The last half of the previous century was ruled by rock music. Right from the hard rock hey days in the 70s, the heavy metal rush of the 80s to the sub-genre explosions in the 90s. By the turn of the millennium, the critics of the genre grew optimistic about its demise.
The giants of the 70s and 80s had grown ‘old’, most iconic bands had split or were six feet under. The grunge/alternative rock explosion of the 90s had dwindled to a flickering flame. Epitaphs were being written and all seemed set for a change in guard atop the throne of the music world.
Unlike fairy tales, rock music did not make a heroic return but was pushed aside by new candy floss genres. RnB, hip hop, electronic music and the teeny bopper acts took over the stage and the TV space. The long haired, leather wearing men were replaced by pretty boys.
In spite of this turmoil, some rock bands kept the flag flying though rock was now further divided into sub-genres. Post-grunge, post-Britpop, nu metal, pop punk, emo, post-hardcore, metalcore were some of them to crop up.
There were a few bands who gained prominence in the 2000s. Here are a few lead vocalist who stood out among the many others in the 2000s.
Chris Daughtry stood fourth in the fifth season of American Idol and was signed on by RCA Records. He formed a band named Daughtry, headlining it as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist. Their self-titled debut album became the fastest selling debut album selling more than one million copies after five weeks of release. Chris attributed his musical influences to Creed, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, Stone Temple Pilots which is evident in his vocals.
Chester Bennington is best known as the lead vocalist for Linkin Park. He was also the lead vocalist for the bands like Dead by Sunrise, Stone Temple Pilots, and Grey Daze. Chester’s vocals expressed the pain and the emotions of the lyrics. From sounding vulnerable for a moment to ear shattering screams, Chester could emote it all.
Slipknot is well known for its aggressive and energetic style of music and chaotic live shows. The band rapidly rose to fame following the release of their debut album in 1999. The vocalist Corey Taylor’s voice could be described as a mixture of growling, belting, and rapping to at times dark or even melodic. This spectrum has ensured that Corey is regarded as one of the best metal vocalist of all time.
Though formed in the mid-90s, Evanescence rose to prominence in the 2000s. The bands co-founder and vocalist Amy Lee was influenced by musicians as vivid as Mozart, Bjork, Tori Amos et el. Amy’s haunting voice lingers on in the listeners mind long after the song is over. Her power packed vocals got her collaborations with Korn, Seether and even a project with Walt Disney Records.
One of the biggest band to emerge in the decade was Coldplay. The British band’s song ‘Yellow’ won them a Grammy nomination and world-wide fame. The vocalist Chris Martin, though often criticised does possess a flair for dabbling between genres. He collaborated with rapper Jay-Z for the rapper’s comeback album ‘Kingdom Come’ and also with DJ Avicii to work on two new tracks for his album, Stories. Coldplay has sold over 100 million records worldwide, making them one of the world’s best-selling artists.
Then there was a Rap Rock band, Limp Bizkit. They brought a DJ on stage and well it’s not rock!