Distorted guitars, crazy rhythms, dense bass, and insane vocals. What it means to be a metal head.
How Heavy Metal Saved My Life
When you hear the word metal, in regards to music, what comes to mind? Before I became a full-on metalhead, I was afraid of metal. I hated the genre. Until my junior year of high school, whenever someone mentioned the music I would immediately think of Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Cannibal Corpse, Slipknot, and every other famously evil band that the genre had to offer. I was afraid of the music. I was raised in a very Christian household, and I thought that the music would somehow possess me, blacken my soul, pretty much everything the Catholic Church was saying throughout the 1970’s and 80’s, what my parents were taught as children. Little did I know, that I, and almost my entire family, would become Metalheads.
An Introduction to the World of Dark Juan
I am Dark Juan. I have been many things and there is much I still need to discover. I write. A lot. I write books and record reviews, mainly. I have been a recording artist, a guitarist, a father and a libertine.
20 Badass Classic Metal Albums
First of all... there is NO way on earth to make a "toplist" of metal albums without pissing off half the metal population.
The Fall of Heavy Metal
You may be wondering, "Why-eth the fuck hath thou enticed me with such a headline?" only for me to ask "When-eth the fuck did you cometh from? Doth thou knowst of the heavy metals? Fucketh off!" As I plead for you to come back, I'll actually explain myself.
Local Hardcore Venues
The hardcore scene is a beautiful place, my friends, filled with wholesome people and music that makes you want to absolutely destroy something, What isn't to love about it? Sadly, spaces to host shows like this one are closing faster than they can pop up.
Bell Witch — Mirror Reaper
There are many words one could use to describe the sound produced by Seattle based "funeral" doom metal two-piece, Bell Witch. Monolithic, dripping, oppressive, haunting, all of these would suffice and retrospectively carry throughout the band's early efforts and into 2015's Four Phantoms album, but with Mirror Reaper they've hit an entirely new level and pushed their sound to new, lofty heights.
10 Obscure Old School Thrash Bands to Check Out
In my previous article, I provided coverage for modern-day thrash bands that are worthy of your attention and respect. These results were based on bands that moved thrash forward in the current times as opposed to bands that keep thrash stuck in the 80s. While this does thrash no favors today, the 80s and early 90s remain the golden age of not only thrash, but metal as a whole. Other articles do provide earnest coverage on notable albums throughout the genre's history, but the top spots are usually clogged up by The Big Four, often resulting in a coin flip for Reign In Blood and Master of Puppets over the #1 spot. While 80s metal is vast and complex, there are several bands I always felt deserved a second look. While a few bands may be recognizable to die-hard thrashers, many of these bands survived by word of mouth during their time coupled with increased availability in the digital media age. Submitted for your approval, 10 Obscure Old School Thrash Bands.
Highly Anticipated Rock/Metal Records To Be Released In September 2017
It's about that time of the year. October is right around the corner, and the season of Fall is coming around faster than it seems. This is the time where metalheads start to come out to play, and with that comes some amazing new albums. In this article we will be talking about the most anticipated albums that are being released this month. Please understand that this is a highly opinionated article, and I would love to know what those reading this believe are some highly anticipated releases this September.
Album Review- ACCEPT -Rise of Chaos (Nuclear Blast Records)
Legendary German metal stalwarts Accept have just released their new album Rise of Chaos, the follow-up to their 2014 release Blind Rage and their first since yet another lineup change. On the final track "Race To Extinction," vocalist Mark Tornillo sings, "We can change this story, adapt and compromise, balance is mandatory, open your eyes. Is this the race to extinction... a race to the end." He's singing about deeper world issues of course, but in the opinion of some longtime fans, he might as well be singing about his band and their place in the 2017 metal landscape.