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Top Live Albums-I

25 Top Live Albums-I

Ah, the live album. In the days pre-dating the internet, the only way to experience your favorite band live was to hope they’d be playing a city near you so you can attend the concert, bootlegs from private recorders and soundboard audio and, yes, an officially released live album! Capturing the perfect performance is always elusive and partly why so many live albums take recordings from multiple shows. Sometimes it’s done to mask flaws in the set and other times to boost the power of a performance to ensure fans receive the full impact of a lights out performance (and their money’s worth for purchasing the album)...

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Best Debut Metal Albums-III

25 Best Debut Metal Albums-III

Best Debut Metal Albums 3A 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. There are few impacts more exciting than when a metal band gets it right on their first try, becoming overnight sensations who stick around for decades as their introductory work doesn’t age a day. This is a tribute to the 25 metal bands who made the most significant impacts with their debut full-length album. Check out our picks for the 25 Best Debut Metal Albums 3 (from No.5 to No.1) ...

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Songs that Forged Metal-I (1964-1978)

Songs that Forged Metal : Part-I (1964-1978)

Songs that Forged Metal 1From The Kinks to Black Sabbath, MetalRulz guides you through the Songs that Forged Metal 1 (1964-1978).


The Novas – The Crusher (1964)

This relentless slab of garage surf rock from 1964 is an ode to 50s American wrestling legend Crusher Lisowski. Vocalist Bob Nolan puts in such an OTT performance that it literally pre-dates death metal vocalists such as Tom G. Warrior of Celtic Frost by some 20-plus years.


The Kinks – You Really Got Me (1964)

Up to this point had there been a rock riff so direct and in your face as You Really Got Me? Well, maybe there was, but it’s hard to think of one.


Jimi Hendrix Experience – Foxy Lady (1967)

Stoned, heavy and seriously groovy, Hendrix’s Foxy Lady is cool as hell from top to tail.


Pretty Things – ...

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1980 : Greatest Year for Heavy Metal

Ten Albums of 1980 that put Metal on Top of the World Again

In October 1979, US rock magazine Creem ran a cover feature asking the provocative question ‘Is Heavy Metal Dead?’ Perhaps the magazine’s editorial team saw KISS doing disco (with I Was Made For Lovin’ You) and Zeppelin embracing synths (on In Through The Out Door), guitarist Joe Perry walking out of Aerosmith and Black Sabbath firing frontman Ozzy Osbourne and concluded that the writing was on the wall for the genre. They couldn’t have been more wrong. In the 12 months that followed, bolstered by the emergence of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, metal was re-born, with the release of a clutch of albums that would come to be viewed as all-time classics...

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Top 10 Drug Songs

Top 10 Drug Songs

Top 10 Drug SongsBefore songs like the Beatles’ ‘Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds’, Jefferson Airplane‘s’ ‘White Rabbit’ and the Velvet Underground‘s ‘Heroin’ became commonplace, drug references in popular music were quite rare. When the aforementioned songs were sent out into the mid-’60s’ bubbling counterculture, they served as a secret handshake among like-minded people. Since then, the subject has become familiar on the rock ‘n’ roll landscape. Our list of the Top 10 Drug Songs looks at all sides – the good, the bad and the ugly.


10) ‘Mr. Brownstone’ – Guns N’ Roses

[Album : Appetite for Destruction – 1987]

During that dour period in the ’80s when hair metal and sugary pop ruled popular music, Guns N’ Roses broke through to remind fans that rock ‘n’ r...

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Type O Negative

Type O NegativeType O Negative was an American gothic / doom metal band formed in Brooklyn, New York City in 1989. Their lyrical emphasis on themes of romance, depression and death resulted in the nickname “The Drab Four” (in homage to The Beatles’ “Fab Four” moniker). The band went Platinum with 1993’s Bloody Kisses, and Gold with 1996’s October Rust, and gained a fanbase through seven studio albums, two best-of compilations and concert DVDs. On April 14, 2010, lead vocalist, bassist, and principal songwriter Peter Steele died, reportedly from heart failure brought on by an aortic aneurysm. Members Kenny Hickey and Johnny Kelly stated in a November 2010 interview with French music magazine Rock Hard that the band would not continue.

Disc_Type O NegativeFormer Carnivore frontman Steele, along with childhood friends Sal Abru...

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Gothic Metal

GOTHIC METAL (1990-present)

Gothic Metal (or Goth Metal) is a sub-genre of Heavy Metal and Gothic Rock that combines the heaviness of Heavy Metal with the dark atmospheres of Gothic Rock. The music of Gothic Metal is diverse with bands known to adopt the Gothic approach to different styles of Heavy Metal music. The genre originated during the early 1990s in Europe originally as an outgrowth of Death-Doom, a fusion of Death Metal and Doom Metal. Lyrics are generally dark and introspective with inspiration from gothic fiction as well as personal experiences.

Gothic MetalPioneers of Gothic Metal (although the bands themselves never claim the title of Gothic-Metal) include Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride and Anathema, all from the north of England...

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Black Sabbath

Black SabbathBlack Sabbath are an English metal band, formed in Birmingham in 1968, by guitarist and main songwriter Tony Iommi, bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler, singer Ozzy Osbourne and drummer Bill Ward. The band have since experienced multiple line-up changes, with guitarist Iommi being the only constant presence in the band through the years. Originally formed in 1968 as a blues rock band, the group soon adopted the Black Sabbath moniker and began incorporating occult themes with horror-inspired lyrics and tuned-down guitars. Despite an association with these two themes, Black Sabbath also composed songs dealing with social instability, political corruption, the dangers of drug abuse and apocalyptic prophecies of the horrors of war.

Disc_Black SabbathOsbourne’s regular abuse of alcohol and other drugs led to...

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Early / Classic Metal

EARLY / CLASSIC METAL (1966-1971)

Traditional Heavy Metal, also known as Classic Metal, or simply Heavy Metal, is the seminal genre of Heavy Metal music before the genre “evolved and splintered into many different styles and sub-genres.” It is characterized by mid-to-fast-tempo riffs, by thumping basslines, crunchy riffs, extended lead guitar solos, and clean, often high-pitched vocals and anthemic choruses. It is not generally categorized as a sub-genre of Metal, but the main genre of it.

Terminology

Classic MetalThe short, original, and proper term for this genre is “Heavy Metal”, but as Michka Assayas notes in his Dictionary of Rock, the term “Heavy Metal” may sometimes be used in different senses...

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