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Sure you can shred, but can you shred in sync like Judas Priest axemen Glenn Tipton and K.K. Downing?
Even Ozzy himself is momentarily stupefied by the badassery of a this solo, leaving him to clap idiotically and flounder away.
RIP to one of the best bangers in the business, Dimebag Darrell.
More than any other group, metal fans live the lifestyle 24/7. If that means freaking out the other campers at Lake Winnetonka, so be it.
No one cuts a more intimidating figure than Gaahl from Gorgoroth. The band are notoriously touchy about having their lyrics posted online...maybe because then we'd realize they're all about rainbows and kitties? Probably.
As if GWAR shows weren't insane enough, for Wacken 2009 they brought out a real live murderous dinosaur during "Gor-Gor." OK maaaybe it wasn't real, what am I, a biologist?
I have nothing but good things to say about Metal Renovations Inc. The hair sweat flung everywhere adds an enchanting aroma to my new rec room.
A lot of metal fans would probably rather forget the excesses of the hair metal era, but at least good-natured goofs like Steel Panther are around to remind us so we don't repeat our mistakes.
No one can beat Poland's Behemoth in the "most metal music videos" category.
Someone tell Judas Grease over there he's supposed to be headbanging, not looking like he's frantically agreeing with his doctor when he starts talking about cholesterol.
Sam from Lord of the Rings finally got his local Shire band off the ground! Good for him!
This footage is from a hidden camera we placed inside the Holy See. Geez, they aren't kidding about Pope Francis being a breath of fresh air.
Metal’s legions of long-haired disciples are among the music world’s most devoted fans, so of course they’d be skeptical of anyone claiming to distill the essence of metal into just 12 measly gifs, like we’re doing here.
Granted, it is an impossible task. Even some kind of mega-gallery 1000 gifs-strong wouldn’t be able to do justice to the music, the lifestyle, and the legends of heavy metal. That being said, “you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take” – the metal luminary known as “The Great One” (sweet Cthulhu ref) who shredded in The Oilers, a beloved Canadian band of hairy unkempt freaks. He obviously knew what he was talking about!
Here then are 12 gifs that cumulatively attempt to encapsulate heavy metal as a whole, in all its awesomeness and ridiculousness.