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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· The Haunted
· Grave· Big Dumb Face
· BloodDuster· Poisonblack
· Tiamat· Dokken
· Anthrax· December
· Twisted Tower Dire· Godflesh
· Rawhead Rexx· Liege Lord
· Firewind· Powergod
· God Dethroned· Late Nite Romeo
· Power of Omens· Valley's Eve
· Johnny Lokke· Pyn Siren
· Black Sabbath· Mourning Beloveth
· Eidolon· Tad Morose
· Drillpoint· Pink Cream 69
· Brides of Destruction· Body Count
· Secret Sphere· Royal Anguish
· Fairyland· I Hate Sally
· Black Stone Cherry· Exodus
· Bang The Union· Deep Purple
· Skyfire· Donnerkopf
· Nova Lex· Low Earth Orbit
· U.D.O.· Schenker/ Pattison Summit
· Goatsnake· Scorpions
· Vox Tempus· Imp
· Dark Ruin· Tsjuder
· Cryme· Dark Tranquillity
· Kinetic· Paradise Lost
· Crionics· Kamelot
· Maze Of Torment· Novembers Doom
· System Of A Down· Ivory Knight
· Blind Stare· Rudra
· Agents Of Man· Thor
· Devil Lee Rot· Havochate
· Nuclear Assault· Russell Allen
· The Firstborn· Twilight
· Shattersphere· Ghost Machinery
· Gojira· Urizen
· Mastermind· The Classic Struggle
· Dragonlord· The Tenth Circle
· Hate· Decapitated
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· Intronaut· Beyond Fear
· Dissection· Cryptopsy
· Moonspell· The Smashup
· Pyramaze· Speed/Kill/Hate
· Sun Descends· Psycroptic
· Scary Manilow· Warface
· Death Breath· Jeff Walker und Die Fluffers
· Twinball· Celtic Frost
· Lecherous Nocturne· Warmachine
· Melechesh· Threat Signal
· Zyklon· Mendeed
· Chrome Division· Aborted
· Cauldron· Dantesco
· Glenn Hughes· Father Befouled
· Son of Eric· Place Of Skulls
· Faded Hope· Something Beautiful
· Battleroar· Crown The Lost
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