This week's traditional Wednesday Question saw the people of UG community discussing the matter of modern bands that will likely be considered classic acts in the near future.
Plenty of votes and over 850 comments summed up an interesting Top 25 rundown.
Before kicking things off, we'll point out that honorable mentions include The Black Keys, Tame Impala, Weezer, Baroness, Haken, Kendrick Lamar, Protest the Hero, Children of Bodom, Coheed & Cambria, The Strokes, Clutch, ISIS, Gorillaz, Rise Against, and Meshuggah.
Now, the list awaits below.
25. The Mars Volta
Kicking things off we have experimental prog boys known as The Mars Volta. Over 11 years of their existence, the gang amassed a strong and passionate following, and you folks believe that the band will receive a definite place in the pantheon in the near future.
danielchasebe pointed out: "Maybe legendary in the sense that, despite not being everyone's cup of tea, they did huge shit with their sound, their scope, and their ambition in making something undeniably unique."
24. Devin Townsend
Mr. Hevy Devy is up next with his eclectic mixture of constantly evolving and always top-quality music. Active since 1993, the man's sonic compass directed him towards anything from extreme metal to ambient music.
savory_softy noted: "Not just because he's musically brilliant. His geeky demeanor and proclivity for experimentation stands in such stark contrast to the parochial views I've had to wade through on many a collision with staunch metal fans."
23. Between the Buried and Me
Hailed by you folks as "a shining example of new prog metal," Between the Buried and Me have eight studio efforts under their belt and a status of one of the genres strongest modern acts.
22. Killswitch Engage
Nominated by AlexGreat123 as "pretty much the first and best metalcore act," Killswitch Engage have released their seventh studio album this year. As a highly influential band, they are bound to score a place among the all-time greats soon according to UG community.
This one was a bit debatable since the man's been around since '85, but so be it - Mr. Beck at No. 21.
20. Animals as Leaders
Tosin Abasi is hailed as one of the most innovative guitarists the world got to know in a while, and it seems very well deserved for Animals as Leaders to ultimately attain the status of one of the greats. Here's what the UG panel had to say:
Parthan: "Much like Yngwie and Hendrix before Yngwie, Tosin has carved out an almost completely unique niche of heavy guitar that many will try to emulate but be doomed to fail. Let's not forget that Hendrix had his detractors too."
nskihuri: "Yep. They too single-handedly forced prog to evolve."
19. My Chemical Romance
Active between 2001 and 2013, My Chemical Romance have left an impressive legacy behind, something you folks believe will secure the band a place among giants.
I-Am-The-Man explained: "They have an awesome unique sound. They never did the same album twice and always changed their style after each album. Plus they still have a really large following to this day after only 4 albums in a 12 year career and 5 years since they broke up. They are legendary whether you like them or not."
crystalmonday80 added: "Say what you will about them (emo, crap, mainstream, etc.), but they broke up 3 years ago, their last album came out 6 years ago, and they still have one of the biggest followings I've seen for a modern band. And I don't see that dying down anytime soon. Also 'Three Cheers' and 'Black Parade' are considered 'modern classics' by many music fans and critics."
18. Steven Wilson + Porcupine Tree
The thing that makes Steven Wilson stand out from some of the names on this list is that despite being around for more than a few years, many fans agree that his best work is yet to come. The previous two albums were nothing short of stellar, so why not...
In the words of FistOfFury, "'Ascendancy' and 'Shogun' are what will stay legendary in the future."
The gang who "changed the prog scene," the almighty Misha and the good ol' Periphery boys band, are up next. A few words from the esteemed panel:
travislausch: "I like to think of them as being sort of the Rush of modern metal: Very polarizing vocal style that you either love or hate, just like Geddy Lee, but they craft very well-written songs that are very technical and melodic. There may be faster bands, that write more complex songs, or bands that use more melodic sounds, or bands that are far more brutal... but Periphery is pretty much a crossroads of all of those things and more."
Abacus11 summed this one up: "They've been making records and touring for well over 20 years now and they've only gotten better and better over time... breaking away from the nu-metal of their early days and carving out a niche all their own."
14. Jack White
What some of you folks agreed with is that Jack White deserves a spot on this list based on his solo work alone, but if The White Stripes stuff is included in the mix, the man becomes a shoo-in for the rundown.
13. Alter Bridge
Up next - "Creed done correctly" (description by lovely Mr. HardAttack). Around since 2004, Alter Bridge are constantly getting better, delivering everything a top-notch rock act should from year to year.
12. Arctic Monkeys
Switching towards indie rock domain, Arctic Monkeys are up next at No. 12. Active since 2004, five studio albums, potential bonafide classics.
Once again, this one's a bit tricky - Radiohead have been around for quite a while and one could argue that they already are a classic act. But sure, we'll give it a pass - Thom Yorke and the gand on No. 11!
10. Lamb of God
Representing the realm of full-blown metal, Lamb of God get to crack the Top 10 open. Travislausch made some valid points, saying:
"They have a huge legacy behind them, each member is hugely respected in their own right (though I gotta pay special attention to Chris Adler, whose work with Protest the Hero and Megadeth has been MASSIVELY well-received), they're willing to experiment with their sound but still have a lot of stylistic integrity, and they're becoming far more popular than a lot of other metal bands out there. They're dead ringers for the next truly 'classic' metal band, in my books."
Constantly growing and changing, Opeth have a strong catalog under their belt. Far from stale or predictive, the best times only seem to be up ahead for the guys. What UG panel had to say:
ensifer1: "In 50 years I'll be like 'Grandson, let me show you someone who knew howto growl so viciously that he decided he conquered the sound and stopped."
*Stranger*: "My friend explained Mikael like this once: 'Randy Blythe growls like he is summoning a demon from hell. Mikael is the demon spawned."
That new album really has potential, if it proves to be the effort that propelled Gojira to the level of all-time giants, we would be so happy.
Not many bands of this era have fans as fanatical as the Tool fanbase. Not many bands of this era have music as fantastical Tool either...
Like 'em or not, Slipknot have grown to become one of the biggest metal bands of all time in terms of success. Panel words now:
stamgogos94: "I don't believe we will witness any other band with such a diverse sound between every record but also with such an artistic way to approach things."
The third album seems to have pushed Ghost to the next level. The times are exciting, and hopefully the guys will truly explode in years to come.
4. System of a Down
Similar to Slipknot, System of a Down have grown from one of the strongest representatives of the whole nu-metal era into one of the biggest bands in the world.
The bronze medal this week goes to Muse. They are huge, they have music that stood the test of time, and it seems pretty certain that they will soon be labeled as one of the classic acts.
2. Queens of the Stone Age
QOTSA - Songs for the Deaf
At the throne of UG this week, give it up for those Mastodon weirdos! A fitting description from Maiden95: "They already have a great and eclectic discography. Add a couple more records to it and they will have a legendary catalog. I'm hoping they can be remembered like the Megadeths and Slayers of the genre."