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.
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: