Category Archives: Culture

Cancelling bigoted bands IS free speech

Posted by on November 16, 2016

When Portland deathgrind band Fornicator was dropped from an opening spot for Profanatica at the Highline in Seattle earlier this year as the result of objections from those in the local metal community, the immediate and predictable response was one of indignation and a self-righteous cry of violated first amendment rights. This came as a […]

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Heavy metal’s validity through appropriation

Posted by on October 25, 2016

Heavy metal is in fashion. In case you haven’t already noticed it in the streets, there’s plenty of coverage out there in the metal blogosphere. If you followed all those links then you’ll know the subject of heavy music aesthetics being co-opted by mainstream fashion is well established and I’m not interested in beating a […]

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Slipknot, Korn’s Brian Welch show support for LGBT community

Posted by on August 4, 2016

In the ’50s and ’60s, the civil rights movement sought to end discrimination against African-Americans, and as a result, there’s certainly much less of it than there was back then, with all sane individuals realizing that judging a person solely by the color of their skin is unfair. That battle is being fought now for the […]

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Have a (pin) ball with Red Fang

Posted by on August 2, 2016

The good times and fun riffing of Red Fang has it’s own retro-stoner rock and roll vibe, and with the October 14 release of their fourth album, Only Ghosts, on Relapse Records, the band will have their own retro pinball game to go along with it. Granted, it won’t be the band’s actual own game, since […]

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Tired of MP3 quality? Degrade your streaming even more with vinyl hiss

Posted by on June 28, 2016

One of the joys of owning vinyl is the ritual that goes with playing it. Opening the record, taking it out, reading the liner notes, putting it on a turntable and dropping the needle. The vinyl hiss caused by the needle hitting the groove of the record is another part of the ritual some might […]

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