On July 25, 1983, Metallica released their debut studio album, 'Kill 'Em All.' Initially, 'Kill 'Em All' was not commercially successful, but 30 years later it is regarded as one of the best thrash metal albums of all time. Its rawness and speed are unmatched, and guitarist Kirk Hammett gives us a better understanding of why it is such a gritty album.
In the 1970s in Detroit, there were three brothers who were making music that sounded like nothing else out there. Featuring a mixture of rock 'n' roll, punk and funk, musicians Bobby, Dannis and David Hackney formed the band Death, a musical act that would receive next to no recognition in large part because of its name. Nearly 40 years later, the recognition is here and Death aren't going anywhere.
Before the metal band out of Florida known as Death, there was a proto-punk band out of Detroit known as Death. In the 1970s, three brothers who were playing a mixture of funk, rock and soul in their parents' house in Detroit, decided to up the ante with their music and focused on creating pure, raw rock and roll. Part of this shift in focus included changing their name to the controversial Death.
On Monday night (June 10) at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York City, Zakk Wylde invited fans to what was sure to be a unique show. Before his death, the one and only Les Paul played at the Iridium every Monday night with the Les Paul Trio. Posthumously, the tradition lives on, but where Les Paul once played, guitar greats are invited to help honor him. Wylde's presence onstage with the Trio proved even more exciting as it was the day after what would have been Les Paul's 98th birthday.
Three days after the release of their sixth studio album, Queens of the Stone Age played '...Like Clockwork' in its entirety to a sold-out crowd at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple. As an album that has received high critical praise, it was a chance of a lifetime for 1,200 screaming fans to see QOTSA tear through brand new materi
June 5, 2013 marks the 10th anniversary of the release of Metallica's most controversial album, 'St. Anger.' The album is controversial not because of its lyrical content, but because of the direction the band went with it. Ringing snare drums, no guitar solos and filthy dirty guitar riffs all combine to make a 'Tallica album like none other.
'Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal' hit bookstores on May 14, 2013. Written by longtime music journalists Jon Wiederhorn and Katherine Turman, 'Louder Than Hell' takes readers on a historical journey of one of our favorite genres in a unique way: Rather than Wiederhorn and Turman writing a standard narrative, they let those who experienced the stories tell them first-hand.
There was no shortage of Metallica t-shirts at New York City's Highline Ballroom last night (May 21) as the band's former bassist Jason Newsted made a stop in the Big Apple with his latest project, the aptly titled Newsted. From debuting brand new music to playing some fan favorites, Newsted rocked the city and set high expectations for his band's first studio album, set to be released sometime this fall.
Journalists Jon Wiederhorn and Katherine Turman have just unleashed a comprehensive book for all metalheads, aptly titled 'Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal.'