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Anthrax Yuck It Up With The Boys Saturday On An All New Episode Of ‘That Metal Show’

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This Saturday ball busting reaches new heights (or lows, depending on your perspective) when Anthrax sits down with the boys in an all new episode of That Metal Show. There are laughs aplenty as Scott Ian, Charlie Benante and Frank Bello trade good-natured barbs with Don, Jim and Ed, and Anthrax singer Joey Belladonna dials into the ‘Metal Modem’ from the studio where he’s working on the band’s latest record.  On top of that, this week’s special musical guest is fellow thrash metal lifer Alex Skolnick from TestamentRead more…

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Hear Why Judas Priest’s Rob Halford Loves Being A Metal God In ‘Rock Icons’ Sneak Peek

This Saturday night on Rock Icons, find out what it takes to be a true metal god when the show profiles legendary Judas Priest vocalist Rob Halford. Long known as one of the defining singers in heavy metal music, Halford turned personal pain into platinum with his glass-breaking falsetto wails on some of the greatest metal music of all time. Read more…

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The Complete Guide To Each And Everyone Of ‘That Metal Show’s Musical Guests (So Far)

This coming Saturday, That Metal Show, the only television series about all things hard rock and heavy metal, returns to VH1 Classic. Now as much as we love the witty banter and bromance of hosts Eddie Trunk, Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson, we all know, the show is really about the music. One of the highlights of every episode is the musical guests, whether they’re shredding on guitar  like the incomparable Yngwie Malmsteen, on the drums like Anthrax’s Charlie Benante, or on the bass like the legendary Billy Sheehan. With the new season less than a week away, and Dream Theater ‘s John Petrucci on deck as the first musical guest, we thought it a good time to go through the archives and list each and every musical guest that has ever appeared on the show. Read more…

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Grammys Diss Heavy Metal Yet Again With Tenacious D ‘Best Metal Performance’ Win

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Well, sad to say but we called it. Yesterday in our breakdown of what’s right and wrong about this year’s ‘Best Metal Performance’ Grammy nominees we said musical comedy due Tenacious D would win. Not should, but would. Why? Because since 1989, the first year they recognized the genre and Jethro Tull infamously beat Metallica, the Grammys have shown time and time again they have no clue and one can only assume little respect for heavy metal music. Nothing against The D, who are without a doubt talented, funny and truly love hard rock and metal, but to award them for ‘Best Metal Performance’ is to fundamentally misunderstand the genre and what makes it great. Read more…

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Celebrate Metal All Month Long With 28 Classic Hard Rock And Heavy Metal Album Openers

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It might be the shortest month on the calendar and for many its one of the coldest times of the year, but that don’t matter ’cause we’re keeping warm all month long thanks to the molten riffs and fiery antics of heavy f***ing metal music. Yep, in honor of the impending season 14 return of That Metal Show, the only show on television on all things hard rock and heavy metal, and the premiere of Rock Icons on VH1 Classic on Saturday, February 21st, we’re going hard and heavy with our coverage of the loudest music genre in the known universe. Hell, we’ve even got some surprises planned that are going to blow your mind. And just to show you we’re serious, we’re counting down the 28 greatest album openers in the history of hard rock and heavy metal. Get it, 28? Like, one for each day of the month. Pretty clever, huh? Check back all month long to see what else we’ve got coming your way because it’s Metal F***ing February and it’s gonna rock! Read more…

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Life-Coaches, Kitty Cats And The 10 Softest Moments In Heavy Metal History

Heavy metal is about power. Sometimes heavy metal is about conflict. Often it is about anger, though other times it is about joy. The kind of joy one feels when they watch a bully get beaten up or the underdog team whip the pants off the favorites. It is hard stuff. Heavy metal is not about nice things. It is not about wholesome things (though it can be about values like strength, loyalty and perseverance). Heavy metal is not about kitty cats. Or is it…? Read more…

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‘That Metal Show’ Wants You To Show Your TMS Colors And You May Be Featured On An Episode

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The time is nigh That Metal Show faithful, the time is nigh! Now that the Season 14 premiere date has been announced, the pace quickens, the heart begins to beat faster and in anticipation of its return to VH1 Classic, we’re asking all you TMS heads to send us your pictures of you showing off your That Metal Show gear, whether it be t-shirts, hoodies, hats or whatever else you’ve scored from the That Metal Show online shop, available HERE. Read more…

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20 Classic Heavy Metal And Hard Rock Albums That Are Turning 40 This Year

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Another year is upon us which means a whole new slew of classic albums will be marking important anniversaries and making us all feel old. For hard rock and heavy metal, some of the genre’s most important records are turning 40 this year, having been released in the year 1975.  It was an important time for the music, halfway between the post-hippie era of the previous decade and the ensuing metal revolution that would gather steam heading into the ’80s. Read more…