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‘Hell Awaits’ by Slayer Turns 30, Still Head Of The Thrash Class of ’85

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With its spate of landmark record releases, metalheads properly revere 1986 as the year thrash broke. Still, those twelve months of bone-crunching, lightning-speed, punk-infused heavy metal didn’t just stage-dive out of nowhere. In fact, 1985 produced its own array of mind-blowing, neck-snapping, history-making thrash classics.

While Metallica spent the year formulating and recording Master of Puppets, three of the thrash’s other “Big Four” groups issued crucial albums. So did countless other thrash bands, great and small, in increasing numbers all over the planet.

Chief among 1985’s towering thrashterpieces is Hell Awaits by Slayer, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this month. In tribute, let’s don patch-covered battle vests, lace up massive white Reeboks, and bang heads with total abandon with a mosh-pit tour of the Thrash Class of ’85.

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TMS Guests Anthrax And Alex Skolnick From Testament Talk Music On ‘That After Show’


This year on That Metal Show we’re doing things a little differently and thinking up exciting new ways to bring you the best coverage of all things heavy metal and hard rock. One of those things is That After Show, where we keep the cameras rolling after the regular broadcast is over and let the TMS boys and their guests talk about, well, whatever the f**k they want to talk about. This week hear Anthrax members Scott Ian, Charlie Benante and Frank Bello, and Testament shredder Alex Skolnick discuss their love of the band Kiss and more of their favorite music in the video above. Read more…

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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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What’s Right And Wrong About The 2015 ‘Best Metal Performance’ Grammy Award Nominees

Heavy metal and the Grammys Awards. They go together like peanut butter and tuna fish.  No matter how hard they try, and honestly – they’ve never tried that hard, they can’t get it right.  Whether they’re ignoring the genre’s most important artists at their artistic peak, or giving them token awards past their prime, it’s at best too little, too late. And unfortunately, for the most part this year’s nominees for ‘Best Metal Performance’ are more of the same. 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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Get Fitness Tips From Miss Box Of Junk Jennifer Gottlieb!

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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.
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What Are The Top 5 Anthrax Songs of All Time?

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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…

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Thrash Metal Bass Summit Next Time On That Metal Show!

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In case you haven’t heard, the only show on television about all things heavy metal and hard rock has returned to New York City! That’s right, That Metal Show is back on VH1 Classic and all is right again in the world. This Saturday it’s a trash metal bass summit as 4-string wranglers Dave Ellefson from Megadeth and Frank Bello from Anthrax sit down with the boys and if that isn’t cool enough Guns N’ Roses guitar maniac Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal is this week’s special musical guest. Check out photos from this week’s shoot and don’t forget to tune in to VH1 Classic every Saturday night at 11/10C for the latest TMS episodes!

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Class Of 1984: 30 Classic Heavy Metal Albums That Are Turning 30 This Year!

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It may seem like a distant memory now, but at the time 1984 was a very foreboding year. Whether in the dystopian George Orwell novel of the same name or the punk rock exploitation thriller Class of 1984, it had ominous connotations and the reality of it wasn’t much better. The threat of nuclear war between The United State and The Soviet Union hovered in the air, especially that summer when U.S. President Ronald Reagan glibly joked “My fellow Americans, I’m pleased to tell you today that I’ve signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.” Reagan was the perfect And the soundtrack to such a bleak year, from Zurich, Switzerland to California’s San Fernando Valley, was heavy f**king metal. Read more…