Metal Goes Wild West!
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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LA Guns Immolation
Solemnity Rebellion
Twelfth Gate Kataklysm
Dirty Power Seven Witches
Overkill Circle II Circle
Vaginal Carnage Lamb of God
Dark Moor Manowar
Valley's Eve Cage
Conquest H.I.M.
Brainstorm Nicta
SelfInflicted Biomechanical
Thunderbolt Mourning Beloveth
Malstrom Stryper
Axenstar Savatage
Mnemic Thunderstone
Halloween Attacker
Krisiun Probot
Out of the Lair Doro
Royal Anguish F5
Fear Factory Volbeat
Force Of Evil Yngwie Malmsteen
Killik Devil To Pay
Jaw Bang The Union
Deep Purple W.A.S.P.
Cyst Fabrizio Bonanno
Acrid Therion
Mob Rules Scorpions
Bonfire Dream Evil
Beaten Back To Pure Occult
Aina Unearth
Division Annihilator
I.C.E. Polterchrist
Valume Nob Chris Caffery
Internal Bleeding Slowlife
Incantation Crowbar
Emerald Sun Miles Beyond
Yyrkoon Soulscar
John Sykes the missing:
Diecast Antares
Stormwarrior Derek Sherinian
Fire Alley Holy Moses
Thunderblast Ignitor
Gizmachi Grand Magus
Throes of Dawn Pro-Pain
Nightrage Rudra
Vicious Art Brand New Sin
Testament Slik Helvetika
Supagroup Leaves Eyes
Nightvision Thor
Holy Blood The Scourger
Nuclear Assault Pagan's Mind
Russell Allen Dirty Americans
Ignarus Algol3
Running Wild Paths Of Possession
Even X Avulsed
Asrai Skullshifter
The Classic Struggle Dragonlord
God Forbid Torture Killer
Nocturnal Rites Cardinale
Blackmore's Night Lair Of The Minotaur
Degree Absolute Viron
The Smackdown Warrant (Amer)
Dream Or Nightmare The Sword
Non-Human Level Royal Hunt
Cult of Luna Jotunspor
Suzukiton Unsilent Phenomenon
Azure Nachtmystium
Time Requiem Pretty Maids
Myon Semargl
Teeth of the Hydra Obtest
Lordi Panzerchrist
Starkweather Quest of Aidance
Old Man's Child Zyklon
Trouble Gotthard
Transmission 0 Retrospective
Wuthering Heights The Wonderfools
Faith And Fire Hell N' Diesel
Keldian Pathosray
Frosthardr Shining Star
40 Below Summer Witchfinder General
Medieval Steel Alestorm
Kiuas Luna Mortis
Uli Jon Roth Earthen Grave