No other family of music artists like the forebears of this legendary name -- Hank Williams -- have captured the heart of what it means to be a country outlaw, a Southern rebel, a despicable bastard in the eyes of our more uppity brothers and sisters. Three generations of this inglorious family have dominated the Southern consciousness since the early 1930s when the name's original bearer -- (Hiram) Hank Williams, Sr. - picked up his Silvertone guitar and stepped in front of the microphone in Montgomery, Alabama, transcending into American Mythology.
Back in the Nineties, Pantera rocked venue after venue, jamming with legendary bands such as Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, and Slayer. The Southern boys were known for their crushing Texas blues metal sound. Each mind-blowing show sent fans into a mosh pit that erupted bodies. Jack Daniels, Mexican cigarettes, and strippers were after party condiments. Night after night, it was a Texax-sized party until the stress of touring and an overabundance of drugs and alcohol threatened to separate the band.
In the near or not so-near future, when you're lying on your deathbed, you'll reflect on things in your life that you failed to accomplish; the kiss you never gave, the boss you never slugged and the metal album you never bought because your partner was bitching about the money that you "wasted on an exotic dancer who then sent you a message on Face..."
Well, you get the picture.
In honor of these failed accomplishments, here is a list of 10 heavy metal albums you must hear before Murray drags you kicking and screaming into the abyss.
10. Lamb of God - Killadelphia
One of the best live metal albums ever recorded. Mark Morton and Willie Alder shred at top form, with John Campbell and Chris Adler providing rhythmically loaded bass grooves. Randy Blythe's vocals sound better than some band's studio shit. "When the five of us get together and make music, we get on stage... and it's just absolute madness" and tranquility for the fans. Killdelphia is the band's first live album.
"Electrifying," "Magnetic," "Memorable" are just some of the words that people used to describe an evening with B.B. King at the House of Blues in Dallas. His sophisticated style of soul-wrenching guitar playing inspired tears of joy and calls of "Amen," "Preach it, brother" and "Oh Lord, I'm coming home." But the shout heard most often was, "We love you, B.B." Read the rest of the article <here>
When Arlington thrashers Warbeast flew overseas to co-headline a tour with legendaryPantera/Down vocalist Phil Anselmo, the band's pulverizing riffs and grueling lyrics slew metal fans across Europe. A joint album seemed like another one of the devil's pipe dreams until the two entities announced their upcoming split EP release, War of the Gargantuas, an album that not only promises to destroy metal fans but also send Bieberites and buttrockers screaming for another hit off Warbeast guitarist Scott Shelby's strings. Read the rest of the story <here>
For years, hidden messages have allegedly been embedded in music, cryptic musings that could only be heard by playing the vinyl backwards. Backwards masking, as this phenomenon became known, centered on songs by bands like Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd, acts that supposedly implanted subliminal satanic messages in their music. Keep reading to see which ten songs purportedly contain hidden messages. Continue reading <here>
If there's one thing that starts a guitarist's heart thumping, it's the heat from the fretboard as his or her fingers slide across the strings. It's a sordid love affair that leaves fans screaming and the guitarist's soul longing for more.
In fact, B.B. King loved his $30 guitar so much that he ran into a burning building to save her. Stevie Ray Vaughan was so in love with his Fender Strat he just kept adding pieces of used bass guitars, turning his beloved into a musical monstrosity.
To honor this musical love affair, we've compiled a list of the seven sexiest guitars.
ESP KH-2 Ouija Kirk Hammett Signature Model Electric Guitar (above) This solid body guitar is bound to help you harness the spirits of rock. Her Floyd Rose original bridge and two EMG pickups allow you to feel her pulse as you run the pick across her strings. Her Rosewood fingerboard with skull and bones inlays promises a night of death grinding.
On December 23, thrash metal lost another legendary pioneer when Mike Scaccia, lead guitarist for Ministry and Rigor Mortis, died shortly after collapsing during a performance at the Rail Club for Rigor Mortis/Warbeast frontman Bruce Corbitt's 50th birthday celebration.
Scaccia, who suffered from heart disease, died of a sudden heart attack, according to Tarrant County medical examiner's office. He was only 47 years old.
In 1983, Rigor Mortis formed when drummer Harden Harrison and bassist Casey Orr met Scaccia, who shared an interest in horror and metal. The band not only developed a sound that influenced generations of metal bands, but also created an underground metal scene that still inspires generations of North Texans.
Although Scaccia left the band in 1991 to join Ministry, he still had a special place in his heart for his original bandmates and later reunited with the original lineup in 2005, performed at Ozzfest in 2008 and recently recorded their first studio album in 25 years,Slaves to the Grave.
"You know I keep thinking about all of this," Corbitt posted on Facebook. "Why this happened the way it did. Why it happened at all. What if I wouldn't have asked them to play for my birthday show? But mainly, I keep thinking of the conversations I had with Mike in recent years. Each close friendship is different... you cherish them all. I talked about things with Mike that I couldn't with some other close friends.
"So what I do know is how happy Mike was at this point in his life. He loved his wife and kids so much. He talked about them all the time. He loved his bandmates from his different bands. He loved his friends... past and present. He loved his job working for Gibson Guitars. So that gives me some kind of comfort just knowing he was enjoying his time on earth until the very end."
Scaccia is survived by his wife Jenny and four children. A memorial will be held on Sunday, December 30 at 3 p.m., at Aristide Event Center in Mansfield, Texas.
Christmas came early this year, as Sylosis, Hellyeah, In Flames and Lamb of God imploded eardrums on Friday night. British band Sylosis started the show, offering a modernized version of old-school Bay Area thrash metal, informed by West Coast influences such as Exodus and Sadus.
When Hellyeah took the stage, we visited the bar and ordered a double shot of whiskey, because you can't listen to Vinnie Paul's metal group without offering a toast to the spirit of Dimebag Darrell. Playing new tunes off their 2012 album, Band of Brothers, we thrashed with the crowd and remembered the marijuana nights and tequila sunrises spent banging our heads to Dimebag's riffs.
Swedish metal band In Flames kept up the thrashing with their melodic death metal. Despite founding member Jesper Strömblad's departure, Niclas Engelin and Anders Fridén kept the sea of moving bodies surging as the crowd awaited Lamb of God's arrival.
Darkness ensued, and the fans went wild, chanting "Lamb of God" like some kind of mantra to a fallen god. More people crowded together as images of exploding buildings seared our minds and Chris Adler's drumbeat ignited our rage. When LBJ's 1964 campaign-winningDaisy Girl/Nuclear Explosion ad appeared, the band stepped from the darkness into the light, sending the mosh pit into a frenzy.
After spending several months incarcerated in a Czech "gated community," frontman Randy Blythe growled through "Desloation," "Ghost Walking" and "Walk With Me In Hell," dropping random "motherfuckas" between song changes. Mark Morton and Willie Adler practiced their dark craft, Adler's riffs and Morton's punk-laced rhythms and solos causing the mosh pit to grow, while founding member John Campbell's bass and Chris Adler's grueling double-bass spurred a slew of metal horns to appear.
As images of U.S. servicemen and women flashed across the screens behind him, Blythe greeted the crowd and paid homage to our heroes. "I'm glad to be back here in the land of the free and the home of the brave," Blythe said. The crowd roared its approval as the opening riffs of "Now You've Got Something to Die For" thundered from the speakers.
"Redneck" revealed all the people who drove trucks to the venue, while "Black Label" set an ominous tone that still resonates through our soul and left us hoping this wouldn't be the last time we see Blythe.
Compiling a list of the best metal songs of the Apocalypse nearly drove us insane, especially when the tiny devils swarmed our offices, screaming, "We said Warbeast, assholes!" But we ignored their irritating voices and came up with a list that would make David Letterman's original body turn over in its grave while his clone cackles in the darkness of his rejuvenation machine, pleased that we've finally created a list to appease the Gods of Metal. (Click <here> to read the rest of this amazing article; okay, I'm biased.)