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Some of the greatest punk bands of all time have come from The United Kingdom. While you would practically have to be living under...

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How Many Of These Ratt Facts Do You Know?

Ranked: Extreme's Albums “Best To Worst” Ranked: Extreme's Albums “Best To Worst”

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Extreme’s most well-known line-up included Gary Cherone – lead vocals, Nuno Bettencourt – guitars, keyboards, backing vocals, Paul Geary – drums, and Pat Badger...

Ranked: Cinderella Albums Best To Worst Ranked: Cinderella Albums Best To Worst

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Formed in 1982 by Tom Keifer and Eric Brittingham, Cinderella was one of the biggest bands of the ’80s rock and metal era. Following...

Who Are The Big Four Of Christian Metal? Who Are The Big Four Of Christian Metal?

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The Big 4 Of Christian Metal

5 Incredible Metal Anime Openings 5 Incredible Metal Anime Openings

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Japan has had an enormous effect on the worldwide entertainment industry. Even Star Wars has been influenced by the legendary Akira Kurosawa. Their music...

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Starting out as a teenager alongside fellow rocker Joan Jett in the now legendary band “The Runaways”, Lita Ford would go on to pursue...

The XS ROCK Top 15 Best Rock Albums Of 2021 The XS ROCK Top 15 Best Rock Albums Of 2021

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#1 Ministry Album: Moral HygieneLabel: Nuclear BlastRelease Date: October 1, 2021 Never one to shy away from expressing his feelings about societal problems, Uncle...

Ranked: Twisted Sister Albums “Best To Worst” Ranked: Twisted Sister Albums “Best To Worst”

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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....

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In no particular order, the top 5 Grunge bands of the 90s were Nirvana, Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, Stone Temple Pilots, and Pearl Jam....

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Many great animes and cartoons have amazing opening themes. Many characters from these shows are also associated with songs because of YouTubers making AMV...

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

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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...

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

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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...

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

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When Guns N’ Roses released Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II on the same day back in 1991, a lot of...

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

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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...

Top 10 Successful Headbanging Bands With A Christian Message Top 10 Successful Headbanging Bands With A Christian Message

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For this list, a band must have several Christian members, and many of their lyrics must be faith-inspired. The band also has to have...

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Motley Crue is a legendary band that became not only one of the biggest bands of the 80s but one of the biggest bands...

80s Rock & Pop

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...

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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...

The Top 15 Canadian Metal Bands Of The 80s The Top 15 Canadian Metal Bands Of The 80s

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Canada has produced some great metal bands over the years. This list is based on what was considered heavy metal during the 80s. Today,...

The Top 15 Japanese Metal Bands Of The 80s The Top 15 Japanese Metal Bands Of The 80s

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#15 Aion Formed in 1983 by guitarist Izumi Ochiai, Aion started out as a thrash band but would later develop into more of a...

The Top 15 German Metal Bands Of the 80s The Top 15 German Metal Bands Of the 80s

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# 15 Rage Rage actually formed in Germany in 1984 under the name Avenger but changed their name to Rage in 1985 after another...

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Metal has been around for over half a century. Many stars have risen during that time. From the new wave of British heavy metal...

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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...

Yes, Many Christian Rock Fans Enjoy Secular Music Too! Yes, Many Christian Rock Fans Enjoy Secular Music Too!

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(Editor’s Intro) For some people, the world of Christian rock and the world of music outside that realm are two completely spaces. It’s surprising...

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The Importance of Stryper In Metal A lot of people just assume Stryper was only big for Christian music. Yes, they paved the way...

Heavy Bands With Christian Messages Who Have Found Commercial Success Heavy Bands With Christian Messages Who Have Found Commercial Success

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Who says loud music is demonic? Besides the church. And parents. And the black metal fans. And the PMRC. Okay, okay. But the Bible...

Metal Music Is A Constantly Evolving Art Form Metal Music Is A Constantly Evolving Art Form

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Some of the greatest pioneers of music have been metal artists, ever since the inception of the genre. Black Sabbath, widely credited with creating...

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From the early 2000s to the 2010s emo culture seemed to take over. For some, it was the next big thing. Some considered it...

DIRTY HONEY HEADLINE CLUB DATES: June 3 The Marquee, Tempe, AZ* 5 Jake's Backroom, Lubbock, TX* 6 Hoot's Pub, Amarillo, TX* 8 The Rock Box, San Antonio, TX* 9 Brewster Street Ice House, Corpus Christi, TX* 11 Club LA, Destin, FL* 12 Soul Kitchen Music Hall, Mobile, FL* 14 Shagnasty's, Huntsville, AL* 15 Capone's, Johnson City, TN* 17 The Signal, Chattanooga, TN* 19 Diamond Ballroom, Oklahoma City, OK* 20 The Cotillion, Wichita, KS* 22 Bourbon Theatre, Lincoln, NE* 24 Piere's, Fort Wayne, IN* 26 Ford Park Live, Oshkosh, WI 27 Now Arena, Hoffman Estates, IL * Dirty Honey Headline dates, Joyous Wolf will special guest THE BLACK CROWES' "SHAKE YOUR MONEY MAKER 2021 TOUR": July 20 Ascend Amphitheatre, Nashville, TN 21 Ascend Amphitheatre, Nashville, TN 24 Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion, Gilford, NH 25 The XFINITY theatre, Hartford, CT 28 S&T Bank Music Park, Pittsburgh, PA 29 DTE Energy Music Theatre, Detroit, MI 31 Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre., St. Louis, MO August 1 Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center, Indianapolis, IN 3 Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH 7 Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Chicago, IL 8 American Family Insurance Amphitheatre, Milwaukee, WI 10 Walmart Amp., Rogers, AR 11 Dos Equis Pavilion, Dallas, TX 14 Cynthia Mitchell Woods Pavilion, Houston, TX 15 Germania Amphitheatre, Austin, TX 18 North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre, San Diego, CA 19 The Forum, Los Angeles, CA 21 Concord Pavilion, Concord, CA 22 Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA 25 Sunlight Supply Amphitheatre, Portland, OR 26 White River Amphitheatre, Seattle, WA 29 Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Denver, CO 30 Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Denver, CO September 4 Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood, Atlanta, GA 5 Oak Mountain Amphitheatre, Birmingham, AL 7 Coral Sky Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, FL 8 MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre., Tampa, FL 10 PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte, NC 11 Coastal Credit Union Music Park @ Walnut Creek, Raleigh, NC 14 Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY 15 Xfinity Center, Boston, MA 17 Jones Beach Theatre, Wantagh, NY 18 PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ 22 Jiffy Lube Live, Washington, DC 23 BB&T Pavilion, Philadelphia, PA DIRTY HONEY DATES: September 25 WMMR MMR*B*Q, BB&T Pavilion, Camden, NJ October 2 98Rockfest, Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL DIRTY HONEY HEADLINE CLUB DATES: June 3 The Marquee, Tempe, AZ* 5 Jake's Backroom, Lubbock, TX* 6 Hoot's Pub, Amarillo, TX* 8 The Rock Box, San Antonio, TX* 9 Brewster Street Ice House, Corpus Christi, TX* 11 Club LA, Destin, FL* 12 Soul Kitchen Music Hall, Mobile, FL* 14 Shagnasty's, Huntsville, AL* 15 Capone's, Johnson City, TN* 17 The Signal, Chattanooga, TN* 19 Diamond Ballroom, Oklahoma City, OK* 20 The Cotillion, Wichita, KS* 22 Bourbon Theatre, Lincoln, NE* 24 Piere's, Fort Wayne, IN* 26 Ford Park Live, Oshkosh, WI 27 Now Arena, Hoffman Estates, IL * Dirty Honey Headline dates, Joyous Wolf will special guest THE BLACK CROWES' "SHAKE YOUR MONEY MAKER 2021 TOUR": July 20 Ascend Amphitheatre, Nashville, TN 21 Ascend Amphitheatre, Nashville, TN 24 Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion, Gilford, NH 25 The XFINITY theatre, Hartford, CT 28 S&T Bank Music Park, Pittsburgh, PA 29 DTE Energy Music Theatre, Detroit, MI 31 Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre., St. Louis, MO August 1 Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center, Indianapolis, IN 3 Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH 7 Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Chicago, IL 8 American Family Insurance Amphitheatre, Milwaukee, WI 10 Walmart Amp., Rogers, AR 11 Dos Equis Pavilion, Dallas, TX 14 Cynthia Mitchell Woods Pavilion, Houston, TX 15 Germania Amphitheatre, Austin, TX 18 North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre, San Diego, CA 19 The Forum, Los Angeles, CA 21 Concord Pavilion, Concord, CA 22 Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA 25 Sunlight Supply Amphitheatre, Portland, OR 26 White River Amphitheatre, Seattle, WA 29 Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Denver, CO 30 Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Denver, CO September 4 Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood, Atlanta, GA 5 Oak Mountain Amphitheatre, Birmingham, AL 7 Coral Sky Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, FL 8 MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre., Tampa, FL 10 PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte, NC 11 Coastal Credit Union Music Park @ Walnut Creek, Raleigh, NC 14 Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY 15 Xfinity Center, Boston, MA 17 Jones Beach Theatre, Wantagh, NY 18 PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ 22 Jiffy Lube Live, Washington, DC 23 BB&T Pavilion, Philadelphia, PA DIRTY HONEY DATES: September 25 WMMR MMR*B*Q, BB&T Pavilion, Camden, NJ October 2 98Rockfest, Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL

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Check out this recent list of accomplishments by Dirty Honey, the band that’s hit the rock scene like an explosion. These guys are the...

Ranked: The Top 10 Two Guitar Systems In Metal Ranked: The Top 10 Two Guitar Systems In Metal

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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...

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Quiet Riot was around for a long time before they made it big. Originally with the legendary Randy Rhoads at guitar, they released two...

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

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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...

Why Would Anyone Be Calling For Reunions Of Van Halen And Pantera At This Point? Why Would Anyone Be Calling For Reunions Of Van Halen And Pantera At This Point?

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Recently there’s been a lot of talk about reunions of the bands Van Halen and Pantera. Which begs the question “Are you out of...

Geico Customer Has Ratt Problem Geico Customer Has Ratt Problem

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What if Stephen Pearcy had auditioned for Motley Crue when Vince Neil left and had become their new singer instead of John Corabi? I...

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

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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...

XS ROCK Featured Artist: Holy Mother XS ROCK Featured Artist: Holy Mother

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The XS ROCK Featured Artist Holy Mother simply has to be heard to be believed. The band is a great mix of traditional metal...

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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,...

XS ROCK's Top 10 Hard Rock / Metal Albums Of 2018 XS ROCK's Top 10 Hard Rock / Metal Albums Of 2018

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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,...

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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,...

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

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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,...

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?

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While KISS still has some dates to resume on their “End Of The Road” Tour, it appears that the end of KISS is near....

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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,...

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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,...

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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,...

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?

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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...

Five Finger Death Punch Is The Nickelback Of Metal Five Finger Death Punch Is The Nickelback Of Metal

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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. ...

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

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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...

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

Alternative / Punk

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...

10 Bands That Helped Start The Gothic Rock Movement 10 Bands That Helped Start The Gothic Rock Movement

Alternative / Punk

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...

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

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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...

10 Bad Albums By 10 Great Hard Rock Bands 10 Bad Albums By 10 Great Hard Rock Bands

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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...

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

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On March 22nd, Netflix premiered “The Dirt”, the biopic about the infamous and sordid details of lives of Motley Crue.  Having read the book,...

Top 15 Christian Metal Bands Of The 80's Top 15 Christian Metal Bands Of The 80's

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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...

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

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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...

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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...

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

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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...

Best & Worst Lead Singer Changes In Rock N' Roll Best & Worst Lead Singer Changes In Rock N' Roll

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The Most Successful Bands To Change Singers While many bands have tried, only a few have been really successful with switching lead singers after...

Hard Rock and Metal From Japan Hard Rock and Metal From Japan

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A BRIEF HISTORY OF JAPANESE HARD ROCK AND METAL Part One Recently, there has been a lot of publicity around the Japanese band Babymetal....