Classic Rock + Heavy Metal News | VH1

by

Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre: Heavy Metal’s 13 Most Romantic Love Songs

METAL_ART_VDAY_FIXED
What with tomorrow being Valentine’s Day, we’re turning our affections to the heavy metal love song. A rare species indeed. And no, we’re not talking about glam metal power ballads here, because those are anything but rare, and usually anything but metal. We’re talking about real heavy metal bands. Bands that are typically, consistently and truly heavy but aren’t afraid to show a different side. Bands that prove that beneath the hardened, aggressive, angry-as-hell exterior lies a warm, fuzzy, though perhaps blackened, center. Bands that prove that at the end of the day, we’re all human and dare we say, want to be loved. And though this form of love may be metal-infused, it is nonetheless there. From to Pantera to Slipknot, romance doesn’t seem to be a foreign concept to these dudes. So to celebrate our undying love of metal here’s a list of 13 Heavy Metal Love Songs. But don’t you dare go calling them soft.  Read more…

by (@BHSmithNYC)

20 Metal Bands That Are So Awesome They Named Songs After Themselves

SelfieText

The name remains the same. Or at least it does for the following bands. Ever since heavy metal pioneers Black Sabbath kicked off the album Black Sabbath with the song “Black Sabbath” many have taken a cue from the masters and saved their most killer riffs for songs that embody the band themselves in both spirit and literally, in name. From Motorhead, whose first single was the classic “Motorhead,” through thrashers like Anthrax and Exodus and all the way up to modern day ragers Children Of Bodom and Dimmu Borgir, the theme or signature song is an essential part of heavy metal’s tribal culture. Hell, it’s such a cool thing to do even hardcore punk bands like Minor Threat and Bad Religion got into the act, but hey, that’s a different list. Anyhow, scroll through the pages, stream the videos and check out 20 kick ass metal jams that are named after their creators very own kick ass metal bands.  Read more…

by (@BHSmithNYC)

What Are The Top 5 Ted Nugent Songs Of All Time?

TED_NUGENT_MAIN_ART
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’s artist of choice has been in and caused a lot of arguments in his time. Some call him the Motor City Madman. Some call him The Nuge. His mother probably called him Theodore but to most people he is known as Ted Nugent. The bow-hunting, conservative, conservationist has no shortage of hard rock classics from his days leading The Amboy Dukes to his ‘70s solo stardom so check out The TMS Top 5 Ted Nugent Songs of All Time and tune in to VH1 Classic every Saturday night to see what the boys are going to argue about next. Read more…

by (@BHSmithNYC)

That Metal Gear: Ted Nugent Talks About His First Guitars + Guitar Heroes!

View Photo Gallery

This season on That Metal Show we’re talking to some of the greatest guitarists and bassists in hard rock and heavy metal and finding out how they got started on their instruments and what gear they use to get their outrageous sounds. Few guitarists out there are more outrageous than the Motor City Madman, Ted Motherf’ing Nugent. The Nuge was kind enough to talk to us about his first guitars and guitar heroes and how he strangles those “howling, tortured guitar, animal dying sounds” out of his trademark Gibson Byrdlands on some of the most enduring hard rock classics of all time. This is an epic interview and the longest installment of That Metal Gear we’ve run so far, but Ted deserves it. He’s got a lot to say and all of it is worth hearing. We promise you will not be bored when he starts talking. Read more…

by (@BHSmithNYC)

Ted Nugent Makes His That Metal Show Debut This Saturday Night!

View Photo Gallery

Hell hath frozen over, well actually everywhere is frozen over these days as it’s the middle of the coldest winter we’ve had in years but regardless, we’re freakin’ excited this week because none other than the Motor City Madman, the master of the Gibson Byrdland, the man who spread intensities in way more than ten cities, terrible Ted Nugent is coming to That Metal Show to lay down the gonzo gospel and it’s a free for all as to what’s going to happen! If it that ain’t cool enough we’ve  got out of control shred-monster Gary Hoey as this week’s 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.

by (@BHSmithNYC)

What’s Better Than One Thin Lizzy Guitar Solo? Every Thin Lizzy Guitar Solo In One Video!

View Photo Gallery

This is why the Internet was invented. Legendary Irish band Thin Lizzy are known as much for their trailblazing dual guitar lines as they are for their tough but tender hard rock songs and now some maniac out there has edited together every Thin Lizzy guitar solo from their earliest recordings in 1971 to their breakup in 1983. Clocking in at over an hour and uploaded to Youtube, it is a non-stop aural orgy of harmonized guitar leads and searing solos from some of the best guitarists to ever strap on a Les Paul. The band actually began as a power trio with former-Them guitarist Eric Bell laying down extended solos but it was after his departure in ’73 when co-lead guitarists Brian “Robbo” Robertson and Scott Gorham joined that the band entered their classic phase. Their intertwined “guitarmonies” and trade-off soloing set new standards in twin guitar playing and were an important influence on the nascent heavy metal genre. After Robbo’s departure in 1978 a slew of awesome axemen took his place including the truly extraordinary Gary Moore, the equally accomplished journeyman guitarist Snowy White and next generation shredder John Sykes. Whether you only know “The Boys Are Back In Town” or are a diehard fan, check out the link below and revel in the non-stop wailing sounds of every Thin Lizzy guitar solo from 1971 – 1983.

by (@BHSmithNYC)

Get Fitness Tips From Miss Box Of Junk Jennifer Gottlieb!

View Photo Gallery

You know her as Miss Box Of Junk, the hot,  heart breaking Trunk-stumping metal Godess who hangs around those with those knuckleheads on That Metal Show and has a knack for customizing rock t-shirts. Her alter ego however is Jennifer Gottlieb, a NASM-Certified Personal Trainer and Weight Loss Specialist. This season we’ve asked her to share some of her work-out and health tips with the TMS faithful in our weekly Miss Box Of Fitness web extra, only available on VH1Classic.com, because nothing’s less that metal than being out of shape and get winded in the pit.
Read more…

by (@BHSmithNYC)

What Are The Top 5 Anthrax Songs of All Time?

anthrax_lead_art
Everyone knows by now that VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show, the only show on television about all things hard rock and heavy metal, has returned to its birthplace in New York City. It’s fitting then that this week in The TMS Top 5 the boys paid tribute to one of the Big Apple’s greatest metal bands, Anthrax. One of thrash metal’s “Big 4,” these Queens natives were on the frontlines as the movement moved from tape trader circles into the mainstream and were never afraid to mix genres, collabing with groundbreaking hip hop group Public Enemy on a cover of their song “Bring The Noise.” You can see the final list of The TMS Top 5 Anthrax Songs below and check out the boys favorite Anthrax songs on the following pages and vote for your favorites in our poll. Read more…

by (@BHSmithNYC)

Celebrate The Super Bowl With Hard Rock’s Top 10 Jock Jams!

JOCK_JAMS_ART_MAIN
The Super Bowl hits today with a giant wallop of testosterone, from the on-field battling to the at-home screaming to the face-painting to the cheap beer and nachos. Of course, that doesn’t stop us from piling on even more masculine energy with this list of the greatest rock and metal stadium anthems. Whether you’re rooting for Seattle or Denver to triumph in the end, or you just don’t care at all, there’s at least one song on this list that you’ve cared about at some point in your life. And while these songs have been played at stadiums of all sports ad nauseam and can now be considered quite Velveeta-cheesy, they’re still some of the most motivating, inspiring and adrenaline-rushing songs we’ve ever known. From AC/DC to Queen to The White Stripes, they’ve all hit us hard with melodies and messages of hope, belief and victory. So to celebrate Super Bowl XLVIII, here’s a list of the 10 Greatest Rock & Metal Jock Jams of all time – songs that are the musical equivalent of a kick in the pants. Hope you’re wearing your cup. Read more…

by (@BHSmithNYC)

That Metal Gear: Megadeth’s Dave Ellefson

View Photo Gallery

Each week That Metal Show on VH1 Classic brings you the latest news and interviews with the biggest names in hard rock and heavy metal. This season in addition we’re interviewing some of TMS’ biggest guests and finding out how they got their starts playing their instruments and finding out what they’re playing and what other players got them jazzed to pick them up in the first place. This week we’re catching up with Dave Ellefson, bass player in legendary “Big Four” thrash metal pioneers Megadeth. Some people grow up in cities renowned for their thriving metal scenes but Dave grew up in a farm in Minnesota and had to work a little harder than most to get his start in music and as such has wide ranging tastes in music, from classic hard rockers like Kiss and Thin Lizzy to punk rock and jazz. Find out how he got his start and what gear he uses to get the varied sounds needed when playing live with Megadeth. Read more…