This Week in Metal News History: 2001


Tired of “so-and-so’s album turned 30 today” articles? Yeah, me too. Let’s get into some of the grittier pieces of news from the olden days of 2001. Thanks to the Blabbermouth news archive, we can go back and see what all the hot topics were 15 years ago and laugh, cry, or vomit from the findings.

On November 5th, an article came out reporting that Lars Ulrich was hanging out with Sean Penn and allegedly flirting with supermodel Naomi Campbell. The Danish magazine reported that he “is now more interested in ‘using his ‘stick’, and not his drum sticks” which couldn’t be more true considering their next album was St. Anger. The Danish were probably very upset that he wasn’t trying harder to support their economy. Here is a not-at-all photoshopped picture of that unfortunate meetup.


On November 9th, they reported:

On the Watchtower front, the legendary quartet have finished writing all of the music for Mathematics, the long-dormant follow-up to the band’s 1989 classic, Control & Resistance.

Mathematics would never see the light of day, but you might remember that they released Concepts of Math: Book One in October of this year. Fascinating that they reportedly had so much complete before falling out and re-emerging 15 years later.

In a post about a canceled Guns N’ Roses tour, the author jokingly said:

it appears that Mr. Rose’s greatest fear is actually not being able to complete work on the group’s perennially-delayed new CD, entitled Chinese Democracy, which is currently scheduled to be released in…like 2005?!?!? Well, not quite, but you get the picture.

Chinese Democracy ended up being released in late 2008. Even his joke date was off by 3 years.

This isn’t really metal news, but it’s so terrible I feel like it needs to be known. On November 8th:

Limp Bizket frontman Fred Durst will perform Led Zeppelin‘s ‘Thank You’ with Puddle of Mudd singer/guitarist Wes Scantlin at MTV’s European Video Music Awards

In case you want to torture yourself, here you go:


Here are some select album sale statistics from the week (number of weeks on the chart in parenthesis):

  • NickelbackSilver Side Up: 1,004,928 (8)
  • Linkin ParkHybrid Theory: 3,914,977 (54)
  • Incubus Morning View: 376,887 (2)
  • System of a DownToxicity: 817,286 (9)
  • SlipknotIowa: 553,043 (10)
  • MetallicaMetallica: 12,890,072 (484) [Why was this still even being tracked?!]
  • MudvayneL.D. 50: 451,899 (44)
  • SlayerGod Hates Us All: 121,179 (8)

Some additional quicky news-bites:

  • Don Dokken had to respond to a bunch of rumors about Jeff Pilsen leaving Dokken (he wasn’t even sure), which ended up being true.
  • Dream Theater set a release date for Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence.
  • Yngwie Malmsteen released a live DVD that included a coupon for a Yngwie calendar. I fucking need to see one of these. Now.
  • Symphony X opted out of a rescheduled tour (due to 9/11) to instead finish writing their next album, which ended up being The Odyssey. Good call boys.
  • Opeth had to cancel a few shows because Martin Lopez had severe lung issues and needed to have surgery.

Did anyone care about this news at the time? I was 10, so some of this is cool in hindsight since I was probably getting all my music news from VH1 morning music video countdowns.

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  • Óðinn
  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    Had God Hates Us All for literally a few days before selling it. Once I heard “Payback’s a bitch motherfucker”, I knew it had to go.

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    Oh and this dogshit production of an album was released. Something else I need to get rid of.

    • The sad thing is that there is some poor dumbass that will buy this.

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        Yeah, me in 2001!

        • We’ve all been there bro. Eternal regrets.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Yup, but I do have a sweet longsleeve when I saw them then. Not going to part with that. But this album is unlistenable.

          • Oh, totally agree. Drum production alone can immediately turn me away from an album. Although, there are a few bands that I can look past. Diabolic, Morbid Angel, and Brutus being the main three. I’m sure there are a few others that I can’t think of right now.

  • Vault Dweller

    I bought Hybrid Theory AND Silver Side Up. God, High School was a different time.

    Kill me. I can’t cringe hard enough.

    • InfinityOfThoughts

      I bought them too. It was a different time.

      *Cries in his whiskey*

  • 2001? Bad times. I was eleven and was listening nü metal in my initial journey of musical discovering.


    I better board myself the ship with a no return ticket to the center of the universe.

    • Maik Beninton™

      I was 8, and I was at the first year of school for the second time, on
      the first I had to go back to kinder garden because I would call my
      teacher an idiot.

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        Maybe they should have bumped you up a grade????

        • Maik Beninton™

          No, it worked out anyway.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            I went to school with a dude that was held back, and he’s smart as shit. Though a bit socially awkward.

          • Maik Beninton™

            Kinda like me, but I was very awkward.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            (still awkward, derp)

          • Maik Beninton™


    • GoatForest

      That’s okay. I was fifteen and should have known better. I didn’t.

  • Dave Vincent’s Perm

    I actually like Iowa.

    • Joaquin Stick

      I’ll probably get crucified for this, but I actually don’t even hate Vol. 3. It’s decent pop-ish metal. (I also haven’t listened to it in like 5 years, so my opinion is subject to change).

      • the production on Vol 3. was gross. my 2cents.

        • Joaquin Stick

          Really? It’s been so long that I probably didn’t even notice stuff like that at the time. Feeling urged to revisit.

          • Maybe I am still grumpy that Vol 3 was such a departure from Iowa? Yeah, that is what it is. lol

  • Scrimm

    I was in the Army in 2001

  • Checking the Wikipedia list, these are some albums I like from that year:

    After Forever – Decipher; Arch Enemy – Wages of Sin; Bolt Thrower – Honour – Valour – Pride; Finntroll – Jaktens Tid; Rhapsody – Rain of Thousand Flames.

    It also was the year in which Chuck Schuldiner passed away.

    Such a weird year, with so many nü metal out there.

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      Nu-metal was fucking everywhere. It was a horrid time, young Link.

    • Eliza

      I think Opeth’s Blackwater Park came out in 2001. I adore that album.

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        Oh shit, don’t tell Link that, he’ll go on a rant/diatribe about how he fell asleep during fucking The Drapery Falls…..and yes it came out that year, as I picked up a copy then.

        • Eliza

          I get not liking it, but The Drapery Falls? It doesn’t sound like the kind of song someone could fall asleep to.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            That’s cause Link is a fucking asshole.

          • Second time of the day that I was called an asshole.

            I think it wasn’t right to tell this guy at work it have such a crappy taste in films.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Hahaha. Dude, why are you so angry today?

          • Eliza

            I have been on the verge of telling some of my classmates this too, cus they wouldn’t stop talking about how awesome Suicide Squad was, when I thought it was kinda bad.

          • Tell them:

            “You should feel sorry on how much you suck as human beings”.

            It totally works! The only downside is that you’re going to be called an asshole!

          • Eliza

            I try to act nice, but I think this kind of stuff all the time.

          • Hey, we all have to put bad people in shame sometimes!

  • Does anyone really care about Fred Derp?

    • Joaquin Stick

      Did you listen to the cover? I has to be in the top ten of worst covers of all time, despite a sad Jimmy Page trying to help.

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        Yeah, I watched it, hahaha. So bad.

      • Eliza

        I refuse to watch a video recording of Fred Durst AND Wes Scantlin. Maybe I could survive one if they were separate, but together it’s just too much.

      • Durst might have the record for most awful covers of all time. There was also LB’s The Who cover (that was terrible) and his Marvin Gaye cover with Wieland, Perry Ferrell, and fuckin’ Wes Scantlin again.

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          Wow. Just wow.



        • Joaquin Stick

          Oh jesus. This is unreal.

        • Also, finished the podcast this morning. You’ll should totally do the “Graveyard Soundtracks” on the next episode !

        • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

          Well shit I have seen the death of everything I believe in.

  • Eliza

    I was to young back then to remember something now, but seeing what the popular much was at the time, I’m somewhat glad.

  • Señor Jefe El Rosa

    Blackwater Park and Prowler in the Yard came out.

    • Joaquin Stick

      This is a thing that literally only GL cares about. Sorry about your vowel, bro.

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        Yeah, because it’s fucking Dokken.

        • Eliza

          Still though, Dokken are the least awful hair metal band I know.


          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            There is truth to this. Poison was abhorrent.

          • You tipping your fedora in favor of Dokken has pretty much made my week. fyi

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Calm down, bro. Ohio still sucks.

      • You don’t have to say that you did it for me, bb. But, I know you did it for me 😉

      • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

        Wrong. I care about it too.

  • What in the mother F was that Jimmy Page/Durst/Puddle guy video? GAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAA fing terrible!

    • Joaquin Stick

      It’s like two frat boys got together around a bonfire and tried to sing a super deep song to impress the ladies with their feels.

      • The only thing I feel/felt from the video was the deep regret Page must have been experiencing while performing.

      • Waynecro

        Those shitty serenades helped a lot of frat boys get laid, and that produced millennials. True science fact.

        • Hey.

          I resemble that remark.

          • Waynecro

            Were you a crooning frat boy, or are you a millennial? If you were a crooning frat boy: Nice pull, bro! If you are a millennial: I’m sure your dad totally rocked an acoustic guitar back in the day.

          • I’m a millennial but my dad has absolutely zero musical skills, haha.

          • Waynecro

            Maybe he gets a little musical if he shotguns a case of Natural Light in the glow of a roaring bonfire.

          • Don’t we all, though?

          • Waynecro

            That’s a very good point. If you have heart and a lot of alcohol in your blood, you don’t need musical abilities to make Creed’s “What’s This Life For?” touch a woman’s heart/soul/loins.

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain


  • 2001: Cradle of Filth sign with Epic Records, becoming the first ever black metal band on a major label.

    • That kitty snuck right in there didn’t he?

    • GoatForest

      Hey, DAAD was actually a pretty killer album.

  • Shakes 999

    Back when Mudvayne was actually good and before they turned in to…… um whateve the hell those last 3 albums were.

  • This is a genius article idea

    • Joaquin Stick

      Oh, forgot to give that credit to 365, the one-man idea machine.

  • More fun releases in November 2001
    Stormlord – At The Gates of Utopia
    Angra – Rebirth

    • RT! Stormlord is a name I haven’t heard in a very long time!!! I remember this was the only song I could hear of them. Great memories!

      • They were the go to elitist band when anyone dared say anything positive about Wintersun in some of my early metal circles on Facebook.

        “Wintersun is terrible, you should listen to bands that actually do that style right like Stormlord”

  • Reading that list made a backwards red ball cap appear on my head and a chain grow from my wallet to my belt loop.

    • /dying

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  • Dr. K

    I read Blabbermouth every day in the early 2000s. So much wasted time.

  • NDG

    In 2001 I was 25 years old. I was neck deep in these two albums:


    Our Problem had been out for a few years but I couldn’t stop listening to it!