As the year quickly draws to a close I thought that it was about time that we take a look back at some of the major metal events of 2013.
Probably the biggest story early in the year was the Acquittal of Randy Blythe. After spending time in a Czech Republic prison Blythe finally stood trial on manslaughter charges of manslaughter in the death of a fan at a concert in Prague, in 2010. He was acquitted on the 5th of March, 2013 of all charges against him. There is a documentary being released in February 2014 about the events entitled “As Palaces Burn”.
This next story show cases the difference between Black metal and Christian metal. Tim Lambesis, vocalists for As I Lay Dying and Austrian Death Machine, was arrested after police said he tried to hire an undercover detective to kill his estranged wife. Tim has pleaded not guilty and was released on bail for 2 million dollars. On 16 July 2013 Varg Vikernes of Burzum and his wife, a French national, were arrested on suspicion of planning acts of terrorism after his wife purchased four rifles. The two were later released with no charges after police failed to identify any terrorist plans or targets. Vikernes was instead charged by French authorities with inciting racial hatred against Jews and Muslims. And the difference between Black metal Christian metal is, Black metalers know that shared activities is a great way to strengthen a marriage
Some metal bands lost some long standing members this year. Anthrax announced the departure of guitarist Rob Caggiano and then Volbeat announced that Rob Caggiano has officially joined Volbeat. This confused fans and Scott Ian. Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo was not able to attend the Australian tour due to misgivings over contract negotiations (he wanted to get payed). Jon Dette had replaced Dave for the remainder of the tour and then in May Slayer announced that Dave Lombardo has been officially replaced by Paul Bostaph. This marked the second time Bostaph replaced Lambardo.
Metallica released a 3D movie entitled Metallica: Through the Never. A huge accomplishment for a metal band (I think Metallica are a metal band again). The concert footage looked amazing and the story line was “interesting” but the ending was pretty dam frustrating. What the hell was in that dam bag. I like imagine that it was Cliff Burton’s Ashes and Dave Mustaine’s dignity.
After over 40 years as a band Rush was finally inducted in to the Rock and Roll hall of fame. This continued the trend on the Hall of Fame actually inducting one rock band a year, good for them. Also while celebrating their 25 anniversary Cannibal Corpse was inducted into the Buffalo Music Hall Of Fame alongside the likes of The Goo Goo Dolls and 10,000 Maniacs.
On a sad note we lost some great metal musicians this year. Joey LaCaze, drummer of sludge metal act Eyehategod passed away in August. Deftones bassist Chi Cheng, died of complications following the 2008 car crash he was involved in. Legendary, ex-drummer of Iron Maiden Clive Burr, died of Multiple sclerosis complications. On May 2 Jeff Hanneman, guitar player for Slayer died of liver failure. RIP you metal monsters.
Well that’s some of the metal highlights and lowlights for 2013. It was a year that saw Carcass release their first album in 17 years and saw God Forbid disband. There were some great albums released and then there was Megadeth’s “Super Collider” but all in all it was a good year for metal. Who knows what’s in store for us in 2014 but I am just hoping that the new Sanctuary album finally gets released.