It's another year to bang your head while listen to metal music and thinking of Holiday gifts. We try to make it easier for you by giving you our suggestions with our Heavy Metal Lovers' Holiday Gift Guide.
If you have just started listening to heavy metal or been stuck in one sub genre of music, it can be confusing where to venture to. There are dozens of sub genres of metal music, all ranging with different styles. For those who are looking to break out for a new area here are the best heavy metal bands to listen to.Top Heavy Metal Sub Genres
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Leave your September picks in the comments below.Amorphis - Under the Red Cloud
Genre: Heavy Metal
Released: September 4, 2015
There are numerous albums you should own from Iron Maiden, but 'The Number of the Beast' stands higher than the rest.
'The Number of the Beast' was the third studio album released by band dating back in 1982. This album marked the debut of vocalist Bruce Dickinson and was the final appearance of drummer Clive Burr.
It was the first record for Iron Maiden to reach No 1. in the UK Albums Chart and became a Platinum in the United States. The songs "Run to the Hills" and "The Number of the Beast" were the fans favorites.
Today Abbath has premiered a brand new video entitled "Fenrir Hunts". If you have been following black metal you will know that the legendary band Immortal is no more, and this new band is led by Olve Eikemo (Abbath).
The video is a live recording of the new track and will be included on their upcoming album, which is set to release sometime in the beginning of the year.
The band commented:
We have performed 'Fenrir Hunts' live since our debut concert at Tuska festival in Finland. This led to the decision to record a few live songs properly. With the aid of a camera team, we have recorded three tracks in a live setting at the beginning of September. Along with 'Fenrir Hunts', which you can see today, there will be two cover versions coming up soon. Now, here is 'Fenrir Hunts', the first glimpse from our upcoming debut album!
We all love heavy metal, from the heavy riffs, double bass, and wicked solos, there is nothing better. But even the best solos have a precision structure to them.
To some musicians certain concepts come easy to them, if it's writing music, learning scales, or shredding a guitar. Below are some of the best heavy metal guitar solos provided by those people. The ones that make the most complex guitar solos look easy.
The songs below are all from studio albums in the heavy metal genre and they are not listed in any particular order. You will get a mix from legendary bands like Metallica, Iron Maiden and Megadeth, to some classic bands like Slayer and Pantera.Iron Maiden - Powerslave
Album: Powerslave (1984)
Some legendary bands released brand new albums last month. Death metallers Nile released their 8th studio album 'What Should Not Be Unearthed', as Motörhead released their 22nd studio album 'Bad Magic'.
Other bands that made the list includes Fear Factory, Soulfly, Battlecross, and Hate Eternal.
Leave your August release choice in the comments below.Fear Factory - Genexus
Genre: Extreme Metal
Released: August, 7 2015
This last weekend Insomnium and Omnium Gatherum was making a stop in Las Vegas on their Shadows Over North American tour. I have seen both of these bands live in the past, and it never gets old. If you haven’t seen either one of them and you’re a fan of melodic death metal, now is your chance to get out and see two of the best band in the genre today.
With the tour in full swing both bands have released a combined split 7” with two songs on it. This is a tour exclusive and is limited to only 500 copies.
Side A includes “Out to the Sea” by Insomnium that was previously released as a bonus track on their ‘Shadows Of The Dying Sun’ deluxe edition.
What do talented musicians use that us regular people don’t. In our segment of What Do They Use, we will break down all the equipment that Metallica used on their latest tour.James Hetfield – Vocalist and Rhythm Guitar
For the most part James likes to use ESP and Gibson guitars and stay with mostly Mesa guitar amps. For his vocals he uses a Shure Super 55 stage microphone to bring it all together.
There are hundreds, if not thousands, of great Black Metal albums. With so many to choose from, it is almost impossible to rank them from top to bottom. The albums below are some of the best black metal albums you should listen to. If you haven't heard some of these, you must check them out.
Most of these albums come from the artists on the top Norwegian black metal bands of all time. With its extreme culture and shrieking style of music, one can only agree that these albums stand apart from the others.Mercyful Fate - Don't Break The Oath
Genre: First Wave of Black Metal
Released: September 7, 1984