While Black Sabbath blew the doors wide open for heavy metal, many of their peers (and predecessors) were experimenting with their own signature brand of rock n’ roll. And though a lot of these artists were a little, well OK, a lot tamer than Ozzy and company, they did occasionally venture into some hard rock and even heavy metal territory. Their music helped influence and lay the foundation for future rawk and metal artists. You may be familiar with some or even all of these tunes (damn…really?), but it’s an interesting reminder that although these classic bands tended to favor the mellower stuff, there were a few select songs in their respective catalogues that actually cranked the amps to 11. From Pink Floyd to Chicago to The Beatles, they all had at least one killer heavy tune. Here’s a list of 11 heavy songs by bands that aren’t very heavy. Or are they??? (Dun dun dunnnn.) . Read more…
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Bruce Springsteen is the Boss of the SoundScan charts this week, although his grip may be loosening. Still, his High Hopes are enough to dash the chart reign of Disney’s Frozen soundtrack, which lands in the week’s runner up position. Here’s the rest of this week’s chart happenings in our weekly SoundScanner feature:
The East Coast may be in the depths of a deep freeze this week but that doesn’t matter because the only show on television about all things heavy metal and hard rock has returned to New York City! That’s right, That Metal Show is back on VH1 Classic and all is right again in the world. This Saturday see what happens when the boys catch up with Vernon Reid and Corey Glover of influential alt rockers Living Colour and Sevendust drummer Morgan Rose. Check out photos from this week’s shoot including some super sexy shots of Miss Box Of Junk Jennifer Gottlieb and don’t forget to tune in to VH1 Classic every Saturday night at 11/10C for the latest episodes!
In honor of season 13 of That Metal Show which premieres tonight on VH1 Classic we’re going behind the stacks and finding out what you’re favorite guitarists are playing and what better way to start than with episode 1 guest, legendary Black Label Society guitarist Zakk Wylde. Besides being one of the greats of heavy metal guitar he’s also one of the most down-to-Earth and humble musicians you’ll ever have the pleasure of talking to. Though known for his fearsome looks and manic pinched harmonics he is also a student of bluesy players like Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top and the legendary Jimmy Page and adds that to his unparalleled arsenal of guitar technique. Let’s find out what Zakk has to say about his favorite gear, his favorite guitar players and which That Metal Show host he’d most like to marry. No, seriously. Read more…
Rock and roll is filled with stories of disgusting depravity, debauchery, and decadence…that that’s part of the reason why we love it! Sure it’s not very P.C., but it is very D.G.A.F., and we respect that. Tales of rock rebels have been passed down for as myths for generations. They may seem like urban legends, but the unbelievable part is that most of them are true! Read on to see our picks for the most notorious bad-boy party animals in modern music history -and the antics that earned them their title. Whatever you do, DON’T try any of this at home…
Get ready because this Saturday January 18th at 11/10C the only show on television about all things heavy metal and hard rock is returning to VH1 Classic! That’s right, That Metal Show is coming back with a bang to its birthplace of New York City with specials guests Black Label Society and Ozzy Osbourne guitar hero Zakk Wylde, Avenged Sevenfold lead singer M. Shadows and special guest shredder Jason Hook, guitarist for Five Finger Death Punch. Check out pictures from the season 13 premiere and don’t forget to tune in every Saturday night to VH1 Classic for the latest episodes!
The Simpsons is officially no longer the edgiest animated series on television–and we’re not just talking about how the show pales in comparison to modern hits like Bob’s Burgers or Archer. It used to be that The Simpsons cracked jokes at anyone’s expense without issuing any sort of apology. Now, however, the show’s writers are apologizing to Judas Priest fans for erroneously referring to the band as “death metal” on a recent show.
Legendary German heavy metal superstars Scorpions have been rocking like a hurricane since the early 1970s. They helped set the tone and timbre of what we commonly think of as the sound of metal on such classic albums as 1975′s In Trance and it’s follow up, 1976′s Virgin Killers. Their commercial breakthrough came during the Golden Age of early ’80s metal on the records Blackout and the multi=platinum Love At First Sting. Now they have released their first unplugged album as part of their seemingly never-ending Farewell World Tour. You can stream the new album, MTV Unplugged – Live In Athens, right now at the Scorpions artist page here! The album contains an awesome mix of ’70s classics and ’80s hits. VH1 Classic will be airing the complete Scorpions MTV Unpugged concert this Friday, January 7th at 9/8C so don’t miss it!
Today marks the 45th birthday of one of the most talented and successful musicians of the last 25 years, David Eric “Dave” Grohl. A native of the fertile Washington D.C. music scene, Grohl got his start playing drums for seminal hardcore band Scream but that was just the prelude to his real arrival, when he took over the drum chair for North West alt rockers Nirvana. Grohl’s powerhouse drumming were an essential part of the band’s loud and melodic post-grunge rock. Despite the band’s massive commercial and artistic success, the pressures proved too much for lead singer Kurt Cobain who sadly took his own life in 1994. It was then that Dave Grohl staged one of the greatest second acts in rock n’roll history. Moving from behind the drum kit to the front of the stage, Grohl strapped on a guitar and formed the Foo Fighters. The band has put out seven full-length albums to date and sold millions of records world-wide. But that’s not all. He continues to play drums when the mood strikes him, most notably for Queens Of The Stone Age and the super group Them Crooked Vultures. And he has now added “Director” to his long and diverse resume, manning the camera for 2013′s Sound City documentary. Is there anything he can’t do? When it comes to creativity, apparently not. In honor of his birthday today, we present Dave Grohl’s Greatest Accomplishments.
When we were kids, we dreamed of getting Lego kits to build submarines, castles and the Millennium Falcon. But all that’s changed now that we’re older. Today we want Lego kits build covers of rock ‘n’ roll album art! An awesome new Tumblr called Lego Albums is blowing up the internet by showing off incredibly accurate depictions of famous album covers built from nothing but the beloved toy, and we kind of seriously want one to hang on our wall at home.