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Christians Suck at Grieving

Zach Hunter | Posted 04.09.2015 | Religion
Zach Hunter

Christians. There are some things we're good at. These things are ideas that most Christians agree on, at least in theory, and get right at least some of the time. For example, caring about those in need, working hard, and treating others as you want to be treated.

Thrash Metal Legends Testament Set to Play Harpo's, Frontman Chuck Billy Talks of Band's Longevity

Kelly Frazier | Posted 04.09.2015 | Detroit
Kelly Frazier

After releasing their debut album The Legacy in 1987 on Atlantic Records, Testament quickly shot to the upper echelon of metal royalty, and after all these years, through all the ups and downs, Testament is still alive and kicking ass.

Death Metal Mary Poppins Is Something Quite Atrocious

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 02.25.2015 | Weird News

We always knew our favorite nanny had it in her. Watch Julie Andrews' Mary Poppins belt out a death metal version of the Disney favorite "Supercali...

CD Review: 'Arisen Upon Oblivion' by Unfathomed Abyss

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 03.23.2015 | Entertainment
Christopher Zoukis

Black metal music is usually grouped under the umbrella heading of heavy metal music, with the caveat that black metal is as a "radical" subdivision of the genre. It is characterized by wailing guitars, screaming vocals, and rapid cadence.

Spill The Blood -- Book Review: Slayer 66 2/3: The Jeff and Dave Years by D.X. Ferris

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 01.16.2015 | Books
Michael Nirenberg

This book is an historical offering to the metal gods and it will grow in importance as the genre evolves, and mutates into something totally new.

Artist Turns Heavy Metal T-Shirts Into Slightly Frightening Quilts

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 11.17.2014 | Arts

The world of textile art is an interesting place. We've seen knitted zines, woven pixels, Fiona Apple lyrics as tapestry and a very phallic take on fa...

Book Review -- NYHC: New York Hardcore 1980-1990 by Tony Rettman

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 01.08.2015 | Books
Michael Nirenberg

After reading a good oral history such as NYHC: New York Hardcore 1980-1990 by Tony Rettman, it should feel like you have just hung out with a bunch of people you just met and learned a whole lot from.

The Storied, Old-School L.A. Metal Scene Gets Its Close-Up: Bob Nalbandian and Carl Alvarez Talk 'Inside Metal' Documentary

Christian Josi | Posted 12.30.2014 | Entertainment
Christian Josi

I've had deep exposure to music history in the making by virtue of hanging around LA's famed Sunset Strip in the 1980s. Imagine my surprise to realize that two friends are wrapping up years of painstaking work on a cinematic history lesson of the early metal scene.

Heavy Metal 'Ducktales' Theme Is Quacking Hardcore

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 10.05.2014 | Weird News

The theme of the Disney Channel's original series "Ducktales" was basically begging for a heavy metal cover, right? Well, guitarist Eric Calderone...

18 Tips for New Teachers

Greg Schwanbeck | Posted 10.21.2014 | Education
Greg Schwanbeck

While trying to catch my last wave or last fish of the summer, I begin a mental routine that energizes me and prepares me for the next ten months of teaching and learning. Part of this routine involves a series of affirmations I use to update and re-familiarize myself with my teaching philosophies and techniques.

Heavy Metal Movies

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 09.13.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Nirenberg

I recently did an interview with Mike "McBeardo" McPadden about his book Heavy Metal Movies: Guitar Barbarians, Mutant Bimbos & Cult Zombies Amok In the 666 Most Ear and Eye Ripping Big Scream Films Ever!. The interview was so funny and so insightful, I wanted to publish it here in its entirety.

Why Is Heavy Metal Most Popular In Wealthy Countries?

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 06.03.2014 | Entertainment

In 2012, a map documenting the number of heavy metal bands per 100,000 people made rounds on the Internet, the greatest concentration landing in the S...

Here's A Really Cute 2-Year-Old Rocking Out To Metallica

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 05.22.2014 | Parents

Rock on, little man! ...

Heavy Metal Lyrics Read As Poetry Is Pretty. Pretty Hardcore

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 05.05.2014 | Weird News

Who could more eloquently express the goring of a person other than a heavy metal artist? Who could so perfectly capture the true essence and beauty o...

Meet The World's Most Adorable Heavy Metal Band

Posted 03.05.2014 | Weird News

Who knew heavy metal could be so cute? Meet Babymetal, a Japanese trio that combines the adorable dancing and vocal stylings of a teen pop act wit...

What Happens When the Soap World and the Metal World Collide?

Andrew Benkovic | Posted 04.20.2014 | Entertainment
Andrew Benkovic

Metal music have passionate fans. Soap operas have passionate fans. To an outsider these two groups might look like complete opposites. They might be right in some cases. However, one metal band brought these two unlikely groups together.

Headbang To This Until It Makes Sense

The Huffington Post | Isaac Saul | Posted 01.23.2014 | Comedy

If we had to describe Liam Lynch in one word, it would have to be, well... interesting. The simultaneously eccentric and talented musician is back...

Feeling Tired and Achy? Here's Another Perspective to Think About

Julie Chen, M.D. | Posted 02.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Julie Chen, M.D.

Despite how common symptoms seem, there is no such thing as cookie-cutter medicine and each patient needs to be evaluated as though each case is in fact different, even if the symptoms seem common.

System of a Down's Serj Tankian: Upgrading the Dynamic of Art and Audience

Andrew Fish | Posted 02.17.2014 | Entertainment
Andrew Fish

A sound crept in, smooth and low, and the clamor of 100 conversations melted away until all that remained was the painting, the music and me.

In This Moment Challenges Metal's Gendered Norm

Chris Sosa | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Chris Sosa

Maria Brink leads an all-male band. These band members embody an extreme masculinity, but Brink complicates this by maintaining her leadership of the stage, their gendered power irrelevant to the proceedings. This isn't to say they're disparaged. Quite the opposite: The effect is symbiotic.

8 Grandmas Who Rock Way Harder Than Your Grandma

Posted 10.04.2013 | Arts

Photographer Jay Hynes recently opened our eyes up to a subject we never knew we were missing -- heavy metal grandmas. That's right, the Melbo...

The Weirdest Sub-Genres Of Heavy Metal Revealed

Posted 08.19.2013 | Comedy

Heavy metal might all sound the same to some people, but it actually has many highly nuanced sub-genres. Check out this song that includes 26 metal ge...

"Louder Than Hell -- The Definitive Oral History of Metal": Go Buy This... Please!

Binky Philips | Posted 10.09.2013 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

I'll let you know right now, the chapter on the L.A. Hair Metal scene of the 1980s that wrought Van Halen, Motley Crue, Quiet Riot, Poison, et al, is one of the most fun and ultimately, maybe the most poignant.

Serj Tankian on His Symphony, Jazz Fusion Record, and Moving Forward with System of a Down

Andrew Fish | Posted 09.01.2013 | Arts
Andrew Fish

The multi-genre musician and singer will tour with System of a Down in late July and August and then take his symphony through Europe in September.

Ghost Story: Something Wicked This Way Comes?

Kurt Ellenberger | Posted 07.28.2013 | Arts
Kurt Ellenberger

Ghost is a sextet that describes itself as a cross of "death metal and pop music." There are certainly some elements of metal in their music, but nothing that even comes close to the skin-flaying assault of bands, for example, like Meshuggah, Dark Funeral, and the covens of fellow travelers in this genre.