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Old 03-10-2009, 09:24 PM
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"New Wave Of American Heavy Metal"

I hear this term thrown around a lot and right now, I think it's pretty lame.

Wikipedia says the following bands are "NWOAHM":

All That Remains
As I Lay Dying
Atreyu
Avenged Sevenfold
Hatebreed
Killswitch Engage
Lamb Of God
Shadows Fall
Slipknot
Trivium
Unearth

among others. To me, it sounds like "NWOAHM" is just something to call stupid metalcore bands without them getting uppity about it.

To be honest, I think "New Wave Of American Heavy Metal" should sound like what Death Magnetic sounds like. DM isn't thrash or heavy metal. It's just metal. Too heavy for rock, but enough "groove" to be something else. I also think a couple more bands should get labeled as this, such as Machine Head and maybe Mastodon.

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Old 03-10-2009, 09:28 PM
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Machine Head and Mastodon dont sound anything alike. It could be argued that metalcore is the newest wave of American metal, based on the size and popularity of the genre.
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Old 03-10-2009, 09:34 PM
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Machine Head and Mastodon dont sound anything alike. It could be argued that metalcore is the newest wave of American metal, based on the size and popularity of the genre.
I know they don't sound anything alike, but I think they should get that tag because I don't really think they fit into any other genre.

I don't want the tag just to be another word for metalcore.
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I've heard the term used before, and I think it has a definite application, even if it's not the most grammatically accurate term possible. I'm not going to get anal about the genre not being called what it should be, the general label is fine with me, especially since it gives me a great way to classify a lot of the bands that piss me off the most these days.
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I know they don't sound anything alike, but I think they should get that tag because I don't really think they fit into any other genre.

I don't want the tag just to be another word for metalcore.
But norwegian black metal sounds the same, NWOBHM sounds the same, American thrash sounds the same.....I dont think you can lump bands that sound completely dissimilar from the majority of other bands that were popular at the same time into said genre.
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I've heard the term used before, and I think it has a definite application, even if it's not the most grammatically accurate term possible. I'm not going to get anal about the genre not being called what it should be, the general label is fine with me, especially since it gives me a great way to classify a lot of the bands that piss me off the most these days.
So is Evergrey power metal?
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So is Evergrey power metal?
I wish you would stop this nonsense. Absolutely nothing about Evergrey is even power-metal-esque.
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I think it's also an authenticating move, bullshit new bands like those mentioned above might seek to assert their connection to quality bands of the past by borrowing/varying the NWOBHM acronym.
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But norwegian black metal sounds the same, NWOBHM sounds the same, American thrash sounds the same.....I dont think you can lump bands that sound completely dissimilar from the majority of other bands that were popular at the same time into said genre.
Yeah. I guess you're right.
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Absolutely nothing about Evergrey is even power-metal-esque.
I love Evergrey, but seriously? Very power metal... Definitely more of a prog-metal band in general, but how can you say that they don't have power metal elements?

edit: it's like saying Symphony X have no power metal in them (maybe to a lesser extent, but similar)

edit2: On topic, I've always assumed the NWOAHM thing applied to metalcore and metalcore-esque bands, like Shadows Fall and the like. Aka, stuff I'm pretty unable to get into.
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