Heavy Metal

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Punk Rock Guitar Hero James Williamson Of The Stooges Revisits Lost Classics On New Album

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Though he’s hardly a household name, to fans and followers, Iggy & The Stooges guitarist James Williamson’s contribution to music is equal to any of his more famous contemporaries. His guitar playing on the band’s cataclysmic third album, Raw Power, a combination of furiously down-stroked power chords and sputtering, vicious leads, created the punk rock guitar style which has echoed down through the ages in the music of the Ramones, Black Flag, and all their cantankerous progeny.  Like Tony Iommi in heavy metal, his actual sound is as important as what he played, an aggressive, high-end, overdriven roar, with little recorded precedent. When you think of the sound of punk rock, real punk rock, what you hear is the sound he created in 1973 by plugging his Gibson Les Paul Custom guitar into a Vox AC30 amplifier and cranking it up until your ears bleed. Read more…

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The Occult Histories Of 10 Famous Musicians In Honor Of National Occult Day

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Happy National Occult Day everyone! Oh, you didn’t know it was National Occult Day today? Well it is, so now is the time to celebrate if you’re a Wiccan, a Kabbalahist, or just your garden variety Satanist. No one is really sure how the holiday came to be, which only makes sense since the term “occult” means “knowledge of the hidden,” however, some of the greatest musicians in history have flirted with spiritual pursuits beyond the regular mainstream religions we all know and love. Read more…

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From The Gridiron To Iron Maiden Fans, Trace NFL Football’s Heavy Metal Connection

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Both take place in stadiums and send their crowds into rabid frenzies. Both rely on equal parts emotional intensity, pinpoint accuracy and brute force. With it’s aggressive physicality and full contact fandom, NFL Football is the heavy metal of professional sports.With its agressive riffing and full contact live performances, heavy metal is the NFL football of music (though you could make a case it’s the MMA of music as well). Read more…

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Classic Heavy Metal Album Covers Come To Life In 10 Eye Popping GIFs

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One of the visual calling cards of heavy metal music is it’s awesome album cover artwork. From the blown out post-hippie designs adorning Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath records to the fantasy-themed illustrations of Dio and Iron Maiden and going to the extreme with thrash and death metal’s graphic portrayals of violence and brutality, eye popping cover art is as essential to the genre as distorted guitars and high-pitched singing. Read more…

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Sammy Hagar Says “Record Business Is Kind Of Done” And Maybe Chickenfoot Too


In an exclusive interview with Nik Carter, singer Sammy Hagar talks about why the future of supergroup Chickenfoot may be in peril thanks to the changes in the music business. “When you spend a half million dollars on a record and it sells 125,000 records, I’m sorry, that’s pay to play.” said the Red Rocker, who also spoke candidly about how his age effects the commitments he is willing to make. “Everything I do now is…I’m looking at this could be my last year of this” he said, adding “I’m trying to pick and choose everything I do and make it more special. For me.” Read more…

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Metallica Honor Those “For Whom The Bell Tolls” And Steal The Show At The Concert For Valor

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On a night that honored those who served their country in the United States Military, Metallica showed why they are the biggest heavy metal band in the world. Introduced by metal loving comedian Jack Black as “a favorite of our troops,” and surrounded on stage by servicemen and women, the band’s appearance at The Concert For Valor had the same emotional impact as The Who’s performance at The Concert for New York City following the September 11th attacks. Read more…

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Exclusive: Get Ruff This National Metal Day With National Metal Dogs

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Today, November 11th, is known the world over to metalheads as National Metal Day, when we celebrate all things loud and proud and rejoice in the history, the culture and the restorative, invigorating power of HEAVY F***ING METAL!!! And what better way to celebrate the most dominating genre in the history of music than with videos of heavy metal dogs? Am I right? So in the spirit of all that is unholy, and in honor of this heaviest of all holidays, we present you with National Metal Dogs! Read more…

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The 11 Heaviest Dates In Heavy Metal History In Honor Of National Metal Day

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Since 2011, the eleventh day of the eleventh month every year has been designated National Metal Day. The honor arises from a classic scene in the 1984 comedy masterpiece This Is Spinal Tap wherein metal guitarist extraordinaire Nigel Tufnel (Christopher Guest) shows off his custom Marshall amps, which are equipped with one extra notch on the volume knob. As Nigel famously puts it: “These go to eleven!”

That sublime moment perfectly encapsulates the fervor, ferocity, and, most importantly, the fun that makes heavy metal the vanguard of rock-and-roll gone “over-the-top.” In addition to its own inborn extremes, heavy metal has always devoured whatever rock music’s latest outrage may be and used it to make itself stronger—from electric blues to punk to hip-hop to grunge and beyond.

So in honor of National Metal Day today, we trace the eleven most insane, untamed, taboo shattering leaps forward in heavy music history. Lock your fingers into horn position, adjust your head for banging, and let’s tear it up!


Hear Ozzy Osbourne tell the story about the night of January 20th in 1982 when he bit the head off a bat, surely one of metal’s heaviest dates.

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Celebrate No-Shave November With The 20 Greatest Beards In Heavy Metal

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Every November men around the world let their razors rust and let the facial hair flow as part of No-Shave November to help raise cancer awareness. Now as everyone knows, heavy metal is home to some of music’s most hirsute rockers and what better way to ring in the month than by checking out some of the greatest beards in the history of hard rock. Read more…

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Exclusive: Slash On Playing With Myles Kennedy “It’s Definitely A Band”


Former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash appeared on VH1 Classic’s On Tap radio show with Nik Carter recently to discuss his new album, World On Fire, which has received near universally good reviews since its release earlier this fall. A large part of what makes the album so damn good is the expert pairing of one of the world’s last true guitar heroes with excellent backing from Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators. Slash says it’s no accident the band has cranked out two albums in 3 years and countless tours since he hooked up with the Alter Bridge singer during the recording of his eponymous 2010 solo album. Read more…