Best Of 2007

Best Metal Band: Chimaira

From the Flats to the Netherlands, no band flies the flag of Cleveland metal higher than Chimaira. Supporting their fourth album, the six-man metal machine spent the summer co-headlining the Sounds of the Underground Tour across the U.S. Meanwhile, the disc's thrashtastic titular single, "Resurrection," enjoyed steady exposure on MTV's Headbanger's Ball, the hesher showcase of record. The furious track is the perfect soundtrack for a video that features a bloody mixed-martial-arts free-for-all, slinky strippers, and high-stakes poker. Midway through the song, lead guitarist Rob Arnold hammers out one of modern metal's great, devastatingly efficient solos. Metal may get faster and heavier, but trust us: This is all you need. And probably all you can handle.