When death metal got its foothold in the late 1980s, extreme metal was confusing and divisive. Initially a surge of music spawned from Slayer's 'Reign in Blood' and Napalm Death's grinding madness, bands started emerging in pockets all over the world. Each pocket had its own immediately recognizable style as they worked to define what is now unequivocal death metal.
Here's the scenario: you're sitting at home trying to cram in as many horror movies on the last night of October as you can. As soon as the calendar rolls over to November, all of the fun decorations go away and the Christmas music permeates every store speaker possible wherever you go. This is your last night to live up the spirit of Halloween, but your doorbell just keeps ringing. How do you make these kids go away so you can hide away in your dark den of horror?
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.
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.