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Who Are The 10 Most High-Pitched Singers In Heavy Metal And Hard Rock?

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Few things are as essential to the sound of classic heavy metal as the high-pitched banshee howl of its vocalists. Starting with Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant, heavy metal bands engaged in a vocal arms raise as successive waves of singers went ever upward into the highest reaches of their range. Forget smashing guitars, some of the metal’s highest screamers could shatter glass with their histrionic shrieking. Read more…

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Judas Priest Interview: Rob Halford, Glenn Tipton And Richie Faulkner Tell How They Let The Metal Roar On New Album Redeemer Of Souls

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Black Sabbath may be the genre’s Godfathers, but in many ways fellow Birminghamers Judas Priest are the first true “Heavy Metal” band. Sonically, lyrically and stylistically they codified the style and proudly waved the heavy metal banner, influencing nearly all metal bands that came in their wake. They grafted the heaviness of Sabbath onto the sleek high-speed engine of Deep Purple’s design and delivered it with the bombast and grandeur of Led Zeppelin. Now 40 years on from the release of their first record, Rocka Rolla, the band is poised to release their 17th studio record, Redeemer of Souls. Read more…

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Evil Twinsies! These Heavy Metal Magazine Characters Look Just Like Real-Life Heavy Metal Musicians

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Since the late ‘70s, horny sci-fi fans have been ogling the pages of Heavy Metal magazine for its mix of adult-oriented fantasy comics and erotica-inspired artwork. Originating in France in 1975 under the name Métal Hurlant, which translates to “Howling Metal,” the magazine’s American publishers decided a name change was in order for the U.S. market. What better name than that of a certain musical movement — wink, Heavy Metal — that was ascending into the mainstream from the fringes of rock. Read more…

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Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre: Heavy Metal’s 13 Most Romantic Love Songs

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What with tomorrow being Valentine’s Day, we’re turning our affections to the heavy metal love song. A rare species indeed. And no, we’re not talking about glam metal power ballads here, because those are anything but rare, and usually anything but metal. We’re talking about real heavy metal bands. Bands that are typically, consistently and truly heavy but aren’t afraid to show a different side. Bands that prove that beneath the hardened, aggressive, angry-as-hell exterior lies a warm, fuzzy, though perhaps blackened, center. Bands that prove that at the end of the day, we’re all human and dare we say, want to be loved. And though this form of love may be metal-infused, it is nonetheless there. From to Pantera to Slipknot, romance doesn’t seem to be a foreign concept to these dudes. So to celebrate our undying love of metal here’s a list of 13 Heavy Metal Love Songs. But don’t you dare go calling them soft.  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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Should The Simpsons Be Sorry That They Said Judas Priest Is “Death Metal?”

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The Simpsons is officially no longer the edgiest animated series on television–and we’re not just talking about how the show pales in comparison to modern hits like Bob’s Burgers or Archer. It used to be that The Simpsons cracked jokes at anyone’s expense without issuing any sort of apology. Now, however, the show’s writers are apologizing to Judas Priest fans for erroneously referring to the band as “death metal” on a recent show.

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15 Unlikely Metal Covers You Wouldn’t Expect To Rock (But Totally Do)!

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Many a musician has cut their teeth on cover songs over the years, and heavy metal and hard rock bands are no exception. From the ubiquitous blues covers of first generation hard rockers like Led Zeppelin and Humble Pie to such thrash metallers as Metallica and Slayer picking the perfect punk tune to show off their underground cred. However, occasionally a song from a very unlikely source, outside of the rock spectrum, works its way into a band’s repertoire. Who would think that one of Judas Priest’s greatest heavy metal moments would be a cover of a song by ‘60s folkie Joan Baez or that Marilyn Manson’s breakthrough hit would be a cover of the ‘80s synth-pop classic “Sweet Dreams” originally by Eurythmics? Here are 15 unlikely covers by some of hard rock and metal’s best bands that you wouldn’t expect to rock but totally do.

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