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Metalhead’s Holiday Gift Guide 2017
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Holiday Metal Gift Guide 2017

Santa Claus is a metalhead. That’s right, that’s no hipster beard and stocking hat… that’s a ‘10 day bender, too lazy to shave and I didn’t have anything else clean to wear, what?? ready to get my mosh on’ look. Because, let’s face it, it’s time to take Santa back. We all know he drives around on Christmas Eve in a hearse blasting Motorhead, and wondering what to get all the good metalheads for Christmas. Well, have I got a list for him!

Here’s the 2017 Metalhead’s Holiday Gift Guide

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The Best Metal Albums Of 2015
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The Best Metal Albums of 2015

2015 has sucked in almost every way for me and for a lot of people that I know, too. You could say it was full of Trials and Tribulation (that’ll be funny AFTER you see the top of my list). Fortunately, we were gifted a litany of top-shelf metal albums to get us through it without losing our minds. The following are the top 20 metal records that I subjected my children to while driving them all over L.A. I have to admit that there was so much great stuff this year that I sort of cheated here by including a very extensive “honorable mentions” category for all of the other albums that might have made the list had the year ended when they came out. All of them are excellent efforts that I know I’ll be listening to for years to come.

Check out the list and let me know what you think in the comments below because if I know metalheads (and believe me, I do) you’ll all have some very strong opinions about your own likes and dislikes. The best thing about other people’s year-end “best of” list is that I always discover a few absolute gems that got past me during the year. Last year, you, the readers, even turned me on to Ne Obliviscaris and Solstafir, two amazing bands that I was unfamiliar with and whose albums should have been on my list. It is my hope that no matter what your opinion of my personal list is, that it will inspire you to check out some artists or records that you haven’t yet discovered. Who knows, maybe you’ll find your new favorite metal band contained herein.

Have a wonderful holiday season and rest up, because 2016 promises to be another pummeling year in extreme music. And be sure to stay tuned here at GoD because you know we’ll be doing our very best to keep you informed about all of it.

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The Metalhead’s Holiday Gift Guide 2015
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Marissa Bergen   |  
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Holiday Metal Gift Guide 2015

It’s getting colder. The days are getting shorter, the nights are getting longer, and everyone is so full of Christmas cheer, it makes you want to burn down a church. Worse than that, you have to spend precious beer money on… gifts. Well, whether you have metal buddies who are seriously expecting something this season, or whether you want to give Aunt Mabel something so heinously inappropriate that she will regift it right back to you, you might want to take a look at this list.

Here’s the 2015 Metalhead’s Holiday Gift Guide

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Album Review: Iron Maiden ‘The Book of Souls’
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Iron Maiden The Book of Souls Album Cover

Iron Maiden
The Book of Souls
2 CD Deluxe Edition | MP3 | 3 LP Vinyl
BMG Recorded Music
Release date: September 4, 2015

Very few things in the world surprise or excite a jaded old metalhead like myself. Iron Maiden releasing their best album in at least 23 years is an obvious exception. There, I said it right in the opening! There is no point beating around the bush on this one: The Book of Souls, in addition to being Maiden’s first-ever double studio album is easily their best effort since 1992’s Fear of the Dark. Don’t get me wrong, there have been plenty of great tracks among the band’s six studio albums that were released during that 23-year period, but not a single one of those records maintained the quality throughout that is so richly on display with The Book of Souls.

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Listen Now: Iron Maiden “The Speed of Light”
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Iron Maiden The Book of Souls Album Cover

Here it is folks: “The Speed of Light,” the first single from Iron Maiden‘s upcoming double album The Book of Souls. Take a listen here below, and also check out the official video for the song, which contains visual throwbacks to previous album covers.

The album is Maiden’s sixteenth studio effort and their first in 5 years. It will be available worldwide on September 4th in the following formats:

* 2CD deluxe hardbound book limited edition
* 2CD standard edition
* Triple heavyweight black vinyl
* High res audio (24-bit Mastered for iTunes and non-Mastered for iTunes)
* Standard res audio (16 bit/ 44.1 kHz)

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Iron Maiden To Release 1st Double Studio Album ‘The Book of Souls’
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Iron Maiden The Book of Souls Album Cover

It’s been a long 5 year wait for Iron Maiden fans. The band’s last studio album, The Final Frontier, was released in 2010. In the interim, the band has been very busy with a litany of projects. They toured the globe on a massive world tour celebrating the 25th anniversary of their landmark album Seventh Son of A Seventh Son, launched their own Trooper brand of beer, bassist and principal songwriter Steve Harris recorded and toured for a solo record, and singer Bruce Dickinson started an airline!

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Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson Completes Cancer Treatment
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Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson

Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson has undergone cancer treatment for a small tumor at the back of his tongue, the band revealed today via their official website and Facebook page.

The heavy metal frontman was diagnosed with cancer around Christmas time last year and yesterday completed a seven-week course of chemotherapy and radiology treatment. Reports are that because the tumor was caught early on, Dickinson’s prognosis is “extremely good,” with his doctors expecting him to make a full recovery by late May. The energetic frontman will then need an additional few months to “get back to full fitness.”

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Massive Metal Monday: “Rime Of The Ancient Mariner” By Iron Maiden
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Iron Maiden Powerslave Era

Always the most literate of the 1980s-era metal bands, British metal masters Iron Maiden often tapped historical events and the great works of literature for subject matter when writing songs. For their 1984 opus Powerslave, the band looked to 18th century poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s epic work “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” and penned a 14-minute song of the same name. The song condenses the tale down, but hits on most of the high points of the story. Singer Bruce Dickinson sums it up best in his usual intro to the song when they perform it live: “This is what NOT to do if a bird shits on you.”

Check out Iron Maiden performing “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” live in concert here below.

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Iron Maiden Teases Big News In Fan Club Christmas Card
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Iron Maiden Fan Club X-mas Card 2014

In their annual Christmas card to fan club members, Iron Maiden has dropped clues about the band’s plans for the coming year. The card (pictured above) features Maiden mascot Eddie leaving a building labeled “studio.” This has led many to speculate that the band is working on a new album. If this is true, it would be Iron Maiden’s first studio album since 2010’s The Final Frontier.

The card also features a sign with the cryptic message “UROTON 51,” which happens to be an anagram for “on tour 15.” So, will we be fortunate enough to be graced with both an album and tour from Maiden in the coming months? Only time will tell.

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Fan Launches Petition To Have Iron Maiden Bring Back Iconic Cover Artist Derek Riggs
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Iron Maiden Artist Derek Riggs

You may recall the story from last week about the guy who started an online petition to make the Swedish band Ghost disband because they’re not metal enough to suit his taste. You may also recall that Ghost fans fought back with a petition of their own to ask the group not to disband.

Now comes the story of American Iron Maiden fan Derek Tigner, who has started a petition that actually makes a bit more sense and might actually stand some chance of making a difference. Tigner is petitioning metal giants Iron Maiden to re-enlist the services of artist Derek Riggs who worked with the band for the bulk of their early career, creating the band’s iconic mascot Eddie and drawing him for several album covers and countless items of merchandise.

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