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My Dad Is Cooler Than Yours: 10 Unlikely But Awesome Heavy Metal Fathers

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Father’s Day. A time to celebrate the man who drove you to little league, taught you about life, cheered you up when you were feeling down. But what if your dad was on the road 80% of your young life, snorting lines of ants and partying with groupies and throwing TVs out of hotel windows? Well that doesn’t make him a bad person, or a bad father – does it? Sure, “normal” dads may have had more quantity time with their kids, but a lot of heavy metal dads had just as strong a bond with their young ‘uns (albeit in a different way) and made sure to give them everything they need to grow into decent, responsible adults. We think. And though the offspring of heavy metal legends might not be thanking their dads with a Hallmark card and a polo shirt for his big day, there’s no reason they shouldn’t celebrate them and show them how much they mean. From Ozzy to Lemmy to Tom Araya and Eddie Van Halen, these guys have all found the rock star/doting father balance. Here’s 10 Unlikely, but no less great, Metal Dads – just in time for Father’s Day.

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Rockers Who Love Soccer: Find Out These 25 Hard Rock And Heavy Metal Heroes Favorite Football Clubs!

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Today marks the beginning of the biggest sports event in the known world. At 4 pm this afternoon, when Croatia takes the field against hosts Brazil, The FIFA World Cup will begin and soccer fans worldwide will be riveted to the results as 32 national teams compete over the next month until the championship game July 13th. It’s a fact that soccer (or football, as it’s known outside America) is much more popular around the globe than it is in the U.S.A., and every country has it’s own leagues where regional teams duke it out for their respective national titles. Given the high concentration of British hard rock and heavy metal musicians, it makes sense that many a UK rocker has a beloved soccer team they root for, or as they would say, support. And it’s not just the British. The heavy metal strongholds of Germany and Brazil also have rich football traditions and musicians support their local and national teams as well. Take a gander at 25 hard rock and heavy metal musicians, from Iron Maiden‘s Steve Harris to the past and present members of Sepultura, and find out their favorite football clubs (American translation: soccer teams) in celebration of The World Cup!

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15 Crazy Covers Of Heavy Metal Classics You Have To Hear To Believe!

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We’ve told you before about unlikely covers by metal bands that totally rocked, but what about covers of classic heavy metal songs classics that totally don’t? Wait, let me rephrase that. What about covers of classic heavy metal songs that completely re-imagine the originals and deliver them in a totally unique, often amazing, however, definitely non-metal manner? Read more…

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Who Are The 10 Most High-Pitched Singers In Heavy Metal And Hard Rock?

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Few things are as essential to the sound of classic heavy metal as the high-pitched banshee howl of its vocalists. Starting with Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant, heavy metal bands engaged in a vocal arms raise as successive waves of singers went ever upward into the highest reaches of their range. Forget smashing guitars, some of the metal’s highest screamers could shatter glass with their histrionic shrieking. Read more…

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SONG PREMIERE: Lecherous Gaze “New Distortion”

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Ever since Black Flag grew their hair out and Metallica started covering The Misfits, the twain impulses of punk and metal have been locked in an ever spiraling spasm of split-gene mutation of which crossover and grunge are but two of-their-time examples. Oakland, California’s Lecherous Gaze are the latest gang of not-so juvenile delinquents to throw out the riff rule-book and create something that rocks with the best of whatever form of amplified and aggressive guitar rock you prefer to fixate on. The band releases their sophomore album Zeta Reticuli Blues later this month on Tee Pee Records and, lucky for you, we’re premiering the song “New Distortion” off it, starting today!

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From Crabcore To Pornogrind: Metal’s 10 Most Ridiculous Subgenres

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Since arriving in the form of Black Sabbath in the late 60s, the heavy metal genre has spawned some absolutely legendary bands, songs and sounds. But let’s be honest, sometimes the lengths some bands go to can get pretty ridiculous. The costumes, the hair, the stage shows, the overall Spinal Tap-ness. And while all those things are excusable and truthfully part of what make the genre awesome, there’s no excuse for some of the silly names that are attached to the various hybrids and stylistic mutations within metal itself A.K.A. THE SUBGENRE. Read more…

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INTERVIEW: That Metal Show‘s Don Jamieson Gets Hell Bent For Laughter!

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Don Jamieson is one of a select few people in this world who you can honestly say is living the dream. The wiseass heavy metal fanatic from New Jersey is a successful comic whose live records top the comedy album charts and when not on tour doing stand-up he interviews his idols on VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show with DJ Eddie Trunk and fellow comedian Jim Florentine. For Jamieson, his love of metal and his love of comedy go hand in hand. His latest album Hell Bent For Laughter, the title and packaging a nod to Judas Priest’s 1978 metal opus Hell Bent For Leather, came out in March on famed inde label Metal Bade Records and was an instant hit on iTunes comedy charts. The life of a professional comic is one of constant work and Don was kind enough to talk to us about the new album, his favorite comedians and how he got his start. Read more…

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Human Riffs: Who Are Rock’s 10 Greatest Rhythm Guitar Players?

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The sound of rock n’ roll, whether it be heavy metal, classic rock or punk, is the sound of the electric guitar. And while the lead players of the world get the groupies, I mean, glory, it’s the rhythm guitarists who make the whole thing work, and rock, in the first place. Without a great song, anchored around a surging riff or bashed out chord progression, even the greatest guitar solo in the world is just meaningless noodling. With that in mind we decided to count down 10 of the greatest rhythm guitar players in rock history. Read more…

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Sneak Peek Performances By Guns N’ Roses, Slayer And More From The 2014 Golden Gods Awards, Airing Saturday On VH1 Classic!


Tomorrow night on Saturday, May 24th at 8/7C the proverbial s*** hits the fan. That’s right, VH1 Classic is airing highlights from the 2014 Golden Gods Awards, hosted by That Metal Show‘s Eddie Trunk, Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson. Read more…