Posts By Dan Tucker

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13 Classic Hard Rock Songs That Will Make You Scream “More Cowbell!”

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Poor cowbell. The once-celebrated percussive instrument that has since been dragged through the comedic mud (albeit hilariously) by Will Ferrell, Christopher Walken and company on Saturday Night Live. But back in the day, some hard rock and heavy metal bands actually held the ole ‘bell in high regard (well, sorta). Whether used as the foundation for the song, in one particular section, or  just for the intro, many legendary bands have utilized the percussion instrument – from Mountain to Led Zeppelin to Judas Priest to of course – Blue Öyster CultRead more…

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Epic Jams: The 20 Longest Songs In Classic Rock History

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We all know about the “epic” classic rock songs that ruled, and still rule, rock radio to this day. “Stairway…,” “Bohemian Rhapsody.” “Freebird.” FREEBIRD! Well, those songs might have been long but they were still focused enough to be played on the radio over and over again. We thought it was time to investigate some of the reeeeaallllly loooooong songs that start at the 10 minute mark and go from there. Read more…

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Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre: Heavy Metal’s 13 Most Romantic Love Songs

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What with tomorrow being Valentine’s Day, we’re turning our affections to the heavy metal love song. A rare species indeed. And no, we’re not talking about glam metal power ballads here, because those are anything but rare, and usually anything but metal. We’re talking about real heavy metal bands. Bands that are typically, consistently and truly heavy but aren’t afraid to show a different side. Bands that prove that beneath the hardened, aggressive, angry-as-hell exterior lies a warm, fuzzy, though perhaps blackened, center. Bands that prove that at the end of the day, we’re all human and dare we say, want to be loved. And though this form of love may be metal-infused, it is nonetheless there. From to Pantera to Slipknot, romance doesn’t seem to be a foreign concept to these dudes. So to celebrate our undying love of metal here’s a list of 13 Heavy Metal Love Songs. But don’t you dare go calling them soft.  Read more…

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11 Heavy Songs By Bands That Weren’t That Heavy

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While Black Sabbath blew the doors wide open for heavy metal, many of their peers (and predecessors) were experimenting with their own signature brand of rock n’ roll. And though a lot of these artists were a little, well OK, a lot tamer than Ozzy and company, they did occasionally venture into some hard rock and even heavy metal territory. Their music helped influence and lay the foundation for future rawk and metal artists. You may be familiar with some or even all of these tunes (damn…really?), but it’s an interesting reminder that although these classic bands tended to favor the mellower stuff, there were a few select songs in their respective catalogues that actually cranked the amps to 11. From Pink Floyd to Chicago to The Beatles, they all had at least one killer heavy tune. Here’s a list of 11 heavy songs by bands that aren’t very heavy. Or are they??? (Dun dun dunnnn.) . Read more…

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The 10 Biggest Badasses In Heavy Metal + Hard Rock!

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The classic adage about rock star excess is “sex, drugs and rock n’ roll.” Let’s be honest though, that just scratches the surface of the lifestyle. There’s so much more between the lines. And although all rock stars partake in “the life” to some degree, some take it to a whole ‘nother level. These folks are legends and rock icons. The people who are about as famous for their behavior as their music. Rock n’ roll is in their blood (along with all sorts of other chemicals and toxins). It’s not forced; it’s just who they are. They DO take everything to the extreme. They DO get arrested and start fights for completely ridiculous reasons. They DO have residencies at rehab facilities. They DO have wild stories that seem to be myths. And maybe they are, but who cares? From Lemmy to Ozzy to Danzig, here’s a list of heavy metal and hard rock’s 10 biggest badasses of all time. The girls want them and the guys want to be them. Oh, some girls want to be them too (exhibit A: Wendy O. Williams).

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10 Power Ballads From The ’80s We Still Love

power-ballad-templateYou only hear them nowadays on late-night compilation commercials or as Muzak at the dentist’s office or at inebriated karaoke nights. Most of them are coated in a thick layer of Velveeta cheese and full of single entendres and metaphors so simple a three year old could have written them. But you know you love them. How can you not? Those “manly” hair bands slowing it down and showing a more sensitive side and often coming up with some of their catchiest and most-career defining hits. From Poison to Journey to Def Leppard, going the route of the power ballad was an absolute given in the 1980s if you were in a hard rock band. And yes, we do take responsibility for keeping these songs popular and the artist’s careers alive. We’ve even employed some of them! But it’s all out of love, just like the songs themselves. Here’s 10 Power Ballads We Just Can’t Stop Loving. And you can’t either. Admit it.

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Heavier Than Grunge: 10 Alt Rock Bands That Were Coated In Metal

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It’s debatable as to who actually coined the term “grunge”. Some accredit it to Mark Arm of the band Mudhoney; others attribute it to various music journalists or Sub Pop records founder Bruce Pavitt. At the end of the day though, grunge was just a word. A word used to categorize a very diverse set of rock bands that just so happened to originate from the Pacific Northwest and played loud, electric guitar rock. For better or worse, these bands were all lumped together, even though each one had its own unique style, sound and influences. Nirvana was influenced by punk. Pearl Jam took cues from classic rock. And then there were the metal guys. The sludgy, dark, heavy bands – like Soundgarden, Alice in Chains and Tad. Read more…

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The Name Remains So Lame: 10 Metal Bands With Non-Metal Monikers

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So you’ve decided it’s time for you to start your very own metal band. You’ve got the requisite Marshall stacks and pointy guitars, you’ve assembled a group of like-minded metalheads with which to play and you’ve found yourself a cramped rehearsal space to start creating heavy sounds. Only thing you need now is a band name. Hmm…how about…Rainbow? Dew-Scented? The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza? YEAH, NOW THAT’S FREAKIN’ METAL!!! Wait…what? It turns out that some metal bands have decided to go a different route from the typical death, chaos and destruction themes and chosen handles that are a little, dare we say…lamer? And although these band names don’t exactly convey heaviness, once the songs kick in and you hear those pummeling riffs, there’s no mistaking that these are indeed HEAVY METAL bands. Here’s a list of 10 Metal Bands with Non-Metal Monikers – band names as atypical as the various types of metal they play. Read more…

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Go With The Evenflow: Metal’s 10 Biggest Grunge Makeovers

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As Charles Darwin so famously pointed out way back when, a big part of survival is adapting to your environment. So when Nirvana’s Nevermind was released in 1991 and threatened to wipe out metal for good, it was time for a few changes. Some bands went on hiatus or even disbanded; others began to experiment with their sound, incorporating grunge and alternative influences. The result was a mixed bag – a few albums were actually pretty successful. Others? Not so much.

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Metal Movember: Celebrate The 10 Mightiest Mustaches In Heavy Metal History!

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In case you haven’t heard, it’s Movember, the time of year where dudes around the world grow mustaches to raise awareness for men’s health issues. And what better way to tribute our mustachioed brethren than with a list of the all-time greatest metal ‘staches. These legends have rocked stages all around the world but perhaps the most impressive thing they’ve rocked resides on their upper lips. From Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath’s well-kempt broom sweeper to Mastodon guitarist Bill Kelliher’s handlebars to Motorhead mainman Lemmy Kilmister’s mutton-chops connected flavor saver, it appears that some of our favorite rockers celebrate Movember all year round. It’s not too late to join the party if you haven’t already so throw out those illogically expensive razors, kick back, allow the 5 o’clock shadow to approach 6 o’clock and beyond, and check out The 10 Mightiest Mustaches In Heavy Metal History!