Heavy Metal

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That Metal Gear: Mark Tremonti

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Every Saturday night on VH1 Classic That Metal Show brings you interviews with the biggest names in heavy metal and hard rock. And each week That Metal Gear interviews your favorite TMS guests to find out how some of the genre’s most accomplished musicians got their start playing their instruments and what guitars and amps they’re using to get their sounds. This week we caught up with Mark Tremonti, formerly of Creed, and currently holding things down for Alter Bridge and Tremonti. Mark is at heart a true metalhead who cut his teeth as a teenage thrash metal fanatic and also a true gear nerd when it comes to guitars and amps. Find out what he’s using, what he’s listening to and how he crafts those giant hooks while staying true to his metal roots. Read more…

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That Metal Show: Alter Bridge + Matt Nathanson Visit Next Episode!

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It’s another week and another episode of That Metal Show is on the horizon and it’s a doozy. Joining Eddie, Don and Jim this week are Myles Kennedy and Mark Tremonti from Alter Bridge. They’ve got some amazing stories to share about Mark’s days in Creed and Myles jamming with everyone from Slash to Jimmy Page. And if that’s not enough singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson comes by to profess his undying love for all things metal. If that’s not enough we’ve got Scorpions on Skype and Steve Brown from Trixter as the special musical guest. Check out pictures from this week’s shoot and don’t forget to tune in to VH1 Classic this Saturday night at 11/10C to watch the latest episode of the only show on television on all things heavy metal and hard rock.

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Heavy Metal Valentine’s Day Cards: Show Your Love In The Heaviest Way Possible!

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Ah, Saint Valentine’s Day. The day when you shower your loved ones with bouquets of roses, heart-shaped boxes of chocolates and heavy metal. Heavy Metal? That’s right. Hallmark be damned, this V-Day we’ve put together a special set of Valentine’s Day cards featuring your favorite stars from the world’s of hard rock, glam, thrash and good old classic heavy freakin’ metal. Say that special something to the one you love with Slayer. Do you and your loved one make a good Crüe? Are you Bon Jovi-al when you’re near them? Do they drive you as Wylde as the bearded guitarist of Black Label Society? Like Dio sang, are they your rainbow in the dark? Check out our Heavy Metal Valentine’s Day Cards, download your favorites and share them with the one you love. And if you need to get in the mood while the two of you gorge yourselves on candies listen to our list of Heavy Metal’s 13 Most Romantic Love Songs.

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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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20 Metal Bands That Are So Awesome They Named Songs After Themselves

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The name remains the same. Or at least it does for the following bands. Ever since heavy metal pioneers Black Sabbath kicked off the album Black Sabbath with the song “Black Sabbath” many have taken a cue from the masters and saved their most killer riffs for songs that embody the band themselves in both spirit and literally, in name. From Motorhead, whose first single was the classic “Motorhead,” through thrashers like Anthrax and Exodus and all the way up to modern day ragers Children Of Bodom and Dimmu Borgir, the theme or signature song is an essential part of heavy metal’s tribal culture. Hell, it’s such a cool thing to do even hardcore punk bands like Minor Threat and Bad Religion got into the act, but hey, that’s a different list. Anyhow, scroll through the pages, stream the videos and check out 20 kick ass metal jams that are named after their creators very own kick ass metal bands.  Read more…

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What Are The Top 5 Ted Nugent Songs Of All Time?

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Each week on That Metal Show Eddie, Don and Jim rank their favorite musical moments from the worlds of hard rock and heavy metal in the TMS Top 5 and then argue about what the final ranking should be. This week’s artist of choice has been in and caused a lot of arguments in his time. Some call him the Motor City Madman. Some call him The Nuge. His mother probably called him Theodore but to most people he is known as Ted Nugent. The bow-hunting, conservative, conservationist has no shortage of hard rock classics from his days leading The Amboy Dukes to his ‘70s solo stardom so check out The TMS Top 5 Ted Nugent Songs of All Time and tune in to VH1 Classic every Saturday night to see what the boys are going to argue about next. Read more…

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That Metal Gear: Ted Nugent Talks About His First Guitars + Guitar Heroes!

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This season on That Metal Show we’re talking to some of the greatest guitarists and bassists in hard rock and heavy metal and finding out how they got started on their instruments and what gear they use to get their outrageous sounds. Few guitarists out there are more outrageous than the Motor City Madman, Ted Motherf’ing Nugent. The Nuge was kind enough to talk to us about his first guitars and guitar heroes and how he strangles those “howling, tortured guitar, animal dying sounds” out of his trademark Gibson Byrdlands on some of the most enduring hard rock classics of all time. This is an epic interview and the longest installment of That Metal Gear we’ve run so far, but Ted deserves it. He’s got a lot to say and all of it is worth hearing. We promise you will not be bored when he starts talking. Read more…

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Ted Nugent Makes His That Metal Show Debut This Saturday Night!

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Hell hath frozen over, well actually everywhere is frozen over these days as it’s the middle of the coldest winter we’ve had in years but regardless, we’re freakin’ excited this week because none other than the Motor City Madman, the master of the Gibson Byrdland, the man who spread intensities in way more than ten cities, terrible Ted Nugent is coming to That Metal Show to lay down the gonzo gospel and it’s a free for all as to what’s going to happen! If it that ain’t cool enough we’ve  got out of control shred-monster Gary Hoey as this week’s musical guest.  Check out pictures from this week’s shoot and don’t forget to tune in to VH1 Classic this Saturday night at 11/10C to watch the latest episode of the only show on television on all things heavy metal and hard rock.

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What’s Better Than One Thin Lizzy Guitar Solo? Every Thin Lizzy Guitar Solo In One Video!

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This is why the Internet was invented. Legendary Irish band Thin Lizzy are known as much for their trailblazing dual guitar lines as they are for their tough but tender hard rock songs and now some maniac out there has edited together every Thin Lizzy guitar solo from their earliest recordings in 1971 to their breakup in 1983. Clocking in at over an hour and uploaded to Youtube, it is a non-stop aural orgy of harmonized guitar leads and searing solos from some of the best guitarists to ever strap on a Les Paul. The band actually began as a power trio with former-Them guitarist Eric Bell laying down extended solos but it was after his departure in ’73 when co-lead guitarists Brian “Robbo” Robertson and Scott Gorham joined that the band entered their classic phase. Their intertwined “guitarmonies” and trade-off soloing set new standards in twin guitar playing and were an important influence on the nascent heavy metal genre. After Robbo’s departure in 1978 a slew of awesome axemen took his place including the truly extraordinary Gary Moore, the equally accomplished journeyman guitarist Snowy White and next generation shredder John Sykes. Whether you only know “The Boys Are Back In Town” or are a diehard fan, check out the link below and revel in the non-stop wailing sounds of every Thin Lizzy guitar solo from 1971 – 1983.

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Get Fitness Tips From Miss Box Of Junk Jennifer Gottlieb!

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You know her as Miss Box Of Junk, the hot,  heart breaking Trunk-stumping metal Godess who hangs around those with those knuckleheads on That Metal Show and has a knack for customizing rock t-shirts. Her alter ego however is Jennifer Gottlieb, a NASM-Certified Personal Trainer and Weight Loss Specialist. This season we’ve asked her to share some of her work-out and health tips with the TMS faithful in our weekly Miss Box Of Fitness web extra, only available on VH1Classic.com, because nothing’s less that metal than being out of shape and get winded in the pit.
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