Growing up as a drummer I played in several metal bands that went nowhere lol. But it was fun nonetheless. Of course, there were many bands from New Jersey me and my bandmates looked up to. We have such a great music scene here in the Garden State and Heavy Metal is a genre which has a rich history and doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon! We’re going to take a look at 5 great Hard Rock and heavy Metal bands from New Jersey you should know!

Heavy metal music in New Jersey has a rich and vibrant history that has left a big mark on both the state’s musical culture and the global metal scene. Known for its gritty urban landscapes and industrial backdrop, New Jersey’s heavy metal sound reflects the toughness and resilience of its people.

The state has birthed and nurtured several iconic metal bands, such as Overkill, Symphony X, and more. These bands have not only achieved global recognition but have also played a significant role in shaping the evolution of heavy metal.

Venues like the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville and The Stone Pony in Asbury Park have become hallowed grounds for metalheads, hosting countless unforgettable concerts and events. The New Jersey metal scene has always been diverse, with subgenres like thrash, progressive, and hardcore finding dedicated followings. We love to get loud and heavy…..it’s in our blood here in Jersey.

Moreover, the state’s heavy metal community is renowned for its loyalty and camaraderie. Fans come together to celebrate their passion for heavy music, forging lifelong friendships and supporting local talent.

Heavy metal in New Jersey is more than just a genre; it’s a culture deeply rooted in the state’s history and identity. With its influential bands, iconic venues, and dedicated fan base, New Jersey continues to be a vital hub in the global heavy metal landscape.

Let’s take a look at 5 hard rock and metal bands from New Jersey you should know.

  • OVERKILL

    There’s been a number of lineup changes, but one thing remains consistent with their music. It’s always thrashy, heavy and fun to listen to!

  • GOD FORBID

    This is pure Metal Core.  Heavy, with sick crunchy guitar riffs.  Cool stuff!  Those screams are raw emotion!!!

     

     

  • SYMPHONY X

    Progressive Metal at it’s finest.  I have no idea how you remember what part to play lol.  But it’s pretty damn good stuff!

  • 40 BELOW SUMMER

    Lumped into the Nu-Metal batch of bands, these guys do it all.  They mix/blend various genres together to give you something pretty unique.

  • ILL NINO

    Call it Latin Metal, Alt-Metal….call it whatever you want.  This is heavy and rockin’ and just downright cool!

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