by (@McBeardo)

Roll With the Changes: Ranking Rock’s Top 10 Replacement Lead Singers

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For most bands, the prospect of losing a lead singer seems catastrophic. The role is referred to as “frontman” for a reason: the main vocalist is the very voice and face of the entire group, putting his (or her) own personality out on the furthest edge of the stage, directly engaging audiences with self-created words and movements.

With that in mind, just try to imagine the Rolling Stones without Mick Jagger, Led Zeppelin without Robert Plant, or the Who without Roger Daltrey. They would simply no longer be the Stones, Zep, or the Who. Other music outfits, however, have faced down the prospect of soldiering on after their lead singer departs. Some have actually emerged from the ashes bigger, bolder, and more popular than they’d been in their original incarnations. It’s a rare occurrence, but when it happens, rock history gets made.
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by (@JordanRuntagh)

Hard Rock + Heavy Metal Album Covers Reimagined With Kittens Is The Internet’s High Point

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The internet is a wonderful thing. It gives us access to our favorite music, the latest heavy metal news, and (of course) cat memes. Now a certain genius has found a way to combine all three—and it just might be the high-point of the interwebz. The amazing Kitten Covers tumblr features classic album covers reimagined with adorable kittens in place of the band. The badass-ness and cuteness play off each other like sweet and salty in a Reeses Cup, creating a phenomenon we can’t get enough of. From Metallica to Iron Maiden, and even deeper cuts like Minor Threat, these heroes did it up real big.

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by (@McBeardo)

10 Best Iron Maiden Songs Inspired By Movies

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From the moment in the late 1960s when a British blues band called Earth renamed themselves after a Boris Karloff fright film—Black Sabbath, to be exact—heavy metal music has been profoundly intertwined with the medium of motion pictures.

Since then, no top-tier headbanger ensemble has tapped into that movie-metal connection more regularly, powerfully, or to more awesome effect than Iron Maiden.

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Satan’s Arcade: Top 15 Hard Rock + Heavy Metal Pinball Machines + Video Games

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“Heavy” and “metal.” In a physical sense, those words apply quite literally to pinball machines and video games, but there’s also no denying the spiritual, maybe even cosmic connection between headbanging music, quarter-pumping classic arcade fun, and crashing on the couch in front of the latest home-gaming system with hard rock blasting and maybe some certain other kind of substance blazing.

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by (@BHSmithNYC)

Celebrate Metal All Month Long With 28 Classic Hard Rock And Heavy Metal Album Openers

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It might be the shortest month on the calendar and for many its one of the coldest times of the year, but that don’t matter ’cause we’re keeping warm all month long thanks to the molten riffs and fiery antics of heavy f***ing metal music. Yep, in honor of the impending season 14 return of That Metal Show, the only show on television on all things hard rock and heavy metal, and the premiere of Rock Icons on VH1 Classic on Saturday, February 21st, we’re going hard and heavy with our coverage of the loudest music genre in the known universe. Hell, we’ve even got some surprises planned that are going to blow your mind. And just to show you we’re serious, we’re counting down the 28 greatest album openers in the history of hard rock and heavy metal. Get it, 28? Like, one for each day of the month. Pretty clever, huh? Check back all month long to see what else we’ve got coming your way because it’s Metal F***ing February and it’s gonna rock! Read more…

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Classic Heavy Metal Album Covers Come To Life In 10 Eye Popping GIFs

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One of the visual calling cards of heavy metal music is it’s awesome album cover artwork. From the blown out post-hippie designs adorning Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath records to the fantasy-themed illustrations of Dio and Iron Maiden and going to the extreme with thrash and death metal’s graphic portrayals of violence and brutality, eye popping cover art is as essential to the genre as distorted guitars and high-pitched singing. Read more…

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Rockers Who Love Soccer: Find Out These 25 Hard Rock And Heavy Metal Heroes Favorite Football Clubs!

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Today marks the beginning of the biggest sports event in the known world. At 4 pm this afternoon, when Croatia takes the field against hosts Brazil, The FIFA World Cup will begin and soccer fans worldwide will be riveted to the results as 32 national teams compete over the next month until the championship game July 13th. It’s a fact that soccer (or football, as it’s known outside America) is much more popular around the globe than it is in the U.S.A., and every country has it’s own leagues where regional teams duke it out for their respective national titles. Given the high concentration of British hard rock and heavy metal musicians, it makes sense that many a UK rocker has a beloved soccer team they root for, or as they would say, support. And it’s not just the British. The heavy metal strongholds of Germany and Brazil also have rich football traditions and musicians support their local and national teams as well. Take a gander at 25 hard rock and heavy metal musicians, from Iron Maiden‘s Steve Harris to the past and present members of Sepultura, and find out their favorite football clubs (American translation: soccer teams) in celebration of The World Cup!

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Kick Out The Jams: 20 Classic Live Albums In Hard Rock And Heavy Metal History!

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The live album. Though its popularity has severely waned as of late (along with albums in general!), it was a staple of hard rock and heavy metal bands back in the 70s and early 80s. In fact, a band’s live record would sometimes outsell its studio counterparts and in some ways come to define the band, displaying their raw, reckless energy and showing just what they’re capable of in the flesh. At times it became a band’s breakthrough album; at other times (if you’re Led Zeppelin) it capitalized on the band’s popularity. But either way, these LP’s go down in the annals of music history as some of the greatest rock albums of all time. From Kiss to Thin Lizzy, Judas Priest to Black Sabbath, all your favorite bands released live albums, and we love them for it. So to celebrate this week’s That Metal Show guest, former Kiss drummer Peter Criss, who played on their breakthrough Alive! double LP set, here’s a list of 20 Classic Live Albums In Hard Rock & Heavy Metal History. And whether they’re 100% live, live with overdubs, or mostly studio-enhanced, we don’t really care. What’s important is that they all kick some serious ass and kick out some serious jams.

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