Metal Month

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Interview: Scott Ian Talks ‘Speaking Words,’ Memoir, Beatles and Otis Redding

There’s nothing really like talking with Scott Ian. Whether the topic is KISS (one of his early favorite bands), Public Enemy (who he feels deserves their spot in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame), food or sports, he’s one of the most fascinating subjects to interview.


metal_fans2 Inside Out: Metal Fans Predict the Genre’s Future

We talked to the early arrivals at Pantera singer Philip H. Anselmo’s show at New York City’s Gramercy Theatre a few weeks back to get a sense of their take on the community and where the genre is headed.


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New Music To Know: Unlocking The Truth Bring Metal to the Junior High School Set

Even in New York City, where people have seen it all, a trio of African-American pre-teens playing brutal heavy metal commands attention. Unlocking the Truth represent the future of metal, even if they aren’t old enough to attend their own shows.


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Interview: Philip Anselmo Talks Down, Dime and Lost Iommi Tracks

The former Pantera lead singer sets off on his own as Philip H. Anselmo and the Illegals, and talks more about his Iommi projects, how he got Dimebag Darrell into Slayer, and what’s next for his projects.


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5 Under the Radar Metal Bands That Are Pushing Boundaries

No matter your taste, these five bands have developed a taste for the extreme and not only turned into something that is all their own, but also made it appealing for fans across the world, and that is no easy task.



Rob Halford Talks Judas Priest’s Future, 2wo, and Three Tremors

By Brian Ives October is Metal Month at Throughout the month, we’ll have artist interviews as well as mini-documentaries about metal, metal fans and the birthplace of metal. And book reports: reading is fundamental, even for […]


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Interview: Gene Simmons Talks Religion & Rock Hall, Compares KISS Bandmates to Cancer

When we recently sat down with KISS frontman Gene Simmons, the topic of conversation at hand was the band’s new oral history. As is often the case with Simmons, the conversation veered toward an array of colorful topics.


(Kevin Winter/Getty Images) Inside Out: Birmingham, the Birthplace of Metal

Most metal artists and fans can agree: Sabbath is heavy metal’s ground zero. But what was ground zero for Sabbath? The original lineup hailed from working class Birmingham, England, in the rubble of World War II.


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Book Report: ‘The Merciless Book of Metal Lists’

‘The Merciless Book of Metal Lists’ gets into a crucial part of the heavy metal culture, namely, arguing about who is great, who sucks, and who is a poser.


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Book Report: ‘Nothin’ To Lose: The Making of KISS 1972-1975′

Nothin’ To Lose takes you back to a time before KISS was a cultural institution, before anyone cared what Gene (and his partner-in-crime for decades, Paul Stanley) had to say


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Book Report: ‘Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History Of Metal’

Whether you’re just passing by the history of metal or you have been ingrained in it for years, you must read Louder Than Hell, an extensive, nearly-700 page record of the genre.


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Interview: Corey Taylor Discusses Religion, the Paranormal and ‘Pro Toolbags’

He’s the closest thing metal has to a renaissance man: Corey Taylor fronts no less than two major bands: Slipknot and Stone Sour, and has written books about the supernatural. He’s looking for answers.


(Daniel Boczarski/Bryan Bedder/Kevin Winter/Getty Images) Inside Out: Metalheads Talking Metal

For latest Inside Out mini-documentary, we sat down with some of the icons of the last few decades of heavy metal and hard rock to talk about the culture, why it’s so enduring, and how it has changed. Watch the video.


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Book Report: Rex Brown’s ‘Official Truth, 101 Proof: The Inside Story of Pantera’

“I’m just speaking my truth, man.” It’s a phrase that comes up often in conversation with former Pantera and Down bassist Rex Brown.


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New Music To Know: Butcher Babies Bring Diversity & Fierce Femininity to Metal

Heidi Shepherd – one of the two frontwomen for the Butcher Babies – is emphatic in her opinion that heavy metal should be a little bit more open minded and a lot more about rocking the f***k out.


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Interview: Jason Newsted On His ‘Humbling’ New Start, Singing and Pat Tillman

After decades playing bass in for Flotsam & Jetsam, Voivod, Ozzy Osbourne and, of course, Metallica, Jason Newsted is now leading his own balls-to-the-wall metal band as a bassist/frontman, Lemmy style.