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I am probably showing my ignorance here, but right now I cannot think of any  popular young metal bands.

Let me define popularity.  I will consider a band to be popular if since the beginning of 2015 it has released at least one album which has been certified silver or above in at least one country, or which has reached the top three in the album charts in at least one country.

So far I have found: Avenged Sevenfold, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Eluveitie, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Metallica, Nightwish, Ozzy Osbourne, Sabaton, and Scorpions.  This list does not include either AC/DC or Megadeth, although most of us would want to include them in our list of popular bands on other grounds.  AC/DC tee shirts still sell like hot cakes.  The Dave Mustaine V was the most popular guitar in the world just a few years back.

All of those bands are at least ten years old.  In fact, most of them are positively ancient.

Can anyone name me a metal band which is less than ten years old, and which can claim to be popular?

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I guess it depends on what you mean by popular.  If you only want bands that have "certified silver" albums, then I am probably not much help in your search.  However, there are many new bands that are popular in various niche metal subgenres that I could name (if you are interested).

Also, is there any particular reason why you are searching for young metal bands?

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I suppose that this thread is a reflection on my earlier post about record labels.  The most successful bands are signed to labels.  I know however that the music industry is largely fools’ gold.  Just ask all of those talent show winners turned one hit wonders.

On the one hand, I am pleased that a lot of young bands are forging a career without record labels, but I am also aware that those bands are not well known, and may never be sufficiently well known to allow them to make serious money – ie the money they need to move out of their parental homes.

And so I find myself reluctantly wondering if the future does not in fact lie with bands signed to labels.  The trouble is that I cannot think of any young metal bands which are well known.  Young bands I know of are inspired by Metallica and Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple and the like.  Imagine if Metallica and Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple had never been well known in the first place.  Where would we be now?

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