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‘Hell Awaits’ by Slayer Turns 30, Still Head Of The Thrash Class of ’85

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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.

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‘That Metal Show’ Sneak: Marky Ramone, Darryl McDaniels + Gary Holt Talk Getting Hit Onstage


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
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Dave Lombardo Discusses The Possibility Of A Reunion With Slayer Next ‘That Metal Show’


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…

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The 15 Metal Bands, Young And Old, You Should Be Listening To In 2015

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-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…

by (@BHSmithNYC)

Life-Coaches, Kitty Cats And The 10 Softest Moments In Heavy Metal History

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…

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#DescribeYourSexLifeWithABand Has Gone Viral + It’s TMI (And Hilarious)

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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.

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15 Times Our Musical Idols Were Real-Life Heroes

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-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.

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Classic Metal Album Covers Reimagined As Vintage Jazz Sleeves

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What happens when metal goes jazz? Well, for starters, the album covers need some tweaking. If you want to see what metal albums would look like as old school jazz sleeves, check out these re-imagined metal-turned-jazz album covers for Black Sabbath, Metallica, Slayer, and more, in a project by Rafa Melandi on Behance.

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13 Sick Songs About The Most Horrible Serial Killers Of All Time

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The acclaimed podcast Serial concluded last night and has had fans on the edge of their seats during its first season with its in depth investigation of the 1999 murder of Baltimore high school student Hae Min Lee. It’s success is no surprise as nearly all humans share a morbid fascination with murder, which has manifested itself in art from the tragedies of ancient Greece through the “Murder Ballads” of the 17th century and modern day cable dramas such as Dexter and True Detective. Killers, and particularly serial killers, became a favorite song topic of punk rock bands in the late ’70s.

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