Guitar god, Deep Purple guru, and Rainbow ruler Ritchie Blackmore turns 70 today. As an axe-wielder and a gentleman, Blackmore is one of rock’s supreme beings—a superhuman giant in that rarified realm alongside Tony Iommi, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, and Jeff Beck, whose influence touches the frets of every hard rock and heavy metal six-string-slinger who will ever follow in his musical wake.
Let’s celebrate Ritchie Blackmore’s 70th with a chronological playlist of seven essential songs that bear his immortal touch.
Jersey trio Atomic Bitchwax is back as they prep the release of their sixth studio album Gravitron. In anticipation of the album’s release on April 21st, VH1 is proud to premiere the guitar-shredding, sonic boom entitled “Coming In Hot.”
It’s difficult to find an area of music that the Beatlesdidn’t influence, but their contribution to the progression of heavy metal is often overlooked. Perhaps best remembered for their psychedelic art-rock and flawless pop singles, the Fab Four could certainly let their hair down and fire off some headbangers, inspiring metal architects like Ozzy Osbourne and Gene Simmons. Plus their pioneering work with distortion, feedback, unorthodox lyrical topics, and death metal roars helped provide the building blocks of the genre.
So without further ado, in chronological order, here are nine Beatles songs that clearly helped pave the road to heavy metal.
Rock Icons director Sam Dunn admits that Daryl Hall may seem like a left-of-center pick for a series that focuses on amped up hard rock shredders like Slash and Dave Mustaine. But here Dunn explains why he was the perfect (although different) choice.
Black Flag’s signature 1984 anthem “TV Party” is rock’s ultimate send-up of boob addiction, built around a chorus of all-too-familiar universal truth: “We’ve got nothin’ better to do/Than watch TV and have a couple of brews/Don’t talk about anything else/We don’t want to know/We’re dedicated to our favorite shows!” Read more…
This year on That Metal Show we’re doing things a little differently and thinking up exciting new ways to bring you the best coverage of all things heavy metal and hard rock. One of those things is That After Show, where we keep the cameras rolling after the regular broadcast is over and let the TMS boys and their guests talk about, well, whatever the f-ck they want to talk about. This week hear Zakk Wylde, Kerry King, and Lzzy Hale sound off about their life in music.
“It is the best of songs, it is the worst of songs,” writes rock journalist Dave Marsh in his indispensible 2004 tome Louie Louie: The History and Mythology of the World’s Most Famous Rock ’n Roll Song. Marsh’s assessment is spot-on, of course, and on April 11—a date registered with and recognized by the National Special Events Registry and Chase’s Calendar of Events as officially being International “Louie Louie” Day—let us celebrate rock’s ultimate alpha-and-omega party anthem properly. Read more…
We’ve brought you a list of children who shred harder than you, and now three of them have joined forces for a pre-teen group that is destined for metal stardom. The Warning is a power trio that consists of three sisters: 15-year-old guitarist Dany, 13-year-old drummer Paulina and 10-year-old bassist Alejandra. They’ve been earning fans by posting incredible covers to their youtube channel (mandatory viewing), ranging from Metallica to Katy Perry. But clearly, their hard rock chops are honed razor sharp.
Compiling a list of the most influential modern metal guitar players is intimidating. There was no way to do this without pissing a bunch of people off. I did my best to quantify which guitar players’ mark was being felt the most by the up and coming generation of new bands and musical movements in the realm of all things heavy. Whose legacy stood the test of time? Why is player “A” more influential than player “B”? Is there empirical evidence to support these arguments? These are the burning questions. There are some tremendously phenomenal players who did not make this list because their significance will not be known for some time. There are some players who made a big splash initially, but stature has waned in recent years. There are some genres like Black Metal where I had difficulty pinpointing 1 or 2 specific players that stood out among the slew of pioneers.