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Eddie Trunk Talks About That Metal Show Returning To NYC For Season 13!

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Well kids, the cat is out of the freaking bag. As consummate DJ, metal expert and host of the greatest show about all things metal and hard rock in the history of television, Eddie Trunk tweeted just moments ago, That Metal Show is coming back to The Big Apple this Saturday January 18th for lucky season 13! 13! How metal is THAT? That’s right, Eddie, Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson are going back to where it all began, the Capital Of The World, New York F***ing City! And what better day to announce it then today, National Metal Day!
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Revisiting America’s Hard 100 (25-1)

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One year ago we asked you, the fans, to help us decide the 100 greatest hard rock and heavy metal songs of all time. We compiled our list of classic rock and metal jams and asked people to vote on their favorites to help us determine where they landed on our countdown list which was then broadcast as America’s hard 100. Well you know, it turns out, you guys were wrong.

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Heavy Metal’s 11 Most Un-Metal Songs Of All Time

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“Soft” would generally be the last word you’d use to describe a heavy metal band. Yet without fail, these titans of anger and aggression occasionally dip into their bag of yacht rock and present us with some very “un-metal” metal songs. Is that a piano note I hear? An acoustic guitar? A glockenspiel? Nah, couldn’t be. Oh but it is. In all fairness, these songs are sometimes written to parody and mock other genres of music. And though our initial response might be one of shock, disappointment or even disgust – we tend to come around and eventually can’t imagine our lives without these soft rocking gems. From Black Sabbath to Accept to Metallica, they’ve all gone there. But we love them just the same.  Here’s a list of the most un-metal songs in heavy metal and hard rock history and in honor of today being National Metal Day, November 11th, we’re giving you 11 instead of the usual 10 (Please note: hair metal glam bands have been excluded as otherwise this would be a very loooong list).

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Show Us Your Horns, Metal Heads! National Metal Day Is TOMORROW

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Tomorrow, 11/11, marks another anniversary of National Metal Day, a celebratory event when hard rock and metal fans the world over turn their fandom up to 11.

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Revisiting America’s Hard 100 (50-26)

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One year ago we asked you, the fans, to help us decide the 100 greatest hard rock and heavy metal songs of all time. We compiled our list of classic rock and metal jams and asked people to vote on their favorites to help us determine where they landed on our countdown list which was then broadcast as America’s Hard 100. Well you know, it turns out, you guys were wrong.

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Revisiting America’s Hard 100 (75-51)

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One year ago we asked you, the fans, to help us decide the 100 greatest hard rock and heavy metal songs of all time. We compiled our list of classic rock and metal jams and asked people to vote on their favorites to help us determine where they landed on our countdown list which was then broadcast as America’s hard 100. Well you know, it turns out, you guys were wrong.

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Preview 8 Full Songs From New Rush Live Release Hand Picked By Geddy Lee!

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One of rock’s greatest bands, Rock And Roll Hall of Fame inductees Rush have a long history of killer live albums stretching back to their 1976 breakthrough All The World’s A Stage. Their latest live release, the Clockwork Angels Tour DVD and CD, comes out November 19th but you can hear 8 full tracks from it at their artist page RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW. The songs were hand selected by legendary lead-singing Rush bassist Geddy Lee! 
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Revisiting America’s Hard 100 (100-76)

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One year ago we asked you, the fans, to help us decide the 100 greatest hard rock and heavy metal songs of all time. We compiled our list of classic rock and metal jams and asked people to vote on their favorites to help us determine where they landed on our countdown list which was then broadcast as America’s Hard 100. Well you know, it turns out, you guys were wrong.

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10 Musicians Missing Body Parts

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The philosopher Nietzsche once said “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” In the case of the following musicians, that which didn’t kill them made them legends. Each of them survived a traumatic injury that left them missing a body part and despite their handicap they still went on to achieve greatness, in some cases literally changing the course of popular music. In the case of Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi, the fact that he lost the ends of two of his fingers led to a change in his playing technique which enabled the birth of the heavily distorted guitar sound at the heart of heavy metal. Others were born with congenital conditions but never let that hold them back from pursuing their musical dreams including Kiss frontman Paul Stanley. So let’s give a hand to those inspiring musicians who lost a piece of themselves, but were willing to give an arm and a leg to make music history. Oh, sorry, poor choice of words.