Paul Stanley’s Lousy Paintings

Paul Stanley of Kiss is going through his "blue-fauvist-whee-this-is-fun" period as an artist. It's fun to watch a creative spirit grow and learn -- but maybe he should stick to painting Gene Simmons' faces...

Marooned With Maiden

I wrote an essay on Iron Maiden's Killers for the new book Marooned: The Next Generation of Desert Island Discs. It was easy to summon white-knuckle terror for my story -- returning to New...

Atomic Opera: Lost in Florida

I reached for a '90s death metal demo, and instead grabbed this winning example from 1985 of what can only be called the NWOFHM: New Wave of Floridian Heavy Metal. One look at the...

Jailed Filipino Michael Jackson Zombies

The ante for most metal video ever has just been upped. Here are 1499 inmates from the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center terrorizing one crazy transvestite to the tune of "Thriller." Thanks, Kara!

Metal Dude Wearing Non-Metal Tee #1

This series is basically meant to blow your idea of "hipster metal" dress codes out of the water. I need to protect my right to wear weird shit I find at thrift stores, to...

Hyste’riah: The Tragic Tale of Swedish Thrash

Great news in Grimpoint today, as it looks like my publishing imprint Bazillion Points will be printing the amazing Swedish Death Metal book in North America during 2008. Hold all calls -- more details...

Coalition of the W!77iN6

This notice isn't for all of you, only the self-selecting few who appreciate Sun City Girls, Trial of the Bow, Tribes of Neurot, Borbetomagus, the Lotus Eaters, and other noiseful worshippers of shaken shahkras....

Chthonic at Ozzfest Debut

The first free Ozzfest is today at White River Amphitheater in Seattle. Jose and Mario from Sirius Hard Attack are there handing out T-shirts and dodging water balloons. So is RockMyMonkey.com, who has already...

Cremains: Warriors of Ice, The Next Generation

One of the first futuristic necro-tribes spawned in the wake of Voivod's mid-80s ascent from Montreal, the thrash squad Cremains combined the Voivod vision with a chunky Crumbsuckers sensibility. A five-piece featuring two sets...

Hetfield or Hezbollah?

In honor of James Hetfield's alleged meet and greet with airport security officials in London, where the UK bombsniffers reportedly mistook his new Tom Waits-style weird beard for a religious statement, here's Jam Band...

Possessed: “Sounds Kinda Satanic.” “Well, it is!”

Possessed: "Sounds Kinda Satanic." "Well, it is!"

Shining Schuldiner

"Some of you might not know this, but we have a new record out on Combat Records. It's all about corrupt religion. This is the title track, this one's called 'Spiritual Healing.' All I'll...

Assassin: “Deathly Pain to Frau Krause”

I don't know who Frau Krause is, or Herr Keul or Frau Schultz, but they must be pretty horrible people to deserve wishes of "deathly pain" on the thanks list of this 1985 debut...

Forty Tons of Steel + Fire

The Serpent Mother is a 168-foot, 40-ton sculpture of steel and fire that shoots a multicolored 50-foot pillar of flame from its cute little egg. If you want to shock the shit out of...

Dead Horse: Death Hears This Dead Horse Demo

The Bang! Bang! demo rescue pile is tall and diverse, filled with early appearances of famous metal characters, integral puzzle pieces of dark history, and personal favorites that are just plain weird. And then...

"Metal Al Piso"

Jaime writes: "METAL AL PISO -- This is the expression that we use here, in Bogota, Colombia, to express that someone like me loves the Heavy Metal. I read the Spanish version of you...

Cyclone: Belgian Blurr

What's that thing hanging out in the middle of Cyclone's logo - a bloody disembodied foxtail? As this speed metal thresher worked its way across the fields of Belgium during the mid-1980s, I guess...

Everybody Wants Some

Sheeyit...it's finally happening. My Van Halen history, Everybody Wants Some: The Van Halen Saga, will be published in hardcover on August 24. That above is the first draft of the dust jacket, click it...

Medieval: Bid Your Balls Farewell!

The fine burgermeister of Good Bad Music has saved me some trouble by uploading "All Knobs to the Right," the legendary second demo by Michigan's finest purveyors of proto-metal garage sludge, Medieval. Belched out...

Quivering Evil Arabic Sideshow Geek

As CREEPY as this caged Middle Eastern crippled shaking ghost snake is, the sudden lurch into an ad for "6b6b.com" might be the worst part! What could that be, some kind of Satanic code?...