By James Guill
Every year, the World Series of Poker draws out poker players from all walks of life to the event. Metalheads have been known to be huge fans of poker and a few of them always seem to be around Vegas when the WSOP Main Event kicks off. Here are a couple of metalheads that will likely be in Vegas for the event this summer. Continue reading “Metalheads Set To Attend 43rd Annual World Series Of Poker”
By Aniruddh “Andrew” Bansal
This is an article I’ve wanted to write since as long as I can remember, because illegal music downloading is something that bothers me more than anything else pertaining to the music industry. Yesterday, the extremely sad news of Roadrunner Records shutting down their UK, Europe and Canada offices reverberated through the metal community like a massive earthquake. Numerous employees working at those label offices are now out of jobs, and artists on the label in those territories now seek new label homes. Who knows what’s going to happen to the Roadrunner albums that were slated for release. Even though the news is not official and hasn’t come from Roadrunner yet, the rumors have been strong enough, and I feel this is as apt an occasion as ever to finally write this piece. Continue reading “Illegal Downloads: The Bane Of The Music Industry’s Existence”
Metal Assault was started by Aniruddh ‘Andrew’ Bansal on February 13th 2010. Andrew first stepped into music journalism while he was based in Los Angeles, with a Las Vegas-based online outlet called Full Metal Rock. He covered metal shows in the Los Angeles-area for that website, by doing concert reviews, live photos and interviews with bands of all kinds big and small. His prolific output soon made him realize that he should be starting his own outlet for publishing such content, and thus he launched Metal Assault with a small group of friends consisting of writers and photographers in the local metal scene on board with him in his initial team. Continue reading “About Us”
Metal comes in many shapes and sizes, many visual and audible incarnations that it’s never easy to speak about with any certainty. It’s hard to ascribe any hard and fast rule that would apply to all sub-genres of metal, except that it is defiant against the unauthentic mainstream. We expect our bands to be better, to have a code; this is reaffirmed every time we go to a metal gig and stand shoulder to shoulder with maybe dozens, hundreds or thousands of others to enjoy this music. There is a sense of camaraderie within metal that is not often found in musical subcultures, something which gives its community a definitive look and feel.
Although generally speaking, metal is not a subculture in which too much emphasis is based on appearance, it is perfectly normal to want to fit in and this leads to certain styles being cultivated. A few of the easy ways to look metal include, for a man, growing your hair long or dying it, wearing band t-shirts and dark clothes, perhaps even some jewellery. The dog collar and studded wristband are iconic of course, coming from the early days of metal, and bullet belts have also made a recent resurgence from their original popularity on bands like Megadeth and Metallica in the eighties. We’re talking every day life now though – the subtle things that tell the world (and other metalheads) who you are without having to drench yourself in a leather trench coat.
Things might seem a little different though when you attend a metal concert or festival. It’s common practice to have some fun dressing up, especially among women, and you may see at gig men and women in skimpy PVC and other restrictive clothing like corsets. Of course this entirely depends on what kind of concert you are attending, and the type of fans that are going to be there – at a nu-metal show for example, you’re much more likely to find your face full of the kind of bling you get from winning at a game of online blackjack than at a more politically charged form of an alternative metal like System of a Down or Rage Against the Machine. Some of the most interesting of the metal subcultures lie in mythology, that of viking, Pagan or medieval influence. The strong allure of a kind of honour and masculine pride is evident in bands like Turisas and Burzum, which is drawn from Norse mythology and incorporates Christian and Pagan symbols like the pentagram or the devil’s horns.
Each sub-genre has its own subculture, and their particular quirks can seem odd to those from other sub-genres, so while some fans may slather themselves in corpse paint, others will wear sparkly pink eyeshadow; both have equal right to the name “metal”.