This year on That Metal Show we’re doing things a little differently and thinking up exciting new ways to bring you the best coverage of all things heavy metal and hard rock. One of those things is That After Show, where we keep the cameras rolling after the regular broadcast is over and let the TMS boys and their guests talk about, well, whatever the f-ck they want to talk about. This week hear Zakk Wylde, Kerry King, and Lzzy Hale sound off about their life in music.
This Saturday That Metal Show is comin’ atcha on VH1 Classic, so get ready to crank the volume. See what happens when the boys catch up with Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society, Kerry King of Slayer, and Lzzy Hale of Halestorm.
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.
This Saturday, the That Metal Show crew hosts a full house with Marky Ramone, Darryl McDaniels and Gary Holt. The gang talks about getting hit with stuff on stage (something Holt considers “part of the fun”), while McDaniels shares a memory from opening up for the legendary Lou Reed.
This Saturday on That Metal Show, the boys welcome thrash metal drumming legend Dave Lombardo. In it Eddie Trunk asks if there’s any chance of him ever reuniting with his former band Slayer, and while there’s nothing in the works, he doesn’t rule out the possibility. “Let’s just say, If you ever see me on stage again with Slayer, you’ll know everything’s resolved.” In addition, he discusses his current project PHILM and his earliest drumming influences. Read more…
-By Doc Coyle (@doccoyle)
Being charged with spotlighting 15 bands that I think matter in 2015 is daunting. I’m not Bill O’Reilly. I’m not trying to pawn off propagandized opinion as fact. In my best impression of an authoritative figure, this is a collection of musical acts, young and old, that I predict will make an impact this year. Periodically, I have these exploratory talks with my friends within the music industry (A&R people, agents, promoters, musicians, managers, DJ’s), and part of the goal is to try and figure out where heavy music is going. What is the next “big thing”? No one knows. I don’t know either, but I wanted to shine a light on those bands that are making artistic strides in a time when homogenization is rampant, and discovering beacons of hope through the digital white noise is becoming increasingly difficult. Read more…
Heavy metal is about power. Sometimes heavy metal is about conflict. Often it is about anger, though other times it is about joy. The kind of joy one feels when they watch a bully get beaten up or the underdog team whip the pants off the favorites. It is hard stuff. Heavy metal is not about nice things. It is not about wholesome things (though it can be about values like strength, loyalty and perseverance). Heavy metal is not about kitty cats. Or is it…? Read more…
Keeping your sex life private used to be a thing. Now that it’s 2015, we don’t shy away from the once taboo topic, we add to the discussion on Twitter. The hashtag #DescribeYourSexLifeWithABand has taken on a life of its own so we’ve compiled a short list of the 10 best tweets with our own saucy commentary that fits under 140 characters.
-By Frank Donovan
Die-hard fans claim that music has saved their lives in troubled times. While we’ve totally been there, today we’re taking it a step further with instances when musicians have literally saved lives or otherwise contributed more than their musical talents to the common good. Some are in the right place at the right time when disaster strikes. Others use their vast cultural influence to make a difference.
Katy Perry sends a really strange tweet about her upcoming Super Bowl performance, T-Pain is back and better without auto-tune, Tupac‘s biopic has already started production and more on First Dibs.