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

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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…

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Hilarious “Metal Albums With Googly Eyes” Tumblr Will Melt The Coldest Headbanger Heart

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A few weeks back we brought you a Tumblr that specialized in making classic album covers out of Lego blocks. Well today things get even better, because your favorite heavy metal album covers are about to get a googly-eye makeover!

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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…

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Biggest Grammys 2014 Snub? Slayer’s Jeff Hanneman Was Left Out Of The “In Memoriam” Segment!

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Sure, some people might be mad that Kendrick Lamar lost the Best Rap Album Grammy Award to Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, but the most egregious Grammy snub came during the evening’s “In Memoriam” tribute. The Grammy Awards left Slayer‘s Jeff Hanneman and Iron Maiden‘s Clive Burr and off of the In Memoriam montage–despite the fact that Hanneman actually won two Grammys!

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Art Attack! 25 Insanely Ridiculous Illustrated Album Covers

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Warning: Do NOT stare at the album covers in this gallery for more than 5 seconds. Seriously, the art may induce retina damage…or just cause your mind to explode trying to comprehend the insane illustrations!

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The Greatest Heavy Metal Mascots Of All Time

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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.

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Friday The 13th Face-Off: Iron Maiden Edition

It’s Friday the 13th. The unluckiest day of the year… or so they say. In light of this dreadful date, let’s keep things dreary with a look at the evil and eerie. Iron Maiden is one band that knows how to cause fright in the night (and frankly, in the daytime too). So give a watch to their videos for “The Number Of The Beast” and “Can I Play With Madness” and vote to decide which song deserves the title Most Superstitious, Vicious and Frightening.

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That Metal Show Top 5 Comeback Albums

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Each week fans tune in to That Metal Show to see Eddie, Jim and Don weigh-in and argue about such important subjects as who are hard rock’s Top 5 Most Underrated Guitarists or The Top 5 Jason Newstead Metallica Albums on the TMS Top 5. This season we’re moving the debate online and letting you, the fans, make your voices heard in our weekly TMS Top 5 polls.

Saturday on That Metal Show, the boys debated what were the best comeback albums in hard rock and heavy metal history. Peep the final list along with Eddie, Jim and Don’s selections and then cast your votes below and let us know where you think these albums rate. You can vote as many times for as many different albums as you like and don’t forget to check back every week for more TMS Top 5 countdowns and watch That Metal Show on VH1 Classic every Saturday night at 11/10C!

TMS Top 5 Comeback Albums

1. AC/DC Back in Black
2. Black Sabbath Heaven and Hell
3. Ozzy Osbourne Blizzard of Ozz
4. Iron Maiden Brave New World
5. Deep Purple Perfect Strangers

Eddie Trunk
1. AC/DC Back in Black
2. Deep Purple Perfect Strangers
3. Black Sabbath Heaven and Hell
4. Anthrax Worship Music
5. Metallica Death Magnetic

Jim Florentine
1. Aerosmith Permanent Vacation
2. Iron Maiden Brave New World
3. Alice In Chains Black Gives Way To Blue
4. Judas Priest Painkiller
5. Buckcherry 15

Don Jamieson
1. AC/DC Back In Black
2. Black Sabbath Heaven and Hell
3. Ozzy Osbourne Blizzard of Ozz
4. Accept Blood Of The Nations
5. Lita Ford Living Like A Runaway

by (@BHSmithNYC)

Former Iron Maiden Drummer Clive Burr Dies

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Metal fans arose today to the tragic news that original Iron Maiden drummer Clive Burr had died from health complications due to Multiple Sclerosis. Burr was the drummer on the band’s first three albums which cemented their reputation and helped define the heavy metal genre in general and the “New Wave of British Heavy Metal” movement specifically. He was 56.

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