Released in 2004 by Relapse

Best Songs: Iron Tusk, Blood and Thunder

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”!



Released in 2003 by Hopeless

Best Songs: Unholy Confessions, Chapter Four

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.


Best Songs: Paralyzed, For We Are Forever

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.


Released in 2006 by Prosthetic, Razor & Tie

Best Songs: This Calling, We Stand

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.


Released in 2013, funded by crowd funding site Kickstarter

Best Songs: Efficacy, Soul Eraser, Caldera

Listen Also To Their Album: To Release is to Resolve

Read our Review: Byzantine’s self-titled comeback album was the biggest surprise of 2013! After a long hiatus, these West Virginia Progressive/Thrash/Groove Metallers returned rejuvenated, re-energized and with fresh ideas! After listening to this album it was obvious to us that the long hiatus did well for the band. They must have been stress-free and with plenty of time to compose excellent songs and then even more time to work on them and perfect them.

What impressed us more about this album is the awe-inspiring, beautiful guitar work at the plentiful of proggy/jazzy instrumental parts of the songs. Just listen to the second halves of the songs ‘Forged in the Heart of a Dying Star’, ‘Caldera’, ‘Signal Path’ and ‘Everything I Touch Bursts into Flame’ and you’ll see what we mean…

‘Byzantine’ is brimming of innovation and inspiration! Each song here takes more twists and turns than most bands manage in an entire album. Byzantine, you are as mighty as the Byzantine Empire! We salute you… job well done!


Released in 2013 by Razor & Tie, Nuclear Blast

Best Songs: Put It to the Torch, The Language

Listen Also To Their Album: Perseverance

Mr Metalised, the owner of Metalised, would personally like to thank Hatebreed for releasing The Divinity of Purpose. I have been listening to this album a lot at the gym while working out and the uncontrollable, ferocious energy that it was giving me, helped me gained 2 Kg in muscle mass! Hatebreed with ‘The Divinity of Purpose’, created the best pump-up music ever! I was in vain trying to stop myself from headbanging in the gym, in the process making a spectacle out of myself (imagine a dude wearing Motörheadphones and headbanging, while the speakers play Miley Cyrus in a packed gym!). This is testosterone fueled music delivered with simplicity, power and heroic dedication.

Interesting Facts: According to band frontman Jamey Jasta, this album is “all pit, no shit”. The Divinity of Purpose debuted at a career high #20 position on the Billboard 200 with over 17,400 copies sold in its first week.

In a CNN article published on August 8, 2012, Hatebreed was accused of being a white power band in the aftermath of the Wisconsin Sikh temple shooting, perpetrated by a white supremacist musician. The band disavowed any racist sentiments and expressed deep disappointment in the U.S. cable news channel on Twitter. CNN later became aware of the error, removed Hatebreed’s name from the piece and apologized for the mistake.


Released in 2012 by Razor & Tie
Best Songs: The Unknown, Fire from the Sky
Listen Also To The Album: The Art of Balance
Interesting Facts: Fire From the Sky is the first to be produced by Adam Dutkiewicz (Killswitch Engage) since the band’s first studio release. Themes explored in Fire from the Sky include the apocalypse, chaos, doomsday, and the supposed events that may occur at the end of 2012, the end of the Mayan calendar.