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Metal Rules, also known as Metal-Rules, is a heavy metal webzine created by EvilG and online since 1995. Based in the province of Newfoundland, Canada, the site was founded with the goal to promote 'Real Metal'. It is one of the world's largest and longest running heavy metal websites. The site now has an international staff of 16 members and half a dozen additional contributors from around the world, including Canada, America, England, Sweden, Finland, Australia, Malaysia, Estonia and most recently India. The website contains a wide range of features including news, CD, DVD and book reviews, concert reviews and interviews. The site has almost 8000 CD and DVD reviews, over 1000 interviews, over 700 concert reviews. In the summer of 2011, Metal-Rules introduced a new section called The Library Of Loudness specializing in hard rock and heavy metal book reviews, which currently has over 145 book reviews. The site also has a number of Internet chat forums with over 100,000 registered members since its inception. Other features include streaming audio, and video, interactive polls, editorial pieces, cartoons, guitar samples and tabs, tour blogs and more.
Metal Rules, along Metal Sludge , was cited in a New York Times article, after the death of Dimebag Darrell, in 2004.Its tribute to Ronnie James Dio featured on Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles website. It received praise from heavy metal world.
In 2002, the site founded Metal Rules Records. On December 30, 2002, Metal-Rules Records released their first album, Metal-Rules.com Volume I. This is a 16-track compilation CD featuring songs from heavy metal bands from around the world. The CD was mastered by Mark Briody of Jag Panzer. On July 24, 2004, the label released its second record The Predator Awakens by Viperine.
Cowboys from Hell is the fifth studio album by American heavy metal band Pantera, released on July 24, 1990 by Atco Records. It marked the band's major label debut and their first collaboration with producer Terry Date. It is considered one of the first ever groove metal albums.
Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow is the first studio album by American/British rock band Rainbow, released in 1975.
Vulgar Display of Power is the sixth studio album by the American heavy metal band Pantera, released on February 25, 1992. Released via Atco Records, it is often considered one of the most influential heavy metal albums of the 1990s. Several of its tracks have become among the band's best known, such as "Mouth for War", "A New Level", "Walk", "Fucking Hostile", and "This Love".
Darrell Lance Abbott, best known by his stage name Dimebag Darrell, was an American musician and songwriter. He was the guitarist of the heavy metal bands Pantera and Damageplan, both of which he co-founded alongside his brother Vinnie Paul.
The System Has Failed is the tenth studio album by American heavy metal band Megadeth, released on September 14, 2004. It was the band's second and final studio album to be distributed by Sanctuary Records. The System Has Failed was the first album to be released after Mustaine recovered from his arm injury sustained in 2002 which prevented him from playing guitar. It is also the first of three Megadeth records not to include original bassist and co-founder David Ellefson. Instead, the album features session players, including former Megadeth guitarist Chris Poland on lead guitar. However, Poland only provided lead guitar parts and solos on a contractual basis and did not rejoin the band. To date, it is the only Megadeth album where the only certified member of the band is Mustaine.
Damageplan was an American heavy metal band from Dallas, Texas, formed in 2003. Following the demise of their previous group Pantera, brothers Dimebag Darrell and Vinnie Paul Abbott wanted to start a new band. The pair recruited former Diesel Machine and Halford guitarist Patrick Lachman on vocals, and later Bob Zilla on bass. Damageplan released New Found Power, their only album, on February 10, 2004. New Found Power debuted at number 38 on the Billboard 200, selling 44,676 copies in its first week.
Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles (BW&BK) is a Canadian heavy metal magazine. Although based in Toronto, Canada, BW&BK features writers from the US, Germany and the UK, allowing the magazine to represent metal music from an international prospective. Covering many facets of extreme music, BW&BK features a reviews section which reports on current records circulating through the underground metal world, a Metal Forecast section which tracks the release date of upcoming recordings, and a website which reports current metal news. Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles was founded by former M.E.A.T. magazine staffer Tim Henderson and author Martin Popoff in 1994.
Rehab is the eleventh studio album released from the heavy metal band Quiet Riot in 2006. It is their first studio release since 2001's Guilty Pleasures, and is their final studio album to feature lead singer Kevin DuBrow before his death in November 2007. Since DuBrow's death, there are no original members remaining in Quiet Riot. The album has received mixed reviews from fans.
Martin Popoff is a Canadian music journalist, critic and author. He is mainly known for writing about the genre of heavy metal music. The senior editor and co-founder of Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles, he has additionally written over twenty books that both critically evaluate heavy metal and document its history. He has been called "heavy metal's most widely recognized journalist" by his publisher. Popoff lives in Toronto, Ontario.
Darrell Lance Abbott, best known as Dimebag Darrell, was an American guitarist and songwriter, best known as a member of heavy metal band Pantera. His musical recordings and film appearances include:
The Devil You Know is the only studio album by heavy metal band Heaven & Hell; the members had previously recorded as a group in an earlier line-up of Black Sabbath. The Devil You Know was Ronnie James Dio's final studio appearance prior to his death in May 2010.
Worship Music is the tenth studio album by American thrash metal band Anthrax. The album was released on September 12, 2011 internationally, and on September 13 in the United States. It was the band's first album of original material since 2003's We've Come for You All, the first full-length Anthrax album since the return of longtime vocalist Joey Belladonna, and the final album with guitarist Rob Caggiano prior to his departure in January 2013.
Deadwater Drowning was an American deathcore band formed in 2002 in Brookline, New Hampshire. It is notable for the myriad of groups affected when the band broke up in 2004 and its members splintered into various other groups such as The Acacia Strain, The Red Chord, and Through the Eyes of the Dead. Guy Kozowyk of The Red Chord cited the band as his inspiration to start his record label Black Market Activities, whose second release was the band's sole output.
Shadowkeep are a British heavy metal band, formed in Guildford, England, in 1999 by guitarists Chris Allen and Nikki Robson.
Dante XXI is the tenth studio album by the Brazilian metal band Sepultura, released in 2006 through SPV Records. It is a concept album based on the three sections of Dante Alighieri's The Divine Comedy; Inferno (hell), Purgatorio (purgatory) and Paradiso (paradise). This is the last album to feature Igor Cavalera on drums.
This is a timeline documenting the events of heavy metal in the year 2016.