Metal Insider’s Top 10 Shocking Moments of 2018

Posted by on December 31, 2018

5) Dolores O’Riordan and Bad Wolves

2018 began on a sad note when rock icon Dolores O’Riordan, the singer of The Cranberries passed away on January 15th at the age of 46. Later in the year, and ironically on what would have been her 47th birthday, the BBC reported her cause of death was due to alcohol intoxication. The singer was was found submerged in the bath in her hotel room the night before she was scheduled to record with Bad Wolves. Prior to her death, O’Riordan gave the group her blessing to cover their version of The Cranberries’ hit song “Zombie” as the band made a tribute to the artist when they released the music video for it back in February. As the music world lost a true icon, Bad Wolves stepped up to the plate this year as they honored not only the singer but her entire family as the band presented a $250,000 check to O’Riordan’s family earlier this year at their show at New York City’s Gramercy Theatre. – Zenae

4) Manowar guitarist Karl Logan’s arrest

We were shocked and more so disturbed after hearing about Manowar guitarist Karl Logan’s arrest for allegedly possessing child pornography. The band has addressed the issue and clarified Logan will not perform with the group’s scheduled shows. However, the details that have emerged doesn’t look good and maybe the truth will surface in 2019. – Zenae

3) Antifa Uses Terroristic Tactics to Cancel Taake’s US Tour

Antifa staged used a number of concerning tactics, including the threat of the use of violence in order to cancel Norwegian band, Taake’s American Tour.  Much of the disdain over the Norwegian band stems from Hoest’s donning of a Swastika for shock purposes nearly a decade ago while playing in Germany.  Coverage of the events rose to national news with coverage even appearing in Newsweek. We also spoke to Hoest himself on this issue. – Jeff Podoshen

2) Threatin

Don’t be surprised if you see this as a Netflix Original series or movie within the next 5 years. This story is golden and will make any hungry screenwriter turn this bizarre turn of events into a film. Jered Eames successfully created a fake fan base, management, website, PR firm, the works to book a European Tour. We’ve seen footage of Threatin performing to an empty room as details of this bizarre conspiracy continued to unfold. Former members spoke up including one who would perform with Threatin again as Jered’s brother Scott Eames (Thy Antichrist / Nevalra) revealed his identity and said how he knew Jered had an issue with “sharing the glory.” Of course the story ended with Threatin having the last laugh as he supposedly had this entire marketing ploy planned from the beginning. – Zenae


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