From the underground to the stadiums, explore the events, personalities, and controversies that shape metal’s relentless spirit.

Collaboration or Collision? Anthrax/Public Enemy Experiment That Rewrote the Rules

In 1991, “crossover” meant something different. This was before nu-metal, before pop stars had a resident rapper. Anthrax and Public Enemy forged a new kind of crossover, one born from mutual respect and a desire to push boundaries. “Bring the Noise” challenged expectations, confused critics, and made both metalheads and hip-hop fans rethink what was possible.

An Ode to the Beautiful Noise of Grindcore

Grindcore: because sometimes, what you really need is a soundtrack for smashing plates—or societal norms. It’s the musical middle finger to the concept of ‘easy listening.

In the Nightside Eclipse: Emperor's Symphonic Debut

Three decades after its release, “In the Nightside Eclipse” by Emperor continues to resonate within the metal community, celebrated for pioneering the symphonic black metal subgenre. Its intricate compositions and atmospheric depth have secured its place as one of the greatest black metal albums of all time.

A group photo of the heavy metal band Iron Maiden from 1980. The band members are lined up against a wooden wall, each portraying the fashion of the time with tight denim jeans and leather jackets. The central figure prominently displays band patches and badges, capturing the style and attitude of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal era.

In the heart of the late 1970s, amidst economic turmoil and cultural shifts, the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) emerged as a beacon of rebellion and innovation. This movement redefined heavy metal, infusing it with the raw energy and passion of a generation eager to make its mark.

No Life 'Til Leather: Metallica's Early Roar

From the raw vocals to the relentless guitar riffs, “No Life ‘Til Leather” serves as a time capsule of Metallica’s beginnings. This demo, a pivotal piece in the band’s history, showcases the moment when four young musicians set the foundation for what would become a legendary career in metal.

Scott Ian's “No Life 'Til Leather” Moment

The moment the first chord of “No Life ‘Til Leather” hit, something in Scott Ian clicked. This wasn’t just music; it was a manifesto. A manifesto that spoke to him, urging Anthrax to rise, evolve, and conquer new musical heights.

Body Count's Rise from Casual Jamming to Lollapalooza Fame

What started as strumming guitars and beating drums for kicks in a garage, evolved into Body Count’s meteoric rise to fame. This group of high school friends, led by Ice-T and Ernie C, transformed their weekend hobby into a groundbreaking fusion of rap and metal.

Hardcore Streets: Agnostic Front and NYHC

Agnostic Front, rising from the gritty streets of Lower East Side, became the voice of a generation. Their relentless riffs and poignant lyrics crafted the soundtrack of New York Hardcore.

Tribal Metal: Sepultura's Brazilian Beat

In the heart of Brazil’s vibrant culture, Sepultura found their beat, fusing the raw energy of metal with the ancient rhythms of tribal music. Their journey was not just about sound; it was a rediscovery of roots, a bold dance between tradition and innovation.

The Randy Rhoads Tragedy

On March 19, 1982, the music world was shaken by the news of Rhoads’ untimely death in a plane crash. The incident occurred during a tour stop in Leesburg, Florida, and also claimed the lives of makeup artist Rachel Youngblood and pilot Andrew Aycock.

High Voltage Reborn: Brian Johnson Joins AC/DC

Following the tragic loss of Bon Scott, AC/DC faced a crossroads that threatened the very essence of their hard-rock legacy. Amidst this uncertainty, a voice from the English working-class city of Newcastle emerged to redefine the future of one of the greatest rock bands in history.

Andreas Kisser's 1992 Audition for Metallica

In 1992, Andreas Kisser of Sepultura auditioned for Metallica, filling in for an injured James Hetfield. His remarkable performance, friendships formed, and the impact on his career highlight this unique moment.