Everybody knows that the video gaming industry is now worth double that of the movie and music industries combined. As such, it’s no massive surprise to find that many musicians are now seeking to line their wallets by signing big licensing deals with some major gaming studios.
But we’re not talking about yet another instalment of Guitar Hero as it seems that many of the biggest heavy metal stars are getting serious about casino gaming. From icons like Ozzy Osbourne and Lemmy to some second-division metal bands like Saxon and Sabaton, there’s been something of a goldrush for these rockers to lend their images and high volume to a variety of slot games.
So why are these bands so keen to join forces with casino game developers? Well, money is sure to be a big part of it. After all, there’s not much call for yet another reunion tour in the current pandemic climate.
Plus having your band’s image embossed on a slot game is surely a little cooler than the forthcoming Queen mobile game that looks like it should be part of a children’s television program. So here’s a quick look at those games that prove the point that heavy metal and casinos were born to be together.
Ozzy Osbourne’s slots gaming mission
OK so Ozzy Osbourne is possibly more famous for bad-boy antics like snorting ants and urinating on the Alamo than playing louche casino games like slots and roulette. But the Prince of Darkness has managed to show remarkable entrepreneurial nous since he became a cuddly reality TV icon.
As such it wasn’t a total shock when news emerged that Ozzy had teamed up with NetEnt to create his own Ozzy Osbourne slot game. To be fair, it’s a pretty ordinary five reel slot game with 20 paylines. Plus we were surprised to see that the slot’s wild symbols were called ‘WILD’ rather than paying appropriate tribute to one of Ozzy’s long-standing guitarists – Zakk Wylde.
But it hasn’t stopped there, as Ozzy has even managed to become the main sponsor of one particularly metal-themed online casino site. So while he might be known as being one of the pioneers of heavy metal, it seems that Ozzy is starting to have quite an impact in the online casino industry.
Guns n’ Roses take to the slots
W. Axl Rose might be one of metal’s most obnoxious stars, but that hasn’t stopped him signing up his band to have their own slot game. This is another NetEnt slot game that pays homage to the world of metal, and it gives you a chance to listen to all of the expected G n’ R hits like Sweet Child ‘O Mine and Welcome to the Jungle as you spin the reels. Plus metal fans can even pick up some top casino bonus offers so that they can play the Guns n’ Roses slot for free.
The project came together between Guns n’ Roses and NetEnt in 2017. This was around the time that the group were in the midst of celebrating their 30th anniversary of being one of rock’s most debauched bands. It’s worth noting that next year will be the band’s 35th anniversary, so we could possibly hope to see Axl and friends expanding their casino gaming portfolio even further.
Megadeth moving into the slot gaming universe
Fiery motormouth singer Dave Mustaine made Megadeth one of the most brutally uncompromising thrash metal bands. While early albums like Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying showed of the bleak lyrical prowess of Mustaine, it seems as though the fiercely outspoken singer might be finally mellowing.
This is because Megadeth were one of the first heavy metal bands to sign a licensing agreement with a developer to create their own slot game. As such Leander Games helped to produce the Megadeth slot game that came out in 2012.
The Megadeth slot features all of the band-members in their typically tight denim outfits and the band’s mascot – Vic Rattlehead – pops up every now and then to serve up the occasional bonus. All of which has helped Megadeth find a whole new audience beyond the world of speed metal.
A casino gaming tribute to Lemmy and Motorhead
Everybody knows that Lemmy has penned one of the all-time classic casino songs with the legendary Ace of Spades. But while Lemmy might have passed into the rock immortality, his Motorhead legacy lives on through the Motorhead slot games.
Again this is another profitable cooperation between a heavy metal band and NetEnt and the slot pays plenty of tribute to one of the loudest bands to walk the earth. As such, you’ll be deafened to toe-tapping Motorhead songs like Overkill and Killed by Death as you aim to get the slot symbols to line up across the 76 paylines.
Interestingly, while Lemmy was dismissive of the Ace of Spades song, this is an integral part of the gameplay as it has the power to replace all other symbols to help gamers land bigger wins. It’s nice touches like this that stop the Motorhead slot game from being yet another cheap cash-in on the global appeal of metal. So while Lemmy might not have outlasted the planet as expected, it seems that his iconic songs are living on thanks to the enduring popularity of online casino games and heavy metal.