Word hit the streets recently that Megadeth have parted company with yet another guitarist. Kiko Loureiro had already taken time out and now the split is a long term one. So, at the end of (another) era for Megadeth lead guitar, here’s Classic Metal Hawk’s ranking Megadeth of Lead guitarists.
Classic Metal Hawk always has space for bands other than the big boys – those who didn’t make it to the very top, but who contributed plenty to the scene. So with that in mind, here are Testament – a top 2nd wave thrash outfit and one that is still going to this day.
The decade from 2000 – 2010 was good to Slayer. They abandoned nu-metal pretentions and returned to unapologetic thrash. Then, Jeff Hanneman got sick in a freak occurrence, suffered with his mental health, and died, all in only 2 years. It would prove the beginning of the end.
The Hawk has posted on here about the bad boy antics of Ozzy Osbourne – how much of that reputation was true and how much hype. Now it’s time to apply the same treatment to Glam Hair Metal kings and hedonistic sometime junkies Motley Crue.
Lots of people think of Metallica as the band who ‘invented’ thrash metal. But arguably, Exodus was the band that got there first – AND, of course, they were Kirk Hammett’s first gig before he jumped the fence. Let’s dig around a little into those early days of Exodus.
Acca Dacca time again. Here, we’re going to get into get the full story behind their classic song ‘Highway To Hell’, whose release not only marked the springboard for AC / DC to go global, but was also the last stand for Bon Scott before his death. On a Highway to Hell, indeed.
Aerosmith have managed to churn out some occasionally damn good music, especially in the mid and late 80s reunion years, when Joe Perry rejoined them. If hearing more from and about the ultimate re-union album, Permanent Vacation strikes you as a solid use of time, read on!
Am I Evil. A heavy metal cult classic for Diamond Head. Also for Metallica, who’ve added DH numbers to their studio records and their live set over the years. Heavy metal bands cover each other’s songs all the time. But the connection between these bands is deeper than you might think!
Ronnie James Dio is a heavy metal vocal legend. But did his eventual outsize ego, inherited from Richie Blackmore and Tony Iommi help his band or hinder it? It certainly contributed massively to him losing the best guitarist he ever worked with in Dio – Vivian Campbell. Was it necessary?