This Hail is going to be a wee bit different from the others, in the sense that it’ll be a compilation of awesomeness instead of focusing on just one band/organization. In case you all are unaware, today is #BlackOutDay, a day created by a committee of Tumblrites to use social media to celebrate blackness around the globe. It’s only right that I, a black person, take this day to show you all some of the black folks who are helping to make metal great.

Laina Dawes

Opinionated, intelligent, and conscious, Laina Dawes is basically who I want to be when I grow up. Here’s a clip of her discussing her book What Are You Doing Here?: A Black Woman’s Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal and her experiences as a black woman in the metal scene.


BlasianQuita hosts The Curvy Metalhead Show on YouTube and runs the Curvy Metal blog. She covers a wide variety of topics, from makeup & fashion to interracial dating. Here’s her take on why people of color seem to shy away from goth & metalhead subcultures.

Terrance Hobbs

The lead guitarist of Suffocation has been shredding people’s faces off since 1988. What more can I say? This 30-second guest solo says it all.

Militia Vox

Possibly the most gregarious person I’ve ever met, her offstage personality seems just as “larger than life” as her onstage one. She is known for fronting Judas Priestess, the all-female Judas Priest tribute band, but she’s done plenty of original stuff on her own as well. Watch her jamming out to “Cult of Personality” with Living Colour!


Once upon a time, I wrote a thing about not wanting people to ask me about Botswana metal. I stand by that article & maintain that I should NOT be expected to have opinions on everything any black person does anywhere, but that doesn’t make Wrust any less great. This is the official music video for “Hate ‘Em All” from their latest album Intellectual Metamorphosis.

No matter what race you identify as, you can participate in #BlackOutDay too! Share pictures, books, videos, BLOG POSTS (*cough*) and music by all your favorite black artists today!