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12 Years and 74 Lashes for Your Songs

"Metal is an escape. It encourages you to think for yourself, to say “no”, and to resist when others say “no” to you. That voice of resistance kind of awakened the beast in me."

On Getting Choked, Journalism, Racism, and Rebellion

Will you bite the hand that feeds?

Making the Festival of the Century

"A crowning achievement"

Misogyny and Racism: The Gloryhammer & Alestorm Drama

"We are all a bunch of complete cunts"

Singing From Evil’s Perspective

As the western world comes to terms with some of its foundational horrors, should we give up on those stories?

Satan, Twerking, and The Fight for the Soul of America

Lil Nas X' latest song is the new theater in the pointless Culture Wars for the so-called "soul of America". And while it is fun to mock those fundamentalists who rally against its supposed "Satanism", we should also remember that their offense is real, and that they are acting in accordance to their beliefs. The issue is that we shouldn't care.

The Fall of Jon Schaffer

A investigative report on Jon's radicalization

“But What Was France Wearing?” Victim-Blaming and Religious Terrorism

How well-intentioned efforts in favor of immigrant communities end up working in favor of religious totalitarianism

Grief and Black Metal in 2013’s Málmhaus

"Màlmhaus is probably one of the best films about heavy metal and its culture, showing how music can help people find their own place in life."

The Ecstasy of Live Shows in 1986’s Heavy Metal Parking Lot

In 2020, this isn't so much about nostalgia for my first concerts, but instead about nostalgia for any concert at all

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Making the Festival of the Century

"A crowning achievement"

Misogyny and Racism: The Gloryhammer & Alestorm Drama

"We are all a bunch of complete cunts"

Deserted Fear Story

When she made a credible accusation of sexual assault against a member of Deserted Fear, Fiona thought that the band would cut ties with him. Soon after, however, he was back on stage.