1981 in heavy metal music

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List of years in heavy metal music (table)
  • 1978
  • 1979
  • 1980
  • 1981
  • 1982
  • 1983
  • 1984
  • This is a timeline documenting the events of heavy metal in the year 1981.

    Newly formed bands

    Albums & EPs


    • April: AC/DC's album "For Those About to Rock We Salute You" is finally released in the United States.
    • September: Iron Maiden's lead singer Paul Di'Anno leaves band due to heavy drinking, and is replaced by Bruce Dickinson.
    • Eric Carr joins Kiss on drums and makes his songwriting debut with "Under the Rose".
    Preceded by
    Heavy Metal Timeline
    Succeeded by
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