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…
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!
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……
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.
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!
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…
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…
Each week here on VH1 Tuner, our VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown host Jim Shearer (@jimshearer on Twitter) will be sharing his Shearer’s Spotlight with us. Be sure to tune into the Top 20 Countdown tomorrow morning when it airs on VH1 at 9 a.m. ET/PT.If you haven’t heard—or haven’t tuned into VH1 Classic today—today is National Metal Day. I may not strike you as a headbanger, but let it be known, I fancy all genres of music.
So keeping in theme with the day, here are my Big 4 Metal Moments:
4.) Headbanging With Anthrax
In 2003 when MTV2 revived the metal franchise Headbanger’s Ball, a kickoff concert was held in Cleveland where I got to give a rousing introduction to thrash metal legends, Anthrax. Since we we’re in Cleveland—home of the Browns—I decided to get everyone’s blood boiling early by coming out on stage dressed in Pittsburgh Steelers colors and waving a Terrible Towel. It worked to perfection!