Folk metal has gained a lot of ground in the last few years, seeing the rise of bands like Korpiklaani, Turisas, and a host of other notable acts. In lieu of this, it can safely be said that the accordion is now in the realm of being considered a metal instrument. We know what you're thinking, "Accordions are metal? That's breaking the law!"
Exodus are one of metal's elite thrash bands and still rip it up today. Crowds at thrash shows are some of the most exciting and genuine, never ceasing movement in the pit. Here, they were instructed to stop moving, but only to set up something better.
“It was meant to be a rocking musical evening with fans swaying to Metallica’s beat.” Yes, that was actually said in a media report in the aftermath of destruction caused by rioting fans following a Metallica concert cancellation. When Metallica were slated to perform in India for the first time in 2011, fans were red hot with anticipation. The show was postponed until the next day and chaos ensued.
Settle down, everyone. Lady Gaga is a self-professed heavy metal fan and has even been spotted at the legendary Kuma's Corner in Chicago. Don't get your underwear all twisted yet and take a look at this video, which exploded in 2011 and has nearly eclipsed 3 million views.
How would you like to take some guitar lessons from this guy!? John Taylor is a guitarist from Colorado and is aptly nicknamed 'Dr. Hot Licks.' If you're looking to get your fill of shredding, look no further than his world record-setting feat.
It's a lot of fun seeing metal songs adapted to instruments the music was never intended to be played on. Most of the time, the music works surprisingly well on these various instruments, as is the case here. Vika Yermolyeva is quite the pianist and arranged the music to this stunning Carcass cover.
In this episode of the 'Drew Carey Show,' Drew and the guys formed a band, but were not content with being a power trio. In a last minute effort to get someone to play guitar to fill in the sound, they decide to post a flyer to fill the vacancy in the band. Drew jokes, "Where are we gonna get somebody to play on one day's notice for only $10?"
One of the best things about metal is that it's nearly impossible to find a metalhead who doesn't play any instruments or has never been in a band. It encourages creativity and sparks a drive inside young kids to go out there and try to pave their own way through their influences. Sometimes this is a double-edged sword.
It isn't too uncommon for a few metalheads to be present in classical or flamenco guitar classes in college. Since universities don't offer a degree in shredding, metal musicians turn towards these academically acknowledged classes to expand their influences and playing spectrum. Of course, it all comes back to metal in the end, which is evident here.
In one of the most eyebrow-raising, fist-pumping moments in politics, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff took to the stage to perform her own cover of the System of a Down classic, 'Chop Suey.' Why? She wanted to!
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