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How Many Of These One Hit Wonders From 1980-1981 Do you Remember?

How Many Of These One Hit Wonders From 1980-1981 Do you Remember?

Dec 19, 20231 min read

Take a trip down memory lane with this list of one-hit wonders on the U.S. charts from the years 1980 and 1981. How many of these did you remember and how many had you forgotten about? The Vapors-Turning Japanese (1980)…

The Top 20 Hard Rock And Metal Albums Of 2023

The Top 20 Hard Rock And Metal Albums Of 2023

Nov 25, 20239 min read

2023 had some really good hard rock and metal albums released if you know where to look and listen. The hard rock and metal scene is littered with new bands that seemingly appear out of thin air, only to fade…

45 Christian Heavy Metal Bands From The 80s And 90s That You Should Hear

45 Christian Heavy Metal Bands From The 80s And 90s That You Should Hear

Nov 16, 202322 min read

In the 80s and 90s heavy metal bands were booming and found themselves in the mainstream of music for the first time.  So too were the Christian heavy metal bands of the time, but without the kind of coverage, radio…

The Top 10 Sexiest Music Videos Of The 80s

The Top 10 Sexiest Music Videos Of The 80s

Nov 2, 20234 min read

The 1980s saw the invention of the music video thanks to MTV and it wasn’t long after that many of the videos started using sex as a selling point. Of course, everyone has their opinion, but here’s our list for…

20 Albums Released In 2023 That 80s Metal Fans Should Hear

20 Albums Released In 2023 That 80s Metal Fans Should Hear

Sep 18, 20239 min read

Each year, it seems that the remaining 80s hard rock and metal bands that are still putting out new music seem to get smaller and smaller.  However, don’t let that discourage you as a metal fan, because at this point…

Check Out These 80s Metal And Hard Rock Stars' Real Names

Check Out These 80s Metal And Hard Rock Stars’ Real Names

Aug 12, 20235 min read

Check out these 80’s Hard Rock And Metal Stars’ Real Names! Some of these names are well known to fans, while others might find these stars real names both fascinating and understandable why they chose a stage name in some…

Who Were The Top 15 Most-Glam Mainstream Metal Bands Of The 80s?

Who Were The Top 15 Most-Glam Mainstream Metal Bands Of The 80s?

Jun 6, 202310 min read

The 80s were the decade of excess and musically that was absolutely true as well. The hard rock and heavy metal musical landscape exploded with band members with huge, hair-sprayed hair, and outlandish, often colorful outfits, and both male and…

Who Were The Best Straight Up, No Frills Hard Rock And Metal Bands Of The 80s?

Who Were The Best Straight Up, No Frills Hard Rock And Metal Bands Of The 80s?

Jun 4, 202315 min read

The 1980s hard rock and metal scene is widely known as a generation of excess and a lot of over-the-top imagery. In fact, most people refer to the 80s as the decade of Hair Metal or Glam Metal because many…

25 Bands That Were Influential To The 80s Glam Metal Scene

25 Bands That Were Influential To The 80s Glam Metal Scene

May 26, 202319 min read

The 1980s were an awesome time thanks to the glam/hair metal scene. The image almost became as important as the music during this period, and MTV helped keep that image front and center.  With this list, we’re not ranking who…

Songs Of Forbidden Love By Motley Crue, KISS, and Winger That Seem Super-Cringey Today

Songs Of Forbidden Love By Motley Crue, KISS, and Winger That Seem Super-Cringey Today

Feb 23, 20232 min read

Sex, Drugs, and Rock N ‘Roll. Hard rock bands are no strangers to wild tales of groupies and debauchery, but three songs, in particular from well know artists like Motley Crue, KISS and Winger pushed the envelope with their lyrics…

Really Bad Metal Album Covers Of The 80s

Really Bad Metal Album Covers Of The 80s

Nov 12, 20226 min read

  Battle Axe – Burn This Town Burn this town? More like burn this album cover! Although, apparently this was only supposed to be an unfinished sketch of what the idea of the cover would look like and the record…

Devo...Where Are They Now?

Devo…Where Are They Now?

Sep 25, 20224 min read

Devo proved that it’s never too late for you to “Whip It” and with that song, they reached #8 on The Billboard Charts which also propelled the album “Freedom Of Choice” to be a Platinum seller. The band became a…

400 + Hard Rock And Metal Bands From The 80s And 90s That You Should Hear

400 + Hard Rock And Metal Bands From The 80s And 90s That You Should Hear

Sep 19, 2022213 min read

The 1980s and early 90s saw hard rock and heavy metal go mainstream and reach a large audience worldwide. The genre was split into sub-genres like Hard Rock, Glam Metal, Thrash Metal, Speed Metal, NWOBHM, Traditional Metal, and more. Regardless…

W.A.S.P. …Where Are They Now?

W.A.S.P. …Where Are They Now?

Aug 17, 20225 min read

W.A.S.P. was originally known for outrageous antics such as throwing raw meat into the audience and appearing to torture people on a horror-themed stage. Lead singer Blackie Lawless wore a codpiece made like a buzzsaw blade that shot sparks from…

Winger...Where Are They Now?

Winger…Where Are They Now?

Aug 13, 20224 min read

Winger released their debut album “Winger in 1988 and it scored the band its first platinum-selling album. Winger released its second album In the Heart of the Young in 1990 and it also went platinum. Since then the band has…

Britny Fox...Where Are They Now?

Britny Fox…Where Are They Now?

Aug 11, 20224 min read

Britny Fox was formed in 1985 with “Dizzy” Dean Davidson on vocals, former Cinderella drummer Tony Destra, former Cinderella guitarist Michael Kelly Smith and Billy Childs on bass. However, Destra would be killed in an auto accident in 1987 and…

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Badlands…Where Are They Now?

Aug 8, 20224 min read

After guitarist Jake E. Lee was fired from Ozzy Osbourne’s solo band, Badlands was formed when Lee recruited bassist Greg Chaisson, former Black Sabbath vocalist Ray Gillen and drummer Eric Singer (KISS) to round out the band. They released their…

The 60 Best Classic Punk Bands From The U.K.

The 60 Best Classic Punk Bands From The U.K.

Jun 18, 202223 min read

Some of the greatest punk bands of all time have come from The United Kingdom. While you would practically have to be living under a rock to not be aware of bands like The Sex Pistols and The Clash, there…

Ratt – How Many Of These Ratt Facts Do You Know?

Ratt – How Many Of These Ratt Facts Do You Know?

Apr 20, 202210 min read

How Many Of These Ratt Facts Do You Know?   Ratt Started in 1977 by singer Stephen Pearcy under the name Mickey Ratt which was based on poking fun at Mickey Mouse Early versions of Mickey Ratt Included Jake E.…

Ranked: Billy Idol's Albums "From Best To Worst"

Ranked: Billy Idol’s Albums “From Best To Worst”

Apr 4, 20225 min read

To call Billy Idol a rock music icon, might be an understatement. As a Grammy-Nominated and multi-platinum selling artist, Billy Idol reportedly took his stage name after one of his school teachers called him Billy Idle, because he didn’t apply…

Ranked: Extreme's Albums “Best To Worst”

Ranked: Extreme’s Albums “Best To Worst”

Apr 3, 20224 min read

Extreme’s most well-known line-up included Gary Cherone – lead vocals, Nuno Bettencourt – guitars, keyboards, backing vocals, Paul Geary – drums, and Pat Badger – bass, backing vocals.  The band owns its place in rock music history with the incredible…

Ranked: Cinderella Albums Best To Worst

Ranked: Cinderella Albums Best To Worst

Feb 20, 20224 min read

Formed in 1982 by Tom Keifer and Eric Brittingham, Cinderella was one of the biggest bands of the ’80s rock and metal era. Following several lineup changes, the band solidified their members with Jeff Labar and Fred Coury. The band’s…

Ready For The World...Where Are They Now?

Ready For The World…Where Are They Now?

Feb 19, 20222 min read

In 1985 the band Ready For The World hit the scene, blending pop. funk, R & B, and electro elements. They scored a huge hit with their single “Oh Sheila” and as a result, found their debut album going Platinum…

5 Incredible Metal Anime Openings

5 Incredible Metal Anime Openings

Jan 13, 20224 min read

Japan has had an enormous effect on the worldwide entertainment industry. Even Star Wars has been influenced by the legendary Akira Kurosawa. Their music has been huge as well, however, Japan is mostly known for manga and anime when it…

Ranked: Lita Ford Albums “Best To Worst”

Ranked: Lita Ford Albums “Best To Worst”

Jan 8, 20226 min read

Starting out as a teenager alongside fellow rocker Joan Jett in the now legendary band “The Runaways”, Lita Ford would go on to pursue a solo career that would see her reach new heights and lay claim to her place…

The XS ROCK Top 15 Best Rock Albums Of 2021

The XS ROCK Top 15 Best Rock Albums Of 2021

Dec 27, 202121 min read

#1 Ministry Album: Moral HygieneLabel: Nuclear BlastRelease Date: October 1, 2021 Never one to shy away from expressing his feelings about societal problems, Uncle Al returns with all guns blazing and a firm middle finger for those he deems a…

Ranked: Twisted Sister Albums “Best To Worst”

Ranked: Twisted Sister Albums “Best To Worst”

Dec 6, 20215 min read

As big of a band as Twisted Sister was, it’s kind of amazing that they only released five full studio albums during their career. That is if you don’t count their Christmas album. Twisted Sister was filled with big personalities…

4 Of The Singers For The Top 5 Grunge Bands Of The 90s Are Dead… So What Happened?

4 Of The Singers For The Top 5 Grunge Bands Of The 90s Are Dead… So What Happened?

Dec 4, 20215 min read

In no particular order, the top 5 Grunge bands of the 90s were Nirvana, Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, Stone Temple Pilots, and Pearl Jam. Of those bands, the only original singer left alive is Eddie Vedder, vocalist for Pearl Jam.…

Top 10 Metal Songs That Perfectly Describe An Anime/Cartoon Character

Top 10 Metal Songs That Perfectly Describe An Anime/Cartoon Character

Nov 29, 20216 min read

Many great animes and cartoons have amazing opening themes. Many characters from these shows are also associated with songs because of YouTubers making AMV videos. Many of these songs are metal with Skillet and My Chemical Romance being among the…

250 Underrated Hard Rock Bands From The 80s And 90s

250 Underrated Hard Rock Bands From The 80s And 90s

Nov 26, 2021126 min read

During the 80’s hard rock ruled the airwaves. Quiet Riot’s Metal Health became the first #1 metal album of all time. Soon after the scene exploded with bands like Motley Crue, Guns N’ Roses, Dokken, Ratt, Warrant, Poison, and many…

80 Lesser Known Hard Rock And Metal Bands From The 80s That Should Have Been Bigger

80 Lesser Known Hard Rock And Metal Bands From The 80s That Should Have Been Bigger

Nov 15, 202142 min read

For every Motley Crue, Def Leppard, and Van Halen, There were many other bands that were really good, but somehow didn’t quite make it to the top. The 80s Hard Rock and Metal scene had some really great bands that…

Should These Songs Have Been Guns 'N Roses' "Ultimate Illusion"?

Should These Songs Have Been Guns ‘N Roses’ “Ultimate Illusion”?

Nov 3, 20212 min read

When Guns N’ Roses released Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II on the same day back in 1991, a lot of critics slammed the band for releasing two albums with what they said amounted to a few…

Ranked: Ozzy Osbourne's Guitarists "Best To Worst"

Ranked: Ozzy Osbourne’s Guitarists “Best To Worst”

Oct 31, 20215 min read

If Ozzy Osbourne has done one thing right with his solo career, it’s been employing some of the best hard rock and metal guitarists on the planet. Considering the company, being the “worst”, if you can call it that, of…

Ranked: Motley Crue Albums “Best To Worst”

Ranked: Motley Crue Albums “Best To Worst”

Oct 24, 20217 min read

Motley Crue is a legendary band that became not only one of the biggest bands of the 80s but one of the biggest bands in heavy metal history. However, not every Motley Crue album was created equal. With this list,…

Ranked: KISS Albums Of The 80s

Ranked: KISS Albums Of The 80s

Oct 10, 20216 min read

KISS released 8 studio albums during the 1980s. These albums cover a lot of territory including the albums that most likely saved and re-invigorated their career as well as the ones that almost ended the bands’ career altogether. So keep…

The Top 5 Australian Metal Bands Of The 80s

The Top 5 Australian Metal Bands Of The 80s

Oct 9, 20214 min read

Australia…the land down under provided some really good metal and hard rock bands during the 1980s. While one of these bands went on to superstardom, most flew under the radar. The five listed below are all worth your time to…

The Top 15 Canadian Metal Bands Of The 80s

The Top 15 Canadian Metal Bands Of The 80s

Oct 5, 202110 min read

Canada has produced some great metal bands over the years. This list is based on what was considered heavy metal during the 80s. Today, a few of these bands are often classified as hard rock or mainstream rock, but during…

The Top 15 Japanese Metal Bands Of The 80s

The Top 15 Japanese Metal Bands Of The 80s

Oct 2, 202111 min read

#15 Aion Formed in 1983 by guitarist Izumi Ochiai, Aion started out as a thrash band but would later develop into more of a power metal-sounding entity. . Along with X Japan, Aion was one of the creators of the…

The Top 15 German Metal Bands Of the 80s

The Top 15 German Metal Bands Of the 80s

Sep 29, 20219 min read

# 15 Rage Rage actually formed in Germany in 1984 under the name Avenger but changed their name to Rage in 1985 after another band was also using the name. The band has had a large album output over the…

Top 10 Metal Screamers

Top 10 Metal Screamers

Sep 18, 20216 min read

Metal has been around for over half a century. Many stars have risen during that time. From the new wave of British heavy metal to American power metal, until today, screams have become a part of the genre. Not just…

The Top 50 Thrash Bands

The Top 50 Thrash Bands

Sep 14, 202126 min read

Sure, everyone who’s a true metal fan knows about “The Big 4” of Thrash, but do you know the other 46 bands that make up the “Top 50 Thrash Metal Bands”? Check out the entire list below counting down from…

Metal Music Is A Constantly Evolving Art Form

Metal Music Is A Constantly Evolving Art Form

Jul 24, 20217 min read

Some of the greatest pioneers of music have been metal artists, ever since the inception of the genre. Black Sabbath, widely credited with creating heavy metal started as a blues band called Earth. Their self-titled debut album, with a song…

Is Emo Metal Underrated?

Is Emo Metal Underrated?

Jul 16, 20214 min read

From the early 2000s to the 2010s emo culture seemed to take over. For some, it was the next big thing. Some considered it diet goth. Others looked at emo as a joke. Oftentimes it would even be confused with…

Ranked: The Top 10 Two Guitar Systems In Metal

Ranked: The Top 10 Two Guitar Systems In Metal

Jul 7, 20219 min read

For this list, I will be counting down the best double-stringed assaulters of our parent’s ears in heavy metal. This also includes sub-genres such as speed and power metal with a bit of glam. Some are here more for their…

3 Metal Bands That Deserve More Respect

3 Metal Bands That Deserve More Respect

Jun 30, 20215 min read

Quiet Riot was around for a long time before they made it big. Originally with the legendary Randy Rhoads at guitar, they released two albums for Japan. By the time they broke into the scene, their original bassist had planned…

Hurricane...Where Are They Now?

Hurricane…Where Are They Now?

Jun 15, 20214 min read

Hurricane started out in 1983-84 with the original lineup of lead vocalist Kelly Hansen (vocals/rhythm guitar), Robert Sarzo (guitar), Tony Cavazo (bass), and Jay Schellen (drums). Robert Sarzo is the brother of Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake) and…

Can K.K.'s Priest Compare To Judas Priest?

Former Judas Priest Guitarist K.K. Downing Should Shut Up And Put His Money Where His Mouth Is

May 3, 20213 min read

I don’t know about everyone else, but I for one, am sick of seeing interview after interview with former Judas Priest guitarist, K.K. Downing complaining about his exit from the band. Now, before all of K.K.’s fans attempt to crucify…

Black N' Blue...Where Are They Now?

Black N’ Blue…Where Are They Now?

Mar 25, 20214 min read

  Black ‘N Blue was formed in 1981 and released four successful and critically acclaimed albums through Geffen Records including their self-titled debut (1984), “Without Love” (1985), “Nasty Nasty” (1986), and “In Heat” (1987), with the latter two albums produced…

Happy Birthday To Ratt Vocalist Stephen Pearcy Who Turns 64 Today!

What If Stephen Pearcy Had Replaced Vince Neil In Motley Crue After Their Break Up?

Mar 3, 20213 min read

What if Stephen Pearcy had auditioned for Motley Crue when Vince Neil left and had become their new singer instead of John Corabi? I know, I know… of course that didn’t happen, but there were actually a lot of things…

5 Lesser-Known Grunge Bands From The 90s That You Should Hear

5 Lesser-Known Grunge Bands From The 90s That You Should Hear

Feb 7, 20213 min read

Grunge music exploded commercially with the first riff of Nirvana’s “Smell Like Teen Spirit”. The scene became huge very quickly with bands like Alice In Chains, Soundgarden, Stone Temple Pilots, and Pearl Jam becoming successful and elevating the scene to…

Biohazard…Where Are They Now?

Biohazard…Where Are They Now?

Feb 1, 20214 min read

With their unique mixture of Hardcore, Metal and Groove/Rap, BIOHAZARD crested the Mount Olympus of the international Hardcore and Metal scene at the beginning of the 90s. What started out with »Biohazard« (1990) found its worthy continuation in »Urban Discipline«…

XS ROCK Featured Artist: Holy Mother

XS ROCK Featured Artist: Holy Mother

Jan 21, 202115 min read

The XS ROCK Featured Artist Holy Mother simply has to be heard to be believed. The band is a great mix of traditional metal with some modern touches. Fans of classic bands like Dio, Judas Priest, and Whitesnake…

200+ Hard Rock And Metal Bands From The 80s That Are Worth Listening To (Part 5)

200+ Hard Rock And Metal Bands From The 80s That Are Worth Listening To (Part 5)

Jan 4, 202129 min read

The 1980s saw heavy metal go mainstream and reach a large audience worldwide. The genre was split into sub-genres like Glam Metal, Thrash Metal, Speed Metal, NWOBHM, Traditional Metal, and more. Regardless of which sub-genre you preferred, there was no…

Over 200 Metal Bands From The 80s That You Absolutely Must Hear

Over 200 Metal Bands From The 80s That You Absolutely Must Hear

Jan 3, 2021134 min read

The 1980s saw heavy metal go mainstream and reach a large audience worldwide. The genre was split into sub-genres like Glam Metal, Thrash Metal, Speed Metal, NWOBHM, Traditional Metal and more. Regardless of which sub-genre you preferred, there was no…

White Lion...Where Are They Now?

White Lion…Where Are They Now?

Dec 26, 20203 min read

White Lion was formed in New York City in 1983 by Danish vocalist/guitarist Mike Tramp and American guitarist Vito Bratta. The band had two top 10 hits with the songs “Wait” and When The Children Cry” both from the album…

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200+ Hard Rock And Metal Bands From The 80s That Are Worth Listening To (Part 4)

Dec 19, 202030 min read

The 1980s saw heavy metal go mainstream and reach a large audience worldwide. The genre was split into sub-genres like Glam Metal, Thrash Metal, Speed Metal, NWOBHM, Traditional Metal, and more. Regardless of which sub-genre you preferred, there was no…

Can K.K.'s Priest Compare To Judas Priest?

Can K.K.’s Priest Compare To Judas Priest?

Sep 2, 20203 min read

Former Judas Priest guitarist K.K. Downing has started his own band called KK’s Priest.  The band featuring Downing on guitars, AJ Mills on guitar, Tony Newton On bass, Les Binks on drums, and former Judas Priest vocalist Tim “Ripper” Owens…

Would You Support A Version Of KISS That Features None Of The Original Members?

Would You Support A Version Of KISS That Features None Of The Original Members?

Aug 26, 20202 min read

While KISS still has some dates to resume on their “End Of The Road” Tour, it appears that the end of KISS is near. Or is it? Paul Stanley and KISS manager have both hinted at the possibility of “KISS”…

200+ Hard Rock And Metal Bands From The 80s That Are Worth Listening To (Part 3)

200+ Hard Rock And Metal Bands From The 80s That Are Worth Listening To (Part 3)

Aug 20, 202029 min read

The 1980s saw heavy metal go mainstream and reach a large audience worldwide. The genre was split into sub-genres like Glam Metal, Thrash Metal, Speed Metal, NWOBHM, Traditional Metal, and more. Regardless of which sub-genre you preferred, there was no…

200+ Hard Rock And Metal Bands From The 80s That Are Worth Listening To (Part 2)

200+ Hard Rock And Metal Bands From The 80s That Are Worth Listening To (Part 2)

Aug 17, 202028 min read

The 1980s saw heavy metal go mainstream and reach a large audience worldwide. The genre was split into sub-genres like Glam Metal, Thrash Metal, Speed Metal, NWOBHM, Traditional Metal, and more. Regardless of which sub-genre you preferred, there was no…

200+ Hard Rock And Metal Bands From The 80s That Are Worth Listening To (Part 1)

200+ Hard Rock And Metal Bands From The 80s That Are Worth Listening To (Part 1)

Aug 15, 202024 min read

The 1980s saw heavy metal go mainstream and reach a large audience worldwide. The genre was split into sub-genres like Glam Metal, Thrash Metal, Speed Metal, NWOBHM, Traditional Metal, and more. Regardless of which sub-genre you preferred, there was no…

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Dokken…Where Are They Now?

Aug 9, 20208 min read

Dokken broke out with their debut album “Breaking The Chains” in 1981. The band consisted of what would be considered the classic lineup of Don Dokken on vocals, George Lynch on guitar, “Wild” Mick Brown on drums, and with the…

Vinnie Vincent Invasion...Where Are They Now?

Vinnie Vincent Invasion…Where Are They Now?

Jul 18, 20206 min read

The Vinnie Vincent Invasion hit the scene with their debut album in 1986. After scoring a tour with Iron Maiden the band continued to build a fanbase before releasing the album “All Systems Go” in 1988.  But, alas this would…

Seriously...How Many People Thought At Least Some Of The Band Members In Poison Were Female At First?

Seriously…How Many People Thought At Least Some Of The Band Members In Poison Were Female At First?

Jul 15, 20203 min read

Okay, let’s talk about this for a minute.  I seriously can’t be the only guy that thought at least one of the band members was a girl when this album first came out.  Back in August of 1986, Poison released…

Five Finger Death Punch Is The Nickelback Of Metal

Five Finger Death Punch Is The Nickelback Of Metal

Jul 13, 20202 min read

Anytime you write an article like this, you’re going to get some salty comments about your opinion. And that’s okay. I’d expect nothing less.  However, my opinion remains the same. And my opinion is that Five Finger Death Punch are…

Another 25 Great Hard Rock Albums Of The 80’s That You Might Have Missed

Another 25 Great Hard Rock Albums Of The 80’s That You Might Have Missed

May 28, 202015 min read

One of XS ROCK’s most popular articles has been our article on 25 Great Hard Rock Albums Of The ’80s That You Might Have Missed. So popular in fact, that we now present the second round of “Great Hard Rock…

8 Goth Rock Bands That Made A Big Impact During The 1980's

8 Goth Rock Bands That Made A Big Impact During The 1980’s

Apr 10, 20207 min read

Recently, we published the article “10 Bands That Helped Form The Gothic Rock Movement” which you can read here.  Now, we’re going to start to dig in a little deeper and take a look at some more bands that started,…

10 Bands That Helped Start The Gothic Rock Movement

10 Bands That Helped Start The Gothic Rock Movement

Apr 8, 20208 min read

If you’re a fan of Gothic Rock and you haven’t heard all of these bands before, by all means, check them out.  These bands along with numerous others helped create a new sub-genre of rock music that still thrills fans…

Autograph - Where Are They Now?

Autograph – Where Are They Now?

Feb 24, 20206 min read

Known primarily for their biggest hit single “Turn Up The Radio”, Autograph released three major albums for RCA Records including “Sign In Please”, “That’s The Stuff” and “Loud and Clear”. The original lineup of Autograph got together in 1983.…

King Kobra....Where Are They Now?

King Kobra….Where Are They Now?

Feb 2, 20206 min read

King Kobra was started by drummer Carmine Appice after he finished work touring with Ozzy Osbourne for the “Bark At The Moon” tour.  The band was rounded out by mostly unknown musicians at the time consisting of Mark Free (Lead…

Cinderella ...Where Are They Now?

Cinderella …Where Are They Now?

Jan 29, 20205 min read

Formed in 1982 by Tom Keifer and Eric Brittingham, Cinderella was one of the biggest bands of the ’80s rock and metal era.  Following several lineup changes, the band solidified their members with Jeff Labar and Fred Coury.    The band’s…

Def Leppard's Change In Sound: The Tale Of Two Leppards

Def Leppard’s Change In Sound: The Tale Of Two Leppards

Jun 9, 20194 min read

Def Leppard is arguably one of the most successful bands to emerge from the 80’s hard rock and heavy metal scene.  The band found success early on, hitting the scene with their debut full-length album “On Through The Night” in…

10 Bad Albums By 10 Great Hard Rock Bands

10 Bad Albums By 10 Great Hard Rock Bands

May 9, 201910 min read

You wanted the best….you got the best! Now here are some of their worst albums These 10 artists are some of hard rocks’ most famous bands.  Most have long careers with certified Gold and Platinum albums.  But even these artists…

The Good, The Bad And The Dirt On The Motley Crue Movie

The Good, The Bad And The Dirt On The Motley Crue Movie

Mar 31, 20196 min read

On March 22nd, Netflix premiered “The Dirt”, the biopic about the infamous and sordid details of lives of Motley Crue.  Having read the book, I was curious how they were going to fit everything into a two hour movie.  And…

Top 15 Christian Metal Bands Of The 80's

Top 15 Christian Metal Bands Of The 80’s

Feb 1, 201911 min read

01. Stryper-Stryper has to be at the top of this list. Not because I think they’re the best, but because their contribution to Christian metal is the equivalent of Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, and Judas Priest in the non-christian metal…

How Beavis & Butthead Ruined Winger's Coolness At The Peak OF Their Popularity

How Beavis & Butthead Ruined Winger’s Coolness At The Peak Of Their Popularity

Oct 30, 20183 min read

From the late 80’s into the early 90’s Winger built momentum and became an overnight sensation, in part thanks to heavy rotation of their videos on MTV, which at that time, actually showed music videos. Winger’s debut album went platinum…

25 Great Hair Bands That Debuted In The 90’s

25 Great Hair Bands That Debuted In The 90’s

Aug 22, 201813 min read

During the 80’s glam and melodic metal ruled the airwaves. For all of the bands that made it big, there were plenty of other talented bands that got lost in the shuffle. Many of them suffered from lack of promotion…

25 Great Hard Rock Albums Of The 80's That You Might Have Missed

25 Great Hard Rock Albums Of The 80’s That You Might Have Missed

Apr 18, 201817 min read

During the 80’s hard rock ruled the airwaves. Quiet Riot’s Metal Health became the first #1 metal album of all time. Soon after the scene exploded with bands like Motley Crue, Guns N’ Roses, Dokken, Ratt, Warrant, Poison, and many…

Best & Worst Lead Singer Changes In Rock N' Roll

Best & Worst Lead Singer Changes In Rock N’ Roll

Aug 8, 201710 min read

The Most Successful Bands To Change Singers While many bands have tried, only a few have been really successful with switching lead singers after they become famous. Let’s take a look of some of the best lead singer changes first….…

Hard Rock and Metal From Japan

Hard Rock and Metal From Japan

May 30, 20166 min read

A BRIEF HISTORY OF JAPANESE HARD ROCK AND METAL Part One Recently, there has been a lot of publicity around the Japanese band Babymetal. This trio of Japanese teens have taken the world by storm and found international success. Now,…

Hard Rock & Metal News

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Carla Harvey, one-half of the singing duo of the band Butcher Babies has announced the following via her Facebook Page: Over the last 6...

80s Heavy Metal

Iconic rock vocalist Miljenko Matijevic, best known as the frontman of renowned band SteelHeart, makes a powerful big screen debut in Mick Davis’ new...

Pierce The Veil Winning New Fans With "Karma Police" Pierce The Veil Winning New Fans With "Karma Police"

Hard Rock & Metal

Pierce The Veil has been picking up new fans and thrilling existing ones with their cover of Radiohead’s “Karma Police”. Radiohead released the song...

80s Heavy Metal

Michael Anthony joins Hagar to show Van Halen fans that rain or shine there’s only one way to rock! Alexander Sink July 14, 2024...

Hard Rock & Metal

Two-time GRAMMY® Award-winning iconic rock band The Smashing Pumpkins have announced their new album Aghori Mhori Mei, out August 2. The announcement comes amidst the...

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80s Heavy Metal

Quiet Riot’s Terrified album was released on July 19th, 1993. The album received critical acclaim and is still considered one of the band’s best...

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Take a trip down memory lane with this list of one-hit wonders on the U.S. charts from the years 1980 and 1981. How many...

The Top 20 Hard Rock And Metal Albums Of 2023 The Top 20 Hard Rock And Metal Albums Of 2023

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2023 had some really good hard rock and metal albums released if you know where to look and listen. The hard rock and metal...

45 Christian Heavy Metal Bands From The 80s And 90s That You Should Hear 45 Christian Heavy Metal Bands From The 80s And 90s That You Should Hear

80s Heavy Metal

Angelica Attempting to hit on the sound of guitar slingers like Van Halen and George Lynch, Angelica went for a more glam-sounding singer, similar...

The Top 10 Sexiest Music Videos Of The 80s The Top 10 Sexiest Music Videos Of The 80s

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The 1980s saw the invention of the music video thanks to MTV and it wasn’t long after that many of the videos started using...

20 Albums Released In 2023 That 80s Metal Fans Should Hear 20 Albums Released In 2023 That 80s Metal Fans Should Hear

80s Heavy Metal

Each year, it seems that the remaining 80s hard rock and metal bands that are still putting out new music seem to get smaller...

Check Out These 80s Metal And Hard Rock Stars' Real Names Check Out These 80s Metal And Hard Rock Stars' Real Names

80s Heavy Metal

Check out these 80’s Hard Rock And Metal Stars’ Real Names! Some of these names are well known to fans, while others might find...

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Deep Purple has a new album out July 19th. Asked about the song’s inspiration, frontman Ian Gillan explained in an interview: “Recently, a young...

Rock

Ann Wilson, singer for Heart has released the following message: Dear friends,I recently underwent an operation to removesomething that, as it turns out, was...

Watch Heart's Ann Wilson and Nancy Wilson Rock The Jimmy Fallon Show With Heart's Hit Song "Barracuda" Watch Heart's Ann Wilson and Nancy Wilson Rock The Jimmy Fallon Show With Heart's Hit Song "Barracuda"

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While Ann and Nancy Wilson have had their share of problems in recent years, they have recently made up and are again touring together...

Rock

Classic rocker Billy Squier has just released a brand remix of the song “Harder On A Woman” and it has the classic “Don’t Say...

Rock

“Two In One” compiles FRONT 242’s two very first 2-track singles, originally released in 1981 and 1982. It also features founding members Dirk Bergen...

Rock

David Lee Roth has covered the 80’s One Hit Wonder 867-5309 “Jenny” By Tommy Tutone with a little added harmonica in there just for...