Metal Goes Wild West!
Posted on 10/15/2016 7:36:35 PM by Frank Hill

The rugged West...outlaws, gunfights and bravado. It's rebellion in history, mythology and Hollywood's big screen. The North American wild, wild West of the late 1700s through the turn of the 20th century is popularized in pop culture through movies, books and comics galore.

It makes perfect sense for heavy metal to firmly embrace this lifestyle. Hardened men and women hit the road with six-strings instead of six-guns. They blaze their own trails and go against the grain of mainstream media. It's loud and proud and preaches unity with a closed fist in the air and sparks rebellion with the strum of the strings. Everyone from Lemmy Kilmister to Phil Lynott has fantasized about cowboys both in stage presentation, writing and lifestyle.

Here at Maximum Metal we have stumbled on countless songs and conceptual albums based on the wild West and cowboy culture. We thought it fitting to throw out a few of our favorites here with a few notes about the band, album or song. Tie your horse off, fetch a beer and sit a spell with us, pardner. Read our column here: [Full Column Link]

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   Opeth - Sorceress
An underwhelming release from an incredible band
   King of Bones - Don't Mess with the King
Power metal tinged hard rock with plenty of heaviness
   In the Woods… - Pure
In the Woods...return to the metal world leaves much to be desired
   Hryre - From Mortality to Infinity
Hryre make an admirable effort fill the void of Agalloch's absence
   Darkthrone - Arctic Thunder
Another odd release from Darkthrone
   Ancient - Back To The Land of the Dead
Ancient are back after a 12 year hiatus and show a little bit of rust
   Bloody Hammers - Lovely Sort of Death
A very different Bloody Hammers, more goth and less heaviness
   Imperium - Titanomachy
UK Tech Death that kills
   Sacred Steel - Heavy Metal Sacrifice
Another raging German power-thrash thumper
   Grey Wolf - Glorious Death
Brazilian traditional power metal that sounds German

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