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Decoding Metal Etiquette: Your Essential Guide To Navigating Metal Culture

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Written By Tristan Cardinelli

Here’s the insiders guide of etiquette for headbangers.

Disclaimer: This is purely for entertainment purposes only and not meant to be taken seriously.

“Is there a strict metalhead code of conduct? Well, it’s more like a loosely woven tapestry of communal customs that have evolved over decades. Think of it as the unwritten rules of engagement, where headbangers nod in unison to show their allegiance to the metal culture.

These guidelines aren’t enforced by any metal police (except maybe in the mosh pit, where things get serious). They’re just things that metalheads respect to keep the harmony alive and the music loud.

Take, for example, the dress code: black attire is your metal uniform, preferably adorned with a band shirt. It’s not a fashion statement; it’s a rite of passage. But here’s the kicker—never wear the shirt of the band you’re about to see. It’s like wearing your love letter on your sleeve after already buying the concert ticket. Never wear a shirt of a band you’ve never heard of and do not listen to.

Band loyalty is the law. Don’t flaunt a shirt from the headliner’s past life—like showing up to a Soen gig in an Opeth tee. It’s all about supporting their current incarnation.

Practicality reigns supreme too. Steel-toe boots aren’t just for show; they’re survival gear in the swirling sea of the mosh pit. And forget about restrictive clothing—unless you fancy doing the metal shuffle in skinny jeans.

Then there are the mosh pit rules: help a fallen comrade up, no punches thrown (unless it’s an accidental windmill), and form a protective shield around the wounded (metalhead knight duty). Most importantly no karate in the pit.

Personal hygiene is a thing people! A good rule of thumb is to refrain from eating gas inducing foods before a concert. (Save the beans and dairy for another occasion). And please dont forget to use deodorant. Its way too hot in the pit for gas masks.

And ladies, leave the Manolo’s at home—it’s hard to mosh with a broken heel or while your sinking into the ground.

Above all, know your metal. No faking it, or you’ll get called out faster than a power chord solo.

Alright metalheads! If you’re diving into the world of metal you better pay homage to the “godfathers” who forged this molten genre.

Know your subgenres. You better be able to dissect the metal subgenres like a mad scientist with a Marshall stack. If you think you’re a true metalhead you better know what each genre is and where each band belongs or else you will be banished to poser island.

But wait, there’s more! Enter the realm of classic metal, where names like Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Death, Judas Priest, and the thunderous Pantera roar through the speakers. These are the warriors of distortion, the shredders of solos, and the architects of mosh pits worldwide.

Alright, listen up. Let’s talk about avoiding poser pitfalls like a bad guitar solo. Sure, places like Hot Topic might lure you in with their shiny, trend-hugging gear, but remember, not everything that glitters is metal.

If you stumble upon a band tee that screams your name louder than a Marshall stack, by all means, snag it. But don’t blow your entire paycheck on fleeting fashion fads. Metal is about staying true to the riff, not just what’s hot this season.

Being a metalhead is a state of mind, a commitment to the guttural growls and face-melting solos that define the genre. So, skip the surface-level trends and crank up the music. Because at the end of the day, being a metalhead is about the music, the passion, and headbanging like there’s no tomorrow.

So yes, there are rules, but they’re more like guidelines forged in the fires of community, countless gigs and festivals. Break them at your own peril or risk being labeled as ‘that person’ who just doesn’t get it.”

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Ex-Divine Heresy Vocalist Travis Neal Launches A GoFundMe During Cancer Battle

Travis Neal, former vocalist of Divine Heresy, is battling cancer and has initiated a GoFundMe campaign to assist with his ongoing medical expenses. Having incurred significant out-of-pocket costs, he seeks support to stay afloat. Known for his tenure with Divine Heresy and collaborations with various bands including Dark Shift and Dirge Within, Travis plans to reward donors with his forthcoming music album as a token of gratitude. Visit the link to contribute and read Travis’ heartfelt message detailing his situation. Your help is deeply appreciated.

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Dear Friends and Colleagues, Neal was diagnosed with Leukemia stage 2 over 8 weeks ago . It is treatable but not curable.  Unfortunately, the cancer spread to his brain and resulted in three large legions and significant short term memory loss. He has completed 3 rounds of Chemo and is making good progress. They are planning 3 more rounds once every two weeks and then 6 more rounds once a month. Long term prognosis is good. He has HK medical insurance that will cover approximately 25% of medical cost. A dear friend of his has already raised $20K USD and Sheila and I will also donate $10K USD which will cover his medical expenses thru the first four rounds of Chemo that will be completed by the end of next week. Neal will need funds in December. 

Our dear friend has a huge heart and donated most of his wealth and also invested in numerous Start Up’s of which none have paid out to date. I’m sure if Neal is successful in one of these that he will try and reimburse everyone. 

Neal lives in Manila with his wife, Cheriza, and two young children.  Friends are working with them to make ends meet. We pray his health continues to improve.

Unfortunately, we can not set up a Go Fund Me page for him in the Philippines so I am setting up this Go Fund Me page on his behalf and will wire transfer 100% all funds received directly to Neal and Cheriza. Stewart. 

We greatly appreciated any support you can provide Neal.

Stay safe and take good care. Nate

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The Everlasting Roar: Exploring the State of Metal Music in the Modern Era

Written By Tristan Cardinelli

Is metal a dying art form? In an age dominated by the pulsating beats of hip hop and the infectious melodies of pop, metal music stands as a resilient titan, its presence undeniable yet its future uncertain. As discussions surrounding the vitality of metal persist, one cannot help but wonder: is metal on the verge of extinction, or is it simply evolving with the times?

Among the younger demographic, aged 17 and under, there appears to be a prevailing preference for hip hop and pop, leaving metal enthusiasts feeling like outliers in a sea of mainstream trends. Yet, amidst this apparent shift in musical taste, there remains a dedicated community of metal aficionados who staunchly defend the genre’s significance and timelessness.

For those who find solace in the thunderous riffs and guttural vocals of metal, camaraderie often comes in the form of seeking out peers who share their passion. In these circles, discussions about favorite metal bands serve as a unifying force, bridging generational divides and fostering a sense of belonging in a world where metalheads are seemingly outnumbered.

Personal preferences within the metal genre vary widely, from the pioneering sounds to the boundary-pushing innovations of modern metal bands. Whether one gravitates towards the melodic intricacies of clean vocals or the primal intensity of guttural growls, there exists a vast and diverse spectrum of metal subgenres to explore and embrace.

Metals roots run deep. The connection between classical and metal intertwine two seemingly disparate genres into a harmonious fusion of artistry and intensity. Both genres share a penchant for complex compositions, intricate melodies, and virtuosic instrumentation. Metal draws inspiration from the grandeur and drama of classical symphonies, incorporating elements such as orchestral arrangements, elaborate harmonies, and dynamic shifts in tempo and mood. Likewise, classical composers like Bach, Beethoven, and Wagner have left an ingrained mark on metal, serving as sources of inspiration for musicians seeking to push the boundaries of personal expression. In this symbiotic relationship, classical music lends a sense of grandeur and sophistication to metal, while metal infuses classical patterns with a raw energy and modern edge.

While the genres may seem distinct on the surface, they share several fundamental elements that connect them. The intricate compositions, technical skill, and emphasis on dramatic storytelling found in classical music have influenced the development of metal since its inception. Early metal bands, such as Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin, drew inspiration from classical composers like Wagner and Holst, incorporating symphonic elements and complex arrangements into their music. Over time, this influence has continued to evolve, with many metal bands incorporating orchestral instrumentation and classical motifs into their compositions. Additionally, the virtuosic playing styles of classical musicians have inspired countless metal musicians to push the boundaries of their craft. In essence, while metal may have its own unique identity, its connection to classical music serves as a testament to the genre’s rich and diverse musical heritage.

For many metal enthusiasts, the experience of seeing their favorite metal bands live or blasting their favorite tunes with the windows rolled down evokes a sense of empowerment and rebellion. The raw energy of metal music transforms mundane moments into exhilarating journeys, leaving listeners feeling invincible as they navigate the world with the volume turned up.

As debates rage on about the future of metal music, one thing remains abundantly clear: the spirit of metal is indomitable. It thrives in the hearts of those who refuse to conform to mainstream norms and who find solace in the unapologetic authenticity of heavy riffs and thunderous drums.

In a landscape where musical tastes ebb and flow like the tide, metal endures as a bastion of resilience, a testament to the enduring power of defiance. So long as there are those who dare to march to the beat of their own drummers, the roar of metal will echo through the ages, a defiant anthem for the misfits and outcasts who refuse to be silenced.

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“Fingers of Fury: The Eccentric Evolution of Ozzy’s Guitar Heroes”

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Written By Sebastian Melmoth

From Rhoads to Wylde, a story of Ozzy’s leading men. A riotous romp through guitarist lore and six string shenanigans. The legendary tale of Ozzy Osbourne’s guitarists unfold like a rock ‘n’ roll rollercoaster ride through the archives of heavy metal history through frets and fables.

Enter the realm of rock and roll royalty, where the enigmatic figure of Ozzy Osbourne reigns supreme. With a very distinctive sound of double vocal heard ’round the globe, Osbourne has unleashed over 100 million records upon eager ears, leaving a trail of metal mayhem in his wake, both solo and as the wild frontman of Black Sabbath.

But rewind the tape to the swinging ’60s, where our story begins. In a dark and smoky club, a young Osbourne takes the stage, belting out tunes with Rare Breed alongside the bass wizard Geezer Butler. Though their time together was short-lived, fate had other plans. In a cosmic twist of destiny, Osbourne, Butler, and a couple of other musical misfits unite to form the legendary Black Sabbath in 1969, with Tony Iommi’s downtuned riffs and Bill Ward’s thunderous beats completing the lineup.

And thus, the saga of heavy metal’s pioneers is born. With Sabbath’s earth-shattering sound, they lay the foundation for a genre that would shake the very foundations of music itself, forever enshrining their place in rock history.

In 1979, Sharon Osbourne bravely donned her managerial cape and took on the Herculean task of wrangling the wild force that is Ozzy. Little did she know, she was about to embark on a ride through the tumultuous world of rock ‘n’ roll.

Fast forward a decade, and things take a turn for the chaotic. Ozzy finds himself booted unceremoniously from thy sacred halls of Black Sabbath, courtesy of his old pals and their concerns about his affinity for, shall we say, recreational substances. But fear not, for where there’s a will, there’s Sharon. In a tale fit for a rock opera, she swoops in like a guardian angel, rescuing Ozzy from the clutches of his hideaway, where he’d been living it up for a solid three months.

Not content with just being a savior, Sharon adorns her manager cap and takes the reins of Ozzy’s career. Oh, what a tangled web of rock ‘n’ roll drama!

Ozzy Osbourne is fresh off the Black Sabbath carousel with Tony Iommi, who’s guitar infused soulful, blues-solos with ominous, minor-key riffing essence of rock ‘n’ roll decides he needs a new axe-slinger. So, he rings up some guitar gods like Gary Moore and George Lynch, but it’s like trying to fit a square peg in a round hole. Then enters Randy Rhoads, the maestro of metal, who alongside Ozzy, cooks up a storm of pop infused rock and roll darkness with a side of neoclassical fireworks!

Randy Rhoads (1979-1982) Randy Rhoads and Ozzy Osbourne’s fates were sealed together, their partnership forever etched in rock history. In a whirlwind of creativity, Rhoads, a guitar virtuoso of petite stature but monumental talent, catapulted Osbourne from the shadows of ’70s rock into the blazing spotlight of ’80s heavy metal. With a fusion of infectious melodies and breathtaking neoclassical prowess showcased in albums like Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman, Rhoads emerged as a formidable force, solidifying his place as one of the era’s most influential guitarists.

Tragedy strikes when Rhoads was killed in a plane crash on March 19, 1982, at the age of 25 leaving Ozzy in a state of deep mourning as the duo had develop a close friendship. The singer paused his Diary of a Madman tour for two weeks following Rhoads’ death. Ozzy then began searching for a replacement.

The trek resumed on April 1 1982 with former Gillan guitarist Bernie Torme and he takes a stab at it. Bernie had to learn Osbourne and Black Sabbath material with only a week’s notice. After other big name players like Gary Moore and (allegedly) Michael Schenker turned down the gig Torme couldn’t fill Rhoads’ shoes. It wasnt really happening. Let’s just say it’s like asking a cat to bark. Then Night Ranger guitarist Brad Gillis (1982) steps in to complete the Diary of a Madman tour. In an interview with Guitar World in 2021, Gillis called his first night of the tour a “horrendous experience.” He said Osbourne didn’t even show up to soundcheck, and the guitarist botched part of “Revelation (Mother Earth),” which earned him a solemn pep talk from Osbourne’s wife and manager, Sharon but not before getting a stern warning: “Don’t fuck this up, Bradley!”

Enter Jake E. Lee, (1982-1987) the man with the plan and the licks to match previously from Rough Cutt and Ratt. With him, Ozzy finds his mojo again, churning out hits like “Bark at the Moon” and “The Ultimate Sin.” But hold onto your hats, folks, because here comes hurricane Zakk Wylde (1987-1992, 1995, 1998, 2001-2009, 2017-present) the wild man with a guitar and a heart of gold. He sticks around longer than a bad habit.

A flood of hopeful guitarists bombarded Ozzy with audition tapes, each vying to fill Jake E. Lee’s shoes. Yet, fate intervened when Ozzy blindly plucked a tape from his bag, sealing the deal with Zakk Wylde in one fell swoop. Wylde’s baptism by fire came at Wormwood Scrubs Prison, where he belted out his first chords for Osbourne, a mere 20 years young.

Since that momentous debut, Wylde has embarked on three significant tours with Osbourne, sprinkled with session gigs and spontaneous performances, earning him the title of Ozzy’s most enduring guitarist and side kick. His unmistakable, wah-drenched solos reverberate through the halls of albums like “No Rest for the Wicked,” “No More Tears,” and “Black Rain,” showcasing his virtuosity across decades of musical evolution.

Reflecting on their bond, Wylde mused to Metal Hammer in 2022, revealing a relationship that transcends mere music. “I’m Ozzy’s right-hand man,” he declared proudly. “Whether it’s tuning guitars, fetching groceries or feeding the dogs while they are out of town, I’m there. “Need milk? Consider it done.”

Then there’s former David Lee Roth guitarist Joe Holmes (1995-2001) who steps in during Ozzy’s retirement hiatus, bringing a touch of Rhoads’ spirit back to the stage. He worked with Ozzy during Ozzmosis and the aptly titled Retirement Sucks Tour. Although Wylde played on Ozzmosis, an informal Guns N’ Roses audition kept him from touring. Interesting enough, Joe Holmes took guitar lessons from Randy Rhoads as a teenager. Holmes left Osbourne’s band in 2001 during the sessions for Down to Earth, for which he co-wrote three songs: “That I Never Had,” “Junkie” and “Can You Hear Them?” You can listen to his playing on the 1996 Beavis and Butt-Head Do America track “Walk on Water,” as well as a live version of “Perry Mason” that first appeared on the 1997 Ozzfest Live compilation.

And let’s not forget Jerry Cantrell (2004-2005) who joins the fray for a hot minute, adding some grunge flavor to the mix before heading back to his Chains. Cantrell played on two solo albums along side Wylde, (2001’s Down to Earth and 2007’s Black Rain), Osbourne released the 2005 covers LP Under Cover, the bulk of which previously appeared on the Prince of Darkness box set released earlier that year. Despite this all star studded band including Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell, Faith No More drummer Mike Bordin and the Cult bassist Chris Wyse the album didnt do very well and received lukewarm reviews.

But wait, there’s more! Gus G (2009-2017) takes the reins for a while, proving he’s got the chops to keep up with the the godfather of heavy metal. Osbourne announced he was parting ways with Wylde in 2009, telling Classic Rock that he “felt like his stuff was beginning to sound like Black Label Society.” The maestro rose to the challenge of stepping into Wylde’s shoes, delivering a feast of robust riffs and lightning-speed solos on 2010’s “Scream.” His scorching fretwork, particularly on the lead single “Let Me Hear You Scream,” captivated audiences with its raw intensity. G continued to grace Osbourne’s stage until 2017, when the singer revealed Wylde’s triumphant return yet again.

And just when you thought it couldn’t get any crazier, along comes Andrew Watt (2020-2022) and his band of merry men, including Slash, Tom Morello, and Eric Clapton, turning Ozzy’s sound into an auditory smorgasbord!

In a bold move, Osbourne decided to shake things up for his 2020 release, “Ordinary Man,” joining forces with the dynamic producer and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Watt. Known for his diverse portfolio spanning from Justin Bieber to Miley Cyrus and Post Malone, Watt brought a fresh perspective to the table. Not content with just producing, Watt also lent his skills on the guitar for the majority of the album, infusing it with his signature sound. He also dialed up some heavy hitters like Slash and Tom Morello, who jumped at the chance to contribute their magic to the mix.

Fast forward to 2022, and Osbourne’s musical adventure continues with “Patient Number 9,” once again under the guidance of Watt’s production. This time, the roster of talent reaches even greater heights, boasting legends like Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton alongside the return of Zakk Wylde. But the pièce de résistance? A groundbreaking collaboration with none other than Osbourne’s old mate, Tony Iommi, marking a historic moment in the Ozzy’s solo career.

So there you have it, folks, a brief albeit epic tale of Ozzy Osbourne’s guitarists – a journey filled with highs, lows, and enough rock ‘n’ roll antics to make even Keith Richards blush!

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“The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Where Hard Rock Goes to Die and Metal Gets Melted Down”

Written By Tristan Cardinelli

Step right up, ladies and gentlemen, and behold the spectacle of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, where they’ve got more snubs than Glenn Close. Yes, indeed, it’s the place where hard rock goes to die a slow, painful death, and metal? Well, metal gets thrown into the furnace faster than you can say “Sellout!”

Ozzy Osbourne is the only metal act to be nominated this year. While his contributions to the genre are undeniably legendary, his solitary presence only highlights the blatant disregard the Hall has for the vast landscape of metal music. It’s like trying to rock out at a funeral procession—just plain awkward. Metal isn’t some fringe genre relegated to the shadows; it’s a force that has shaped the very fabric of rock and roll. Yet, here we are, with Ozzy as the lone representative, while countless other deserving bands are left hanging. The establishment’s ignorance is a travesty, a mockery, and a slap in the face to every metalhead who has ever dared to dream of seeing their heroes enshrined in the Hall of Fame. Shame on you, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Shame on you.

They wouldn’t know a real riff if it smacked them in the face with a double-necked guitar. Oh, sure, they’ve let in a few token headbangers like Black Sabbath and Metallica, but anything beyond that? Forget about it! They’d sooner induct a kazoo quartet than admit that maybe, just maybe, there’s more to rock and roll than bubblegum pop and one man acts using laptops and auto correct.

In the hallowed halls of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, there’s a whispering rumor that echoes through the corridors like a distant guitar riff: “Why no love for hard rock and metal?” Indeed, as fans of the genre bang their heads in frustration, it seems the institution has built a metaphorical wall of sound, barricading itself from the thunderous onslaught of amps and power chords. But fear not, dear reader, for we are about to embark on a quest to unravel this enigma, armed with wit, wisdom, and perhaps a touch of devilish humor.

First, let’s address the elephant in the room: the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame seems to have a soft spot for the more melodic and mainstream acts. The gods of metal like Iron Maiden and Motörhead are left waiting in the wings. Could it be that the Hall has a secret penchant for dance beats over distorted guitars? Or perhaps they fear the wrath of metalheads breaking loose and wreaking havoc in their pristine museum? One can only speculate.

Now, let’s not dismiss the Hall’s choices entirely. After all, they have bestowed honors upon legends like Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin, proving that they do have an appreciation for the heavier side of rock. But why stop there? Where’s the love for the riff-wielding warriors who have kept the flame of rock and roll burning bright through decades of turmoil and trend-chasing?

Some argue that hard rock and metal are too niche and abrasive for the delicate sensibilities of the Hall’s voting committee. But come on, this is rock and roll we’re talking about! If it’s not loud, rebellious, and just a little bit dangerous, then what’s the point? We didn’t sign up for a tea party; we want to feel the earth shake beneath our feet and our eardrums quiver in ecstasy.

Perhaps it’s time for the Hall to loosen its tie, let down its hair, and embrace the raw power of hard rock and metal. Picture it: a gallery dedicated to the shredders and screamers, where the walls reverberate with the echoes of explosive solos and guttural roars. It would be a sight to behold, a pilgrimage site for headbangers from across the globe.

Who votes for cats to get nominated into rock and roll hall of fame anyway?The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s nominating committee chooses names for the “Performers” category, which includes singers, vocal groups, bands, and instrumentalists. A committee of rock and roll historians selects the nominees each year.

Fear not, dear metalheads, for we shall not be silenced! We’ll keep banging our heads and flipping the bird to the ‘Hall of Lame’ until they recognize what great rock and metal sounds like. Until that day comes, we’ll just have to content ourselves with spinning our favorite vinyl records and raising a defiant middle finger to the powers that be. After all, rock and roll was never about fitting in or playing by the rules. It’s about resistance, passion, and sticking it to the man, even if he’s just a bourgeois museum curator.

So, here’s to the unsung heroes of hard rock and metal, the bands who refuse to kowtow to the whims of a bunch of elitist snobs in suits. Keep shredding, keep screaming, and who knows? Maybe one day, the Hall of Shame will come crawling back, begging for a taste of that sweet, sweet metal magic. But until then, we’ll be over here, cranking the volume to eleven and laughing our asses off at their clueless incompetence. Rock on, you beautiful misfits, rock on!

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Rock ‘n’ Rolls Roots in Metal Evolution

Photo From BS Facebook Page. ‘Never Say Die!’ tour at Lewisham Odeon in London, England, UK 1978

Written By Tristan Cardinelli

The roots of heavy metal run deep. From the rock ‘n’ roll of the 1950’s to 1960s owing a significant debt to the likes of Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, and notably, Black Sabbath who emerged in the late 1960s and early 1970s. They laid the groundwork for what would become metal. While dubbed the unholy trinity and credited as the first wave of true heavy metal, the common narrative oversimplifies their role, glossing over pre-1969 influences.

Metal’s origins defy a singular moment of creation; it’s not a linear progression from Jimi Hendrix to Black Sabbath. Rather, it’s a complex amalgamation of influences that gradually coalesced, with the New Wave of British Heavy Metal marking a significant milestone. Pinpointing the birth of metal is elusive, as defining what qualifies as such remains subjective. However, by the late ’60s, the groundwork for metal and its myriad subgenres was laid, with bands experimenting with heavy rock, inching closer to its infernal essence. Yet, amidst this evolution, many pioneering bands have faded into obscurity, prompting us to delve into forgotten realms of rock history to unearth metal’s unsung heroes.

In contrast to the dominant reign of rock and roll in the 1950s, the 1960s saw a diverse musical landscape emerge, where jazz, blues, pop, and folk music gained significant followings alongside the continuing growth of rock and roll. This era witnessed a distinction between “hard” rebellious rock and “soft” rock, which often bore resemblance to pop music.

Both genres of rock and metal feature heavy instrumentation, often characterized by distorted guitars, powerful drumming, and prominent basslines.

Both rock from the 60s and metal today place a significant emphasis on memorable guitar riffs, which often serve as the highlight of a song.

Both genres explore a wide range of themes, including but not limited to, rebellion, angst, societal issues, personal struggles, and fantasy.

Just as rock music diversified into various subgenres over the decades (acid rock, psychedelic rock, progressive rock, punk rock, etc.), metal has also branched out into numerous subgenres, including heavy metal, thrash metal, death metal, power metal, black metal, and many more.

Many metal bands today, like their rock predecessors from the 60s and 70’s incorporate theatrical elements into their performances, including elaborate stage setups, costumes, and dramatic lighting effects.

Both rock from the 60s and metal today have had a significant cultural impact, influencing fashion, lifestyle, and even politics.

While there are certainly differences between the two genres, such as intensity, lyrical content, and production techniques, the parallels between rock from the 60s and metal music today are evident, highlighting the enduring influence of rock music on contemporary metal.

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Unveiling Ageism in Music: The Climate Towards Legendary Hard Rock and Metal Artists

Written By Tristan Cardinelli

Within the realm of music ageism persists as a contentious issue, with legendary artists often facing disrespect and disdain from younger generations. Despite their groundbreaking contributions and enduring legacies, older bands and artists encounter dismissive attitudes and derogatory remarks, highlighting a troubling trend of age-based discrimination within the music community.

In the fabric of American society, ageism remains a pervasive issue, shaping attitudes, policies, and opportunities. Despite strides in diversity and inclusion, discriminatory biases against older adults persist, hindering their societal contributions and well-being. From workplace discrimination, politics to healthcare disparities, ageism manifests in various forms, prompting calls for systemic change and heightened awareness. This bias not only affects individuals but also deprives society of the wealth of experience and wisdom older people bring to the table.

In the fast-paced world of rock and metal, where trends evolve rapidly, older bands are sometimes unfairly relegated to the sidelines as newer acts gain prominence. The phenomenon of ageism manifests in various ways, from disparaging comments on social media platforms to diminished opportunities for veteran bands to showcase their talents on tour circuits and festival lineups.

One prevailing narrative perpetuated by some younger fans is the notion that older bands are past their prime and no longer relevant in today’s music scene. This dismissive attitude overlooks the enduring impact and influence of these iconic groups, whose pioneering musical terrain continue to resonate with audiences across generations.

Moreover, ageism in music extends beyond mere criticism to outright hostility and disrespect towards older musicians. Instances of ageist rhetoric, such as mocking remarks about appearance or physical abilities, undermine the artistic contributions and achievements of veteran performers, perpetuating harmful stereotypes about aging in the music industry.

The world can be superficial when it comes to bands, artists, and actors. There’s often a focus on outward appearances, age, social media presence, and popularity rather than the actual talent, creativity, and depth of the work they produce. This vapid emphasis on shalliw aspects can overshadow the genuine artistry and substance of musicians and artists, leading to a culture that prioritizes image over substance. However, it’s essential to recognize that not everyone subscribes to this frivolity, and there are still many individuals who value authenticity and talent above all else.

It’s essential to recognize the invaluable contributions of older bands to the evolution and diversification of rock and metal music. These trailblazing artists paved the way for subsequent generations, shaping the musical panorama and cultural identities of the genre.

In response to ageism within the music community, efforts are underway to challenge stereotypes and promote intergenerational dialogue and respect. Initiatives aimed at celebrating the legacies of older bands, such as tribute bands, concerts, documentary films, and retrospective articles, seek to highlight the enduring relevance and significance of their musical contributions.

Fostering greater appreciation and understanding between different generations of music fans is essential in combating ageism and promoting inclusivity within the rock and metal community. By recognizing the interconnectedness of past, present, and future musical movements, society can cultivate a more vibrant and inclusive music culture that celebrates the rich tapestry of artistic expression across generations.

In confronting ageism within the realm of hard rock and metal music, it is imperative to acknowledge and honor the enduring legacies of older bands while fostering a culture of respect, appreciation, and equality for artists of all ages. By embracing diversity and rejecting age-based discrimination, the music community can chart a more harmonious and equitable course towards a brighter future for rock and metal music.

In conclusion, ageism is an issue that will inevitably touch us all as we journey through life and grow older. To foster a better world for ourselves and future generations, it is important that we collectively strive to eradicate ageism. By actively challenging age-based discrimination and promoting integration and respect across all age groups, we can create a society that values the wisdom, experience, and contributions of individuals at every stage of life. Failure to address ageism now will only result in its continued perpetuation, potentially affecting us all as we age. Let us work together to build a more balanced and compassionate world for everyone, regardless of age.

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Metal Mania: A Headbangers Quest Through Mosh Pits

Written By Tristan Cardinelli

In the thunderous world of metal, where guitars wail like banshees and drums beat like the pulse of a Viking heart, there exists a ritual that unites fans in a chaotic dance of euphoria – the mosh pit. Picture this: a sea of metal heads converging, bodies colliding in a symphony of controlled chaos, all while a blistering guitar solo shreds through the air. Welcome to the adrenaline-fueled realm of mosh and circle pits. Participating in a circle pit or mosh pit is revered as a rite of passage for devoted metal enthusiasts.

The history of moshing is as wild as the mosh pits themselves. Born in the gritty underground punk scene, this primal dance form evolved into a full-blown phenomenon embraced by metal aficionados worldwide. It evolved as a form of enthusiastic, physical expression to the energetic and rebellious music. While its roots can be traced to punk, the term “mosh” itself is believed to have been coined later, in the early 1980s. While moshing doesn’t have direct parallels to specific historical rituals, it shares similarities with communal dances and physical expressions of unity found in various cultures throughout history. The idea of a collective, uninhibited dance or physical interaction in response to music is not entirely new. Moshing, in a sense, taps into the primal urge for group expression and solidarity. Metal heads, a breed apart, find solace in the unbridled energy that accompanies the cathartic release of headbanging and body slamming.

Now let’s talk about the grand stages that amplify this metal madness. Various metal festivals, especially those with large attendance and dedicated metal communities, often boast massive circle pits. Wacken Open Air in Wacken, Germany, the colossal playground for headbangers. Once a quaint village, now a haven for the heaviest of metal, Wacken transforms into a moshing mecca once a year. It’s the place where thousands of metal heads gather, not just to witness legendary bands but to partake in the communal ecstasy of moshing that reverberates across the festival grounds.

Across the pond, the Download Festival in the UK has become a global metal pilgrimage, with its infectious energy spreading to Australia, Japan, and Spain. In Sweden, the Sweden Rock Festival in Sölvesborg becomes a haven for metal heads, while Hellfest Open Air in Clisson, France, beckons with its magnetic pull for those seeking the ultimate metal experience.

Imagine a horde of metal heads, diverse in their leather-clad armor, congregating like disciples of the riff. Here, in the heart of the mosh pit, camaraderie is forged through shared love for face-melting guitar solos and bone-rattling drum beats. It’s a celebration of sophisticated rebellion where the metal community thrives on unity amidst the chaos.

As bands unleash their sonorous onslaught, the crowd responds in a dance that defies conventional logic. Mosh pits are a kinetic tapestry where strangers become comrades, connected by the pulsating heartbeat of metal. And let’s not forget the legendary circle pits – a synchronized ballet of adrenaline and brotherhood, a circular ritual that transcends language and borders.

Metal heads don’t just attend concerts; they embark on an odyssey, seeking not only the blistering sounds of their favorite bands but also the magnetic pull of kindred spirits. Metal concerts and festivals are not just events; they are gatherings of a global tribe, united by a common passion for the raw power of metal.

So, the next time you witness a mosh pit swirling like a tornado at a metal festival, remember that it’s not just chaos – it’s a celebration. It’s a testament to the unspoken bond that ties metal heads across continents. In this world of riffs and roars, where the only rule is to let loose and embrace the mayhem, the mosh pit stands as a testament to the enduring spirit of metal – loud, proud, and gloriously unhinged.