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10 All-Time Greatest Metal Live Albums

Is a live album really ever live? Most are manipulated in some way, either in the mixing stage or the overdubbing of guitar leads or vocal passages. The greatest of them all, KISS seminal Alive!, comes with legendarily conflicting reports of how much it was doctored. But who cares? It rocks harder than any other album in existence, KISS or otherwise.

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10 Best Progressive Albums of 2012

With total respect to Witchcraft, Deftones and Cattle Decapitation, who recorded albums that list highly on my year-end favorites (especially Witchcraft's mighty Legend), Noisecreep wanted straight-up progressive albums from me, so prog I give!

This is a list of the ten best progressive rock and/or progressive metal albums of 2012 to my prog-hungry ears. I mean, real prog, and by real prog I mean rock/metal that has a restless drive to explore new things and not regurgitate what came before. I'm not interested in clones. Then again,

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Heavy Metal’s Greatest Guitar Teams

With the exception of Black Sabbath, early heavy metal was built upon a foundation of two-guitar bands. Whether it was the sturdy rhythm/lead axis of Scorpions' Rudolf Schenker and Uli Jon Roth or Judas Priest's legendary K.K. Dow

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Metallica: Best Cover Band Ever

In his latest installment of his 'Mean Deviation' column, music historian Jeff Wagner tells us why he thinks Metallica is the ultimate heavy metal cover band.

Wagner is the author of 'Mean Deviation: Four Decades of Progressive Heavy Metal,' an exhaustive h

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10 Best Heavy Metal Compilations

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Metal compilations have been pumped out in extraordinary numbers since around 1980, but few are worth paying for and listening to regularly. K-Tel put out a comp of mainstream metal called Masters of Metal, a pointless collection of stuff you could find at any Kmart store: KISS, Scorpions, Y&T. This comp was

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Black Sabbath
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Sabbath Proggy Sabbath: Ruminations on the First Progressive Metal Album

In the third installment of his 'Mean Deviation' column, music historian Jeff Wagner tells us what he thinks is the first true progressive metal album.

Wagner is the author of 'Mean Deviation: Four Decades of Progressive Heavy Metal,' an exhaustive history on the sou

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Does the ‘Sophomore Slump’ Exist in Heavy Metal

In the second installment of his 'Mean Deviation' column, veteran music journalist Jeff Wagner takes a deep look at the infamous "sophomore slump." Check out the piece as he runs through several metal and hard rock subgenres and examines whether some of our favor

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Heavy Metal Concept Albums That Should Be Made Into Movies

To say that heavy metal music possesses a flair for the dramatic would be the understatement of the century. From epic battles between God and Satan to musclebound warriors swishing swords and winning over busty babes, the imagery is often theatrical, cinematic, and over-the-top enough to draw equal amounts of ire and praise

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