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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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Who Are Classic Rock’s Most Spellbinding Women?

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Today we’re celebrating the 66th birthday of rock’s most mystical musician, Stevie Nicks. Over the years, she’s dazzled us with her beauty, her hauntingly breathtaking vocals, and that signature goddess-like presence.

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Classical Rock: Who Are The 12 Greatest Prog Bands Of All Time?

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Epic song lengths. Complex instrumentals. Odd time signatures. Concept albums with bizarre song titles and lyrics. Sure, these are staples of most, if not all, progressive bands, but some just do it a little better than others. We’re here to celebrate the bands that do it the best – the ones who define the genre and have had an impact both commercially and critically with some of the best albums and compositions of all time. Read more…

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Ill Communications: The 10 Most Influential White Rappers In Hip Hop History

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When hip hop music emerged from the South Bronx in the late 1970s it was the indisputable voice of the inner-city  African-American and Latino experience. Musically it nodded to the hardest of R&B and funk rhythms and lyrically it reflected the often hardscrabble existence its practitioners and proponents lived. Like other musical forms that deal in real life and death struggles, such as heavy metal and hardcore punk, authenticity was paramount. As its popularity grew however, it escaped the cities narrow streets and the narrow definition of what could be considered authentic hip hop. Though sometimes problematic in a genre so implicitly connected to its original audience and roots, by the mid ’80s hip hop had begun to build a sizable suburban audience and the first white MCs began daring to get on the mic and appear on wax.
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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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Fade To Black: 15 Hard Rock Heroes Who Miraculously Cheated Death

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We’ve mentioned many times that rock ‘n’ roll is a dangerous business. Whether it’s through plane crashes, drug overdoses, murders, freak accidents, and even stage mishaps, many of music’s finest have tragically been taken from us long before their time. But then there are some rockers who narrowly dodged the reaper, escaping with some crazy stories to tell!

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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…