2018 was yet another loud good year for metal! Let’s take a look at the 2018 summary of bands (disbanded, reformed), deaths, events and awards. Feel free to add what you thought was important in 2018 in the comments!

  • Bands Disbanded

Burzum (1991-1999) (2009-2018) [Black Metal, Dark Ambient]

Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody (2011-2018) [Symphonic Power Metal, Neoclassical Metal]

Rush (1968-2018) [Progressive Rock, Hard Rock]

Soundgarden (1984-1997) (2010-2018) [Grunge, Hard/Alternative Rock]

  • Bands Reformed

Conception (1989-1998) (2005) (2018-Present) [Power Metal, Progressive Metal]

Mötley Crüe (1981-2015) (2018-Present) [Glam metal, Heavy Metal, Hard Rock]

Static X (1994-2010) (2012-2013) (2018-Present) [Nu Metal, Industrial Metal]

  • Bands on Hiatus

Adagio (2000-2018) [Symphonic Power Metal, Progressive Metal]

Devin Townsend Project (1990-2018) [Progressive, Heavy Metal]

Katatonia (1991-1994) (1996-2018) [Progressive Metal/Rock]

Machine Head (1991-2018) [Groove Metal, Heavy Metal]

Morgoth (1985-1998) (2010-2018) [Death Metal, Industrial Metal]

  • Events

January | Sodom [Thrash Metal] parted ways with Bernd “Bernemann” Kost (Guitarist since 1996) and Markus “Makka” Freiwald (Drummer since 2010); Frank “Blackfire” Gosdzik (Guitarist) rejoined the band, along with Stefan “Husky” Hüskens (Drummer) and Yorck Segatz (Guitarist).

January 22 | Slayer annouced their farewell tour after 37 years. Their Final World Tour was supported by  Lamb of God, Anthrax, Testament and Behemoth who were replaced by Napalm Death.

February 12 | Glenn Tipton announced that he had Parkinson’s disease, with which he had been first diagnosed with a decade ago, and would no longer be touring with Judas Priest. He stated that he was still a member of the band despite his diagnosis and did not rule out future on-stage appearances. Producer and former Sabbat guitarist Andy Sneap was announced as his replacement for future tours.

March | Nightwish embarked on a nine-month world tour, titled Decades: World Tour, featuring a special set for fans, including songs that had not been played in a long time. The tour began on March 9, 2018, and an accompanying 2 CD compilation called Decades was released on the same day.

September 13 | Vocalist Vince Neil announced that Mötley Crüe had reunited and recorded four new songs for the film adaptation of the band’s biography, The Dirt – Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band.

September 28 | lead vocalist and founding member Robb Flynn announced that Machine Head would do one final tour with longtime members Phil Demmel (Guitarist) and Dave McClain (Drummer), who had recently left the band. Flynn claimed that they were not breaking up but clarified that “this is the farewell tour of this lineup, this era of ‘Machine Head’. This is not the farewell tour of ‘Machine Head’.”

  • Deaths

January 3 – Josiah Boyd, former bassist of A Hill to Die Upon, died after a car accident at the age of 32.

January 5 – Mikio Fujioka, guitarist of Babymetal, died from injuries caused by falling off an observation deck at the age of 36.

January 10 – “Fast” Eddie Clarke, guitarist of Fastway and former guitarist of Motörhead, died of pneumonia at the age of 67.

January 16 – Dave Holland, former drummer of Judas Priest, died from undisclosed reasons at the age of 69.

February 7 – Pat Torpey, drummer of Mr. Big, died from Parkinson’s disease at the age of 64.

March 18 – Frank “Killjoy” Pucci, vocalist of Necrophagia, died from undisclosed reasons at the age of 48.

April 30 – Tim Calvert, former guitarist of Nevermore and Forbidden, died from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at the age of 52.

May 9 – Ben Graves, former drummer of Murderdolls, Dope, and Pretty Boy Floyd, died from cancer at the age of 46.

June 6 – Ralph Santolla, former guitarist of Iced Earth, Deicide, Death, and Obituary, died after suffering a heart attack, falling into a coma, and being taken off life support at the age of 51.

June 22 – Vinnie Paul, drummer of Hellyeah and former drummer of Pantera and Damageplan, died from dilated cardiomyopathy and coronary artery disease at the age of 54.

June 25 – Jake Raymond, former vocalist of Vital Remains, died from undisclosed reasons.

July 27 – Mark “The Shark” Shelton, vocalist and guitarist of Manilla Road, died from a heart attack at the age of 60.

August 14 – Randy Rampage, former vocalist of Annihilator, died from a heart attack at the age of 58.

August 14 – Jill Janus, vocalist of Huntress, died from committing suicide at the age of 42.

August 25 – Kyle Pavone, vocalist of We Came as Romans, died from a drug overdose at the age of 28.

September 5 – Richard Bateman, bassist of Nasty Savage, died from a heart attack.

October 16 – Oli Herbert, guitarist of All That Remains, died from drowning after taking antidepressants and sleeping aids at the age of 44.

October 23 – Willy Lange, bassist of L??z Rockit and Dublin Death Patrol, died from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident at the age of 57.

November 29 – Erik Lindmark, vocalist and guitarist of Deeds of Flesh, died from sclerosis at the age of 46.

December 3 – Carsten Otterbach, former guitarist of Morgoth, died from multiple sclerosis at the age of 48.

December 7 – Lucas Starr, former bassist of Oh, Sleeper, died from colon cancer at the age of 34.

Winners of the 2018 Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards which took place at the Indigo at The O2 Arena, London on June 11, 2018.

  • Best New Band (sponsored by Röad Crew)



Sleep Token



  • Best Underground Band (sponsored by Relapse Records)


*Wolves In The Throne Room

Chelsea Wolfe



  • Best British Band (sponsored by Nuclear Blast)

Asking Alexandria

Cradle Of Filth


Rolo Tomassi

*Judas Priest

  • Best Live Band (sponsored by Monster Energy)


*Lacuna Coil


Cannibal Corpse


  • Best International Band

Stone Sour


Parkway Drive

Marilyn Manson

*Arch Enemy

  • Best Independent Label

*Sumerian Records

Holy Roar


Southern Lord

Indie Recordings

  • Best Event (sponsored by Spinefarm Records)

*Download Festival



Chicago Open Air

Wacken Open Air

  • Breakthrough (sponsored by Sumerian Records)


*Code Orange

Power Trip

Employed To Serve

Carpenter Brut

  • Global Metal (sponsored by Century Media): Kaoteon
  • Riff Lord (sponsored by Chapman Guitars): Wes Borland
  • Inspiration (sponsored by uDiscover): Meshuggah
  • Best Album (sponsored by Roadrunner Records): Myrkur ‘Mareridt’
  • Icon (sponsored by Zippo Encore): Maynard James Keenan
  • Golden God (sponsored by LouderSound.com): Ozzy Osbourne
  • Spirit Of Hammer (sponsored by Sliptrick Records): Jessica Pimentel