Metal's New Wave: 5 Bands Putting a Unique Spin on the Genre & Enjoying Commercial Succes

Five Finger Death Punch

This Las Vegas band's meat-and-potatoes metal sent four straight LPs to the Billboard 200's top 10. The last two, "The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell (Vol. 1 and 2)," both hit No. 2.


After Metallica tapped it to open a 2009 tour, this Danish, death metal-rooted act's 2013 album "Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies" debuted at No. 9 on the Billboard 200 and nabbed a Grammy nom.

Lamb Of God

The Virginia quintet's speedy tempos and 1980s thrash influences have made it one of metal's most successful acts of the past 10 years. Its last LP, 2012's "Resolution," debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200.

Avenged Sevenfold

SoCal's Avenged Sevenfold has evolved into one of the biggest bands in hard rock: The group's last two goth-tinged efforts, 2010's "Nightmare" and 2013's "Hail to the King," topped the Billboard 200.


A genre-expanding critics' favorite, Baroness hails from Mastodon's Georgia stomping grounds, and also shares an overlapping fan base. 2012's "Yellow & Green" hit No. 30 on the Billboard 200.

-Rich Bienstock


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