SPONSORED: The Five Most Hellacious Jobs in Metal presented by Adult Swim's Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell
From the demonic minds behind Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Squidbillies, and Stroker & Hoop comes Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell, a new series starring Henry Zebrowski as a demon working for the Devil (played by Matt Servitto, of The Sopranos fame ) in Hell (where else?). To celebrate the show’s premiere on Adult Swim tonight at midnight, Metal Injection now presents to you a list of The Five Most Hellacious Jobs in Metal. Being an employee of Satan might actually be preferable to these crappy gigs… (more…)
My favorite current meme is Actresses With No Teeth, but why do celebrities have to have all the fun? I decided to delve into Photoshop and predict what some of our favorite metal musicians would look like without teeth. If you've ever wondered what Ozzy Osbourne, Dave Mustaine, James Hetfield, Scott Ian, and more look like without teeth, wonder no more… (more…)
Look, we're not saying Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich is gay. He's married a few times over, and has had quite the caliber of women. But Lars is clearly so secure in his sexuality that he has no problem showing his affection for his other band mates, one of whom in particular he might be smitten over. Here are 9 examples of such cases: (more…)
Following my post on the origins of 25 Heavy Metal Stage Names, I thought what better sub-genre to focus the next iteration of the column on than black metal? It is after all the genre where stage names are taken so seriously, I wouldn't be surprised if some of these musician's mothers were given a pseudonym at some point.
Shroud in mystery, and the nature of their own seriousness, most black metal stage name origin stories are still kept secret. Although there are many more to dig through, I have compiled 10 for this year's Black Metal History Month. In this piece we will reveal the identities of members from bands such as Dimmu Borgir, Mayhem, Emperor, Burzum and more. (more…)
Happy 2013 Metal Injection Junkies! 2012 proved to be a huge year for Metal Injection and even some of us personally, but in order to see any kind of growth, you sometimes have to look to the past to notice where you stand today.
Last year I created a retrospective series called On The Record that looked back on the changes in metal over the last 10 years. Now that we've celebrated the end of 2012 with our usual year-end round up lists, I thought it might be fun to step back even further in time and see just how far we've come in 25 years. In this post I'll be taking a look at the year 1987! (more…)
Of all of our Best of 2012 coverage, I look forward to the list created by you, the Metal Injection junkies the most. It is always eye-opening to see what music you, our loyal readers, have been moved by. A few weeks ago, we asked you to submit your top 10 albums of the year list, then we would tally the results with an inverse point system. Your first place would get 10 points, second place – 9 points and so on. Special thanks to longtime junkie and American Aftermath contributor Lane Oliver for tallying up the votes. Without further ado, here are the top albums of the year:
- Cattle Decapitation Monolith of Inhumanity - 356 points
- Gojira L'Enfaunt Sauvage - 324 points
- Between the Buried and Me The Parallax II - 309 points
- Meshuggah Koloss - 309 points
- The Faceless Autotheism - 300 points
- Deftones Koi No Yokan - 241 points
- Lamb of God Resolution - 230 points
- Cannibal Corpse Torture - 223 points
- Converge All We Love We Leave Behind - 217 points
- Periphery Periphery II – 200 points (more…)
If you read my intro to last year's list, you already know how strongly I feel about music, an expressive art form, being forced into a competitive sport-like structure. I do however, love to share my passion of metal with the world every day, and as some of you know, spend more time seeking out and working with bands than almost anyone else in this business. So why not use this opportunity to spread some metal love? (more…)
I really procrastinated on making this list because it was really hard to decide what my true 10 favorites of the year are. There were SO MANY releases this year, it was almost a little hard to keep up with all of them, and even spend any decent amount of time with albums. I have a lot of honorable mentions because I couldn't fit them all in, but these are without question the albums I listened to the most and enjoyed the most this year… (more…)
We also asked our photographer Jeffrey Chan to submit his favorite photographs of the year. Here is his list…
Throughout 2012, I was able to photograph a good number of metal shows that came through Toronto. It is always good to know that bands from around the world have not forgotten their friends up in the Great White North during the North American leg of their tours. Bands and musicians always strive to put on exceptional shows for their fans night after night. As a photographer, I strive to capture the moment and the energy of the musicians playing their hearts out for all their fans who attended or could not make it to the show.
For those of you who have checked out some of my photos, I hope that many of you have enjoyed them. Here are my 12 of my favorite photos (in no particular order) that I shot this year: (more…)
We asked Metal Injection contributing photographer Rodrigo Fredes to pick out his 10 favorite shots that he acquired from the dozens of concerts he attended this year shooting for Metal Injection. Here are his 10 favorites with links to the full gallery: (more…)
UPDATE: Voting expires tonight at midnight!
It's the end of the year already?! Looks like it, and Metal Injection is kicking off our annual "Best Of" features. All of our writers and reviewers will be posting their year-end best albums lists in the coming days, but our favorite list comes fro you… the Metal Injection junkie.
The rules are simple:
- Leave a comment with your top 10 albums of the year. The list must be numbered, and all releases must have come out in 2012.
- Each position on your list will count as a tally for the ultimate list. Voting an album #1 gives it 10 points, #2 – 9 points, etc.
- After the tally is completed (by the great and powerful MI junkie Cancerscare), we will unleash the results.
What are you waiting for? Let us know your top 10 today.
Well, it's that time of year again, and as a student I can say that the month of December is nothing short of hell on earth — which is why my year-end lists usually don't come together properly until January/February. Add to this the fact that 2012 was an absolutely incredible year with an inconceivable amount of excellent releases and you've got one fumbling, stumbling, not-ready-to-commit review writer. So in honor of the upcoming Hobbit premiere, I will leave you with this quote from one Bilbo Baggins — to all the albums of 2012: "I don't know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve."
I have a love/hate relationship with these damned things. Not the albums, obviously, but rather the lists. On the one hand, taken in the right context they're a fun way to knock ideas back and forth, offering last minute mandates to ensure that no one sleeps on the records that everyone has been losing their shit over all year, but on the other hand… no one ever takes these fucking things in the right context, do they? (more…)
Here are my favorite albums of the year: (more…)
We asked Metal Injection contributor Frank Huang to reflect on his Top 5 Shows in 2011. Frank shot extensive video of all the shows mentioned in this post, as well as many other NYC area shows, which you can view at Pit Full of Shit. (more…)