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.
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Listen to selections from this list on our Spotify playlist and Apple Music playlist. All releases featured here are independently selected by our editors. When you buy something through our retail links, however, Pitchfork may earn an affiliate commission. In one sense, Blood Incantation are traditionalists. For most of this decade, these dismal Swedes seemed ready to burn out. They emerged with The Door to Doom, a sprawling expanse of barbed riffs and belted hooks that reinvigorates even the hoariest doom-metal tropes.
It's a brand new decade and , aside from current events, has thoroughly killed it as far as new metal albums go. Never before has metal been so complete, spanning 50 years of artistry while newer acts look toward the future, which seems to be headed down a path devoid of genre barriers as evidenced by our list of 's Best Metal Albums So Far. Ozzy Osbourne represents the eldest side of metal's history as one of the longest-enduring artists of all time. It has touchstones of his storied past, but largely feels very in the moment and cognizant of current trends.
Elsewhere, Tool finally released their fifth LP after a year wait and fan favorites from Dream Theater to Mayhem played to their bases with solid new efforts. Between the recent sonic homage paid by hardcore bands Vein and Code Orange and the loose-fit fashion of young stars like Lil Uzi Vert and Billie Eilish, nu metal got its second wind in the late s. But Rammstein served as a reminder that when this band finds the right spark, the fire spreads quickly. But what made the record surprising is how authentically metal it felt; where you might expect a group with indie-rock roots to approach the genre with a smirk, King Gizzard went in guns blazing. A quarter-century ago, Darkthrone stood near the epicenter of the internecine shit storm and international media circus that was early-Nineties Norwegian black metal. In , the duo are still celebrated as elder statesmen of that scene, but they have little sonic connection to that or any other easily defined movement. Gloriously crunchy sonics complete the picture of a band fully at ease with being out of step and out of time. French blackgazers Alcest let in the light for their sixth LP. You have to live with it and to accept it. That mystery is what made Gastir — Ghosts Invited , the debut full-length by his latest group, Gaahls Wyrd so bewitching.