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The 20 Best Metal Albums of 2010

In 2010, the metal world honored the memory of Ronnie James Dio in the coolest possible way: by making it the best year for new music the genre saw in a very long time.

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Iron Maiden - "Speed of Light" (video)

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Blood and Thunder: We All Wanna Touch a Rainbow

Once upon a time, Ronnie James Dio rounded up a bevy of heavy metal legends to record a charity single. Yet no amount of superstar power could stop the song from falling by the wayside.

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DragonForce: Maximum Overload

DragonForce doesn’t perform. It executes. It makes metal songs that sound like metal objects.

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10 Great Comeback Singles

The year 2013 is already setting itself out to be the Year of the Comeback. In acknowledgement, Sound Affects looks at ten fantastic returns by artists who had lost their mojo and/or been away for far too long.

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Steve Harris: British Lion

British Lion thankfully avoids riding on Iron Maiden's coattails; however, it's only a little bit better for doing so.

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'Iron Maiden: The Ultimate Unauthorized History of the Beast' Is Neither Ultimate Nor Definitive

A nifty souvenir it may be, but the ultimate look at Iron Maiden it is not. Unless you count that picture of Bruce Dickinson in his underwear.

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Rock 'n' Roll Is Dead? Again?

Actor Jack Black recently joined a long line of prognosticators shaking the death rattle for rock 'n' roll. However, Foo Fighter Dave Grohl says, "There will always be rock 'n' roll." If saltine crackers are any way of judging, I'm with Grohl on this.

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Hellsongs: Long Live Lounge

Swedish lounge masters deftly transform metal masterpieces into pop standards.

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Five Songs About Wizards, Witches, and Other Spellcasters

The final Harry Potter film is upon us, so why not spin these magic-tinged tunes to commemorate the occasion?

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The 2011 Great Guitar Solo Spotlight

While a lot can be said over the technique’s indulgent, sometimes stodgy nature, I honestly believe that a lot of the grumbling about solos is due to the fact that not everyone can pull them off well.

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Dawnbringer: Nucleus

Traditional heavy metal doesn't get much more satisfying than Dawnbringer's fourth album.

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Paranoid Android: Is Music the Opiate of the iPod-Owning Masses?

Wherein our curmudgeonly record shop owner realizes that his store with its bins full of vinyl was his own personal iPod long before the iPod was ever invented.

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Iron Maiden: Flight 666

Only Iron Maiden could pull a world tour like this off. The ecstatic reactions from India, to Australia, to Japan, to Central and South America, to Canada are all essentially the same the world over.

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Iron Maiden and the New Wave of British Heavy Metal

If you like the metal, then knowing your "nawobbum" is an absolute must.

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Iron Maiden: Live After Death [DVD]

Set aside those old VHS tapes for good, Maiden fans. This visceral spine-tingling, example of classic metal at its very finest has finally arrived on DVD.

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Iron Maiden: A Matter of Life and Death

The British metal legends defy the odds yet again on their strongest album in 18 years.

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