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If you want to get technical, every month is metal month. However, if we want to go with recent history, March has been designated Metal Month. Amazon seems to have gotten the memo, as they’ve come up with a list of 521 albums to pick up for $5.99 and less. This is a pretty all-encompassing list. Everything from current music like Gojira’s L’enfant Sauvage, Holy Grail’s Ride the Void and Hatebreed’s The Divinity of Purpose to classic albums like Appetite for Destruction, Anthrax’s Among the Living and Opeth’s Still Life. This is a great way to show your support of metal and fill holes in your music collection. It’s also a valid reason for some of the ridiculous spikes in sales that you might have noticed at Metal By Numbers yesterday. You can see the whole list here.
Last week, we celebrated March Is Metal Month by giving away autographed artwork from iwrestledabearonce. And while the most metal of months is almost coming to an end, we’re giving away yet another sick collectors’ item. This time, it’s from none other than Lacuna Coil.
This silk screen print of alternative artwork to Dark Adrenaline was autographed by each member of Lacuna Coil. And we want to give it away to one lucky fan for free. That’s right, FREE. What do you have to do to enter for the chance to win this? Well, Lacuna Coil will be embarking on the Dark Legacy tour next week, where they’ll be performing over two hours of both new and old material each night. All you have to do to enter is tell us which song you want to hear the Italian metal group perform the most in the comment section below.
We’ll pick one winner by Tuesday, April 3. Multiple entries will be disqualified, and the contest is open to U.S. residents only (sorry, rest of world). So don’t waste any more time, and leave a comment below to enter for the chance to win this autographed piece of art from Lacuna Coil.
Hopefully by now you’ve realized that March Is Metal Month. We’ve been promising that we’d be offering some cool prizes to celebrate the most metal month. And to kick things off, we’re giving away a collectors item every fan of iwrestledabearonce will want hanging on their wall.
This silk screen canvas of the cover artwork to 2011’s Ruining It For Everybody has been autographed by each member of iwrestledabearonce. And we want to give it away to one lucky fan. All you have to do to enter is tell us your favorite song off of the album Ruining It For Everybody in the comment section below. Yup, it’s that easy. We will choose one commenter by Tuesday, March 27. Multiple entries will be disqualified, and the contest is open to U.S. residents only (sorry, rest of world).
So don’t wait, and leave a comment below to enter for the chance to win this piece of art from iwrestledabearonce.
As you all know by now, March is Metal Month. That means that it’s time to support your favorite genre of music by picking up some music from some of its best artists. It’s also something that EMI and the labels it distributes are doing to raise awareness of all the bands on its’ labels. Candlelight is one of those labels, and they’re running a rad contest through the end of the month in which you can win some great swag from some of their artists. In honor of March is Metal Month and two of their artists, Orange Goblin and Corrosion of Conformity, hitting #1 at CMJ’s Loud Rock charts, they’re giving you the chance to win prizes like T-shirts, CD’s, limited vinyl and downloads from artists across their roster. All you have to do to win is go their Facebook page and ‘like’ it.
What can you win? Try T-shirts from Havok, Absu, Insomnium, Opeth, Burzum, Emperor, Limbonic Art, Blood Tsunami, Zyklon, and Ihsahn. Vinyl from Fear Factory, Corrosion of Conformity, Orange Goblin, Abigail Williams, and Havok. Downloads from Orange Goblin and Woe. Autographed posters from Orange Goblin, Havok and more.
Remember, all you have to do to get in on the action is go to Candlelight’s Facebook page and like it. Winners will be selected at random each day. And yeah, we know. While March is Metal Month, we know that every month is metal month!
Oh wait, you didn’t know? March Is Metal Month! Geez, where have you been? While Metal Insider will be offering some cool prizes and interviews to celebrate the most metal of months, Amazon is celebrating with a massive sale.
Granted, Amazon have done multiple $5.99 – $7.99 sales for full album mp3 downloads. However, the digital outlet is also offering great sales on physical CDs and vinyls. Some of the many titles on sale are from bands like Megadeth, Pantera, Slayer, Every Time I Die, Anthrax, Napalm Death, Red Fang, Machine Head, All Shall Perish, Pentagram, Queensryche, High On Fire and many others. We, for one, have our eyes on the Mastodon Remission vinyl.
So don’t waste any more time and check out Amazon’s massive March Is Metal sale now. We would be very surprised if you don’t find at least one album offered in the sale you wouldn’t mind adding to your collection for a discounted price.
Hey guys, in case you haven’t realized it from the last few years, March is Metal Month. For four years now, the guys at EMI Label Services and Caroline Distribution have been celebrating the releases on the labels they distribute, which include Century Media, Nuclear Blast, Candlelight, Earache, Elm City, Season of Mist, Prospect Park and more. While the real meat of what this is about is working with independent record stores to help support metal, Metal Insider has been involved since the first year, and have offered cool prizes to metal fans. We’ll be doing that again this year, but more on that when it’s actually March.
Meanwhile, if you’re anywhere near the NYC metro area, we invite you to come out to Idle Hands Bar tomorrow (28) to help kick off the month. From 6-8, there will be drink specials, giveaways, and oh yeah, metal. And if you stick around, starting at 8, everyone’s favorite metal Big Brother contestant, Adam Poch, will be hosting an evening of metal trivia. Before he was sexing up prime time TV, he hosted trivia back in Hoboken. The guy’s got chops, and it’s a good time. And other than everything, what’s more metal than clowns? Don’t answer, but from 7-9, Clown Shoes Beer will be having a special promotion. For $10, you’ll get three pours of beer, including Hoppy Feet Double IPA, Tramp Stamp IPA and Vampire Slayer Smoked Imperial Stout. So stay tuned to Metal Insider to hear about what we’ll be giving away, but roll out tomorrow to enjoy beer, metal and trivia.
Since the most metal of months came to an end last week (sad, I know), we decided to end March Is Metal Month with a blast by giving away some amazing prizes. If you may recall, we announced a contest where one lucky winner could win a Carcass box set, a Celtic Frost box set, and a Five Finger Death Punch skate deck. That’s right, all three prizes together!! And all you had to do was leave a comment stating the most Metal thing you’ve done in March. We received a lot of great and truly metal submissions, but unfortunately there can only be one winner…and two runner ups who will receive a March is Metal month t-shirt and CD sampler.
It was a hard decision, but in the end we at Metal Insider felt that three box sets should go to (drum roll please)… lisa s. who left the following winning comment:
“Most metal thing I’ve done this month? I graduated college and moved back in with my parents. Wait, there’s more.
My home girl and I were the only attendees at an Evangelist and Phalgeron show last week (Mondays and lazy, anti-promotion venues strike again). An anomaly on their tour, I am sure. Without hesitation, both bands ripped despite the minimal attendance [could have had something to do with Stacy and I's head banging that was furious enough to fill the (empty) room.] I’ve seen Evangelist a few times before and have made their acquaintance – respectable young men. A pack of hard working metal makers roughing it in the van, and a mostly empty nest in the ‘burbs is a recipe for hospitality, no? “Daaad, can I have a sleep over?” Although it had been well over a decade since my ears first perked to a guitar solo on the radio (Van Halen) and was having slumber parties, the pad is tried and true for such gatherings, though never tested on headbangers. Dad grumbled in submission and granted me permission to extend hospitality to the deathrace princes of darkness. After the show, the party moved to mom’s and pop’s. I had to leave early in the morning to attend my non-job, and told the troops they had to leave when my mom left for the day. They were such polite guests and my mom is so sweet, er I mean metallicious, she ended up telling them to stay put and sleep in. My mom called me at non-work to report what happened next: Grumbling dad proceeded to make them breakfast – 18 eggs, three loaves of raisin bread (who knew that random, extravagant Costco buy would come in handy?) and a grip of bacon were fried up! Before the two bands departed for their next tour stop, they took a group shot in front of their van with my dad throwing up horns!
Only in Metal March could such a brutal anomaly occur on a driveway in such a burb-tastic ‘hood. My parents now sport illegible metal font on their t shirts when they shop at Costco, and listen to the latest Seattle death metal on the ride home in the hybrid – an extra pack of bacon in tow, just in case.
So there you have it: the most metal thing done in Metal March was my dad fueling the metal march onward to the dark abyss of the interstate, straight outta the ‘burbs, with blessings, er, damnations with his very own newly found horns! \m/”
So not only did lisa s. win because she has awesome parents, but also because she helped out a metal band by giving them a place to sleep and bacon (the most metal and tasty meat of all!!). Anyone who knows how difficult it is for metal bands to tour knows that she did a mitzvah and a half! So she wins a Carcass box set, a Celtic Frost box set, and a Five Finger Death Punch skate deck because she went above and beyond to help out fellow metal heads.
But lisa s. wasn’t the only person who had a truly metal month. We also chose two runner ups that would receive a March Is Metal Month t-shirt and a 16-track sampler from participating labels Century Media, Earache, Prospect Park, Virgin, Season of Mist, Candlelight, and Willowtip. You can check out what our runner ups submitted after the jump. Thanks to everyone who submitted and we hope that you all had a truly metal month back in March! Read more »
If you haven’t gotten it through your skull yet that March is Metal Month, what do we have to do? Give away an amazing Celtic Frost box set from Century Media? What else? A Carcass box set featuring all of their Earache albums? How about a Five Finger Death Punch skate deck from Prospect Park? What do you want, all three of them? Well guess what, we’re going to go ahead and give one lucky winner all three to commemorate the end of the most metal month there is. Our friends at EMI Label Services have partnered with us to offer up these rad prizes.
All you have to do is leave a comment in the section below stating the most metal thing you’ve done so far this month. Once we come to a conclusion as to who’s done the most devil horns-worthy act, they’ll get the box sets and skate deck. Two runners-up will receive a March Is Metal Month T-shirt and 16-track sampler from participating labels Century Media, Earache, Prospect Park, Virgin, Season of Mist, Candlelight, and Willowtip.
Multiple entries will be disqualified. Sorry international peoples, contest is open to U.S. residents only. We’ll choose our winners on Friday, April 1.
What more can be said about Lemmy Kilmister? Even though he prefers not being labeled as “metal,” Lemmy and Motörhead have served as an enormous influence in almost every metal and hard rock act to come out in the past three decades. The band’s music and his truly badass persona have made Lemmy an icon in the music world. The best way to explain it, really, is through this riddle made popular by the 90’s rock movie Airheads: Who would win in a wrestling match, Lemmy or God? Trick question, Lemmy IS God!
So what better way to celebrate March Is Metal Month than by getting to talk with the legend himself? Lemmy took the time to discuss a number of topics with Metal Insider, including his new documentary Lemmy: 49% Motherf**ker, 51% Son Of A Bitch, his response to being an enormous influence on the likes of Dave Grohl and Metallica, the problematic situation the recording industry has gotten themselves into, and how even after 36 years he has no plans of ever slowing down.
To further celebrate March is Metal Month, we’re giving away copies of The World Is Yours. Just leave a comment in the section below stating your favorite Motörhead song OTHER THAN “Ace of Spades,” and you’ll be registered to win both a CD/DVD copy of the album and a vinyl copy of the album, which is in stores now. We’ll pick a winner on April 1st (no foolin’!). Multiple entries will be disqualified.
The Wörld is Yours came out on your own label, Motörhead music. What was the reasoning behind forming your own label?
Well, we just finished with our label, and it’s the same people controlling it because it was an American label and German run except they went bankrupt in the end. They always treated us real good. So we kept the team on and we did our own little imprint for that album.
So there wasn’t any extra motive behind the move?
No, there was no conspiracy theory.
While on the subject of labels, what are your thoughts on the music industry these days?
Well, the music industry these days is dying, isn’t it? They have no idea what fucking happened to them. They don’t know what hit them. They couldn’t work with the internet, so they tried to prosecute it, which is really fucking dumb. And it seems that they keep fucking up. Every turn they make is the wrong turn. Soon they’re going to be out of business in ten years. And it’s all because of the internet.
Do you think it was was easier for up and coming bands to promote themselves back when Motörhead first started out, or is it easier now?
It’s the same. It’s always been the same. There’s always people robbing bands. Agents rob you. Managers rob you a lot of the time. We’ve got a good one now, but we’ve had a lot of bad ones. The fucking promoters rob you. They tell you that “it hasn’t sold out,” and you can see that it is. But what are you going to say? They’ve got all their guys with them, and there’s only five of you. Read more »
Headbanger’s Brawl is a weekly column where Metal Insider’s Bram and Zach take a moment to debate and analyze two opposing sides of a topical issue occurring in the world of metal and/or the music industry.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, then you know that MARCH IS METAL MONTH! Duh! But anyway, with it being the end of the first week in March, Bram and Zach decided to share what they think is the best way to celebrate the most metal of months.
And remember, check back throughout the whole month to read interviews with participating bands and to find out what awesome prizes we’ll be giving away.
Zach: Unfortunately, March Is Metal is not a nationally recognized holiday, so taking the entire month off from work to drink beer and mosh to metal music with your buddies in your basement probably won’t fly with your boss. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make your work filled month unbearable and celebrate all things metal!
Here’s what I’d do: Each morning as your on your way to your job, class or whatever the hell you do at 8am in the morning, blast some music from Tool and/or Mastodon (both bands’ mix of heaviness and experimentation is surprisingly awesome music to listen to when waking up). Then once you arrive back home after a long days work, blast some aggressive classics like Pantera or Slayer, break open a beer or two and do whatever the hell you want! Want to go berserk and do a one man mosh pit? Do it! Want to be a lazy ass and just lay on your couch? Do it! The key is to do whatever the hell you want to do while you use metal as your soundtrack.
Then, on the weekends, rather than just sitting around on your ass while listening to your favorite band, throw a barbeque with your friends and play music from a new band! Use the free time to have a mini-listening party and discover new music!!
Bram: What do I do to celebrate the most metal of all months? It really depends on the mood. Generally, I’ll follow in the footsteps of some of my favorite Norwegian black metal bands and burn down a church in the name of my sweet lord Satan. Too extreme? I’ll show you too extreme: I spend all of March listening to my favorite funk metal band from the ’80s and early ’90s, Extreme.
Truthfully, I’m somewhere in between. I’ve never burned down a church, and don’t have any plans to, unless it’s this one. And I haven’t seriously listened to Extreme since “Play With Me” was in Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. However, March usually IS Metal Month for me even without EMI, since SXSW is smack dab in the middle of it. I’m down generally down there inundating myself with the world’s finest metal bands converging on Austin. This year will be no different, and if you’re a fan of any kind of genre of music, that’s a good way to spend the month. If you’re not near Austin or don’t feel like going to Spring Break for the music industry, there’s always local music to look forward to, and there’s tons of tours everywhere. Taking in some live metal is pretty metal. Amirite?
Think you know a better way to celebrate the most metal of months? Tell us below in our comment section!