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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· Cave In
· HammerFall· Racer X
· Loudness· Carpathian Forest
· Karaboudjan· Lamb of God
· Firewind· Endless Time
· Agony Divine· Saint
· Godiva· Fireball Ministry
· Rage· Crystal Eyes
· Malstrom· Sinergy
· Beautiful Creatures· Stalker
· Edguy· Deivos
· Out of the Lair· F5
· Node· I Hate Sally
· Jag Panzer· Ebony Ark
· Hatework· Krokus
· Ungodly· Goatsnake
· Bonfire· Vox Tempus
· Unleashed· Lilitu
· Black Destiny· Final Dawn
· Occult· Dark Age
· Megadeth· Z02
· I.C.E.· Neurosis
· Throcult· Incantation
· Agnostic Front· Seventh One
· Karmakanic· Rush
· Twisted Sister· Creed
· Azrael's Bane· Gods Of Fire
· Image· Requiem Aeternam
· Korpiklaani· Necrophagia
· Yyrkoon· Vicious Circle
· Mechanical Poet· Car Bomb
· Kaamos· Derek Sherinian
· Fire Alley· Swallow The Sun
· Thunderblast· Ignitor
· Gizmachi· Ramesses
· Impiety· Pro-Pain
· Green Carnation· Python
· Vicious Art· Darkane
· Kult ov Azazel· Slik Helvetika
· Gaia· Power Quest
· Resurrecturis· Havochate
· Agents Of The Sun· A Lower Deep
· Nuclear Assault· To The Bone
· Redemption· The Atomic Bitchwax
· Before The Dawn· Evergrey
· Crystal Fate· Casus Belli
· Mistress· Dreamland
· Avulsed· Asrai
· Midnight Idols· Khold
· Detonation· Absu
· Enforsaken· Craft
· Witchery· Lair Of The Minotaur
· 286· Upwards of Endtime
· Wolves in the Throne Room· Steep
· Manngard· Bal-Sagoth
· Elvenking· Bludgeon
· Dreams of Damnation· Abysmal Dawn
· Bloodbound· Swashbuckle
· Dendura· Nachtmystium
· War Within· Paul Bonrud
· From the Grave· Shadows Within
· Burialmound· Death Breath
· Abominant· Anata
· Mastodon· Lesbian Bed Death
· Sathanas· Escape The Fate
· The Showdown· Middian
· Celtic Frost· Lord Belial
· Necrophobic· Incrave
· Satariel· Trouble
· Katrina Johansson· Antigama
· Manes· Transmission 0
· Kruger· Keep of Kalessin
· Cauldron· Destynation
· Spheric Universe Experience· Dantesco
· I Shalt Become· 40 Below Summer
· Rosetta· Father Befouled
· Demonic Symphony· Vulture Industries
· Moonshine· The Lamp of Thoth
· Medieval Steel· Alestorm
· Son of Eric· Sin
· Coffins· Something Beautiful
· Mustasch· My Dying Bride
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