Posts By Dan Tucker

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From Crabcore To Pornogrind: Metal’s 10 Most Ridiculous Subgenres

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Since arriving in the form of Black Sabbath in the late 60s, the heavy metal genre has spawned some absolutely legendary bands, songs and sounds. But let’s be honest, sometimes the lengths some bands go to can get pretty ridiculous. The costumes, the hair, the stage shows, the overall Spinal Tap-ness. And while all those things are excusable and truthfully part of what make the genre awesome, there’s no excuse for some of the silly names that are attached to the various hybrids and stylistic mutations within metal itself A.K.A. THE SUBGENRE. Read more…

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Classical Rock: Who Are The 12 Greatest Prog Bands Of All Time?

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Epic song lengths. Complex instrumentals. Odd time signatures. Concept albums with bizarre song titles and lyrics. Sure, these are staples of most, if not all, progressive bands, but some just do it a little better than others. We’re here to celebrate the bands that do it the best – the ones who define the genre and have had an impact both commercially and critically with some of the best albums and compositions of all time. Read more…

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10 Awesome Rock Docs You Might Have Missed

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After interviewing Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo about the forthcoming release of Jaco: The Film, a documentary about legendary jazz bassist Jaco Pastorius he’s producing, it got us thinking about the music documentary in general. There have certainly been some well-known and acclaimed music documentaries produced throughout the years; The Last Waltz, Madonna: Truth or Dare and Metallica: Some Kind of Monster all come to mind. And while all these films are great in their own right – they all focus on mainstream, popular artists with huge followings. What about all the other fascinating documentaries surrounding some of music’s lesser-known but no less important artists? Read more…

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Unsung Heroes: The 10 Most Underrated Classic Rock Singers

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We all know about the best rock singers of all time. The ones who other rock singers idolize. The staples who make it onto every list that’s ever published on the subject. The Robert Plants. The Freddie Mercurys. The Mick Jaggers. But what about all the other amazing singers that came through once The Beatles knocked down the doors for classic rock ‘n’ roll? Surely there are others that slip through the cracks and get overlooked on these lists? What are they, chopped liver? Far from it, and it’s time that we give these singers their due (so everyone can stop referring to them as “the singer from ____”).
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Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy: Who Are The 20 Greatest Supergroups In Heavy Metal And Hard Rock?

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Supergroup: n. The meeting of individual musical minds from separate iconic bands who attempt to combine their unique powers in order to create something totally new (Ok, not an official definition by any means, but that about sums it up). Read more…

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Kick Out The Jams: 20 Classic Live Albums In Hard Rock And Heavy Metal History!

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The live album. Though its popularity has severely waned as of late (along with albums in general!), it was a staple of hard rock and heavy metal bands back in the 70s and early 80s. In fact, a band’s live record would sometimes outsell its studio counterparts and in some ways come to define the band, displaying their raw, reckless energy and showing just what they’re capable of in the flesh. At times it became a band’s breakthrough album; at other times (if you’re Led Zeppelin) it capitalized on the band’s popularity. But either way, these LP’s go down in the annals of music history as some of the greatest rock albums of all time. From Kiss to Thin Lizzy, Judas Priest to Black Sabbath, all your favorite bands released live albums, and we love them for it. So to celebrate this week’s That Metal Show guest, former Kiss drummer Peter Criss, who played on their breakthrough Alive! double LP set, here’s a list of 20 Classic Live Albums In Hard Rock & Heavy Metal History. And whether they’re 100% live, live with overdubs, or mostly studio-enhanced, we don’t really care. What’s important is that they all kick some serious ass and kick out some serious jams.

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New York’s Hardest: Who Are The Big Apple’s 20 Greatest Hard Rock & Heavy Metal Bands?

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New York is the city that never sleeps. That’s in part due to the fact that many legendary hard rock and metal bands got their starts here, banging out monster riffs in their apartments and basements to the complete dismay of their families and neighbors. Throughout history, New York’s residents have been stereotyped (some would say unfairly) as loud, fast-paced, edgy, aggressive and obnoxious. Sound familiar? Yup, sounds like the perfect breeding ground for hard rock and heavy metal music. Read more…

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Heavy Metal’s 12 Most Badass Stage Names: You Won’t Believe The Stories Behind Them!

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You have a musical vision. You’ve got a sick band, some killer songs and a great live show. Unfortunately you were born SAUL HUDSON. It’s time to find a stage name. Such was the dilemma faced by many now-legendary hard rock and metal musicians. And though there were many horrible pseudonyms chosen throughout rock history, these guys were definitely not part of that crowd. Their names just exude cool. They feel big, important – sometimes even scary and intimidating (for this list, we’re talking complete reinventions, not just a first or last name change). But what are the real stories behind these iconic names? Where did they originate? Well, that’s what we’re about to find out. Because before they were effortlessly cool rock stars, they were Saul Hudson (Slash), Brian Hugh Warner (Marilyn Manson) and James Newell Osterberg, Jr. (Iggy Pop). So to celebrate this week’s That Metal Show guest, Robert Alan Deal (Mötley Crüe‘s Mick Mars), here’s the 12 most badass stage names in hard rock and heavy metal history. Perhaps some inspiration for you to change your own name and join this pantheon of legends. Or just get made fun of by your friends. All signs point to the latter.