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.
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…
Motorheadbangers worldwide let out a collective groan last week as news spread that the band had to cancel their upcoming European tour due to Motorhead-honcho Lemmy’s continuing health problems. One of rock’s most unrepentant badasses, Lemmy lived on a diet of Marlboros, Jack Daniels and Lord knows what else for over 50 years and apparently it’s FINALLY catching up to him at 68 years of age. He was diagnosed with Diabetes in 2000 and was hospitalized last year due to a hematoma but if anyone can knock a disease on its ass it’s the man in black. This week on VH1 Classic‘s That Metal Show, Don, Jim and Ed paid tribute to one of hard rock and heavy metal’s greatest bands on the TMS Top 5 and counted down the Top 5 Motorhead Songs Of All Time. See the final list and check out the boys personal picks on the following pages and vote for your favorite songs in our poll. Read more…
The classic adage about rock star excess is “sex, drugs and rock n’ roll.” Let’s be honest though, that just scratches the surface of the lifestyle. There’s so much more between the lines. And although all rock stars partake in “the life” to some degree, some take it to a whole ‘nother level. These folks are legends and rock icons. The people who are about as famous for their behavior as their music. Rock n’ roll is in their blood (along with all sorts of other chemicals and toxins). It’s not forced; it’s just who they are. They DO take everything to the extreme. They DO get arrested and start fights for completely ridiculous reasons. They DO have residencies at rehab facilities. They DO have wild stories that seem to be myths. And maybe they are, but who cares? From Lemmy to Ozzy to Danzig, here’s a list of heavy metal and hard rock’s 10 biggest badasses of all time. The girls want them and the guys want to be them. Oh, some girls want to be them too (exhibit A: Wendy O. Williams).
Christmas is almost here and shortly after comes New Year’s so there’s no better time to look back at the year’s music releases in hopes of finding some stocking stuffers for your holiday season. 2013 was a banner year for hard rock and heavy metal with such legends as Black Sabbath, Motorhead and Voivod releasing great new records, strong showings from newer bands like Scorpion Child, The Winery Dogs and Noctum and tons of great releases in the underground metal community as well. We asked That Metal Show hosts Eddie Trunk, Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson what their favorite albums of the year were so click through the following pages to see what they were rocking out to in 2013. It’s already looking like 2014 will be an epic year with That Metal Show returning to New York City on January 18th so don’t forget to tune in to VH1 Classic every Saturday night for the only show on television about all things hard rock and heavy metal and have a great holiday season. Read more…
In case you haven’t heard, it’s Movember, the time of year where dudes around the world grow mustaches to raise awareness for men’s health issues. And what better way to tribute our mustachioed brethren than with a list of the all-time greatest metal ‘staches. These legends have rocked stages all around the world but perhaps the most impressive thing they’ve rocked resides on their upper lips. From Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath’s well-kempt broom sweeper to Mastodon guitarist Bill Kelliher’s handlebars to Motorhead mainman Lemmy Kilmister’s mutton-chops connected flavor saver, it appears that some of our favorite rockers celebrate Movember all year round. It’s not too late to join the party if you haven’t already so throw out those illogically expensive razors, kick back, allow the 5 o’clock shadow to approach 6 o’clock and beyond, and check out The 10 Mightiest Mustaches In Heavy Metal History!
“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).
Some are creepy. Some are epic. And some are just flat out ridiculous. But they’re all awesome. Since the 1970s they’ve been popping up on your favorite hard rock and heavy metal band’s releases and merchandise, and the trend continues to this very day. Here are the greatest metal mascots to ever grace an album cover, stage, t-shirt or nightmare.
Clad head to toe in black denim, named after their singer’s favorite drug, quite possibly the loudest band on Earth, England’s Motörhead are rock n’roll’s ultimate outlaw gang. Like AC/DC or The Ramones, they write basically one song and that one song is better than most bands entire discographies. Helmed since 1975 by legendary bassist-singer-rogue Ian Fraser “Lemmy” Kilmister, their high speed hymns of oblivion have been inspiring hard rockers, metalheads and punks for nearly 40 years and the band has no intentions of slowing down. These are the 10 Most Crucial Moments in Motörhead History.
The VH1 ClassicAmerica’s Hard 100 Countdown Poll is nearing its end but we’ve still got more classic hard rock and heavy metal tunes that need sorting and we need your help! We’ve put together a list of 100 essential rockers but we need you to vote on them to let us know where they should fall in the America’s Hard 100 Countdown when it airs this November.
IMPORTANT NOTE: You can vote AS MANY TIMES and for AS MANY SONGS as you want, simply click on “Return To Poll” after your initial ballot. If your favorite hard rock jam is missing from today’s list please click on one of the previous days polls which are still open and keep checking back daily as we add new songs to new lists.
Today shock rocker Marilyn Manson’s “The Beautiful People” faces off against “Motorhead’s speed rock standard “Ace Of Spades,” unstoppable blooze rockers Aerosmith’s poetic power ballad “Dream On” and rabble-rousing rap-metal pioneers Rage Against The Machine’s “Bulls On Parade” among others.