2005 in heavy metal music
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This is a timeline documenting the events of heavy metal in the year 2005.
Newly formed bands
- Ava Inferi
- Bourbon Crow
- Beyond Fear
- In This Moment
- Five Finger Death Punch
- Stream of Passion
- Aborted - The Archaic Abattoir
- Alice Cooper – Dirty Diamonds
- After Forever – Remagine
- Akercocke – Words That Go Unspoken, Deeds That Go Undone
- Arch Enemy – Doomsday Machine
- As I Lay Dying - Shadows Are Security
- Avenged Sevenfold – City of Evil
- Beseech – Sunless Days
- Black Dahlia Murder - Miasma
- Black Label Society – Mafia, Kings of Damnation 98-04
- Bolt Thrower – Those Once Loyal
- Bon Jovi – Have a Nice Day
- Bruce Dickinson – Tyranny of Souls
- Bullet for My Valentine – The Poison
- Candlemass – Candlemass
- Children of Bodom – Are You Dead Yet?
- Chimaira – Chimaira
- Clutch – Robot Hive/Exodus
- Cog – The New Normal
- Crashdiet – Rest in Sleaze
- Cryptopsy – Once Was Not
- Dark Tranquillity – Character
- Deep Purple – Rapture of the Deep
- Def Leppard – Rock of Ages: The Definitive Collection
- Deftones – B-Sides & Rarities
- Destruction - Inventor of Evil
- DevilDriver – The Fury of Our Maker's Hand
- Devourment – Butcher the Weak
- Dimmu Borgir – Stormblåst MMV
- Disturbed – Ten Thousand Fists
- Divinity Destroyed – Eden in Ashes
- Divinity Destroyed – The Plague
- Dream Theater – Octavarium
- Early Man – Closing In
- Exodus – Shovel Headed Kill Machine
- Freak Kitchen – Organic
- Fear Factory – Transgression
- Forever Slave – Alice's Inferno
- Gizmachi – The Imbuing
- God Forbid – IV: Constitution of Treason
- Gojira – From Mars to Sirius
- Gorefest - La Muerte
- Handguns – Stand Your Ground
- HammerFall – Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken
- Hate Eternal - I, Monarch
- Helloween – Keeper of the Seven Keys: The Legacy
- High On Fire – Blessed Black Wings
- Hortus Animae – The Blow Of Furious Winds
- Hypocrisy - Virus
- Immolation – Harnessing Ruin
- Into The Moat – The Design
- Jacobs Dream – Drama of the Ages
- Job for a Cowboy – Doom
- Judas Priest – Angel of Retribution
- Kamelot – The Black Halo
- Korn - See You on the Other Side
- Kreator – Enemy of God
- Life of Agony – Broken Valley
- Limp Bizkit – The Unquestionable Truth (Part 1)
- Lordi – The Monster Show
- Yngwie J. Malmsteen – Unleash the Fury
- Massacration – Gates of Metal Fried Chicken of Death
- Meshuggah - Catch Thirtythree
- Mötley Crüe – Red, White & Crüe
- Mournful Congregation – The Monad of Creation
- Mourning Beloveth – A Murderous Circus
- Mudvayne – Lost and Found
- Napalm Death - The Code Is Red...Long Live the Code
- Nevermore – This Godless Endeavor
- Nile – Annihilation of the Wicked
- Nine Inch Nails – With Teeth
- Obituary - Frozen in Time
- Origin - Echoes of Decimation
- Opeth – Ghost Reveries
- Overkill - "ReliXIV". * Parkway Drive – Killing with a Smile
- Priestess – Hello Master
- Primordial – The Gathering Wilderness
- Protest the Hero – Kezia
- QueenAdreena – The Butcher and the Butterfly
- Rammstein – Rosenrot
- The Red Chord – Clients
- Roadrunner United – The All-Star Sessions
- Runemagick – Envenom
- Scar Symmetry - Symmetric in Design
- Slechtvalk – At the Dawn of War
- Static-X – Start a War
- Strapping Young Lad – Alien
- Sabaton – Primo Victoria
- Sentenced – The Funeral Album
- Soilwork – Stabbing the Drama
- Solefald – Red For Fire: An Icelandic Odyssey Part 1
- Soulfly - Dark Ages
- Stream of Passion - Embrace the Storm
- Stryper – Reborn
- Sturmgeist – Meister Mephisto
- System of a Down – Mezmerize
- System of a Down – Hypnotize
- Sonata Arctica – The End of This Chapter
- Stratovarius – Stratovarius
- Through the Eyes of the Dead - Bloodlust
- Throwdown - Vendetta
- Trivium – Ascendancy
- Visions of Atlantis – Cast Away (album)
- WarCry – ¿Dónde Está La Luz?
- Winds of Plague - A Cold Day in Hell
- Winter Solstice - The Fall of Rome
- Korn guitarist Brian "Head" Welch leaves the band.
- Soilwork guitarist Peter Wichers leaves the band in late December after playing in the band for ten years to concentrate on record producing.
- Static-X lead guitarist Tripp Eisen was arrested in February for "lewd conduct against children", and was fired from the band.
- Former Vader drummer Docent dies.
- Vocalist Tarja Turunen was fired from Nightwish.
- Jason Jones' departure from Drowning Pool was publicly announced on June 14, 2005, due to irreconcilable differences. On August 25 at the Ozzfest date in Dallas, Texas, Drowning Pool did a guest shot performance on the main stage debuting their new singer Ryan McCombs.
- Visions of Atlantis lead vocalist Nicole Bogner quits and is replaced by ex-Aesma Daeva vocalist, Melissa Ferlaak. Guitarist Werner Fielder quits and is replaced by Wolfgang Koch.
- Kittie bassist Jennifer Arroyo quits and is replaced by Trish Doan. Session guitarist Lisa Marx quits and is replaced by Tara McLeod
- Hellhammer becomes Dimmu Borgir's new drummer.
- Former Metal Church singer David Wayne dies at age 47.
- Denis "Piggy" D'Amour of Voivod dies.
- American Head Charge guitarist Bryan Ottoson dies at 27.
- Motörhead picked up their first Grammy in the awards of 2005 in the Best Metal Performance category for their cover of Metallica's "Whiplash" on Metallic Attack: The Ultimate Tribute
- Sentenced members announce their break-up and the release of their very last album The Funeral Album. On October 1, they play and record their final show Buried Alive (released on 2006) on their hometown Oulu, Finland.
- Dave Mustaine, frontman of Megadeth puts together music festival Gigantour for the first time.
- "VISIONS OF ATLANTIS: 'Delta' Track Listing Revealed - Dec. 24, 2010". December 24, 2010. Retrieved January 28, 2012.
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