Heavy Metal

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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…

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Go Backstage At The 2014 Golden Gods Awards And Watch It On VH1 Classic Saturday May 24th

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It’s been almost a month since Guns N’ Roses, Joan Jett and surprise opening act Slayer rocked Los Angeles’ Club Nokia at the 2014 Golden Gods Awards and honestly, we’re still living off the fumes. The biggest names in hard rock and heavy metal came together to honor the loudest and proudest artists in music and party into the wee hours as the metal shook the walls. If you were too lame to figure out a way to get your ass to L.A. and scam your way inside the good news is VH1 Classic will be airing highlights next Saturday May 24th at 8/7C. Read more…

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Remembering Ronnie James Dio: Pay Tribute To One Of The Greats Of Heavy Metal

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Today marks the fourth anniversary of the death of Ronnie James Dio, one of the true greats of heavy metal music. Despite his diminutive stature, he possessed one of rock’s biggest voices and personalities and was loved by nearly everyone who ever came in contact with him, be they bandmates, fellow musicians or fans. Read more…

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Judas Priest Interview: Rob Halford, Glenn Tipton And Richie Faulkner Tell How They Let The Metal Roar On New Album Redeemer Of Souls

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Black Sabbath may be the genre’s Godfathers, but in many ways fellow Birminghamers Judas Priest are the first true “Heavy Metal” band. Sonically, lyrically and stylistically they codified the style and proudly waved the heavy metal banner, influencing nearly all metal bands that came in their wake. They grafted the heaviness of Sabbath onto the sleek high-speed engine of Deep Purple’s design and delivered it with the bombast and grandeur of Led Zeppelin. Now 40 years on from the release of their first record, Rocka Rolla, the band is poised to release their 17th studio record, Redeemer of Souls. Read more…