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.
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!
How do you get to a song to sound like ‘Arise’, a track that really put them on the map globally as a thrash metal band to be reckoned with? The speed, aggression and precision of the song make it a masterpiece even now it’s over 30 years old.
The Rock N Roll Hall of Fame recently announced its list of inductees for 2023, and Iron Maiden have missed out yet again. Should anyone care about this apparently outrageous oversight? Well, The Hawk figured that the subject at least warranted a blog post.
Classic Heavy Metal is a term invented by The Hawk to describe a certain subset of heavy metal music – anything from the 1970s to the 1990s. But ‘Classic’ could easily be seen as a euphemism for ‘Old’. What should we fans make of the fact that our favourite performers are, like ourselves, aging rapidly?
Rumours of a new ‘Heavy Metal Coachella’ have been circulating for ages, alongside names of bands that might appear. Now, the worst kept secret in metal has been revealed – the Powertrip festival. Get your juices flowing before the big event right here on Classic Metal Hawk.
What can you really say about ‘Master of Puppets’, the title track to Metallica’s third, and for many fans, defining album – certainly during the early ‘thrash-kings’ phase of the band’s existence? Here, The Hawk examines the winning formula for the song and album – what makes it so good?
Metallica are a business and a music juggernaut in the world of Classic Heavy Metal. Cross them at your peril – as many people have found out over the years. But would they go after their own fans to protect their business interests? And if so, would there be a clear winner? Let’s find out.
Would Metallica have become the band they are today without the influence of Cliff Burton? Cliff was (and probably still is) the soul of the band. That meant that his untimely death in 1986 left a hole that could not be filled – certainly not at the time, and some say never. Let’s tell his story.