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10 Greatest Metal Songs of 1983

The year 1983 was a landmark one for heavy metal. Not only did the year usher in the debut album releases of Metallica, Dio and Mercyful Fate, it also marked the first time a metal act hit the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 when Quiet Riot’s ‘Metal Health’ topped the chart in November. That feat helped prove that metal could hold its own commercially against all of the pop and new wave acts of the period.

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Southern Lord / Reissue art by Arik Roper
Southern Lord / Reissue art by Arik Roper
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10 Epically Heavy Gear Choices for Doom, Stoner + Sludge Metal

The past decade or so has proven to be quite a potent one for lovers of heavy rock and metal. One particular genre that's benefited with a growing fanbase is stoner rock, which is characterized by its incredibly massive sound and heaving, sludgy riffs that are oftentimes drawn out into full-blown compositions that can easily top the 10-minute mark. Bands such as Sleep, Kyuss and The Melvins helped lay the groundwork for a lot of well-loved rock, and it's really cool that those artists and others in their ilk are finally starting to get the attention and praise that too few realized not too long ago. Plus, the genre has helped reinvigorate interest in the bigger-than-life fuzzy guitar tones of the 70's, and how far they can be pushed to create the meanest sound possible.

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Ross Kinnaird, Getty Images
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10 Rocking National Anthem Performances

You've heard this song performed many times, many different ways over the years but there's just something about hearing the U.S. National Anthem performed on the 4th of July that really brings out the patriotism in most Americans.

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Heavy Metal Look-Alikes: 10 Rockers and Their Doppelgangers

Separated at birth? Maybe the same person?

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10 All-Time Best Heavy Metal EPs

While they haven't exactly gone the way of the CD Single (ie. pretty much extinct, if we're talking physical CD Singles), the EP (Extended Play) seems to be a dying breed.

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10 Bands That Should Have Been Huge

A favorite conversation 'round the Noisecreep office often starts with the words "Does anyone else remember the Rock City Angels?" These were the unsung heroes of metal and hard rock major label-dom: bands that should have towered above the competition but remain sadly relegated to the $3.99 bin of your local nearly-out-of-business CD store.

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Dimitrios Tambours / Jamie McCarthy / Gareth Cattermole / Frazer Harrison / Gareth Cattermole, Getty Images
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Hot Rock Star Daughters

Rock stars love dating supermodels. We know... what a shock! But the way the rest of the world benefits from this is that we're blessed with their beautiful offspring. Yes, the physical union between talented musicians and gorgeous women often leave great results.

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Tommy's Joynt/Monemco
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10 Heavy Metal, Hard Rock Landmarks

Where bands were born, and where they died - this country is spiked with locations that mark where hard rock and metal history was made.

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Facebook / Publicity Still / Getty Images
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10 Hot Rock Star Wives, Part 2

Why do rock stars have to have all the fun? Isn't it enough that they get to travel the world and play music for a living? Nope, they have to have it all. Those greedy bastards!

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Solid State
Solid State
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Demon Hunter Singer Ryan Clark Shares His Tour Essentials (EXCLUSIVE)

Demon Hunter gained national attention recently over the fact that the Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden revealed that he listened to the band's music on his missions and that he wore his Demon Hunter patch proudly while he carried out Operation Neptune Spear. It'd seem that the band has etched its place in American history.

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