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Best Metal Bands from Norway

15 Best Metal Bands from Norway

Best Metal Bands from NorwayIt’s well known that the frostbitten north of Scandinavia is home to countless metal bands, but it’s Norway where things take a turn for the darker side. Considering its small population, Norway has given the world an extraordinary amount of quality heavy music over the last three decades. Of course, it probably goes without saying that black metal remains its most famous musical export – in fact, you could probably create ten lists of Norwegian black metal bands alone. But there’s more to the country than just frosty riffs and corpsepaint (although we’re not discounting that either), and here are fifteen pretty varied bands that have helped put the country on the metal map. By no means comprehensive, below is a list of 15 of the Best Metal Bands from No...

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Best Metal Bands from Sweden

15 Best Metal Bands from Sweden

Best Metal Bands from SwedenScandinavia is a heavy metal breeding ground, with each country cultivating its own scene. Sweden has given the world some great metal bands. From old school Swedish death metal to the “Gothenburg Sound” of melodic death metal, many genres originated or developed in Sweden. The bands on this list are a diverse group, ranging from the aforementioned death metal styles to progressive, power metal and even black metal. The following list of 15 of the Best Metal Bands from Sweden is really only scratching the surface of this remarkable metallic nation :


1. Candlemass

Dedicated purveyors of balls-out doom metal since 1984, Leif Edling’s seminal crew were paying tribute to Black Sabbath long before the stoner and doom scenes erupted, and their first two albums – ...

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Best Metal Bands from France

10 Best Metal Bands from France

Best Metal Bands from FranceFrance might be famous for its cuisine, fine wines and inventing a type of kissing, but that’s nothing compared to their kickass metal scene! Proud bastion of liberté, égalité and fraternité France may be, but it doesn’t instantly spring to mind when you think of metal. But dig a little deeper, and France has a thriving extreme metal scene. By no means comprehensive, below is a list of 10 of the Best Metal Bands from France :


1. Gojira

France’s progressive titans took it up a notch with this year’s Magma, simplifying their off-kilter crush into more palatable forms that by rights should make them as huge as they deserve. It is in the live setting that they truly shine; the band others fear to follow...

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Annihilator

AnnihilatorAnnihilator is a Canadian thrash metal band founded in 1984 by vocalist, guitarist, bassist, songwriter, engineer, producer, mixer and mastering engineer Jeff Waters and former vocalist John Bates. They are the highest-selling heavy metal group from Canada in Canadian history, having sold more than three million albums worldwide, although most of their sales have been generated outside of the band’s home country. Annihilator’s first two studio albums — Alice in Hell (1989) and Never, Neverland (1990) — are considered to be influential Canadian heavy metal records. Many of their later albums also received high praise from critics, and enjoyed some success in Europe and Japan.

disc_annihilatorSince its inception, Annihilator has released fifteen studio albums and has undergone many line-up changes...

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Essential Grindcore Albums

Essential Grindcore Albums

Essential Grindcore AlbumsFast, furious and ridiculously intense, grindcore has been deafening and thrilling fans of untamed brutality for three decades. It’s death metal’s snotty younger brother, hardcore punk’s evil twin and one of the most deceptively inventive sub-genres the world of heavy music has yet spawned. If you fancy having your ears wrenched off, these albums are the ultimate starting point. Grind on, here’s a list of Essential Grindcore Albums :

(* we have taken one album per band and the list is not ranked)


1. Repulsion – Horrified (1989)

Originally recorded in 1986, Horrified is simply the grindcore motherlode...

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Celtic Frost

Celtic FrostCeltic Frost was a Swiss extreme metal band from Zürich. They are known for their heavy influence on the extreme metal genres. Formed in 1981 as Hellhammer, the band became Celtic Frost in 1984 and was active until 1993. It re-formed in 2001 and disbanded following frontman Tom Gabriel Fischer’s departure in 2008. The band was inspired by heavy metal groups such as Black Sabbath, Judas Priest and Venom, but also by gothic rock acts like Bauhaus, Siouxsie and the Banshees and Christian Death, and by the hardcore punk group Discharge.

disc_celtic-frostTheir music included elements of various extreme metal styles. Their earlier music was sometimes classified as thrash metal, black metal and death metal and their later work as doom metal and gothic metal...

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Hellhammer

HellhammerHellhammer was a Swiss extreme metal band from Nurensdorf, active during 1981–1984. They are regarded as a key influence on black metal, and one of the founders of death metal. In June 1984, Hellhammer became Celtic Frost.

disc_hellhammerInspired by the music of Black Sabbath, Venom, Raven, and Motörhead, guitarist/vocalist Thomas Gabriel Fischer (a.k.a. “Tom Warrior”), bassist/vocalist Urs Sprenger (a.k.a. “Steve Warrior”) and drummer Pete Stratton formed Hammerhead (later Hellhammer) in early 1981.

After the exit of Stratton and drummer Jörg Neubart (a.k.a. “Bruce Day”) joining in the ranks on autumn 1982, Hellhammer attempted to find proper rehearsal spaces, which proved difficult due to either exceedingly high rents or unavailable studio hours...

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Bathory

BathoryBathory was an extreme metal band formed in Vällingby, Sweden, in 1983 and named after the infamous Hungarian countess, Elizabeth Báthory. The band’s frontman and main songwriter was Quorthon (Tomas Forsberg). Considered to be one of the most influential acts in heavy metal, Bathory’s first four albums are considered to be “the blueprint for Scandinavian black metal”. The band departed from this style on their fifth album, Hammerheart (1990), which is often cited as the first Viking metal album. Bathory continued in the Viking metal style throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, although the band returned to thrash metal with the albums Requiem (1994) and Octagon (1995). Bathory ended when Quorthon died from heart failure in 2004.

Disc_BathoryThe band Bathory was formed in Vällingby in 1983...

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Cradle Of Filth

Cradle Of FilthCradle Of Filth are a British extreme metal band that formed in Suffolk in 1991. The band’s musical style evolved from black metal to a cleaner and more “produced” amalgam of gothic metal, symphonic black metal and other metal genres. Their lyrical themes and imagery are heavily influenced by gothic literature, poetry, mythology and horror films.

The band has broken free from its original niche by courting mainstream publicity, giving the band a “commercial” image. This increased accessibility has brought coverage from the likes of Kerrang! and MTV, along with frequent main stage appearances at major festivals such as Ozzfest, Download and even the mainstream Sziget Festival...

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Best Songs About Motorbikes

Top 11 Best Songs About Motorbikes

Best Songs About MotorbikesIt’s from the association of motorbikes and rock music that heavy metal was born. Steppenwolf’s cry of “heavy metal thunder!” on their 1969 Easy Rider soundtrack anthem gave us a description of both the bike and the sound of distorted electric guitars and drums, spearheading the imagination of an entire genre. The look and attitude of 50s and 60s biker gangs – denim, leather, studs, patches, long hair – remains a crucial element of metal’s aesthetic, but the lyrical obsession with these iron horses and stallions of the highway was largely confined to the 1969-82 period. Here’s a list of Top 11 Best Songs About Motorbikes :


11. Creedence Clearwater Revival – Sweet Hitch-Hiker (1971)

A fair old rocking headbanger from Creedence Clearwater Re...

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