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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
· Cathedral· Cave In
· Lost Horizon· Steel Prophet
· Commit Suicide· Solace
· Mortician· Legend
· Metallica· Cage
· Conquest· Johnny Lokke
· Hammerwhore· H.I.M.
· Nicta· Iced Earth
· Paragon· Inner Rage of Emotion
· Dragonforce· Chainsnap
· Stryper· Windseeker
· Lacuna Coil· Project: Failing Flesh
· Asperity· Secret Sphere
· Fairyland· Mother Misery
· Soil· Node
· Shiva· Yngwie Malmsteen
· Celesty· Scala Mercalli
· Ebony Ark· Freakhouse
· Cans· Low Earth Orbit
· Marillion· Cyst
· Joe Lynn Turner· Lilitu
· After Forever· Metal Church
· Saxon· Psychotron
· Z02· Silent Force
· The Last Act· Agnostic Front
· Anger· Hanzel Und Gretyl
· Angra· Cryme
· Feared Creation· Crowbar
· The Apocalyptic Riders· Blood Red Throne
· Belef· Crionics
· Loudblast· Dirt
· Quiet Riot· Labyrinth
· Suidakra· the missing:
· Darkthrone· Diecast
· Freedom Call· Debris Inc.
· Thunderblast· Rudra
· Raging Speedhorn· Astarte
· Graveworm· Naglfar
· Communic· Testament
· Nuse· Monolithe
· Ritual Killer· The Father Panic Riot Orchestra
· Alice Cooper· Love Forsaken
· Resurrecturis· Agents Of The Sun
· Octavia Sperati· Future is Tomorrow
· V:28· The Atomic Bitchwax
· Illuminatus· Eternal Reign
· Armored Saint· Crystal Fate
· Overloaded· Bolt Thrower
· Sun O)))· Shattersphere
· Vinterriket· Arthemis
· The Absence· Akercocke
· Vile· Define Divine
· Skullshifter· Bronx Casket Company
· God Forbid· Torture Killer
· Motorhead· Virgin Steele
· Vanquished· Hate
· Absolution· Beecher
· Vader· Grimfist
· Fallen Wisdom· Across Tundras
· Powerglove· Intronaut
· Codeon· Hell-Born
· Pyramaze· Elvenking
· Athanator· Dream Or Nightmare
· The Strongest Proof· Abysmal Dawn
· Spawn of Possession· Suzukiton
· Unsilent Phenomenon· Nachtmystium
· Time Requiem· Mouth of the Architect
· Abominant· The Abominable Iron Sloth
· Enochian Crescent· Battle Bratt
· Eyes of Ligeia· E-lane
· Winger· Blood Tsunami
· The Gathering· Fu Manchu
· Hardcore Superstar· Static-X
· Manticore· Mindgrinder
· Madking Ludwig· Dezperadoz
· Cruachan· Cattle Decapitation
· White Wizzard· Gotthard
· Spit Like This· Aborted
· Denial Fiend· Warner Drive
· Glorior Belli· Ulcerate
· JR Ewing· Sworn Enemy
· Keep of Kalessin· Destynation
· I Shalt Become· Ride The Sky
· Ost Est Ima· Manilla Road
· Moonshine· Winterfylleth