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Heavy Before Metal: Which Classic Hard Rock Albums Are Turning 40 In 2014?

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Last month we told you about 30 Classic Heavy Metal Albums That Are Turning 30 in 2014. Today we go deeper into the history of the loudest genre in music and count down 29 classic hard rock albums that are celebrating their 40th anniversary this year. In many ways 1974 was the first year of the ’70s proper. The peace and love aesthetic and musical experimentation of the 1960′s was a fading memory and a whole new generation of kids were ready to party down to the harder rocking sounds that would evolve into full-tilt heavy metal by decade’s end. Read more…

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Who Are The Top 5 Guests Ed, Don And Jim Would Like To Have On That Metal Show?

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Each week on That Metal Show, Eddie, Don and Jim rank their favorite musical moments from the worlds of hard rock and heavy metal in the TMS Top 5 and then argue about what the final ranking should be. This week That Metal Debate centered on which hard rock and heavy metal legends the boys most want to have on a future TMS episode as guests. Is it one of the members of game-changing hard rockers Van Halen? Is it the guitar virtuoso behind one of music’s greatest bands of all-time, Led Zeppelin? Which of the brothers behind Australia’s biggest hard rock exports would Eddie and Jim prefer to chat with? Check out the Top 5 Guests We’d To Like To Have On That Metal Show plus the boys personal picks on the following pages and vote for which you’d most like to see on the final page. And don’t forget to tune-in to VH1 Classic every Saturday night to see what the boys are going to argue about next.

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10 Unexpected Metalheads: Which Celebs Love Banging Their Heads To Heavy Metal?

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We all know what a metalhead looks like, right? They’re big, hairy dudes, covered in tattoos and wearing the prerequisite uniform of denim and leather, as Saxon sang of, covered in patches of their favorite heavy metal bands. Well, take a gander at the following glamorous, well-coiffed, self-professed heavy metal maniacs from the world’s of TV, film, sports and politics and prepare to have your narrow-minded prejudices shattered into a million pieces. Read more…

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Things Get Heavy On That Metal Show Next Episode Heavy When Lamb Of God Stops By!

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Things take a turn for the serious this Saturday night when the boys of That Metal Show  welcome Randy Blythe and Chris Adler from New Wave of American Heavy Metal pioneers Lamb Of God. Find out how the band dealt with the 2012 arrest of Blythe on manslaughter charges, his subsequent acquittal and the band’s upcoming documentary As the Palaces Burn, which deals with the incident and its fall out.  On top of that, Anthrax great Charlie Benante stops by to absolutely kill it on the drums and guitar and Don, Ed and Jim chat with neo-’70s hard rockers Scorpion Child via Skype. Check out pictures from this week’s shoot and don’t forget to tune in to VH1 Classic this Saturday night at 11/10C to watch the latest episode of the only show on television on all things heavy metal and hard rock.

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Happy Birthday To Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi! Check Out The Evolution Of His Facial Hair!

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Today, February 19th, marks the 66th birthday of one of the architects of heavy metal, the master of riffs, legendary Black Sabbath and Heaven and Hell guitarist Tony Iommi. Without the sound itself of his Gibson SG plugged into a wall of amp stacks the genre as we know it might very well not even exist. As well as being a sonic pioneer in the world of ultra-heavy evil riffing, Mr. Iommi is also a trendsetter in the world of rock facial hair. Though he’s gone clean shaven from time to time, he is best known for sporting any number of variations on the mustache.  Whether it’s the early peach-fuzz  of the Sabbath’s early days,  the manly handlebar ‘stache of the band’s Golden Years, or his recent forays into goatees, Mr. Iommi’s facial hair is a major part of his image and one of the many things that makes him such a badass. So in honor of his birthday let’s stroll down memory lane and take a gander of the facial hair evolution of Tony Iommi.

 

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Founding Devo Guitarist Bob Casale Dead At 61

Bob Casale of Devo performs live onstage at the Ohio Expo Center in 2010.

Bob Casale of Devo performs live onstage at the Ohio Expo Center in 2010.

Robert “Bob 2″ Casale, founding guitarist of experimental new wavers Devo, has passed away from heart failure at the age of 61.  “As an original member of Devo, Bob Casale was there in the trenches with me from the beginning” said Casale’s brother Gerald, himself a fellow founder of the band, on the group’s Facebook page this morning. “He was my level-headed brother, a solid performer and talented audio engineer, always giving more than he got. He was excited about the possibility of Mark Mothersbaugh allowing Devo to play shows again. His sudden death from conditions that lead to heart failure came as a total shock to us all.”

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Epic Jams: The 20 Longest Songs In Classic Rock History

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We all know about the “epic” classic rock songs that ruled, and still rule, rock radio to this day. “Stairway…,” “Bohemian Rhapsody.” “Freebird.” FREEBIRD! Well, those songs might have been long but they were still focused enough to be played on the radio over and over again. We thought it was time to investigate some of the reeeeaallllly loooooong songs that start at the 10 minute mark and go from there. Read more…

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That Metal Gear: Mark Tremonti

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Every Saturday night on VH1 Classic That Metal Show brings you interviews with the biggest names in heavy metal and hard rock. And each week That Metal Gear interviews your favorite TMS guests to find out how some of the genre’s most accomplished musicians got their start playing their instruments and what guitars and amps they’re using to get their sounds. This week we caught up with Mark Tremonti, formerly of Creed, and currently holding things down for Alter Bridge and Tremonti. Mark is at heart a true metalhead who cut his teeth as a teenage thrash metal fanatic and also a true gear nerd when it comes to guitars and amps. Find out what he’s using, what he’s listening to and how he crafts those giant hooks while staying true to his metal roots. Read more…

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That Metal Show: Alter Bridge + Matt Nathanson Visit Next Episode!

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It’s another week and another episode of That Metal Show is on the horizon and it’s a doozy. Joining Eddie, Don and Jim this week are Myles Kennedy and Mark Tremonti from Alter Bridge. They’ve got some amazing stories to share about Mark’s days in Creed and Myles jamming with everyone from Slash to Jimmy Page. And if that’s not enough singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson comes by to profess his undying love for all things metal. If that’s not enough we’ve got Scorpions on Skype and Steve Brown from Trixter as the special musical guest. Check out pictures from this week’s shoot and don’t forget to tune in to VH1 Classic this Saturday night at 11/10C to watch the latest episode of the only show on television on all things heavy metal and hard rock.

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Heavy Metal Valentine’s Day Cards: Show Your Love In The Heaviest Way Possible!

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Ah, Saint Valentine’s Day. The day when you shower your loved ones with bouquets of roses, heart-shaped boxes of chocolates and heavy metal. Heavy Metal? That’s right. Hallmark be damned, this V-Day we’ve put together a special set of Valentine’s Day cards featuring your favorite stars from the world’s of hard rock, glam, thrash and good old classic heavy freakin’ metal. Say that special something to the one you love with Slayer. Do you and your loved one make a good Crüe? Are you Bon Jovi-al when you’re near them? Do they drive you as Wylde as the bearded guitarist of Black Label Society? Like Dio sang, are they your rainbow in the dark? Check out our Heavy Metal Valentine’s Day Cards, download your favorites and share them with the one you love. And if you need to get in the mood while the two of you gorge yourselves on candies listen to our list of Heavy Metal’s 13 Most Romantic Love Songs.

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