Editorial

That Tour Was Awesome: Anathema/At the Gates/Cradle of Filth (1994)

October 19, 2017 Greg Pratt

In which we look back on when Anathema , At the Gates, and Cradle of Filth toured Germany in 1994, with input from some of the guilty parties involved.

Primitive Origins: Black Death’s “Black Death”

October 12, 2017 Greg Pratt

Checking back in with Black Death and their 1984 album, a very early documentation of an African-American metal band.

Reconsidering Warrior Soul

October 5, 2017 Greg Pratt

Radical politics and radical music: it’s time to reconsider Warrior Soul , a band who are way better than anyone remembers them being.

Five Times Udo Ruled: The Best of the ex-Accept Vocalist

September 28, 2017 Greg Pratt

Udo Dirkschneider is the man. Here are five times he ruled the hardest.

Dark Ambient: For When You Need to Concentrate…or Meditate on the Nothingness of Existence

September 22, 2017 J. Andrew Zalucky

While we may not want to admit it to each other when engaged in the fruitless exercise of maintaining our street cred, we metalheads sometimes need to listen to something other than metal. At the same time, however, we may want to maintain a similar mood or feel to our usual death, black and doom…

The Devaluation of Opinion in Metal

September 21, 2017 Neill Jameson

Neill Jameson considers the importance of aesthetic and appearance in black metal in response to a controversial piece of album artwork.

The Art of the Deals: On Promoters and Labels

September 18, 2017 Neill Jameson

Is there an offer that’s too good to be true from a record label in your otherwise empty inbox? Neill Jameson urges you to reconsider.

Only Print is Real: How We Entered the Golden Age of Extreme Metal Books

September 13, 2017 Kevin Stewart-Panko

Tom Gabriel Fischer, Ian Christe, Dayal Patterson and a host of authors and publisher discuss the rise of authoritative books in extreme metal.

Retrospective: Thirty Years of Big Black’s “Songs About Fucking”

September 11, 2017 Joseph Schafer

Thirty years ago, Big Black released their final opus, Songs About Fucking. We revisit what exactly made that last album so important.

Primitive Origins: Aria’s “Megalomania”

September 7, 2017 Greg Pratt

For this round of Primitive Origins, we go back to Moscow in 1985 to revisit Aria ‘s “Megalomania” (or whatever it’s called).

Ten Songs Inspired by Stephen King

September 4, 2017 Joseph Schafer

This coming Friday, a new film adaptation of Stephen King’s iconic and massive horror novel ‘IT’ will be released in American cinemas. Will it be good? King does not have the best history with cinema. The beloved miniseries based upon the novel, starring Tim Curry as the shapeshifting clown monster Pennywise, does not hold up,…

Singing About What You Know: The Top 5 Songs In Which Raw Power Reference Themselves

August 31, 2017 Kevin Stewart-Panko

We present the top five songs in which Raw Power discusses Raw Power.

Five Times Shorter Was Better

August 31, 2017 Greg Pratt

Quantity isn’t quality. Here are five examples of how extreme metal is at its most potent when it doesn’t waste time.

The Top 10 Metal Songs About Chains

August 29, 2017 Decibel Magazine

In which we consider the top 10 songs about a quintessential heavy metal topic: chains.

10 Essential Trap Them Songs

August 28, 2017 Joseph Schafer

In the wake of the announcement of Trap Them‘s final shows, we consider ten essential tracks from the metallic hardcore outfit.

Matt Harvey on Why You Can’t Censor NSBM or Those Who Distribute It

August 28, 2017 Decibel Magazine

The Exhumed frontman addresses the recent Hells Headbangers controversy with a considered (if perhaps unpopular) response.

The Top 10 Metal Songs Never Performed Live

August 8, 2017 Joseph Schafer

We look at some of the best metal songs of all time… that have never been performed live.

What is the future of long-form music journalism?

August 1, 2017 J. Andrew Zalucky

Music journalism’s relationship to economic reality has always been shaky. Here are some ideas of where that relationship might need to go.

Chester Bennington Has Died. Don’t Be Dicks, Underground Metalheads

July 20, 2017 Neill Jameson

Mocking depression seems to still be fair game, even in today’s ultra-sensitive climate. Stop it. 

Why Do You Really Care About Not-So-Grim Kim?

July 14, 2017 Neill Jameson

Our Neill Jameson doesn’t care about Kim Kardashian’s Morbid Angel shirt, but he is concerned about the aggressively stupid reactions to it. 

Justify Your Shitty Taste: Lightning Round

July 3, 2017 Neill Jameson

Morgoth, Xysma, Destruction and more have their weakest work defended by our own Neill Jameson. 

Krieg’s Neill Jameson on Confronting Mental Illness

May 19, 2017 Neill Jameson

It shouldn’t take a tragedy like Chris Cornell’s suicide to make us focus on depression and metal illness.

So, Your Record Got a Bad Review…

May 3, 2017 Shane Mehling

You put so much of yourself into the record that of course you’re crushed when someone dismisses it. It’s the most human reaction. If you had a new baby you couldn’t fathom someone typing on Facebook that “Eh, it doesn’t really do anything interesting and that goo goo ga ga junk is derivative of other, much cuter babies.”

Angry About Bandcamp’s ACLU Donation? Then Delete Your Band’s Account

February 2, 2017 Neill Jameson

Neill Jameson provides a protest idea to any musician wounded by Bandcamp’s plans to donate all of this Friday’s earnings to the ACLU. 

Foreclosure of a Dream: Abandoning the Cult of the Presidency

January 20, 2017 J. Andrew Zalucky

Extreme metal has the unique ability to smash our romantic illusions about life and the world. It’s time to apply that same cold stoicism to executive power, no matter who’s President.

When is a Band No Longer the Same Band?

December 28, 2016 Shane Mehling

If you know anything about Napalm Death you probably know this bit of trivia: the band contains no original members. While they are known for the revolutionary Scum album, not even their oldest current member played on it. So when it comes to people leaving, dying or being fired, when is a band no longer the same band?  

Why do Metal Videos Suck?

December 14, 2016 Shane Mehling

Throughout the decades of arguing over metal, there is one undeniable constant: metal videos are usually pretty dumb bullshit. 

Deck the Hails: Neill Jameson’s Christmas Playlist

December 1, 2016 Neill Jameson

Neill Jameson sounds off on the holiday season and gives you a playlist to impress your internet friends with. 

Music Criticism Has Not Died. But It Must Transform

November 18, 2016 Joseph Schafer

Music criticism, and the reviewing of musical pieces in general, is not obsolete. You’d be forgiven for thinking so, though. 

And Now a Considered Response to Some Considered Comments

November 8, 2016 Neill Jameson

Never one to fart in a crowded elevator and leave, Neill Jameson returns to address some responses to his recent op-ed on crowdfunding in metal.