Opinion

METALLICA ‘STILL FUCKIN RULES’, OR DO THEY?

So Metal Mark is out of the office today and a friend of mine on Facebook put up a post about his favorite topic; Metallica.  This friend went on a quick rant about how Metallica is awesome and blah, blah people shouldn’t make fun of Lars.  Here’s what he wrote: “I love how metal musicians ripping on Metallica, how they

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THE TOP TEN METAL SCENES IN AMERICA!

The heavy metal scene is huge across the nation, but what cities have the best scene? It’s a tough question to answer, but New Noise Magazine decided to take it on! From local bands to signed acts, they put together a list of, what they have concluded, as the Top Ten Metal Scenes In America! The list is below, so

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THE “10 METAL ALBUMS TO LISTEN TO BEFORE YOU DIE” LIST IS HERE!

Oh look! Another list for us to argue about! Actually, this list is pretty solid, but with a title like “10 Metal Albums to Listen to Before You Die,” I think some essentials are missing. Alex Distefano from OCWeekly.com took on this list, and while some choices are right on and killer records, some classic are definitely missing! As he

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RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE: FIVE REASONS RATM DEFINITELY IS A METAL BAND

Following my interview with Howie Abrams, co-author of The Merciless Book of Metal Lists, I have been brooding over the fact that they feel Rage Against The Machine is NOT METAL.  It’s one thing to say you don’t like a band, but an entirely different thing to claim they aren’t metal when clearly they are.  To quote Abrams after me

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HOWIE ABRAMS OF “THE MERCILESS BOOK OF METAL LISTS” INTERVIEW BY SAM ROON!

Amazon.com Widgets After reading “The Merciless Book of Metal Lists” by Howie Abrams and Sacha Jenkins I thought the best way to ask them about it was to question pretty much everything in the book.  This is probably my favorite interview in many years.  I want to say thanks to Howie for not physically harming me during the making of this email (the fact that it

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CHOSEN BETTER THAN GOJIRA? BASED ON ONE SONG, ‘YES’.

Let the games begin.  Metal Mark, Jason Lekberg and half of the heavy music world have been trying to convince me for at least the last year that Gojira is this amazing band, that they are this original sound and they have amazing songs.  I have never said a bad word about Gojira, but I don’t think of them as

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IT’S INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY!

So when Metal Mark asked me to write something up for international women’s day, the first thing I thought of was all the trouble I’ve caused calling out Revolver, Decibel and some record labels for exploiting women.  I’m a very sensitive person when it comes to all issues of equal rights, from sexual orientation to race relations to social class so

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AFTER A DELAY, RANDY APPEARS BACK IN COURT

After a delay in the trial back in February, Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe appeared in the Prague court again to conclude his trial for Manslaughter. The delay was due to an illness of what is being called one the defense’s “key witnesses.” It has not yet been revealed who this witness is but, if his or her testimony will lead to

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SLAYER SPEAKS ABOUT RELEASING DAVE LOMBARDO

So the plot thickens.  Slayer has released the following statement to Blabbermouth in an effort to keep fans apprised of the situation with Dave Lombardo.  Commentary afterward: “SLAYER confirms that Jon Dette will drum for the band on its Australian tour that starts this Saturday, February 23 in Brisbane. As regards Dave Lombardo‘s Facebook post, SLAYER does not agree with Mr. Lombardo‘s substance or the timeline of the

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“SLAYER IS DEAD?” FANS REACT TO THE STATEMENT BY DAVE LOMBARDO

Ever since SkullsNBones posted about Dave Lombardo being kicked off of Slayer‘s upcoming Australia tour (yes, I just did that, we posted it at 2am today), the metal world has been brooding.  With the update to their Wikipedia page showing that Lombardo is no longer in the band, it pretty much seals the deal on this era of Slayer. (UPDATE:

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THE TOP TEN METAL SCENES IN AMERICA!

The heavy metal scene is huge across the nation, but what cities have the best scene? It’s a tough question to answer, but New Noise

IT’S INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY!

So when Metal Mark asked me to write something up for international women’s day, the first thing I thought of was all the trouble I’ve

AFTER A DELAY, RANDY APPEARS BACK IN COURT

After a delay in the trial back in February, Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe appeared in the Prague court again to conclude his trial for Manslaughter.

SLAYER SPEAKS ABOUT RELEASING DAVE LOMBARDO

So the plot thickens.  Slayer has released the following statement to Blabbermouth in an effort to keep fans apprised of the situation with Dave Lombardo.