Vote for the most memorable rock and metal comeback or relaunch within the past decade below.
The one seemingly impossible notion which dedicated fans continue to cling onto is to have their favorite musicians deliver a monumental return-to-form worthy of their expansive legacy. The rock and metal community has had it’s fair share throughout the past decade, during which we have seen several heavyweight artists arise from the ashes and remind everyone of why they were important in the first place.
In the case of such acts as Accept, Journey and Queensryche, the shoes of a pivotal and defining lead vocalist was filled with a largely unknown talent which assisted in reviving that group’s status and sound to that of the distant pinnacle of their career. Some groups, for example AC/DC or Deep Purple, never quite disappeared from the music scene or underwent any dramatic lineup alternations, but instead reminded fans of their existence by releasing new critically acclaimed studio albums.
Against all reasonable odds, Van Halen was able to put aside their differences with original lead vocalist David Lee Roth and release their first effort with the singer in twenty-eight years, ‘A Different Kind of Truth.’ Similarly, Black Sabbath joined forces with founding frontman Ozzy Osbourne last year to record their first album with the Prince of Darkness since 1978, titled ’13.’
Rush underwent an impressive transition heavily reminiscent of their original sound with 2007’s ‘Snakes & Arrows,” Guns N’ Roses alumni Slash established a solo career which resulted in the guitarist’s most commercially popular and public position since his former band, and Stryper executed a striking resurrection of their classic approach on 2013’s ‘No More Hell to Pay.’
Cinderella lead vocalist Tom Keifer was able to overcome a violent battle with vocal chord paralysis and release his long awaited solo album, ‘The Way Life Goes.’ And former Ozzy Osbourne solo guitarist Jake E. Lee, most readily known for penning the rock anthems “Bark at the Moon” and “The Ultimate Sin,” reappeared from a lengthy public hiatus as part of Red Dragon Cartel earlier in 2014.
With such an impressive list of memorable rock and metal career relaunches, the question remains: Which one is the most standout? The polls will remain open until July 7, 2014, at 23:59 EST. You can vote once per hour.