Released in 2005 by Roadrunner

Best Songs: Like Light To The Flies, The Deceived, Pull Harder On the Strings Of Your Martyr
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CTBV3TGgW8

Listen Also To Their Albums: In Waves, Shogun

Interesting Facts: Ascendancy marks the first Trivium album to feature guitarist Corey Beaulieu and bassist Paolo Gregoletto. It has won the “Album of the Year Award” award from Kerrang! magazine and since its release, Ascendancy has sold over 500,000 copies worldwide.

The band formed in 1999. At his Lake Brantley High School talent show, Matt Heafy performed a cover version of “No Leaf Clover” by Metallica. Singer Brad Lewter noticed Heafy and asked him to try out for his band. The pair went over to drummer Travis Smith’s house where they played a rendition of Metallica’s “For Whom the Bell Tolls”. Impressed with Heafy’s performance, they accepted him into the band known as “Trivium”, which is a Latin three-way intersection they used to explain their music as combining metalcore, melodic death metal and thrash metal. Two weeks after Matt joined the band, Brad had left the band before performing.

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Released in 2007 by Metal Blade

Best Songs: Forsaken, Within Destruction
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3s6BOQsj3eU

Listen Also To Their Album: Frail Words Collapse

Interesting Facts: Upon its release, it debuted at number 8 on the Billboard 200, with sales close to 39,500 and No. 1 on the Top Rock chart. The album features singles “Nothing Left”, “The Sound of Truth”, “Within Destruction” and “I Never Wanted”, with music videos produced for all four. An Ocean Between us won for the band the “Ultimate Metal God” award from MTV2 at the first annual “All That Rocks” special; was named “Artist of the Year” at the San Diego Music Awards and was nominated for a 2008 Grammy Award for the song “Nothing Left”.

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Released in 2004 by Roadrunner

Best Songs: At the End of August, The Heart and the Shape
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DeKmZbzvV0

Listen Also To Their Album: Rest Inside The Flames

Interesting Facts: The band’s name comes from the Jackie Chan film Jackie Chan and the 36 Crazy Fists. 36CF originated from the remains of three bands from Anchorage, Alaska: Grin, Hessian, and Broke. JD Stuart played in Grin, Brock Lindow in Hessian, and Steve Holt and Ryan Brownell in Broke. One of the circumstances influencing the formation of 36CF was the murder of Broke’s drummer Duane Monsen. On 28 January 1994, Broke played a set at the Underground bar in Anchorage. Later that night there was an altercation between Monsen and a drunken soldier. According to an article in the Anchorage Daily News, Monsen tried to apologize and defuse the situation, but was fatally stabbed in the neck. He was 27 years old. In the wake of this tragedy, Monsen’s friends organized a benefit concert to raise funds for his family. Monsen’s protégé Thomas Noonan played the drums at this show and the musicians decided that they were an excellent match. In retrospect, it became the first 36CF performance.

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Released in 2004 by Relapse

Best Songs: Iron Tusk, Blood and Thunder
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsdIO8RHMTc

Listen Also To Their Album: Blood Mountain

Interesting Facts: Leviathan is the group’s first concept album and is loosely based on the Herman Melville novel Moby-Dick. Three magazines awarded it Album of the Year in 2004: Revolver, Kerrang! and Terrorizer. It also ranked second in a list by Metal Hammer (UK) of the best albums of 2004. ‘Blood and Thunder’ which featured Clutch vocalist Neil Fallon, was chosen as one of the most important recordings of the decade by National Public Radio in November 2009, and that the entire album epitomizes “a phenomenal decade for metal”!

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Released in 2003 by Hopeless

Best Songs: Unholy Confessions, Chapter Four
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-QaFWURsMU

Listen Also To Their Album: Nightmare

Interesting Facts: Waking The Fallen is the first release by the band to feature lead guitarist Synyster Gates, the record also features some guitar solos. The record is notable among fans due to M. Shadows’ slightly higher pitch in his voice and high notes he sings on songs like “I Won’t See You Tonight” (both parts).

Avenged Sevenfold emerged with a metalcore sound on their debut Sounding the Seventh Trumpet which continued with Waking The Fallen, but their style had evolved by their third album and first major label release, City of Evil, into a heavy metal and hard rock style. The band continued to explore new sounds with their self-titled release and enjoyed continued mainstream success before their drummer, James “The Rev” Sullivan, died in 2009. Despite his death, the band continued on with help of now-former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy and released and toured in support of their fifth album Nightmare in 2010 which debuted on the top spot of the Billboard 200, their first number one debut.

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Best Songs: Paralyzed, For We Are Forever
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xk6zL8597dw

Listen Also To Their Album: Say Hello to Tragedy

Interesting Facts: This is the newest album on our list as it was released on March 25, 2016, by Century Media and most probably will end up being best Metalcore album of the year. Caliban are a five-piece metalcore band from Germany. They have released ten studio albums to-date, and two split albums with the melodic death metal/metalcore band Heaven Shall Burn.

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Released in 2006 by Prosthetic, Razor & Tie

Best Songs: This Calling, We Stand
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgTZAYgHuGg

Listen Also To Their Album: Overcome

Interesting Facts: Phil Labonte, the vocalist for All That Remains, was originally the vocalist for Shadows Fall and appeared on the cult classic album Somber Eyes to the Sky. After being asked to leave because of “musical differences”, Phil focused entirely on All That Remains, a side project he had been working on prior to leaving.

The Fall of Ideals was produced by the Killswitch Engage guitarist, Adam Dutkiewicz, and engineered by the Soilwork guitarist Peter Wichers. The album was the band’s first to enter the Billboard 200 charts, at number 75, with just under 13,000 copies sold. On May 23, 2008, it was announced that the album had sold in excess of 175,000 copies worldwide. The song “Six” is featured in Guitar Hero II. “This Calling” is available as downloadable content for Rock Band and is also used as the lead track for the Saw III soundtrack and on the Masters of Horror II soundtrack.

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