The mid-2000s saw heavy metal start to reach different heights as nu-metal was starting to fade away and a new crop of bands were poised for the global stage. In 2004, we saw a huge burst that once again shook the metal community as metalcore became the weapon of choice for so many extreme metal fans. After getting their start in the underground, bands like Killswitch Engage and Shadows Fall saw their hard work pay off in unimaginable ways. At the same time, the underground was still churning out all sorts of different styles while some legends resurfaced with their best album in quite some time.
In 1994, heavy metal was taking sharp turns in all directions as it continued to evolve and branch out even further. Grunge had a vice grip on the music world and metal acts were starting to react to this new and popular style. Bands that were known for virtuosic guitar playing began to strip down their sound while others simply incorporated a grungier vibe when starting a new band. 1994 was also a pivotal year for the Norwegian black metal scene as future legends released some of their most acclaimed discs.
When 1983 came to an end, metal fans had a lot to be happy about. The world saw albums like 'Kill 'Em All,' 'Holy Diver,' 'Piece of Mind,' and a slew of other classics that would certainly be on constant rotation on record players for years to come. The main question was how could 1984 even compete with such a monumental year for metal as 1983? Bands that made our 10 Best Metal Albums of 1983 stepped it up once again and, as always, some new bands came along, too.
Behemoth’s five-year drought between studio albums is a storied tale. In August 2010, the band's frontman, Nergal, was diagnosed with leukemia, which was originally thought to be too advanced for chemotherapy treatments to be effective. After finding a bone marrow match in a donor, he underwent a transplant, which was ultimately successful following an infection setback a few weeks after undergoing the process.
We've all seen some ridiculous custom guitars on the Internet ranging from wild body designs to varying degrees of unreasonable size. But have you ever seen one that needed to be lifted by a crane?
Motley Crue have a legacy defined by their music just as much as their days of excess in all forms. The band took the slogan of "sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll" further than any band as a whole ever has and probably ever will. With their antics chronicled through various books and documentaries, there is no other band quite like Motley Crue. Of course, their partying was earned through their music, which brought the glam scene to an apex. Rightfully one of the first on the scene, the band formed in 1981, getting a jump start on bands that would become friendly rivals.
Iced Earth are back with their second offering since former Into Eternity frontman Stu Block has taken over vocal duties. While many fans saw the last album, ‘Dystopia,’ injecting a bit of new life into the band, ‘Plagues of Babylon’ continues in the same manner with some fresh songwriting ideas from guitarist Jon Schaffer.
Every metal fan should be familiar with the VH1 Classic show ‘That Metal Show,’ which features host Eddie Trunk and his two partners-in-crime, Don Jamieson and Jim Florentine. If you aren’t familiar with the show, then you better catch up with the 12 seasons that have already aired in a hurry because the show is returning for a 13th season on Jan. 18. This season, the show moves back to New York, where it will film fresh episodes each week.