Although the glitz and glamour of the famous Las Vegas casinos seem like a far cry from the sweaty mosh pits we typically associate with metal fans, there’s been a surprising amount of crossover between these two contrasting worlds over the years. Not only have many metal songs been written about casinos and gambling over the years, but there have also been several metal-themed casino games released. We should note that many music lovers like to make a distinction between several different sub-genres when it comes to metal, but for our purposes here, when looking at casino games inspired by metal, we’ll lump all of these sub-genres together under the one label. Some of the most famous metal bands in the world have lent their name, image, and branding to online casino games over the years. In fact, of the various different online casino games with different themes, metal-themed casino games have proved to be among the most popular. This has remained true even as the variety of online casino games has exploded in recent years. Let’s take a look at some of the best games for metal lovers.
Motörhead was a prolific English rock band that formed in London in 1975 and continued producing music until the death of one of the founders, Lemmy, in 2015. It was one of the earliest bands associated with the metal genre. As pioneers of the classic heavy metal sound who helped to lay the musical foundations of what metal has become, Motörhead have proved to be ground-breaking in various other ways. In particular, Motörhead broke new ground in pursuing brand deals and various other endorsements, which helped the band to become the global brand it is today. It is in this context that Motörhead lent their image to a classic casino slot game. The Motörhead slot features a classic slot format, with symbols like ‘7’, the cherry, and the bell mixed in with various other band symbols As you play the game, a number of familiar Motörhead-inspired riffs will play, which really helps to evoke the feeling of being at a gig back in their heyday.
Guns N’ Roses casino games
Formed in Los Angeles in the mid-1980s, Guns N’ Roses is one of the most successful metal bands ever, having sold over 100 million records worldwide. Much like their predecessors Motörhead, Guns N’ Roses (or ‘GNR’ for short) were pioneers when it came to developing the business side of their band. And thanks to their efforts, GNR are one of the highest-grossing bands of all time. The GNR slot game is designed by the industry veterans at NetEnt and is a classic five-reel slot with 20 different paylines. Given the popularity of the band, as well as the skills of the NetEnt developers, it is little surprise that the GNR slot game has proved so popular. The GNR slot is awash with references to the band and their history, with classic GNR hits (and there are many!) playing in the background throughout, and imagery that pays homage to the band’s most famous members, Axl Rose and Slash.
Kiss—the casino pioneers?
Of the many classic rock bands which have pursued endorsements outside of licensing their music and playing shows, Kiss has perhaps been the most tenacious. Formed in 1973 in New York, and still playing live shows in 2022, Kiss are particularly well known for their distinctive make-up, costumes, and on-stage theatrics, so in many respects it makes complete sense that they have a number of casino games styled after them. Kiss were incredibly savvy when it came to the business side of things. And over the years the band—and particularly front-man Gene Simmons—have pursued a wide range of endorsements, product launches, and licensing deals. Their slot game is just one of many products they are associated with. The Kiss-themed slot game is a fairly standard affair and sports a classic five-reel formula with over 100 paylines. The developers have implemented the Kiss theme incredibly well, with every aspect of the game featuring some kind of Kiss reference or theme. It features classic riffs from the band, live video footage, and all of the theatrics we have come to expect from these pioneering metal heads.
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