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Civil Wars, Stabbings And The 15 Fiercest Feuds In Heavy Metal And Hard Rock History

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Band beefs are nothing new, whether between members or ex-members of the same group, or rivals from the same scene. Whether fighting for their turn in the spotlight or for the affections of a groupie, competition is as natural to the life of a rock band as camaraderie, and where there is competition there is usually conflict. In the world of hard rock and heavy metal, home to some of music’s loudest loud mouths and even the occasional genuine badass, things can escalate quickly from smack-talking to catching a smack. Read more…

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Winery Dogs, Vinnie Paul And Yngwie Rock Next That Metal Show Episode!

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It’s been a hell of a season so far on That Metal Show but the boys have saved the best for the last two episodes! This Saturday be sure to tune into VH1 Classic when the boys welcome hard rock super-group Winery Dogs (uh-huh) and former-Pantera and current-Hellyeah drummer Vinnie Paul (oh yeah) to take a seat and share stories from their legendary pasts and amazing presents. Oh, and wait, I forgot to tell you, this week’s musical guest? A little guitarist you might have heard of that goes by the name of YNGWIE F***ING MALMSTEEN!!! 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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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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13 Spooky Numbers To Listen To This Friday The 13th!

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Few days fill people with more dread than Friday The 13th. The date connotates bad luck, bad vibes, bad omens and people tread lightly until the strike of midnight signals the shift to the completely benign and innocuous Saturday The 14th. Its bad reputation comes from its association with the unlucky number 13 and, it’s said, being the day when in 1307 the King of France had the mystical, medieval order of The Knights Templar arrested. Musicians, of course, are scared of little besides a day job and they’ve been using the date and that most cryptic of numbers in song titles and lyrics since before Stevie Wonder sang “Superstitious.“ In fact, the mighty Black Sabbath even named their latest album 13 and it went straight to number 1 so maybe it’s not so unlucky after all. Regardless, in honor of today actually being Friday the 13th we’ve pulled together 13 spooky anthems that use the number in their names to help you get through the day which hopefully finds you happy, healthy and smart enough to know there’s no such thing as unlucky numbers and days. Or is there……

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Listen To Our Latest That Metal Show Playlist

Pantera legend Rex Brown and former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach joined the hosts of That Metal Show for their 100th episode!

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AMERICA’S HARD 100, Day 9: Vote To Determine The Greatest Hard Rock Song Of All-Time

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The VH1 Classic America’s Hard 100 Countdown Poll is nearing its end but we’ve still got more classic hard rock and heavy metal tunes that need sorting and we need your help! We’ve put together a list of 100 essential rockers but we need you to vote on them to let us know where they should fall in the America’s Hard 100 Countdown when it airs this November.

IMPORTANT NOTE: You can vote AS MANY TIMES and for AS MANY SONGS as you want, simply click on “Return To Poll” after your initial ballot. If your favorite hard rock jam is missing from today’s list please click on one of the previous days polls which are still open and keep checking back daily as we add new songs to new lists.

Today “The Boys Are Back In Town” by seminal Irish hard rockers Thin Lizzy goes up against Soundgarden’s grunge metal opus “Black Hole Sun,” Ozzy Osbourne’s metal standard “Crazy Train” featuring the late guitarist Randy Rhoads and technical thrash act Megadeth’s “Sweating Bullets” plus more.

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AMERICA’S HARD 100, Day 5 – Vote To Determine The Greatest Hard Rock Song Of All-Time

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The VH1 Classic America’s Hard 100 Countdown Poll is almost half-over and there’s still tons of classic hard rocking tunes coming your way for you to vote on and help us rank! Every day we post more and more legendary tracks and ask YOU, the FANS, to let us know which are your favorites and where they should land in the countdown when America’s Hard 100 airs in November.

Today’s poll pits New Wave Of British Heavy Metal standard bearers Iron Maiden against brooding industrial rockers Nine Inch Nails, 90s mosh-pit titans Pantera and metal’s greatest voice, the almight and greatly-missed Ronnie James Dio among others!

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That Metal Debate: That Metal Show Ranks The Top 5 Keyboardists

This weekend we wrapped the 10th Season of That Metal Show with HellYeah (and former Pantera) drummer Vinnie Paul, Tommy Shaw, and James “JY” Young of Styx. We rocked out to legendary guitarist Steve Stevens, who stood in as our guest musician.

In past episodes of That Metal Show, the boys have argued, fought and made the tough calls on the TMS TOP 5 Front men, Guitarists, Bassists, and Drummers. But this week, our hosts paid respect to yet another league of hard rock and heavy metal musicians: the TMS TOP 5 Keyboardists. How do you choose from all of the talented musicians who man the keys? You have the triple-threat Geddy Lee (Rush), who plays bass, sings, and is the keyboardist for Rush. There’s UFO’s Paul Raymond, Derek Sherinian of Dream Theater and Black Country Communion, Michael Kenney of Iron Maiden, and Darren Wharton of Thin Lizzy, to name a few.

But when Jennifer flipped the board, Jon Lord and Don Airey of Deep Purple showed up in ALL THREE of the hosts’ lists, so it quickly became clear who would earn the top 2 spots.  After much debate, the guys were able to narrow their picks down to the TMS Top 5 Keyboardists. Here’s who they came up with: Read more…

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SNEAK: Season Finale of That Metal Show Airs This Saturday on VH1 Classic

Last week on That Metal Show, we were joined by The Cult’s Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy, as well as German metal vocalist DORO Pesch. Tom Morello stopped by to help out with our TMS Top 5 segment and welcomed back TMS Alum Frank Hannon who returned as our guest musician for the second week in a row. Did you miss the episode? Watch it online right here.

This week on the SEASON FINALE of That Metal Show, we welcome former Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul, who discusses Pantera’s album artwork for Vulgar Display Of Power and previously unreleased track, “Piss.” We are also joined by Tommy Shaw and James “JY” Young of Styx and rock out to guest shredder Steve Stevens. Watch the SEASON FINALE of That Metal Show this Saturday at 11 p.m. ET/10 CT on VH1 Classic. Read more…