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Criteria: The band’s first major release had to occur during or after the year 2000.
10.Black Light Burns
Everyone hated Limp Bizkit but sorta realized that their guitarist was kick-ass.Now, Wes Borland, formerly of LB, has his own awesome band that nobody really knows about.Borland is the lead vocalist but still shreds on many tracks.Their first single from the album Cruel Melody, Lie, garnered some radio play, but it seemed like it left the radio as quickly as it came.But it got me hooked.I listened to everything I could find on youtube, saw them play live in
The voice.Shinedown has one of the better vocalists in rock today, but he has to deal with having a less-than-spectacular band surrounding him. Vocalist Brent Smith carried the band through their first and best album, Leave a Whisper.A vocalist can only go so far.Their second album was a major disappointment, and the new single for their upcoming album is so-so at best.I don’t mean to continually blast them; I do have a strong memory of how pure they were when they burst onto the scene.But with new band members, the picture shown is the original lineup, lighter songs, and an average band surrounding a great singer, Shinedown has gone from underground greatness to mainstream mediocrity.I recommend any track from Leave a Whisper, including Fly From the Inside.
8.A Perfect Circle
Just making the cut by releasing Mer de Noms in 2000,
Even though front man Ben Burnley is a semi-asshole, BB is a solid, tight group of rockers.Along with Shinedown, their first album, Saturate, is their best.Their two other efforts are not as great, but they don’t fall way-too-far off the map like a newer Shinedown album.I guess there is a special connection with these guys because they are from
I know, I know.Everyone makes fun of this band.They play to the radio and they rap.Yeah, they do, but they are good.I mean, the rock/rap thing is popular, ever hear of Rage Against the Machine?It is a recurring theme, but
I might catch some flack for this as this band is basically Creed minus Scott Stapp.But that’s the great thing.This band doesn’t have the Stapp hammer that was pounding all of the talent out of his band mates.One of those mates, Mark Tremonti is arguably the best guitarist in rock today.Stapp’s replacement, Myles Kennedy, is one the better vocalists around.Having a great vocalist and lead guitarist is the central engine of this band.AB has two great albums that can each stand on their own.It is easy to flip-flop on deciding which one is better.If
A raw, hard-nosed first album.Follow that with a heavy, yet tighter sophomore effort.Continue that trend with a crafty, mature, and yet still hard-core third album.This is Seether in a nutshell.A vastly underrated band that continues to rise and ripe with each album.It’s weird, because I can’t really explain how this happened.Shaun Morgan is a solid front man, but the rest of the band is nothing to write home about.A combination a good songwriting and a band that plays so well together causes solid music for Seether.Another good sign for a band is that each album can stand on its own.Each is distinct and each is great.My heart leans with Disclaimer, but the best all-around may be Karma and Effect.Since I can’t decide, I’ll pick a video from their most recent effort, Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces.
3.Three Days Grace
I can remember so many starts of these bands because they were on the radio when I first got my driver’s license, and it seems like I have listened to their songs hundreds upon hundreds of times.TDG is no different.I can remember as clear as day when I Hate Everything About You was on the radio.That song led me to the rest of their first album, which rocks very hard.They followed up their early success with an equally great second album, One-X.Both are rock solid.It is difficult to pick a favorite.TDG has a distinct sound that makes them slightly different from a lot of these bands.Adam Gontier’s grunge-esque voice coupled with Barry Stock’s screeching chords almost make a listener think about comparisons to
Guns and Roses plus Stone Temple Pilots equals an orgasmic musical sensation that lasted for too short of a time.Members of Guns and Roses continued to write music after they had their rough separation from ultra-asshole Axel Rose.Rumors were that they were looking for a singer and began to target Scott Weiland after STP broke up.The relationship between Slash and co with Weiland started rough, but the two sides eventually came together and there seemed to be a match made in heaven.The dream marriage produced two excellent albums with the first, Contraband, easily being the best, although Libertad is no slouch.I saw VR with Weiland twice.Once at the Rolling Rock Town Fair Five and another at the Chevy Amphitheater is