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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Mudvayne Nightwish
Opeth Sinner
Twilight Odyssey Immolation
Solemnity Anthrax
Machine Head Circle II Circle
Mark Boals Ring of Fire
Steel Attack Rawhead Rexx
Liege Lord Widowmaker
Nicta Catch 22
Fireball Ministry Wycked Synn
Mourning Beloveth Rob Rock
Mnemic Hard Echo
Mother Misery Force Of Evil
Shiva Yngwie Malmsteen
Riot Gamma Ray
Gary Moore Cyst
Joe Stump House of Lords
Juggernott Fabrizio Bonanno
Therion Lilitu
Dream Evil Black Destiny
Psychotron Images of Eden
Dio Tartharia
Six Feet Under Ironhorse
Overlorde Seventh One
Napalm Death Sonata Arctica
Fifth Cross Feared Creation
Cradle To Grave Helgrind
Soilwork Quiet Riot
Astral Doors Yyrkoon
Vicious Circle Desire Black
Mystic Prophecy Backyard Babies
the missing: Samael
Diecast Boomerang
Meshuggah Magica
Lord Gore Axel Rudi Pell
Chastain Operatika
Strapping Young Lad Thunderblast
Sinisthra Slumber
Pro-Pain Brand New Sin
Communic Testament
Sheavy Havochate
Nuclear Assault Future is Tomorrow
Peccatum Orphaned Land
Armored Saint Twilight
Algol3 Avenged Sevenfold
Balatonizer Bronx Casket Company
Dogs Of Winter Vanquished
Decapitated From This Day
Katatonia Cardinale
Poison Ephel Duath
Lair Of The Minotaur Clawfinger
Event Horizon Vore
The Smashup Pyramaze
Vreid Cataract
Hirax Jotunspor
Smohalla Space Odyssey
Dendura Nachtmystium
Paul Bonrud Psycroptic
Fleshgore Shadows Within
Woodtemple Burialmound
The Finals Enochian Crescent
Battle Bratt Semargl
Teeth of the Hydra Eighteen Visions
Lupara Lordi
E-lane The Showdown
Cheva Starkweather
Deicide Steve Cone
Handful of Hate Hardcore Superstar
Dream Theater In This Moment
Static-X Dezperadoz
Satariel Chrome Division
Gotthard Pentacle
Rob Zombie Since the Day
Denial Fiend Retrospective
Kruger The Wonderfools
Nation Beyond Sworn Enemy
Ensiferum Keldian
Distorted Ride The Sky
Deceiver Demonic Symphony
Bullet For My Valentine Celestia
Mar De Grises Kiuas
Cursed Giant Squid
Sister Sin