Compiling a list of the most influential modern metal guitar players is intimidating. There was no way to do this without pissing a bunch of people off. I did my best to quantify which guitar players’ mark was being felt the most by the up and coming generation of new bands and musical movements in the realm of all things heavy. Whose legacy stood the test of time? Why is player “A” more influential than player “B”? Is there empirical evidence to support these arguments? These are the burning questions. There are some tremendously phenomenal players who did not make this list because their significance will not be known for some time. There are some players who made a big splash initially, but stature has waned in recent years. There are some genres like Black Metal where I had difficulty pinpointing 1 or 2 specific players that stood out among the slew of pioneers.
Live from New York—the city that brought you Kiss, Twisted Sister, Anthrax, White Zombie, and the Plasmatics—it’s heavy metal on Saturday night! Alas, as with other hometown hard rock heroes the Ramones, none of those Big Apple metal battalions ever got a guest shot on Saturday Night Live.
We all have that one album that we turn to when we need guidance or reassurance that life isn’t a mess. We all evolve and change as we discover who we are as we get older and just like the bands we love, we struggle to find our words and personas. With bands and artists, sometimes that means a line up change, firing their manager, doing a questionable video but a lot of the time, it means trying something completely different. Here are a few bands that stepped out of their comfort zone and put on their dancing shoes.
Today is Cinco de Mayo, which marks the anniversary of the Mexican victory over the French at the Battle Of Puebla on May 5th in 1862. Over the years the anniversary became cause for merriment and festivities in the Mexican-American communities in the South-Western United States and a time to celebrate their native culture and heritage. Just as heavy metal and hard rock would be greatly lacking without the tales of epic battles of yore, so too would it would it be diminished without the contributions of many a Mexican-American musician. Read more…
You know that feeling when your belly is growling, you’re acting a crazy shade of cranky and you’d kill for a dang bar of chocolate? Yeah, that’s called hunger. Wait a minute… what did you think I was talking about?
Thanksgiving is just TWO days away, and the VH1 team has one thing on the mind: FOOD. Okay, and music too. Whether your favorite T-Day treat is sweet potato mash (and y’all know it’s gotta have that marshmallow topping deliciousness) or a perfectly basted leg o’ turkey, we know you love this foodie day as much as we do. Thus, in honor of this feast-ivity, we’ve created a list of our favorite bands and solo artists who have names inspired by food and the delightful process of munching and noshing. Eminem made the list of course, a closeted M&M’s candy junkie, or so we imagine thanks to his infamous name. Then there’s Iron & Wine, Chickenfoot and so many more. But I won’t give them away, I’ll let you sort through our menu. Heh, I mean… gallery. So grab a napkin and some utensils and check out 30 Musicians Who’ve Named Themselves After Food! It’s the greatest thing since sliced bread.
It’s Day 4 of VH1 Classic‘s America’s Hard 100 countdown poll where we ask YOU, the FANS, help us determine the 100 best hard rock and metal songs of all-time! Every day we’ll be posting a new list of classic hard rock and heavy metal tunes for you to vote on to help us with the rankings. If you don’t see your favorite bands or songs on today’s list, check back daily as we are adding new songs every day! (Watch our new promo for AH100 above.)
Waka Flocka Flame Plays “Round Of Applause” At Kanye West’s Fashion Week After Party Kanye West is injecting fashion with music, and it looks like Waka Flocka Flame‘s performance of “Round Of Applause” went off at Kanye’s Paris Fashion Week after party. [Prefix]
LCD Soundsystem Release Another Sneak Peek At Their Documentary LCD Soundsystem have released another short trailer for their forthcoming documentary Shut Up And Play The Hits. The clip features the band playing “North American Scum” and James Murphy talking candidly about his age and how it influenced his decision to end the band. [Beats Per Minute]
Blake Shelton played a gorgeous “Drink On It” on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. With something of the weariness of heartache, the song it still wistfully romantic, and even more so as Blake croons into the microphone, smiling every so often in a way that will have you literally swooning, a little weak at the knees. The luxuriously meandering song, coupled with Blake’s irresistible charm and the fact that he’s playing a guitar (give a man a guitar and you make him at least 6 times easier to fall in love with), will have you day dreaming of country bars and cowboys all day long.
VH1’s latest entry in the award-winning Rock Docs franchise, The TRL Decade, premieres tonight at 9:30 pm. The hour-long special takes a look back at the colorful history of the long-running MTV video request program and the effect that it had on the music industry, and features insightful interviews from former VJs like Carson Daly and Dave Holmes, as well as some of that era’s most popular musical acts.
In order to get you in the mood for tonight’s premiere, we built this special
Spotify playlist for The TRL Decade, which features many of the songs that you’ll hear in this documentary feature. Get your ’90s nostalgia on with boy band faves like “Larger Than Life” by the Backstreet Boys, rap-rock smashes like Korn‘s “Freak On A Leash”, hip hop hits like P. Diddy‘s “Bad Boy For Life”, sugar coated girl pop classics like Mandy Moore‘s “Candy”, and many more.
Halloween is tonight, but if youâ€™re not an adolescent kid daydreaming of packing your pillowcase full of Snickers bars, youâ€™ll probably be out and about looking to celebrate. While youâ€™re stepping into your costume, click on these music videos that will surely entertain the ghoulish music fan within you:
10) Peaches, “Trick Or Treat”
If youâ€™re familiar with Peaches, then you know this trick-or-treating party is for adults only.
9) Lady Gaga, “Telephone”
Itâ€™s always Halloween in Gagaâ€™s world; soda cans in her hair only confirms it!