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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Lost Horizon Loudness
Nightwish Slipknot
Rebellion Twelfth Gate
Symphorce Helloween
Mark Boals Ring of Fire
Dark Moor Abigor
God Dethroned Late Nite Romeo
Black Label Society Carnal Forge
Vyndykator Circle of Nero
Godiva Fireball Ministry
Chainsnap Victory
King Diamond Mnemic
Halloween Murdercycle
Slayer Soul Reaper
Dew Scented Node
Silver Mountain Riot
W.A.S.P. David Shankle Group
Donnerkopf Brutal Mastication
Estuary Joe Lynn Turner
Ungodly Rhapsody of Fire
Scavenger Polterchrist
Dark Ruin Mirror of Deception
Jackyl Napalm Death
Mercenary Milkweed
Maze Of Torment Shatterpoint
Suidakra Boomerang
Kinrick Operatika
Callenish Circle Fastkill
Babylon Slumber
Pro-Pain Green Carnation
Defleshed Vicious Art
Slough Feg Horna
Frameless Scar Power Quest
Impaled Nazarene Clutch
Flotsam & Jetsam Pagan's Mind
Russell Allen Evergrey
Overloaded Algol3
Ghost Machinery Ram-Zet
Avulsed Mastermind
Motorhead Sodom
Brother Hawk Cardinale
Cannibal Corpse Poison
Nikki Puppet Thyrane
Tris Katone Clawfinger
Degree Absolute Warrant (Amer)
Cataract 8th Sin
Ensoph She Said Destroy
Swashbuckle Warface
Agalloch Myon
Lesbian Bed Death Escape The Fate
Demise Twisted Into Form
With Passion Battered
Blood of the Black Owl Antigama
Denial Fiend Transmission 0
Trenchfoot Blut Aus Nord
Fight Randy Ellefson
Distorted 40 Below Summer
Manilla Road SOS
Vulture Industries Virgin Black
Medieval Steel Deadsea
Faded Hope Dread the Forsaken
Something Beautiful Sotajumala