This is a timeline documenting the events of heavy metal in the year 2019.
Heavy metal is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the United Kingdom. With roots in blues rock, psychedelic rock, and acid rock, the bands that created heavy metal developed a thick, massive sound, characterized by highly amplified distortion, extended guitar solos, emphatic beats, and overall loudness. The genre's lyrics and performance styles are sometimes associated with aggression and machismo.
Agent Steel is an American speed metal band from Los Angeles, California that was formed in 1984 by vocalist John Cyriis with drummer Chuck Profus. The band released two full-length albums, and one EP before disbanding in 1988. They were most notable for Cyriis' high-pitched vocals, catchy songs, melodic riffs, and fast tempos mixed in with their unusual UFOs, and differential anthropological-theme lyrical prose. Agent Steel reformed in 1998 and released three more full-length albums before going on hiatus in 2011. The band announced their second reunion in 2019, with Cyriis back on vocals.
Brand New Sin was a hard rock/Southern rock band from Syracuse, New York. They are well known in the music business and also the sports entertainment field for recording themes for pro wrestlers.
Dismember is a Swedish death metal band formed in 1988. They split up in 2011, but reunited in 2019. Pioneers of Swedish death metal, Dismember is now considered one of the country's "big four", alongside Entombed, Grave and Unleashed.
UFO are an English rock band that was formed in London in 1968. They became a transitional group between early hard rock and heavy metal and the new wave of British heavy metal. The band's current lineup includes vocalist Phil Mogg, lead guitarist Vinnie Moore, bass guitarist Rob De Luca, keyboardist and rhythm guitarist Paul Raymond, and drummer Andy Parker. They have gone through several line-up changes, leaving Mogg as the only constant member, and had two hiatuses. The band are also notable for featuring former Scorpions guitarist and MSG founder Michael Schenker, who was a member of UFO from 1973 to 1978 and again, occasionally, between 1993 and 2003, when Moore replaced him. In May 2018, Mogg announced that he will retire from UFO after one last tour as a member of the band in 2019.
Phillip John Mogg is the lead singer for the English rock band UFO, which he formed with longtime friends Pete Way and Andy Parker.
Kiss is an American rock band formed in New York City in January 1973 by Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Peter Criss, and Ace Frehley. Well known for its members' face paint and stage outfits, the group rose to prominence in the mid-to-late 1970s with their elaborate live performances, which featured fire breathing, blood-spitting, smoking guitars, shooting rockets, levitating drum kits, and pyrotechnics. The band has gone through several lineup changes, with Stanley and Simmons the only remaining original members. The original and best-known lineup consisted of Stanley, Simmons, Frehley, and Criss.
Ice Nine Kills is an American metalcore band from Boston, Massachusetts who are signed to Fearless Records. Best known for its horror-inspired lyrics, Ice Nine Kills formed in its earliest incarnation in 2002 by high school friends Spencer Charnas and Jeremy Schwartz. The group originally pursued a style of ska-punk into their own innovative blend of rock, but have since shifted into a style which has been described as theatricore, metalcore, melodic hardcore, post-hardcore, heavy metal, symphonic metal. Charnas is currently the only remaining founding member.
Edward McKenna, was a Scottish drummer, who played with bands The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Rory Gallagher, The Michael Schenker Group. He toured with Ian Gillan for a short period in 1990, alongside fellow former SAHB member, bassist Chris Glen. He lectured in Applied Arts at North Glasgow College from 1996–2011.
The Michael Schenker Group are a guitar-oriented hard rock band formed in 1979 by former Scorpions and UFO guitarist Michael Schenker. In 1986, Schenker and vocalist Robin McAuley formed the McAuley Schenker Group, which lasted until 1993. After that, in 1996 the Michael Schenker Group was reformed.
|4||Callejon||Hartgeld im Club|
|John Garcia and the Band of Gold||John Garcia and the Band of Gold|
|Legion of the Damned||Slaves of the Shadow Realm|
|Mark Deutrom||The Blue Bird|
|Rosetta||Sower of Wind (EP)|
|11||Born of Osiris||The Simulation|
|18||A Pale Horse Named Death||When the World Becomes Undone|
|Arch Enemy||Covered in Blood (compilation album)|
|Cane Hill||Kill the Sun (EP)|
|Dawn of Ashes||The Crypt Injection II (Non Serviam)|
|Flotsam and Jetsam||The End of Chaos|
|Lemuria||The Hysterical Hunt|
|Malevolent Creation||The 13th Beast|
|Papa Roach||Who Do You Trust?|
|Raven||Screaming Murder Death from Above: Live in Aalborg (live album)|
|Rifftera||Across the Acheron|
|25||Ancient Bards||Origine (The Black Crystal Sword Saga Part 2)|
|Bring Me the Horizon||Amo|
|Carnal Forge||Gun to Mouth Salvation|
|Hecate Enthroned||Embrace of the Godless Aeon|
|Incite||Built to Destroy|
|Jetboy||Born to Fly|
|Kane Roberts||The New Normal|
|King 810||Suicide King|
|King Diamond||Songs for the Dead Live (live album)|
|Quiet Riot||One Night in Milan (live album)|
|Swallow the Sun||When a Shadow Is Forced into the Light|
|26||Panopticon||The Crescendo of Dusk (EP)|
|Metallica||Helping Hands... Live & Acoustic at the Masonic (live album)|
|8||Beast In Black||From Hell with Love|
|Downfall of Gaia||Ethic of Radical Finitude|
|Herman Frank||Fight the Fear|
|Zao||Decoding the Möbius Strip (EP)|
|Born from Pain||True Love|
|Rotting Christ||The Heretics|
|Candlemass||The Door to Doom|
|Dream Theater||Distance over Time|
|Imperia||Flames of Eternity|
|Last in Line||II|
|The Moth Gatherer||Esoteric Oppression|
|Overkill||The Wings of War|
|Rhapsody of Fire||The Eighth Mountain|
|Rock Goddess||This Time|
|Tora Tora||Bastards of Beale|
|In Flames||I, the Mask|
|Mike Tramp||Stray from the Flock|
|While She Sleeps||So What?|
|8||Children of Bodom||Hexed|
|Doro||Backstage to Heaven (EP)|
|Iron Fire||Beyond the Void|
|Iron Savior||Kill or Get Killed|
|Misery Index||Rituals of Power|
|The Raven Age||Conspiracy|
|15||Any Given Day||Overpower|
|22||Battle Beast||No More Hollywood Endings|
|Bloodbound||Rise of the Dragon|
|Burning Rain||Face the Music|
|Cellar Darling||The Spell|
|Megadeth||Warheads on Foreheads (compilation album)|
|29||Anthem||Nucleus (compilation album)|
|Forever Still||Breathe in Colours|
|Nightrage||Wolf to Man|
|Periphery||Periphery IV: Hail Stan|
|12||Andy Black||The Ghost of Ohio|
|Grand Magus||Wolf God|
|Jordan Rudess||Wired for Madness|
|Per Wiberg||Head Without Eye|
|26||The Damned Things||High Crimes|
|Steel Prophet||The God Machine|
|Origin||Abiogenesis – A Coming into Existence (compilation album)|
|10||Whitesnake||Flesh & Blood|
|19||Warrior Soul||Rock 'n' Roll Disease|
|31||Gaahls Wyrd||GastiR – Ghosts Invited|
Abbath is a black metal band formed in 2015 by former Immortal guitarist and vocalist Abbath Doom Occulta after departing from Immortal earlier in 2015. The band released their first album, Abbath, on January 22, 2016, and played live for the first time at Tuska Open Air 2015.
Accept are a German heavy metal band from the town of Solingen, originally assembled by guitarist Wolf Hoffmann and former members Udo Dirkschneider (vocals) and Peter Baltes (bass). Their beginnings can be traced back to the late 1960s. The band played an important role in the development of speed and thrash metal, being part of the German heavy metal scene, which emerged in the early to mid-1980s. Accept achieved commercial success with their fifth studio album Balls to the Wall (1983), which is the band's only album to be certified gold in the United States and Canada, and spawned their well-known hit "Balls to the Wall".
Acid Reign are an English thrash metal band, originally active from 1985 to 1991. The band rebooted in 2015 with just H remaining from the original line up.
Overkill is an American thrash metal band, formed in 1980 in New Jersey. They have gone through many line-up changes, leaving bassist D. D. Verni and lead vocalist Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth as the only constant members. In addition to Verni and Ellsworth, Overkill's current lineup includes Dave Linsk on lead guitar, Derek Tailer on rhythm guitar and Jason Bittner on drums. Along with Nuclear Assault and Anthrax, whose one-time lead guitarist Dan Spitz was also an early member of Overkill, the band is one of the most successful East Coast thrash metal bands, and they are often called "the Motörhead of thrash metal". The band has a notable mascot named "Chaly", a skeletal bat with a skull-like face, horns, bony wings and green eyes, who has appeared on most of their album covers.
Kreator is a German thrash metal band from Essen, formed in 1982. Their current lineup has been the same since 2001: lead vocalist and guitarist Mille Petrozza, bassist Christian Giesler, drummer Jürgen "Ventor" Reil, and guitarist Sami Yli-Sirniö. The band's lineup has changed multiple times over its 37-year career, leaving Petrozza as only constant member. Reil is the other original member left in Kreator though he had a hiatus from the band, which lasted from 1994 to 1996.
U.D.O. is a German heavy metal band founded by lead vocalist Udo Dirkschneider in 1987.
Scar Symmetry is a Swedish metal band from Avesta in Dalarna County, Sweden, formed in 2004. The band has released six albums, with seven released singles. They are currently signed to Nuclear Blast records.
Flaw is an American nu metal band from Louisville, Kentucky. The band was formed by guitarist Jason Daunt in 1996. After a string of rough independent recordings in the 1990s, the band signed to Republic and Universal Records and released two major label albums, Through the Eyes in 2001 and Endangered Species in 2004. Breakups, line-up changes, and internal strife plagued the band for the rest of the decade, though from 2015 to 2017, the band reformed with three of their core members to tour and write music. The band released their fourth studio album, Divided We Fall, on August 19, 2016. The band's lineup frequently shifts; lead vocalist Chris Volz is the only constant member.
The Sword is an American heavy metal band from Austin, Texas. Formed in 2003, the band is currently composed of vocalist and guitarist John D. Cronise, guitarist Kyle Shutt, bassist Bryan Richie and drummer Santiago "Jimmy" Vela III. Originally signed to Kemado Records, the group released its debut album Age of Winters in 2006, the material for which had been largely written by Cronise prior to the band's formation. Gods of the Earth was released two years later, giving the group its first entry on the US Billboard 200 chart when it reached number 102.
Five Finger Death Punch also abbreviated as 5FDP or FFDP, is an American heavy metal band from Las Vegas, Nevada. Formed in 2005, the band's name comes from kung fu cinema. The band originally consisted of vocalist Ivan Moody, guitarist Zoltan Bathory, guitarist Caleb Andrew Bingham, bassist Matt Snell, and drummer Jeremy Spencer. Bingham was replaced by guitarist Darrell Roberts in 2006, who was then replaced by Jason Hook in 2009. Bassist Matt Snell departed from the band in 2010, and was replaced by Chris Kael in 2011. Spencer then departed the band in 2018 due to re-occurring back issues, and was replaced by Charlie Engen, making Bathory and Moody the only original members of the band.
Job for a Cowboy is an American death metal band from Glendale, Arizona. Formed in 2003, the band's debut album Genesis was released in 2007, peaking at No. 54 on the US Billboard 200 and selling 13,000 copies in its first week of release. The second album, 2009's Ruination, sold 10,600 copies in the United States in its first week to debut at position No. 42 on the Billboard 200 chart. The band comprises vocalist Jonny Davy, guitarists Tony Sannicandro and Al Glassman, bassist Nick Schendzielos, and drummer Chad Cortez. Davy is the only remaining founding member.
Whitechapel is an American metal band from Knoxville, Tennessee. The band is named after the Whitechapel district in East London, England, referencing the series of murders committed by Jack the Ripper. The group comprises vocalist Phil Bozeman, guitarists Ben Savage, Alex Wade, and Zach Householder, and bassist Gabe Crisp. Founded in 2006 by Bozeman and Savage, the band has released six studio albums, eleven music videos and are currently signed to Metal Blade Records. Whitechapel's 2010 album A New Era of Corruption, sold around 10,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release and debuted at position No. 43 on the Billboard 200 chart. The band's self-titled fourth album was released on June 19, 2012 and debuted at No. 47 on the Billboard 200, selling roughly 9,200 copies in its first week. In 2014 the band released their fifth full-length album, Our Endless War to generally positive reviews. The album sold roughly 16,000 copies in its first week and debuted at no. 10 on the Billboard 200. They released their sixth full-length album Mark of the Blade in 2016 to greater critical acclaim, selling roughly 8,000 copies in the first week of its release.
Ghost is a Swedish rock band that was formed in Linköping, Sweden in 2006. In 2010, they released a 3-track demo followed by a 7" vinyl titled "Elizabeth", and later their debut full-length album Opus Eponymous. The Grammis-nominated album was widely praised and significantly increased their popularity. Their second album and major label debut Infestissumam was released in 2013, debuted at number one in Sweden, and won the Grammis Award for Best Hard Rock/Metal Album. The band released their third studio album, Meliora, in 2015, to much critical acclaim and high record sales, reaching number one in their home country of Sweden, and number eight in the United States. Its lead single, "Cirice", earned them the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance. The band released their fourth studio album, Prequelle, in 2018.
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Allegaeon is an American extreme metal band from Larimer County, Colorado, formed in 2008. They have released one EP and four studio albums.
Alex Bent is an American musician best known as the current drummer for heavy metal bands Trivium, Brain Drill, Arkaik and Dragonlord. Bent is a former drummer for Battlecross.
This is a timeline documenting the events of heavy metal in the year 2017.
This is a timeline documenting the events of heavy metal in the year 2018.
Jinjer ( "ginger") is a Ukrainian metalcore band formed in 2009. Their playing style incorporates elements of death metal, progressive rock and nu metal. While explaining their influences, the band has noted other metal acts like Opeth, Karnivool and Textures, in addition to groups across the spectrum of R&B, soul and hip-hop such as Cypress Hill. Since their inception, the band has released three full-length albums and three extended plays.
Bad Wolves is an American heavy metal supergroup formed in 2017. They are best known for their 2018 cover of The Cranberries' 1994 hit "Zombie".
The Wings of War is the 19th studio album by American thrash metal band Overkill, released on February 22, 2019. It is the band's first album to feature drummer Jason Bittner, making it the band's first one without Ron Lipnicki since ReliXIV (2005), as he left Overkill shortly after the release of its predecessor The Grinding Wheel (2017).
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