Dan Snierson
October 05, 2007 AT 12:00 PM EDT

Hooray for hearing loss! This week, Rhino released The Heavy Metal Box, a history-of-headbanging-in-70-songs collection that offers vintage tracks from such bands as Black Sabbath (pictured), Slayer, Metallica, and… Helloween. To ensure maximum rockage, EW has created a companion drinking game. (Warning: You must be 21 or older to play. Always imbibe responsibly. On second thought, the Surgeon General of Metal, Dr. Feelgood, urges you not to play this game. Seriously. You could die or something.)

•  Any time the lyrics invoke mythological and/or supernatural beasts, make strange, guttural noises and take a drink. If these lyrics are sung in an octave generally reserved for castrati, drink it out of a codpiece.

•  Any time the lyrics invoke Satan and/or his place of residence, turn up the heat in your apartment to 666 degrees and take a drink. (Note: This does not apply to Stryper’s “To Hell With The Devil.”)

•  Any time the lyrics include the word rock, do a shot. If rock is used a verb, make it a double.

• Any time the theme of the lyrics is a variation on “I’m-a-major-bad-ass-and-you-can’t-stop-me!”, pound your chest, kick a hole in your wall (steel-toed boots recommended), and take a shot.

addCredit(“Black Sabbath: Andrew Kent/Retna”)

• Any time the guitarist unleashes a whammy-bar dive, lean backuntil your head touches the floor and pour the drink into your mouth.

• Any time the guitar solo exceeds 25 seconds, continue to drink foras long as the solo goes past the 25-second limit. (A 40-second soloequals 15 seconds of drinking.)

• Any time the song containsshred-a-riffic dual-guitar interplay, hold drinks in both hands andintertwine your arms—newlyweds-at-the-reception-style—and chug.

• Any time the singer screams for more than five seconds, wince insympathy, apply a warm compress to your neck, and delicately sip hottea with lemon.

What rules would you add?

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