album created by metal fans, for metal fans, and anyone who has criticised it (for it’s lack of similarity to Burn My Eyes, or for having songs over 10 minutes) are pathetic lightweights who can get off this website right now. More than just save Robb Flynn’s ass (The Blackening sold more copies in two weeks than Through the Ashes of Empires sold in three years), this album is exactly why we say: Thrash Lives On. Long Live Metal. FUCK YOU AAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL.
Coheed & Cambria
Four albums out and a fifth on the way via Roadrunner Records. All based around the characters and storyline of a comic series also written by the band’s lyricist. Why that works, we don’t quite know, it just does. Watch the video to ‘Welcome Home’ by Coheed & Cambria.
The first of seven Download Festivals was held in 2003. The festival has become the Monsters of Rock for the modern era with Main Stage headliners having included Iron Maiden, Audioslave, Metallica, Black Sabbath, System of a Down, Tool, Guns N’ Roses, Kiss, Faith No More, Slipknot and Def Leppard. The antics and controversies have been multiple, the moshpits and beer cups more so. We love it, you love it.
Watch the best interview we’ve ever done @ Download Festival 2009
Simply the most important thrash band to come from Huddersfield, Evile had their seocnd album, Infected Nations produced by none other than Flemming Rasmussen and have breathed new life into the newest wave of thrash. On 5th October 2009, Evile suffered the loss of bassist Mike Alexander and tributes flooded in from across the global metal community. It may be too soon to know if Evile will continue, but this we know: this band made a monumental start to their career. Watch the video to ‘Infected Nations’ by Evile
Five Finger Death Punch
Another band not long off the starting blocks are LA metallers Five Finger Death Punch. Formed in 2005, 5FDP have recently unleashed their second full-length release and are touring it around the States and Europe with Shadows Fall in support. Featuring ex-U.P.O. and W.A.S.P. members, they produce a professionally honed metalcore which works on radio – a sound which typifies where mainstream metal is at at the end of the decade. Watch 5FDP on Thrash Hits TV @ Download Festival 2009.
For a quarter of a century, proper, English-born punk was nowhere to be found. And if it was, it was a little silly. All that changed in 2006 with the arrival of Gallows – a serious hardcore punk outfit who have had tattoos done live onstage and know exactly what they’re pissed off with. This is the only punk band metalheads can be proud to like, so all American Idiot fans look away now.
Watch Gallows talk about Grey Britain on Thrash Hits TV in 2009
Whilst we are not claiming SOiL’s 2001 single to be Song of the Decade, it is probably the song which signalled the beginning of the end of the hip-hop/metal fixation which preceded it. And that is a good thing, ‘cos at that point it was shit. Watch the video to ‘Halo’ by SOiL.
In the summer of 1999, Iron Maiden went on the Ed Hunter Tour… with Bruce Dickenson and Adrian Smith back in the band! Since then, The Irons have played some of their biggest and best shows and given their fans the biggest grins of their lives. Brave New World and Dance of Death received some of the highest accolades of the band’s career and A Matter of Life and Death scored perfect marks across the music press upon its release in 2006. The first decade of this new century cannot be reflected upon without saluting the the reincarnation of Iron Maiden. Watch the video to ‘The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg’ by Iron Maiden.
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