Creating a Metal Paradise: An Interview with Thomas Jensen, Co-Founder of Wacken Open Air

We can choose the kind of world where we want to live, and work towards it. For metal fans, meeting Thomas Jensen is a bit like meeting Walt Disney. After all, it was...

Ticket Scalpers Are A Threat To Live Music

As you all know, ACDC is currently touring. Many see this as the last chance to see this legendary band live, since it’s likely that they’re approaching their retirement....

Censorship is Alive and Well in Spain

Governments love terrorism and catastrophes. Although individually politicians might sympathize with the victims, on a governmental level they love to exploit these opportunities to further cement their power. While...

My No-No Square: Metal and Abuse

During a recent interview I conducted with Oscar Dronjak, guitar player of Hammerfall, we touched upon the topic of the position of women in the metal community. Basically, we...

The BLM Boycott of Marduk

If you haven't watched our video on this topic, please do so. You can find all the references and sources for that video in the article below! Marduk are...

Why Offensive Speech is Important

In an attempt to protect disenfranchised  communities, many are calling for suppressing certain types of speech. As the argument goes, "offensive" or "racist" speech perpetuates the abuse historically suffered...

Reflections on the Arrest of Varg Vikernes

The arrest of Varg Vikernes sets a very dangerous precedent when it comes to "unpopular" opinions.

On Phil Anselmo’s Non-Apology

A few years ago, at Dimebash 2016, Phil Anselmo, for reasons that are truly hard to comprehend, decided to yell “white power!” The backlash was immediate and, to an...

Put That Damn Phone Away

You are not a photographer. I know that this might be a shocker to you. After all, your 246 pictures from last week's Slipknot 30-minute concert got about 20 "likes"...

On Marketing and the Commercialization of Metal

If you’re a sports fan, you’re probably familiar with sports stars being little more than walking billboards. They are often parties to extremely lucrative deals in exchange of parading...

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