This is a timeline documenting the events of heavy metal in the year From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This is a dynamic list and may never be able to satisfy particular standards for completeness. You can help by adding missing items with reliable sources. April 18,
"I'll Be Your Monster"
The past 12 months have been a fertile period in rock music, with some incredibly impressive, new bands bringing fresh ideas to the table as well as veteran acts continuing to evolve and cover unexplored ground. The following list represents some of the very best releases of the year, whether they be math, punk, doom, post-rock, metal, hardcore, sludge, psychedelia or prog. Regardless of categorisation, one thing is becoming abundantly clear; as genre boundaries continue to increasingly blur, alternative music is becoming an ever-advancing experimental playing field that continues to break the rules and innovate. Anathema have long shed their gothic doom metal roots and become something far more compelling as time has gone on. Each album has shown a gradual progression and thankfully, this shows no signs of stopping on their 11 th full-length The Optimist. Taking the experimental electronic flourishes from the latter half of their previous album Distant Satellites and running with them, The Optimist picks up on a story the band left behind 16 years ago on their critically acclaimed sixth album A Fine Day to Exit. This distinction is important; whilst gloriously grandiose, Heartless never feels meandering or laborious, particularly once the stoner ambience draws you in and puts you under its spell.
Heavy metal showed no signs of slowing down in While many think of the genre as being more attuned for a longer, album format, metal brought a host of songs both long and compact that had a huge effect on the year. It was an even playing field for any band, no matter if they're younger or newer. Head below to see the Top 25 Metal Songs of , and see who took the No. We never thought GWAR could try to get cute and actually make it wholeheartedly convincing. Harder guitar tones seem to be pulled from genre-bending acts like the Melvins, sometimes giving quick spikes of noise. Riffs chug along, making it sound like a country-fried rock song from hell, able to satisfy a fan of something more extreme or straight up.
But there were plenty of other genres that released great albums this year. Here are our picks of the 20 best metal albums released in , along with some honorable mentions. Those are contrasted by quieter and more ethereal tracks, some which glide along mellowly and others that have more tension. She incorporates styles including alt rock, folk and electronica. The production is also more organic with a richer guitar sound and a perfect mix. Kreator continue their run of strong releases and demonstrate that they still have plenty of songwriting chops left after more than 30 years of being on top of the thrash metal heap. The tracks are between 8 and a whopping 26 minutes in length. In the hands of anyone else, this might be self-indulgent, but these Utah vets know a thing or two about sharp songwriting. If you are looking for one traditional heavy metal album this year, it may well be this wonderful release.