Monthly Archives: March 2014

Hard Rock Band Name Generator

Congratulations on deciding to start your very own hard rock or heavy metal band.  Your first step in global domination is choosing a triumphant band name that doesn’t suck.

Please take advantage of the Gears of Rock’s official hard rock band name generator below.  Use the first letter of your first name to find the first part of your band name, and use the first letter of your last name to find the second part of your band name.

First Letter of First Name:

A  –  Blackened

B  –  Gothic

C  –  Def

D  –  Living Dead

E  –  Atomic

F  –  Judas

G  –  Ironbound

H  –  Blackstreet

I  –  Killer

J  –  Warring

K –  Sexy

L  –  Bloody

M  –  Electric

N  –  Fisting

O  –  Majestic

P  –  Twisted

Q  –  Southern

R  –  Apathetic

S  –  Electric

T  –  Stoned

U  –  Raging

V  –  Spawning

W  –  Priestly

X  –  Hardened

Y  –  Diseased

Z  –  Rising

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First Letter of Last Name

A  –  Warlock

B  –  Drill Sack

C  –  Machine

D  –  Beast

E  –  Snake Pit

F  –  Goblin

G  –  Cherry Bomb

H  – Anvil

I  –  Fantasy Wagon

J  –  Garden

K  –  Venom

L  –  Chainsaw

M  –  Behemoth

N  –  Cults

O  –  Death Panther

P  –  Ministry

Q  –  Terror

R  –  Mothers of Doom

S  –  Vandals

T  –  Barracudas

U  –  Destruction

V  –  Wizard

W  –  Dragon

X  –  Tool

Y  –  Storm

Z  –  Steel

If you don’t like the resulting band name, then try using your other band members’ names, or the last letter of your first and last name.  If you are still not satisfied, then consider yourself a failed rockstar—there is no hope.  Go back to school and become a middle school teacher (or an accountant) and enjoy your garden gnome collection.

New Metallica Song 2014 – Live Debut South America

Update: “The Lords of Summer” was performed live for the first time this weekend during Metallica’s South America Tour By Request. The new song is over 8 minutes long and similar in style to the thrashier tracks on “Death Magnetic.” The intro is reminiscent of “Cyanide” and “Broken, Beat, and Scarred.” James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett offer excellent dual guitar harmonies in the middle of the track, which is very refreshing. We will post a more detailed review of “The Lords of Summer” very soon. For now watch the killer track live here or click below. The audio quality is very good for a fan-filmed video.

http://youtu.be/f7rh_eL9Jlc

Metallica will perform a brand new song in Bogota this weekend according to their Facebook page. 2014 will mark the band’s newest material since 2008’s “Death Magnetic” and 2011’s “Beyond Magnetic EP” (sorry, “Lulu” does not count in our book). Video of the performance will be posted here as soon as it becomes available.

Top 100 Greatest Hard Rock Drummers of All-Time

How do you accurately determine the best drummers in the history of hard rock and heavy metal? You can’t! On this list you will find 100 awesome drummers that have raised the standards of drumming. The order is far from perfect, but one thing that each of these musicians have in common is that each drummer has strengthened their respective bands. This list was compiled based on influence, style, technical prowess, and how valuable he (or she) is to the band. Without further ado, here is the list of the Top 100 Drummers of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal:

#1.  John Bonham (Led Zeppelin)
#2.  Keith Moon (The Who)
#3.  Bill Ward (Black Sabbath)
#4.  Alex Van Halen (Van Halen)
#5.  Neil Peart (Rush)
#6.  Roger Taylor (Queen)
#7.  Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden)
#8.  Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater)
#9.  Dave Lombardo (Slayer)
#10.  Lars Ulrich (Metallica)
#11. Danny Carey (Tool)
#12. Vinnie Paul (Pantera/Hellyeah)
#13. Tommy Aldrige (Whitesnake/Ozzy Osbourne)
#14. Charlie Benante (Anthrax)
#15. Tommy Lee (Motley Crue)
#16. Matt Cameron (Soundgarden/Pearl Jam)
#17. Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath/Kill Devil Hill)
#18. Mike Bordin (Faith No More)
#19. Abe Cunningham (Deftones)
#20. Brad Wilk (Rage Against the Machine/Black Sabbath)
#21. Joey Jordison (Slipknot)
#22. Randy Castillo (Ozzy Osbourne/Mötley Crüe)
#23. Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan (Avenged Sevenfold)
#24. Dave Holland (Judas Priest)
#25. David Silveria (Korn)
#26. Josh Freese (A Perfect Circle)
#27. Matt Sorum (Guns n Roses/Velvet Revolver)
#28. Igor Cavalera (Sepultura)
#29. Chris Adler (Lamb of God)
#30. Rick Allen (Def Leppard)
#31. Brian Downey (Thin Lizzy)
#32. John Dolmayan (System of a Down)
#33. Sean Kinney (Alice in Chains)
#34. Gene Hoglan (Dethklok)
#35. Mike Mangini (Dream Theater)
#36. Mikkey Dee (Motörhead/King Diamond)
#37. Scott Rockenfield (Queensryche)
#38. Joey Kramer (Aerosmith)
#39. Brann Dailor (Mastodon)
#40. Jerry Gaskill (King’s X)
#41. Mike Wengren (Disturbed)
#42. Eric Carr (Kiss)
#43. Lee Kerslake (Ozzy Osbourne)
#44. Phil Rudd (AC/DC)
#45. Stefan Schwarzmann (Accept)
#46. Eric Singer (Kiss)
#47. Paul Bostaph (Slayer/Exodus)
#48. Scott Columbus (Manowar)
#49. Bobby Jarzombek (Halford/Sebastian Bach)
#50. Phil Taylor (Motörhead)
#51. Jizmak Da Gusha (GWAR)
#52. Tim “Herb” Alexander (Primus)
#53. Dave McClain (Machine Head)
#54. Ian Paice (Deep Purple)
#55. Morgan Rose (Sevendust)
#56. Will Calhoun (Living Colour)
#57. Tom Hunting (Exodus)
#58. Paul Geary (Extreme)
#59. Andy Parker (UFO)
#60. Peter Criss (Kiss)
#61. Steven Adler (Guns n Roses)
#62. Nick Menza (Megadeth)
#63. Jimmy Bower (Down)
#64. Mick Brown (Dokken/Ted Nugent)
#65. Fredrik Andersson (Amon Amarth)
#66. John Tempesta (White Zombie)
#67. A.J. Pero (Twisted Sister)
#68. Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters)
#69. Pat Torpey (Mr. Big)
#70. Shannon Larkin (Godsmack)
#71. Rikki Rockett (Poison)
#72. Tomas Haake (Meshuggah)
#73. Sal Abruscato (Life of Agony)
#74. Bobby Blotzer (Ratt)
#75. Ray Luzier (David Lee Roth/Korn)
#76. Mario Duplantier (Gojira)
#77. Raymond Herrera (Fear Factory)
#78. Rob Affuso (Skid Row)
#79. Danny Schuler (Biohazard)
#80. Jimmy DeGrasso (Y&T/Megadeth)
#81. Eric Kretz (Stone Temple Pilots)
#82. Jon Larsen (Volbeat)
#83. Tommy Ramone (Ramones)
#84. Jon Wysocki (Staind)
#85. Dave Grohl (Nirvana)
#86. R.J. Herrera (Suicidal Tendencies)
#87. Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers/Chickenfoot)
#88. Tico Torres (Bon Jovi)
#89. Johnny Kelly (Type-o-Negative)
#90. Steven Sweet (Warrant)
#91. Craig Nunenmacher (Black Label Society)
#92. Fred Coury (Cinderella)
#93. Stefanie Eulinberg (Kid Rock)
#94. Reed Mullin (C.O.C.)
#95. Tommy Clufetos (Rob Zombie/Black Sabbath touring)
#96. Rob Bourdon (Linkin Park)
#97. Gonzo Sandoval (Armored Saint)
#98. Zoltan Chaney (Vince Neil)
#99. Daniel Adair (Nickelback)
#100. Ginger Fish (Marilyn Manson/Rob Zombie)

Remember, there are many drummers in hard rock today that can be swapped in and out of the list as time goes on. No Top 100 list lacks imperfections. Happy puking!

-The Management

P.S. Keith Moon is one of the craziest, heaviest, and most influential drummers of all time. That’s why he is on the list. With that being said, Ginger Baker is also a badass drummer who can easily make it to this list of 100 greatest drummers in hard rock history.

Top 10 Rob Zombie Songs of All-Time

Rob Zombie writes the catchiest hooks in hard rock. He’s a true artist backed by a sick band.  When you go to a Rob Zombie concert, you get a real rock show experience that is always worth the price of admission. Here are the best Rob Zombie songs from his solo career.

#1.  “Demon Speeding”

#2.  “Superbeast”

#3.  “American Witch”

#4.  “Living Dead Girl”

#5.  “Feel So Numb”

#6.  “Dragula”

#7.  “Never Gonna Stop (The Red Red Kroovy)”

#8.  “Pussy Liquor”

#9.  “Dead City Radio and the New Gods of Supertown”

#10.  “Mars Needs Women”

Why Does Hard Rock Music Suck Today?

You might find yourself asking the question:  Why does hard rock and heavy metal music suck today?  Or:  Why are the old bands so much better than the new bands?  In this post, we will look at the mistakes commonly made by hard rock bands in the current era.

Overproduction

Bands today fall in to the trap of overproducing their albums and songs.  This includes too many instrument tracks and overdubs.  If your band has two guitarists, there should not be six guitar parts on each channel.  There shouldn’t be too many vocal tracks either.  Vocalists must stop hiding behind layered and muddied mixes.  In the end, the listener is cheated with artificial garbage.

During the recording and mixing process, bands need to turn off the goddamn computer at some point.  Stop it with the Pro Tools and Logic Pro, or other fancy editing software (this software is great for DIY recording, but bands must exercise constraint).  Also, if the instrument cannot make the noise naturally through the amplifier or microphone, then the performance is not authentic.

Far too often, rock and metal bands are guilty of performing live with parts of the song on tape.  That is perfectly ok for band intros and certain song intros, but the taped sounds should never be heard during the actual performance of a song.  Hard rock music should never be fake.

Loss of Emotion

Much of what was discussed above has caused bands to lose the essence of what hard rock and heavy metal is all about.  It is very challenging to find new bands that play with heart.  Back in the day (1970s-early 90s), rock bands put everything on the line during the song writing process and the live performance.  They plugged in, stepped on the stage, and played like their lives depended on it.  Whether it was to a packed arena of 50,000 or a room with 8 people, the fan got their money’s worth.

Open Challenge to Hard Rock Bands Today: Get Back to Basics

The Gears of Rock would like to issue a challenge to any hard rock and heavy metal band willing to accept.  Here it is:  When recording your next album or song, ditch the digital crap.  See what your band is really made of and limit each song to eight tracks, preferably on an analog recorder.  Find the right instrument sounds in the room – in that moment – and let it rip.  Don’t overanalyze.  Let the song write itself, rather than allowing yourself to overwrite the song.

Every new hard rock and heavy metal band does NOT suck.  That is not the point of the post.  What was discussed above simply represents a harmful trend in hard rock that has lasted for a couple decades, and with a little effort can be repaired.  Go out there and fix it!

Top 10 Greatest Hard Rock Songs of All-Time

What makes a great hard rock song? It takes killer guitar riffs, ear-splitting bass, thunderous drums, and a vocal performance that cannot be replicated by a mere mortal. Here are 10 masterful compositions of hard rock and early heavy metal for your ultimate mix tape.

#10.  “Painkiller” Judas Priest – Painkiller (1990)

#9.  ”Mr. Crowley” Ozzy Osbourne – Blizzard of Ozz (1980)

#8.  ”Cowboys From Hell” Pantera – Cowboys From Hell (1990)

#7.  ”Ace of Spades” Motorhead – Ace of Spades (1980)

#6.  ”Back In Black” AC/DC – Back In Black (1980)

#5.  ”Black Dog” Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin IV (1971)

#4.  ”Raining Blood” Slayer – Reign In Blood (1986)

#3.  ”Master of Puppets” Metallica – Master of Puppets (1986)

#2.  ”The Trooper” Iron Maiden – Piece of Mind (1983)

#1.  ”Children of the Grave” Black Sabbath – Master of Reality (1971)

Top 100 Best Hard Rock Songs List

#70. Suicidal Tendencies / Best Bands of All-Time / Top 100

Suicidal Tendencies is one of the greatest crossover bands and one of the most overlooked bands. We know better and that is why ST is in the #70 spot on the Gears of Rock’s Top 100 Hard Rock and Heavy Metal Bands countdown.  With classic anthems like “Institutionalized,” “Join the Army,” “How Will I Laugh Tomorrow,” “Trip of the Brain,” “Freedumb,” “Nobody Hears,” and “You Can’t Bring Me Down.”

Best Song: “Join the Army” (1987)

Best Album: “Lights…Camera…Revolution!” (1990)

Best Tour: Lights…Camera…Revolution! Tour 1990

Most Valuable Member: Mike Muir – Vocals

Fun Fact: Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo joined the group in 1989. He contributed funk-heavy bass lines into the music, which helped take the band to the next level.

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Top 100 Hard Rock and Heavy Metal Bands of All-Time