It's been a long time since the pop-music face of heavy rock and roll--metal and its various offshoots, if you're being picky--was an accurate view of what was going on in its nebulous, if thriving, scene. In fact, the twain really haven't met since the genre's inception in the late 1960s and early '70s, when Led Zeppelin, Blue Cheer and Black Sabbath fuzzed-out their blues-based power chords and pushed up the tempo to bitch-slap the age of Aquarius with dark, menacing moods. By the time punk came along, heavy metal had become the playground of AOR rock, and the genre soon became most recognized by the hair-farming glam-metal clowns of MTV's first decade. At the time, however, American punk, garage and proto-grunge bands like Bad Brains, Halo of Flies or Drunks With Guns delivered heavier chops than the likes of Ratt, Quiet Riot or Whitesnake could ever muster. Even Canadians like Voivod punched holes through the clean sheen of Extreme. And when Guns N' Roses emerged to become the new kings of metal decadence, Metallica and Slayer weren't the arena-drawing... More >>>