• Emil

50 YEARS OF METAL

Updated: Mar 28, 2020

Part V: Long Live Rock 'n' Roll ... the 2010s


Our journey through 50 years of metal ends (for now) on a high note. Over the course of the last few years, particularly in the second half of the past decade, we witnessed an increasingly large amount of quality releases across the ever widening landscape, culminating with traditional heavy metal and other retro styles making an indisputable comeback. Metal’s affinity to the underground reached unequaled comfort levels. Acts aided by rapid developments in audio recording technology and readily available access to marketing platforms, to the delight of the faithful masses of fans, encouraging the creation of some of the best music ever recorded! While branches of the genre cleaved out enjoying varying levels of mainstream popularity, true metal continued to expend reaching new milestones, driven by the fierce competition generated by the growing roster of acts. Unfortunately, the downside of such large field is that some acts will remain undiscovered or won’t get the deserved recognition. An unavoidable byproduct of said expansion is a rather large pile of horseshit which makes seeking talent and quality a daring quest at times.


It’s no secret that after fully embracing the underground 30 years ago, I basically remained immune to the “culture correct“ more mainstream inclined stuff. Amongst others, grunge and nu, or more recently, core and djent, had almost no impact on my music of choice. I have no doubts that metal will continue to thrive musically and to draw in new generations of fans in the years ahead. I certainly hope that the journey will continue and that I would be able to add new, exciting chapters to this chronicles in the future.


Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll!



2010

INNERWISH

(Greece)

No Turning Back

Released on May 28, 2010

Power metal

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MELECHESH

(Israel)

The Epigenesis


Released on October 1, 2010


Black metal/middle eastern/folk metal


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TRIPTYKON

(Switzerland)

Eparistera Daimones


Released on March 22, 2010


Death/doom metal/black metal/

avant-garde metal


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WITCHERY

(Sweden)

Witchkrieg


Released on June 21, 2010


Blackened thrash metal/speed metal


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ANGELUS APATRIDA

(Spain)

Clockwork


Released on June 21, 2010


Thrash metal


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2011

GHOST BRIGADE

(Finland)

Until Fear No Longer Defines Us

Released on August 19, 2011

Melodic death/doom metal/post-metal

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SHINING

(Sweden)

VII: Född Förlorare


Released on May 11, 2011


Progressive black metal


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HELL

(UK)

Human Remains


Released on May 13, 2011


Heavy metal


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CRISIX

(Spain)

The Menace


Released on September 26, 2011


Thrash metal


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BLOODBOUND

(Sweden)

Unholy Cross


Released on March 18, 2011


Heavy metal/power metal


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2012

AXEL RUDI PELL

(Germany)

Circle Of The Oath

Released on March 23, 2012

Melodic heavy metal/heavy metal

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WOODS OF YPRES

(Canada)

Woods 5:

Grey Skies & Electric Light


Released on February 13, 2012


Doom metal/Gothic metal


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PESSIMIST

(Germany)

Death From Above


Released on March 23, 2013


Thrash metal


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BLACK BREATH

(USA)

Sentenced To Life


Released on March 27, 2012


Death/thrash metal/crossover metal/

(Swedish style death metal)


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CARACH ANGREN

(Netherlands)

Where the Corpses Sink Forever


Released on May 18, 2012


Symphonic black metal


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2013

ORPHANED LAND

(Israel)

All Is One

Released on June 24, 2013

Progressive metal/middle eastern folk metal

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ATLANTEAN KODEX

(Germany)

The White Goddess


Released on September 29, 2013


Epic heavy/doom metal


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SUBROSA

(USA)

More Constant Than The Gods


Released on September 17, 2013


Doom/stoner metal/sludge metal


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IN SOLITUDE

(Sweden)

Sister


Released on September 27, 2013


Heavy metal/Gothic metal


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BLACK FAST

(USA)

Starving Out The Light


Released on August 16, 2013


Blackened technical/progressive

thrash metal


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2014

BATTLEROAR

(Greece)

Blood Of Legends

Released on May 6, 2014

Epic heavy/power metal

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SHYLMAGOGHNAR

(Netherlands)

Emergence


Released on February 27, 2014


Blackened progressive/melodic

death metal


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RINGWORM

(USA)

Hammer Of The Witch


Released on March 18, 2014


Hardcore/thrash metal


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THE OATH

(Germany)

The Oath


Released on March 17, 2014


Heavy/doom metal


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SHORT SHARP SHOCK (SSS)

(UK)

Limp.Gasp.Collapse


Released on November 10, 2014


Crossover thrash metal


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2015

ENSHINE

(Sweden/France)

Singularity

Released on October 18, 2015

Melodic death/doom metal

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TRIBULATION

(Sweden)

The Children Of The Night


Released on April 20, 2015


Black 'n' roll/Gothic metal


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DEMON EYE

(USA)

Tempora Infernalia


Released on May 8, 2015


Heavy/doom metal


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ENFORCER

(Sweden)

From Beyond


Released on February 27, 2015


Heavy metal/speed metal


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TRAITOR

(Germany)

Venomizer


Released on November 13, 2015


Thrash metal


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2016

WITHERSCAPE

(Sweden)

The Northern Sanctuary

Released on July 22, 2016

Progressive metal/melodic death metal

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THRAWSUNBLAT

(Canada)

Metachthonia


Released on June 17, 2016


Folk/melodic black metal


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DARK LUNACY

(Italy)

The Rain After The Snow


Released on November 11, 2016


Symphonic/melodic death metal


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ALLEGAEON

(USA)

Proponent Of Sentience


Released on September 23, 2016


Technical melodic death metal


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ULCERATE

(New Zealand)

Shrines Of Paralysis


Released on October 28, 2016


Technical death metal


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RIPPER

(Chile)

Experiment Of Existence


Released on March 4, 2016


Technical death/thrash metal


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HEXECUTOR

(France)

Poison, Lust And Damnation


Released on November 2, 2016


Thrash metal/speed metal


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HAIL SPIRIT NOIR

(Greece)

Mayhem In Blue


Released on October 28, 2016


Psychedelic/progressive black metal


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BRIGHT CURSE

(UK)

Before The Shore


Released on May 13, 2016


Psychedelic doom/stoner metal


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ASTEROID

(Sweden)

III


Released on November 11, 2016


Psychedelic hard rock/stoner metal


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2017

HEAT

(Germany)

Night Trouble

Released on October 13, 2017

Hard rock/retro rock/proto-metal

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NIGHT

(Sweden)

Raft Of The World


Released on September 1, 2017


Heavy metal/proto-metal


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NIGHT VIPER

(Sweden)

Exterminator


Released on October 20, 2017


Heavy metal


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WOLFHEART

(Finland)

Tyhjyys


Released on March 3, 2017


Blackened melodic death metal/

winter metal


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CNOC AN TURSA

(Scotland)

The Forty Five


Released on February 17, 2017


Folk/pagan black metal


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2018

SALEMS LOTT

(USA)

Mask Of Morality

Released on April 6, 2018

Glam/speed/power metal/visual kei

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CRIMSON DAY

(Finland)

At The Mountains Of Madness


Released on January 19, 2018


Heavy metal/power metal


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THE WIZARDS

(Spain)

Rise Of The Serpent


Released on October 26, 2018


Heavy metal/doom/stoner metal


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IRON LAMB

(Sweden)

Blue Haze


Released on October 26, 2018


Heavy metal/hard rock/proto-metal


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