The New Wave of American Heavy Metal (NWOAHM) is a movement in that originated in the United States during the early to mid 1990s and has expanded most in the recent 2000s. Some of the bands considered part of the movement had formed as early as the late 1980s, but did not become influential or reach popular standing until the following decade. The term NWOAHM is a later reference to the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement of the very early 1980s.

Although the term is used by the media with increasing frequency, the definition has not been finished completely. This is due in part to the growing addition of bands that assimilate to common styles in NWOAHM (as defined below), yet have not differentiated greatly enough as to garner a new genre moniker.One descriptor by longtime metal author Garry Sharpe-Young helps classify the NWOAHM as a "marriage of European-style riffing and throaty vocals". Several of the bands within the NWOAHM are credited with bringing heavy metal back into the mainstream. A list of notable bands who emerged during the NWOAHM era of music:

  • Agnostic Front
  • All That Remains
  • As I Lay Dying
  • Atreyu
  • Avenged Sevenfold
  • Becoming the Archetype
  • Between the Buried and Me
  • Biohazard
  • Bury Your Dead
  • Byzantine
  • Chimaira
  • Common Dead
  • Damageplan
  • Darkest Hour
  • Demon Hunter
  • DevilDriver
  • Disturbed
  • Down
  • God Forbid
  • Godsmack
  • Hatebreed
  • High on Fire
  • Killswitch Engage
  • Lamb of God
  • Life of Agony
  • Machine Head
  • Mastodon
  • Otep
  • Pantera
  • Poison the Well
  • Prong
  • Shadows Fall
  • Slipknot (band)
  • Superjoint Ritual
  • System of a Down
  • The Agony Scene
  • The Black Dahlia Murder
  • The Devil Wears Prada
  • The Dillinger Escape Plan
  • The Red Chord
  • Throwdown
  • Trivium
  • Unearth
  • War of Ages

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