Concept albums can be a tough undertaking, as they leave a band with two difficult tasks -- tell an interesting story and record some kick-ass songs. What these albums do is transcend the realm of music, weaving a story into their musical fabric and into the minds of listeners. In what can certainly be a daunting task, many bands have executed this album style to the point of near perfection.
One of the most fearful things that can happen to a band is having to replace their lead singer. After putting in all of the hard work to establish the band, the departure of a singer can spell doom for some acts. But there are a number of instances where the new singer kept the momentum going and, in some cases, even elevated the band to new heights.
In Metallica's first-ever full-length feature film, 'Metallica: Through The Never,' the legendary metal band performs an epic concert in the midst of apocalyptic destruction. With a massive stage set-up and a near-flawless set list, Metallica prove why they're one of the greatest bands in rock history, whether they're performing live or on the big screen.
On Sept. 12, 2008, Metallica unleashed their ninth studio album, 'Death Magnetic.' Still being criticized for 2003's 'St. Anger,' Metallica's latest effort received positive reviews from both critics and fans. An album chock full of pure rock and old-school thrash, 'Death Magnetic' was a significant comeback for the legendary band.
The mystique of masks and makeup bring a unique visual element to enhance an art form based primarily on sound. Some of music's biggest and best acts have utilized physical theatrics to anthropomorphize their sonic creations, but what do these artists look like stripped down to human form?
Alright class, welcome to Heavy Metal History 101. Throughout this course, we’re going to cover historical topics ranging from ancient Egypt to recent world events. However, this class is going to be taught through a different medium than what's typical of a standard history course.
The '27 Club' is one of rock's most somber institutions. Whether based in superstition or simply coincidence, a seemingly disproportionate number of the world's most celebrated musicians have died at the age of 27.
Greetings Bohabs! The greatest band from beyond the stars, GWAR, have inhabited the most frigid continent on this worthless planet and have been slaughtering everything that moves for over 25 years. They have amassed a host of albums during this minuscule amount of time, full of tales of blood, decadence, and more blood.
For all intents and purposes, thrash metal is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2013. Yes, as nebulous as rock 'n' roll history can be when it comes to dating broad-ranging musical developments, we can confidently point to 1983 as the year when sporadic 'speed metal' displays coalesced into the true definition of thrash metal
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