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Metal Pioneers Diamond Head Tour the U.S. for the First Time in 35 Years!!

Heavy metal has gone through so many phases in it’s forty-year existence that just saying “heavy metal” isn’t enough to specify what you’re talking about; there’s thrash metal, speed metal, glam metal, industrial metal, death metal, black metal and so on. But, the first heavy metal sub-genre to gain popularity after the initial crop of bands (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and Judas Priest) was the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. The NWOBHM started in the late ’70s and the bands incorporated elements of punk (which was taking Britain by storm at the time) and played harder and faster than their predecessors, with less blues influences and a lyrical focus on mythology, occultism and fantasy. All this came together to create a tougher sound with crunching power chords and lightening-fast guitar solos.

Key bands of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal were Iron Maiden, Def Leppard, Saxon and Motorhead. Another key, but less recognized act in the movement was Diamond Head. While Diamond Head never achieved the level of success that was reached by some of their peers, they would prove to be a major influence on the thrash metal scene of the late 80’s. Metallica covered a number of their tunes and bands like Megadeth and Anthrax have both cited the band as a key influence in their sound. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on August 16, 2011 in Music

 

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BPT Mixtape #13 – Michelle’s the Baddest of the Bad

Our resident roller-girl Michelle is one tough cookie and she’s put together a playlist of tunes that get her pumped up to hit the track and kick some butt with the Tilted Thunder Railbirds. She’s got a great sampling of killer punk rock, metal and raw rock n’ roll and I figured this would be a great soundtrack for you all to get ready for the work week. While you might not be risking a dislocated shoulder or a black eye, sometimes we all can feel a little beat up from our daily lives.

Here’s what Michelle has to say: “This is the playlist I put on my MP3 player before a bout. Gets me amped up and ready to tear it up out on the track. Enjoy!

So, whether you’re a fellow roller-girl or just need a little adrenaline-shot to get you ready to face the nine to five, this is the mix for you. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 11, 2011 in BPT, Mixtapes

 

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CIMMFest 2011 – Chicago International Movies and Music Festival, April 14-17

Love music? Love movies? Well, Chicago, you’re in luck! Beginning Thursday, April 14, the 2011 Chicago International Movies & Music Festival kicks off. “Bringing together movies about music, movies for music, movies of music, and movies capturing music as it is made.” CIMMfest will take place in the music mecca of Wicker Park and will consist of three days of movie screenings, panel discussions, workshops, and more. The whole festival will kick off with the world premiere of Fix: The Ministry Movie, a documentary about influential Chicago industrial band Ministry.

“Fix” was directed by Douglas Freel, an award-winning music video director who directed videos by such bands as Kiss, Def Leppard, Rush, and Poison in the height of MTV’s 80’s hair-metal hey-day. He later went on to direct videos for alternative rock heroes The Replacements, Faith No More and The Cult. According to the film’s bio, “Fix: The Ministry Movie gives a raw look at the demons artists fight – and create – while attempting to reach, and achieve infamous greatness.” The film also features interviews with Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, Jello Biafra of Dead Kennedys and Lemmy Kilmeister of Motorhead. Douglas Freel will make an appearance at this world premiere and will be joined by Ministry bass player Paul Barker.

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Posted by on April 6, 2011 in Film, Music

 

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