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Thursday, August 6, 2015

100 facts about heavy metal 50-100

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

-Exodus, a thrash metal band from the Bay Area, had to drop early songs like "Impaler" and "Die by His Hand" because exiting guitarist Kirk Hammett reused parts of the songs for Metallica's "Trapped Under Ice" and "Creeping Death"
-Randy Blythe, front man for Lamb of God played the part of a church deacon with serious anger management problems in the horror movie The Graves in 2009
-Nocturno Culto of the band Darkthrone worked as a schoolteacher while his fellow band mate Fenriz held down a steady job with the Norwegian postal service for nearly two decades

-Glen Benton of the band Deicide not only burned an inverted cross into his forehead, but he promised he'd commit suicide by age 33. Since he's still with us and in his 40s, he's good

-In the 2003 movie School of Rock, a sticker for the band Cannibal Corpse can be seen on the bedroom wall of Jack Black's character

-1990s-era stoner doom metal band Sleep did an hour long album called Dopesmoker (aka Jerusalem) album and blew a seven figure advance from London Records on dope before breaking up

-For the front of Pantera's Vulgar Display of Power album, the fan whose face graces the cover had to endure 80 punches before the winning shot was made
-In August 2010, a religious group in Tempe, Arizona performed a play called Lamb of God and suddenly found themselves wondering why so many heavy metal fans with confused looks on their faces showed up for the first show. Apparently this group didn't realize there was a heavy metal band called Lamb of God

-Oderus Urungus and Beefcake the Mighty, members of the band Gwar, made a hysterical visit to Joan Rivers' daytime talk show in 1990 to discuss shock rock

-The band Cannibal Corpse dedicated their first album, Eaten Back to Life, to Alfred Packer, the first American cannibal

-The cover art for Obituary's Cause of Death album was originally supposed to be for Sepultura's Beneath the Remains album

-After leaving Anthrax, guitarist Dave Spitz became a master watchmaker trained by the world renowned Bulova school in Switzerland

-Carcass, known as the pioneers of grindcore metal, were known for exceedingly gory lyrics, so it could be considered ironic that the band members are vegans

-The bright red tights that Black Sabbath drummer Bill ward wore on the front of the band's Sabotage album belonged to his wife
-Napalm Death appeared on a UK children's TV show ironically named What's That Noise? Suffice to say those kids were never the same afterwards...
-The caricature of Anthrax on the front of their album State of Euphoria was created by MAD Magazine artist Mort Drucker
-The video for Iron Maiden's "Can I Play with Madness" featured a cameo from Monty Python star Graham Chapman, who later played a stubborn professor and died just over a year later
-Known as the "Father of Death Metal", Death's Chuck Schuldiner held a day job at a taco stand in Florida

-During his short stint away from black metal band Venom, bassist/vocalist Conrad "Cronos" Lant became a dedicated bodybuilder and health enthusiast

-Whiplash, a thrash metal band from New Jersey, had only three members: singer Tony Portaro, bassist Tony Bono and drummer Tony Scaglione.
-After Judas Priest was labeled a "death metal" band in 2014, Simpsons writers punished Bart Simpson by having him fill a chalkboard with the phrase "Judas Priest is not death metal" on the following week's episode
-Sepultura, a heavy metal band from Brazil, got their name from a Motorhead song called "Dancing on Your Grave", after translating the lyrics to Portugese and deciding that "grave" or "sepultura" sounded nice
Whoa, that guy with the bandanna on his head is HUGE!
-Vinnie Stigma of Agnostic Front threw himself off a band mate's shoulders on stage. He managed to nearly scalp himself when he hit the overhead monitors. He was rushed to the nearest hospital so doctors could reattach the skin to his exposed skull
-Napalm Death managed to get in to the Guiness Book of World Records for Shortest Song Ever Recorded. "You Suffer" which lasts only 1.316 seconds

-Kai Hansen of German power metal band Helloween was being honest when he wrote the song "I Want Out". Less than a year later, he quit the band and formed Gamma Ray
-80s thrash metal band Flotsam and Jetsam got their name from a chapter title in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit

-The cover art for Dave Grohl's heavy metal side project Probot was designed by Voivod drummer Michel 'Away' Langevin, who designed the album art for his band's albums
-The skull used on the front of Megadeth's Killing is My Business was lost by Combat Records, who released the album. Instead they found a cheap plastic skull and some ketchup and tried to make do with that
-Jonas Akerlund, who played drums with a band called Bathory, became a successful pop music video director

-Dokken guitarist George Lynch shot the video for the song "You Just Got Lucky" on a real volcano. It erupted minutes after the final cut so the band and crew could escape to safety
-Zoltan Bathory of Five Finger Death Punch is a skilled martial artist, winner of numerous competitions not to mention he is one of the few civilians certified to be an instructor by the Pentagon and U.S. Army
-Joey DeMaio of Manowar became a member of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, which is said to have a nice coat of arms in 1998
-Judas Priest appeared in a 1984 ad for Sparkomatic car stereos, which claimed that it was like "having a concert in your car"
-It has been 43 years between Black Sabbath's No. 1 chart positions. First in 1970 with Paranoid and 2013's 13. This broke Bob Dylan's record of 39 years
-Milton Berle agreed to appear in the video for Ratt's song "Round and Round" because his nephew Marshall Berle was Ratt's manager at the time
-Blackie Lawless, front man for 80s metal band W.A.S.P. appears briefly in This is Spinal Tap, during the "Sex Farm" infomercial scene
Holy crap! This guy looks like Mick Mars of Motley Crue. Maybe they're long lost relatives, lol!
-Nergal, the front man for Polish metal band Behemoth, is a museum curator in his native Poland
-When Manowar, a so-called "true metal" band dismissed 80s metal rockers Twisted Sister as "sissy boys in makeup", Dee Snider and the rest of Twisted Sister challenged the loin-cloth wearing rockers to a street fight. Manowar didn't show up

Twisted Sister. Me and my sister both have favorites in this band. My sister likes Dee Snider in pink and I like Eddie Ojeda, the one in red
-The Stonehenge props that Black Sabbath were to use once were too big to fit in most conventional venues. This is due to the fact that Geezer Butler, the band's bass player, had jotted down the measurements in feet, not meters. But the designer reversed the measurements due to unfamiliarity with the metric system
-Prior to joining Iron Maiden as the drummer, Nicko McBrain appeared in their music video for "Number of the Beast" wearing a devil's mask and shaking a pitchfork
-King Diamond of Mercyful Fate got the skull used on the group's first album from a friend whose father was a surgeon
King Diamond with out makeup
-During the late 1970s, early 1980s, Ozzy Osbourne hired a dwarf to tour with him and named him Ronnie, a dismissive dig at then Sabbath singer Ronnie James Dio

-Disturbed shot the video for their song "Stricken" in the same abandoned hospital used in scenes for A Nightmare on Elm St.
-During the recording of Number of the Beast, Iron Maiden producer Martin Birch was in a car crash and the medical bill came out to be, eerily, $666. Birch refused to pay until an extra $1 was added. Only since Maiden is British, the money was pounds
-The song "Nemo" by metal band Nightwish is based on the Latin word for "nobody". And because many fans associate it with the Disney movie, they toss toy clownfish around in the audience
-Testament guitarist James Murphy has no recollection of Testament's 1999 album The Gathering because he had brain surgery to remove a tumor shortly afterwards
-Accept, a heavy metal band from Germany, had their first major hit with "I'm a Rebel", a song written by Alex Young, the older brother of AC/DC founders Angus and Malcolm Young
-Motorhead's front man "Lemmy" Kilmister earned his moniker because he was always in the habit of asking people for money, as in "Lemmy a fiver"
-Rainbow and Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore was a notorious prankster. He threw a javelin through the hotel room of Rainbow keyboard player Tom Carey
-The model who appears on the cover of Drowning Pool's album Sinner worked in the marketing department of Wind-Up Records
-Legendary British metal band Judas Priest took their name from a Bob Dylan song called "The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest"

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