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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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by (@JordanRuntagh)

‘Rock Icons’ Sneak: Dave Mustaine Reveals How Getting Kicked Out of Metallica Affected His Music

This Saturday night on Rock Icons, we hear from metal guitar god Dave Mustaine. Although he’s been manned Megadeth for more than three decades, his name will forever be linked with Metallica. After serving as the band’s original lead guitarist in their nascent days, he was fired from the group just prior to the recording of their first album, Kill ‘Em All. While undoubtedly devastating, Mustaine explains how the experience helped pave the way for his future career and worldwide success.

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by (@BHSmithNYC)

You Won’t Believe Which 25 Classic Metal Albums Are Turning 25 In 2015

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As we count down another batch of records that celebrate important anniversaries this year, 1990 looms large in the history of hard rock and heavy metal. While the dawn of the nineties saw the United States winning the Cold War against the Soviet Union, in the world of metal the thrash hordes had fought the glam bands to a stalemate. While both sub-genres retained huge followings (for the time being), grunge waited in the wings and a new crop of even more underground bands would take thrash’s innovations to even sicker extremes. What’s most striking about those records celebrating their 25th, or “Silver,” anniversary this year is the sheer diversity of what was considered metal in the year 1990. Read more…

by (@BHSmithNYC)

Dueling Axes: Who Are Heavy Metal’s 10 Greatest Two Guitar Teams?

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The defining sonic signature of hard rock and heavy metal music is the sound of an electric guitar hammering home a riff through a mountain of Marshall amps stacks. And the only thing better than one guitarist hammering home a riff through a mountain of Marshalls is TWO guitarists hammering home monster riffs in tandem through even more Marshall stacks (heck, some bands even have THREE guitarists doing it, but that’s a different list!). Read more…

by (@BHSmithNYC)

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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by (@BHSmithNYC)

That Metal Gear: Megadeth’s Dave Ellefson

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Each week That Metal Show on VH1 Classic brings you the latest news and interviews with the biggest names in hard rock and heavy metal. This season in addition we’re interviewing some of TMS’ biggest guests and finding out how they got their starts playing their instruments and finding out what they’re playing and what other players got them jazzed to pick them up in the first place. This week we’re catching up with Dave Ellefson, bass player in legendary “Big Four” thrash metal pioneers Megadeth. Some people grow up in cities renowned for their thriving metal scenes but Dave grew up in a farm in Minnesota and had to work a little harder than most to get his start in music and as such has wide ranging tastes in music, from classic hard rockers like Kiss and Thin Lizzy to punk rock and jazz. Find out how he got his start and what gear he uses to get the varied sounds needed when playing live with Megadeth. Read more…

by (@BHSmithNYC)

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!

by (@BHSmithNYC)

Show Us Your That Metal Show T-Shirt + You May Be Featured In An Upcoming Episode!

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Calling all fans of That Metal Show! In honor of the show’s upcoming 13th season on VH1 Classic, which starts Saturday January 18th, we want to see pictures of you rocking your TMS shirts! Read more…