Heavy Metal

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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…

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Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page Discusses Band’s New Reissue Series And Previews Bonus Tracks In NYC

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Like the title of their 2007 greatest hits package, the “Mothership” has indeed landed for Led Zeppelin fans.  News spread like a brushfire earlier this month that the band was about to embark on their first major reissue campaign since the 1990s. Over the course of the next year all of the band’s original albums will be reissued in deluxe packages with a full albums worth of alternate takes and mixes, live tracks and other rarities which previously were only available on rare bootlegs. Lead guitarist and band guiding light Jimmy Page shared a selection of the bonus material off the band’s career-making first three albums yesterday in New York City and the tracks were revelatory and once again reaffirmed the band’s greatness.

At 70s years old Jimmy Page is still every bit the rock star, lithe but powerful in stature, impeccably dressed in all-black finery. First up were 2 live tracks recorded in Paris in 1969 as Led Zeppelin were supporting their self-titled debut album, which will be part of that albums reissue. Ferocious takes on “Communication Breakdown” and “You Shook Me” made it obvious why the band took the world by storm on those early tours with their amped up take on traditional rock n’roll and blues forms. “The idea was to do something radical with the blues” said Page later during the question and answer period.


Hear “Good Times Bad Times / Communication Breakdown (Live in Paris, 1969)” taken from the Companion Audio Disc for the Led Zeppelin Deluxe Edition reissue.

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Mama Kin: 10 Hard Rock Mother’s Day Anthems

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Mother’s Day has arrived. The one day husbands, daughters and sons (hopefully) bow down and say “Thanks Mom for all the hard work you do.” And what does a mother want for Mother’s Day? A spa day perhaps? A gourmet meal cooked by her loved ones? Jewels and clothing? How about just a day off? Well, how about 10 ass-kicking hard rock anthems with riffs a-plenty dedicated to mothers of all different shapes and stripes. Read more…