A Look Back At The First Half Of 2012: Best Albums

By Aniruddh “Andrew” Bansal

I love reading and writing list-based articles, and it’s that time of the year again when I get to write another one. Today is the 30th of June, which marks the end of the first half of 2012, and it gives me a chance to reflect on 2012 as a year in metal releases so far. Right from the month of January itself, I knew that 2012 would beat 2011 in terms of the sheer quality of music being released. I expected quite a lot of great music to be put out by the time we reached this June 30th date, and things have turned out even better than I had imagined back in January. That’s the reason I’m doing this half-yearly list for the first time ever. Picking the best albums out of just these six months was harder than making the 2011 year-end list, to be honest.

Just to clarify, I have considered full-length albums of all sub-genres of hard rock and heavy metal, with release dates between January 1st and June 30th 2012. EPs, split releases and reissues haven’t been taken into account for making this list. The months of January and February saw a lot of good releases, but it was interesting for me to find out which of those albums stood the test of time. I really liked quite a few of the early 2012 albums when they were released, but some of them didn’t make this list, and were outdone by albums that came later. So without further ado, I’ll get into the list: Continue reading “A Look Back At The First Half Of 2012: Best Albums”

Metalheads Set To Attend 43rd Annual World Series Of Poker

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”

Illegal Downloads: The Bane Of The Music Industry’s Existence

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”

About Us

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”