Metal’s Most Defining Moments
Come and check out our list of the most defining moments in metal.
Terry Reid turns down singer spot in Led Zeppelin.
Bet he never regretted that one.
Geezer Butler writes ‘Black Sabbath’.
And so heavy metal was born…
Lemmy is kicked out of Hawkwind and forms Motorhead.
The story goes that, in retaliation, Lemmy fucked every member of Hawkwind’s girlfriend. Someone said something about revenge being a dish that’s best served cold once upon a time…
The Ramones’ first London gig spawns a hundred bands, including The Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned.
The first punk rock band came from America. It’s a hard one to swallow but the fire, vitriol and spirit that fired the whole movement was born in London at this show.
The first Friday Rock Show is broadcast on Radio One and Tommy Vance became a legend.
Tommy will forever be Britain’s true voice of rock and metal.
Rainbow, Judas Priest and The Scorpions headline the first Monsters Of Rock at Donington in 1980.
There’s always the most exhilarating rush when you step onto the turf at Donington for Download every year, isn’t there? It started on this day.
Paul Di’Anno Leaves Iron Maiden and Bruce Dickinson joins.
The day an already great band became the stuff of legends.
Metallica forms when Lars/James meet through posting classified ads in Recycler looking for bands to join.
Two-pimply outsiders change the world of rock forever via one ad in a San Francisco newspaper.
Dave Mustaine ‘leaves’ Metallica and forms Megadeth.
Dave may have spent years coming to terms with it, but the bottom line is that Megadeth have ruled from their very first record and will go down as one of the greatest metal bands to ever live. Fact.
Rick Rubin produces Slayer’s ‘Reign In Blood’.
29 minutes and 3 seconds of thrash metal perfection.
Al Jourgensen makes a connection between mechanics/factories/Nascar and music and becomes a major catalyst in the creating industrial.
Keyboards can’t be heavy, our arse!
Zakk Wylde auditions for Ozzy Osbourne and replaces the recently deceased Randy Rhoads.
It seemed like Ozzy was finished when he was booted out of Sabbath but he found Randy Rhoads. When it seemed like Ozzy was finished again after Rhoads’ death, it was time for enter Zakk-man.
Anthrax and Public Enemy collaborate for ‘Bring The Noize’.
People will tell you ‘Walk This Way’ started rap-rock. They’re wrong. THIS is the track that spawned Faith No More, Rage Against The Machine, nu-metal…
John Peel discovers Napalm Death and plays them on his Radio One show.
The day it became alright for an extreme band to get airplay on national radio. They’ll never be on drive-time, but Peel proved that there’s a place for them on radio in some way, shape or form.
Tom G Warrior hears Venom and doesn’t know what speed to play it on: starts Celtic Frost, invents doom.
Doom like a motherfucker.
Max Cavelera is lent a tape of Discharge and Celtic Frost, thinks they sound the same, and starts a band that melds the two sounds.
Sepultura be thy name.
Pantera’s Far Beyond Driven goes to number one on the Billboard charts.
Proof that metal of the heaviest variety can take on the masses and win.
Korn shape the sound of nu-metal.
Duh-duh, duh-duh, duh-duh, duh-duh… “Are you ready?”
The Massachusetts movement spawns metalcore.
Shadows Fall, Killswitch Engage, Overcast, Aftershock…we salute you.
Lamb Of God take groove metal one louder.
The bastard offspring of Slayer and Pantera wlak among us. And they fucking rule!