2004 in heavy metal music
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This is a timeline documenting the events of heavy metal in the year 2004.
Newly formed bands
- Abigail Williams
- Age of Silence
- The Agonist (as The Tempest)
- Alter Bridge
- Chrome Division
- Genghis Tron
- Job for a Cowboy
- Legion of the Damned
- Savage Circus
- Scale the Summit
- Scar Symmetry
- Sturm und Drang
- Threat Signal
- 3 Inches of Blood – Advance and Vanquish
- The Acacia Strain – 3750
- Aerosmith – Honkin' On Bobo
- After Forever – Invisible Circles
- Age of Silence – Acceleration
- Alabama Thunderpussy – Fulton Hill
- Alter Bridge – One Day Remains
- Amon Amarth - Fate Of Norns
- Angra – [Temple of Shadows]]
- Ayreon – The Human Equation
- Behemoth – Demigod
- Beseech – Drama
- Black Label Society – Hangover Music Vol. VI
- Bon Jovi – 100,000,000 Bon Jovi Fans Can't Be Wrong
- Cannibal Corpse – The Wretched Spawn
- Chevelle – This Type of Thinking (Could Do Us In)
- Cradle of Filth – Nymphetamine
- Damageplan – New Found Power
- Decapitated – The Negation
- Def Leppard – Best of Def Leppard
- Demon Hunter – Summer of Darkness
- The Dillinger Escape Plan – Miss Machine
- Dio – Master of the Moon
- Dokken – Hell to Pay
- DragonForce – Sonic Firestorm
- Dream Theater – Live at Budokan
- Drowning Pool – Desensitized
- Edguy – Hellfire Club
- El Tito Mc- La Raza v3
- Europe – Start from the Dark
- Exodus – Tempo of the Damned
- Fear Factory – Archetype
- Finntroll – Nattfödd
- God Forbid – Gone Forever
- Iced Earth – The Glorious Burden
- In Flames – Soundtrack to Your Escape
- Isis - Panopticon
- Killswitch Engage – The End of Heartache
- Kittie – Until the End
- Lamb of God – Ashes of the Wake
- Lordi – The Monsterican Dream
- Machine Head – Through the Ashes of Empires
- Marilyn Manson – Lest We Forget: The Best of
- Mastodon – Leviathan
- Mayhem – Chimera
- Megadeth – The System Has Failed
- Mercenary – 11 Dreams
- Metal Church – The Weight of the World
- Monster Magnet – Monolithic Baby!
- Motörhead – Inferno
- My Dying Bride – Songs of Darkness, Words of Light
- Necrophagist – Epitaph
- Nightwish – Once
- No Big Silence – Kuidas kuningas kuu peale kippus
- Oomph! – Wahrheit oder Pflicht
- Otep – House of Secrets
- Pig Destroyer – Painter of Dead Girls
- Pig Destroyer – Terrifyer
- Probot – Probot
- Rammstein – Reise, Reise
- Raunchy – Confusion Bay
- Rhapsody of Fire – Symphony of Enchanted Lands II: The Dark Secret
- Rush – Feedback
- Saxon – Lionheart
- Scarve – Irradiant
- Shadows Fall – The War Within
- Slipknot – Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)
- Sonata Arctica – Reckoning Night
- Static-X – Beneath, Between, Beyond
- Stryper – 7 Weeks: Live in America, 2003
- Sybreed – Slave Design
- The Crest – Vain City Chronicles
- U.D.O. – Thunderball
- Van Halen – The Best of Both Worlds
- Velvet Revolver – Contraband
- Vintersorg – The Focusing Blur
- WarCry – Alea Jacta Est
- Winds – The Imaginary Direction of Time
- Wintersun – Wintersun
- Brian Welch leaves Korn after converting to Christianity.
- Damageplan and former Pantera lead guitarist Dimebag Darrell is murdered on 8 December by Nathan Gale while performing a concert in Ohio.
- Bassist Tim Gaines leaves Stryper after 10 complete years. He is replaced by Tracy Ferrie.
- Body Count rhythm guitarist D-Roc dies from lymphoma at the age of 45.
- Jason Jones, originally a tattoo artist from Los Angeles, California, was publicly announced as Drowning Pool's new lead singer and joined them on the album Desensitized.
- Supergroup Velvet Revolver releases their debut album Contraband which debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and goes double platinum.
- After an eight-year hiatus, Extreme briefly returns for a short tour and a few concerts in Japan.
- Van Halen reunites with Sammy Hagar for a summer tour.
- Anal Cunt vocalist Seth Putnam slips into a coma after consuming a large amount of drugs.
- Aerosmith returns to a raw hard rock sound with their blues cover album Honkin' on Bobo
- Terry Balsamo leaves Cold and joins Evanescence as their new guitarist
- Guitarist Lisa Marx joins Kittie as a session member, replacing Jeff Phillips
- Nasum guitarist/vocalist Mieszko Talarczyk dies as a result of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake (although his body was not identified until 17 February the following year). Consequently, Nasum would later disband.
- Maniac leaves Mayhem and is replaced by the band's former singer, Attila Csihar.
- After more than 10 years of long break, Europe release the new album titled Start from the Dark with their classic line up consist of Joey Tempest-Vocals, John Norum-Guitars, Mic Michaeli-Keyboards, John Levén-Bass, Ian Haugland-Drums. Guitarist Kee Marcello is back to his old band – Easy Action.
- Ace Thomas "Quorthon" Forsberg, founder of the Black/Viking metal band Bathory dies, at the age of 38.
- Dave Mustaine reforms Megadeth with 3 session musicians, former and original Megadeth guitarist Chris Poland, bassist Jimmie Lee Sloas and drummer Vinnie Colaiuta to record The System Has Failed, then tour the album with full-time members Glen Drover on guitar, James MacDonough on bass and Shawn Drover on drums.
- Ex-Judas Priest drummer Dave Holland is sentenced to eight years in prison for attempted rape against a then-17-year old boy.
|Heavy Metal Timeline
- Brian stated that he ended up walking away from a 23 million dollar recording contract which was a very difficult decision for him at the time. NewReleaseTuesday.com Interview with Brian
- Brian 'Head' Welch Leaves Korn, Citing Moral Objections To Band's Music. mtv.com
- Brian Welch Explains Why He Walked Away. cbn.com
- "Audio Lounge – Live Radio Streaming, Internet Radio, Audio Downloads & Podcasting". Hope 103.2. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 8 June 2011.
- "Former Friend: Gunman Obsessed With Pantera". Associated Press. 8 December 2004. Retrieved 26 October 2011
- Ratliff, Ben (10 December 2004). "Darrell Abbott, 38, a Guitarist Featured in Heavy-Metal Bands, Dies". New York Times. Retrieved 26 October 2011.
- Chris Arnold; James Niggemeyer (15 March 2007). A Vulgar Display of Power: Courage and Carnage at the Alrosa Villa. MJS Music & Entertainment. pp. 244–. ISBN 978-0-9762917-7-0. Retrieved 21 October 2011.
- Devenish, Colin (19 August 2004). "Body Count Guitarist Dead". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 24 August 2007.
- "Velvet Revolver Album Charts". Allmusic. Retrieved 20 July 2010.