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Ahh…Thrash. The much revered sub – genre of Heavy Metal, that has caused many an internet/bar room/kitchen table debate on whom, and what credentials, makes a band, or a particular album one worthy enough to be called ‘Thrash’! Fans of Thrash have a reputation that precedes them. Known for being elitist, close minded and stubborn they are however, some of the most enduring and devoted fans, any style of music has ever seen.
Thrash has also given us the most well known name in Metal …Metallica. They have gone on to become one of the biggest names in music, period. Not bad for four greasy metal heads from California.
Thrash Metal was a happy accident. American kids, mainly from the Bay area of San Francisco, that were fans of the Nwobhm (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal – that peaked between 1979 and 1981) mixed the sound of outfits such as Angel Witch, »
- Ben Timpson
The Kinks hold the accolade of being one of the most important and influential British rock groups of all time and with record sales in the millions and numerous awards to their name, they are rightfully credited as pioneers of British music and popular music in general.
Emerging at a time when British Rock and Pop acts were gaining considerable coverage not only in the United Kingdom but in the United States, The Kinks proudly stood tall alongside such revered company as the The Beatles, The Rolling stones, The Animals and The Yardbirds at the forefront of the British Invasion phenomenon which took flight in the early to mid 1960′s.
Formed in 1964 by Ray Davies (lead vocals, rhythm guitar) and Dave Davies (lead guitar, vocals), two brothers from Muswell Hill, London, who remained the core of The Kinks throughout the band’s 32-year history, the band hit the ground running »
- Christopher Jennings
No, it’s not a film about the Us House Of Representatives / Senate (they already made that, it’s called Idiocracy – heyooo!). It’s actually the new movie from Waltz With Bashir’s Ari Folman, starring Robin Wright, Danny Huston and more. Take a look… Given the director, you might not be surprised by the amount of animation. Yet the tale, which follows an actress named Robin Wright agreeing to get her image scanned by a massive, powerful computer, is about more than just aping the Heavy Metal style of anime.No, from the looks of this, it uses Stanislaw Lem's short story The Futurological Congress as a jumping-off point for a meditation on body image, how we see ourselves, what makes someone unique and the changing face of women in film. It brings to mind one part of Holy Motors and also the sort of territory that S »
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The band made the announcement via their website with the following statement: "Slayer is devastated to inform that their bandmate and brother, Jeff Hanneman, passed away at about 11Am this morning near his Southern California home. Hanneman was in an area hospital when he suffered liver failure. He is survived by his wife Kathy, his sister Kathy and his brothers Michael and Larry, and will be sorely missed."
Hanneman established the group in 1981 with guitarist Kerry King in Huntington Park, California. Slayer's major label debut album Reign In Blood hit the market in 1986, going on to sell millions of records and solidify the band as a pioneer of the heavy metal genre along with Metallica, Megadeath and Anthrax.
Some notable songs from the album are Angel of Death and Raining »
Robert Morales, the comic book writer best known for 2002′s Truth: Red, White and Black which introduced Isaiah Bradley, the black Captain America, has died at the age of 54. Morales also had a run on the main Captain America title in 2004, and contributed text pieces to Heavy Metal. This was completely unexpected, we’re all in a bit of shock here at the moment. We will update with more details as they become available.
- Glenn Hauman
2013 MTV Movie Awards - Latest Movie News
MTV has long been a pioneer in introducing the world to new types of music, but thanks to an exclusive new clip from "Iron Man 3" unveiled at the MTV Movie Awards earlier this evening, it looks like an old favorite is about to top the charts: Heavy metal.
That's the only way to describe the intense new footage, which features Robert Downey Jr.'s billionaire playboy genius philanthropist facing off against the toughest foe he's ever faced, namely Sir Ben Kingsley's Mandarin. And frankly... it doesn't look so good for everyone favorite Avenger.
Of course, you'll have to wait until "Iron Man 3" hits theaters on May 3 to find out what ends up happening. But if you want a taste of the dark times to come, check out this new clip, courtesy of MTV. So check it out.
And get ready for some serious headbanging. »
- Scott Harris
Harking back to the glory days of Black Sabbath and similar proto-doom bands such as Pentagram and Witchfinder General, Doom Metal officially emerged in the mid-1980s and has remained eternally unfashionable, yet beloved by its fans ever since.
Performed by musicians who truly worship the riff, Doom Metal incorporates slower tempos (particularly in comparison to the Thrash Metal and Hair Metal sound popular at its emergence) and a thick-as-molasses guitar sound that positively rumbles from your speakers, this genre evokes an undeniable sense of despair, dread and impending doom with every note and vocalisation.
Commerciality and record sales are never high on the list when you form a Doom band, this is music made by traditionalists who lurk in the shadows, eternally embracing the morbid and mournful elements of life. As previously mentioned, huge, impenetrable riffs are at the core of this genre; gloriously thick, monumentally crushing riffs robust »
- Christopher Jennings
We don't pretend to understand most of Rihanna's style choices, but this look left us with more questions than usual. First, what exactly are all those logos? Punk rock bands? Heavy metal references? Or is the singer now being sponsored à la some Nascar driver? Next, why the guido-inspired choker? Has RiRi been hanging out on the Jersey Shore lately? And then there are those white pumps. As if high heels at a basketball game weren't bad enough, why bright white?! We have a feeling the answer to all these questions is, "Because I said so." And when it comes to this fashion bad girl, we're not about to ask a follow up. »
Please forgive me if there are any typos here on display as it's kind of hard to type over the height of my Nerd Boner of Possibility™. That being said... think about this... Pacific Rim and Godzilla are both properties of Legendary Pictures. Both feature giant monsters. What if....
What would happen if these two enormous worlds collided? Appropriately enough Collider asked the magic question... Could it happen?
"So far with the sequel, what we’re writing, what we’re creating, is very different, so there are no plans," says Del Toro. However, "hypothetically, I would love the fuck out of it. I would love to see a jaeger and Godzilla duke it out. That would be too much for the human brain. But I don’t think there are plans on that. I don’t even know what direction they’re taking Godzilla in. I know somewhat that it’s grounded differently. »
- Uncle Creepy
Kaiju fans certainly have plenty to look forward to over the next year and a half, with Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth) overseeing the giant robot vs. giant monster carnage of Pacific Rim this July, before the King of the Monsters himself Godzilla returns in next year's Hollywood reboot from director Gareth Edwards (Monsters). With Legendary Pictures producing both movies, does that mean we could potentially see Godzilla going up against the Jaegers (or Kaiju) of Pacific Rim? Well, according to del Toro, it's highly unlikely - which doesn't come as much of a surprise, in all honesty - but he'd love to see it happen anyway.
"So far with the [Pacific Rim] sequel, what we’re writing, what we’re creating, is very different, so there are no plans," del Toro tells Collider. "Hypothetically, I would love the f*ck out of it. I would love to see a jaeger and Godzilla duke it out. »
- Flickering Myth
Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures have gotten into the giant freaking monster business. This summer, they'll be releasing Guillermo del Toro's giant-monsters-vs-giant-robots blockbuster Pacific Rim, and in 2014 they'll have Gareth Edwards' remake of Godzilla. Since Godzilla's purpose in life is to fight things (unless it's the first one, Godzilla's name should always be followed by "vs."), why not a Godzilla vs. the giant robot Jaegers from Pacific Rim? Hit the jump for del Toro speculating on a Godzilla vs. Jaeger battle, and how his Heavy Metal-influenced design on Pacific Rim probably wouldn't match up with the reportedly more realistic approach Edwards is taking on Godzilla. Also, click on the respective links for what del Toro had to say about Justice League Dark, and his other future projects like Pacific Rim 2. Del Toro made sure to be clear that there's nothing in the works regarding »
- Matt Goldberg
Philip Anselmo, vocalist for influential metal band Pantera, has teamed up with true-crime author Corey Mitchell to bring the first annual Housecore Horror Film Festival to Austin, Texas this October, and they’ve just announced the festival’s lineup/special guests. Read on!
“Halloween is still seven months away, but the horror is already heating up in Austin as Philip Anselmo and Corey Mitchell’s inaugural Housecore Horror Film Festival (Hhff) continues to release music and film event details for their three-day underground fan fest. Not for the faint of heart, the festival celebrates the best of the extreme and the wicked possibilities that arise when heavy metal and horror movie worlds collide. Today, Hhff announces a very special guest appearance by Brazilian cult horror actor and director Coffin Joe, a first look at some of the film festival screening categories, special events and other programming, and a second round »
Probably the most maligned sub-genre within Heavy Metal, Death Metal is often perceived as impenetrable noise with no artistic value but this could not be further from the truth. Although the vocals can be a barrier for anyone new to this form of music, the genre has much to offer. Most Death Metal tracks contain enough riffs and time changes in 3 minutes to fill an AC/DC album and many of the most talented musicians of the past 25 years have filled the ranks of Death Metal bands; technically these guys have mad skills!
This list is concerned with those bands who played pure death metal, not overly technical or melodic (Scandinavian Death Metal and Technical Death Metal will be tackled in later articles) but straight up, no frills, as ugly as they come, Death Metal. As with my previous articles I have limited this list to one album per band »
- Christopher Jennings
The French science fiction, live-action, erotic TV anthology series "Métal Hurlant Chronicles" ("Heavy Metal Chronicles"), based on the French version of the illustrated magazine "Heavy Metal" has been renewed for another season.
The series adapts original stories by erotic comics illustrator Jean 'Moebius' Giraud.
Directed by Guillaume Lubrano, "Métal Hurlant Chronicles" debuted in France with 26-minute episodes focusing on "sexy stories in a sci-fi setting".
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Métal Hurlant Chronicles"...
- Michael Stevens
Back in the early 1980s a shocking new genre of heavy music emerged that was louder, faster and more aggressive than anything that had come before, more importantly it refreshed a bloated, stagnating heavy metal scene led by Hard Rock dinosaurs coasting on their 70′s triumphs. Flying in the face of the establishment, spotty, teenage upstarts (predominantly from America) fused the speed and snot nosed aggression of Punk with the fast upbeat tempos, power chords and ingenious guitar solos created by New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands such as Iron Maiden, Saxon, Diamond Head, Venom and Angel Witch.
These pioneers of Thrash took all that was good about these bands, replaced melody with primal fury and invented a new whole new genre that proceeded to take over the world, one mosh pit at a time. The innovators, Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax (collectively known as the big 4) became massive stars, »
- Christopher Jennings
Need a reason to be excited about comics in the next couple of months? Look No Further.
There is some serious greatness coming your way in the form of inks and word balloons. Things that made me jump up and down when I saw them in Previews. And there’s not a superhero comic in the bunch! They get enough publicity, right? How about some giant robots, time travel, hip-hop, underwater horror, and elves with a bad attitude? Allow me to present FM’s latest Hot List of ten upcoming comics projects that deserve your attention.
1. Black Mask Studios
Picture this: two comics heroes (Steve Niles and Matt Pizzolo) and one member of a beloved punk band (Brett Gurewitz of Bad Religion) walk into a bar, have some drinks, and decide to get together to start a comics imprint that bridges the relatively small gap between the musical and storytelling worlds. »
- Holly I.
There is an expression in the world of Metal music called 'The Face Melter'. It is when you get a heavy metal solo that is so awesome and powerful, it causes one's face to melt. You will not find any Heavy Metal music in this Premiere Day clip from creature feature Big Ass Spider but the effect ends up being the same. Maybe not for you, the viewer, but at least someone goes all Arnold Toht in it. Watch and see for yourself. ...
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Hello Metalheads and welcome to part 2 of our "Rebellion Review" special. This time we will jump back into the year 2003, the year when Rebellion released their second album, "Born a Rebel. The two songwriters Göttlich and Lulis had to deal with diverse reactions. While critics denunciated the album because of bad arrangements and cheesy texts, the adherents of the album saw it as a typical Heavy Metal album, which it surely is. Ten years after its release (oh my god, how time is passing) it forms a good connection between their first album "Macbeth" and everything which should follow - at least to my mind. "Born a Rebel" starts with its theme song and it punches you in »
- Michael Kühnemann
News Louisa Mellor Feb 13, 2013
A sci-fi take on Frank L. Baum's Wizard Of Oz is being prepped for series by Warner Horizon...
Appreciating that reporting this early on 'in development' TV projects is akin to cooing over how beautiful a caterpillar's wings are going to be (on the rare occasion they don't get prematurely squished or eaten by a predator, there's a lot of work to be done before we're actually going to see anything), this new sci-fi Wizard of Oz project caught our eye.
The idea is being reported as coming from comic book and concept artist Rob Prior, whose photorealistic work began life on eighties Dungeons & Dragons titles, before appearing on numerous covers throughout the nineties including the Terminator series, Heavy Metal and more.
Described as a "futuristic sequel" to Frank L. Baum's Oz story incorporating Game of Thrones-style political intrigue and violence, Red Brick Road is »
All sorts of interesting (read: juicy) details about Lady Gaga’s private life have been coming out in the past few days, and we lawsuits to thank for it. Last week we discovered that Mother Monster requires a mannequin with “puffy pink pubic hair” in her dressing room in order to feel truly at home, and now a court document reveals yet another quirk: She would have sex with her boyfriend on the recording studio floor.
Wow, that sure is surprising! Ok, actually maybe it’s not that surprising at all. In fact, it seems exactly like the kind of glam rock ‘n’ roll shenanigans Gags would get up to. But it definitely makes us rethink the meaning of “Heavy Metal Lover”!
The allegations come from from the recently filed October 2011 deposition of the awesomely named Wendy Starland, who’s in the midst of a lawsuit against Gaga’s former »
- Jordan Runtagh
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