Editorial

What is the future of long-form music journalism?

August 1, 2017

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

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

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

Krieg’s Neill Jameson on Confronting Mental Illness

May 19, 2017

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

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 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

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

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

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

Music Criticism Has Not Died. But It Must Transform

November 18, 2016

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

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. 

We Owe Each Other Nothing: Just Break Up

November 3, 2016

A metal band has launched a crowdfunding campaign, so fans can donate them a “living wage” in order to continue as band. Our Neill Jameson wonders how the fuck we got to this point. 

Halloween Wishes from Neill Jameson

October 31, 2016

“No one even eggs houses anymore because they only want to buy cage free organic eggs and that shit’s expensive.” 

Krieg’s Neill Jameson on Fan Entitlement and What Bands Really Owe You

August 8, 2016

You bought the record. You wear the shirt. But does that mean you deserve an explanation from Nails about why they are on hiatus? Neill Jameson doesn’t think so. 

Krieg’s Neill Jameson on Nails’ Todd Jones and Actual Scene Bullying

June 28, 2016

Our Neill Jameson thinks Metalsucks totally missed the point of Nails. Or maybe they’re just baiting you for clicks. 

Guest Commentary: Social Justice Warriors Aren’t a Problem in Metal. But Assholes Are.

June 24, 2016

Publicist UK vocalist Zachary Lipez provides a rebuttal to Jeffrey S Podoshen’s recent guest editorial on “Social Justice Warriors” the metal scene.

Guest Commentary: Does the Underground Metal Scene REALLY Have a Social Justice Warrior Problem?

June 20, 2016

Decibel has been labeled Social Justice Warriors from the right. And attacked by actual SJWs from the left. Should everyone maybe just shut up for a second? 

Krieg’s Neill Jameson on Antifa and the Danger of Self Righteousness

June 16, 2016

An anti-fascist protester tear-gassed a Taake show to the benefit of absolutely no one. 

Krieg’s Neill Jameson on the Pentagram Harassment Allegations & Separating Musicians by Gender

June 8, 2016

Pentagram‘s Bobby Libeling allegedly recently practiced poor judgement. But his management’s defense of his actions is even worse.

Krieg’s Neill Jameson On the Trappings of Ego

May 17, 2016

Agalloch are no more. Sort of. Neill Jameson thinks someone’s dick might have gotten in the way of things. 

Krieg’s Neill Jameson on The Music Industry’s Morbid Erection

April 22, 2016

You might wanna double-check the price on that Purple Rain deluxe reissue.  

Krieg’s Neill Jameson on Why Record Store Day has Spoiled and Should be Thrown Away

April 19, 2016

Hope you’re enjoying that limited edition Marilyn Manson Antichrist Superstar cassette you picked up Saturday. 

Neill Jameson Says Goodbye to Nunslaughter’s Jim Konya

October 8, 2015

This week, the metal community lost one of the oldest and most beloved pieces of its backbone, Jim “Sadist” Konya. 

Low Culture with Neill Jameson: Thoughts on Backlash Whiplash

September 29, 2015

A bit back, I wrote a piece on our blog about how women are treated in metal, and I learned a lot from the experience. The main takeaway? Holy shit, are there a lot of stupid people out there.

Low Culture: Neill Jameson on Maybe Not Treating Women Like Sperm Receptacles

August 28, 2015

I recently realized that I’ve been having more and more discussions with people about how women are treated within the metal scene, and music in general. Turns out my knee-jerk reaction to throw jokes at the problem wasn’t the best way to address it.

Low Culture: Sun & Fun Edition

July 17, 2015

It’s now the summer season, where half of you will make some joke that wasn’t funny the last seven years you told it about being a vampire that burns in the sun. It’s also festival season, where a majority of you go out to various places in packs and get shit-house drunk while not paying attention to any of the bands you claimed you wanted to see, yet be fully prepared to complain about the bands you didn’t like.