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Opinion: Defending Danzig

Posted by on September 5, 2017

Danzig released a video for “Last Ride” last week. Of course, within seconds, the keyboard warriors were all over it. In today’s metal world where “journalists” for large multi-national media companies can’t seem to even understand that Burzum is a one person musical act and that many fans started listening to metal long before hearing […]

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Hardwired for Justice…breaking up and getting back together with Metallica

Posted by on June 7, 2017

Tonight I’m seeing Metallica perform for the first time in 17 years. The main reason I saw the band back in 2000 (Summer Sanitarium Tour at the Los Angeles Coliseum) was because I was offered a half-price ticket a day in advance and I had no plans on that Saturday. The band were really good […]

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Is Metallica the musical equivalent of Star Wars?

Posted by on March 9, 2017

In the 1980’s, film culture was dominated by Star Wars, episodes IV-VI were three of the most influential films of that decade (sure, episode IV was in 1977 but its influence flowed into the 80’s.)  Metallica released four of the most influential metal albums of the 1980’s, and one in the early 90’s. Both Star […]

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Cancelling bigoted bands IS free speech

Posted by on November 16, 2016

When Portland deathgrind band Fornicator was dropped from an opening spot for Profanatica at the Highline in Seattle earlier this year as the result of objections from those in the local metal community, the immediate and predictable response was one of indignation and a self-righteous cry of violated first amendment rights. This came as a […]

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Heavy metal’s validity through appropriation

Posted by on October 25, 2016

Heavy metal is in fashion. In case you haven’t already noticed it in the streets, there’s plenty of coverage out there in the metal blogosphere. If you followed all those links then you’ll know the subject of heavy music aesthetics being co-opted by mainstream fashion is well established and I’m not interested in beating a […]

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