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German Thrash: The Teutonic Big 4: Tankard, Sodom, Destruction, Kreator

By: Rich Catino As part of my Metal Hall Legacy article series, part one and two covered important German Traditional and Power Metal bands who have yet to be inducted: Helloween, Grave Digger, Running Wild, Warlock, Rage, and Sinner. Now for part three on to the Thrash titans Tankard, Sodom, Destruction, and Kreator. All also …

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The Greatest Riff of All Time?

What is the greatest riff of all time? “Back in Black?” “For Whom the Bell Tolls?” “The Final Countdown?” “Raining Blood?” “Popcorn” by Hot Butter? “Cowboys From Hell?” “Milano Mosh?” “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)?” “Axel F?” “Super Freak?” Beethoven’s 5th? Every Tony Iommi riff? Every Led Zeppelin song?* Don’t bother responding; the question is subjective …

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K-Tel: Mixtapes of Metal

Press rewind. Let’s go back to the age when cassettes dominated the world. Yes, those beloved plastic cartridges with their twin internal spools, their microfiche-sized liner notes and shrunken album art folded into cheap, rectangular cases. They filled up our storage racks, the floors and gloveboxes of our cars, and stacked up in various places …

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Jon Zazula

Jon Zazula is one of the greatest rockstars of all time.  He’s never electrified any crowds with blistering guitar solos, never driven an arena full of fans to pump their fists in unison, was never featured on t-shirts, magazines, or in posters on teenagers’ walls, but his impact on modern music has been immeasurable. No …

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German Metal, Part 2

WARLOCK, RAGE, SINNER   By Rich Catino   If you read my first article titled Power Metal. The Germans, Part 1, I talked about Helloween (the inventors of the genre), Grave Digger, and Running Wild’s place in Heavy Metal’s history, and reasons they should be inducted in the Metal Hall of Fame at some point. …

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METAL HALL OF FAME LAUNCHES ALL STAR CHARITY PROJECT FOR SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN EFFECTED BY COVID LOCKDOWN

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 10-25-2021 Contact: 973-263-0420 METAL HALL OF FAME LAUNCHES ALL STAR CHARITY PROJECT FOR SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN EFFECTED BY COVID LOCKDOWN CLIFTON, NJ (October 25, 2021) – Top musicians and producers throughout the industry are joining forces with the Metal Hall of Fame to launch the “Metal Hall of Fame All-Stars” …

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