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Best Metal Bands from Finland

15 Best Metal Bands from Finland

Best Metal Bands from FinlandIt’s not often that the subject of heavy metal is raised in speeches by heads of state – certainly not often enough by our reckoning – the head of state in question was none other than U.S. President Obama. Though it should perhaps come as no surprise that the comments were not in relation to his own country but that of Finnish president Sauli Niinistö, his visit to the White House prompting the somewhat humorous observation; “Finland has perhaps the most heavy metal bands in the world per capita and also ranks high on good governance – I don’t know if there’s any correlation there”...

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History Of EDDIE The Head

An Illustrated History Of EDDIE The Head

EDDIE The Head The undisputed ultimate heavy metal mascot Eddie The Head has taken many forms throughout Iron Maiden’s expansive career from his appearance as a street hoodlum on their first ever single to the weird, the wonderful and sometimes downright macabre incarnations gracing the cover of record collections across the globe. He’s appeared on every album, helped Maiden sell a fuck load of t-shirts, loomed large at some of the finest concerts you could ever bang your head to and been responsible for getting a hell of a load of people get into metal just because they liked the cover. Eddie The Head, we salute you. This is your life.


1980 – Running Free

running-freeDesigned by Derek Riggs, the very first Eddie appeared as a bottle swinging yoof on the band’s first ever r...

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Best Metal Bands from Norway

15 Best Metal Bands from Norway

Best Metal Bands from NorwayIt’s well known that the frostbitten north of Scandinavia is home to countless metal bands, but it’s Norway where things take a turn for the darker side. Considering its small population, Norway has given the world an extraordinary amount of quality heavy music over the last three decades. Of course, it probably goes without saying that black metal remains its most famous musical export – in fact, you could probably create ten lists of Norwegian black metal bands alone. But there’s more to the country than just frosty riffs and corpsepaint (although we’re not discounting that either), and here are fifteen pretty varied bands that have helped put the country on the metal map. By no means comprehensive, below is a list of 15 of the Best Metal Bands from No...

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Best Metal Bands from Sweden

15 Best Metal Bands from Sweden

Best Metal Bands from SwedenScandinavia is a heavy metal breeding ground, with each country cultivating its own scene. Sweden has given the world some great metal bands. From old school Swedish death metal to the “Gothenburg Sound” of melodic death metal, many genres originated or developed in Sweden. The bands on this list are a diverse group, ranging from the aforementioned death metal styles to progressive, power metal and even black metal. The following list of 15 of the Best Metal Bands from Sweden is really only scratching the surface of this remarkable metallic nation :


1. Candlemass

Dedicated purveyors of balls-out doom metal since 1984, Leif Edling’s seminal crew were paying tribute to Black Sabbath long before the stoner and doom scenes erupted, and their first two albums – ...

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Best Metal Bands from France

10 Best Metal Bands from France

Best Metal Bands from FranceFrance might be famous for its cuisine, fine wines and inventing a type of kissing, but that’s nothing compared to their kickass metal scene! Proud bastion of liberté, égalité and fraternité France may be, but it doesn’t instantly spring to mind when you think of metal. But dig a little deeper, and France has a thriving extreme metal scene. By no means comprehensive, below is a list of 10 of the Best Metal Bands from France :


1. Gojira

France’s progressive titans took it up a notch with this year’s Magma, simplifying their off-kilter crush into more palatable forms that by rights should make them as huge as they deserve. It is in the live setting that they truly shine; the band others fear to follow...

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Essential Grindcore Albums

Essential Grindcore Albums

Essential Grindcore AlbumsFast, furious and ridiculously intense, grindcore has been deafening and thrilling fans of untamed brutality for three decades. It’s death metal’s snotty younger brother, hardcore punk’s evil twin and one of the most deceptively inventive sub-genres the world of heavy music has yet spawned. If you fancy having your ears wrenched off, these albums are the ultimate starting point. Grind on, here’s a list of Essential Grindcore Albums :

(* we have taken one album per band and the list is not ranked)


1. Repulsion – Horrified (1989)

Originally recorded in 1986, Horrified is simply the grindcore motherlode...

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Best Songs About Motorbikes

Top 11 Best Songs About Motorbikes

Best Songs About MotorbikesIt’s from the association of motorbikes and rock music that heavy metal was born. Steppenwolf’s cry of “heavy metal thunder!” on their 1969 Easy Rider soundtrack anthem gave us a description of both the bike and the sound of distorted electric guitars and drums, spearheading the imagination of an entire genre. The look and attitude of 50s and 60s biker gangs – denim, leather, studs, patches, long hair – remains a crucial element of metal’s aesthetic, but the lyrical obsession with these iron horses and stallions of the highway was largely confined to the 1969-82 period. Here’s a list of Top 11 Best Songs About Motorbikes :


11. Creedence Clearwater Revival – Sweet Hitch-Hiker (1971)

A fair old rocking headbanger from Creedence Clearwater Re...

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Best Black Metal Albums from 1980s

10 Best Black Metal Albums from 1980s

Best Black Metal Albums from 1980sBlack metal famously exploded with spectacular effect in the early 90s, with countries such as Norway, Sweden, Finland and Greece all picking up the torch. Nevertheless, the roots of the genre lie firmly in the 80s, and even though it was a sparser and less clearly defined movement back then, there are still plenty of classic albums that deserve your attention. Here’s 10 of the Best Black Metal Albums from 1980s.


Venom – Black Metal (Neat Records, 1982)

Some say that Venom merely gave the black metal genre its name, others argue that this is a retrospective view and point out that the bands and fans who got into the scene prior to the 90s ‘second wave’ explosion viewed the trio as black metal through and through...

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Top Live Albums-III

25 Top Live Albums-III

Top Live Albums 3Ah, the live album. In the days pre-dating the internet, the only way to experience your favorite band live was to hope they’d be playing a city near you so you can attend the concert, bootlegs from private recorders and soundboard audio and, yes, an officially released live album! Capturing the perfect performance is always elusive and partly why so many live albums take recordings from multiple shows. Sometimes it’s done to mask flaws in the set and other times to boost the power of a performance to ensure fans receive the full impact of a lights out performance (and their money’s worth for purchasing the album)...

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Top Live Albums-II

25 Top Live Albums-II

Ah, the live album. In the days pre-dating the internet, the only way to experience your favorite band live was to hope they’d be playing a city near you so you can attend the concert, bootlegs from private recorders and soundboard audio and, yes, an officially released live album! Capturing the perfect performance is always elusive and partly why so many live albums take recordings from multiple shows. Sometimes it’s done to mask flaws in the set and other times to boost the power of a performance to ensure fans receive the full impact of a lights out performance (and their money’s worth for purchasing the album)...

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