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Massive Metal Monday: “Only For The Weak” By In Flames
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In Flames Band Photo

When In Flames burst onto the world metal stage in the mid-’90s, they helped introduce the world to melodic death metal. It was a sound that would come to be known as “the Gothenburg sound,” taking the name of the city in Sweden that spawned In Flames, Dark Tranquility, At The Gates, and many other early architects of the genre. Over the course of 20 years and eleven studio albums, In Flames has grown to be one of metal’s biggest and most influential bands spawning countless imitators. The band’s sound has evolved beyond the melodeath genre that they helped create, but the name In Flames will always be synonymous with “the Gothenburg Sound.”

Here, from their legendary fourth album, Clayman, is In Flames with the official video for “Only For The Weak.”

Watch the video here, below.

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Massive Metal Monday: “Revolution Is My Name” By Pantera
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Dimebag Darrell Abbott R.I.P.

Pantera was indisputably the most massive metal band of the ’90s, carrying the torch of metal through the grunge years and carving out a sound that was all their own. Today, on the 10th anniversary of the senseless murder of guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott at the hands of a deranged fan, we salute the force of nature that was Pantera and remember a fallen brother. Forget your tears and moments of silence, today we throw back a drink and crank this shit up, because that’s the way that Dime would’ve wanted it.

Check out the first single from Pantera’s final studio album, Reinventing The Steel. This is “Revolution Is My Name.”

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Massive Metal Monday: “Wheels Of Steel” By Saxon
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Saxon Vintage Band Photo

Saxon were part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM), a movement that breathed new life into the genre in the early ’80s. The success of bands such as Judas Priest and Iron Maiden would set the stage for the worldwide explosion of metal’s popularity in the mid-eighties. Saxon never experienced quite the same level of mainstream success in America that many of their contemporaries found, but none the less their contribution to the movement is immeasurable. The band soldiers on to this day and is still a favorite with hardcore metal fans the world over.

Here below is Saxon performing the title track of their second album, 1980’s Wheels of Steel.

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Massive Metal Monday: “Into The Fire” by Dokken
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Dokken Band Photo

That’s right, this week we are rockin’ with Dokken. Fronted by namesake Don Dokken, this band of L.A. metal stalwarts has been around in various incarnations since 1978. Their most famous lineup of Don Dokken, George Lynch, Mick Brown, and Jeff Pilson made a series of multi-platinum, high octane records throughout the 80s.

Here from their amazing second record, 1984’s Tooth & Nail, is Dokken with the anthem “Into the Fire.”

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Massive Metal Monday: “Crazy Nights” By Loudness
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Loudness Band Photo

Loudness is Japan’s most famous heavy metal export. Formed in 1981, the band were the first Japanese band to be signed to an international, major label record deal. They have released 26 studio albums and nine live collections, making them one of the most prolific acts in metal. The band has endured numerous lineup changes, but remain active to this day. Their biggest American hit was the song “Crazy Nights” from their fifth album Thunder In The East, released in 1985.

Watch the official video for “Crazy Nights” here below.

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Massive Metal Monday: “Blood On Your Money” By Cobra
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Cobra Band Photo

Cobra was a band that had a minor hit in the early days of MTV with their driving anthem “Blood On Your Money” from their one and only album, 1983’s First Strike. The band was notable because their lineup included former Krokus guitarist Mandy Meyer and velvet-voiced singer Jimi Jamison, who, only a year later, would go on to become the lead singer of the 80’s mega hit-machine Survivor. (Jamison also wrote and sang the theme song of the cheesy 90’s TV show Baywatch.)

First Strike is a classic of melodic metal and is sadly underrated. Jimi Jamison left this world after suffering a heart attack just last month at the age of 63. This Massive Metal Monday is dedicated to his memory.

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Massive Metal Monday: “Rock You” by Helix
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Helix Band Photo

Helix is a Canadian rock band that is currently celebrating the 40th anniversary of its formation. The band has been through numerous lineup changes and survived the death of a guitar player, when their van rolled over while on tour in 1992. The band was a staple of MTV in its heyday.

Here, with the official video for their biggest hit, from the 1984 album Walkin’ The Razor’s Edge, is Helix with the official, uncensored video for “Rock You.”

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Massive Metal Monday: “Filth Hounds of Hades” by Tank
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Tank Band Photo

Tank was often compared to contemporaries and fellow Brits Motorhead. Both bands played a fast, brash style of heavy metal inspired by the early punk movement (bassist and singer Algy Ward had once been a member of punk pioneers The Damned). Original Motorhead guitarist “Fast” Eddie Clarke even produced Tank’s debut album, Filth Hounds of Hades.

Listen to the title track “Filth Hounds of Hades” here below.

The album is considered by many to be one of the high points of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) era. Tank would flounder commercially after their debut and endure numerous lineup changes. Two different versions of the band remain active to this day, but neither has ever recaptured the glory of the debut album. Here with the title track of that iconic release is the original lineup of Tank.

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Massive Metal Monday: Black Sabbath “Sabbath, Bloody Sabbath”
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Black Sabbath Original Band Photo

When it comes to metal, it doesn’t really get any more massive than 1970’s Black Sabbath. The band that almost singlehandedly invented the genre with their 1970 self-titled debut album would see its original lineup collapse under the weight of heavy drug use and artistic stagnation by the end of the decade. But in 1973, at the time they released their fifth album, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, the band was firing on all cylinders.

Here, with the title track of that monumental release, are Tony Iommi, Bill Ward, Geezer Butler, and Ozzy Osbourne, the original Black Sabbath.

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Massive Metal Monday: “The Hellion/Electric Eye” by Judas Priest
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Judas Priest

When it comes to metal, there are fewer albums more massive than Judas Priest‘s iconic 1982 album Screaming for Vengeance. The album kicks off with the binary-paired assault of “The Hellion” and “Electric Eye.” The two songs are so powerful that they served as the opening for almost every Priest concert for nearly 30 years.

Watch Judas Priest perform “The Hellion” and “Electric Eye” here below.

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