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THOR (1976–PRESENT). Jon Mikl Thor (vocals), John Shand (guitar, replaced by numerous, including Steve Price), Terry McKeon (bass, replaced by many including Keith Zazzi), Bill Wade (drums, numerous others including Mike Favata), Pantera (backing vocals during eighties). One of the great unsung metal heroes is a man that was probably known more for his larger-than-life image than for his music. Thor, of the band by the same name, could seem ridiculous, but his sense of humor and nose for Read more [...]


VOIVOD (1982–PRESENT). Denis “Snake” Belanger (vocals, replaced by Eric Forrest, then Belanger), Denis “Piggy” D’Amour (guitar), Jean-Yves Theriault (bass, then Eric Forrest, now Jason Newsted), Michael Langevin (drums). Voivod had among the most unique sound of metal bands of the past twenty years, mixing metal with jazz and prog rock influences and creating a new sound that inspired many newer bands. The band formed in Canada in 1982 and soon established themselves as one of the Read more [...]


RUSH (1974–PRESENT). Alex Lifeson (guitar), Geddy Lee (bass/lead vocals), Neil Peart (drums, replaced John Rutsey in 1974). Starting off as a howling Led Zeppelin-influenced blues-based hard rock group, Canadian power trio Rush would go on to evolve into one of the most influential progressive-leaning rock groups, especially to progressive metal groups, and in constantly pushing their own limits have demonstrated the outer limits of the three-piece format. While they have rarely topped the charts, Read more [...]


NICKELBACK (1996–PRESENT). Chad Kroeger (vocals/guitar), Ryan Peake (guitar), Mike Kroeger (bass), Ryan Vikedal (drums). While not a heavy metal band, per se, Canada’s Nickelback are one of the most successful post-grunge heavy rock bands, drawing upon grunge and metal traditions in the formulation of their highly successful commercial brand of heavy rock. With their origins as a cover band, Nickelback are a self-made success story, having independently managed themselves and released Read more [...]