On any given day, the heavy metal genre might as well be subtitled 'Music Derivative of Black Sabbath'.Lars Ulrich Todayโ€™s band, our final Icon, was always going to be Black Sabbath. Iโ€™ve known since January. Because today, ten years ago (11/11/11), Black Sabbath reunited, and it was the biggest metal news in years. Thatโ€™s just … Continue reading 315: BLACK SABBATH


When it comes to The Beatles, it is simply impossible to overstate the impact they have made on musical culture. Within a period of just ten years, they made a bigger influence on rock and pop music than any other group in recorded history. While they started as a 50s rock and roll band, the … Continue reading 314: THE BEATLES


Iโ€™m not sure I could better express Judas Priestโ€™s importance than Sam Dunn did, son Iโ€™m going to start by sharing thatโ€ฆ Black Sabbath's audience was left to scavenge for sounds with similar impact. By the mid-1970s, heavy metal aesthetic could be spotted, like a mythical beast, in the moody bass and complex dual guitars … Continue reading 312: JUDAS PRIEST


Deep Purpleโ€™s first major lineup change and subsequent shift from psychedelic prog rock to a hard rock sound would, along with a few other events, would be the catalyst for what we now consider the birth of heavy metal. Alongside Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, Deep Purple helped determine the direction for hard rock and … Continue reading 309: DEEP PURPLE