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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…

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…

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…

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: 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…

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…

Featured Artist – Dirty Honey

Featured Artist – Dirty Honey

Jul 12, 20216 min read

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 real deal and you haven’t checked them out yet, you’re in for a real treat. Just…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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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…

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…

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,…

80s Heavy Metal News

Doro Gets Animated In New Video For "Lean Mean Rock Machine"

80s Heavy Metal

Legendary heavy metal icon and former Warlock singer DORO is back with a thunderous new single, ´Lean Mean Rock Machine,´ which comes accompanied by an electrifying animated video...

Listen To New Riot (V) Song "High Noon" Listen To New Riot (V) Song "High Noon"

80s Heavy Metal

The wait is almost over! Cult US heavy metallers RIOT (V) will finally unleash their much-anticipated studio album “Mean Streets” upon the world in...

Exodus To Release Live Album From 1989 "British Disaster: The Battle Of '89 (Live At The Astoria) Exodus To Release Live Album From 1989 "British Disaster: The Battle Of '89 (Live At The Astoria)

80s Heavy Metal

Thrash metal masters, EXODUS return with more than exciting news! Listen To the first single released below:  The band announces today their live album British...

Watch New Video By Anvil For "Feed Your Fantasy" From Upcoming New Album Watch New Video By Anvil For "Feed Your Fantasy" From Upcoming New Album

80s Heavy Metal

Canadian metal legends ANVIL have announced their new studio album, ‘One And Only’, for a release on June 28, 2024 via powerhouse label AFM Records! A first video single, “Feed Your...

Ratt Rarities Album Being Released By Deadline Music On May 31st Ratt Rarities Album Being Released By Deadline Music On May 31st

80s Heavy Metal

From the ’80s metal vault comes this collection of vintage demos and live recordings of one of the scene’s biggest hitmakers, RATT! Features the...

Babylon A.D. Returns With New Album "Rome Wasn't Built In A Day" Babylon A.D. Returns With New Album "Rome Wasn't Built In A Day"

80s Heavy Metal

Babylon A.D. announce their brand new studio album “Rome Wasn’t Built In A Day” to be released May 17th on Perris Records. It’s been...

Hard Rock & Metal News

Scarefield-A Quiet Country Album Review

Hard Rock & Metal

The 80’s were one of the best times for both great horror movies and heavy metal music. Now, years later, along comes the band...

Watch First Video "Residue" From Slayer Guitarist Kerry King's New Album Watch First Video "Residue" From Slayer Guitarist Kerry King's New Album

Hard Rock & Metal

With his solo debut album, From Hell I Rise, set for a May 17 release (Reigning Phoenix Music), today Kerry King unveils “Residue,” the...

Hard Rock & Metal

Buckcherry‘s debut album turns 25 TODAY and the band is celebrating all month long!  Beginning April 6, frontman and founding member Josh Todd will take us down...

Metal Church Guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof Releases New Side-Project Album Hall Aflame Metal Church Guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof Releases New Side-Project Album Hall Aflame

80s Heavy Metal

Hall Aflame, the rock band which features Metal Church founding guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof, will release their long-awaited sophomore album “Amplifire” on May 3, 2024...

Firehouse Singer CJ Snare Dead At 64 Firehouse Singer CJ Snare Dead At 64

80s Heavy Metal

Firehouse has released the following information regarding singer CJ Snare’s untimely death: Today is a sad day for Rock N Roll. It is with...

Watch Brand New Bon Jovi Video For "Legendary" Watch Brand New Bon Jovi Video For "Legendary"

80s Heavy Metal

BON JOVI, Grammy Award@-winning, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band, and oneof history’s most iconic acts, continue their 40th-anniversary celebration, withthe release of...

XS ROCK Featured Articles

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...

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...

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?

80s Heavy Metal

The 80s were the decade of excess and musically that was absolutely true as well. The hard rock and heavy metal musical landscape exploded...

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?

80s Heavy Metal

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...

80s Rock & Pop

Listen To INXS' Michael Hutchence's Previously Unreleased Song "One Way"

80s Rock & Pop

In the great pantheon of musicians transcending above mere “celebrity” status, the late MICHAEL HUTCHENCE towers over most. A consummate “rock star” if there...

'80s POP HITMAKERS WANG CHUNG, MEN WITHOUT HATS, THE MOTELS, AND NAKED EYES ANNOUNCE THE “ABDUCTED BY THE '80s” TOUR '80s POP HITMAKERS WANG CHUNG, MEN WITHOUT HATS, THE MOTELS, AND NAKED EYES ANNOUNCE THE “ABDUCTED BY THE '80s” TOUR

80s Rock & Pop

The 1980s were a unique, fun-filled era of music shaped in no small part by the emergence of MTV and the genre of New...

Watch Kevin Bacon Perform The Song "Losing The Night" With His Band The Bacon Brothers Watch Kevin Bacon Perform The Song "Losing The Night" With His Band The Bacon Brothers

80s Rock & Pop

The Bacon Brothers, featuring Michael and Kevin Bacon, are excited to announce the release of their new video, “Losing The Night”, from their forthcoming...

80s Music Video Of The Day

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...

Legendary 80s Pop Icon Adam Ant Announces 2024 American Tour Legendary 80s Pop Icon Adam Ant Announces 2024 American Tour

80s Rock & Pop

Adam Ant is pleased to announce his ANTMUSIC 2024 U.S. tour, which commences March 21st in St. Louis, MO. The English Beat will be supporting...

Foreigner And Styx Announce Renegades And Jukebox Heroes Tour With John Waite Foreigner And Styx Announce Renegades And Jukebox Heroes Tour With John Waite

80s Rock & Pop

Foreigner has announced the following: This summer we’re hitting the road with Styx! “We always look forward to being with our buddies in Styx,”...

Alternative-Punk-Electronic

Watch "Mercy" Video From Suicide Vocalist Alan Vega's Unreleased Album "Insurrection"

Alternative / Punk

Brooklyn-born master of minimalism Alan Vega is today announcing a previously unreleased new album, “Insurrection,“ and sharing the video for the lead single “Mercy.“ The video, directed by founding member of Jesus...

Alternative / Punk

Classic U.K. punk band Vice Squad has just released a newly remixed version of the song “Spitfire” along with a new video for the...

Bon Harris Says Nitzer Ebb Have No Plans For A New Studio Album Anytime In The Near Future Bon Harris Says Nitzer Ebb Have No Plans For A New Studio Album Anytime In The Near Future

Alternative / Punk

Electro-industrial legends Nitzer Ebb have released the following message regarding Douglas McCarthy’s health issues and the band’s future:

Face To Face, Save Ferris, Unwritten Law, Zebrahead & More Face To Face, Save Ferris, Unwritten Law, Zebrahead & More

Alternative / Punk

Brew Ha Ha Productions has announced the initial music lineup for the first-ever BRIGHTSIDE Music Festival, presented by WJRR-FM, on Saturday, April 27 at Central Florida Fairgrounds in Orlando, Florida.  Summer comes...

Front 242 Singer Hospitalized Front 242 Singer Hospitalized

Alternative / Punk

After an incredible 40-plus-year run on the road, Belgian EBM act Front 242 are setting an end to their live concert career, announcing their...

Alternative / Punk

Toxic misogyny, violence against women, and incels are the latest target Al Jourgensen takes aim at in the song “B.D.E.” (aka “Big Dick Energy”)...

Rock News

BLUE ÖYSTER CULT

Rock

Today, legendary rockers BLUE ÖYSTER CULT share a fresh single to celebrate the release of their new album, ‘Ghost Stories,’ out now on Frontiers...

Watch New Black Crowes Video For "Wanting And Waiting" Watch New Black Crowes Video For "Wanting And Waiting"

Hard Rock & Metal

The legendary Black Crowes have just released their latest single and music video for the song “Wanting And Waiting”. The song is from their...

Molly Hatchet Live Photos From Thunder By The Bay Festival, Sarasota, FL Molly Hatchet Live Photos From Thunder By The Bay Festival, Sarasota, FL

Hard Rock & Metal

Legendary Southern Hard Rockers Molly Hatchet played all their greatest hits to a large, enthusiastic crowd that was on their feet throughout the entire...

Hard Rock & Metal

The 26th Annual Thunder By The Bay Music & Motorcycle Festival is a three-day event held Feb. 16-18, 2024 at the Sarasota Fairgrounds that...

Watch AC/DC's First Live Appearance Since 2016 At The Power Trip Festival Watch AC/DC's First Live Appearance Since 2016 At The Power Trip Festival

80s Heavy Metal

You can watch the full live performance of AC/DC from their Power Trip show courtesy of the Riff Raff YouTube channel. The band ripped...

DEF LEPPARD AND JOURNEY ANNOUNCE SUMMER STADIUM TOUR 2024 WITH STEVE MILLER BAND, HEART, AND CHEAP TRICK DEF LEPPARD AND JOURNEY ANNOUNCE SUMMER STADIUM TOUR 2024 WITH STEVE MILLER BAND, HEART, AND CHEAP TRICK

80s Heavy Metal

Def Leppard and Journey are teaming up for the Summer Stadium Tour 2024 with Steve Miller Band, Heart, and Cheap Trick! The Rock &...

Rock Stars…Where Are They Now?

Where Are They Now?

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....

Winger...Where Are They Now? Winger...Where Are They Now?

Hard Rock & Metal

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...

Britny Fox...Where Are They Now? Britny Fox...Where Are They Now?

Hard Rock & Metal

Britny Fox was formed in 1985 with “Dizzy” Dean Davidson on vocals, former Cinderella drummer Tony Destra, former Cinderella guitarist Michael Kelly Smith and...

badlands badlands

Hard Rock & Metal

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...

Hurricane...Where Are They Now? Hurricane...Where Are They Now?

Hard Rock & Metal

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...

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

Hard Rock & Metal

  Black ‘N Blue was formed in 1981 and released four successful and critically acclaimed albums through Geffen Records including their self-titled debut (1984),...