As humanity celebrates 50 years of heavy metal, here’s half a century’s worth of pioneering heavy music, from the classics to the contemporary hard-hitters
From fisticuffs to wars of words to litigation and beyond, rock’n’roll’s divorce courts are packed with animosity
With the biggest PA system ever seen – or heard – in Britain and stars including Motörhead and Ozzy, the success of the Heavy Metal Holocaust looked assured. But then came the soft drink debacle
Mock muggings, sexual advances and sweat stains were all part of the Vinegar Joe story – along with some blistering British blues-rock. But one member was plotting to leave...
The best British Blues Rock albums: Direct from the Delta to Dartford and beyond, the Blues turned British rock on its head
So who were the most important band to emerge from the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal? Iron Maiden? Def Leppard? Nope. It was Venom, Geordie Devil-worshippers who invented a brand-new genre
Updated From iconic albums to the one Ritchie Blackmore dubbed "cattle grazing", we explore the best and worst of Deep Purple
Before big hair there was the blues. Whitesnake might be arena rockers these days, but as Classic Rock #95 recalled, they began as a gritty British band with Coverdale as just one of the lads
Def Leppard's career took a serious turn 35 years ago, when they signed a major record deal. But their second single was to create controversy
She grew up in Detroit with Alice Cooper and Ted Nugent, but became a glam-rock superstar in The UK: it's Suzi Quatro
It would be great to say that with their final studio album Led Zeppelin lit the blue touch-paper in a fireworks factory. Sadly, their sign-off was more like a match burning out in an ashtray.
After two Australia-only album releases, it was time to look abroad, and a compilation was AC/DC's first step towards global fame
Chaos! Violence! Insanity! Priest are still screaming for vengeance at the top of their timeworn lungs
Punk threw rock into the furnace, but the New Wave of British Heavy Metal rose out of the ashes – here we look back at how metallers embraced punk's spirit and came back fighting
Ozzy’s career with Black Sabbath lasted for almost the entire 1970s – and it changed rock forever. Here he looks back over the decade that made his career, invented heavy metal, and more.