In the early 2000s, metal was very much in the mainstream. Bands like Korn, Limp Bizkit and Slipknot had helped its ascension, and many more nu metal acts also made their debuts into what was a very lucrative market.
A generation of young people were set to grow up with heavy, chart-topping anthems, selling millions of copies and cementing metal’s place as the go-to genre of the decade. But alas, the music industry is a cruel mistress, and by the time the mid-2000s came along, metal had fallen from it’s big money, mainstream status to become an afterthought in the eyes of mass audiences.
This fall in popularity was devastating in terms of profit, but musically, metal artists were as talented as ever. Not only that, but the music was heavier than ever before, with metalcore taking centre stage, with all the screaming, breakdowns and blast-beats that came with it.
That’s not to say that the old guard, and nu metal generations didn’t produce and good work, as they too were responsible for some truly great albums.
These three generations, along with the shift in style, produced some of the greatest metal albums of all time, and their influence has proved endless...