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Hardrock Haven’s Top 10 Hard Rock & Metal Albums of the 2000s

HRH Top 10 2000-2009

The 2000s see the Hard Rock and Metal genres at a crossroads. While modern Metal continues to push to the extremes, a resurgent interest in the sounds of the ’70s and ’80s has produced new bands with an old swagger. Whether it’s the pompous credo of Glam or Sleaze Metal or the rebirth of the NWOBHM, now titled NWOTHM, it’s without a doubt an interest in the classic sounds of Thrash, Speed and Power Metal that are at an all-time high. Even traditional Rock ‘n’ Roll has its place, as fans continue to discover many of the originators from days long past. New bands have re-lit the torch to carry the music into the new millennium.

Since the world didn’t come to an end, based upon the Mayan calendar in 2012, we can take a deep breath and maybe even a collective sigh of relief and revisit our Top 10 Hard Rock and Metal albums from 2000 to 2009 …

Alexanda’s Top 10

Lynyrd Skynyrd – God & Guns01. Lynyrd Skynyrd – God & Guns
02. Jimi Jamison – Crossroads Moment
03. Bruce Dickinson – Tyranny Of Souls
04. Edge Of Forever – Feeding The Fire
05. Wig Wam – Wig Wamania
06. Jaded Heart – Trust
07. Lynyrd Skynyrd – Vicious Cycle
08. Heaven & Hell – The Devil You Know
09. Scorpions – Humanity: Hour 1
10. Europe – Last Look At Eden


Alissa’s Top 10

Jeff Beck – Jeff01. Jeff Beck – Jeff
02. Lamb of God – Wrath
03. Kiko Loureiro – Fullblast
04. John 5 – The Devil Knows My Name
05. Richie Kotzen – Into the Black
06. Joanne Shaw Taylor – White Sugar
07. Eric Martin – Destroy All Monsters
08. Marty Friedman – Exhibit A: Live in Europe
09. The Dead Weather – Horehound
10. Them Crooked Vultures – Them Crooked Vultures


Christophe’s Top 10

Tool - Lateralus01. Tool – Lateralus
02. Spock´s Beard – Spock´s Beard
03. Dream Theater – Train Of Thought
04. Army Of Anyone – Army Of Anyone
05. Audioslave – Audioslave
06. Chris Cornell – Euphoria Morning
07. Steve Vai – Real illusions: Reflections
08. Machine Head – The Blackening
09. Neal Morse – Testimony
10. Yngwie Malmsteen – Unleash The Fury


Deb’s Top 10

Puddle Of Mudd – Famous01. Puddle Of Mudd – Famous
02. Dokken – Lightning Strikes Again
03. Shinedown – Sound Of Madness
04. Black Label Society – Shot To Hell
05. Megadeth – United Abominations
06. Bullet For My Valentine – Scream, Aim, Fire
07. Shadows Fall – The War Within
08. Overkill – RELIXIV
09. Dokken – Hell To Pay
10. Sixx A.M. – Heroin Diaries Soundtrack


Derric’s Top 10

TNT - My Religion01. TNT – My Religion
02. Ron Keel – The Ultimate Collection
03. Tesla – Into the Now
04. Bloodbound – Nosferatu
05. Butch Walker – Left of Self-Centered
06. Great White – Rising
07. Teenage Casket Company – Dial It Up
08. Pretty Maids – Wake Up to the Real World
09. Dog Fashion Disco – Beating a Dead Horse to Death … Again
10. Dream Theater – Systematic Chaos


Elsie’s Top 10

Velvet Revolver - Contraband01. Velvet Revolver – Contraband
02. Alice In Chains – Black Gives Way to Blue
03. Iron Maiden – Brave New World
04. System of a Down – Toxicity
05. Death Angel – Killing Season
06. Machine Head – The Blackening
07. Slayer – World Painted Blood
08. Avenged Sevenfold – Avenged Sevenfold
09. The Haunted – Made Me Do It
10. Killswitch Engage – Alive or Just Breathing


Joe’s Top 10

Iced Earth - The Glorious Burden Gettysburg01. Iced Earth – The Glorious Burden/Gettysburg
02. Scorpions – Humanity Hour 1
03. Iron Maiden – A Matter Of Life And Death
04. Bonfire – One Acoustic Night
05. Evanescence – Fallen
06. Iron Maiden – Brave New World
07. Amorphis – Skyforger
08. Pretty Maids – Planet Panic
09. 3 – The End Is Begun
10. Halford – Crucible


John’s Top 10

Masterplan – Masterplan01. Masterplan – Masterplan
02. Leverage – Tides
03. Jorn – Out to Every Nation
04. Lynch Mob – Smoke and Mirrors
05. Masterplan – Aeronautics
06. Thunderstone – Evolution 4.0
07. Opeth – Damnation
08. Voodoo Circle – Voodoo Circle
09. The Darkness – Permission to Land
10. Beautiful Sin – The Unexpected


Justin D.’s Top 10

Dark Tranquillity - Damage Done01. Dark Tranquillity – Damage Done
02. Kreator – Hordes of Chaos
03. Amorphis – Skyforger
04. Motörhead – Motörizer
05. Epica – The Phatom Agony
06. Rage – Soundchaser
07. Iron Maiden – A Matter of Life and Death
08. Stam1na – Uudet kymmenen käskyä
09. Skeletonwitch – Beyond the Permafrost
10. Dark Tranquillity – Fiction


Justin G.’s Top 10

Volbeat - Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood01. Volbeat – Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood
02. Voyager – Univers
03. Free Spirit – Pale Sister of Light
04. Ark – Burn the Sun
05. Opeth – Blackwater Park
06. Therion – Sirius B/Lemuria
07. Kamelot – The Black Halo
08. Dark Tranquillity – Damage Done
09. Wolf – The Black Flame
10. Rhapsody – Power of the Dragonflame


Kathy’s Top 10

Alter Bridge - Blackbird01. Alter Bridge – Blackbird
02. Three Days Grace – Incubus
03. Seether – Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces
04. Staind – 14 Shades of Grey
05. Shinedown – The Sound of Madness
06. 3 Doors Down – Away From the Sun
07. Green Day – American Idiot
08. Buckcherry – 15
09. Nickelback – Silver Side Up
10. Aerosmith – Just Push Play


Marija’s Top 10

Velvet Revolver - Libertad01. Velvet Revolver – Libertad
02. Foo Fighters – One by One
03. Slash’s Snakepit – Ain’t Life Grand
04. Yngwie J.Malmsteen – Unleash The Fury
05. Audioslave – Revelations
06. Black Label Society – The Blessed Hellride
07. Black Stone Cherry – Black Stone Cherry
08. Nickleback – All the Right Reasons
09. Dream Theater – Train of Thought
10. Tesla – Into The Now


Mark’s Top 10

Crashdiet – Rest in Sleaze01. Crashdiet – Rest in Sleaze
02. Disciple – Southern Hospitality
03. Wig Wam – Wig Wamania
04. Skillet – Comatose
05. Crazy Lixx – Loud Minority
06. Nickelback – Dark Horse
07. Motley Crue – Saints of Los Angeles
08. Hinder – Take it to the Limit
09. Shinedown – The Sound of Madness
10. Demon Hunter – The Triptych


Matt’s Top 10

Evans Blue - The Pursuit Begins When This Portrayal Of Life Ends01. Evans Blue – The Pursuit Begins When This Portrayal Of Life Ends
02. Deftones – White Pony
03. Cold – Year Of The Spider
04. Marilyn Manson – The Golden Age Of Grotesque
05. Linkin Park – Hybrid Theory
06. From Autumn To Ashes – The Fiction We Live
07. Blue October – Foiled
08. Placebo – Sleeping With Ghosts
09. Volbeat – Guitar Gangsters and Cadillac Blood
10. Blink-182 – Take Off Your Pants And Jacket


Ron & Don’s Top 10

Place Vendome – Place Vendome01. Place Vendome – Place Vendome
02. Avantasia – The Metal Opera
03. Iron Maiden – Brave New World
04. Kamelot – Karma
05. Stratovarius – Elements, Pt. 1
06. Scorpions – Unbreakable
07. Allen/Lande – The Battle
08. Nightwish – Once
09. Dokken – Lightning Strikes Again
10. Pink Cream 69 – In10sity


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2 Comments on Hardrock Haven’s Top 10 Hard Rock & Metal Albums of the 2000s

  1. My Top 10 (okay 13), in no particular order:

    Evanesence – Fallen
    Shinedown – The Sound of Madness
    Buckcherry – 15
    Kid Rock – Rock and Roll Jesus
    Scorpions – Humanity Hour 1
    Journey – Revelation
    Pop Evil – Pop Evil
    Airbourne – Runnin’ Wild
    Chickenfoot – Chickenfoot
    Halestorm – Halestorm
    Daughtry – Daughtry
    Green Day – American Idiot
    Velvet Revolver – Contraband

    And so many honorable mentions….

  2. No Godsmack!

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