These days, band reunions can feel more like inevitabilities than pipe dreams. Especially in the last couple years, when groups who swore they'd never take the stage together again (Mudvayne, Mötley Crüe, etc.) ended up stunning fans with dramatic reformations. These days, it seems possible that almost any band could make a comeback. So who's next? We asked our readers who they want to see back in action, and the top five vote-getters are ranked accordingly below.
White Zombie broke up in 1998 and the band members have long moved on, but there's no reason to think a reunion would be anything less than great. Frontman Rob Zombie has been playing White Zombie classics like "Thunderkiss '65" and "More Human Than Human" for his entire solo carer, and throughout the last decade, his post-WZ music has moved away from the industrial club sound of "Dragula" and toward glammy rock & roll stylings that have more in common with White Zombie's classic material. There's no doubt a reunion would be a hoot.
It's only been a year since Every Time I Die broke up amid a nasty intraband feud that spilled out online, but the fans are already clamoring for a return. Sadly, that seems unlikely to happen anytime in the foreseeable future. This year, frontman Keith Buckley and three other members of the band (Jordan Buckley, Stephen Micciche and drummer Clayton "Goose" Holyoak) are slated to launch their respective new projects, and it doesn't seem like either of the warring parties (Keith vs. the rest of the band) are on good terms. At least ETID fans have two new ETID-esque bands to look forward to, right?
Of all the bands in this list, a Dillinger Escape Plan reunion seems the most feasible. The mathcore icons broke up in 2017, so their absence hasn't been super long, but long enough that a reformation wouldn't feel forced. Plus, all the members have been active since DEP broke up: guitarist Ben Weinman in Suicidal Tendencies, bassist Liam Wilson in Azusa and John Frum, drummer Billy Rymer in Thoughtcrimes, and frontman Greg Puciato in Killer Be Killed, the Black Queen and Jerry Cantrell's backing band, plus as a solo artist. These guys are still in peak form and still love playing music. Bring it on.
Usually it's the fans, not the band members themselves, who beg for a reunion just a few years after a group breaks up. But half of Slayer, who bowed out in 2019, have been vocally regretful about their "premature" retirement. "My heroes from my childhood are still playing," guitarist Kerry King lamented early this year. "I can still play, I still want to play, but that livelihood got taken away from me." Guitarist Gary Holt (who joined the band in 2013) agrees with King's assessment: "We were still playing at the top of our game, we were totally killing it." Hard to argue with that. C'mon back, boys.
It was pretty surprising to see, but the people want a classic Sepultura lineup reunion even more than fucking Slayer. Since founding songwriter-frontman Max Cavalera departed the Brazilian band in 1996 (followed by his brother, drummer Iggor, 10 years later) they've never been the same. While Max still puts most of his focus on Soulfly and his myriad other bands, he and Iggor have been touring on old-school Sepultura material throughout the last few years, but apparently that's not enough. Fans want the Cavalera bros. to link up with guitarist Adreas Kisser and Sepultura bassist Paulo Jr. to get the old gang back together — for a tour, for a new record, for anything. We'd love that, too, but Max has recently reaffirmed that he doesn't keep in touch with those guys anymore and likened their 1996 split to a divorce. It'd take some serious couple's counseling, but maybe there's a way...