The metal community was sucker-punched back in February when long-running metal magazines Metal Maniacs and Metal Edge were shuttered by their relatively new owner, Zenbu Media. In addition to the history and talented writers that each mag had, both had a distinct point of view.
Now comes word via their website that Maniacs will be returning in September – as a Web Site only. Until then, the teaser site has an MP3 store set up selling underground metal. The closing of the two mags in February were another symptom of the long, slow decline in print journalism, and while sad for everyone involved, couldn’t have come as a total surprise. It’s heartening to know that the brand will live on, even if it’s in blog form only. We’re looking forward to adding the new site to our RSS feed come September.