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Portraits of…80’s Heavy Metal Culture

Growing up in the 80’s SoCal hardcore scene meant that you hated metal heads, and until the mid 80’s, that is exactly what we did! L.A. metal heads were lame for the most part, because they were all into cheesy fucking hair metal which lacked any power. Our views on metal heads started to change once we all started listening to Motörhead and seeing what was happening in the Bay Area. In the 80’s, we looked to what was happening in Northern Cali because the metal heads up there had a punk attitude. Out of all of the tension and respect between Punks and Metal heads, thrash meal was born. In my book, this is the one heavy genre that changed underground music as we know it! Today we want to celebrate the 80’s metal culture with this HUGE portrait essay that is a blast into our past!

 

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