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The 20 Greatest Metal Films Of All Time: Heavy Metal Movies Author Mike “McBeardo” McPadden Counts Down The Heaviest Flicks Ever!

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For those of us that came of age during the 1980s, our formative years were spent obsessing over the latest sounds emanating from the outer reaches of the heavy metal music scene and chasing the cheap but undeniable thrill of being scared out of your wits by the latest horror movies and slasher films. Heavy Metal Movies, the new book by Mike “McBeardo” McPadden, ties together the many shared bonds between extreme music and extreme cinema with as much authority as a Slayer riff and more eye-popping graphics than a stack of Iron Maiden LPs.  Read more…

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Rock Out This Cinco De Mayo And Celebrate These Legendary Mexican-American Metalheads

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Today is Cinco de Mayo, which marks the anniversary of the Mexican victory over the French at the Battle Of Puebla on May 5th in 1862. Over the years the anniversary became cause for merriment and festivities in the Mexican-American communities in the South-Western United States and a time to celebrate their native culture and heritage. Just as heavy metal and hard rock would be greatly lacking without the tales of epic battles of yore, so too would it would it be diminished without the contributions of many a Mexican-American musician. Read more…

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10 Awesome Rock Docs You Might Have Missed

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After interviewing Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo about the forthcoming release of Jaco: The Film, a documentary about legendary jazz bassist Jaco Pastorius he’s producing, it got us thinking about the music documentary in general. There have certainly been some well-known and acclaimed music documentaries produced throughout the years; The Last Waltz, Madonna: Truth or Dare and Metallica: Some Kind of Monster all come to mind. And while all these films are great in their own right – they all focus on mainstream, popular artists with huge followings. What about all the other fascinating documentaries surrounding some of music’s lesser-known but no less important artists? Read more…

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First Blood: 20 Classic Debut Albums In Heavy Metal And Hard Rock History

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Where would we be without the number one? One is the beginning and the final destination, the ultimate, the pinnacle and the symbol for wholeness and unity. It’s no wonder then that we pay so much attention in music to an artist’s first album. It is the start of their career, their introduction to the world, and where first impressions are made. Read more…

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

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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…

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

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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…

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

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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…

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

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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…

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

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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…

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

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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…