by Chuck Eddy | July 30, 2012
Size matters in metal if it matters anywhere, and Rhapsody's venerable Metal Radio -- a self-defined "non-stop, bug-eyed rampage of heavy metal from hell" with a name that doesn't beat around the bush -- is as big as they come. And you know the old saying: The bigger they come, the harder they ROCK, right? This station is so mammoth and sprawling -- 1400 songs, at least (actually, we lost count a long time ago) -- that it's physically impossible to make it any bigger without our computers exploding. And you wouldn't want that, because then yours might, too.
And what kind of metal are we talking here? Wrong question, dude! More like what kind of metal aren't we talking. How's this for all-encompassing: Start with 62 AC/DC songs (which all sound very different from each other, honest!); end with seven Yngwie Malmsteen songs (which ditto!), and stick all manner of behemoths in between: Accept, Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, Angel Witch, Anthrax, Black 'N' Blue, Black Sabbath, Blitzkrieg, Blue Ãyster Cult, Bruce Dickinson, Bulletboys, Cloven Hoof, Danzig, Deep Purple... (let your imagination run alphabetically wild during this interlude okay?)... Testament, The Cult, Thin Lizzy, Twisted Sister, Valhalla, Van Halen, Venom, Vinnie Vincent Invasion, Voivod, W.A.S.P. ( lots of W.A.S.P.!), Whitesnake, Winger, Y&T. Hungry yet? Hope you have a super-sized appetite.