The genres of rock and metal are filled with barrel-chested he-men who exude their collective masculinity through loud music and leather pants. Now, take that mentality, put it in a dress, and you've got an hilarious yin and yang.
It happens to all of us. No matter how dedicated of a heavy metal fan we are, years often go by before we discover the magic of a lost classic from a band we all know, or a band we should have known. We strike our fists down and kick ourselves for wasting the last however many years not listening to an album we overlooked. Today is your lucky day as we hope to save you from realizing a mistake years down the road.
The legendary axeman Slash has given us so much music over the years and whether it's with Guns N' Roses, Velvet Revolver or any of his solo ventures, it has all been bound together by exemplary guitar playing that knows no bounds. While his career highlights are many, we're paying tribute to the renowned axeman with five awesome guitar moments:
If a metalhead managed to get a hold of a time machine, 1983 would be one of the first years on the list to visit. It was a time where traditional heavy metal reigned supreme and thrash emerged as a new force to be reckoned with.
Florida’s Death were not only pioneers of the death metal genre, but helped to redefine and revolutionize the extreme style over the course of a decade. Mastermind Chuck Schuldiner was the only consistent member of the band and casted an entirely new group of musicians nearly every time he hit the studio to record his next album. While never-ending lineup changes usually destroys bands, Schuldiner saw this as the only means to pursue his musical visions.
"Each band is trying to be more wicked and evil than the other band," Alice Cooper famously said in 'Metal: A Headbanger's Journey.' The same can often be said for band names, as well, with some monikers more blasphemous than others.
Album artwork has always been something to behold. One could often get a sense of a band simply by looking at an album's cover art and interpreting what the music inside sounds like through its imagery.
Rock and metal used to be a boys' club, but as music continues to evolve, the role of female musicians has greatly increased within the genres. In the present day, women either front or perform in some of mainstream music and underground music's most celebrated hard rock and metal bands, so we decided to pay tribute to the very best active female musicians around today.