10 Classic Metal Bands We'd Love to See Reunite

Categories: Metal

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Atlantic Records
Skid Row
Heavy Metal has been in existence as a musical force and genre of rock music for the last four decades. Some might argue that the glorious heyday of the '80s and '90s scenes for heavy metal music can't be replicated. But, others might beg to differ. And, as a sign of fan demand, perhaps, or a last attempt to cash in at the perfect moment when fans brew curious with nostalgia, many bands, both punk and metal have reunited their former band members (or new ones) and perform, and in some cases record music again. Such notable examples include Refused, At the Gates, Dark Angel, Faith No More and many others.  But, we now offer our list of 10 metal bands that wish could reunite.

See also: 10 Classic Punk Bands We'd Love to See Reunite

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Doom Fills the Observatory During the Psycho California Music Festival

Categories: Metal, festivals

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Mammatus performing at Psycho California Music Festival. Photo by Scott Feinblatt
Psycho California
The Observatory
5/15-17/2015

On the five year anniversary of legendary heavy metal vocalist Ronnie James Dio's death, metal fans travelled from all over the United States in order to pack the Observatory and immerse themselves in sludge (and other subgenres of heavy metal). In his preview of the Psycho California music festival, Jason Roche suggested that the worst band in the three day festival's 50-plus band line-up was "very good." If the 20 acts that performed on Saturday were a decent cross-section of the talent playing over the entire weekend, then Mr. Roche's assessment proved accurate and the pilgrimages that the numerous metalheads made paid off.

Though Friday's attendees were not going to let a few hiccups ruin their overall experience of this musical and cultural feast, several recalled a couple problems from the opening day of the event. Specifically, they said that the Constellation Room (one of the Observatory's two performance areas) had been double booked with the indie rock band The Wombats, and this resulted in the programming for the "Grizzly Stage" being relocated to an outdoor stage, which allegedly had bad sound. The other main gripe was in the arrangement of the merch area, which was also located outside. This issue hadn't been resolved satisfactorily by Saturday, as fans wanting to buy t-shirts and sundries had to wait for prolonged periods of time, in a long line that stretched through the courtyard behind the venue, in order to reach the tent of the coveted merchandise.

See also: The 10 Best Bands at Psycho California

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Ronnie James Dio's Wife Masterminds a New and Improved Memorial for the Metal Icon

Categories: Metal

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John Harrell
Ronnie James Dio
During vocalist Ronnie James Dio's time with Black Sabbath, Rainbow and Dio, his wife, Wendy, managed his career for more than 20 years. Five years after the metal icon lost his battle to metastasized gastric cancer on May 16, 2010, Wendy continues to advocate for her late husband's musical legacy and for others combating the disease. Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, which Wendy co-founded, will host a weekend-long gathering of events in remembrance of the voice of "Holy Diver."

Once news spread about global travelers' incoming attendance for the memorial at Forest Lawn in Hollywood Hills, Wendy and the board added additional events, auctions, music performances and a group motorcycle ride to support the fans in return. Starting on Friday, May 15, ticket purchasers can attend a metal celebrity bowling tournament with a collectibles auction at Pinz Bowling Center in Studio City. The free memorial at Forest Lawn will commemorate the exact date of passing on Saturday, with former band members throughout Ronnie's career performing his songs. Sunday will signify the final ride, as motorcyclists ramble through the streets from Harley-Davidson Glendale to Los Encinos State Park in Encino for more live music and a barbecue.

The Weekly spoke with Wendy about this weekend's honorary events, advocating for cancer research, Ronnie's worldwide footprint and some of the happiest memories together in their metal marriage.

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The 10 Best Brazilian Metal Bands

Categories: Metal

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Hibria
Brazil is the biggest country in South America. And aside from bikini waxes, famous soccer players, and BBQ meat served on swords, the country is also known for heavy metal music, of all varieties and subgenres, from death/grind to power metal. But, culturally, and politically, at the time of this heavy metal eruption in the 1980s, Brazil was just coming out of so many decades of military dictatorships, political turmoil. The chaos, rampant poverty and strife in the streets was the perfect brewing ground for many of these extreme metal bands. The nation, and entire region now is full of thousands of heavy metal and punk groups, all sharing in the interest of the music. We now present our list of the 10 best Brazilian metal bands.
 
See also: The 10 Best Historical Metal Bands

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The 10 Best 420 Metal Songs

Categories: Metal

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Black Sabbath at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

For those not in the know, 420 is a day (and time) where all cannabis connoisseurs, stoners, potheads and heshers unite to celebrate the good green herb and partake in rituals, smoke outs and never ending smoke-filled sessions. We decided to get in the right mindset, with a list of metal songs perfect for this green holiday. To some of these bands, and some of YOU reading this, every day is 420. So pack a bowl and get your stereo speakers ready. These are the 10 best metal songs to listen to on April 20th.

See also: The 10 Best Historical Metal Bands


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The 10 Best Historical Metal Bands

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Ex-Deo
Sure, heavy metal music has a history. But could heavy metal music be history? With inspirations ranging from Ancient Egypt and Rome to the American Revolution, and even the Second World War, many bands representing various genres of metal are composing music that pays homage to our collective past, in both modern times and antiquity. Who knew head banging and history lessons could go hand in hand? This is our list of the Top 10 Historic Metal Bands.

See also: The 10 Best German Metal Bands

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The 10 Best Booze Brands From Metal Bands

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It's a well known fact that many metal heads love to party, and by party we mean drink. Keeping with this sentiment, the worlds of heavy metal music and booze have been colliding so much these days, we decided to present several notable adult beverage options that will make you throw up the horns with every sip. From wine, bourbon, IPA beers, and even vodka, if you drink, we've got you covered. But, please remember: Drink Responsibly. And bang your fucking heads.

See also: The 10 Best Heavy Metal Concept Albums

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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
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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.

See also: The 10 Best Heavy Metal Concept Albums

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