This is a timeline documenting the events of heavy metal
in the year 1992
Newly formed bands
- Alice in Chains release their widely popular concept album, Dirt.
- KNAC airs on radio airplay in Los Angeles, California for the first time.
- Motörhead's drummer Phil Taylor finally leaves after recording "Ain't No Nice Guy" for the March or Die album. The drummer on that album is Tommy Aldridge, who was replaced by Mikkey Dee after recording the album.
- Living Colour's bassist Muzz Skillings leaves and is replaced by Doug Wimbish.
- Bon Jovi released their album Keep the Faith 4 years after they had released their 4th album New Jersey.
- On April, 20, The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert is held. Top heavy metal/hard rock acts such as Guns N' Roses, Def Leppard, Metallica, Extreme and the heavy metal parody band Spinal Tap perform, as well as heavy metal/hard rock legends such as Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin), Roger Daltrey (The Who), and Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath).
- Izzy Stradlin leaves Guns N' Roses.
- Body Count sparks nationwide controversy over the song from their self-titled debut album, "Cop Killer".
- Vince Neil is fired from Mötley Crüe and replaced by John Corabi
- Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo is replaced by Paul Bostaph.
- Fanoft Stave Church near Bergen, Norway is destroyed by Varg Vikernes of Burzum on June 6th. Black Metal extremists put their agendas into action, destroying dozens of churches throughout Scandinavia.
- Extreme release their third album III Sides to Every Story. It is their last album recorded with the "classic" original line-up before drummer Paul Geary left the band two years later.