The new year is approaching and this current decade is coming to an end. Many things have happened in the past ten years, and I thought it would be worth pointing out ten major things that have happened within the metal world. There was that time Marilyn Manson had stage props fall on him on stage. There was the time Lady Gaga performed with Metallica at the Grammys, and the sound crew may or may not have sabotaged their show. There was the rise of Jared Dines and Stevie Terryberry on YouTube. The birth of Baby Metal. A shoegazing black metal entity called Deafheaven released the album of the decade. A lot of crazy shit happened. We lost many beloved individuals who helped in shaping metal into what it is today, and I do want to mention and give out my condolences to all of the families and fans of the great musicians (such as Vinnie Paul and Lemmy) we lost this past decade. Here is to a new year and a new decade.
1. Savatage reunites and joins Trans-Siberian Orchestra for one show at Waken Open Air Festival.
This is a story that conjured itself from the depths of nothing. Savatage is considered one of the best traditional underground metal acts of their era. The band ultimately went on hiatus in 2002. More than a decade goes by, and they announced in 2014 that they would be performing Wacken Open Air Festival in 2015. This was obviously huge news, but it got even bigger when they took to the stage alongside with Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Trans-Siberian Orchestra was founded by Savatage’s Paul O’Neill and is arguably one of the highest-grossing metal bands outside of Metallica. They performed the following year, and it was magic in real-life. You can watch the entire performance on YouTube, and I really hope they make a documentary about it. The sad part of this story is that Paul O’Neill died two years later due to an accidental circumstance involving prescription medication.
2. Upon a Burning Body create a distasteful publicity stunt that claimed their frontman was missing.
Publicity stunts and metal just don’t mix. Upon a Burning Body learned this very quickly when the band claimed their frontman was missing. This quickly escalated and received quite a bit of attention. The local Police Department made statements that they never received a missing person report. Frontman Danny Leal eventually turned up and denied it was a publicity stunt, but it was more or less confirmed it indeed was one. Sumerian Records CEO came out and publicly denounced their stunt as it was universally was not taken well. Just don’t do it, people.
3. Megadeth wins their first Grammy. House band plays Master of Puppets as they walk down.
This is pretty self-explanatory. Megadeth wins their first Grammy. House bands play Master of Puppets as they walk down to receive their award. Dave Mustaine was asked about what he thought, and he responded that it was the worst version of that song he has ever heard. He took it pretty well, but the irony is strong.
4. Unlocking the Truth turns down 1.8 Million Record deal with Warner Bros.
I bet you haven’t heard this name in a bit. Unlocking the Truth and the legacy of this band is something to marvel at. The group gained attention by literally performing on Times Square and eventually went viral. The attention they received landed them a 1.8 Million dollar record deal with Warner Bros. They went on to do a round of national talk show performances and playing the largest festivals in the country (including Coachella). All of this happened almost overnight, but the crazy part of this story is that they ended up backing out of their contract deal. Everything ultimately ended. They are currently together but haven’t done much since.
5. The Ghost Inside involved in a Tour Bus Accident.
One of the negative things about being a musician is the fact that you are on the road a lot. This exposes our beloved bands to potential accidents. Groups such as Baroness and The Ghost Inside are two that stand out this past decade. The Ghost Inside is a story of tragedy and triumph. Their bus collided with an 18 Wheeler and killed both drivers and severely injured several members of the band. Their drummer Andrew Tkaczyk was impacted especially hard in this event and was pretty open about his path to recovery. All of the members of the group made full recoveries with some permanent damage, but that didn’t stop them from returning to the stage to show everyone that you can overcome anything.
6. Mike Portnoy joins Avenged Sevenfold and quits Dream Theater.
Shortly after James Sullivan (The Rev) passed away, Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater offered up his drumming skills to Avenged Sevenfold. This was pretty shocking at the time because no one could’ve ever predicted that a drummer of his caliber would jump in to save the day. Not long after his departure from Avenged Sevenfold, Portnoy announced he was leaving Dream Theater. This marked a new era for Mainstream Metal, and it set the table for a decade of change.
7. Manowar’s Karl Logan arrested for Possession of Child Porn.
No one expected to wake up that day to find one of the most known metal bands in existence was involved in some serious and disgusting allegations involving children. Guitarist Karl “Logan” Mojaleski was arrested and charged with six counts of third-degree exploitation of a minor (According to the Blabbermouth). Manowar was set to go on a World Tour, and they announced that Karl Logan would not join them after his arrest. The story is still developing, and nothing is being said as of now. Needless to say, this event gained a lot of attention inside and outside of the metal world and is definitely one of the craziest things that have happened this decade.
8. Tim Lambesis of As I Lay Dying arrested for trying to hire a hitman to murder his wife.
This is certainly one of the most insane events to occur this past decade. I’m sure that most of you are aware of what took place, but a quick summary of what happened is that Tim Lambesis of As I Lay Dying was arrested and sentenced for trying to hire a hitman (Undercover Cop) to murder his wife at the time. He pled guilty and was released a little less than three of his six-year sentence. The story thickened when it was revealed that As I Lay Dying was going to continue with Tim on Vocals. They received a lot of backlashes and made several open statements and even a documentary to explain the reasoning to move on with the band.
9. Oli Herbert of All That Remains found dead.
This is possibly the craziest thing that no one discusses this past decade. Oli Herbert (founding member of All That Remains) was found dead on his property in 2018. This came out of nowhere, and there is a lot of suspicion around his death. There is a lot of skepticism around whether this was an accident, because of certain circumstances that involved his wife. A will was signed a week before he died. His wife left contradicting statements online about how he died. She is currently trying to claim a lot of money from All That Remains that involved recent tours and such after his death. His death is still under investigation and has been ruled suspicious.
10. Randy Blythe of Lamb of God arrested and imprisoned in the Czech Republic.
A whole book has been written about the situation that involved Randy Blythe. Long story short…A fan died at a show in Prague, and the death was pinned on Randy. He was unaware of what happened, and when he returned to the Czech Republic, they arrested and imprisoned him. This went on for over a year, and it made headlines on all major news outlets. One bit of information I found interesting was Randy recalling that he received a phone call from Sharon Osbourne, and she wanted to tell him that Ozzy was planning on rebooting OzzFest to raise money to get him out of prison. This was single-handedly probably the biggest event to take place this past decade.