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The 15 Metal Bands, Young And Old, You Should Be Listening To In 2015

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-By Doc Coyle (@doccoyle)

Being charged with spotlighting 15 bands that I think matter in 2015 is daunting. I’m not Bill O’Reilly. I’m not trying to pawn off propagandized opinion as fact. In my best impression of an authoritative figure, this is a collection of musical acts, young and old, that I predict will make an impact this year. Periodically, I have these exploratory talks with my friends within the music industry (A&R people, agents, promoters, musicians, managers, DJ’s), and part of the goal is to try and figure out where heavy music is going. What is the next “big thing”? No one knows. I don’t know either, but I wanted to shine a light on those bands that are making artistic strides in a time when homogenization is rampant, and discovering beacons of hope through the digital white noise is becoming increasingly difficult. Read more…

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Miss Box Of Junk Talks Fitness With Geddy Lee, Joe Elliott And John Petrucci


That Metal Show is back on the air and that means that each and every week we are graced yet again with the best part of the show, Miss Box of Junk! Sure, seeing the greatest names in hard rock and heavy metal interviewed each week is pretty cool, and we like Eddie, Don and Jim too, but c’mon already, Miss Box of Junk rules, OK? Now as we all know, when not helping the boys with the weekly TMS Top 5 and Stump The Trunk segments, Jennifer Leah Gottlieb is a real life fitness trainer and nutrition expert, so who better to talk to TMS guests Geddy Lee of Rush, Def Leppard‘s Joe Elliott and Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci about how they keep fit on and off the road. Read more…

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Watch Mary Poppins Slay With A Death Metal Take On “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”

Did you ever wonder if maybe Mary Poppins had a darker edge underneath that squeaky-clean smile? Well, it looks like you were right all along, because this nanny can summon up a killer death metal scream from the fiery depths of hell. Watch as she slays a version of her Disney classic, “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.”

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by (@BHSmithNYC)

Billy Corgan Blasts Faceless Posers And Plastic Pop Stars In ‘Playback’ Interview


The internet is buzzing yet again after Smashing Pumpkins main-man Billy Corgan said he would have punched Kanye West if the rapper had tried to ruin one of his Grammy moments. Speaking on an Australian morning news show, Corgan said “I’ve stood at that podium too, and I’ll tell you what— if somebody got up on my stage, I would knock them out. I don’t care who it is.” Such outspokenness, however, should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with the guitarist, as he has never shied away from saying what’s on his mind. In a brand new Playback interview feature, Corgan says exactly what he thinks is wrong in today’s musical climate.” Read more…

by (@BHSmithNYC)

Veteran Swedish Rockers Europe Return With Exclusive Premiere Of 2 New Songs

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Long-running Swedish hard rockers Europe continue their momentous return with their latest album War of Kings.  In celebration they have posted an exclusive online premiere of two new tracks from the album; “Days of Rock N’ Roll” and “Nothin’ To Ya.” For fans accostumed to the Rainbow-gone-glam top 10 hits “The Final Countdown” and “Carrie,” just how heavy these songs are might come as a surprise, but according to singer Joey Tempest, “War Of Kings is the album we always wanted to make, ever since we were kids listening to bands like Zeppelin, Purple and Sabbath.” Read more…

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The Most Groan-Worthy Album Title Puns In Music

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By Frank Donovan

When an artist is finished recording an album and it’s time to give it a name, how can they desecrate their efforts with a pun? Were their dads in the studio? For whatever reason, musical wordplay has transcended era and genre, forcing fans to groan and hang their heads in shame. Ok, and crack a smile (don’t tell anyone).

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by (@BHSmithNYC)

John Petrucci Of Dream Theater Talks Tone And Technique In ‘That Metal Gear’


As any self-respecting metalhead knows, That Metal Show returned to VH1 Classic last Saturday night, kicking off season 14 in a supremely rocking fashion. One of the highlights was special musical guest John Petrucci of progressive metal standard-bearers Dream Theater. Petrucci is known for his impeccable technique and adventurous approach to guitar sounds. We were fortunate enough to corner him for a brand new installment of That Metal Gear, where we talk to TMS’ musical guests about how the got started on their instruments and what equipment they use to achieve their legendary tones.  Read more…

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‘Physical Graffiti’ Turns 40: Ranking All 15 Songs On Led Zeppelin’s Epic Masterpiece

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40 years ago today hard rock overlords Led Zeppelin released their landmark double album Physical Graffiti. The band had already cemented its place in classic rock’s premiership league on previous releases, but in many ways Physical Graffiti is the quintessential Zeppelin record. Everything about it is epic, from its double LP length, to its intricate packaging – featuring the cutout windows of a Lower East Side tenement, to the breathe of the material itself.  Both guitarist Jimmy Page and singer Robert Plant assess it as the band’s most important work, an opinion which is backed up by its tremendous commercial success and the reputation it holds amongst other musicians.  Read more…

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Go Inside Geddy Lee Of Rush’s Personal Bass Room With ‘Rock Icons’ Sam Dunn


It’s not everyone that gets to spend time with one of their musical idols, but that’s what happened to Banger Films’ Sam Dunn during the filming of the debut episode of Rock Icons featuring Rush bassist and lead singer Geddy Lee. The two were  already well-acquainted thanks to Banger’s 2010 band bio-pic Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage, but this time Dunn was invited into Lee’s personal “bass room” in the basement of his house in Toronto. “Being a bass player myself, this was a pretty big highlight,” said Dunn, adding that Lee had “the history of the bass guitar on his walls.” Read more…

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10 Rockers Who Really Let Themselves Go

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Sometimes people don’t age well — even celebrities. But that’s not what we’re talking about today. While the natural process of aging will take its toll, we’re more interested in the rockers who just gave up on trying to look good. For instance: Paul McCartney has aged, but Paul McCartney still looks sharp. Bruce Springsteen has aged, but Bruce is still a sexy heart throb. By comparison: Axl Rose has aged. But Axl has also got a beer belly and doesn’t seem to comb his hair.

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