We've finally arrived at the Final Round of March Metal Madness 2014. In our quest to find the greatest metal album of the 21st century released so far, we started with 32 recordings. Now, we're down to just two, and the remaining albums are both powerhouse records that have helped define metal in the 2000s.
In our quest to find the greatest metal album of the 21st century so far, we're finally down to the final four recordings! Both of these records deserve a spot in this latest battle, as each act has achieved monumental success through both mainstream popularity and genuine innovation.
In our quest to find the greatest metal album created so far in the 21st century, we've compiled some of the heaviest-hitting recordings which have been released since the year 2000. In this quarterfinal match and final battle of the Headbanger Region, two acts with massive followings fight for supremacy.
Every hardcore Tool fan (and there are a LOT of them) has wondered what the inside of singer Maynard James Keenan's home looks like. You may imagine Maynard dwelling in some sort of psychedelic kaleidoscope or even one of the worlds created for a Tool music video, and you wouldn't be entirely incorrect. Luckily, if you've got $2.795 million burning a hole in your pocket, you can buy Maynard's home in the Hollywood Hills.
Although these two bands are polar opposites, the one thing they have in common is massive influence from a genuine underground swell. One of these two records could easily be named the greatest metal album of the 21st century, so let's see who advances to the next round of this March Metal Madness 2014 Round 2 battle.
Update: Tool guitarist Adam Jones has publicly claimed that his comment about the band's new record being done was simply a joke:
It's been almost eight full years since Tool gifted fans with '10,000 Days' back in 2006, and ever since, followers of the massively successful band have been praying for a new record. There have been tons of small updates on the progress of Tool's fifth full-length album in the past couple of years, but in a new report, a reliable source has written that Tool may be "100 percent done" with the record.
Experimentation is the theme of this battle. Which of these discs will move on in our March Metal Madness search for the best metal album of the 21st century? When it comes to critical praise and undisputed originality, these two bands are ranked in the elite. Ahead of their time, compositionally complex and deeply imaginative, no acts on Earth sound quite like either of these sonic blueprinters.