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Celebrate Canada Day With 10 Killer Canuck Hard Rock, Metal And Punk Bands, Eh?

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Independence Day festivities are on the horizon this week but if you need an excuse to start partying early hoist a Moosehead Lager your nearest Canadian for today, July 1st, is Canada Day! The holiday celebrates the union of Britain’s remaining North American colonies in 1867 into the nation we all now know and love as Canada. The differences between the U.S.A. and our neighbors to the North are relatively few, and among the many commonalities is our love for loud and raucous punk heavy metal rock n’ roll. Read more…

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Classical Rock: Who Are The 12 Greatest Prog Bands Of All Time?

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Epic song lengths. Complex instrumentals. Odd time signatures. Concept albums with bizarre song titles and lyrics. Sure, these are staples of most, if not all, progressive bands, but some just do it a little better than others. We’re here to celebrate the bands that do it the best – the ones who define the genre and have had an impact both commercially and critically with some of the best albums and compositions of all time. Read more…

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Unsung Heroes: The 10 Most Underrated Classic Rock Singers

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We all know about the best rock singers of all time. The ones who other rock singers idolize. The staples who make it onto every list that’s ever published on the subject. The Robert Plants. The Freddie Mercurys. The Mick Jaggers. But what about all the other amazing singers that came through once The Beatles knocked down the doors for classic rock ‘n’ roll? Surely there are others that slip through the cracks and get overlooked on these lists? What are they, chopped liver? Far from it, and it’s time that we give these singers their due (so everyone can stop referring to them as “the singer from ____”).
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Who Are The Top 5 Greatest Trios In Heavy Metal And Hard Rock History?

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Each week on That Metal Show, Eddie, Don and Jim rank their favorite musical moments from the worlds of hard rock and heavy metal in the TMS Top 5 and then argue about what the final ranking should be. This week, in honor of visiting three-piece band the Winery Dogs, the boys try to determine those Holy Trinities of drums, bass and guitar mayhem, the greatest trios of all time.

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Middle-Earth Anthems: 10 Classic Hard Rock Songs That Pay Homage To The Hobbit

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Since their publication in the 1930’s J. R. R. Tolkien’s  books, The Hobbit and The Lord Of The Rings cycle,  have been inspiring people with the mythical tales of the people of Middle-earth and the struggle between the forces of good and evil. During the psychedelic ‘60s the books became extremely popular in the rock underground and no shortage of bands paid homage to the series in lyrics, song titles and band names. Legendary hard rockers Led Zeppelin practically made a career out of referencing them, both figuratively and often literally. Their heavy metal progeny picked up the helm and to this day many metal bands are named after figures and places in the book including such current black metal bands as Darkthrone and Gorgoroth among others. The latest movie installment, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, opens today so in honor we’re taking a look at some of the greatest references to the series in classic hard rock. So pack your pipe, don your magical cloak and spend some time with these Middle-earth anthems to get in the mood for the film. Read more…

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Heavy Metal Hanukkah: 20 Head-Banging Hebrews

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Tonight at sundown the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah begins. The holiday, which will occur over the next eight nights days, celebrates the victory of Judah Maccabee and the ancient Judeans over the forces of Antiochus IV Epiphanes which already sounds like the subject of a totally awesome metal song. Given the New York City area’s rich hard rock tradition and large Jewish-American population it goes without saying that quite a few of our favorite head bangers have lit the Menorah. From old school hard rockers like Kiss and Mountain, through thrash heroes Anthrax and up to modern bands like Killswitch Engage and The Dillinger Escape Plan, Jewish musicians have played a huge role in the history of hard rock so this Hanukkah let’s light a candle and say l’chaim to 20 of the greatest Jewish metal heads of all time.

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Preview 8 Full Songs From New Rush Live Release Hand Picked By Geddy Lee!

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One of rock’s greatest bands, Rock And Roll Hall of Fame inductees Rush have a long history of killer live albums stretching back to their 1976 breakthrough All The World’s A Stage. Their latest live release, the Clockwork Angels Tour DVD and CD, comes out November 19th but you can hear 8 full tracks from it at their artist page RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW. The songs were hand selected by legendary lead-singing Rush bassist Geddy Lee! 
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Interview: Rush’s Geddy Lee Talks About New Live Recording

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Ever since the release of 1976’s All The World’s A Stage, Rush has been thrilling fans with their live albums which have come out at regular intervals throughout their long career. With  their unparalleled musicianship on full display, the recent Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame inductees have used these recordings as bookends to their many different musical eras. The band is now poised to release the Clockwork Angels Tour DVD featuring performances from their 11 month 2012 tour for album of the same name and rarely performed classics from their past. The release will present 3 hours worth of Rush in concert including their first ever performances with a string section as well as a tour documentary and filmed comedy shorts. Rush singer and bassist Geddy Lee sat down with VH1 to talk about the new album and what place live records hold in the Rush legacy.

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Rock Out To This Week’s That Metal Show Playlist

The latest episode of That Metal Show featured Scott Rockenfield and Todd La Torre from Queensryche, and Dave Mustaine. Carmine Appice hit the crowd with his drum skills, while the hosts debated the top 5 Rush albums.

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