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2014: What to Look Out for in Rock + Metal

Slipknot / Tool / Nirvana
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2014 is set to be another eventful year in rock and metal for many reasons. Of course, every year is eventful, but if 2014 was a TV show, we'd be anticipating what happens next.

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Rockers We Lost in 2013

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While 2013 was a great year for music, we sadly lost several rockers along the way. Some names will be instantly familiar, including a few legends in the metal world, while others are from lesser known acts

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Loudwire’s Best Concert Photos of 2013

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At Loudwire, we pride ourselves on bringing you the best and biggest stories in rock and metal throughout the year, whether it be the latest news, features or viral videos. But our greatest thrill comes in covering the live concerts.

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10 Best Metal Riffs of the 2000s

Matt Pike, Bill Kelliher, Synyster Gates
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The first decade of the 2000s is still pretty fresh in everyone's minds as we were bombarded by a wealth of different stylings in heavy metal. Nu-metal and alternative metal dominated the earlier part of the decade, metalcore in the mid half, and an array of genres in the later half. It was a decade where simplicity and technicality both reached respective heights with bands ranging from Godsmack to Necrophagist. Regardless of their differences, these bands managed to churn out some timeless riffs.

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10 Best Metal Riffs of the 1990s

Kirk Hammet, Dave Mustaine, Dimebag Darrell
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While the 1990s may not be held in as high regard as the '80s when it comes to metal's prominence, a look deeper into the decade proves that it produced some stellar music, not to mention some incredibly memorable riffs.

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Rock and Metal Musicians Pick Their Top Albums + Songs of 2013

Sevendust / Anthrax / Five Finger Death Punch
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We've already put out our Best of 2013 lists, but as an added extra, we asked some of rock and metal's biggest bands to throw in their own two cents. In this post, you'll see several Best Albums and Best Songs lists from some of your favorite artists, and you may be surprised by their choices.

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Filed Under: Category: Lists, Metal, News, Original Features, Rock

10 Best Metal Riffs of the 1980s

Slash, Jeff Hanneman, Randy Rhoads
Mary Ouellette, / Kevin Winter, Getty Images, Paul Natkin, Getty Images

The 1980s: the glory days of metal. What can we say about a decade of heavy music that hasn't already been said? We've all spent time arguing about the best metal bands, songs, guitarists, and just about anything from this hallmark decade. With this list, we're breaking things down even further. Let's talk about the almighty riff.

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Open Letter to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Induct These Hard Rock + Metal Acts ASAP

Deep Purple / Dio / Judas Priest
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Dear Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,

For the second year in a row, you nominated, but ultimately denied induction to Deep Purple. Fans of the legendary hard rock / heavy metal act were disappointed by the snub last year, but as Deep Purple were once again passed over for the 2014 ceremony, the Internet has blown up with serious vitriol against your Hall of Fame.

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10 Best Metal Riffs of the 1970s

Jimmy Page, Tony Iommi, Glenn Tipton
Steven Lovekin, Getty Images / Paul Kane, Getty Images / Kevin Winter, Getty Images

The 1970s was an interesting time for heavy metal. Black Sabbath helped birth the genre at the very beginning of the decade, and a host of other legendary bands followed suit. Along with Black Sabbath were bands like Judas Priest and several proto-metal acts who are now regarded as classic rock, but were deemed some of the heaviest in their day. It is for this reason that bands like Led Zeppelin, Blue Oyster Cult, Deep Purple, Van Halen and others will be found in the list below. While their music might not be pure metal, the riffs included here are metal through and through.

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Taylor Momsen of The Pretty Reckless – ‘Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction?’

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The Pretty Reckless frontwoman Taylor Momsen has led a life rarely out of the spotlight. She began her career at the age of two, working ever since to become a beloved actress and musician. Momsen dropped by our studio recently for to discuss the Pretty Reckless' upcoming album, 'Going to Hell,' but first, we've got a new episode of 'Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction?' to share with you now.

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