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New Maximum Metal Column: Reminiscing on The Golden Age of Heavy Metal
1/26/2015 6:17:12 PM by Frank Hill






Heavy metal cut its teeth (and fingers) in the steel mills and factories of Birmingham, England in the 60s. Metal clanging and hammers banging echoed through the industrial parks and streets as our godfather, Tony Iommi, created and perfected metallic excellence in one fell swoop.

Out of the 60s, the highway star burned, elevated by the sad wings of destiny on through the night. From the mid-70s, bands like Saxon, Maiden and Raven etched their hallowed names in that NWOBHM movement. The 80s beckoned big hair and loud mouths, the prerequisite for anyone patrolling downtown Strips at Sunset. It's so easy to place bands, styles and movements in little baskets through metal's first three decades. Anyone can do it; create charts and graphs and even documentaries about metal's triumphant decades of decadence.

But the 90s...oh the dreadful 90s…that is when things got extremely dense. Gone are the easy categories, metal's Dewey Decimal System of easily finding rock, metal, country and pop in the record and CD bins under said genre. The insurgence of grunge and alternative superimposed itself on metal's OCD grouping of the denims, leathers and polyesters. Now we have a whole new level of excitement, along with a new level of groans from the die-hard traditionalists.

Metal wasn't so easy now.

Read Eric's thoughts on 40+ years of metal here…[Full Column Link]



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RANDOM ACTS OF METAL
· The Kovenant· LA Guns
· Narziß· Deranged
· Kataklysm· Gun Barrel
· Seven Witches· Majesty
· Mark Boals· Ring of Fire
· Advent· Liege Lord
· Dark Moor· Masterplan
· Dr. Butcher· Carnal Forge
· Johnny Lokke· Goat Horn
· Evolution· Supervillain
· Biomechanical· Dragonforce
· Morbid Angel· Lanfear
· Malstrom· Savatage
· Murdercycle· Lacuna Coil
· Asperity· Soul Reaper
· Doro· Neverland
· Mother Misery· Fear Factory
· Volbeat· Babylon Mystery Orchestra
· Messiah's Kiss· Deep Purple
· David Shankle Group· Skyfire
· Black Zodiac· Dimmu Borgir
· Juggernott· Vox Tempus
· Skeletonwitch· Black Destiny
· Rhapsody of Fire· Division
· Megadeth· Chris Caffery
· Jamie. St. James· GWAR
· Throcult· Mine
· Silent Force· Acheron
· Anger· Betrayer
· John Oliva's Pain· Azrael's Bane
· Feared Creation· Of Infinity
· Scenteria· Loudblast
· Hibria· Shatterpoint
· Heartcry· Apocalyptica
· Wolverine· the missing:
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· Meshuggah· Magica
· Neil Turbin· Sinisthra
· Grand Magus· Burden Of Grief
· Shade Empire· Green Carnation
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· Dynamic Lights· Gaia
· Nightvision· Sheavy
· Clutch· Blitzkrieg
· A Lower Deep· Future is Tomorrow
· Lake Of Tears· Black Majesty
· Evergrey· Armored Saint
· Violent Storm· Dirty Americans
· Algol3· Running Wild
· Avenged Sevenfold· Ewigkeit
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· Balatonizer· Cryogen
· Gojira· Urizen
· Chain Collector· Mastermind
· The Classic Struggle· Dragonlord
· Bronx Casket Company· Gorefest
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· Fallen Wisdom· Thryfing
· Blackmore's Night· Daylight Dies
· Hell-Born· Steep
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· Ampast· Nicodemus
· Stormcrow· Cult of Luna
· Scary Manilow· Warface
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· Aborted· JR Ewing
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