2023 This Day in Metal: Hall Nominees Announced

2023 This Day in Metal: Hall Nominees Announced


AC/DC are an Australian rock band formed in 1973. They were founded by rhythm guitarist and backing vocalist Malcolm Young and lead guitarist Angus Young.

As of 2023, the band's RIAA US sales figures from 75 million, making AC/DC the fifth-best-selling band in US history and the tenth-best-selling artist, selling more albums than Pink Floyd and Mariah Carey. The RIAA also certified Back in Black as 25× Platinum (25 million) in US sales, which made it the fourth-best-selling album of all time in the US.


KISS is an American rock band formed in New York City in 1972 by Paul Stanley (vocals, rhythm guitar), Gene Simmons (vocals, bass guitar), Ace Frehley (lead guitar, vocals), and Peter Criss (drums, vocals).

KISS is regarded as one of the most influential rock bands of all time, as well as one of the best selling bands of all time, claiming to have sold more than 75 million records worldwide, including 21 million RIAA-certified albums. KISS has also earned 30 Gold albums, the most of any band from the United States. KISS has 14 Platinum albums, three of which earned multi-Platinum.


Iron Maiden are an English heavy metal band formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris.

Iron Maiden have sold over 130 million copies of their albums worldwide and have obtained over 600 certifications. The Number of the Beast is among the most popular heavy metal albums of all time, having sold almost 20 million copies worldwide.


Helix is a Canadian hard rock and heavy metal band formed in 1974.

The band is best known for their 1984 single 'Rock You.' Their album Walkin' the Razor's Edge was certified platinum in Canada and also has sold over 400,000 worldwide.


Cirith Ungol is an American heavy metal band formed in late 1971 in Ventura, California.

Its first studio album, Frost and Fire (1981), featured a heavier sound, generally regarded as an early example of American power metal. By its second studio album, King of the Dead (1984), it had solidified its power metal style while gravitating toward a much "darker" sound, with many considering the album among the first doom metal releases.


The band was formed in 1969 by former members of Vanilla Fudge, Jeff Beck Group, and the Amboy Dukes, and is often regarded as one of the pioneers of hard rock and heavy metal music.


Quiet Riot is an American heavy metal band founded in Los Angeles in 1973 by guitarist Randy Rhoads and bassist Kelly Garni.

In 1983 the band released their breakthrough album Metal Health, which is known for being the first heavy metal album to top the Billboard album chart. The band had several hit singles which charted on the Billboard Hot 100, including "Cum On Feel the Noize", "Mama Weer All Crazee Now", (both cover songs of the glam rock band Slade), and "Metal Health (Bang Your Head)".


Saxon are an English heavy metal band formed in Barnsley in 1975.

As leaders of the new wave of British heavy metal (NWOBHM), they had eight UK Top 40 albums during the 1980s including four UK Top 10 albums and two Top 5 albums. They had numerous hit singles on the UK Singles Chart.


Toad were a Swiss hard rock band formed in Basel, Switzerland, in 1970.

Their best known songs were covers of Jimi Hendrix's "Purple Haze", the Beatles' "I Saw Her Standing There", along with originals "Usin' My Life" and "Stay!". Their concerts were often compared to those of Jimi Hendrix.


Van Halen was an American rock band formed in Pasadena, California, in 1973.

As of March 2019, Van Halen is 20th on the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) list of best-selling artists in the United States; the band has sold 56 million albums in the States and more than 80 million worldwide, making them one of the best-selling groups of all time. As of 2007, Van Halen is one of only five rock bands with two studio albums to sell more than 10 million copies in the United States and is tied for the most multi-platinum albums by an American band


Twisted Sister was an American heavy metal band formed in 1972, originally from Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey.

The band achieved mainstream success with their third album, Stay Hungry (1984), and its single "We're Not Gonna Take It", which was their only Top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100.


Budgie were a Welsh heavy metal band from Cardiff from in 1967.

Budgie were one of the earliest heavy metal bands, and according to Garry Sharpe-Young they were a seminal influence on many acts of that scene, particularly the so-called new wave of British heavy metal, and later acts such as Metallica. The band has been noted as "among the heaviest metal of its day."


Rainbow are a British-American rock band, formed in London and Los Angeles in 1975 by guitarist Ritchie Blackmore.

Rainbow's early work primarily used mystical lyrics with heavy metal style, then went in a more pop-rock oriented direction following Dio's departure from the group. The band have sold over 28 million records worldwide.


Motörhead were an English rock band formed in London in 1975 by bassist and lead vocalist Lemmy Kilmister, guitarist Larry Wallis and drummer Lucas Fox.

The band are often considered a precursor to the new wave of British heavy metal, which re-energised heavy metal in the late 1970s and early 1980s. As of 2016, the band has sold more than 15 million albums worldwide.

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