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10 of the most METAL things to happen in 2015

From the boom of Bring Me The Horizon to some of the greatest co-headline tours in recent years, metal blogger Dan Hudson looks back on the most outrageously rock things that 2015 had to offer.

1. That’s The Spirit

Like them or not, because of Bring Me The Horizon’s fifth album That’s The Spirit, we’re closer than we’ve ever been to having a legitimate metal headliner that can contend with the likes of Iron Maiden and Metallica. If you don’t believe me…

2. Rock albums all over the charts

…including Enter Shikari’s The Mindsweep at No. 6, Five Finger Death Punch also at No. 6 with Got Your Six and Lamb of God’s VII: Sturm und Drang reaching No. 7; showing how metalheads continue to buck the trend of music fans not paying for music.

3. That’s Not Metal Podcast

Two blokes talk about metal for two hours every week with an obscene amount of knowledge and passion. In no time at all they’ve built up a loyal following and regularly feature highly in the iTunes music podcast chart. Get involved now at thatsnotmetal.net and @NotMetalPod.

4. THAT Drum solo

If you were lucky enough to go to one of Mötley Crüe’s last ever UK shows, there’s really no need for you to see another drum solo ever again.

5. Barack Obama confirms he is not the singer from Korn

In one of the more bizarre stories of the year, a war veteran meets Korn frontman Jonathan Davis but thinks he is hallucinating. When he then subsequently meets Obama, The President stated: “I want to assure you, you are not hallucinating. You are actually in the White House. Those cameras are on. I am not the lead singer from Korn.” Davis says ‘he couldn’t believe it.’

6. Korn perform their debut album in full

In other Korn news, 2015 was the year that Jonathan Davis resurrected some past demons in London and Manchester, as the California titans performed their debut album in its entirety, including an emotional Daddy.

7. Limp Bizkit play in a tent

After several years of playing festival stages, Fred Durst’s nu metal heroes played in a tent. He wore pyjamas. We moshed. A lot.

8. John Coffey singer seamlessly catches beer at festival.

Possibly the coolest thing ever happened this year at Pinkpop in Holland.

9. Slam Dunk’s continued rise

To give you an idea of just how big Slam Dunk now is, in Leeds the festival totally dominated the city, and the after-party took place in the Leeds Arena. An actual 13,500 capacity arena. We already can’t wait for 2016!

10. Monstrous co-headline tours

2015 was the year of huge co-headline rock tours. Slipknot, Korn and King 810, Mötley Crüe and Alice Cooper, Def Leppard and Whitesnake, AND the Pop Punk’s Not Dead tour ensured no headliner left home this year without a monstrous support act.

‘You know how the saying goes… it’s the size of the fight in the dog…’

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I’ve been a fan of Five Finger Death Punch ever since I interviewed them at Download in 2009. If you are wondering what they sound like, the clue is indeed in the title, although as a mate recently came out with ‘possibly not as heavy as you think they’d be’ . This is presumably testament to the melodic vocals employed by the group, however there’s no denying the sheer force of some of the riffs on the new album The Wrong Side Of Heaven and The Righteous Sound Of Hell Volume 1.

The album features an amazing cover of LL Cool J’s Mama Said Knock You Out. I’m not generally one for ‘novelty’ covers by rock bands but this really works, the lyrics sounding considerably more menacing, and, ahem, more likely to knock you out than Mr Cool J. It’s actually quite surprising that nobody thought to do it before! Across the album there’s also cameos from Soulfly’s Max Cavalera, Hatebreed’s Jamey Jasta, and this banger featuring Judas Priest’s Rob Halford.

Talking of Hatebreed, I’m excited about their upcoming tour which kicks off next week. Here in the South, they were originally set to be playing this year’s Hevy Fest in Folkestone which was then moved to Brixton Academy on account of problems with the site, and then ultimately cancelled. Luckily though, they’ve joined forces with headliners Killswitch Engage for a one-off date at London’s tiny Garage in Islington. It’s already sold out, but if you are lucky enough to have tickets, I’d get there early as they’re both playing headline length sets!