Heavy Metal

by (@unclegrambo)

Before You Oughta Know: A 12-Year-Old Lorde Pays Homage To Ronnie James Dio

The 17-year-old Lorde is, beyond a shadow of a doubt, the biggest breakout music star of the year 2013. She was named a VH1 You Oughta Know artist in September of this year, her song “Royals” has spent six weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100, and her debut album Pure Heroine will no doubt be showing up on many year-end Top 10 lists. As much vocal and lyrical promise as she has shown, though, we had NO idea that she could wail until we discovered this video of her at age 12 singing a Ronnie James Dio classic (via our friends over at Crushable)!

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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!

by (@BHSmithNYC)

For Those Who Served + Rocked We Salute You: 20 Musicians Who Were In The Military

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You would think that the rigorous discipline of the military life and the unrestrained freedom of the music world would be at odds, but as it turns out, a number of rockers, rappers and musicians of all kinds have signed up and done their duty in defense of their countries. Some, like crooner Tony Bennett and former-Nirvana and Soundgarden member Jason Everman, have been on the frontlines of armed combat at its worst, while others like MC Hammer and Elvis Presley have served during times of relative peace. And, of course, given their natural inclination to indulge their creative impulses, guitar greats like Jimi Hendrix and Jerry Garcia of The Grateful Dead were never really cut out for Army life in the first life and were discharged before finishing their tours of duty. But on this Veteran’s Day, it’s important to acknowledge their contributions and those of all people who serve or have served in keeping their countries safe and protecting these freedoms which we hold so dear.

by (@unclegrambo)

NATIONAL METAL DAY: Screaming Goats Take On Some Of Your Favorite Metal Classics

Today, fellow headbangers, is National Metal Day! We’ve already thrown our devil horns, revisited America’s Hard 100, and cringed along with the 11 most un-metal metal songs of all-time. Now, however, we ask the eternal question: Who’s got the more metal shriek, Axl Rose or … a screaming goat?!?

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Eddie Trunk Talks About That Metal Show Returning To NYC For Season 13!

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Well kids, the cat is out of the freaking bag. As consummate DJ, metal expert and host of the greatest show about all things metal and hard rock in the history of television, Eddie Trunk tweeted just moments ago, That Metal Show is coming back to The Big Apple this Saturday January 18th for lucky season 13! 13! How metal is THAT? That’s right, Eddie, Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson are going back to where it all began, the Capital Of The World, New York F***ing City! And what better day to announce it then today, National Metal Day!
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by (@BHSmithNYC)

Revisiting America’s Hard 100 (25-1)

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One year ago we asked you, the fans, to help us decide the 100 greatest hard rock and heavy metal songs of all time. We compiled our list of classic rock and metal jams and asked people to vote on their favorites to help us determine where they landed on our countdown list which was then broadcast as America’s hard 100. Well you know, it turns out, you guys were wrong.

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Heavy Metal’s 11 Most Un-Metal Songs Of All Time

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“Soft” would generally be the last word you’d use to describe a heavy metal band. Yet without fail, these titans of anger and aggression occasionally dip into their bag of yacht rock and present us with some very “un-metal” metal songs. Is that a piano note I hear? An acoustic guitar? A glockenspiel? Nah, couldn’t be. Oh but it is. In all fairness, these songs are sometimes written to parody and mock other genres of music. And though our initial response might be one of shock, disappointment or even disgust – we tend to come around and eventually can’t imagine our lives without these soft rocking gems. From Black Sabbath to Accept to Metallica, they’ve all gone there. But we love them just the same.  Here’s a list of the most un-metal songs in heavy metal and hard rock history and in honor of today being National Metal Day, November 11th, we’re giving you 11 instead of the usual 10 (Please note: hair metal glam bands have been excluded as otherwise this would be a very loooong list).

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by (@unclegrambo)

Show Us Your Horns, Metal Heads! National Metal Day Is TOMORROW

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Tomorrow, 11/11, marks another anniversary of National Metal Day, a celebratory event when hard rock and metal fans the world over turn their fandom up to 11.

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by (@BHSmithNYC)

Revisiting America’s Hard 100 (50-26)

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One year ago we asked you, the fans, to help us decide the 100 greatest hard rock and heavy metal songs of all time. We compiled our list of classic rock and metal jams and asked people to vote on their favorites to help us determine where they landed on our countdown list which was then broadcast as America’s Hard 100. Well you know, it turns out, you guys were wrong.

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by (@BHSmithNYC)

Revisiting America’s Hard 100 (75-51)

Nine Inch Nails, Ozzy Osbourne, and Jane's Addiction composite

One year ago we asked you, the fans, to help us decide the 100 greatest hard rock and heavy metal songs of all time. We compiled our list of classic rock and metal jams and asked people to vote on their favorites to help us determine where they landed on our countdown list which was then broadcast as America’s hard 100. Well you know, it turns out, you guys were wrong.

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