Record Store Day will bring something extra special for metalheads and Metallica fans this year as the Holy Grail of all metal demos is set to be officially reissued for the first time since 1982. Recorded with their original lineup, which featured future Megadeth mastermind Dave Mustaine and bassist Ron McGovney, the No Life ’til Leather demo made the band’s reputation in underground heavy metal tape trading circles and laid the foundation for the thrash uprising to follow. On April 18th, it will see release once again as a special limited edition replica of the original cassette, before being reissued on vinyl and CD this summer as part of an ambitious reissue program.
“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.
Bruce Sinofsky who, along with his creative partner Joe Berlinger, directed the landmark 2003 documentary Metallica: Some Kind of Monster and the trilogy of Paradise Lost films that led to the freeing of the wrongly-convicted “West Memphis Three,” has passed away due to complications from diabetes. He was 58.
The Academy Award-nominated Whiplash is certainly a fine movie, but we couldn’t help but feel it needed a dose of heavy metal. Apparently we’re not alone, because Metal Injection just posted a hilarious video mashup of Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich getting taken to task by the uber-intense J.K. Simmons for not playing at his “f-cking tempo!”
Before MTV, before VHS tapes, before DVDs, and way, way, way before YouTube, the only way for fans to see hard rock and heavy metal bands in concert was just that—in concert. For those who couldn’t make it to live shows, a handful of late-night TV programs offered respites, most prominently ABC in Concert, The Midnight Special, and Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert. Then there was the concert movie.
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…
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.
For nearly every rock n’ roll guitarist there is a nearly-as legendary guitar. Think of Jimmy Page and his “#1″ late ’50s Les Paul Standard, Eric Clapton‘s “The Fool” SG he used in Cream and “Greeny”, the hallowed 1959 Les Paul Standard used by Fleetwood Mac founder Peter Green, Irish blues rock great Gary Moore and now in the possession of Metallica shredder Kirk Hammett. It’s fascinating to think of one guitar passing through the hands of three famous guitarists, though it’s more common than you might think.
It’s almost Metal Month so we’re bringing attention to metal fan steez: long hair don’t care, tongues out and badass tattoos. Die hard fans show their commitment to metal by branding themselves with their favorite band. Check out the gnarliest metal tattoos in the history of metal and maybe one will inspire you to get a Slayer tramp stamp too.