The 10 Best German Metal Bands

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Kreator
Sure, when you think of Germany your mind conjures images of World War II, or Oktoberfest celebrations. But besides beer and sausages, one of Germany's biggest cultural exports is heavy metal music, in particular power metal and thrash. This only proves the point that metal can penetrate through any language, physical or cultural barrier, political system or geographic location on this planet. From Power Metal to Thrash, we now present our top 10 German heavy metal bands.
 
See also: The 10 Best Heavy Metal Concept Albums

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Rob Halford Remembers Judas Priest's Legendary Long Beach Concert

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Beto Landoni
As the unmistakable lead singer and front man for the world renowned British heavy metal band Judas Priest, Rob Halford's voice has been a pivotal part of the sound, history, and formation of heavy metal music as we know it for the past four decades. Three decades ago, when the band was still up and coming, Judas Priest performed a magical set of concerts that were eternally etched in time for fans that were witness to these sold out performances at the Long Beach Arena.

To celebrate the 30 year anniversary of the concerts, and the 1984 world tour to support the album, Defenders of the Faith, Judas Priest is releasing a remastered version of the album, which includes live material from the Long Beach shows.

Halford took time off of his busy pre tour schedule to talk briefly with the Weekly about his favorite Judas Priest album, how he stays healthy, and Judas Priest's appearance on the Simpsons last year, and what made the shows in Long Beach 30 years ago so memorable.

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The 10 Best Crossover Thrash Bands

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Pep Williams
Suicidal Tendencies
Fans of punk and metal nowadays take it for granted that the two genres often manage to intermingle.  It isn't uncommon to spot a Black Flag t-shirt at a metal show, or a Metallica t-shirt at a punk show. But, during the early to mid 1980s, such camaraderie between hardcore punk and heavy metal was non-existent and for a period of time, the two scenes could not peacefully coexist. But, as the violence, hostility, fights, and mayhem ensued when the fans met at shows, bands were able to use this tension and chaos, to usher in a new breed (at the time) of thrash metal and punk rock combined, a hybrid style of music that came to be known as Crossover, since it bridged the gap, and crossed between fans of both hardcore and metal. 
 
Ask any one old enough to witness concerts back in the day by bands such as DRI, Anthrax, Cro Mags, Suicidal Tendencies and others on this list and off.  Many, are still fighting the good fight, putting out new music, and destroying audiences across the globe. Many, are not letting factors such as personal health, age or finances stand in their way of bringing bring thrash punk to their fans. It was the first generation of Crossover bands, which created the backdrop, and spawned a musical subculture to influence new generations of bands today, such as Municipal Waste, Toxic Holocaust, Iron Regan, Trash Talk and more. This, is the music that slam dancing was made for. We now present our list of top ten Crossover bands.

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The Five Stages of Metal Fandom

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All illustrations by Dave Watt
What makes a metal head? Are they created in a secret government lab and cloned by the hundreds every year, just like the guests on Maury? Are they finicky punk rockers who outgrow preschool chord progressions and grouchy, simple-minded political stances? Or do they represent the next stage of evolution, a breed of surly post-human whose preference for dissonant sound and colorless attire signals clairvoyant knowledge of a post-apocalyptic Earth?

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Night Demon Brought an International Metal Gathering to Fullerton

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Alex Distefano
Night Demon

Night Demon
Riff Haus
1/24/15

While the masses of big name metal musicians, retailers, musical tech geeks, and groupies all gathered in Anaheim for the annual NAAM show over the weekend, hundreds of fans flocked an industrial corner of Fullerton on Saturday night for the CD Release party of up and coming Ventura heavy metal trio, Night Demon.

By 8:45 p.m., the hidden rehearsal space known as the Riff Haus was packed with fans, at least 100 deep inside and another hundred outside. The only downer of the evening was the sound system of the venue. From Blade Killer, on through the headliners, the microphones, amps and speakers kept cutting out during the set, causing distractions and frustrations among the musicians and crowd, but the bands all managed to pull right through it, and never once stopped a song. However, there were a few things that fans in the crowd couldn't overlook, like the fact that in between bands there was no music playing, and hearing the silence and random conversations was a bit disorienting. To top it off, this place didn't sell beer.


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Periphery Make the Next Big Statement in Metal

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J. Saffer
By: David Von Bader
There are two distinct types of heavy-metal fans that have developed over the past decade. There are those who continue to ask, "What's next?" And then there are those who live in a leather-clad past with a vehement disdain for all that threatens to sully the genre by straying too far from its lineage.

While there is surely a spectrum for these things and people do fall along a spectrum, for those who veer closer to the former, it might appear that the heavy-metal train has hit the proverbial wall in terms of extremity. Eight-string guitars built to accommodate cartoonishly low tunings are now standard tools for many bands. The time signatures have been divided, subdivided, subtracted, and molested in ways that would make Neil Peart dizzy, and trends have shifted to music that relies more on predictable sonic tropes, breakdowns, and blast beats than strong artistic statements.

Then there's a band like Periphery, guitarist and producer Misha Mansoor's brainchild of brutality.


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The 10 Best Heavy Metal Concept Albums

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Opeth, My Arms, Your Hearse
Everyone loves a good concept album. We just love it when heavy metal artists take a central theme and develop it over the span of a cohesive collection of tracks to create an experience for listeners that takes us into an alternate world of sci-fi, Norse mythology, wizards, classic literature...the nerdier the better. Here's a list of the 10 best heavy metal concept albums. 

See also: 20 Heavy Metal Albums Turning 25 This Year

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Five Essential Green Jellÿ Videos

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Green Jelly
Aside from Weird Al, successful comedy rock acts are a rarity, with most vanishing quickly and leaving only an abandoned Youtube channel as proof of their existence. Green Jellÿ is an exception. Known for their inventive Claymation videos, the band's 1992 debut went gold while their second earned a Grammy video nomination in 1995.

Green Jellÿ is also one of the most sued bands in history, enduring lawsuits from the Kellogg Company for their Cereal Killer video, which depicted the murder of the Trix Rabbit, and Kraft Foods, who objected to the band's original name, Green Jello.

When Green Jellÿ bandleader Bill Manspeaker is not fending off nuisance lawsuits, he's touring with his current version of the band, which appears Saturday at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. One of the first acts to release videos and music bundled together, Green Jellÿ has always used the visual medium to portray an alternate reality that rarely makes sense to the sober but proves oddly compelling to loyal fans. Here's five of their videos worth checking out.

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Someone Got Stabbed at the Cattle Decapitation Show Last Night

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Alex Distefano
Cattle Decapitation performing at Mirror Image Studios ...no one got stabbed at that show
Cattle Decapitation might be considered the vegan masters of deathgrind, but that doesn't stop their head banging fans from going out for each other's blood from time to time.

Two men were hospitalized after a fight at the band's show at 13th Frame Lounge in La Habra last night, authorities say. One victim suffered a superficial stab wound to the neck, and the other was knocked unconscious in a fight that started around 11:30 p.m. The incident started in the lounge and eventually spilled out into the street, La Habra Police Department Sgt. Ron Hurst says. About 150 people showed up to the gig. A knife was also recovered by authorities at the scene.


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20 Metal Albums Turning 25 This Year

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Danzig II: Lucifuge
25 years ago the Gulf War started, Nelson Mandela was released from prison, Jennifer Lawrence was born, and that's about all we can think of without referring to Wikipedia or one of our older colleagues who still has a functioning long-term memory. 1990 also saw the release of several excellent metal records. Here's 20 we like best.

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