Heavy Metal

by (@BHSmithNYC)

Can You Guess Theses Famous Afros Of Hard Rock And Heavy Metal?

AFRO_MAIN
Since it first came screaming out of the electric womb, hard rock has been a place where musicians let their freak flag fly, from their amped up anthems of abandon to their risque clothing and wild hairstyles. Long flowing hair became de rigueur for members of the ’60s counterculture and there’s no hairstyle as wild and evocative of the era than the Afro. Read more…

by (@BHSmithNYC)

Dueling Axes: Who Are Heavy Metal’s 10 Greatest Two Guitar Teams?

View Photo Gallery

The defining sonic signature of hard rock and heavy metal music is the sound of an electric guitar hammering home a riff through a mountain of Marshall amps stacks. And the only thing better than one guitarist hammering home a riff through a mountain of Marshalls is TWO guitarists hammering home monster riffs in tandem through even more Marshall stacks (heck, some bands even have THREE guitarists doing it, but that’s a different list!). Read more…

by (@BHSmithNYC)

Happy Birthday Ace Frehley: Kiss’ Original Spaceman Turns 63!

View Photo Gallery

Today Kiss fans worldwide celebrate the 63rd birthday of the band’s original and beloved Spaceman, the one and only Ace Frehley! Born and raised in The Bronx, NY and famously showing up in mismatched sneakers for his Kiss audition in 1972, Ace is one of the great characters in rock n’ roll and also one of the most influential guitarists of ’70s hard rock and early heavy metal. Read more…

by (@BHSmithNYC)

Golden Gods Awards Livestream Tonight: See Guns N’ Roses, Joan Jett And More Rock L.A.!

View Photo Gallery

Alright all you hard rock and heavy metal maniacs,  the 2014 Golden Gods Awards is going  down tonight at Club Nokia in Los Angeles and you can livestream the entire 4-hour event on VH1.com,  VH1Classic.com, VH1 Mobile and the VH1 App starting at 10 pm ET / 7pm PT to see live performances from Guns N’ RosesJoan JettZakk Wylde and more plus an exclusive Black Carpet pre-show hosted by Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider. Read more…

by (@BHSmithNYC)

Metallica’s Robert Trujillo Talks About His New Jaco Pastorius Documentary And The Bassist’s Influence On His Music

Robert_TrujilloM
People tend to think that if you play in one of the hardest and heaviest heavy metal bands of all time you must only listen to music that sounds similar to your own. However, most great musicians will tell you they draw inspiration from a wide variety of influences across the musical spectrum, regardless of genre. Such is the case with Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo. He first came to prominence playing with skate punks Suicidal Tendencies, then played funk metal in the spinoff group Infectious Grooves before landing a gig with Ozzy Osbourne and eventually taking over the 4-string in the biggest heavy metal band in the world. And his greatest influence is a jazz fusion bassist who is best known for his guest apperences on other artists’ albums and only released two proper solo albums before his tragic death at the age of 35. Read more…

by (@BHSmithNYC)

Golden Gods Awards Come To VH1: Guns N’ Roses Play, That Metal Show Boys Host And You Can Livestream The Whole Show!

View Photo Gallery

The cat’s out of the f***ing bag! The 2014 Golden Gods Awards is going down next week in Los Angeles and it will be hosted this year by none other than That Metal Show‘s Eddie Trunk, Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson! Read more…

by (@BHSmithNYC)

That Metal Gear: Richie Kotzen – The Winery Dog Talks Telecasters And Guitar Tricks


That Metal Show is over for the season but we’ve got one last That Metal Gear we want you to see. We’ve been talking to some of the show’s most talented guests about how they got started on their instruments and what gear they use to get their sounds.

Read more…

by (@BHSmithNYC)

Count Down Deep Purple And Rainbow Guitarist Ritchie Blackmore’s 10 Greatest Riffs In Honor Of His Birthday!

BLACKMORE_ART
69 years ago today one of rock’s greatest and most influential guitarists was born, Ritchie Blackmore of Deep Purple and Rainbow fame. He is arguably the first “shredder” in rock n’ roll, melding nasty blues licks with classical melodicisms and unparalleled technique, delivered with a devil-may-care attitude. Read more…

by (@BHSmithNYC)

That Metal Gear: Joe Satriani – Hear How He Tries To Keep Moving Forward As A Guitarist!

View Photo Gallery

That Metal Show might be over for the season but we’ve still got a couple more That Metal Gear’s coming your way. We’ve been talking to some of the show’s most talented guests about how they got started on their instruments and what gear they use to get their sounds. This week read an interview with one of the wizard’s of shredding, instrumental rock, Joe Satriani. Joe’s been in the top tier of guitar players since he came on the scene in the ‘80s and is also famous as the former guitar teacher of such well-known players as Kirk Hammett of Metallica and Larry LaLonde of Primus among others. As you’d expect from someone who puts so much thought and skill into his playing, Joe was a great interview and had insightful and even inspiring things to say about playing music and how to always push yourself forward as a musician.

Read more…