Best Metal Song of Each Year Since 1970

What are the metal songs that define each year since the genre's unholy birth in 1970? Loudwire's writers recently hashed it out, year by year. Some years, it was a no-brainer (it's tough to argue with Black Sabbath in 1970, for example). In other years, things got contentious and came…

The Best Metal Bands From 30 Countries

Sure, heavy metal is dominated by bands from England, the United States and Scandinavia, but there's a wealth of talented acts around the world. That said, if you had to pick just one band to represent each country, who would it be? So many different spots across the world possess their own…

26 LGBTQ+ Icons in Rock + Metal

Happy pride month everyone! June is the commemorative LGBTQ Pride Month, in honor of the Stonewall riots that occurred in June of 1969. The uprising was in response to a police raid that occurred in Greenwich Village, N.Y., and is considered the single most important event to spark the gay…

25 Best Metalcore Albums of All Time

The word "metalcore" is one of the few subgenres of music that conjures up an incredibly different range of sounds depending on who you ask. For old heads, it brings up a moment in time when the worlds of heavy metal and hardcore punk combined to a new underground genre, a grassroots…

Top 90 Hard Rock + Metal Albums of the ’90s

The '90s were one of the most fascinating decades in rock and metal, widening the gap between the two genres and putting fans on opposing sides, either clinging to their denim patch vests or trading them in for flannel shirts. Grunge signaled the death of metal supremacy that put a…

15 Celebrities with Rock + Metal Band Tattoos

Tattoos are one of the most eccentric forms of self-expression, because unlike fashion and hairstyles, they're permanent. While body art is common in the rock and metal world, there are plenty of pop stars and other celebrities who have their own distinct ink, too. Kat Von D rose to fame…

The 25 Best Rock Albums of 1990

With the turn of the decade often comes changes, and 1990 proved to be a year where rock albums began to transition in terms of its power dynamic. Hair metal ruled the rock landscape, with some of the second and third generation of hair metal bands starting to make their…

The 40 Best Metal Albums of 1990

A new decade's arrival brings uncertainties in nearly everything. For metal, it would signal the end of the mainstream's embrace and, with it, a tumble mostly back into the underground where all of metal's most sincere intentions started. By 1990, extremity was being pursued at exhaustive lengths. Musicians challenged themselves to push…

10 Bands That Didn’t Care if You Hated Them

Success in the world of rock and metal often comes from being hated just as much as it does from garnering adoration. Oftentimes, the negativity bands receive is unwelcome, but there have been several heavy acts over the years who have reveled in sticking a middle finger up to those…

25 Legendary Metal Albums With No Weak Songs

Most iconic metal albums will have one or two lukewarm cuts hidden away on Side B. Even LPs as legendary as Iron Maiden’s Piece of Mind or Judas Priest’s Screaming for Vengeance will have a “Quest for Fire” or “Fever” somewhere, halting the record from being labeled 100 percent perfect….

These 40 Smiling Rock Stars Will Make Your Day

Smiles are contagious. They're symbolic of warmth, positivity and overall happiness. It may sound silly, but the power of a smile can go a long way in uncertain times like we're living in now. Several studies have shown that people who smile have an easier time overcoming negative emotions and…

12 Rock + Metal Bands Featuring Kids of Rockstars

It's been studied for years whether musical ability has a genetic factor that works in your favor in addition to your environment. Sure, practice makes perfect over time, and plenty of children of musicians grew up in a musical atmosphere where they may have been professionally trained. That doesn't necessarily mean…

25 Best Metal Albums of 2000

The turn of the millennium was also a major turning point in heavy metal, which was beginning to show new signs of life and these are the 25 Best Metal Albums of 2000. Over the previous decade, Pantera nearly single-handedly kept metal on life support, at least as far as the mainstream — which would later get…