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...

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"...

These Cartoons Will Get Us Killed, Apparently

As all of you probably know, the french satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo was the target of a terrorist attack. A group of Islamist terrorist stormed the offices of the...

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...

Paris, Beirut, and the Exploitation of Terrorism

What happened in Paris is a tragedy. Pure and simple. There aren’t “ifs” or “buts” about it. The people who committed these acts of terror, in the name of...

Crocodile Tears Over Charlie

Although the bodies of the 12 victims of the savage attack against the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo are still warm, it seems to be that everyone is trying to...

Music and The Criminalization of Speech

I take a great deal of pride on the fact that when Varg Vikernes was arrested in France, under their totalitarian anti-terrorist legislation, ours was the only established publication...

Music Can Still Get You Arrested in 2014

I’ve always thought of music as an escape. Regardless of how I feel, or what I’m going through, music has always provided a safe space where I can sit...

Viva la Filesharing – We are NOT Killing Rock

In his constant struggle to remain on the wrong side of history, moron extraordinaire Gene Simmons said that file sharing killed rock. Nowadays, he argued, the chances of a...

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...

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