The Best Rock And Metal Albums Of The Millennium
The 2020s have given us some amazing music and arguably some of the best rock and metal albums of all time. Here are some of the best rock and metal albums of the millennium.
The year 2000 saw me, a fresh-faced 14-year-old discover rock ‘n’ roll. Alright, that’s not quite true. What I discovered was nu-metal. I’d dragged my Mum into town to take me to a music shop and headed straight for the “heavy metal” section. I picked up a few albums that looked suitable angsty before settling on KoRn’s 1999 album, Issues.
I got home, put it in my Discman, and sat in my living room trying to comprehend what on earth I was listening to. 7-string de-tuned guitars, weird guttural noises – a true aural assault.
Something must have clicked in me though because I was hooked. Before long my music collection was growing, I’d asked my parents for an electric guitar and now, at the age of 34 I am still listening to what I suppose largely comes under the umbrella of “rock music”.
The last 20 years or so have given us some amazing rock, punk and metal albums that shaped my life. Here are some of my favorites, in no particular order…
Queens Of The Stone Age – Songs For The Deaf (2002)
This is an album I still listen to at least once a week. A good, solid, no nonsense rock and roll album. Timeless.
Disturbed – The Sickness (2000)
Who else thought those chin spikes were super cool back in the day? The music almost didn’t matter but The Sickness gave us some classics.
Foo Fighters – One By One (2002)
It’s impossible to write a list of the best rock albums and not include Foo Fighters. Consistently producing quality music for years, they are one of the most famous bands on the planet.
Red Fang – Red Fang (2009)
Riffs. Loads of riffs. Really, really good riffs. While this band are probably one of the least known on this list, their 2009 self-titled album is well worth a listen for anyone who likes, well… riffs.
Slipknot – Iowa (2001)
Although I’d listened to Slipknots earlier work, it was this album that really dragged me in. Another album that’s still on my regular playlists. Left Behind will always be one of my favourite songs of all time.
Marmozets – The Weird And Wonderful Marmozets (2014)
As the newest album on this list I must say I was completely blown away by the (at the time) new kids on the block. When the single “Move, Shake, Hide” dropped I knew they were on to watch.
The Darkness – Permission To Land (2003)
Good, old fashioned rock and roll. Catchy vocals, walls of guitars and soaring solos. What more can I say…
Every Time I Die – Ex Lives (2012)
Every Time I Die have been once of my favourite bands for over a decade so deciding which of their albums to write here was difficult but the 2012 offering, for me, is one of the best examples of their work.
Papa Roach – Infest (2000)
Infest was released at just the right time for me. Fresh to the alternative music scene, this album definitely helped shape my teenage years.
The Dillinger Escape Plan – Miss Machine (2004)
I saw Dillinger Escape Plan live before I’d heard of them and at the time I didn’t have the slightest clue what I’d witnessed. It wasn’t until a few years later, when my tasted developed that I fully “got it”. Years later though, they’re still one of my favourite bands.
Letlive. – The Blackest Beautiful (2013)
Off the back of their extremely impressive album, “Fake History”, The Blackest Beautiful refined the sound that made them so popular and elevated the band to new heights.
My Chemical Romance – Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge (2004)
For quite a few years, it was embarrassing to like My Chemical Romance. Being an “emo kid” was out of fashion and it was a number of years before I came back to this album. When I did, however, it was as good as it had ever been.
Limp Bizkit – Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water (2000)
Limp Bizkit was my favourite band for a number of years. Even though some of the more troublesome times for them when liking them was pretty much the best way to get mocked at school because they weren’t a “real metal band”. Maybe that was just my school…
Linkin Park – Hybrid Theory (2000)
I liked Hybrid Theory so much that when Linkin Park released their next album, Meteora I skipped school for the first and only time to go to town and wait in a queue to buy it. There was a limited edition posted if you brought it on release day and I needed that poster so badly…
Killswitch Engage – The End Of Heartache (2004)
Killswitch Engage showed me that you can be a big, tough metal bloke but also sing about your feelings. I liked that a lot, especially as it came out when I started noticing the existence of females.
Funeral For A Friend – Casually Dressed & Deep In Conversation (2003)
Funeral For A Friend came along at a time when I was listening to a lot of 3-chord pop-punk. As a guitarist, I was blown away by the fact that you could write what I deemed to be “cool” music which also had impressive guitar work.
Incubus – Morning View (2001)
Incubus were unlike anything else I was listening to at the time. I was offered tickets to go and see them from a friend and spent a whole weekend trying to learn every word from all of their previous albums. Although it’s not an album I frequently go back to, it will always have a special place in my heart.
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