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Released in 2000 by TVT Records
Best Songs: Bleeder, For All the Sin, Dead Like Me

Interesting Facts: Violence received positive reviews. CMJ included it in their “Best Loud Rock Albums” of 2000 and called it, “A complex collection of stellar songs… with a flesh-slicing, hate-infused edge… the year’s finest heavy-with-melody album.” Allmusic gave the album 4 stars out of 5 and said, “The combo strives for freshness and originality, providing a compelling blend of melody and brute force.” The band described the album as “the soundtrack for the end of the world.”

After Nothingface disbanded in 2004, guitarist Tom Maxwell and bassist Jerry Montano formed HELLYEAH with Vinnie Paul, formerly of Pantera and Damageplan, as well as Chad Gray and Greg Tribbett of Mudvayne.



Released in 2000 by Giant & Reprise Records
Best Songs: Down with the Sickness. Stupify, Droppin’ Plates

Interesting Facts: Formed in 1994 as Brawl, the band was renamed Disturbed in 1996 after Draiman was hired as the band’s new vocalist after he answered an advertisement in a music publication in Chicago, Illinois. Draiman answered the advertisement after going to twenty other auditions that month! With regard to Draiman being the new singer for the band, guitarist Donegan said, “After a minute or two [at the audition], he just starts banging out these melodies that were huge… I’m playing my guitar and I’m grinning from ear to ear, trying not to give it away that I like this guy, you know, because I don’t want to, you know… [say] ‘Yeah, we’ll give you a call back. We’ll, you know, discuss it.’ But I was so psyched. Chill up my spine. I’m like, ‘There is something here’.”

Disturbed’s debut album ‘The Sickness’ peaked at number 29 on the Billboard 200 chart and it has spent a total of 103 weeks on that chart, as of June 2010. The Sickness has been certified 4x Platinum by the RIAA, with around 4,248,000 copies sold in the United States alone as of 2011. Unlike Disturbed’s later albums, which are mixed in style, The Sickness consists primarily of heavier songs. In addition, The Sickness includes much more profanity, darker lyrical themes, and more electronic elements than later Disturbed albums.


Released in 2000 by Maverick Records
Best Songs: Passenger, Korea, Knife Prty, Elite

Interesting Facts: White Pony is street slang for cocaine. However, there are more likely meanings for the album name, including a sexual reference in dream books that if you dream about a white pony then you’re having a sexual dream! Album lyrics are included in the CD booklets with explicit language noted with phonetically similar words. For example on ‘Street Carp’ the lyric “Now take it home and fuck with it” is written as “Now take it home and have fun with it”!

The track ‘Elite’ won the Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance in 2001. About the awards’ night, Deftones drummer Abe Cunningham comments: “All the people were on the ground, on the floor, and we were up sort of in the balcony, we were like, ‘We’re not gonna win. Look where we’re sitting.’ Everybody else who was winning, they’d get up there quick and get back. So we were just watching it and the whole thing was rad, just seeing the (stuff) go down. And all of a sudden they called our name. We just jumped over this balcony down onto the floor and ran up there. It was pretty cool, man.”


Released in 2000 by Interscope & Flip Records
Best Songs: Rollin’, My Generation, Take a Look Around

Interesting Facts: ‘Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water’ debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, selling 1.05 million copies in its first week, making it the fastest-selling rock album, breaking the record held for 7 years by Pearl Jam’s Vs. To date, the album has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide!

The first part of the title is a scatological reference to the appearance of the human anus (Chocolate Starfish). However, Hot Dog Flavored Water is an inside joke started by guitarist Wes Borland at a truck stop while the band was on tour, where Borland saw bottles of Crystal Geyser flavored water, and made a joke about having meat or hot dog flavors! At the song ‘Livin’ It Up, vocalist Fred Durst declares that “The chocolate starfish is my man Fred Durst” (Wes Borland has stated in an interview when questioned on the naming of the album that “Fred calls himself Chocolate Starfish, because people call him an asshole all the time)! Also, The song ‘Hot Dog’ is notorious for featuring the word “fuck” 46 times!


SYSTEM OF A DOWN singer Serj Tankian has co-written with Greek musician John Psathas a new song called “100 Years” to commemorate the centennial of the Armenian genocide perpetrated by Turkey. In 1915 Turkey begun the eradication of its Christian population, which resulted in 1.5 million Armenians, Greeks and Assyrians savagely murdered and many more raped and tortured at the hands of the Turks.

Turkey still refuses that has committed this planned genocide, despite scores of evidence, testimonials, international condemnation and recognition.

The song and video, with shocking photos from the genocide, is a somber commemoration to honor the Armenian, Greek and Assyrian victims of the first genocide of the 20th century.

Released in 2001 by American Recordings
Best Songs: A Violent Reaction, All Wrapped Up, Song For The Suspect

Interesting Facts: After supporting System of a Down in Des Moines, Iowa in August 1999, System of a Down’s bassist Shavo Odadjian was impressed enough that when American Recordings label owner Rick Rubin asked Odadjian if there were any bands he should check out, he told Rubin about American Head Charge. Six months later the band was offered a record deal with Rick’s American Recordings. Together they released The War of Art, which was recorded at Rick Rubin’s allegedly haunted recording studio, the infamous Houdini Mansion! The title is a play on words of the Chinese book The Art of War by Sun Tzu.

The album landed American Head Charge a spot at Ozzfest 2001. Their concerts featured some controversy due to the band firing shotguns and burning American flags on stage. The War of Art sold over 250,000 copies and received positive reviews. Allmusic called the album “brutal, loud, and insanely intense” and that “the band is one of the most intelligent, interesting, and compelling metal bands to surface.”


Released in 1997 by Roadrunner Records
Best Songs: Loco, Sway, Clock

Interesting Facts: Originally called Seal Chamber, the band gained a large following early in its career, arguably because it was the first “darker” themed nu metal band, with an image that had more in common with the goth subculture than hip hop culture. In late 1994, Dino Cazares of Fear Factory championed a demo tape by Coal Chamber, causing a huge local stir with gigs at The Roxy Theatre and Whisky A Go Go, eventually leading Roadrunner Records to offer the band a contract. However, frontman/vocalist Dez Fafara dropped out of the band quite suddenly due to disagreements with his wife about the band. In spring 1995, Fafara reunited with Coal Chamber, which ended his marriage but revitalized the band. With a renewed sense of energy, Coal Chamber was able to regain their deal with Roadrunner by the end of 1995. Coal Chamber called it a day in 2003, shortly after Fafara continued with his new band DevilDriver. In 2011 Coal Chamber reformed and in 2015 they released a new album called Rivals.