Summer's over, and class is back in session! While you're busy cracking open all those textbooks, here are 10 metal songs you can blast that will provide you with a few history lessons while you're banging your head.
As we've learned from countless TV commercials, the automobile connotes freedom, status, sex appeal...and really cheesy techno music. Screw all that. Only rock and roll will suffice on a real road trip.
Who doesn’t like a power ballad, that soft underbelly of a hard rocker that's rarely seen in the light of day? You’ve probably heard the story: the power ballad often is the biggest hit for heavier bands, opening up their music to the love-song-loving masses.
At the pinnacle of a mind-blowing concert, inevitably, unconsciously, you are covered in sweat and flailing hair with fists raised in the air before Gods of Rock. As they reach into your twisted heart and release untapped depths of angst into ecstatic fucking union, your hands form a shape of devil horns. Index and little fingers outstretched while the shared tendons of the middle and ring fingers contract inward toward the palm.
Van Halen’s impact on Dimebag’s playing is unmistakable. The “vibe” of early Van Halen is by far the most recognizable influence in Dimebag’s playing. From the grooving rhythms played like leads of their own, to the tone, to the phrasing in his lead playing, Dimebag took the inspiration of Edward Van Halen and forged his own identity.
By now you should be familiar with Chicago-based guitarist Rob Scallon, the guy who covers Slayer and Cannibal Corpse songs with banjos and ukuleles. Here, Scallon demonstrates how guitar players really “communicate” with each other. Check it out below and let us know what you think in the comments!
In this video, Andre presents choice excerpts from 10 songs together in one solo. Among the tunes included are Santana’s “Love of My Life,” Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love,” Queen’s “Innuendo,” Steve Vai’s “Building the Church” and even “Flight of the Bumblebee.” He’s also included no fewer than two Muse tracks!
Although this story isn't about me—in fact, it has nothing to do with me—I will share one of my own mottos: "If you can't do justice to a Stevie Ray Vaughan song, don't even bother." (This is pretty much why I stopped playing Stevie Ray Vaughan songs a few years ago.) That said, here are five live covers that enter the realm of doing justice to the late, great SRV.
So yes, it's Bruce Springsteen's birthday. He was born on this date (September 23) in 1949. We've already reminded you about his 2014 performance of AC/DC's "Highway to Hell" in Perth, Australia. But let's not forget his performance of Van Halen's "Jump" from April 6, 2014, in Dallas, Texas.