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Best Debut Metal Albums-II

25 Best Debut Metal Albums-II

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 Ozzy Osbourne, Opeth, Testament, Slayer 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...

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Songs that Forged Metal-II (1979-1989)

Songs that Forged Metal : Part-II (1979-1989)

Songs that Forged Metal 2As metal entered its third decade, MetalRulz guides you through the Songs that Forged Metal 2 (1979-1989) and bands that shaped it – from AC/DC and Motorhead to Iron Maiden and Guns N’ Roses.


Motörhead – Ace Of Spades (1980)

Steppenwolf might have sung about ‘heavy metal thunder’ first, but the song that illustrates it best has gotta be Lemmy’s relentless ode to cards, dice and dancing with the Devil. Gambling may be for fools, but with a soundtrack like this, it’s the way we like it, baby…


AC/DC – Back In Black (1980)

With a riff that launched a thousand identical-riffs, the title track of AC/DC’s first record with Brian Johnson at the helm was a terrifying statement of intent...

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10 Best Metal Mascots

10 Best Metal Mascots

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 halt at the band members themselves. Mascots are often employed to assault the visual sense and further the heavy metal imagery. Mascots help to define a band and make them immediately recognizable among the flock. Branding goes beyond a band logo and these figures have helped to serve as an icon to give bands a larger-than-life feel. The figures that represent these groups have taken on their own persona, which fans readily embrace and buy up everything with their favorite mascots on it. Check out the 10...

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Power Metal

POWER METAL (1976-present)

Power Metal is a sub-genre of Heavy Metal combining characteristics of traditional metal with speed metal, often within symphonic context. Generally, Power Metal is characterized by a more uplifting sound, in contrast to the heaviness and dissonance prevalent in styles such as Doom Metal and Death Metal. Power Metal bands usually have anthem-like songs with fantasy-based subject matter and strong choruses, thus creating a theatrical, dramatic and emotionally “powerful” sound.

Power MetalThe term was first used in the middle of the ’80s and refers to two different but related styles : the first pioneered and largely practiced in North America with a harder sound similar to Speed Metal, and a later more widespread and popular style based in Europe (especially Scandinavia, Ger...

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