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The History of Heavy Metal Music

The History of Heavy Metal Music

While heavy metal music started to pick up steam in the 1970s and 1980s, its roots originate in 1950s and 1960s rock. Musician Andrea Boma Boccarusso looks back at the history of the genre with a medley of metal examples accompanied by descriptions, artists, and albums that typified each era.

Sprayer: Crazy Black Magic

Sprayer: Crazy Black Magic

Let’s go crazy… down in this Hell. Bill McClintock imagines a world where Prince and Slayer could perform on the same stage, combining bits of Let’s Go Crazy, Black Magic, Angel of Death, Seasons in the Abyss, and War Ensemble, with a dash of Van Halen’s I’m the One and Led Zeppelin’s Whole Lotta Love for added flavor.

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Haka Metal

Haka Metal

Andre Antunes improves another viral video by adding a heavy metal soundtrack to it. This time, he amped up the already formidable footage of New Zealand’s All Blacks rugby team performing a traditional Maori war dance known as the Haka. Original video here.

Heavy Metal Jingle Bells

Heavy Metal Jingle Bells

Guitarist Charlie Parra del Riego knows how to celebrate Christmas with style. Turn your speakers up to 11 and enjoy as he shreds a very special heavy metal edition of Jingle Bells. We recommend adding this to your holiday playlist between the Bing Crosby and Burl Ives.

Come Together: Metal Edition

Come Together: Metal Edition

With the help of the WaterBear College of Music, metalhead Leo Morachiolli and his friends Hannah Boulton, Rabea Massaad, Erik Torp, and Truls Haugen scored a recording session at the famed Abbey Road Studios to record a powerful cover version of The Beatles’ Come Together with even more of an edge than Aerosmith’s version.

Bloodywood: Gaddaar

Bloodywood: Gaddaar

We love it when performers defy expectations, and Bloodywood definitely does that with their spicy blend of Indian culture and heavy metal music. The track Gaddar (Traitor) is an impassioned political statement against fascist government regimes. Their debut album Rakshak is available for pre-order now. (Thanks Rob!)

Holding Out for a Metal Hero

Holding Out for a Metal Hero

Appearing on the Footloose soundtrack, the Bonnie Tyler and Jim Steinman song Holding out for a Hero is the poster child for 1980s musical excess. Leo Moracchioli swaps synths for screams with a heavy metal cover of the track that would give John Lithgow’s judgmental reverend a heart attack if he heard it.

Rammstein Fingerstyle

Rammstein Fingerstyle

Ein. Zwei. Drei. Vier… Hier kommt die Sonne. Guitarist Alexandr Misko gives the Rammstein song Sonne a totally new, yet awesome sound. He still manages to capture the aggressive energy of the original but still makes it all his own.

Steamroller: Heavy Metal Edition

Steamroller: Heavy Metal Edition

Guitarist Andre Antunes has unofficially joined the US Navy. He took footage from Communication Specialist Josiah Trombley’s awesome call-and-response Steamroller troop march, and turned it into a heavy metal song. Seriously, they could go into the studio and record this.

Pictures of Fat Dogs Metal Song

Pictures of Fat Dogs Metal Song

Do you know what’s better than looking at pictures of roly-poly dogs on the internet? A heavy metal song that pays tribute to these adorably chonky and well-fed pooches, courtesy of YouTuber Frazee Wooster. He needs to do a version for all the other round boys.

Iron Maiden Symphonic Medley

Iron Maiden Symphonic Medley

The talented musicians of Epic Symphonic Rock live up to their names yet again, this time with a live tribute to heavy metal maestros Iron Maiden. The medley includes big, orchestral versions of The Number of the Beast, Run to the Hills, and Fear of the Dark.

Kills Kills Kills

Kills Kills Kills

Performing under the pseudonym “Möstly Crüel,” The Merkins are here with a little Halloween song. The light metal track features horror movie baddies Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers, and Ghostface performing a parody of Mötley Crüe’s Girls Girls Girls.

Heavy Stylophone Riffs

Heavy Stylophone Riffs

The Stylophone is a very basic analog electronic instrument that uses a conductive pen and a metal circuit board of “keys” as its input device. But with the help of a Digitech Whammy effects pedal and some quick pen play, maromaro1337 jammed out some iconic rock riffs on the monophonic keyboard. More here.

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Maiden Goes to Hollywood

Maiden Goes to Hollywood

Wax Audio blended together the sounds of two very different bands with seemingly little in common. But both Iron Maiden and Frankie Goes to Hollywood share more than just British roots and 1984 hit albums – they both created music inspired by the works of poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

John Mayer Slayer

John Mayer Slayer

From the warped mind of Andy Rehfeldt comes a collaboration we never knew we wanted until now, with John Mayer on vocals, backed by the speed metal guitar sounds of Slayer. We’re not sure how it works, but the lyrics from Mayer’s Carry Me Away just seem to fit perfectly.

Heavy Metal Harp

Heavy Metal Harp

Musician Emily Hopkins transformed two of her harps into heavy metal monsters by routing their audio through the Nepenthes guitar effects pedal by Electrofoods. The distortion pedal adds insane amounts of fuzz, and when combined with other pedals, it only gets more bonkers, creating sounds straight out of Hell.

Motörhead on Church Bells

Motörhead on Church Bells

If you happened to be in Weert, The Netherlands on 7.27.2021, you might have heard something unexpected emerging from one of its churches. Musicians Frank Steinjns and Jitse Zonneveld turned in an awesome cover version of the fast-paced Motörhead track Ace of Spades on church bells, accompanied by electric guitar.

Shia LaBeouf Goes Metal

Shia LaBeouf Goes Metal

Musician Andre Antunes dusted off actor Shia LaBeouf’s impassioned green-screen motivational speech and added the angry heavy metal soundtrack it’s deserved since day one. Hit play now. Just Do It! STOP GIVING UP!!!

Can’t Get You Out of My Metal Head

Can’t Get You Out of My Metal Head

Kylie Minogue’s 2001 pop hit Can’t Get You Out of My Head is one of those songs you just can’t get out of your head. Leo Moracchioli’s heavy metal spin on the track is just as much of an earworm, though it might make them bleed more.

Heavy Metal Hog Calling

Heavy Metal Hog Calling

Soooooooo-weee! Bang your head! Andre Antunes is back with another hilarious heavy metal video edit, this time adding an appropriate musical flourish to a hog-calling competition. Seriously, they should have an electric guitar player on stage at every state fair from now on.

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Agatha All Along: Metal Edition

Agatha All Along: Metal Edition

The big reveal about Agatha in WandaVision played out in musical form, thanks to an earworm of a track by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. Rocker Leo Moracchioli applies his trademark style to the song with another fun heavy metal cover. His outro is almost as good as the song itself, so stick around to the end.

Metal Rogers’ Neighborhood

Metal Rogers’ Neighborhood

Musician Clint Robinson puts on his best red cardigan and comfiest sneakers to rock out a death metal version of Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, the theme song from the classic kid’s program Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. We’re pretty sure Clint has scared all the children off of his block.

Iron Maiden on Piano

Iron Maiden on Piano

Gamazda once again proves what an amazing musician she is, with a stellar cover version of Iron Maiden’s 1983 hit The Trooper. We’re impressed with how well the heavy metal track’s angry guitar riffs translate to her high-speed piano playing.

All Star (Metal Edition)

All Star (Metal Edition)

We present for your entertainment the one-billionth cover version of Smash Mouth’s megahit All Star, but somehow Leo Moracchioli managed to give it a totally new sound by making the track as metal as possible. Also, how does he sing with that full-face mask on?

Intergalactic Metal

Intergalactic Metal

Resident metalhead Leo Moracchioli takes us to another dimension and a new galaxy with his angry, gravel-voiced version of the Beastie Boys’ 1998 track Intergalactic. While nobody can possibly top Ad-Rock, Mike D, and MCA, Leo’s take on the track is certainly entertaining.

Why Are You Closed? Metal Edition

Why Are You Closed? Metal Edition

More than a decade ago, a video went viral featuring a rather hostile man who was really perturbed that the doors to a Toronto shopping mall were locked. Now, Andre Antunes has dusted off this Internet gem and given it the heavy metal soundtrack that it always deserved.

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