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November 20th, 2009

A to Z of the Noughties: Slayer to Zakk Wylde

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

Slayer promo photo 2009 Thrash Hits

No Slayer, no thrash. Right? Following their four classic ’80s albums, Slayer’s four ’90s albums received a varied reception as the band branched out in style. During this last decade, Slayer have succeeded in cementing their classic status thanks mainly to God Hates Us All and the return-to-form Christ Illusion. Dozens of metal’s biggest names have toured with Slayer since the turn of the century including In Flames, Children of Bodom, Biohazard, Cradle of Filth, Lamb of God, Marilyn Manson and Amon Amarth. Lombardo has been back behind the kit and we all worship Kerry King. The release of World Painted Blood sees Slayer head towards it’s 30th Anniversary…

Watch Paolo Gregoletto from Trivium on Thrash Hits TV @ Download Festival 2009

Although formed in Florida, Trivium have enjoyed huge success here in Blighty, culminating in their headline slot on the second stage of this year’s Download Festival. To look at Trivium’s progression to this point is to see a group of no-frills Metallica wannabes flowering into world-conquering pioneers in their own right. Releasing four albums in six years is impressive by any standard, more so given that there isn’t anything to dislike about any of it.

Another band from across the pond (and also four album into things) are Unearth. With influences ranging from At The Gates to Job for a Cowboy, this band are a perfect example of the sound of stateside metalcore. Under the guiding influence of producer Adam D (see ‘K’), Unearth might also be the next big thing.

Watch Unearth live @ Camden Electric Ballroom (12/10/09) via

Violent Pornography
Some of the sharpest, funniest and catchy lyrics of the decade came from System of a Down. Nowhere more evidently than of their twin releases Mezmerize and Hypnotize in 2005, a clever and addictive set which topped to the US Billboard. SOAD have been missed over the latter part of the decade, but here we salute them. Altogether now “Everybody, everybody, everybody livin now, Everybody, everybody, everybody sucks…” Watch System of a Down performing ‘Violent Pornography’ live.
Surely the greatest thing to happen, ever, maybe…

X-Mass Festival
Starting in 1999 and running until 2005, the X-Mass Festival brought together mainly death and extreme metal acts from around the world and toured them in Europe. Great for the bands, great for the scene. Until the booking agency monumentally shot themselves in the bank.

Year Zero
The second half of Nine Inch Nail’s career spanned this decade, the highlight of which being the release of the considered concept album Year Zero (2007). Set in a bleak future, the album is perhaps Trent Reznor‘s greatest lyrical and technological achievement. Moreover, Reznor started to release mulitracks of his songs for his fans to remix in their own way. NIN could never be accused of being behind the times. Watch the video to ‘Survivalism’ by Nine Inch Nails.

Watch Zakk Wylde doing a mad guitar solo

Zakk Wylde
And let’s end this with a man who has spent the decade playing for his own band Black Label Society (who rock HARD!) and alongside Ozzy Osbourne. Zakk Wylde: the modern Randy Rhoads.


Read the first installment (Avenged Sevenfold to Iron Maiden) and the second installment (Judas Priest to Rock Band) of our A to Z of the Noughties.

Once you’ve done that, go and have a leaf through the rest of our End of the Decade coverage. You’re bound to find something to enjoy. Or moan about!


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