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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
· Leng Tch'e· Lost Horizon
· Vehemence· Perzonal War
· Machine Head· Solace
· Queensryche· Nazareth
· Majesty· Godflesh
· Lamb of God· Liege Lord
· Widowmaker· Ravage
· Firewind· Angel Dust
· Powergod· God Dethroned
· Power of Omens· Valley's Eve
· Black Label Society· Johnny Lokke
· Hammerwhore· Circle of Nero
· Supervillain· Catch 22
· Paragon· Dragonforce
· Sevendust· Wycked Synn
· Morbid Angel· Steel Preacher
· Lanfear· Savatage
· Mnemic· Windseeker
· Body Count· Out of the Lair
· Doro· Node
· Riot· Deep Purple
· Wolf· Nova Lex
· U.D.O.· Zaius
· De Lirium's Order· Devil In The Kitchen
· Ungodly· Meliah Rage
· Saxon· Dark Age
· Slowlife· Six Feet Under
· Incantation· Karmakanic
· Avenue F· Tristania
· Feared Creation· Legion
· Kinetic· Helgrind
· Entombed· Lost Soul
· Soilwork· Quiet Riot
· Desire Black· Apocalyptica
· Argument Soul· Antares
· Holy Moses· Swallow The Sun
· Callenish Circle· Fastkill
· Burden Of Grief· Defleshed
· Rudra· Sothis
· Graveworm· Brand New Sin
· Ektomorf· Testament
· Circus Maximus· Dynamic Lights
· Voyager· Prowler Inc.
· Nightvision· Fates Warning
· Wetwork· Impaled Nazarene
· A Lower Deep· Flotsam & Jetsam
· To The Bone· Pagan's Mind
· Evergrey· Bolt Thrower
· Sun O)))· Casus Belli
· Barcode· Third Degree
· Savage Circus· Ewigkeit
· Vinterriket· Arthemis
· Thrones· Crystal Ball
· Dreamland· Gojira
· Infliction· Skullshifter
· Grimfist· Southern Black Sand
· Cardinale· Cryptopsy
· The Ocean· Valhalla
· Vreid· Stormcrow
· TK-421· Apiary
· Dawn of Azazel· Cult of Luna
· Space Odyssey· Hydrogyn
· Scary Manilow· Shadows Within
· Burialmound· I
· Myon· Eyes of Ligeia
· Twinball· Venom
· Sathanas· Panzerchrist
· Darkness Eternal· Extium
· Phazm· Warbringer
· Mindgrinder· White Wizzard
· Hacride· Since the Day
· Aborted· Blut Aus Nord
· Hearse· Spheric Universe Experience
· Dantesco· Alkemyst
· I Shalt Become· Bilocate
· Moonshine· Godhead
· Celestia· Kiuas
· Son of Eric· Eighteen Wheels Burning
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