Finnish University Offering Course On Metal

Pretty sweet

Yet another institution of higher education has embraced heavy metal as a genre worth studying. The latest to hop on the bandwagon is Finland’s leading university, the University Of Helsinki, which is offering students a three-week academic course about the history of heavy metal music and its importance in contemporary western society. The course is […]

Readers’ Bands: Reduced To Ash Are Badass

Reduced To Ash

So, for a while there, I stopped writing the Readers’ Bands column because, well, I was fixing to shut the site down. But I’ve since reconsidered, with a patron campaign currently underway to raise funds to the site’s continued operation. Hence, I’ll be doing two Readers’ Bands columns a week going forth. If you’re a […]

Four Revamped Metal Classics That Rule

Reign in Blood

Normally, when I go on YouTube, I look at people doing dumb stuff. Videos of folks doing cringeworthy stuff seems to be my favorite in recent weeks. Like, have you seen this tool rage about how he’s better than everyone else because he wears a fedora? He seems almost as bearable to hang out with […]

Guest Column: Three Bands You May Not Know But Should By Valdrin’s Carter Hicks


By now, you should know the drill. We’ve been having musicians from across metal’s grand spectrum pen brief guest columns for us on a number of engaging topics: must-read books, must-see films, and bands you may not know but absolutely should. Today’s column was written by Valdrin vocalist and guitarist Carter Hicks. The Chasm One […]

Jesse Leach’s Check Your Head: Wise Up!

Jesse Leach's Check Your Head

[The following song partially inspired this column] Let’s just get right to it. I have had a breaking point as of late. I am attempting to expand my horizons and branch out as an artist (with my website,, so I am on the internet a lot. As a writer and musician, I observe people […]

Readers’ Bands: Doctor Smoke Project Old School Metal Sound


If you dig the sound of early metal, especially bands like Black Sabbath and Pentagram, and dig modern bands like Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats or Electric Wizard, chances are you’ll dig Doctor Smoke. One of the Ohio band’s members wrote us not that long ago, praising the site and “passing along our free demo […]

UnKured Exclusive Album Stream: Mutated Earth


Do you dig death-thrash? I mean, do you dig death-thrash for real? Well then, proceed to the end of this post. where you’ll find UnKured’s new album streaming in its entirety. The Ohio thrash metallers’ debut disc is called Mutated Earth and you can stream it now, for free. Gratis. Zero. Zilch. Nada. All that. […]

Readers’ Bands: California’s Otoño Are Severe


If you like your metal rough, raw, and without all the frills that come with enlisting a capable producer, then you’re going to dig Otoño. From their pictures, it would appear that Otoño has no drummer. Which leads me to believe they use a drum machine. Wouldn’t be the first time a band’s done this […]

Metallica Book Ferguson Residency


That’s right, people. Metallica will be appearing over the course of a week on the “The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson,” which is on its way into the history books. The band said of the gig: “We’re excited to celebrate Craig Ferguson’s final season on CBS as he has personally invited us to join […]

Guest Column: Three Books You Need To Read By Convent Guilt’s Ian Belshaw

Convent Guilt

In our undying efforts to bring you engaging columns you won’t find anywhere else, we’ve reached out to the metal world seeking submissions for a new subject: Three amazing books you have to pick up and devour. Seeing as you read this blog everyday, we went out on a limb and assumed you’d maybe want […]