Author Archives: Dan Kozuh

Doom Side of the Moon Releases New Track From Pink Floyd Project

Posted by on July 13, 2017

While it seems that a band (particularly a metal band) cannot exist without performing at least one Pink Floyd cover it is much more rare to find a quality version. If their name doesn’t give it away, Doom Side of the Moon is a band that does metal covers of Floyd songs but the interesting […]

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whores. kick off Summer tour in Atlanta

Posted by on May 15, 2017

Located next to a tattoo parlor, across the street from another tattoo parlor, and just around the corner from Atlanta’s infamous Clermont Lounge is the venue The Drunken Unicorn. The Drunken Unicorn is perhaps the city’s best spot for up & coming metal acts and also the perfect pick for hometown boys whores. to kick off […]

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METALOCALYPSTICK is a metal fest for female metalheads

Posted by on March 14, 2017

At only a year old, METALOCALYPSTICK, which sounds more like a convoluted roller derby team name, is actually a metal festival featuring only bands that celebrate female members. The festival organizers have just released the first batch of bands scheduled to play the 2-day fest’s sophomore year in Valemount, B.C., Canada, which is about 7 hours northeast of Vancouver. Tessitura, […]

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Is Metallica the musical equivalent of Star Wars?

Posted by on March 9, 2017

In the 1980’s, film culture was dominated by Star Wars, episodes IV-VI were three of the most influential films of that decade (sure, episode IV was in 1977 but its influence flowed into the 80’s.)  Metallica released four of the most influential metal albums of the 1980’s, and one in the early 90’s. Both Star […]

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Exclusive: Zeal & Ardor talks ‘Devil Is Fine’ video, favorite music of 2016

Posted by on December 27, 2016

Recently, Zeal & Ardor, my pick for best metal album of the year, released a video for his single “Devil Is Fine,” directed by award winning Swiss filmmaker Samuel Morris.  It is a deeply hued and daringly colorful video that, while very little actually happens, if brimming with tension, anger, and evil.   The video […]

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Metal Insider contributor Dan Kozuh’s Top 10 albums of 2016

Posted by on December 2, 2016

  It’s December, which means that everyone’s starting to look back at the year that was, even though we’re not quite through it yet. Over the next several weeks, Metal Insider will be bringing you our picks for the best albums of the year, as well as those from some of the artists that made […]

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The new book ‘Heavy Metal Africa’ explores the uncharted metal scene of an entire continent

Posted by on November 30, 2016

  Author/metalhead Edward Banchs decided to combine his education in African Studies and his love heavy metal into a single book he called “Heavy Metal Africa: Life, Passion, and Heavy Metal in the Forgotten Continent”.  Like a hardcore Dr. Livingstone, Banchs’ book is part travel diary, part historical diagram, and part anthropological survey. Banchs weaves socio-economic […]

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R.I.P. Leonard Cohen – the most metal folk singer

Posted by on November 11, 2016

On the outset, Leonard Cohen’s music doesn’t seem metal in the least.  He came up with the 60’s hippies in the Village with peers like Dylan, Joplin, and Van Ronk but even to them he was an outsider. While they grew their hair long and dressed as vagabonds, Cohen kept well barbered hair and consistently wore […]

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‘Cryptic Explorers’ board game lets you be the deity of death

Posted by on November 7, 2016

Cryptic Explorers is an occult themed board game on Kickstarter that was seemingly made by two guys in a basement listening to Candlemass that said, “We should totally make a game about this.”  Metal pop-culture has spawned metal themed beer, coffee, movies, and video games,  so why not a board game? Perhaps it is just my life but it […]

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Proto-Metal Band Coven Finally Given Their Due

Posted by on October 27, 2016

Of all outlets, People Magazine has done a fantastic write-up on the oft-ignored proto-metal band Coven who released their first album Witchcraft Destroys Minds & Reaps Souls in 1969 and were perhaps the first ‘goth’ band. Their dark occult-themed songs were a stark contrast to the hippie culture that had swept the nation. They even beat Black Sabbath by […]

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