2008 in heavy metal music

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This is a timeline documenting the events of heavy metal in the year 2008.

Bands formed[edit]

Reformed bands[edit]


Celtic Frost live at Tuska Open Air Metal Festival 2006


Mikael Åkerfeldt

Albums released[edit]

All releases are studio albums unless otherwise noted.


Day Artist Album
2 In Mourning Shrouded Divine
8 For the Fallen Dreams Changes
11 Benedictum Seasons of Tragedy
22 Byzantine Oblivion Beckons
The Red Death Godmakers
25 Alestorm Captain Morgan's Revenge
Avantasia The Scarecrow
Ayreon 01011001
Brainstorm Downburst
28 Bullet for My Valentine Scream Aim Fire
Heaven Shall Burn Iconoclast
29 Decrepit Birth Diminishing Between Worlds
Protest the Hero Fortress


Day Artist Album
4 Baptism Grim Arts of Melancholy
Hate Morphosis
Iron Maiden Live After Death[1]
Sworn Enemy Maniacal
5 Brain Drill Apocalyptic Feasting
Salt the Wound Carnal Repercussions
Warbringer War Without End[2]
Winds of Plague Decimate the Weak[3]
8 Behexen My Soul for His Glory
12 Texas Hippie Coalition Pride of Texas[4]
13 Norther N[5]
15 Eluveitie Slania[6]
18 Hellhammer Demon Entrails[7]
To-Mera Delusions[8]
19 Ascension of the Watchers Numinosum[9]
Dead to Fall Are You Serious?[citation needed]
Genghis Tron Board Up the House[10]
Hate Eternal Fury & Flames[11]
Sculptured Embodiment: Collapsing Under the Weight of God[12]
Virgin Black Requiem – Fortissimo
22 Exciter Thrash Speed Burn[13]
Metalium Incubus - Chapter Seven
Nortt Galgenfrist
Steel Attack Carpe DiEnd[14]
Stormwarrior Heading Northe[15]
Rage Carved in Stone[16]
Unheilig Puppenspiel
25 Dark Fortress Eidolon[17]
Dark Suns Grave Human Genuine[18]
26 Death Angel Killing Season
myGRAIN Signs of Existence
29 Agalloch The White
Draconian Turning Season Within


Day Artist Album
3 Azaghal Omega
4 Nasum Doombringer
Our Last Night The Ghosts Among Us
7 Boris Smile
Meshuggah obZen
9 Buckethead From the Coop
10 Bloodbath Unblessing the Purity
11 Zimmer's Hole When You Were Shouting at the Devil...
12 Shade Empire Zero Nexus
18 Black Tide Light from Above
Bury Your Dead Bury Your Dead
19 The Black Mages The Black Mages III: Darkness and Starlight
Hypocrisy Catch 22 (V2.0.08) (Re-release)
20 Cataract Cataract
21 Firewind The Premonition
Jon Oliva's Pain Global Warning
Korpiklaani Korven Kuningas
24 Cavalera Conspiracy Inflikted
25 Mercenary Architect of Lies
28 Illdisposed The Prestige
Kamelot Ghost Opera: The Second Coming
29 Dream Theater Greatest Hit (...and 21 Other Pretty Cool Songs)
31 Strapping Young Lad 1994–2006 Chaos Years


Day Artist Album
1 Dismember Dismember[19]
Origin Antithesis
Septic Flesh Communion
The Sword Gods of the Earth
4 In Flames A Sense of Purpose
9 Children of Bodom Blooddrunk
14 Mirrorthrone Gangrene
15 Arsis We Are the Nightmare
Belphegor Bondage Goat Zombie
Destroy the Runner I, Lucifer
Embrace the End Ley Lines
Thine Eyes Bleed Thine Eyes Bleed
18 Tiamat Amanethes
21 Grave Dominion VIII
22 Dominici O3: A Trilogy, Part Three
Whitesnake Good to be Bad
23 Kalmah For the Revolution
25 Def Leppard Songs from the Sparkle Lounge
Warrel Dane Praises to the War Machine
28 Deicide Till Death Do Us Part
My Dying Bride An Ode to Woe
29 Sea of Treachery At Daggers Drawn
Testament The Formation of Damnation
30 Moonsorrow Tulimyrsky


Day Artist Album
5 Scott Kelly The Wake
Textures Silhouettes[20]
6 Kayo Dot Blue Lambency Downward
Revocation Empire of the Obscene
13 Abysmal Dawn Programmed To Consume
Aletheian Dying Vine
Emmure The Respect Issue
Mourning Beloveth A Disease for the Ages
14 Diablo Icaros
16 Moonspell Night Eternal
23 Cryptopsy The Unspoken King[21]
Kataklysm Prevail
26 Ihsahn angL
Shai Hulud Misanthropy Pure
30 Communic Payment of Existence
Hollenthon Opus Magnum
Opeth Watershed[22]
Pyramaze Immortal
Sabaton The Art of War


Day Artist Album
2 Bloodbath The Wacken Carnage
Disturbed Indestructible
Satyricon My Skin Is Cold
9 Children of Bodom Hellhounds on My Trail
Gama Bomb Citizen Brain
Khold Hundre År Gammal
Unleashed Hammer Battalion
Venom Hell
10 Inhale Exhale I Swear...
Nachtmystium Assassins: Black Meddle, Part 1
11 Ari Koivunen Becoming
13 Grand Magus Iron Will
Judas Priest Nostradamus
16 Cult of Luna Eternal Kingdom
Exit Ten Remember the Day
17 Mötley Crüe Saints of Los Angeles
20 Scar Symmetry Holographic Universe
24 Aborted Strychnine.213
Carnifex The Diseased and the Poisoned
27 Equilibrium Sagas
30 Raunchy Wasteland Discotheque


Day Artist Album
1 Lamb of God Walk with Me in Hell
7 Blaze Bayley The Man Who Would Not Die
7 Stone Gods Silver Spoons & Broken Bones
8 Cannibal Corpse Centuries of Torment: The First 20 Years
Whitechapel This Is Exile
14 Daylight Dies Lost to the Living
18 Chrome Division Booze, Broads and Beelzebub
Fear My Thoughts Isolation
21 Krisiun Southern Storm
22 Misery Signals Controller
Neuraxis The Thin Line Between
War of Ages Arise and Conquer
27 Chelsea Grin Chelsea Grin (EP)
29 Soulfly Conquer
Walls of Jericho The American Dream
Dr. Acula Below Me


Day Artist Album
5 Norma Jean The Anti Mother
12 Extreme Saudades de Rock
19 The Acacia Strain Continent
The Human Abstract Midheaven
The Showdown Back Breaker
Staind The Illusion of Progress
20 DragonForce Ultra Beatdown
Slipknot All Hope Is Gone
25 Into Eternity The Incurable Tragedy
26 Motörhead Motörizer
29 Angband Rising from Apadana
Destruction D.E.V.O.L.U.T.I.O.N.
Haggard Tales of Ithiria
25 Acid Drinkers Verses of Steel


Day Artist Album
1 The Berzerker The Reawakening
Volbeat Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood
Welicoruss WinterMoon Symphony
5 All Shall Perish Awaken the Dreamers
Iced Earth The Crucible of Man
9 Brian "Head" Welch Save Me From Myself
12 Metallica Death Magnetic
16 All That Remains Overcome
Andromeda The Immunity Zone
Avenged Sevenfold Live in the LBC & Diamonds in the Rough
Obituary Left to Die
17 Amon Amarth Twilight of the Thunder God
Swallow the Sun Plague of Butterflies
The Haunted Versus
19 Evergrey Torn
Falchion Chronicles of the Dead
Sonic Syndicate Love and Other Disasters
22 Omnium Gatherum The Redshift
23 Metal Church This Present Wasteland
24 Battlelore The Last Alliance
26 Holy Moses Agony of Death
Psycroptic Ob(Servant)
29 Bring Me the Horizon Suicide Season
Enslaved Vertebrae
Dagoba Face The Colossus
30 Bleeding Through Declaration
Dream Theater Chaos in Motion 2007–2008
In This Moment The Dream
Jeff Loomis Zero Order Phase
Megadeth Anthology: Set the World Afire
Suspyre When Time Fades...
Trivium Shogun


Day Artist Album
6 Bloodbath The Fathomless Mastery
7 Tesla Forever More
13 Gojira The Way of All Flesh
14 Haste the Day Dreamer
See You Next Tuesday Intervals
Unearth The March
Yngwie Malmsteen Perpetual Flame
17 Zonaria The Cancer Empire
20 The Amenta n0n
Darkthrone Dark Thrones and Black Flags
21 Disciple Southern Hospitality
22 Thyrfing Hels Vite
AC/DC Black Ice
24 Darkane Demonic Art
Catamenia VIII - The Time Unchained
Sylosis Conclusion of an Age
25 Cradle of Filth Godspeed on the Devil's Thunder
28 Beneath the Massacre Dystopia
Exodus Let There Be Blood


Day Artist Album
3 Satyricon The Age of Nero
Turisas A Finnish Summer With Turisas
10 The Red Shore Unconsecrated
11 Behemoth Ezkaton
Dance Club Massacre Circle of Death
Dir en Grey Uroboros
The Faceless Planetary Duality
Light This City Stormchaser
Six Feet Under Death Rituals
Sympathy Anagogic Tyranny
Pig Destroyer Natasha (EP)
14 Edguy Tinnitus Sanctus
Elvenking Two Tragedy Poets (...and a Caravan of Weird Figures)
Hortus Animae Funeral Nation / 10 Years Of Hortus Animae[23]
17 Cynic Traced in Air
18 Mononc' Serge & Anonymus Musique Barbare
Mudvayne The New Game
24 Arch Enemy Tyrants of the Rising Sun
25 Becoming the Archetype Dichotomy


Day Artist Album
18 Tankard Thirst


  1. ^ "Iron Maiden: Live After Death DVD details announced". Blabbermouth.net. 2007-11-08. Retrieved 2008-06-02. 
  2. ^ Doug Gibson (aka deathbringer). "Winds of Plague Announce New Album Title". Archived from the original on June 2, 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-14. 
  3. ^ Warbringer: New song posted online
  4. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/pride-of-texas-mw0001780810
  5. ^ "Norther: New album details revealed". Blabbermouth.net. 2007-12-19. Archived from the original on April 21, 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-02. 
  6. ^ "Eluveitie: New album details revealed". Blabbermouth.net. 2007-12-23. Archived from the original on April 23, 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-02. 
  7. ^ "Hellhammer: Demon Entrails details revealed". Blabbermouth.net. 2008-01-08. Archived from the original on June 17, 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-02. 
  8. ^ "Keyboardist Hugo Sheppard explains decision to leave To-Mera". Blabbermouth.net. 2007-12-07. Archived from the original on June 17, 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-03. 
  9. ^ "Fear Factory singer's Ascension of the Watchers: Debut album details revealed". Blabbermouth.net. 2007-12-11. Archived from the original on April 22, 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-03. 
  10. ^ "Genghis Tron: Another preview track posted online". Blabbermouth.net. 2007-12-08. Archived from the original on April 22, 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-03. 
  11. ^ "Hate Eternal: New album details revealed". Blabbermouth.net. 2007-12-04. Archived from the original on April 22, 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-03. 
  12. ^ "Sculptured: New album details revealed". Blabbermouth.net. 2007-11-05. Archived from the original on June 12, 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-03. 
  13. ^ "Exciter: Thrash Speed Burn pushed back to february". Blabbermouth.net. 2007-11-22. Archived from the original on June 12, 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-03. 
  14. ^ "Steel Attack: New album title announced". Blabbermouth.net. 2008-01-17. Archived from the original on June 12, 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-03. 
  15. ^ "Stormwarrior: New album details revealed". Blabbermouth.net. 2008-01-12. Archived from the original on June 12, 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-03. 
  16. ^ "Rage: Carved in Stone release date announced". Blabbermouth.net. 2007-11-29. Archived from the original on June 12, 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-03. 
  17. ^ "Dark Fortress to release Eidolon in february". Blabbermouth.net. 2007-12-21. Archived from the original on April 23, 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-03. 
  18. ^ "Dark Suns To Release 'Grave Human Genuine' Next Month". blabbermouth.com. 2008-01-02. Retrieved 2009-01-04. 
  19. ^ "Dismember: New album artwork unveiled". Blabbermouth.net. 2008-01-28. Archived from the original on April 22, 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-02. 
  20. ^ "Textures: New album delayed". Blabbermouth.net. 2008-04-16. Archived from the original on June 12, 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-03. 
  21. ^ "Cryptopsy: The Unspoken King track listing revealed". Blabbermouth.net. 2008-04-17. Retrieved 2008-06-19. 
  22. ^ "Opeth, Watershed". opeth.com. Retrieved 2008-06-12. 
  23. ^ "Hortus Animae: 'Funeral Nation' Box Set Now Available". blabbermouth.com. 2008-11-27. Retrieved 2009-01-05. 

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