Over the years, countless movies and documentaries have been made about rock and metal bands, chronicling the tongue-in-cheek nature of the genre and some of the more serious aspects of the lifestyle
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
Heavy metal may not have been as productive as it was in previous years, but 2003 was more about quality than quantity. Some of today’s biggest bands were still in their infancy; be it age, popularity, or sometimes both. Some of metal’s elite continued to deliver and newer influential bands were just getting started.
Heavy metal places a huge emphasis on imagery. Music is an art form and does not simply have to stop at just one sense. We’re all aware of the stereotypical denim and leather fashion sense within the genre, but for some bands, the visual aesthetic doesn’t always hault at the band members themselves. Mascots are often employed to assault the visual sense and further the heavy metal imagery.
A look back at 1993 reveals that it may not have been a big year for mainstream metal, but for those willing to delve a bit further and cross into the underground world of extreme metal, the year featured a number of landmark discs.