The turn of the millennium was a major turning point in rock and metal, with the scene slipping into the first strains of its nu-metal hangover, allowing emergent scenes like the New Wave of American Heavy Metal, melodeath, and more to spring forward.
2000 saw the studio return of Bruce Dickinson to Iron Maiden. It saw the formation of bands such as As I Lay Dying, Mastodon and Trivium who would go on to be kingpins of the genre and inspire swathes of bands to venture forth years later, carving out their own niches. It also saw the sad demise of political frontrunners Rage Against The Machine, which triggered the spawn of not-quite-good-enough imitations and enabled bands to use their platforms and their voices to inspire change and incite hope.
The incredible "White Pony" by Deftones laid the foundations for their career to blossom to previously unimaginable heights, and Electric Wizard set the standards for decades of doom metal to come with "Dopethrone." There must have been something in the air in 2000, because the releases churned out were undeniably some of the most important contributors to the sound we hear today.
Let's run through the best of the best...