My favorite heavy metal bands

 

Some say that the younger generations don’t appreciate good music anymore, in an ongoing conversation on how great bands lack the appreciation they deserve among youngsters. Well, in some cases nothing could be further from the truth.

Discovering new and exciting music is always a fun thing to do, and there are so many available options, that this could go on forever. But sometimes we just need to go back to the classics and, depending on the mood, reconnect to that music that shifted entire generations.

In this case, we are going to talk about – you guessed it – heavy metal bands. Rock music has so many great things to offer, from empowering songs to ballads that make even the toughest people question many things.  

Here’s a list of the bands I always return to when I want to feel like a rockstar in my life and get pumped up for the next challenge. Take a look below and see if these fit your favorites as well, or if your list looks differently.

 

 

Metallica

There is simply no way to not include the giants from Metallica in this list. After all, they are one of the bands who changed and reshaped the way rock music sounds. Without the band’s influence, there a chance we would be listening to a style that would sound completely different.

Metallica was introduced in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009, and to this day released, among many others, 10 studio albums, 37 singles, and 39 music videos. With 9 Grammys won, you can only imagine why it is one of the most commercially successful bands of all time.

 

Slayer

Another great addition to the list, Slayer was founded in 1981 and its fast and aggressive music style is what gave it a place among the trash metal founders. The third album released by the band, Reign in Blood, is often viewed as one of the most influential albums in its genre to this day.

However, things are not looking great. At the beginning of 2018, Slayer announced one final world tour in which it will says goodbye to its fans everywhere. The lineup also announces itself to be quite heavy, so if you think you should not miss this out, check out the band’s website.

 

Led Zeppelin

For the next band that made it to the list, there is little need for an introduction as it’s considered one of the most successful, innovative, and influential rock groups in history.

A bit older compared to the previous two bands of the selection, as it was founded in 1968, Led Zeppelin’s heavy and guitar-driven sound, as well as its unique style influenced by folk music, blues, and psychedelia, made it one of the founders of heavy metal music.

 

Cool facts about System of a Down

 

Anyone in the rock and roll industry is familiar with the American band System of a Down. Formed in 1994, the band consists of four Armenian-American musicians who are known for their sincere opinions, often expressed in their songs. The band’s lyrics are not comfortable as the members often appeal to strong topics in their songs such as the Armenian genocide in 1915 or the current “war on terror”.

However, there are plenty of other interesting things about System of a Down you should know, so here are a few.

 

Known for their political message

Although many of the current rock bands prefer to sing about fame or love, System of a Down always had a different approach regarding their musical. Most of their songs are full of political content which criticizes the current state of the world, including its wars and the tensions between different countries.

Coincidence or not, one of the band’s most famous albums, Toxicity, managed to be at the top of the Billboard Charts at the same time the United States was coping with the disaster of the 9/11 attacks back in 2001. In addition, the video for the band’s song Boom! was created during a global protest against war.

 

Name origins

The origin of the band’s name has drawn plenty of speculations throughout the years. The group was formerly called “Victims of a Down”, after a poem with the same name written by the band’s leading vocalist, Daron Malakian.

However, the first word, “victim” was changed with “system” because the rockers believed it would appeal to a much wider audience, and also because they wanted to be alphabetically placed closer to their musical heroes, Slayer.

According to some speculations, the name also appears to be a colloquial euphemism for electoral fraud, which would make sense given the band’s interest in politics, environment, and world problems in general.

Different members

John Dolmayan was not the initial drummer of System of a Down. In fact, in the first few years of activity, Andy Khachaturian was the first drummer but he injured one of his hands after practicing martial arts and had to perform a surgery. After the surgery, he had to leave the band and was replaced by Dolmayan shortly after.

 

Interested in arts

Apart from being a great bassist, Shavo Odadjian, one of the band’s members, has other artistic interests too. He has a fruitful acting career which he started from a young age – he was even cast in an AC/DC video. In addition, he is a director, starred in a documentary about the band, and provided meaningful artworks for plenty of the band’s side projects.