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Thursday, August 6, 2015

100 facts about heavy metal 1-49

Think you know metal? Let's see if you do.

-No one knows the name or current location of the mysterious woman who graces the cover of Black Sabbath's debut album. On a side note, for those who don't know, the picture was taken at the Mapledurham Watermill
-The first edition of the Metallica Metal Massacre album had Metallica's name spelled wrong, with two "t's"
-While serving time in Winson Green prison for petty theft, Ozzy Osbourne took a piece of graphite and tattooed the letters O-Z-Z-Y in to his knuckles. He often did a lot of his own tattoos to simply pass the time in his cell
-Singer Ronnie James Dio was suggested as a possible front man for Black Sabbath by none other than Ozzy's future wife and manager, Sharon Arden-Osbourne
-As a child, "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott wanted a BMX bike instead of a guitar
-Graphic designer Derek Riggs, who designed the Iron Maiden album Powerslave, inserted secret messages into the cover, such as phrases like "Bollocks", "Indiana Jones was here" and Mickey Mouse
-Slayer guitarist Kerry King once worked as a dog breeder
-Zakk Wylde's band Black Label Society was once named Hell's Kitchen, which certainly explains their debut album Sonic Brew, which was rushed out of production
-Prior to joining Metallica, Cliff Burton was in a band called Easy Street with future Faith No More members Jim Martin and Mike Bordin
-On Megadeth's Countdown to Extinction album, the title track won the 1993 Humane Society's Genesis Award for raising awareness about animal rights
-Richie Faulkner, most famous for being the new co-lead guitarist in Judas Priest, made his first debut with the Metal Gods on American Idol after replacing original co-lead guitarist Kenneth Kevin "K.K." Downing
-Dana Strum, who would go on to form the band Slaughter, helped Ozzy Osbourne recruit guitarist Randy Rhoads and help Kiss recruit guitarists Mark St. John and Vinnie Vincent
-After hearing of the rumor that Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards had blood transfusions, Motorhead's Lemmy Kilmister tried to do the same thing. Only he was told by doctors that his blood was so toxic with drugs that normal blood would most likely kill him
-Cannibal Corpse guitarist Bob Rusay was fired in 1993. He turned a negative situation into a positive one by swapping out a guitar for a golf club and becoming a certified golf instructor in Arizona
-System of a Down's name was inspired by a poem called "Victims of a Down" by Daron Malakian. They changed "Victims" to "System" so their albums could be closer to Slayer albums in music stores
-Rob Zombie's first single, "Dragula" was inspired by the TV show The Munsters and the dragster Grandpa Munster (Al Lewis) drove on there
-Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett and Testament guitarist Eric Peterson were married to the same woman, but at different times, thankfully!
Eric Peterson

Kirk Hammett-Metallica. So good looking ;)
-Dave Mustaine worked as a telemarketer before joining Metallica. After getting fired, he formed his own band, Megadeth, who is just as popular as Metallica
-Phil Anselmo of Pantera played guitar under the pseudonym Anton Crowley for the 1999 Necrophagia album Holocausto de la Morte. He worked under this moniker for legal reasons
-Before Slipknot's members were recognized even with out their masks, bassist Paul Gray took advantage of being anonymous and worked with a former stoner metal band called Unida

-Testament singer Chuck Billy and Deftones lead guitarist Stephen Carpenter are first cousins
Chuck Billy

Stephen Carpenter
-Rob Halford, known to the world as the Metal God and front man for legendary heavy metal band Judas Priest, worked at a pornographic movie theatre prior to joining Priest
-In the early years of Iron Maiden, early singer Dennis Wilcock quit after the band refused to don Kiss-inspired makeup
-On the front of Ozzy Osbourne's Diary of a Madman album, the little boy seen in the background is his son Louis, from his first marriage. (Awwwwwww how cute!)
-Wayne Static of Static-X was once in a band called Deep Blue Dream with future Smashing Pumpkins member Billy Corgan

-The 2001 Tool song "Mantra" is nothing more than a slowed down recording of singer Maynard James Keenan squeezing his cat

-This is Spinal Tap is the only movie to be given 11 stars on

-In the late 1990s, Gwar member Oderus Urungus became the spokesperson for electronic store chain Circuit City

-The creepy metal band Ghost inspired a burger called the "Ghost Burger" in a Chicago burger joint. It even comes with a communion wafer

-Legendary Motorhead drummer Phil "Philty Animal" Taylor has an orange sized lump on the back of his neck resulting from breaking his neck on tour during the early 1980s and not visiting a doctor for years
-Maynard James Keenan, best known as the front man for Tool, served in the US Army and knows how to perform Jiujitsu with Brazilian martial artist Rickson Gracie

-Children of Bodom nicknamed the Grim Reaper who graces their album covers "Roy" inspired by lines from the movie Hot Shots

-Marty Friedman, who left Megadeth in 2003, went to Japan and used his vast knowledge of the language to become a popular TV host
-The artwork for System of a Down's albums Hypnotize and Mesmerize were created by Daron Malakian's father Vartan, who is an accomplished artist

-When thrash metal band Overkill noticed how eerily similar their winged skull logo was to Avenged Sevenfold, they issued shirts saying "get your own f---ing logo!"
-Fieldy Sports, the bass player for Korn, has a tattoo done by Limp Bizkit singer Fred Durst, from when they both worked in a Florida tattoo parlor
Fieldy Sports

Fred Durst
-When Marilyn Manson was 11, his father dressed as Kiss bass player Gene Simmons and took his son to see Kiss in concert

-When Viking metal band Amon Amarth toured in America in 2007, they had a nightly toast in drinking horns to the audience, except in Salt Lake City, Utah, where drinking restrictions were tight
-Burton C. Bell, front man for Fear Factory, claims he was one of the teens banging his head with other teens in the video for "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana

-Meshuggah, a Swedish progressive metal band, took their name from the Yiddish word for "crazy"
-Before forming Motorhead, Ian Fraser Kilmister, better known to the world and Motorhead fans as "Lemmy" Kilmister, worked as a roadie for Jimi Hendrix.
Here, Lemmy is actually quite handsome
-Before forming the band Burzum, Varg Vikernes named his first band Uruk-Hai because he was such a big fan of J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings series and other role playing games

-Morbid Angel's album titles start with letters of the alphabet, starting with 1989's Altars of Madness, 1991's Blessed are the Sick, 1993's Covenant, etc.

-John Petrucci, John Myung and Mike Portnoy of Dream Theatre are all married to members of all girl, New York-based thrash metal band Meanstreak

-"Dimebag" Darrell Abbott had a goat who he would dye the beard of to match his facial hair

-When Norway legalized free music downloading, Norwegian metal band Enslaved members Grutle Kjellson and Ivar Peersen tried to "download" one of the Norwegian Liberal Party's mountain sheep
-In 2000, British black metal band Cradle of Filth pulled a massive April Fool's Day prank by announcing the release of a double concept album titled Victorian England Under Martial Rule and going as far as to name song titles
-Adam Jones, guitarist for Tool, worked at Special Effects Studios, designing the creatures for various movies, like Jurassic Park, Terminator 2, A Nightmare on Elm St.
-In the 2001 movie The Mummy Returns, Sepultura and Soulfly frontman Max Cavalera provided his "death roar" to the Scorpion King

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