It sounds like something The Onion would write about, but it’s actually a true story out of Sweden. Roger Tullgren, a 40-something, heavily tattooed metalhead has consulted three separate psychologists to receive statements testifying about the extend of his heavy metal music dependency. Yes, it’s actually a thing. In Sweden anyway.
Catherine Owen is an authentic poet. She is taking her new collection of poetry on a rock style road tour. Trobairitz, the new collection out on Anvil press, is her new poetic tribute to troubadours, metalheads, and their female counterparts. And as the bass player for the metal bands Inhuman, Helgrind, and Medea, she knows […]
Athens, Georgia, heavy metal duo, Jucifer have unleashed a preview of their new album, ЗА ВОЛГОЙ ДЛЯ НАС ЗЕМЛИ НЕТ (There is No Land Beyond the Volga). The song is called Queen of Antlers and is a BRUTAL narrative from the viewpoint of a Soviet female combat soldier in World War II. Not for the faint of heart, but […]
Unlocking the Truth is a heavy metal band made up of 12-year-olds Malcolm Brickhouse, Jarad Dawkins and Alec Atkins. Based in Brooklyn, Malcolm and Jarad started playing music with each other at the age of 5. They met bassist, Alec, at a children’s day care centre. Unlocking The Truth first gained national attention on, where […]
Skeletons are not created in death, they are merely exposed. Skeletons in the Piano are pioneers in the growing psychedelic grunge movement, championing Elijah Hargrave’s heavy, haunting vocals and blistering, yet beautiful riffs. It’s recommended you check them out if you listen to Queens of the Stone Age, Doors or Soundgarden.
Formed in Providence, now based in Brooklyn, Fang Island is a three-guitar monster pounding out hook-laden, guitarmony crazed, high-fiving epics. This is heavy metal for kids on Ectasy. Be on the watch for their new album, Major, arriving in July.
Despite my love of heavy metal and punk, I never really got down with hardcore, basically because I’m allergic to overt machismo. If all hardcore was made by 8 year-old girls, I might have a different opinion about the genre.
If you crave a big dose of metal without the guttural growls, Akaname’s self-titled third album hits the spot. This instrumental opus is epic without being brutal, rhythmically dextrous without devolving into mathcore, and musically layered without succumbing to Scandinavian-style symphonic bombast. Enjoy this compelling, dark adventure at midnight. And play it loud. Akaname (2010) […]
How does a little Asian guy from suburban New York become as fascinated with hunting, heavy metal, skinheads, and New Jersey as I am? I don’t know, but Adam Krause seems to have the same interests. Maybe we should go on a friend date.
Varg Vikernes, aka Burzum, finally emerged from prison last year and immediately set to work recording a new album. Half the metal world has waited with bated breath to see whether post-prison Burzum would be a continuation of the strange, awkward, ‘ambient’ sound Vikernes developed while incarcerated, or would it be a return to the […]
The Estonian heavy metal ensemble Winny Puhh was born in 2004 in the city of Polva. Their big hit was Noodles and the Victory of the Sour Milk, a hit from 2006. Now you can watch the video clip of their song Peegelporand, directed by Ove Musting [below].
From the various responses I got from my previous post about hipster hate being misguided, most people defined a hipster as people who are very young (let’s say below 25), live off of their parents, and don’t contribute to the scene they glom onto. The problem I have with this is that in my personal experience, this is not how most people define hipsters.
For nearly two decades, Mark Riddick has done illustrations, album covers, and t-shirts for metal bands such as Devourment, Hirax, Deceased, Kataklysm, Nunslaughter, Slayer, and countless others. No one draws rotting corpses, severed goat heads, or piles of maggots quite like him.
The metal flow chart that made the rounds recently fell flat in my book. But these heavy metal laundry tips by WMUC metal DJ Scott Maxwell is pretty spot-on: ‘Allow your clothes to soak in waters as cold as the rivers of Blashyrkh itself, without agitation’. Comic gold.
Chances are, if you’re into metal at all, you’ve seen some of Christophe Szpajdel’s work. The Belgian forestry engineer has designed some of the genre’s most recognizable logos – Emperor, Borknagar, Old Man’s Child, and Enthroned among many others. A recent Vice Magazine spread elicited some pretty ignorant responses deriding his designs as unreadable. What the uninitiated fail to comprehend, however, is that heavy metal logos say everything one needs to know about a band (whether they’re thrash, death, black, or grindcore, and whether they’re Satanic, pagan, punk influenced, neo-Nazi, or humor-driven), and sometimes illegibility is the whole point.