Heavy Métal

Notes on Denmark: People and Practices

Harvey Wilks | Posted 20.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Harvey Wilks

Eight months after moving to Denmark, I'm now straddling that crepuscule between things being novel and others becoming the norm, so in this lucid moment I wanted to jot down a few observations, about my experience of Denmark and, more importantly, about the people who hail from it - an invitees examination, if you will.

Babymetal - Metal Resistance

Colin McQuistan | Posted 01.04.2017 | UK Entertainment
Colin McQuistan

While comparisons with Godzilla abound around the band's destruction of the Heavy Metal Universe I think comparisons to The Borg are far more accurate.

This Heavy Metal Version Of The Star Wars Theme Is All You Need To Get Hyped Today

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 21.12.2015 | UK Comedy

With 'Star Wars' fever still in full swing, a heavy metal band's impressive cover of the theme music has gone viral. Velocity Records brought toget...

Ladybaby - This Was Never Intended to Be Heard Outside Japan

Colin McQuistan | Posted 15.12.2016 | UK Entertainment
Colin McQuistan

I thought the combination of cheery-poppy-happy-happy meets brutal death metal was the weirdest thing to hit the headbanging scene in decades. That is until a cross-dressing Australian beef cake wrestler and two diminutive Japanese girls destroyed whatever remained of my WTF-ometer.

Babymetal: Album Review

Colin McQuistan | Posted 01.06.2016 | UK Entertainment
Colin McQuistan

Possibly the most Marmite band around release eponymous debut June 1. Internet gives up, goes home. Verdict: 8/10 I'll cut to the chase. I've been y...

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 ...