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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
· Bathory· Leng Tch'e
· BloodDuster· Deceased
· Symphorce· Gun Barrel
· Widowmaker· Manowar
· Late Nite Romeo· Led Zeppelin
· Ion Vein· Evolution
· Exawatt· Byfist
· Iced Earth· Bloodbath
· Chainsnap· Runemagick
· Kilfast· Lanfear
· Nordheim· Sinergy
· Stryper· Vhaldemar
· Pink Cream 69· Krisiun
· Body Count· Cryonic Temple
· Jag Panzer· downBleed
· Outworld· Epica
· Icon And The Black Roses· Zaius
· Schenker/ Pattison Summit· Devil In The Kitchen
· Joe Lynn Turner· Chapter VIII
· Dream Evil· Imp
· Wintersun· Lullacry
· Necrodemon· Jungle Rot
· Tartharia· Seventh One
· Avenue F· Cryme
· Rush· Tristania
· Of Infinity· Kinetic
· Code Black· Ligeia
· Audiovision· Entombed
· Requiem Aeternam· Ravensthorn
· Crimson Moonlight· Argument Soul
· Kaamos· Pure Inc
· Operatika· Disbelief
· Graveworm· Maximum Overdrive
· Prowler Inc.· Gemini 5
· The Father Panic Riot Orchestra· Flotsam & Jetsam
· Warchild· To The Bone
· Armored Saint· Bolt Thrower
· Barcode· Arthemis
· Balatonizer· Crystal Ball
· Infliction· Celebratum
· Dragonlord· God Forbid
· Detonation· Machina
· Nobody's Fool· End My Sorrow
· Mental Care Foundation· Across Tundras
· Wolves in the Throne Room· Firehouse
· Boris· Bal-Sagoth
· The Sword· Stormcrow
· Michael Orlando· Fragments of Unbecoming
· Smohalla· War Within
· Paul Bonrud· Sahg
· Warface· Myon
· Eyes of Ligeia· Lesbian Bed Death
· Demise· Starkweather
· Kotipelto· Handful of Hate
· Phazm· Twisted Into Form
· Lost Eden· Omnium Gatherum
· In This Moment· Grenouer
· Trenchfoot· Nation Beyond
· Faith And Fire· Heresi
· Averse Sefira· 40 Below Summer
· The Obsessed· Witchfinder General
· Manilla Road· Hacksaw Surgery
· Equilibrium· Kiuas
· Luna Mortis· Papa Roach
· Crown The Lost