"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.
In celebration of Father's Day, it seems only fitting to raise a toast to those rockers who have mastered the delicate balance between juggling a successful career in the unpredictable music industry while still being No. 1 Dad at home.
Some of rock and metal's greatest songs and biggest hits are about the most grim of topics. To tap into something truly disturbing and emerge with a track that the mainstream connects with is no easy task.
Throughout the years, hundreds of incredible hard rock albums have been released, but not every band fired on all cylinders on their very first try. However, a select group of acts got it right on their debut discs.
A debut album usually acts as a foundation for an act to build upon, but sometimes a band's first attempt is innovative enough to launch them into the stratosphere of legends. Musicians will often say that you've got your whole life to write your first album, and acts such as Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Death, Metallica and more took that sentiment to its highest level.
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.
Many rock and metal acts have shown their support for the members of the military over the years, and some have gone so far as to write songs about those who serve their country. Whether the songs are personal accounts of military family or friends of the musicians or a general tale of a soldier's struggle in battle, these tracks have left a lasting impression on music fans.
There are times in life where everyone just reaches a fork in the road and that next step truly defines what will become of their future. Sometimes in music, there's fame, success and creative fulfillment ahead and other times there are opportunities forever lost for something that might have been truly great.