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2015 In Heavy Metal Music

This is a timeline documenting the events of heavy metal in the year 2015.

Bands disbanded

Bands reformed

Events

  • On March 20, 2014, Rush announced that in 2015 they would embark on a 41st anniversary tour to commemorate the release of their first album.[15] The members of Rush have stated that this may be their last full-scale tour.[16]
  • On August 2, 2014, Savatage announced that they will reunite for 2015 Wacken Open Air.[17]
  • On January 27, L7 announced that they will reunite to perform at several festivals in the Summer of 2015, theses festivals include Download Festival, Hellfest, Azkena Rock Festival and Nova Rock Festival.[18]
  • On March 29, Megadeth announced that Chris Adler of Lamb of God will fill in on drums on their upcoming 15th studio album.[19]
  • On March 31, Skeletonwitch announced that former Cannabis Corpse vocalist Andy Horn would be replacing Garnette for their upcoming European tour. As of the announcement, Chance Garnette was no longer listed as Skeletonwitch's vocalist.[20][21]
  • On April 2, Megadeth announced that Kiko Loureiro of Angra has joined the band permanently.[22]
  • On April 6, Johnny Solinger left Skid Row to pursue a solo career.[23] He was replaced by former TNT singer Tony Harnell.[24]
  • On April 7, nearly four weeks after the death of drummer A.J. Pero, Twisted Sister announced that they will embark on their final tour together in 2016, dubbed "Forty and Fuck It", and then split up. Mike Portnoy (Adrenaline Mob, The Winery Dogs and formerly of Dream Theater) will be filling in for Pero on the tour.[25]
  • On April 12, Accept announced that former Grave Digger guitarist Uwe Lulis joined the band. They also announced that Christopher Williams joined the band as their new drummer.[26]
  • On April 14, Ghost announced Papa Emeritus III as their new singer after Papa Emeritus II was fired from the band.[27]
  • On April 17, Whitesnake announced Michele Luppi of Secret Sphere as their new keyboardist.[28]
  • On April 30, Metal Church announced their reunion with Mike Howe, who was the band's lead singer from 1988 to 1994.[29]
  • On May 5, Acid Reign announced that they were reforming after a 24-year hiatus.[8]
  • On May 30, Athera announced that he left Susperia for personal reasons.[30]
  • On June 15, Morbid Angel announced that they had parted ways with their drummer Tim Yeung and lead vocalist and bassist David Vincent, and reunited with Steve Tucker, who was Vincent's replacement from 1996 to 2001 and again in 2003–2004.[31][32] Later that day, however, Vincent denied that he had left the band.[33] A few days later, Vincent and guitarist Destructhor announced their departures from Morbid Angel.[34][35]
  • On September 10, drummer Sean Reinert announced that Cynic had split up for the second time, due to "artistic and personal differences."[36] Later that day, however, guitarist and vocalist Paul Masvidal said that the band has not broken up, and will continue "will continue one way or another."[37]
  • On September 14, Onslaught announced that they had parted ways with longtime guitarist Andy Rosser Davies, who was replaced by Iain GT Davies.[38]

Deaths

  • January 1 – Tommi Kuri, co-founding member of Amberian Dawn and bassist on the first three albums, died from the health issues that had forced him to leave the band in 2011.[39]
  • January 3 – Rudy "White Shark" Vercruysse, guitarist of Ostrogoth, died from liver cancer at the age of 59.[40]
  • March 1 – Ryan Stanek, co-founding member and former drummer of Broken Hope, died from undisclosed reasons at the age of 42.[41]
  • March 20 – A. J. Pero, drummer of Twisted Sister and Adrenaline Mob, died from a heart attack at the age of 55 in the bus while on tour with Adrenaline Mob.[42]
  • March 24 – Scott Clendenin, bassist of Death, died at the age of 47.[43]
  • April 30 – Shawn Chavez, former guitarist of Havok, died from undisclosed reasons at the age of 30.[44]
  • May 5 – Craig Gruber, bassist of Elf and Rainbow, died from prostate cancer at the age of 63.[45]
  • May 15 – Terry Jones, vocalist of Pagan Altar, died from cancer at the age of 69.[46]
  • May 18 – Ryan Shutler, drummer of Lazarus A.D., died from a heart attack at the age of 28.[47]
  • June 4 – Allan Fryer, vocalist of Heaven, died from cancer.[48]
  • June 7 – Christopher Lee, actor and singer, died at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital at 8:30 AM after being admitted for respiratory problems and heart failure, shortly after celebrating his 93rd birthday there. His wife delayed the public announcement until 11 June in order to break the news to their family.[49][50][51]
  • July 21 – Justin Lowe, guitarist of After the Burial, died after falling off a bridge in Minnesota at the age of 32.[52]
  • September 14 – Martin "Kiddie" Kearns, drummer of Bolt Thrower, died unexpectedly at the age of 38.[53]
  • October 18 – Obituary, died from cancer at the age of 47.[54]

Albums expected / released

January

Day Artist Album
9 Battle Beast Unholy Savior[55]
Callejon Wir sind Angst[56]
12 Sylosis Dormant Heart[57]
Wednesday 13 Monsters of the Universe: Come Out and Plague[58]
The Crown Death Is Not Dead[59]
14 Dr. Sin Intactus [60]
16 Angra Secret Garden[61]
Orden Ogan Ravenhead[62]
19 Angelus Apatrida Hidden Evolution[63]
Marilyn Manson The Pale Emperor[64]
Marduk Frontschwein[65]
23 Finsterforst Mach Dich Frei[66]
Ostrogoth Last Tribe Standing[67]
Stormwitch Season of the Witch[68]
25 Hate Crusade:Zero[69]
26 Armageddon Captivity & Devourment[70]
Napalm Death Apex Predator – Easy Meat[71]
U.D.O. Decadent[72]
27 Papa Roach F.E.A.R.[73]
Periphery Juggernaut: Alpha
Juggernaut: Omega[74]
Venom From the Very Depths[75]
30 Blind Guardian Beyond the Red Mirror[76]

February

Day Artist Album
2 Solefald World Metal: Kosmopolis Sud[77]
9 Adrenaline Mob Dearly Departed[78]
10 Melechesh Enki[79]
16 Keep of Kalessin Epistemology[80]
20 Black Star Riders The Killer Instinct[81]
Svartsot Vældet[82]
23 The Agonist Eye of Providence[83]
Carach Angren This Is No Fairytale[84]
Ensiferum One Man Army[85]
Scorpions Return to Forever[86]
24 All That Remains The Order of Things[87]
Of Mice & Men Restoring Force: Full Circle[88]
27 Enforcer From Beyond[89]

March

Day Artist Album
3 Leviathan Scar Sighted[90]
4 Viking No Child Left Behind[91]
6 Enslaved In Times[92]
Europe War of Kings[93]
9 Mortification Realm of the Skelataur[94]
10 Cancer Bats Searching for Zero[95]
17 Moonspell Extinct[96]
23 The Gentle Storm The Diary[97]
Michael Schenker's Temple of Rock Spirit on a Mission[98]
Oceano Ascendants[99]
While She Sleeps Brainwashed[100]
27 Nightwish Endless Forms Most Beautiful[101]
30 Morgoth Ungod[102]
Prong Songs from the Black Hole (covers album)[103]
31 Three Days Grace Human[104]

April

Day Artist Album
3 Halestorm Into the Wild Life[105]
6 Skyforger Senprūsija[106]
7 Heidevolk Velua[107]
17 Apocalyptica Shadowmaker[108]
Impellitteri Venom[109]
Kiske/Somerville City of Heroes[110]
18 Stone Sour Meanwhile in Burbank... (EP)[111]
20 Shining IX / Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends[112]
Drudkh A Furrow Cut Short[113]
21 Bill Ward Accountable Beasts[114]
Tribulation The Children of the Night[115]
24 Nightrage The Puritan[116]
Unleashed Dawn of the Nine[117]
27 Raven ExtermiNation[118]

May

Day Artist Album
5 Korpiklaani Noita[119]
Six Feet Under Crypt of the Devil[120]
8 Arcturus Arcturian[121]
Kamelot Haven[122]
Sirenia The Seventh Life Path[123]
12 Veil of Maya Matriarch[124]
15 Cain's Offering Stormcrow[125]
Whitesnake The Purple Album[126]
19 Coal Chamber Rivals[127]
Faith No More Sol Invictus[128]
22 Pyramaze Disciples of the Sun[129]
25 Leprous The Congregation[130]
29 Helloween My God-Given Right[131]

June

Day Artist Album
1 Nuclear Assault Pounder[132]
The Darkness Last of Our Kind[133]
2 Armored Saint Win Hands Down[134]
Paradise Lost The Plague Within[135]
Skinless Only the Ruthless Remain[136]
8 Gorgoroth Instinctus Bestialis[137]
9 Disarmonia Mundi Cold Inferno[138]
16 Iwrestledabearonce Hail Mary[139]
19 Luca Turilli's Rhapsody Prometheus, Symphonia Ignis Divinus[140]
Virgin Steele Nocturnes of Hellfire & Damnation[141]
23 Breaking Benjamin Dark Before Dawn[142]
High On Fire Luminiferous[143]
29 Thy Art Is Murder Holy War[144]
30 August Burns Red Found in Far Away Places[145]
Jungle Rot Order Shall Prevail[146]

July

Day Artist Album
7 Between the Buried and Me Coma Ecliptic[147]
10 Cradle of Filth Hammer of the Witches[148]
17 Orchid Sign of the Witch (EP)[149]
Powerwolf Blessed & Possessed[150]
24 Joe Satriani Shockwave Supernova[151]
Lamb of God VII: Sturm und Drang[152]
Northlane Node[153]
Symphony X Underworld[154]
We Came as Romans We Came as Romans[155]
31 Kataklysm Of Ghosts and Gods[156]
Xandria Fire & Ashes (EP)[157]

August

Day Artist Album
7 Cattle Decapitation The Anthropocene Extinction[158]
Fear Factory Genexus[159]
Krisiun [160]
Miss May I Deathless[161]
14 Bullet for My Valentine Venom[162]
Soulfly Archangel[163]
21 Act of Defiance Birth and the Burial[164]
Battlecross Rise to Power[165]
Before the Mourning Etherial End [166]
Butcher Babies Take It Like a Man[167]
The Devil Wears Prada Space (EP)[168]
Disturbed Immortalized[169]
Ghost Meliora[170]
Hate Eternal Infernus[171]
The Murder of My Sweet Beth Out of Hell[172]
P.O.D. The Awakening[173]
Praying Mantis Legacy[174]
Rotting Christ Lucifer Over Athens (live album)[175]
Royal Hunt Devil's Dozen[176]
The Sword High Country[177]
28 Ahab The Boats of the "Glen Carrig"[178]
Kobra and the Lotus Words of the Prophets (EP)[179]
Motörhead Bad Magic[180]
Nile What Should Not Be Unearthed[181]
Pentagram Curious Volume[182]
Soilwork The Ride Majestic[183]

September

Day Artist Album
4 Amorphis Under the Red Cloud[184]
Black Majesty Cross of Thorns[185]
Five Finger Death Punch Got Your Six[186]
Iron Maiden The Book of Souls[187]
Once Human The Life I Remember[188]
Riverside Love, Fear and the Time Machine[189]
Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats The Night Creeper[190]
11 Bring Me the Horizon That's the Spirit[191]
Leaves' Eyes King of Kings[192]
Slayer Repentless[193]
Stratovarius Eternal[194]
18 Annihilator Suicide Society[195]
Atreyu Long Live[196]
The Black Dahlia Murder Abysmal[197]
Blessthefall To Those Left Behind[198]
Malevolent Creation Dead Man's Path[199]
My Dying Bride Feel the Misery[200]
Operation: Mindcrime The Key[201]
Seven Witches The Way of the Wicked[202]
Tank Valley of Tears[203]
Tesseract Polaris[204]
25 A Sound of Thunder Tales from the Deadside[205]
Gloryhammer Space 1992: Rise of the Chaos Wizards[206]
Huntress Static[207]
Parkway Drive Ire[208]

October

Day Artist Album
2 Children of Bodom I Worship Chaos[209]
Deafheaven New Bermuda[210]
Fit for an Autopsy Absolute Hope, Absolute Hell[211]
Kylesa Exhausting Fire[212]
Queensrÿche Condition Hüman[213]
Satan Atom by Atom[214]
Sevendust Kill the Flaw[215]
Trivium Silence in the Snow[216]
W.A.S.P. Golgotha[217]
9 NonExist Throne of Scars[218]
16 40 Below Summer Transmission Infrared[219][220]
Black Tide Chasing Shadows[221]
Circle II Circle Reign of Darkness[222]
Grave Out of Respect for the Dead[223]
Saxon Battering Ram[224]
23 Amberian Dawn Innuendo[225]
Born of Osiris Soul Sphere[226]
Stryper Fallen[227]
Vehemence Forward Without Motion[228]
30 Cryptopsy The Book of Suffering – Tome 1 (EP)[229]
Def Leppard Def Leppard[230][231]
Draconian Sovran[232]
Erimha Thesis ov Warfare[233]
Gama Bomb Untouchable Glory[234]
Lost Soul Atlantis: The New Beginning[235]

November

Day Artist Album
6 Chastain We Bleed Metal[236]
Dark Moor Project X[237]
Devil You Know They Bleed Red[238]
13 Girlschool Guilty as Sin[239]
Intronaut The Direction of Last Things[240]
Swallow the Sun Songs from the North I, II, & III[241]
Vision of Disorder Razed to the Ground[242]
20 Hatesphere New Hell[243]
Månegarm Månegarm[244]
Solution .45 Nightmares in the Waking State – Part 1[245]
27 Autopsy Skull Grinder (EP)[246]
Danzig Skeletons (covers album)[247]
Stone Sour Straight Outta Burbank... (EP)[248]

December

Day Artist Album
4 Sunn O))) Kannon[249]
18 Baroness Purple[250]

Artists with material in production

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Preceded by
2014
Heavy Metal Timeline
2015
Succeeded by
2016
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