Heavy Metal

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day With Ireland’s 10 Greatest Hard Rock And Heavy Metal Bands!

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Today is St. Patrick’s Day when people around the globe celebrate all things Irish. Now some people think that means puffy leprechaun hats and green beer, much to the dismay of actual native-born Irishmen, but what they should be celebrating is all the great music that has emanated over the year’s from the Emerald Isle, especially it’s high-grade hard rock and heavy metal. As if the mythical tale of St. Patrick driving the snakes out of Ireland in the early Middle Ages weren’t metal enough, Éire’s legacy of heavy riffing stretches back to the late ’60s when Rory Gallagher‘s Taste and Irish Rock standard bearers Thin Lizzy first formed. Read more…

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New York’s Hardest: Who Are The Big Apple’s 20 Greatest Hard Rock & Heavy Metal Bands?

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New York is the city that never sleeps. That’s in part due to the fact that many legendary hard rock and metal bands got their starts here, banging out monster riffs in their apartments and basements to the complete dismay of their families and neighbors. Throughout history, New York’s residents have been stereotyped (some would say unfairly) as loud, fast-paced, edgy, aggressive and obnoxious. Sound familiar? Yup, sounds like the perfect breeding ground for hard rock and heavy metal music. Read more…

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That Metal Gear: Mick Mars – From The Mousketeers To Motley Crue!

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Each week That Metal Show interviews your favorite hard rock and heavy metal musicians and and likewise each week That Metal Gear interviews your favorite TMS guests to find out how they got started on their instruments, who their influences are and what gear they use to get the sounds we all know and love. This week we catch up with one of the most enigmatic guitar heroes of the Sunset Strip, Mötley Crüe’s Mick Mars.

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Things Get Twisted When Dee Snider Returns To That Metal Show This Saturday!

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Things get a little crazy when famed Twisted Sister singer Dee Snider returns to That Metal Show show this Saturday night.  Ed, Don and Jim relax and have a laugh as the always-animated front-man shares tales of a life in heavy metal. Then former-Deep Purple great Glenn Hughes calls into the “Metal Modem” to talk about his new band California Breed with this week’s special musical guest Chris Caffrey of Trans-Siberian Orchestra shredding all the while. Peep pics of this week’s show and tune in to VH1 Classic Saturday night at 11/10C to watch the whole show!

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Evil Twinsies! These Heavy Metal Magazine Characters Look Just Like Real-Life Heavy Metal Musicians

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Since the late ‘70s, horny sci-fi fans have been ogling the pages of Heavy Metal magazine for its mix of adult-oriented fantasy comics and erotica-inspired artwork. Originating in France in 1975 under the name Métal Hurlant, which translates to “Howling Metal,” the magazine’s American publishers decided a name change was in order for the U.S. market. What better name than that of a certain musical movement — wink, Heavy Metal — that was ascending into the mainstream from the fringes of rock. Read more…

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What Are The Top 5 Motley Crue 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, in honor of guest Mick Mars, That Metal Debate centered on picking the 5 best songs from one of rock’s most legendary bands, those dirty denizens of The Sunset Strip, Mötley Crüe! Since bursting on the scene in the early ’80s, the Mötleys have unleashed a torrent of great albums packed full of killer riffs and attitude galore. Narrowing down their top 5 songs was such an arduous the boys enlisted the help of Metal Church guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof to help them decide the best of the best. Check out The TMS Top 5 Mötley Crüe Songs plus Kurdt and the boys personal picks on the following pages and vote for your favorite Mötley tunes on the final page! Read more…

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Heavy Metal’s 12 Most Badass Stage Names: You Won’t Believe The Stories Behind Them!

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You have a musical vision. You’ve got a sick band, some killer songs and a great live show. Unfortunately you were born SAUL HUDSON. It’s time to find a stage name. Such was the dilemma faced by many now-legendary hard rock and metal musicians. And though there were many horrible pseudonyms chosen throughout rock history, these guys were definitely not part of that crowd. Their names just exude cool. They feel big, important – sometimes even scary and intimidating (for this list, we’re talking complete reinventions, not just a first or last name change). But what are the real stories behind these iconic names? Where did they originate? Well, that’s what we’re about to find out. Because before they were effortlessly cool rock stars, they were Saul Hudson (Slash), Brian Hugh Warner (Marilyn Manson) and James Newell Osterberg, Jr. (Iggy Pop). So to celebrate this week’s That Metal Show guest, Robert Alan Deal (Mötley Crüe‘s Mick Mars), here’s the 12 most badass stage names in hard rock and heavy metal history. Perhaps some inspiration for you to change your own name and join this pantheon of legends. Or just get made fun of by your friends. All signs point to the latter.

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That Metal Gear: Leslie West – Hard Rock’s Guitar Giant Talks Tone!

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Each week That Metal Show interviews your favorite musicians from the world’s of hard rock and heavy metal and each week That Metal Gear interviews your favorite TMS guests to find out how they got started on their instruments, who their favorite players are what gear they’re playing. This week we caught up with classic rock king of tone, Leslie West of Mountain. Since climbing to fame on the back of such essential slabs of hard rock as “Blood of The Sun,” “Mississippi Queen,” “Never in My Life” and “Don’t Look Around,” fans have been agog in appreciation of his rich, creamy guitar tone and exquisitely tasteful solos. And as someone who’s history goes all the way back to seminal ‘60s garage punks The Vagrants not to mention appearing at a little concert you may have heard of called Woodstock, Leslie’s got amazing stories about his life in rock n’roll. Read more…

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Mick Mars Of Motley Crue Makes His That Metal Show Debut This Saturday!

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This Saturday one of the legends of American hard rock and heavy metal makes his That Metal Show debut. Ed, Don and Jim are very proud to welcome Mötley Crüe guitarist Mick Mars! Find out about the band’s upcoming final tour and why Mick swears it will really be their last tour ever. The show is a celebration of all things Mötley as the boys discuss their favorite Crüe songs and argue about which is their most crucial album in the weekly “Throw Down.” And in case you were worried the show couldn’t rock any harder, well breathe easy, because Cinderella singer and solo artist Tom Keifer is this week’s TMS musical guest. Peep pics of this week’s show and tune in to VH1 Classic Saturday night at 11/10C to watch the whole show!

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Guess The Heavy Metal Crotch: Do You Know Which Rock Gods These Loins Belong To?

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Rock and roll is for the most part about sex. Actually the term “Rock N’ Roll” is an old blues term which literally refers to rocking and rolling between the sheets, creating the two-backed beast, getting busy, in other words, having sex. So it makes sense that the music itself often deals with the actions happening down in the nether regions. Heavy metal, being one of the most outrageous permutations of rock n’roll, has a long history of not only celebrating that most holy of holies in song but in costume as well. From the skin-tight pants of ’70s rockers like Led Zeppelin that left little to the imagination to the attention grabbing codpieces of Kiss and others, heavy metal bands have always tried to bring your eyes below the belt. So rather than trying to dress things up and talk about rock n’ roll as a force for revolutionary self-examination and critical thinking we think it’s time to celebrate the great crotches of hard rock, both male and female. Take a guilt-free gander at the following groins and see if you can guess the rock gods they’re attached to. We promise not to judge if you stare too long. Read more…