What is “old school” exactly? I have no idea, other than to say this was the metal that I cut my teeth — and of course banged my head — on, and I think for the most part it still holds up today. As far as chronology is concerned, I’d say that most metal bands that started from the dawn of the genre (the late ’60s) up until around the early ’90s qualify. I left out groups like Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, and Thin Lizzy as I’ve always considered them to be more hard rock, but I know that line is pretty blurry.
But hey, let’s not quibble over who got left out and revel over who is here instead!
Chris Holmes joined the Popdose writing staff only after enduring a humiliating series of hazing rituals. One day he'll write a tell-all book, and then they'll all pay. Until then, you can also catch him at his regular home, The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit, or you can follow him