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This is a timeline of heavy metal or hard rock, from its beginnings in the late 1960s to the present time.

1966 - 1967 - 1968 - 1969 - 1970 - 1971 - 1972 - 1973 - 1974 - 1975 - 1976 - 1977 - 1978 - 1979 - 1980 - 1981 - 1982 - 1983 - 1984 - 1985 - 1986 - 1987 - 1988 - 1989 - 1990 - 1991 - 1992 - 1993 - 1994 - 1995 - 1996 - 1997 - 1998 - 1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 - 2006

1966

Newly formed bands

  • The Jimi Hendrix Experience
    Cream

Albums

  • The Yardbirds - Roger the Engineer

Disbandments

Events

1967

Newly formed bands

  • Iron Butterfly

Albums

The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Are You Experienced?

Disbandments

Events

1968

Newly formed bands

  • Alice Cooper
    Budgie
    Deep Purple
    Led Zeppelin (Evolved from The Yardbirds)
    Rush
    UFO
    Black Sabbath

Albums

  • Blue Cheer - Vincebus Eruptum
    Jeff Beck Group - Truth
    The Beatles - The White Album
    Iron Butterfly - In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida

Disbandments

  • Cream

Events

1969

Newly formed bands

  • Judas Priest

Albums

  • Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin
    Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin II
    The Who - Tommy

Disbandments

Events

  • The hard rock group The Who releases the concept album Tommy, about a deaf, dumb and blind boy who wins a mass following after becoming a pinball guru. The album's consistent themes, plot, story and interlinking songs set the template for many other hard-rock artists to attempt such concept albums.

1970

Newly formed bands

  • Aerosmith

Albums

  • Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
    Black Sabbath - Paranoid
    Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin III

Disbandments

Events

1971

Newly formed bands

  • Queen

Albums

  • Black Sabbath - Master of Reality
    The Who - Who's Next
    Led Zeppelin - Untitled fourth album
    Alice Cooper - Love It to Death

Disbandments

Events

1972

Newly formed bands

  • KISS

Albums

  • Black Sabbath - Vol. 4
    Deep Purple - Machine Head

Disbandments

Events

1973

Newly formed bands

  • AC/DC

Albums

  • Aerosmith - Aerosmith
    Black Sabbath - Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
    Led Zeppelin - Houses of the Holy
    Queen - Queen

Disbandments

Events

1974

Newly formed bands

  • Twisted Sister
    Van Halen
    Y&T

Albums

  • Aerosmith - Get Your Wings
    Judas Priest - Rocka Rolla
    KISS - Hotter Than Hell
    Queen - Queen II
    Queen - Sheer Heart Attack
    Rush - Rush

Disbandments

Events

  • The drummer John Rutsey of Rush quits and Neil Peart joins as a permanent member.

1975

Newly formed bands

  • Iron Maiden (by Steve Harris)
    Motörhead
    Quiet Riot
    Rainbow

Albums

  • Aerosmith - Toys In The Attic
    Black Sabbath - Sabotage
    Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti
    Queen - A Night at the Opera
    Rush - Caress of Steel
    Rush - Fly by Night
    KISS - Dressed to Kill
    KISS - Alive!
    Rainbow - Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow

Disbandments

Events

  • Motörhead's original drummer, Lucas Fox, leaves the band. He is replaced by Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor.

1976

Newly formed bands

  • Running Wild

Albums

  • Aerosmith - Rocks
    Black Sabbath - Technical Ecstasy
    Black Sabbath - We Sold Our Soul for Rock 'n' Roll
    Judas Priest - Sad Wings of Destiny
    Led Zeppelin - Presence
    Led Zeppelin - The Song Remains the Same
    Queen - A Day at the Races
    Rush - 2112
    Rainbow - Rising

Disbandments

Events

  • Guitarist "Fast" Eddie Clarke joins Motörhead and Larry Wallis leaves after a month.

1977

Newly formed bands

  • Def Leppard

Albums

  • Aerosmith - Draw The Line
    Motörhead - Motörhead
    Ted Nugent - Cat Scratch Fever
    Rush - A Farewell to Kings
    Rainbow - On Stage

Disbandments

Events

1978

Newly formed bands

  • Dokken
    Europe

Albums

  • Judas Priest - Stained Class
    Rush - Hemispheres (EP)
    Van Halen - Van Halen
    Rainbow - Long Live Rock 'N' Roll

Disbandments

Events

  • Def Leppard's drummer Rick Allen joins at 15 as a permanent member.

1979

Newly formed bands

  • Venom

Albums

  • AC/DC - Highway to Hell
    Aerosmith - Night In The Ruts
    Judas Priest - Hell Bent for Leather
    Judas Priest - Unleashed in the East (live album)
    Led Zeppelin - In Through the Out Door
    Motörhead - On Parole (unofficial release from sessions recorded in 1975)
    Motörhead - Overkill
    Motörhead - Bomber
    Van Halen - Van Halen II
    Kiss - Dinasty

Disbandments

Events

  • Ozzy Osbourne is kicked out of Black Sabbath due to heavy involvement and problems with drugs and alcohol

1980

Newly formed bands

  • Manowar
    Mercyful Fate
    Overkill

Albums

  • AC/DC - Back in Black
    Angel Witch - Angel Witch
    Black Sabbath - Heaven and Hell
    Diamond Head - Lightning to the Nations
    Judas Priest - British Steel
    Motörhead - Ace of Spades
    Van Halen - Women and Children First
    Iron Maiden - Iron Maiden
    Ozzy Osbourne - Blizzard of Ozz

Disbandments

  • Led Zeppelin

Events

  • Bon Scott, lead singer of AC/DC, dies at 33 on February 19 after a binge of heavy drinking.
    John Bonham, drummer for Led Zeppelin, dies at 32 on September 25, after a binge of heavy drinking. His death was similar to Bon Scott's, and caused Led Zeppelin to disband.
    April 1: Brian Johnson joins AC/DC replacing Bon Scott as lead singer.

1981

Newly formed bands

  • Anthrax
    Dark Angel
    Metallica
    Slayer
    Mötley Crüe
    Ratt

Albums

  • Black Sabbath - Mob Rules
    Iron Maiden - Killers
    KISS - Music from The Elder
    Mercyful Fate - Nuns Have No Fun
    Mötley Crüe - Too Fast For Love
    Motörhead - No Sleep 'til Hammersmith (live)
    Rush - Moving Pictures
    Van Halen - Fair Warning
    Venom - Welcome To Hell
    Ozzy Osbourne - Diary Of A Madman

Disbandments

Events

  • Iron Maiden lead guitarist Dennis Stratton leaves and is replaced by Adrian Smith
  • Eric Carr joins KISS on drums and makes his songwriting debut with "Under the Rose".

1982

Newly formed bands

  • Death Angel
    Napalm Death
    Pantera
    Possessed
    W.A.S.P.
    Dio

Albums

  • Black Sabbath - Live Evil
    Iron Maiden - The Number of the Beast
    Judas Priest - Screaming For Vengeance
    Led Zeppelin - Coda (album) (contained unreleased recordings before Bonham's death)
    Manowar - Battle Hymns
    Motörhead - Iron Fist
    Quiet Riot - Metal Health
    Rush - Signals
    Twisted Sister - Under the Blade
    Van Halen - Diver Down
    Y&T - Black Tiger

Disbandments

Events

  • Iron Maiden's lead singer Paul Di'Anno leaves band due to heavy drinking, and is replaced by Bruce Dickinson. Iron Maiden's first album with Bruce Dickinson, The Number of the Beast, becomes the first heavy metal album to reach No.1 in the U.K. music charts.
    Motörhead's guitarist "Fast" Eddie Clarke leaves the band and is replaced by ex-Thin Lizzy guitarist Brian Robertson.
    Quiet Riot's Metal Health becomes the first heavy metal album to reach No.1 in the Billboard United States music charts and is followed by albums by Twisted Sister, and Mötley Crüe
    Judas Priest's single You've Got Another Thing Comin' becomes the first heavy metal single to break into the Billboard U.S. Top 20 Singles.
    Ozzy Osbourne's guitarist Randy Rhoads dies in an aeroplane accident on the 19th of March

1983

Newly formed bands

  • Bathory
    The Cult
    Death
    Helloween
    Mayhem
    Megadeth
    Metal Church
    Testament
    Fates Warning

Albums

  • AC/DC - Flick of the Switch
    Black Sabbath - Born Again
    Def Leppard - Pyromania
    Dio - Holy Diver
    Iron Maiden - Piece of Mind
    Manowar - Into Glory Ride
    Metallica - Kill 'Em All
    Mercyful Fate - Melissa
    Mötley Crüe - Shout At The Devil
    Motörhead - Another Perfect Day
    Slayer - Show No Mercy
    Ozzy Osbourne - Bark At The Moon

Disbandments

Events

  • At the end of the year, drummer Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor and guitarist Brian Robertson leave Motörhead. The band is reborn with a new, four-piece line-up (Kilmister/Campbell/Burston/Gill).
    Dave Mustaine, lead guitar player for Metallica, is fired for drug/alcohol abuse, and is replaced by Exodus guitarist Kirk Hammett
    Mötley Crüe - Shout At The Devil Becomes a huge hit marking one of the turning points into comercialization of Heavy Metal. Often called "The Breakthrough Metal album"

1984

Newly formed bands

  • Annihilator
    Forced Entry
    Iced Earth
    Sadus
    Sepultura
    Soundgarden

Albums

  • The Cult - Dreamtime
    Dokken - Tooth And Nail
    Iron Maiden - Powerslave
    Judas Priest - Defenders of the Faith
    KISS - Animalize
    Yngwie J. Malmsteen - Rising Force
    Manowar - Hail to England
    Metallica - Ride The Lightning
    Mercyful Fate - Don't Break The Oath
    Motörhead - No Remorse
    Quiet Riot - Condition Critical
    Spinal Tap - This Is Spinal Tap
    Twisted Sister - Stay Hungry
    Van Halen - 1984
    Steve Vai - Flex-Able
    W.A.S.P. - W.A.S.P.
    Bathory - Bathory
    Voivod - War and Pain
    Ratt - Out of the Cellar

Disbandments

Events

  • Def Leppard's drummer Rick Allen loses his arm in a car accident on December 31st.

1985

Newly formed bands

  • Blind Guardian
    Carcass
    Dream Theater
    Guns N' Roses
    Macabre

Albums

  • Aerosmith - Done With Mirrors
    Anthrax - Spreading the Disease
    The Cult - Love
    Dokken - Under Lock And Key
    Iron Maiden - Live After Death
    Yngwie J. Malmsteen - Marching Out
    Megadeth - Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good!
    Metal Church - Metal Church
    Overkill - Feel The Fire
    Possessed - Seven Churches
    Slayer - Hell Awaits
    Y&T - Down for the Count
    Voivod - Rrröööaaarrr
    Ratt - Invasion of your Privacy
    Exodus- Bonded By Blood

Disbandments

  • Mercyful Fate

Events

  • Van Halen's former singer David Lee Roth left the band for solo career and Sammy Hagar took place for him.

1986

Newly formed bands

  • Bolt Thrower
    Grave
    Immolation
    Pestilence
    Terrorizer
    Primus

Albums

  • Europe - The Final Countdown
    Fates Warning - Awaken the Guardian
    Iron Maiden - Somewhere in Time
    Judas Priest - Turbo
    Yngwie J. Malmsteen - Trilogy
    Megadeth - Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?
    Metallica - Master of Puppets
    Motörhead - Orgasmatron
    Ozzy Osbourne - The Ultimate Sin
    Slayer - Reign in Blood
    Van Halen - 5150

Disbandments

Events

  • Metallica's bassist Cliff Burton dies at 24 on September 27th in a bus accident in Sweden. Jason Newsted from Phoenix band Flotsam and Jetsam is hired after auditions are held.

1987

Newly formed bands

  • Alice in Chains
    Asphyx
    Autopsy
    Burzum
    Cynic
    Danzig
    Entombed
    Primordial

Albums

  • Aerosmith - Permanent Vacation
    Alice Cooper - Constrictor
    Anthrax - Among the Living
    Anthrax - I'm the Man (EP)
    Black Sabbath - The Eternal Idol
    The Cult - Electric
    Death - Scream Bloody Gore
    Def Leppard - Hysteria
    Dokken - Back For The Attack
    Guns N' Roses - Appetite for Destruction
    Judas Priest - Priest.... Live
    Metal Church - The Dark
    Motörhead - Rock 'n' Roll
    Napalm Death - Scum
    Overkill - Taking Over
    Joe Satriani - Surfing With the Alien
    Soundgarden - Screaming Life (EP)
    Testament - The Legacy
    White Lion - Pride
    Y&T - Contagious
    Mötley Crüe - Girls, Girls, Girls

Disbandments

  • Twisted Sister

Events

  • Iron Maiden headlines the Monsters of Rock festival at Donnington, England on a bill which includes KISS, Guns N' Roses, Dokken, Whitesnake and Helloween.
    Motörhead's drummer Pete Gill leaves the band and Phil Taylor returns.
    Mötley Crüe - Girls, Girls, Girls Debuts at #2 in the Billboard charts becoming the biggest album debut since Led Zeppelin's The Song Remains The Same

1988

Newly formed bands

  • Cadaver
    Carnage
    Dismember
    Skid Row
    Nine Inch Nails

Albums

  • AC/DC - Blow Up Your Video
    Alice Cooper - Raise Your Fist And Yell
    Anthrax - State of Euphoria
    Blind Guardian - Battalions of Fear
    Jason Becker - Perpetual Burn
    Bolt Thrower - In Battle There Is No Law
    Danzig - Danzig
    Death - Leprosy
    Dokken - Beast from the East
    Exodus - Fabulous Disaster
    Iron Maiden - Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
    Judas Priest - Ram It Down
    Yngwie J. Malmsteen - Odyssey
    Megadeth - So Far, So Good... So What!
    Metallica - ...And Justice for All
    Motörhead - No Sleep at All (live)
    Overkill - Under the Influence
    Soundgarden - Fopp (EP)
    Soundgarden - Ultramega OK
    Testament - The New Order
    Van Halen - OU812

Disbandments

Events

  • The Monsters of Rock tour plays across the U.S. featuring Metallica, Van Halen, The Scorpions, Dokken, and Kingdom Come.

1989

Newly formed bands

  • Cannibal Corpse
    Comecon
    Dark Tranquillity
    Unanimated
    Slaughter

Albums

  • Aerosmith - Pump
    Alice Cooper - Trash
    Black Sabbath - Headless Cross
    Blind Guardian - Follow the Blind
    Bolt Thrower - Realm Of Chaos - Slaves To Darkness
    Cannibal Corpse - Cannibal Corpse (5-song demo cassette)
    The Cult - Sonic Temple
    Faith No More - The Real Thing
    Forced Entry - Uncertain Future
    Great White - ...Twice Shy
    Richie Kotzen - Richie Kotzen
    Macabre - Gloom
    Yngwie J. Malmsteen - Trial By Fire: Live in Leningrad
    Metal Church - Blessing in Disguise
    Mr. Big - Mr. Big
    Mötley Crüe - Dr. Feelgood
    Nine Inch Nails - Pretty Hate Machine
    Overkill - The Years of Decay
    Ozzy Osbourne - No Rest for the Wicked
    Primus - Suck on This (live)
    Rush - A Show of Hands
    Rush - Presto
    Joe Satriani - Flying in a Blue Dream
    Sepultura - Beneath the Remains
    Skid Row - Skid Row
    Soundgarden - Flower (EP)
    Soundgarden - Louder Than Love
    Testament - Practice What You Preach
    W.A.S.P. - The Headless Children
    White Lion - Big Game

Disbandments

  • Dokken

Events

  • Primus records their live album Suck on This at Berkeley Square in Berkeley, California on February 25 and March 5th.
    Cinderella,Ozzy Osbourne, The Scorpions, Mötley Crüe, Bon Jovi, and Skid Row take part in the Moscow Music Peace Festival on August 12 & August 13, 1989.

1990

Newly formed bands

  • At the Gates
    Deftones
    Fear Factory
    Infectious Grooves
    Krisiun
    Kyuss
    Lamb of God
    Opeth
    Pearl Jam
    Tool

Albums

  • AC/DC - The Razor's Edge
    Alice in Chains - Facelift
    Annihilator - Never, Neverland
    Anthrax - Persistence of Time
    Black Sabbath - Tyr (album)
    Blind Guardian - Tales from the Twilight World
    Cannibal Corpse - Eaten Back to Life
    Death Angel - Act III
    Extreme - Pornograffiti
    Iron Maiden - No Prayer for the Dying
    Judas Priest - Painkiller
    Richie Kotzen - Fever Dream
    Yngwie J. Malmsteen - Eclipse
    Megadeth - Rust In Peace
    Monster Magnet - Monster Magnet
    Pantera - Cowboys From Hell
    Primus - Frizzle Fry
    Sadus - Swallowed in Black
    Slayer - Seasons in the Abyss
    Slaughter - Stick It To Ya
    Soundgarden - Screaming Life/Fopp
    Steve Vai - Passion and Warfare
    Testament - Souls of Black

Disbandments

  • Quiet Riot

Events

  • Judas Priest was involved in a multimillion dollar lawsuit involving two Nevada teenager suicided allegedly caused by the song "Better by you Better by me". The band won the case.
    Faith No More's The Real Thing, carried by the single Epic, cracks the Billboard Top 10.

1991

Newly formed bands

  • Cradle of Filth
    Rage Against the Machine

Albums

  • Anthrax - Attack of the Killer B's
    Bolt Thrower - War Master
    Cannibal Corpse - Butchered at Birth
    Dream Theater - Images and Words
    Death - Human
    The Cult - Ceremony
    Forced Entry - As Above, So Below
    Guns N' Roses - Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II
    Great White - Hooked
    Infectious Grooves - The Plague That Makes Your Booty Move...It's the Infectious Grooves
    Richie Kotzen - Electric Joy
    Kyuss - Wretch
    Yngwie J. Malmsteen - The Yngwie Malmsteen Collection
    Metal Church - The Human Factor
    Metallica - Metallica
    Monster Magnet - Spine of God
    Motörhead - 1916
    Mr. Big - Lean Into It
    Nirvana - Nevermind
    Ozzy Osbourne - No More Tears
    Pearl Jam - Ten
    Primus - Sailing the Seas of Cheese
    Rush - Roll the Bones
    Sepultura - Arise
    Skid Row - Slave to the Grind
    Soundgarden - Badmotorfinger
    Van Halen - For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge

Disbandments

  • Death Angel

Events

  • Skid Row's second album Slave to the Grind becomes the first and only 90s classic heavy metal album to debut at No.1 in the Billboard music charts in the 90s.
    Metallica's self-titled Black Album becomes the first thrash metal album to hit No.1 in the Billboard music charts.
    Queen singer Freddie Mercury dies of AIDS induced bronchial pneumonia.
    Guns N' Roses Use Your Illusion II Becomes 2nd Metal Album to debut #1 The first of the Hair Metal Type.
    Skid Row, Guns N' Roses, and Metallica's albums all debut #1, at that time they were all in tour together.
    KISS Drummer - Eric Carr dies at 41. On November 24, 1991, Eric Carr passed away at the age of 41. As a tribute, the group's 1992 release Revenge featured what is said to be the only drum solo Carr ever recorded with the band, which was titled "Carr Jam 1981".
    The success of Nirvana's Nevermind ushers in the era of Grunge.

1992

Newly formed bands

  • Mourning Beloveth
    Esoteric

Albums

  • Alice in Chains - Dirt
    Alice in Chains - Sap (EP)
    Black Sabbath - Dehumanizer
    Blind Guardian - Somewhere Far Beyond
    Bolt Thrower - The IVth Crusade
    Cannibal Corpse - Tomb of The Mutilated
    Def Leppard - Adrenalize
    Dream Theater - Images and Words
    Faith No More - Angel Dust
    Fear Factory - Soul of a New Machine
    Iron Maiden - Fear of the Dark
    Kyuss - Blues for the Red Sun
    Yngwie J. Malmsteen - Fire and Ice
    Megadeth - Countdown to Extinction
    Monster Magnet - 25............Tab (EP)
    Motörhead - March or Die
    Nine Inch Nails - Broken (EP)
    Pantera - Vulgar Display of Power
    Primus - Miscellaneous Debris (EP)
    Queen - Innuendo
    Rage Against the Machine - Rage Against the Machine
    Sadus - A Vision of Misery
    Spinal Tap - Break Like the Wind
    Suicidal Tendencies - Art of Rebellion

Disbandments

  • Forced Entry

Events

  • KNAC airs on radio airplay in Los Angeles, California for the first time.
    Motörhead's drummer Phil Taylor finally leaves after recording "Ain't No Nice Guy" for the March or Die album. The drummer on that album is Tommy Aldridge, who was replaced by Mikkey Dee after recording the album.
    In March, The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert is held. Top heavy metal acts such as Guns N' Roses, Def Leppard, Metallica, Extreme and the heavy metal parody band Spinal Tap perform, as well as heavy metal/hard rock legends such as Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin), Roger Daltrey (The Who), and Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath).
    Izzy Stradlin leaves Guns N' Roses

1993

Newly formed bands

  • Children of Bodom
    Dark Funeral
    KoЯn
    Mournful Congregation

Albums

  • Aerosmith - Get A Grip
    Annihilator - Set the World on Fire
    Anthrax - Sound of White and Noise
    Cannibal Corpse - Hammer Smashed Face (EP)
    Def Leppard - Retro Active
    Infectious Grooves - Sarsippius' Ark
    Macabre - Sinister Slaughter
    Monster Magnet - Superjudge
    Motörhead - Bastards
    Mr. Big - Bump Ahead
    Primus - Pork Soda
    Rush - Counterparts
    Sepultura - Chaos A.D.
    Tool - Undertow
    Steve Vai - Sex and Religion
    Van Halen - Live: Right Here, Right Now

Disbandments

Events

  • Dokken reforms and tours without a new album.
    Rob Halford of Judas Priest leave the band to start his own project Fight (band)

1994

Newly formed bands

  • Abscess
    Amen
    Down
    Destroyer 666
    Heavenly
    Rammstein (in January)
    Slash's Snakepit

Albums

  • Alice in Chains - Jar of Flies
    Black Sabbath - Cross Purposes
    Bolt Thrower - ...For Victory
    Cannibal Corpse - The Bleeding
    The Cult - The Cult
    Deftones - Adrenaline
    Dream Theater - Awake
    Infectious Grooves - Groove Family Cyco
    King's X - Dogman
    KoЯn - KoЯn
    Kyuss - Welcome to Sky Valley
    Machine Head - Burn My Eyes
    Yngwie J. Malmsteen - The Seventh Sign
    Megadeth - Youthanasia
    Metal Church - Hanging in the Balance
    Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Spiral
    Overkill - W.F.O.
    Pantera - Far Beyond Driven
    Slayer - Divine Intervention
    Soundgarden - Superunknown
    Testament - Low
    The 3rd and the Mortal - Sorrow (EP)
    The 3rd and the Mortal - Tears Laid in Earth

Disbandments

Events

  • Far Beyond Driven by Pantera debut's at No 1 on the U.S. British and Australian charts.
    Soundgarden wins two grammies; Best Hard Rock Performance for Black Hole Sun and Best Metal Performance for Spoonman.

1995

Newly formed bands

  • Slipknot
    System of a Down
    Trapt

Albums

  • AC/DC - Ballbreaker
    Alice in Chains - Alice in Chains
    Black Sabbath - Cross Purposes Live
    Black Sabbath - Forbidden
    Blind Guardian - Imaginations From the Other Side
    Fear Factory - Demanufacture
    Forced Entry - The Shore (EP)
    Kyuss - ...And the Circus Leaves Town
    Yngwie J. Malmsteen - Magnum Opus
    Monster Magnet - Dopes to Infinity
    Motörhead - Sacrifice
    Rammstein - Herzeleid
    Skid Row - Subhuman Race
    Soundgarden - Songs from the Superunknown
    The 3rd and the Mortal - Nightswan (EP)
    Steve Vai - Alien Love Secrets (EP)
    Van Halen - Balance
    White Zombie - Astro Creep: 2000

Disbandments

  • The Cult
    Kyuss (in October)

Events

  • Motörhead's guitarist Michael "Wurzel" Burston leaves the band.

1996

Newly formed bands

  • American Head Charge
    Control Denied
    Linkin Park
    Mudvayne
    Shadows Fall
    Nightwish

Albums

  • Alice in Chains - Unplugged
    Cannibal Corpse - Vile
    Iced Earth - The Dark Saga
    KoЯn - Life is Peachy
    Metallica - Load
    Ministry - Filth Pig
    Motörhead - Overnight Sensation
    Neurosis - Through Silver in Blood
    Pantera - The Great Southern Trendkill
    Rush - Test for Echo
    Sepultura - Roots
    Soundgarden - Down on the Upside
    The 3rd and the Mortal - Painting on Glass
    Tool - Ęnima
    Steve Vai - Fire Garden
    Van Halen - Best of Volume I

Disbandments

  • Down
    Prong
    Skid Row

Events

1997

Newly formed bands

  • Disturbed
    Pig Destroyer
    Static-X
    Finntroll

Albums

  • Aerosmith - Nine Lives
    Black Sabbath - Reunion
    Deftones - Around The Fur
    Judas Priest - Jugulator
    Yngwie J. Malmsteen - Facing the Animal
    Megadeth - Cryptic Writings
    Metallica - ReLoad
    Rammstein - Sehnsucht
    Soundgarden - A-Sides
    The 3rd and the Mortal - In This Room
    The 3rd and the Mortal - Streams (EP)

Disbandments

  • Soundgarden

Events

  • Black Sabbath reunites with the original line-up between Black Sabbath and Never Say Die!.

1998

Newly formed bands

  • God Forbid
    Rebaelliun

Albums

  • Blind Guardian - Nightfall in Middle-Earth
    Bolt Thrower - Mercenary
    Cannibal Corpse - Gallery of Suicide
    Fear Factory - Obsolete
    Iron Maiden - Virtual XI
    KoЯn - Follow the Leader
    Yngwie J. Malmsteen - Concerto Suite for Electric Guitar and Orchestra in Em, Opus 1
    Yngwie J. Malmsteen - LIVE!
    Monster Magnet - Powertrip
    Motörhead - Snake Bite Love
    Queens of the Stone Age - Queens of the Stone Age
    System of a Down - System of a Down
    Van Halen - Van Halen III

Disbandments

  • Faith No More

Events

1999

Newly formed bands

  • Bleeding Through
    Dragonforce
    Five pointe o
    Protest The Hero
    Dream Evil
    Sonata Arctica

Albums

  • Alice in Chains - Nothing Safe: Best of the Box
    Alice in Chains - Music Bank
    Cannibal Corpse - Bloodthirst
    Control Denied - The Fragile Art of Existence
    Dream Theater - Scenes From A Memory
    Finntroll - Midnattens Widunder
    KoЯn - Issues
    Yngwie J. Malmsteen - Alchemy
    Motörhead - Everything Louder Than Everyone Else (live)
    Nine Inch Nails - The Fragile
    Rammstein - Live Aus Berlin
    Slipknot - Slipknot
    Static-X - Wisconsin Death Trip
    Steve Vai - The Ultra Zone

Disbandments

  • Death
    Motley Crue (reformed in 2004)

Events

  • The Cult reforms.
    Skid Row reforms.

2000

Newly formed bands

  • Killswitch Engage

Albums

  • Alice in Chains - Live
    Cannibal Corpse - Live Cannibalism
    Deftones - White Pony
    Disturbed - The Sickness
    Infectious Grooves - Mas Borracho
    Iron Maiden - Brave New World
    Linkin Park - Hybrid Theory
    Macabre - Dahmer
    Yngwie J. Malmsteen - War to End All Wars
    Monster Magnet - God Says No
    Motörhead - We Are Motörhead
    Pantera - Reinventing The Steel
    Static-X - The Death Trip Continues

Disbandments

  • Rage Against the Machine
    Primus (would reform later)

Events

  • Metallica releases a song "I Disappear" that was never released on any studio albums and appears on the Mission: Impossible II soundtrack.
    Vocalist Bruce Dickinson returns to the band Iron Maiden after a nearly eight year absence for the Brave New World album.

2001

Newly formed bands

  • Audioslave

Albums

  • Aerosmith - Just Push Play
    Alice in Chains - Greatest Hits
    Bolt Thrower - Honour - Valour - Pride
    The Cult - Beyond Good and Evil
    Fear Factory - Digimortal
    Finntroll - Jaktens Tid
    Opeth - Blackwater Park
    Rammstein - Mutter
    Slayer - God Hates Us All
    Slipknot - Iowa
    Static-X - Machine
    System of a Down - Toxicity
    Tool - Lateralus

Disbandments

Events

  • Down reforms
    Rush reunites
    Death guitarist Chuck Schuldiner dies at 34 on December 13th of brain cancer.
    Metallica bassist Jason Newsted (who joined after Cliff Burton's death) officially left the band and joined Voivod.
    Linkin Park's Hybrid Theory becomes a sleeper hit a year after it's release, outselling all other records in 2001

2002

Newly formed bands

  • PROBOT
    Velvet Revolver

Albums

  • Blind Guardian - A Night at the Opera
    Cannibal Corpse - Gore Obsessed
    Cannibal Corpse - Worm Infested (EP)
    Def Leppard - X
    Disturbed - Believe
    Down - Down II: A Bustle in Your Hedgerow
    Fear Factory - Concrete (recorded 1991, released 2002)
    Five pointe o - Untitled
    KoЯn - Untouchables
    Yngwie J. Malmsteen - Attack!!
    Yngwie J. Malmsteen - Concerto Suite LIVE
    Motörhead - Hammered
    Protest The Hero - A Calculated Use of Sound
    Rush - Vapor Trails
    System of a Down - Steal This Album!
    The 3rd and the Mortal - Memoirs
    Trapt - Trapt

Disbandments

  • The Cult
    Fear Factory (until 2003)
    Megadeth

Events

  • Alice in Chains singer Layne Staley dies on April 5th from an overdose of heroin.
    Prong reunites.

2003

Newly formed bands

Re-formed bands

  • Primus
    Judas Priest

Albums

  • Cannibal Corpse - 15 Year Killing Spree
    Children Of Bodom - Hate Crew Deathroll
    Deftones - Deftones
    Dream Theater - Train of Thought
    Finntroll - Visor om Slutet
    Iron Maiden - Dance of Death
    KoЯn - "Take a Look in the Mirror
    Linkin Park - "Meteora"
    Macabre - Murder Metal
    Metallica - St. Anger
    Motörhead - Live At Brixton Academy The Complete Concert (live)
    Shadows Fall - War Within
    Static-X - Shadow Zone

Disbandments

  • Coal Chamber
    Five pointe o

Events

  • Fear Factory reforms with all original members except for the former guitarist Dino Cazares.
    Metallica hires new bassist Robert Trujillo (from Suicidal Tendencies and Ozzy Osbourne).
    MTV2 resurrected the old Heavy Metal, Rock television program Headbangers' Ball.
    Judas Priest reunites with frontman Rob Halford.

2004

Newly formed bands

Albums

  • Aerosmith - Honkin' On Bobo
    Cannibal Corpse - The Wretched Spawn
    Damageplan - New Found Power
    Dokken - Hell to Pay
    DragonForce - Sonic Firestorm
    Fear Factory - Archetype
    Finntroll - Nattfödd
    KoЯn - Greatest Hits, Volume 1
    Metal Church - The Weight of the World
    Monster Magnet - Monolithic Baby
    Motörhead - Inferno
    PROBOT - PROBOT
    Rammstein - Reise, Reise
    Rush - Feedback
    Slipknot - Vol. 3 (The Subliminal Verses)
    Static-X - Beneath, Between, Beyond
    Van Halen - The Best of Both Worlds
    Velvet Revolver - Contraband

Disbandments

Events

  • Pantera lead guitarist Dimebag Darrell is murdered on December 8th by Nathan Gale while performing a Damageplan concert in Ohio.
    Van Halen reunites with Sammy Hagar (who was replaced in 1996) and toured without a new album.

2005

Newly formed bands

Albums

  • Alice in Chains - The Essential Alice in Chains
    Audioslave - Out of Exile
    Bolt Thrower - Those Once Loyal
    Candlemass - Candlemass
    Children of Bodom - Are You Dead Yet?
    Deftones - B-Sides & Rarities
    Disturbed - Ten Thousand Fists
    Excentric - Greatest Hits
    Fear Factory - Transgression
    Immolation - Harnessing Ruin
    Judas Priest - Angel of Retribution
    KoЯn - See You On the Other Side
    Kreator - Enemy of God
    Yngwie J. Malmsteen - Unleash the Fury
    Motley Crue - Red, White, and Crue
    Mournful Congregation - The Monad of Creation
    Mourning Beloveth - A Murderous Circle
    Nevermore - This Godless Endeavor
    Nine Inch Nails - With Teeth
    Pray For The Soul Of Betty - Pray For The Soul Of Betty
    Primordial - The Gathering Wilderness
    Protest The Hero - Kezia
    Rammstein - Rosenrot
    Runemagick - Envenom
    Static-X - Start a War
    System of a Down - Hypnotize
    System of a Down - Mezmerize
    Steve Vai - Real Illusions: Reflections
    Dream Theater - Octavarium
    Priestess - Hello Master

Disbandments

Events

  • Static-X lead guitarist Tripp Eisen was arrested in February for "lewd conduct against children", so he got fired after all.
    Korn guitarist Brian "Head" Welch leaves the band due to his becoming a born again Christian and having conflicts with the band's subject matter.
    Former Vader drummer Docent dies.
    Motley Crue reunite.

2006

Newly formed bands

Albums

  • Cannibal Corpse - Kill
    Def Leppard - Yeah!
    Dismember - The God That Never Was
    Dragonforce - Inhuman Rampage
    Evergrey - Monday Morning Apocalypse
    In Flames - Come Clarity
    Krisiun - AssassiNation
    Queensr˙che - Operation: Mindcrime II
    Sadus - Out for Blood
    Joe Satriani - Super Colossal
    Sepultura - Dante XXI
    Tool - 10,000 Days
    Velvet Revolver - Libertad

Disbandments

  • The 22-20's

Events

  • Alice in Chains reunite with the Jar of Flies line-up and singer William DuVall replaces the late Layne Staley.
    The Cult reunites for the second time after a five year hiatus.

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