|10,000 metal releases came out this yearblog column, 2009, InvisibleOranges.com|
Looks at the number of metal full-length and demo releases put out each year over the past three decades.
|"A Blaze In The Northern Sky" - The Black Metal Seminarblog column, by Ken Pierce, 2010, PiercingMetal.com|
Talks about a seminar on Norwegian black metal music, culture and origins, held by music journalist Patrizia Mazzuoccolo in 2010 at the Scandinavia House building, New York, USA.
|A Burzum Story: Part VI - The Musicblog column, by Varg Vikernes, Burzum.org|
Vikernes recounts how with his band Burzum in 1991 he rebelled against the notions that it's important for metal bands to focus on instrumentation, production and branding, instead creating with Burzum music that's more spontaneous and organic (and achieving critical acclaim as a result).
|A Christian 'Heavy-Metal' Band Makes Its Mark on the Secular Music Industrycolumn, by Steve Rabey, 2001, Christianity Today|
From a Christian perspective, looks at the Christian metal band Stryper, its rise to mainstream success and the question of its spiritual healthiness.
|A National Socialist Rejection of Black Metalcolumn, 2008, Stormfront White Nationalist Community website|
|A word on modern metalcolumn, by Steve Lampiris, 2010, ZMEmusic.com|
Criticizes how major metal record companies always use the same style of mixing and production.
|Aboriginal Heavy Metal Gangs [Pics]|
pictorial column, by Claudia Cukrov, 2011, psfk
Photos of Australian aboriginal metal gangs.
|Album Sales Vs. Merchandise: What is more important?blog column, 2009, MetalAsFuck.net|
|All Known Metal Bands, and All Known Metal Bands Revisited|
blog columns, by Cosmo Lee, 2008, InvisibleOranges.com
Regarding All known metal bands, a book consisting exclusively of a list of names of over 50,000 metal bands, and a response from author Dan Nelson defending his work.
|All-Time Best Selling Heavy Metal Bandsblog column, 2010, TheAceBlackBlog.com|
(Within the USA.)
|Allerseelen on Tour: Austrian Far-Right Musical Project on West Coast Tour, Playing Support to Northwest Heavy Metal Actblog column, 2010, RoseCityAntifa.org|
The Rose City Antifa, a chapter of the Anti-Racist Action Network opposing fascism, calls out Agalloch on its touring association with Allerseelen's far-right music, and discussion in the column's comments section argues about the extent of Agalloch's culpability.
|An oral history of Chicago's metal scene: the early years, part 2: Location, location, location, part 3: The ’90s, part 4: A scene resurgent|
column series, by Roger Riddell, 2011, A.V. Club
|Anatomy of a Release, Pt. 1: Signing a Bandblog column, by Sean Crook, 2011, InvisibleOranges.com|
|Anatomy of a Release, Pt. 2: Recording the Albumblog column, by Sean Crook, 2011, InvisibleOranges.com|
|Anatomy of a Release, Pt. 3: Artworkblog column, by Sean Crook, 2011, InvisibleOranges.com|
|Appropriation of metal culture: The neverending sagablog column, 2008, TheMetalInquisition.com|
|Are corporate-sponsored metal shows killing the live concert market?blog column, by Sacha Dunable, 2010, MetalSucks.net|
|Atlas Hoods: Botswana's Cowboy Metalheadscolumn, by Frank Marshall (photos) and Keith Kahn-Harris (writing), 2011, Vice|
A written and pictorial introduction of a little-known metal subculture in Botswana, Africa where metal has acquired a cowboy motif.
|Banks Violette: Black Metal Dreamscolumn, by Franklin Melendez, 2006, SOMA Magazine|
Looks at some of Banks Violette's museum exhibitions based on metal-related themes such as black metal church burning and the murder of a young female student by three teenage boys who sought to seal the notoriety of their metal band Hatred.
|Bassoons, flamenco, monks' cowls ... welcome to the new rock undergroundcolumn, by Julian Cope, 2006, Guardian.co.uk|
Looks at how metal is at the heart of the rock avantgarde, and offers some specific examples of metal underground scenes around the world.
|Begotten Antichrist: Did Marilyn Manson synchronize Antichrist Superstar to the movie Begotten?, and Is Antichrist Superstar Synchronized to the Movie Begotten?|
blog column and discussion thread, 2009, The-TrukstoP.com and official Marilyn Manson discussion forum
|Behind the Camera with Metal Photographer Jeremy Shafferinterview column, 2010, MetalInsider.net|
|Best Metal Moments On TVblog column, 2010, MetalInsider.net|
Looks at some classic metal appearances on TV programs including Pee Wee's Big Adventure.
|Betty White: Death Metal Sensationblog column, by Ciaran Thompson, 2010, aux.tv/NewMusic|
Renown comedian Betty White makes a death metal video on Saturday Night Live.
|Birmingham: British rock's forgotten city?column, by Louis Pattison, 2009, Guardian.co.uk|
Discusses the importance in metal's history of the city of Birmingham, birthplace of renown bands Black Sabbath, Judas Priest and Napalm Death.
|Black metal and the extreme right, Part 3blog column, by Graeme, 2010, RoarOfTheMasses.blogspot.com|
Looks at the racist and fascist connections in so-called 'English Heritage Black Metal'.
|Black metal and the extreme right, Part 4blog column, by Graeme, 2010, RoarOfTheMasses.blogspot.com|
Offers an excerpt from Dominic Fox's book Cold World: The Aesthetics of Dejection and the Politics of Militant Dysphoria remarking on Norwegian black metal's fascist connection.
|Black Metal and the Extreme Right, Part 6blog column, by Graeme, 2010, RoarOfTheMasses.blogspot.com|
Looks at how some black metal bands strongly suggest fascist or prejudiced themes in their music and imagery but turn around and deny it when interviewed, and explores more closely what exactly constitutes 'fascist' music.
|Black Metal and the Extreme Right, Part 7blog column, by Graeme, 2010, RoarOfTheMasses.blogspot.com|
Looks at how Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke's book Black Sun: Aryan Cults, Esoteric Nazism and the Politics of Identity misunderstands or misrepresents the relationship between fascism and metal.
|Black Metal? Eh?column, by Alex, 2010, LurkersPath.com|
Talks about black metal as experiencing a resurgence of authenticity following a more difficult period when the scene was filled with unoriginal clone bands.
|Blog Post Details How Labels Shaft Bandscolumn, by Bram Teitelman, 2009, MetalInsider.net|
|Buying Metalcolumn, by EC and 1Evil1, 2010, MaximumMetal.com|
Review of various online metal music stores.
|Can heavy metal buoy music games' sinking popularity?column, by Chad Sapieha, 2010, TheGlobeAndMail.com|
Looks at the decline of the Guitar Hero video game series.
|Christian Black Metal: A Photographic Overviewblog column, 2008, TheMetalInquisition.com|
Humorous inspection of contradictions in Christian metal.
|Circus Metalcolumn, by Frodi Stenberg, 2004, Metal-Observer.com|
|Columbine: Whose Fault Is It?column, by Marilyn Manson, 1999, Rolling Stone|
|Critiquing the Critic: Information Affirmationeditorial, by Dan Berger, 2002, Lamentations of the Flame Princess|
Argues that short, 'witty', derogatory metal reviews are pointless.
|Crossing A PR Line Or Just Silly Tweets?blog column, 2010, MetalInsider.net|
Every Time I Die used fake celebrity re-tweets to help promote their new DVD; they may face legal action.
|Dave Mustaine is a Hero Blessed by Godeditorial, by Axl Rosenberg, 2011, MetalSucks.net|
Author ridicules Mustaine for believing the power of prayer healed his kidney stone and allowed him to avoid canceling a concert.
|Death metal: A “pipeline to God”?editorial, by James Robertson, 2010, SSRC.org|
Explores the relationship between religion and metal, and considers that the two may aspire to similar goals despite metal's frequent critique of religion.
|Death Metal and the Cookie Monstercolumn, 2006, Coolfer.com|
Looks at the nature of the vocal style of some metal sub-genres referred to sometimes (usually derogatorily) as "cookie monster vocals".
|Death Metal and the Indian Identitycolumn, by Akshay Ahuja, 2008, Guernica|
|Death metal is good for youcolumn, 2009, DeathMetal.org|
argues that listening to death metal is healthy in that it conveys taboo experience, in stark contrast to the stagnating decorum of social normality, and therein helps liberate the listener's mind
|Defining Gothic Metal: The Truth And Lies of the Scenecolumn, 2006, MetalStorm.net|
Looks at problems of authenticity in the sub-genre when the term "gothic metal" is illegitimately appropriated or superficially applied, such as when a band is considered gothic just because its singer is female and her clothing style is obscure or poetic.
|Depressive Black Metal, the Endless Ocean of Darknesscolumn, by Ethan Mittel, 2010, MetalStorm.net|
Looks at the sub-genre of depressive black metal.
|Digital Downloads and the Aesthetics of Heavy Metalcolumn, by Justin M. Norton, 2011, About.com|
|Dissension in Metal?editorial, 2000, Metal-Rules.com|
Regarding the unity or lack thereof in the metal community.
|Do You Speak Metal?blog column, Metal-Observer.com|
Defines various metal terminology.
|Does Race Matter in Metal?editorial, 2001, Metal-Rules.com|
|Don't stop believing: Hair metal fans come out of hidingcolumn, by Olga Pierce, 2008, Columbia News Service|
Looks at the revival of the hair metal sub-genre made possible by the internet.
|Downloading Metalcolumn, 2007, MaximumMetal.com|
Discusses the difficulties with purchasing CDs online and the advantages of downloading the music instead.
|Draft of Interview on Hideous Gnosiscolumn, draft for Miasma|
Nicola Masciandaro, organizer of the "Hideous Gnosis: Black Metal Theory Symposium", talks about the origins, motivations and general nature of the project.
|Drudkh right, do we just take their word for it?, and Insane in the Ukraine, in defence of Drudk|
columns, by Jimmy Christ, 2010, ExtremeResponses.com
looks at right-wing extremism in extreme metal like Drudkh and the complexities arising when a band insists it does not promote right-wing extremist views despite evidence to the contrary
|Ear damage: Ringing ears? Concerts? You are a victim!blog column, by Roy Naufal, 2010, LebMetal.com|
A sober reminder of the dangers of hearing loss.
|EU metal vs. US metalcolumn, 2009, MetalAsFuck.net|
Compares European metal with North American metal.
|Euronymous's Epistles (pt. 2)column, by Valter, 2009, SurrealDocuments.blogspot.com|
Offers for viewing and briefly describes scans of eight letters, collected over several years from various fan sites, blogs, forums, etc, written by renown black metal musician Euronymous aka Øystein Aarseth.
|Euronymous' Epistles (pt. 3) – The political economy of DSPblog column, by Valter, 2009, SurrealDocuments.blogspot.com|
Examines how Øystein 'Euronymous' Aarseth ran his record label Deathlike Silence Productions (DSP) as more of a social than economic device in black metal's vein of doing things not for profit but for the music itself.
|Every empire has its downfallblog column, 2009, TheMetalInquisition.com|
Argues the metal scenes in Europe and America are becoming complacent and stagnant while in other parts of the world they're becoming more innovative and fans are more fervently devoted.
|Fascist Metalblog column, 2005, Foreign Dispatches blog|
Looks at Rammstein's controversial use of Nazi imagery.
|Fashion for Metalheads: Black Metal Fashioncolumn, by Steff, 2010, SteffMetal.com|
|Fashion for Metalheads: Death Metal Fashioncolumn, by Steff, 2010, SteffMetal.com|
|Fashion for Metalheads: Folk Metal Fashioncolumn, by Steff, 2010, SteffMetal.com|
|Fashion for Metalheads: Power Metal Fashioncolumn, by Steff, 2009, SteffMetal.com|
|For Those About To Mope: How Rock Learned to Love Morrisseycolumn, by John Doran, 2009, The Quietus|
Looks at why Morrissey, a lyricist and vocalist of the alternative rock band The Smith, remains one of the most dropped names in metal and heavy rock despite releasing a pop punk album.
|Full Metal Racket: An introduction to Scottish metal, parts one and twocolumn, by Jodi Mullen, 2009, Under The Radar blog|
[note that the first article is displayed second on the page, underneath the first]
|Georges Sorel – Reflections On Violence (pt. 2)blog column, by Valter, 2009, SurrealDocuments.blogspot.com|
Considers Øystein 'Euronymous' Aarseth's socialist ideology in relation to Georges Sorel's, revealing a sort of death wish underpinning Euronymous' involvement in black metal.
|Grammys Can't Headbangcolumn, by Steve Lampiris, 2009, ZMEmusic.com|
Discusses the Grammy Awards in a negative light, using its metal category as a case in point.
|Grunge vs. Hair Metal: Who Lives Today?column, 2006, Only-Rock.tripod.com|
|Guitar solo expertise in metalblog column, 2009, DeathMetal.org|
Considers guitar virtuosism as a means to an end rather than an end in itself.
|Hair Metal vs. Grunge: Just Who Survivedcolumn, 2009, RetroJunk.com|
Looks at the strengths of hair metal and the failure of grunge to eliminate it.
|Heavy Metal: It's alive and flourishingcolumn, by Brandon Stosuy, 2005, Slate.com|
Looks at metal's revival as it makes an unexpected crossover into the realm of hipsterdom.
|Heavy Metal Becoming More Gay-Friendly?column, by Joshua Rotter, 2005, AfterElton.com|
|Heavy Metal CDscolumn, Dark Legions Archive website|
Provides advice on how to obtain CDs of rare death metal and black metal albums.
|Heavy Metal Dharma Thunderblog column, by Rod Meade Sperry, 2009, ShambhalaSun.com|
Looks at various instances of Buddhist imagery in metal.
|* Heavy Metal Goes Platinumcolumn, by Guy Garcia and Patrick E. Cole, 1991, Time|
Discusses metal being shunned by music industry executives and dismissed by critics as adolescent noise in the 1980s, but in the early 1990s rising in popularity and gaining the kind of clout once reserved only for pop's biggest stars.
|Heavy Metal Rockers Before They Were Starsblog column, by Brett Singer, 2011, Snakkle.com|
Offers interesting before / after photos of famous rock and metal musicians from when they were teenagers and from the present day.
|Heavy Metal Sheepcolumn, by Keith Kahn-Harris, 2011, Souciant online magazine|
Looks at how metal fans are loyal and support their favorite artists with more constancy than in most other musical genres, and to what extent metal bands can change their sound without losing their audience.
|Heavy metal Törycolumn, by Michael Taube, 2011, National Post|
A personal account of the metal music preference of Michael Taube who is a Canadian conservative ('Töry') columnist and former speech writer for Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
|Hello Satan: Dark Metal in San Diego, plus Death Metal History Comiccolumn, by Jay Allen Sanford, 2007, San Diego Reader|
Humorous column discussion at dark metal in San Diego.
|Hipster metalcolumn, by Brett Stevens, 2010, Examiner.com|
Looks at hipster metal in a negative light, referencing discussion from Noisecreep and Invisible Oranges metal websites and Decibel metal magazine.
|Hipster metalblog column, 2007, InvisibleOranges.com|
Suggests hipsters are attracted to the deeper, more intellectual varieties of metal rather than the superficial hedonistic varieties.
|Hipster-metal's the Sword: Sabbath's second comingcolumn, by Michael Deeds, 2006, The Idaho Statesman|
Looks at hipster metal in a negative light, using the fairly successful band The Sword from Austin, Texas as a case in point.
|How does metal affect your relationships?editorial, 2003, Metal-Rules.com|
|How Heavy Metal Is Keeping Us Sanecolumn, by James Parker, 2011, The Atlantic|
Looks at how it can be psychologically healthy to be honest about darker aspects of human nature.
|How heavy metal prepares you for heavy emotionscolumn, by Peter Aldhous, 2008, NewScientist.com|
Study led by Maya Tamir at Boston College suggests men can sometimes deliberately seek out experiences making them angry in order to subsequently deal better with a confrontation situation.
|How Midi Festival Is Leading China's Live Music Boomcolumn, by Eric de Fontenay, 2010, MusicDish.com|
Interview with Shan Wei, deputy general manager of China's Midi Festival, looks at the role of music festivals in expanding China's rock and metal scene.
|How to Construct a 'Big' Studio Toneinstructional column, by Misha Mansoor, 2010, MetalSucks.net|
Discusses quad tracking and how much gain to use when recording.
|How To Get Started Teaching Guitar - 5 Things You Need to Know and Docolumn, by Tom Hess, GuitarMetal.com|
|How To Get Weed On The Roadeditorial, by keepitwolfson, 2010, MetalInjection.net|
Describes how some metal bands ask their fans for marijuana when on tour.
|How to Make the Right Connections in the Music Industrycolumn, by Tom Hess, 2008, GuitarMetal.com|
|How To Record Your Guitar Playingcolumn, by Tom Hess, GuitarMetal.com|
|HP Lovecraft's influence on heavy metal musicblog column, by Steff, 2010, SteffMetal.com|
|I don't worship Satan, I just like to rock!column, by Rawad Abdel Massih, 2010, Forward Magazine|
Discusses the state of metal in Syria and the social worry accompanying it.
|"I Hate Keyboards in Metal"blog column, by Telemachus Stavropoulos, 2010, Poetry-Of-Subculture.blogspot.ca|
Considers how categorical statements of personal preference are prominent in the metal subculture and are mostly just ignorant, judgmental clichés.
|I Remember Halloween: The Top 7 Horror Movie Metal Videosblog column, by Chris Rowella, 2009, InvisibleOranges.com|
Suggests the top seven metal music videos most like horror movies.
|In the Crossfire! Combat Anti-Rock Nuts in Michigan!column, by John Woods, The ROC magazine|
An alert to readers regarding Marge Ondo's fight against rock and metal music such as her attempts to cancel concerts.
|Influence of Rock, Hard Rock, Metal, Punk and Alternative on the human mood (my personal experience in it)blog column, by Georgi Dimitrov, 2010, Walking in Light with Christ - Faith, Computing, Diary blog|
from a Biblical perspective, discusses negative effects of listening to metal
|International Metal Touring: An Aussie Perspectivecolumn, 2006, 666metal.com|
Recaps discussion from Australian Music Manager's Forum event "International Touring with a Metal Twist" regarding the financial hardships and opportunities of Australian metal musicians.
|Interview: Metal scholars Brian Hickam, Amber Clifford and Karl Spracklencolumn, by Transcix, 2011, TheMetalDiscourser.com|
Brian Hickam, Amber Clifford and Karl Spracklen, well-respected scholars in the field of metal music studies, discuss a variety of subjects including metal studies' current state, its relationship to metal's mainstream, its financial viability as a career path and how it engages the meaning behind the music; all three scholars agree the academic field is highly stigmatized / underdeveloped.
|Interview: Moshpit Tragedy pay-what-you-want labelblog column, Transcix, 2012, TheMetalDiscourser.com|
Owner Rayny Forster talks about starting the first label in the music industry to fully adopt a pay-what-you-want (even nothing for most titles) download concept.
|Iron Maiden's "The Number of the Beast"blog column, by Raymond Aglugub, 2010, Metalocity.com|
Examines the musical structure and composition of Iron Maiden's famous song.
|Is heavy metal really the Devil's best tune?column, by Andrew Perry, 2010, Telegraph.co.uk|
Argues against Reverend Rachel Mann's opinion that Christianity has a lot to learn from metal and its "liberative theology of darkness".
|Is The Sign of The Horns Hand Gesture Satanic?blog column, by Valerie D'Orazio, 2010, TheDaily23.blogspot.ca|
|Is this band metal? Is that band metal?blog column, by Steff, 2011, SteffMetal.com|
Looks at some cases of bands where the line between metal and neighboring musical genres isn't always clear-cut.
|Lebanese Rock Censorship: Bannedblog column, by Patrick Saad, 2010, LebMetal.com|
Looks at the banning of numerous metal CDs from being sold in Lebanese stores and the difficulties in purchasing CDs online and having them mailed.
|Lionesses of Metal - Female growlerscolumn, by Darek Kempny, 2008, Metal-Portal.net|
presents some strong and talented female vocalists in the metal scene
|Liturgy, the black metal intelligentsia and fluffy cloudscolumn, by Matt Sullivan, 2010, NashvilleScene.com|
Talks about how the new wave of United States black metal [USBM] focuses on different thematic topics than the genre's Norwegian pioneers did.
|Live Albums - Filler or a Necessity?editorial, 2001, Metal-Rules.com|
|Local Metal Radio Station ... When? How?blog column, by Patrick Saad, 2009, LebMetal.com|
Considers the prospects for establishing a metal radio station in Lebanon (currently there are none).
|Losfer Words: Why isn't instrumental music more popular amongst heavy metal listeners?editorial, by James Edward, Lamentations of the Flame Princess|
|Loving Indolence, Hating Peace - The Strange State of Black Metal Upon Varg Vikernes' Emancipationcolumn, by Thomas Bey Wiliam Bailey, 2009, Furious.com|
Considers the underground nature of black metal and the paradoxical risk of its anti-conformist spirit breeding conformity among its adherents.
|Makh Daniels on venue etiquetteblog column, by Makh Daniels, 2010, InvisibleOranges.com|
Discusses proper etiquette if you're a member of a band coming to play at a venue.
|Man and Technics: The Hessian guide to the proper care and maintenance of your records and sound equipmentcolumn, 2009, DeathMetal.org|
|Meditation and Playing Live Musicblog column, by Nate DeMontigny, 2007, PreciousMetal.wordpress.com|
From a Buddhist perspective, considers live metal performance as partly meditative in nature.
|Metal = Neanderthal?column, by Bill Dunmyer, 1996, Intellektual Spew website (retrieved via Reocities.com)|
Looks at homophobia in the metal community and the tendency for homophobic metalheads to drive away intelligent metalheads.
|Metal Enterprisesblog column, TheCorroseum.com|
Berates old German record label Metal Enterprises as the worst metal label ever.
|Metal etiquette: A ladies' guide to concert-goingblog column, by Grim Kim, 2010, MetalSucks.net|
|Metal in Taiwancolumn, by Toni-Matti Karjalainen, 2009, bogfires.blogspot.ca|
|Metal Jazz - Fast, difficult, improvised. At the outer limits, there's actually a common thread.column, by Greg Burk, 2007, Los Angeles Times|
Explores the creation of the jazz-metal sub-genre.
|Metal listeners, scholars and journalists understandably fail to grasp the music's complex spiritual potentialcolumn, Transcix, 2011, TheMetalDiscourser.com|
Explores the transcendent spiritual potential of metal for the listener and the difficulties of broaching this topic in the marketplace of ideas due to ignorance of the human condition, using as a case in point the diversity of ways in which different people interpret the black metal growl.
|Metal Maddow's Republican National Death Metal Conventionblog column, by Axl Rosenberg, 2010, MetalSucks.net|
A humorous bit of media attention for metal on MSNBC television.
|Metal Myth Busting: Grunge Killed Heavy Metalblog column, by Chris Davison, 2010, live4metal.org|
|Metal Prejudiceeditorial, 2000, Metal-Rules.com|
Discusses if metal fans are victims of prejudice.
|Metal up your school uniformcolumn, by Steff, 2010, SteffMetal.com|
|Metal, Violence and Censorshipcolumn, by Chris Davison, 2010, live4metal.org|
Questions the appropriateness of a metal website partially owned by a major record label displaying a video of a young Russian soldier being beheaded in order to portray metal music as 'brutal'.
|Metalcore: What is it, and how is it different from death metalcolumn, by Brett Stevens, 2009, Examiner.com|
|Metalhead Fashion: In Defense of Daily Outfit Postsblog column, by Steff, 2010, SteffMetal.com|
('Daily outfit posts' are when a blogger posts a picture of themselves displaying what they were wearing that day, as found in many fashion blogs.)
|Metalhead or Metal Listener?editorial, 2001, Metal-Rules.com|
|Metallica CD slammed for being too loudcolumn, by Jack Schofield, 2008, Guardian.co.uk|
Using Metallica's album Death Magnet as an example, looks at a music industry practice of making songs louder by compressing their audio level—to the detriment of their dynamic range—in order for them to stand out on the radio and iPods.
|Micro-donations for metalblog column, by Cosmo Lee, 2009, InvisibleOranges.com|
Looks at the concept of fans paying for an album before it's made in order to help finance it, and points out some instances of the practice already occurring.
|Motifs and leitmotifs in metalblog column, 2009, DeathMetal.org|
|Music Preference and Substance Useblog column, by Walter van den Broek, 2009, Shockmd.com|
In contrast to previous research, findings of large Dutch study indicated no significant correlation between metal music preference and substance use.
|Music Terminology - Creating An Albumcolumn, MaximumMetal.com|
Defines the major terminology that would be employed when discussing all the steps of creating a metal album.
|All-Time Best Selling Heavy Metal Albums and CDsblog column, 2009, TheAceBlackBlog.com|
(Within the USA.)
|Nationalism over Satanismcolumn, 2007, Nationalist.org|
Discusses national socialist black metal as Satanic music that has no place within the movement of Nationalism and that is in fact infiltrating the movement of Nationalism.
|Night and Day: Jazz Meets Heavy Metalcolumn, by Evan Haga, 2011, JazzTimes|
Looks back at the histories of jazz and of metal and where the two overlap.
|No Dick, No Metal? No Effin' Way!blog column, by Grace Perry, 2011, Hellbound.ca|
Responds to inappropriate comments about women made in a column on metal website MetalSucks.net.
|"No! I Will Not Trust in God"column, by Texe Marrs, 2011, TexeMarrs.com|
From a Christian fundamentalist perspective, scathingly denounces the metal music preference of Jared Loughner, a man who went on a shooting rampage in Tucson, Arizona.
|North American Metal vs. European Metaleditorial, 2000, Metal-Rules.com|
|Nu metal, setting things straightcolumn, 2009, MetalStorm.net|
|NYC's Top 10 Heavy Metal Record Storeseditorial, 2009, MetalKult.com|
|Occultural Studies 1.0: Black Metalcolumn, by Eugene Thacker, 2010, Mute|
Thacker, one of the presenters at the "Hideous Gnosis: Black Metal Theory Symposium", reflects on the symposium and considers the different ways black metal is perceived and engaged by different people.
|Oh yeah, it's the musiccolumn, by Karen Fletcher, 1991, Green Left Weekly|
Argues against the notion that metal is significantly responsible for the suicide of Australian teenager Nigel Schmidt.
|On Destroying the Musical Pastblog column, by Noctir, 2010, RitesOfTheBlackMoon.tripod.com|
Looks at the pros and cons of remastering or re-recording metal albums.
|On the Decline and Collapse of Thrash Metalcolumn, by Noctir, 2010, RitesOfTheBlackMoon.tripod.com|
Argues thrash metal declined in quality and authenticity.
|On the Downfall of Death Metalcolumn, by Noctir, 2010, RitesOfTheBlackMoon.tripod.com|
Argues death metal declined in quality and authenticity.
|On the Increasing Threat of Music Piracycolumn, by Noctir, 2010, RitesOfTheBlackMoon.tripod.com|
Looks back at cassette taping piracy from the old days, and considers the pros and cons of mp3 piracy.
|On the Role of Clothing Styles In The Development of Metalcolumn, 2005, MetalStorm.net|
|On the Venom/Bathory Debatecolumn, by Noctir, 2010, RitesOfTheBlackMoon.tripod.com|
Argues Bathory's sound was heavily influenced by Venom despite insistance to the contrary by Bathory's founder and principle member Quorthon.
|Online band databases: A case of serious redundancyblog column, Transcix, 2012, TheMetalDiscourser.com|
Examines the gross redundancy and inefficiency in the online metal scene of information storage.
|Pedal to the Metal – The Future of Compositionblog column, 2009, DeathMetal.org|
Considers the value of an electric guitar distortion box that would allow for greater dynamic range as for instance guitars on the clean channel enjoy.
|Peter Beste - True Norwegian Black Metalblog column, by Cosmo Lee, 2008, InvisibleOranges.com|
Discusses Beste's critically-acclaimed photo collection of the Norwegian black metal scene. [Examples of the collection can be viewed here.]
|Pit Stories Columnsweekly column, MetalUnderground.com|
Weekly column submitted by bands and fans featuring accounts of experiences in metal mosh pits.
|Playing it Safecolumn, 2004, 666metal.com|
Discusses how radio stations increasingly refrain from playing metal because it would be a risk to their ratings.
|Politics in Grindcore – Are they necessary?column, 2009, Grindcore.org|
|Proto-metal in Captain Beyondcolumn, by Raymond Aglugub, 2010, Metalocity.com|
Looks at proto-metal band Captain Beyond and the many elements it employs that would become common in the fist generation of metal and that anticipate later developments in metal as well.
|Rage Against the Regime: Voices from the Iranian Underground Music Scenecolumn, by Austin Dacey, 2009, ReligionDispatches.org|
|Reclaiming (Or Replacing) "The Goat"blog column, by Chris D., 2011, DecibelMagazine.com|
Discusses the 'devil horns' metal hand gesture and its appropriation by people who just want to 'look' metal.
|Recommended Dealerscolumn, date unknown, MetalTemple.us|
Review of various online metal music stores.
|* Religion: No Sympathy for the Devilcolumn, by Richard N. Ostling, Nina Burleigh and Michael P. Harris, 1990, Time|
Discusses a Sunday sermon by New York's John Cardinal O'Connor that denounced metal music and quickly became a media headline grabber.
|'Remember, we are not the children of rock'n'roll, we are children of war'column, by Sarfraz Manzoor, 2008, Guardian.co.uk|
Recounts the story of Iraq's first heavy metal band, born in a culture of anger and violence.
|Republicans Test Their Metalcolumn, by Jacob Weisberg, 2000, Slate.com|
During a Republican presidential debate in 2000, Gary Bauer criticized fellow Republican Alan Keyes for getting into a mosh pit to the music of Rage Against the Machine.
|Respect for heavy metalcolumn, by Marilyn Smulders, 2010, Dalhousie magazine|
A Halifax (Canada) University newspaper looks at the respect brought to metal studies by Dr. Walser and his book Running with the Devil
|Revival of Nordic Consciousness in Metal Musiccolumn, by Peter Stuyvesant, 2011, The Occidental Observer|
Looks at Scandinavian roots and Germanic themes in Viking metal, followed by many reader comments debating the music's role in the promotion of White culture.
|Rock 'n Roll is The Devil's Music: Heavy Metal and Music in the Evolution of Consciousnesscolumn, by Sunwong Choe, 2009, SungwonChoe.com|
Looks at how metal's darker aspects fit into Ken Wilbur's integrated model of consciousness as being thematically linked to lower levels of the Great Chain of Being.
|Rock Band vs. Real Band - Sleater-Kinney's guitarist tests out the new video game Rock Bandcolumn, by Carrie Brownstein, 2007, Slate Magazine|
Talks about the advantages of being a member of a real-life rock band rather than just playing a video game about it.
|Rockstars and metal gods as fashion iconsblog column, 2010, DiyaInHerStilettos.blogspot.com|
Looks at the origins of some of metal's unique fashion styles.
|San Diego's Dark Metal Scenecolumn, by Jay Allen Sanford, 2007, Blogsanddiego.com|
|Scene and heard: Pirate metalcolumn, by Ben Myers, 2009, Guardian.co.uk|
Discusses the quasi-sub-genre of pirate metal.
|Schopenhauer's Pessimism: Black Metalcolumn, by Alex, 2011, LurkersPath.com|
Looks at parallels between black metal and the pessimistic philosophy of Schopenhauer.
|Seven Types of Concert-Goerscolumn, 2005, 666metal.com|
Humorous caricatures (with grains of truth) of metal concert-goers.
|She raaah! - Women are doing it for themselves in the world of heavy metalcolumn, by Georgie Binks, 2008, CBC.ca|
|Should metal remain underground?editorial, 2000, Metal-Rules.com|
|Six Heavy-Metal Fashion Do's and Don'tseditorial, by Chris Krovatin, 2009, RevolverMag.com|
|Social decay and musical violencecolumn, by Kest Courtice, 1994, Green Left Weekly|
Looks at how social dissatisfaction fed thrash, hardcore and punk.
|Social gaming in metal communitiesblog column, by Telemachus Stavropoulos, 2010, Poetry-Of-Subculture.blogspot.ca|
Discusses social standing, image and identity in metal.
|Southern Discomfort - An Overview Of The South African Metal Scenecolumn, by Neil Pretorius, 2006, Metal-Observer.com|
|Steven Shearer: Boy Troublecolumn, by Sarah Milroy, 2011, Canadian Art|
Artwork of Steven Shearer, Vancouver-based artist and Canada's representative in 2011 at the Venice Biennale, deals with various concepts such as masculinity and gender and features metal influences from Satyricon to Ozzy Osbourne.
|Still Screamin' After All These Years: Long legacy of heavy metal expands with new bands, new fanscolumn, by Fred Shuster, 1996, Los Angeles Daily News|
|Summer Festivals Survival Guideblog column, 2009, MetalAsFuck.net|
Offers advice for having a fun and safe time at metal festivals.
|Taylor Momsen and metal marketing's sexist pig problemeditorial, by J. Mayse, 2011, OmiMetal.wordpress.com|
Argues the exploitation of female sexuality in metal crosses the line, especially in record labels' marketing of the music.
|Ten Most Incomprehensible Black Metal Band Logoscolumn, by Preston Mantooth, 2008, TheseGoToEleven.com|
|Testimony: Brian Welch quits the Band Korn, kicks drugs and chooses God!column, jclondon.com|
|The 50 Best Heavy Metal Albums of All Timeblog column, 2010, TheAceBlackBlog.com|
Rankings compiled from more than 70 other best-metal-album lists.
|The Corrupt Absolute Guide to Chinablog column, 2010, MetalAsFuck.net|
Guide for metal musicians who plan to go on tour in China.
|The Demise of the Virtuosocolumn, 2004, 666Metal.com|
Considers the struggle of virtuoso metal guitar players to write good metal that reaches beyond sheer complexity.
|The Evasive Evil Empire - There is no Black Metal scene in New Yorkcolumn, by Adam Wisnieski, 2009, NYpress.com|
Discusses the state of New York's black metal scene.
|The Faces Of Doomcolumn, by Wesley Cray, 2006, Metal-Observer.com|
Lists and describes the various sub-genres of doom metal.
|The Healing Power of Death Metal: An innovative new music program for disabled veteranscolumn, by Anne Applebaum, 2009, Slate.com|
|The Importance of Mid-Range Guitar Frequencies and How to Tweak Your Live Toneinstructional column, by Misha Mansoor, 2010, MetalSucks.net|
|The Importance, or Non-Importance, of Lyrics in Metaleditorial, 2000, Metal-Rules.com|
|The Iron Phoenix of the Middle Eastcolumn, 2010, MideastTunes.com|
discusses the leading role metal plays in the Middle Eastern music scene
|The irritating myth of "hipster metal"column, by Leonard Pierce, 2009, AVclub.com|
Argues that metal is meant to appeal to everyone and that the denigrating term "hipster metal" is a shallow label used by elitists and has nothing to do with the actual music.
|The Malmsteen Syndromeblog column, 2009, DinosaurRockGuitar.com|
A personal account of being a fan of renown technical neo-classical guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen.
|The Meaning of Metalcolumn, 1995, Tracks of Creation|
Looks at metal as Romanticist in contrast to most other hard music that's Realist.
|The mould of the prototypical metal website and the struggle to break out of it: Invisible Orangesblog column, by Transcix, 2011, TheMetalDiscourser.com|
Argues the prototypical metal website is pointless, especially considering the vast amounts of time and effort that need to be invested by the owner / administrators.
|The Never-Ending Debate Over Women in Metal and Hard Rockcolumn, by Kim Kelly, 2011, The Atlantic|
|The Origin And Evolution Of Jazz Metaleditorial, by Simon Brand, 2009, Avantgarde-Metal.com|
|The Rise of Metalcolumn, by Gou Fu Mao, 2009, BeijinReview.com|
Discusses the rise and challenges of metal in China.
|The Ritual of Metal Performance in Concertcolumn, by Helmholtz, 2010, DeathMetal.org|
Distinguishes live performance of metal from that of other genres, suggesting "a proper metal band assumes the form of impersonal manifestations of pure power and aloofness, transforming the concert into a ritual of war".
|The Truth about Satanism and Heavy Metalcolumn, by Druwydion Pendragon, 2007, Brotherhood of Satan|
A Theistic Satanist argues that Satanists do not all necessarily listen to metal as the stereotypes go, but that doing so is not bad and that each Satanist has the free right to choose what music they listen to.
|The ugly side of life is pure beauty for the hessianblog column, 2009, DeathMetal.org|
|The Village Voice recognizes "hipster metal"column, by Brett Stevens, 2009, Examiner.com|
Denounces hipster metal.
|The Years Metal Died? (A Story of Nu Metal)column, 2010, TheDevilsPlaylist.com|
|The Zen of the Monster Balladblog column, by Ray Van Horn Jr., 2008, The Metal Minute blog|
Talks about the phenomenon of the 'monster ballad' popularized in 80s metal, its strengths and its weaknesses.
|TheLeftHandPath.com metal website ignorantly appropriates the left-hand path spiritual / occult paradigmblog column, Transcix, 2011, TheMetalDiscourser.com|
Website only deals with music but appropriates aspects of the left-hand path for its image.
|Thrash was no flash in the pancolumn, by Ben Myers, 2007, Guardian.co.uk|
Discusses how various media reported a resurgence of the thrash metal scene despite the actual members of the scene being unaware that the scene ever cooled off in the first place—a case of media ignorance.
|To God and My Own Self Be True... a story of heavy metal and my life!column, www.NoLifeTilMetal.com|
|To Tour Or Not To Tour - That Is The Question!column, by Sheena Metal, GuitarMetal.com|
|Tonality in Mastodon's "Blood and Thunder"column, by Raymond Aglugub, 2010, Metalocity.com|
Looks at the masterful skill in the approach to tonality taken by prog metal band Mastodon.
|Top 10 Most Metal Guitars Ever Madeblog column, by Cosmo Lee, 2009, InvisibleOranges.com|
Dncludes pictures - these definitely ain't your standard guitars (photos included).
|Top 14 Most Common Metal Band Namesblog column, by Cosmo Lee, 2010, InvisibleOranges.com|
Data compiled from Metal-Archives.com artist database.
|Totalitarianism in Heavy Metalblog column, by Telemachus Stavropoulos, 2010, Poetry-Of-Subculture.blogspot.ca|
Considers how metal's focus on willpower and personal triumph promotes totalitarian ideologies such as fascism and how total control can only be realized in death and leads to a sort of 'death wish'.
|Traditional Metal: The Black Sheep of American Metalcolumn, 2009, AllMetalResource.com|
discusses the modern trend in the U.S.A. away from the genres of traditional heavy metal and power metal that are so popular in other places such as Europe, in favor of extreme metal genres
|True metal, false metal and no metal at allblog column, by Telemachus Stavropoulos, 2010, Poetry-Of-Subculture.blogspot.ca|
Considers the blurry line delineating genuineness in metal.
|Two examples of how NOT to run a metal websiteblog column, Transcix, 2012, TheMetalDiscourser.com|
Criticizes WorldMetalAlliance.com and Lotfp.com as being prime examples of low-quality websites too commonly found in the online metal scene.
|U.S. Black Metal (USBM): trailer trash or Western mystery school?column, 2009, DeathMetal.org|
|Violence, Metal and Jared Lee Loughnercolumn, by Adam Holz, 2011, PluggedIn.com|
Looks at man's metal music preference and the possibility the music influenced him to go on a shooting rampage.
|What happens when Buddhism and extreme-music collide?blog column, by Nate DeMontigny, TheWorstHorse.com|
Nate Demontigny, vocalist for death metal band Leukorrhea, discusses the relationship between his musical career and his practice of Buddhism.
|What is Selling Out?editorial, 2002, Metal-Rules.com|
|What is with all these 'metal comedians'?blog column, by Jason Fisher, 2010, TheGauntlet.com|
Looks at comedians using metal-related material.
|What place does the music 'industry' have given the rise of internet metal music culture?blog column, 2009, MetalAsFuck.net|
|What's A Black Metal Band Gotta Do To Get Murdered By Religious Maniacs These Days?column, by Tim Cavanaugh, 2010, Reason.com|
Looks at the advent of anti-Islamic black metal.
|White Noise of the Futurecolumn, by Alex Kurtagic, 2009, http://TakiMag.com|
Discusses black, folk and viking metal as 'European metal' and as much healthier than the 'Afro-American' music that floods the mass entertainment medias such as MTV.
|Why an undergroundblog column, 2010, ANUS.com|
Looks at how corporate sponsoring of metal shows leads to the rejection of more 'dangerous' metal and how if a band makes itself like a commodity then it will be bought and sold at the whims of the market.
|Why do metalheads wear camo?blog column, 2008, InvisibleOranges.com|
|Why is metal still ignored by the mainstream?column, by David McNamee, 2007, Guardian.co.uk|
|Why it's worth celebrating nu-metal's anniversarycolumn, by Trevor Baker, 2008, Guardian.co.uk|
Discusses some positive qualities of the often-reviled genre of nu-metal.
|Why Metal Ruleseditorial, 2000, Metal-Rules.com|
|Women in Extreme Metal: Gender politicscolumn, by Sarah Kitteringham, BeatRoute|
|Women in Extreme Metal, Part 2 - Tearing down sexist social conditioningcolumn, by Sarah Kitteringham, BeatRoute magazine|
Looks at some cases of women band members being assaulted or put down by venue staff because the staff refuse to believe they're part of the band.
|Women in Metaleditorial, 2002, Metal-Rules.com|
|Your Band Suckscolumn, by David Thorpe, 2006, SomethingAwful.com|
A ruthless critique of metal, tongue-in-cheek.