2014 in heavy metal music

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This is a timeline documenting the events of heavy metal in the year 2014.

Bands disbanded[edit]

Bands reformed[edit]

Events[edit]

  • On January 6, Benighted announced the departure of bassist Eric Lombard, and Alexis Lieu as his replacement.[16]
  • On January 6, Yossi Sassi released an official statement in which he announced he will part ways with Orphaned Land to "focus on new dreams".
  • On January 10, bassist Dan Lilker (Nuclear Assault, Brutal Truth, ex-Anthrax) announced that he will be retiring from being a full-time musician on October 18, which will be his 50th birthday. He also announced that Brutal Truth will split up.[17][18]
  • On January 13, Testament announced the departure of bassist Greg Christian, and Steve DiGiorgio (who was part of the band from 1998 to 2004) as his replacement.[19]
  • On January 16, In Mourning announced that they have parted ways with drummer Christian Netzell.[20] And on April 2, they introduced Mattias Bender as their new drummer.[21]
  • On January 26, Black Sabbath's "God Is Dead?" won this year's Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance.[22] This was their first Grammy Award in 14 years, since their live version of "Iron Man" won the same category.[23]
  • On February 6, The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund announced the "This is Your Life", a tribute album to celebrate the life and legacy of Ronnie James Dio. Covers of his songs from Rainbow, Black Sabbath and Dio will be performed by various artists: Metallica, Motörhead, Rob Halford (Judas Priest, Halford), Anthrax, Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour), Halestorm, Killswitch Engage and many more.[24]
  • On February 12, Marky Edelmann (a.k.a. Marquis Marky) announced plans to leave Coroner at the end of February.[25]
  • On February 14, Lacuna Coil announced via their Facebook page that their guitarist Cristiano 'Pizza' Migliore and drummer Cristiano 'Criz' Mozzati have decided to retire from the band after 16 years citing personal reasons.[26]
  • On February 21, Per ‘Sodomizer’ Eriksson announced his departure from Katatonia and will be temporarily replaced by Bruce Soord (The Pineapple Thief, Wisdom of Crowds) and Tomas Åkvik (Nale) respectively.[27][28]
  • On February 24, Guitarist John Ricci announced his departure from Exciter due to his decision to retire from the music industry,[29] and, on April 4, it was announced that bassist Rob "Clammy" Cohen will also part ways with the band due to both personal and business issues.[30]
  • On March 17, it was announced that Angela Gossow has left Arch Enemy but would remain as the band's manager. She is replaced by Alissa White-Gluz, former vocalist of The Agonist.[31] On the same day, The Agonist have announced they have parted ways with Alissa and that Vicky Psarakis had taken over as their new vocalist.[32]
  • On March 31, Equilibrium announced that Andreas Völkl and Sandra Van Eldik, the founding members of their band, were leaving the band for unspecified reasons.[33]
  • On April 17, Daniel Liljekvist quits Katatonia, and is temporarily replaced by JP Asplund and Daniel Moilanen (ex-Engel) respectively.[34]
  • On April 25–26, Jag Panzer reunited for this year's edition of Keep It True Festival in Germany.[35]
  • On May 16, As I Lay Dying and Austrian Death Machine frontman Tim Lambesis was sentenced to six years in prison with a 48 days credit for custody already served for his role in a murder-for-hire plot to kill his wife.[36]
  • On June 8, Exodus announced the departure of their singer Rob Dukes.[37] On the same day, they announced their reunion with Steve "Zetro" Souza, who was the singer of Exodus from 1986 to 1992, and again from 2002 to 2004.[38]
  • On July 10, Voivod announced the departure of bassist Jean-Yves "Blacky" Thériault for the second time.
  • On August 19, Phil Anselmo announced that Superjoint Ritual would reunite for this year's Housecore Horror Film Festival under the name Superjoint.[39]
  • On November 17, Arch Enemy announced the departure of guitarist Nick Cordle and announced former Nevermore guitarist Jeff Loomis as his replacement.
  • On November 25, drummer Shawn Drover announced his departure from Megadeth citing a desire to pursue his own musical interests.[40]
  • On November 26, guitarist Chris Broderick announced his departure from Megadeth due to musical differences.[41]
  • On November 26, drummer Kelly David-Smith announced his departure from Flotsam and Jetsam to focus on his family.[42]
  • On December 28, guitarist Herman Frank announced his second departure from Accept.[43] Later that day, Accept announced that drummer Stefan Schwarzmann also left the band.[44]
  • In 2014, Mötley Crüe announced that they will embark on a farewell tour.[45] However, according to singer Vince Neil, the band will not split up.[46]
  • In 2014, Vixen's surviving members resurrected the band in honor of the fallen Jan Kuehnemund, guitarist and founder of the band. They will perform at select festivals and showcase dates.[47]

Deaths[edit]

Albums expected / released[edit]

January[edit]

Day Artist Album
6 Iced Earth Plagues of Babylon[61]
James LaBrie I Will Not Break (EP)[62]
10 Skull Fist Chasing the Dream[63]
13 Suicidal Angels Divide and Conquer[64]
17 Axel Rudi Pell Into the Storm[65]
Chrome Division Infernal Rock Eternal[66]
Nashville Pussy Up the Dosage [67]
20 The Haunted Eye of the Storm (EP)[68]
21 Alcest Shelter[69]
Persuader The Fiction Maze[70]
Throwdown Intolerance[71]
22 Within Temptation Hydra[72]
24 Caliban Ghost Empire[73]
Elysion Someplace Better[74]
Primal Fear Delivering the Black[75]
27 Kampfar Djevelmakt[76]
Hammercult Steelcrusher[77]
Skindred Kill the Power[78]
Transatlantic Kaleidoscope[79]
28 Metallica Metallica Through the Never (DVD)[80]
Periphery Clear (EP)[81]
31 Ektomorf Retribution[82]
Grand Magus Triumph and Power[83]
Lake of Tears By the Black Sea (DVD)[84]
Mayan Antagonise[85]

February[edit]

Day Artist Album
1 Dark Tranquillity A Memory Construct (EP)[86]
Skull & Bones The Cursed Island [87]
4 Behemoth The Satanist[88]
For Today Fight the Silence[89]
Truckfighters Universe[90]
7 Stam1na SLK[91]
Van Canto Dawn of the Brave[92]
14 Amoral Fallen Leaves & Dead Sparrows[93]
Benighted Carnivore Sublime[94]
Cynic Kindly Bent to Free Us[95]
Flotsam and Jetsam No Place For Disgrace 2014[96]
18 Adrenaline Mob Men of Honor[97]
I Killed the Prom Queen Beloved[98]
Slough Feg Digital Resistance[99]
21 Battleaxe Heavy Metal Sanctuary[100]
Vanishing Point Distant Is the Sun[101]
24 Crematory Antiserum[102]
Freedom Call Beyond[103]
Hirax Immortal Legacy[104]
Vanden Plas Chronicles of the Immortals – Netherworld (Path 1) [105]
26 Babymetal Babymetal[106]
28 Axxis Kingdom of the Night II[107]
Iron Savior Rise of the Hero[108]
Manowar Kings of Metal MMXIV[109]

March[edit]

Day Artist Album
1 Aurora Borealis Worldshapers[110]
3 Earth Crisis Salvation of Innocents[111]
Gojira Les Enfants Sauvages (Live)[112]
4 Wolves Like Us Black Soul Choir[113]
Destrage "'Are You Kidding Me? No."[114]
7 Carnifex Die Without Hope[115]
Dawn of Destiny F.E.A.R.[116]
10 Savage Messiah The Fateful Dark[117]
11 Architects Lost Forever // Lost Together[118]
Nocturnal Breed Napalm Nights[119]
14 Dirge Hyperion[120]
Profane Omen Reset[121]
17 Gus G I Am the Fire[122]
18 Demon Hunter Extremist[123]
24 Magnum Escape from the Shadow Garden[124]
Massacre Back from Beyond[125]
25 Animals as Leaders The Joy of Motion[126]
Gamma Ray Empire of the Undead[127]
Memphis May Fire Unconditional[128]
Sinbreed Shadows[129]
Sonata Arctica Pariah's Child[130]
28 Anette Olzon Shine[131]
Trollfest Kaptein Kaos[132]

April[edit]

Day Artist Album
1 Austrian Death Machine Triple Brutal[133]
Lacuna Coil Broken Crown Halo
Steel Panther All You Can Eat[134]
4 Brainstorm Firesoul[135]
Delain The Human Contradiction
7 Black Label Society Catacombs of the Black Vatican[136]
Gotthard Bang![137]
14 Impaled Nazarene Vigorous and Liberating Death[138]
Triptykon Melana Chasmata[139]
15 Anubis Gate Horizons[140]
Lillian Axe One Night in the Temple (Live)[141]
18 Edguy Space Police: Defenders of the Crown[142]
Stream of Passion A War of Our Own[143]
21 Autopsy Tourniquets, Hacksaws & Graves[144]
22 Joe Satriani The Complete Studio Recordings (Box Set)[145]
Sebastian Bach Give 'Em Hell[146]
Winger Better Days Comin'[147]
25 Arkona Yav[148]
Deep Machine Rise of the Machine[149]
Devil You Know The Beauty of Destruction
Helstar This Wicked Nest[150]
Mekong Delta In a Mirror Darkly[151]
Savn Savn[152]
28 Aborted The Necrotic Manifesto[153]
Holy Moses Redefined Mayhem[154]
29 Insomnium Shadows of the Dying Sun[155]
Eye of the Enemy The Vengeance Paradox[156]

May[edit]

Day Artist Album
2 Epica The Quantum Enigma[157]
Stratovarius Nemesis Days (DVD)[158]
Xandria Sacrificium[159]
9 Elvenking The Pagan Manifesto[160]
Killer Be Killed Killer Be Killed[161]
13 Agalloch The Serpent & the Sphere[162][163]
Avatar Hail the Apocalypse[164]
Down Down IV – Part II (EP)
Mushroomhead The Righteous & the Butterfly[165]
Prong Ruining Lives[166]
16 Avalon Angels of the Apocalypse[167]
Sabaton Heroes[168]
23 Misery Index The Killing Gods[169]
Rage The Soundchaser Archives (Compilation)[170]
Unisonic For the Kingdom (EP)[171]
26 Bury Tomorrow Runes[172]
Christopher Lee Metal Knight (EP)[173]
Crowbar Symmetry in Black[174]
27 Black Anvil Hail Death[175]
Eyehategod Eyehategod[176]
Marty Friedman Inferno[177]
Ravenscry The Attraction of Opposites[178]
30 Die Apokalyptischen Reiter Tief.Tiefer[179]
Vader Tibi Et Igni[180]

June[edit]

Day Artist Album
2 Burzum The Ways of Yore[181]
Godflesh Decline & Fall (EP)[182]
Voyager V[183]
4 Arch Enemy War Eternal[184]
Loudness The Sun Will Rise Again[185]
6 Cloven Hoof Resist or Serve[186]
Equilibrium Erdentempel[187]
Falconer Black Moon Rising[188]
Mayhem Esoteric Warfare[189]
Tesla Simplicity[190]
Uriah Heep Outsider[191]
10 The Amity Affliction Let the Ocean Take Me[192]
The Atlas Moth The Old Believer[193]
Hellyeah Blood for Blood[194]
Incantation Dirges of Elysium[195]
Tombs Savage Gold[196]
Wretched Cannibal[197]
13 Deathstars The Perfect Cult[198]
20 Cannabis Corpse From Wisdom to Baked[199]
Tankard R.I.B.[200]
24 Corrosion of Conformity IX[201]
Kobra and the Lotus High Priestess[202]
Mastodon Once More 'Round the Sun[203]
Mournful Congregation Concrescence of the Sophia (EP)[204]
Septicflesh Titan[205]
Inanimate Existence A Never-Ending Cycle of Atonement[206]
27 Amberian Dawn Magic Forest[207]
Illdisposed With the Lost Souls on Our Side[208]
Quiet Riot Quiet Riot 10[209]
Vintersorg Naturbål[210]

July[edit]

Day Artist Album
2 Sonic Syndicate Sonic Syndicate[211]
4 Origin Omnipresent[212]
8 Chelsea Grin Ashes to Ashes[213]
Goatwhore Constricting Rage of the Merciless[214]
Steel Prophet Omniscient[215]
Wolves in the Throne Room Celestite[216]
11 Grave Digger Return of the Reaper[217]
Suicide Silence You Can't Stop Me[218]
13 Demonic Resurrection The Demon King[219]
14 Judas Priest Redeemer of Souls[220]
15 Novembers Doom Bled White[221]
18 Empyrium The Turn of the Tides[222]
Overkill White Devil Armory[223]
22 Fozzy Do You Wanna Start a War[224]
Ill Niño Till Death, La Familia[225]
Within the Ruins Phenomena
25 Crystal Eyes Killer[226]

August[edit]

Day Artist Album
1 Alestorm Sunset on the Golden Age[227]
Eluveitie Origins[228]
Unisonic Light of Dawn[229]
4 Entombed A.D. Back to the Front[230]
Skid Row Rise of the Damnation Army - United World Rebellion: Chapter Two (EP)[231]
5 Darkest Hour Darkest Hour[232]
Kix Rock Your Face Off[233]
Pathology Throne of Reign[234]
11 Belphegor Conjuring the Dead[235]
12 Upon a Burning Body The World Is My Enemy Now[236]
15 Accept Blind Rage[237]
Deadlock The Re-Arrival[238]
The Scintilla Project The Hybrid[239]
18 DragonForce Maximum Overload[240]
19 Ace Frehley Space Invader[241]
Pallbearer Foundations of Burden [242]
22 Machinae Supremacy Phantom Shadow[243]
25 The Haunted Exit Wounds[244]
Wolf Devil Seed[245]
26 Opeth Pale Communion[246]
27 HammerFall (r)Evolution[247]
29 Astral Doors Notes from the Shadows[248]
Sólstafir Ótta[249]

September[edit]

Day Artist Album
1 Aeon Zen Ephemera[250]
Dark Fortress Venereal Dawn[251]
Horned Almighty World of Tombs[252]
2 Incite Up in Hell[253]
5 Any Given Day My Longest Way Home[254]
In Flames Siren Charms[255]
9 A Sound of Thunder The Lesser Key of Solomon[256]
15 Xerath III[257]
16 Cannibal Corpse A Skeletal Domain[258]
Motionless in White Reincarnate[259][260]
Texas in July Bloodwork[261]
19 Mr. Big …The Stories We Would Tell[262]
Threshold For the Journey[263]
23 Affiance Blackout[264]
26 Decapitated Blood Mantra[265]
Evergrey Hymns for the Broken[266]
Lyriel Skin and Bones
29 1349 Massive Cauldron of Chaos[267]
Audrey Horne Pure Heavy[268]
Electric Wizard Time to Die[269]
30 Nonpoint The Return[270]
Witch Mountain Mobile of Angels[271]

October[edit]

Day Artist Album
4 Northern Oak Of Roots and Flesh[272]
6 Acid Drinkers 25 Cents for a Riff[273]
Sanctuary The Year the Sun Died[274]
7 Godflesh A World Lit Only by Fire[275]
Rigor Mortis Slaves to the Grave[276]
Texas Hippie Coalition Ride On[277]
14 The Acacia Strain Coma Witch[278]
Exodus Blood In, Blood Out[279]
Ozzy Osbourne Memoirs of a Madman[280]
Revocation Deathless[281]
Rings of Saturn Lugal Ki En[282]
Rosetta Flies to Flame (EP)[283]
Satanic Warmaster Fimbulwinter [284]
Scar Symmetry The Singularity, Phase 1: Neohumanity [285]
16 Kayo Dot Coffins on Io[286]
21 Alice Cooper Raise the Dead - Live from Wacken (DVD)[287]
Amaranthe Massive Addictive[288]
Slipknot .5: The Gray Chapter[289]
24 Kingfisher Sky Arms of Morpheus[290]
Liv Kristine Vervain[291]
While Heaven Wept Suspended at Aphelion[292]
25 Vesania Deus ex Machina[293]
27 Einherjer Av Oss, For Oss[294]
As Blood Runs Black Ground Zero[295]
Devin Townsend [296]
Haken Restoration (EP)[297]
Sister Sin Black Lotus[298]
28 Abysmal Dawn Obsolescence[299]
Anaal Nathrakh Desideratum[300]
At the Gates At War with Reality[301]
Giant Squid Minoans[302]
Obituary Inked in Blood[303]
Riot V Unleash the Fire[304]
Unearth Watchers of Rule[305]
30 Warmen First of the Five Elements[306]
31 Cavalera Conspiracy Pandemonium[307]
Lordi Scare Force One[308]

November[edit]

Day Artist Album
1 Behemoth Xiądz (EP)[309]
3 Nader Sadek The Malefic: Chapter III (EP)[310]
4 The Skull For Those Which Are Asleep[311]
7 Machine Head Bloodstone & Diamonds[312]
Ne Obliviscaris Citadel [313]
Triosphere The Heart Of The Matter [314]
10 Skyharbor Guiding Lights[315]
Nightingale Retribution[316]
11 Carcass Surgical Remission / Surplus Steel (EP)[317]
Job for a Cowboy Sun Eater[318]
Monster Magnet Milking the Stars: A Re-Imagining of Last Patrol[319][320][321]
Skálmöld Með vættum[322]
17 Bloodbath Grand Morbid Funeral[323]
In This Moment Black Widow[324]
Thanatos Global Purification[325]
18 Cadaveria Silence[326]
21 Bloodbound Stormborn[327]
Centinex Redeeming Filth[328]
Cripper Hyëna[329]
The Duskfall Where the Tree Stands Dead[330]
22 Fen Carrion Skies[331]
25 Aria Through All Times[332]
Primordial Where Greater Men Have Fallen[333]
28 Axenstar Where Dreams Are Forgotten[334]
Sodom Sacred Warpath (EP)[335]

December[edit]

Day Artist Album
5 Cruachan Blood for the Blood God[336]
Mors Principium Est Dawn of the 5th Era[337]
8 Pythia Shadows of a Broken Past[338]
Taake Stridens hus[339]
10 Dir En Grey Arche[340]
17 Angra Secret Garden[341]
25 The Project Hate MCMXCIX There Is No Earth I Will Leave Unscorched[342]
31 Holy Blood Day of Vengeance[343]

Artists with material in production[edit]

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