Metal Legacy

Hats Off to Dokken

Let me take you back to a bygone era. . . .  True story from my long-haired teenage mallrat days, circa 1991: I tried on a fedora-type hat and looked great (if I do say so myself), but let friends talk me out of the purchase. Their fatal shot for my fashion venture was: “Don’t …

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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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W.A.S.P. Can’t Be Tamed

  I never saw W.A.S.P. live during their early meat-slinging days.* I loved “The Last Command” and their self-titled debut, but I was just a preteen when those albums were released, young enough to giggle at “Animal (Fuck Like a Beast).” I even convinced a parent to take me to see the god-awful movie, “The …

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