Heavy Métal

An Interview With Key Kobayashi

Colin McQuistan | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Colin McQuistan

I am in London to interview Key Kobayashi, elusive producer of heavy metal upstarts, Babymetal. It is lashing with rain and everyone is lost inside the Brixton Academy venue or stuffing their faces with chicken at Nandos.

Babymetal Live at Brixton Academy

Colin McQuistan | Posted 11.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Colin McQuistan

Not to say they were that bad at the Forum in July, far from it; they were astonishing then, but now they had a meaner, more purposeful edge.

An Interview With Maximum the Hormone

Colin McQuistan | Posted 10.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Colin McQuistan

MTH have risen to mainstream success in their native country thanks to their insane live shows and avant garde approach to song writing and western audiences are finally taking note.

Review: In Flames- Siren Charms

Tim Manton | Posted 01.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Tim Manton

Gothenburg pioneers In Flames have made a lot of changes to their sound in Siren Charms, and for the most part this comes across as quite a big risk. Many, many fans have longed for a return to the sound of Colony or Whoracle, melodic death-metal juggernauts that cemented In Flames firmly onto the heavy metal scene.

Why Radio 1 Moving The Rock Show to Sunday Night Is Smart. Really Smart.

Paul Piggott | Posted 12.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Paul Piggott

Sunday 7 September 2014 saw the launch of Dan P Carter's Radio 1 Rock Show in its new (and brilliantly positioned) Sunday night slot on BBC Radio 1. It's a big statement, and one that should be congratulated, from the most important media outlet for new music in the UK.

An Interview With Babymetal - Bow Down to Your Kitsune

Colin McQuistan | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Colin McQuistan

You must be familiar with Babymetal. They are the most absurd fairy tale to hit recorded music in recent memory; a smashing together of two mutually exclusive musical genres. A cartoon with 35million Youtube hits. And I am about to sit down with them, if I'm being brutally honest, to see if they actually exist.

I Went to a Babymetal Concert And Survived - Just

Colin McQuistan | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Colin McQuistan

It is a little after 9 PM on a calm summer Monday night and I am somewhere inside The Forum, London, where Japanese pop/death metal sensations Babymetal are playing their first headline UK show.

Why Doctors Are Telling You To Stop Headbanging

PA/ The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Heavy metal fans might want to consider updating their trademark move - headbanging could really put their health at risk. Doctors who treated a M...

How Crossfaith Made Heavy Metal History at Download 2014

Olly Hunter | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Olly Hunter

For those of you who haven't heard Crossfaith before. They're a genre busting band cut from a cloth not that dissimilar from former tour mates Enter Shikari. They mix up hardcore, punk rock, metalcore and electronics from trance to dubstep to produce a sound that's brilliantly fresh, heavy and most importantly unique.

LISTEN: Christopher Lee Rocks Out On His 92nd Birthday

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK Entertainment

Horror icon and Hollywood stalwart Christopher Lee celebrates his 92nd birthday on Tuesday. And the nonagenarian chose to mark the milestone by re...

The Best Worst Band in the World Are Playing the UK - Lord Have Mercy

Colin McQuistan | Posted 29.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Colin McQuistan

They are precision engineered. If western pop is expertly produced but ultimately soulless tat, Babymetal are a cross between a Ferrari and a black panther; the whole project has been very carefully thought out and every component, from the musicians, choreography, costumes, song writing, has been crafted to perfection.

Gig Etiquette: How Not to Be a F**king A**hole at Live Events

Gabrielle Leimon | Posted 14.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Gabrielle Leimon

You want to be at the front of the gig? Good. Get to the venue early and queue up like everyone else. Don't wait until the gig has started and then push your way through the crowd to the front - especially if you end up hurting people, knocking them over and splitting up people who want to be able to enjoy the gig together.

What Is the Future of the UK's Rock and Metal Festivals?

Raziq Rauf | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Raziq Rauf

The fact of the matter is that since Linkin Park and Slipknot, no other viable festival headliners have emerged. Muse are too big a deal and they aren't "metal enough" for such events and the jury is currently out on Avenged Sevenfold. There is little to add to the 'there won't ever be another Metallica' argument...

Dads! Love Your Kids AND Heavy Metal?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Comedy

A tip of the hat to Spencer Riviera for this amazing-looking album, which features such heavy metal classics as 'If I Step On One More Toy' and 'Who L...

Let There Be Drums

Neil Cossar | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Neil Cossar

Born on this day 1 Nov in 1963, Rick Allen, drummer with Def Leppard, who had the 1987 worldwide No.1 album Hysteria, and the 1988 US No.1 single Love Bites. Allen lost his left arm in an accident after crashing his Corvette Stingray on the A57 outside Sheffield in England in 1984.

7 Terrible Ideas For Robots From Heavy Metal Album Covers

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 21.07.2013 | UK Tech

Heavy metal music has done much good for the world, introducing us to the talents of Bruce Dickinson on vocals, Jeff Hanneman on guitar, and the sarto...

Christian Heavy Metal Singer Arrested In 'Plot To Kill Wife'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.05.2013 | UK

Tim Lambesis, the singer of Grammy-nominated Christian heavy metal band As I Lay Dying has been arrested on suspicion of hiring an undercover detectiv...

Slayer Guitarist Dies Aged 49 Of Liver Failure

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 02.07.2013 | UK Entertainment

Heavy metal guitarist Jeff Hanneman has died of liver failure. Hanneman’s band Slayer announced the news on its Facebook page on Thursday night....

Challenging Hate Crime: A New Hate Crime Agenda?

Una Morris | Posted 04.06.2013 | UK Politics
Una Morris

Hate crime is not a new concept. Throughout history there are many examples of groups being marginalised, oppressed and discriminated against. Many of the world's conflicts have stemmed from hatred towards particular groups, and genocide is hate crime in its extremist form. Hate crime is most definitely a human rights issue and should be treated as such.

Census Reveals More Jedis Than Satanists And Scientologists

The Huffington Post UL | Posted 11.12.2012 | UK

The Sith Lord has been hard at work in England and Wales since the rise of the Jedis in 2001, with the Jedi population declining by more than half in ...

When I Feel Heavy Metal

Sweet Billy Pilgrim | Posted 26.09.2012 | UK Entertainment
Sweet Billy Pilgrim

I don't make heavy metal music. I guess if I had to label what I do in my band, Sweet Billy Pilgrim, it would be with something wince-inducing like 'progressive ambient pop' written in a tasteful calligraphic hand on expensive washi paper and tied with jute cord to a bonsai tree, probably by a vegetarian.

Cyber Attack 'Forces Iranian Nuclear Computers To Play AC/DC At Full Volume'

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 22.09.2012 | UK Tech

Cyber warfare has been taken to a new, hard rockin' level. According to one security expert, a computer virus has attacked computer systems in Iran...

Randy Blyth 'To Remain In Prison'

Posted 03.07.2012 | UK Entertainment

Randy Blythe, the singer of Lamb of God, will remain in prison in Prague for another 10 days over the death of a fan, according to reports. There h...

WATCH: The Ultimate Heavy Metal 'Doctor Who' Theme Cover

Huffington Post UK | Alastair Plumb | Posted 06.07.2012 | UK Comedy

It turns out that the Doctor Who theme has been covered in a heavy metal way a number of times, but never has it ever been covered so heavily, so meta...

Ozzy Osbourne And Black Sabbath Plan First New Album In 33 Years

PA | Posted 11.01.2012 | UK Entertainment

Heavy metal pioneers Black Sabbath are to record their first new album with the original line-up for 33 years. The 1968 incarnation of the band, fr...