You know what today is? It’s the site’s third birthday. And guess what, we’ll celebrate it by announcing its demise. Sorry.
On September 10 2010, a few of my friends and I started the Twitter account @DoseOfMetal to send a daily ‘dose of metal’ to our friends. Then we bought a few domains and started having fun. A month later, the site had proper visitors, and while it was never quite ‘Metalsucks 2,’ it had a decent amount of traffic in its prime.
But those were different times. I was barely 24, it was my first ‘free year’ after graduating university, spending hours writing articles for a blog was a fresh thing. Fast forward to 2013, I’m 27 and have other shit to do. It happens. Not saying this is beneath me, far from it, I would love to make this my job. But again, this was never Metalsucks and all the work I did on it was voluntary. All the work everyone did was voluntary, and it would have likely stayed that way.
It should come as no surprise that we’re done with the site, as we haven’t been taking care of it in the last year or so. We barely had 9 posts in 2013, we used to have over 2,000 per year and now we didn’t even get to write 10. It’s a pretty sad situation, but unfortunately this was always a fun ‘side project’ for us, it was never a job. Once real life got in the way, we all posted less and less until we stopped.
I think we had a nice thing going, we got to do a lot of stuff we never even dreamed of doing, like interviewing musicians we grew up listening to, it wasn’t bad for a project that started out of a joke on Twitter. We’re also glad we got a bunch of giveaways going, and some of our readers got some free shit. A lot of metal sites give away cheap demos and promos which they get for free and want to get rid of, we sent our readers cool stuff like the Big Four DVDs, tshirts, etc… We made fun of your favorite bands, but at least we respected you
After many failed attempts at reviving this site, we came to one simple conclusion: We can’t keep doing this anymore. I want to thank everyone who contributed to the project. From all of our main writers to some of our readers who submitted articles. For something done for free, you all did great, and I can’t thank you enough. This was like the Wikipedia of metal blogging, only with worse grammar, without any reliable information, and with 0.001% of its traffic.
We won’t close the site yet, it will just remain inactive, but I figured I owed an explanation to the few visitors who still check this place out from time to time. Thanks again and see you around.
P.S. = The site is not for sale. I got a couple of offers and I declined all of them. Not that this is Facebook or anything, obviously the site is not worth much anyway, but it’s not for sale. We did this for fun and people worked on it for free. It needs to stay that way. The ads are just (barely) covering our server bills, they’re not meant for profit.
P.P.S = I know what you’re thinking. We should have waited one more month and start the site on October 10, and have 10/10/10 as our founding date. Dammit.
Would Rob Halford like to be in the ‘Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame’? No… He’d LOVE to. Proof:
“I would love to be in the Hall Of Fame.” – Rob Halford
Full interview here.
I’m not one of those guys who criticizes award shows or other ceremonies for giving or not giving awards or honors. But let’s just say there are a lot of bands in the Hall of Fame that don’t deserve to be there before Priest.
Not that it matters too much, I don’t think you have anything to gain by being there, but a lot of people see it as a rite of passage of sorts so why not?
If you ever asked yourself where you could see a wax figure of Dimebag, you’re in luck. Apparently someone made on and it’s on display at this museum in Niagara Falls.
I never really understood the point of wax statues, to be honest with you. They almost never look like the real version, they always have something off, and they’re fucking creepy. That’s not to say I wouldn’t like to see this one if I lived near that museum, but I know people who go to wax museums and took shitloads of photos with their ‘favorite celebrities.’ Why?
You might as well Photoshop yourself next to a celebrity if you want a photo with him/her that badly, it’s the same thing.
Tell you what, $10 says this wax figure plays guitar better than anyone in nu-metal.
17 years ago he was smearing feces all over himself in a music video, as Metallica were reinventing themselves as artsy fartsy softer rock guys. Now things aren’t any better, as Jason would probably prefer smearing shit again all over himself for Metallica, rather than be thrown off the stage by a crazy fan.
Happens at around 3:08
It’s not like Jason isn’t used to falling during concerts, though.
Cash Money Records is a hip-hop label, yo. Wesside. Lil’ Wayne, for instance, is signed there. And say what you will about him as a rapper, but he kills this guitar solo. His thumb picking lead guitar work has influenced thousands of Down Syndrome kids around the world.
Anyway, they also welcomed Limp Bizkit on that label, trying to prove that talent isn’t really necessary to be signed to them. But now they have a brand new artist signed, and when I say artist, I’m using the term very loosely.
That’s right, folks. I’m talking about Paris Hilton. The original ‘famous for no reason whatsoever’ chick who proved two things to the world. 1. Kids don’t really need any colors in their porn videos to masturbate, green nightvision will do just fine. 2. The only talent you need in this business is the talent required to suck a dick right after pressing the REC button.
Now what does this have to do with metal? Nothing, but we’ve made it a tradition to laugh at nu-metal here, and I just wanted to show you that there is a label out there for talented folks such as Fred, Lil’ Wayne, and Paris Hilton. Well done, guys. Can’t wait to illegally download your new records, just for the chance of sending those files to the TRASH instantly.
On this exact day in 1996, the world (and especially diehard Metallica fans) said “WHAT THE FUCK!!???” as Tallica released their video for “Until It Sleeps.”
Don’t get me wrong, I like this song way better than I like a lot of other Load tracks. But the video is full of weird imagery inspired by a Dutch painter and a completely different band. Haircuts, eyeliner, Lars’ nipple ring, Jason smearing feces all over his body, all of this was pretty fucked up.
All the eyeliner and artsy fartsy crap came from Lars and Kirk, apparently James hated all of it. This begs the question, why did he go along with it? I guess we’ll never know, all we know is, 17 years later, another ‘different’ video from Metallica debuts. It’s the trailer for their new IMAX movie.
Go watch it on their official site, or after the jump.
Continuing their downward spiral, the sellout band Ghost (or Ghost B.C. as they go by these days) just released their first official video, for the previously released track “Secular Haze.”
I remember those good old days of almost 13 months ago, when when this band made simple, catchy, 70′s sounding stony doom music and gave me credibility on obscure metal forums, but suddenly it feels like they’ve been making all the wrong moves. The new song is simple, catchy, 70′s sounding stony doom, and I guess it’s still pretty good, but I don’t feel as comfortable with it as I did all those moons ago. Fuck this band.
The premise of Nu Metal always seemed like a good idea on paper. However, when put into practice, the results were not brilliant. A lot of metalheads took offense to the borrowing of the term ‘Metal’ for music which is actually closer to the Rock genre and well, the music also sucked, let’s be honest. Whiny middle class white kids, with minimal talent, rapping with an incompetent flow about how much their lives suck, backed by horrendous instrumentals.
Above is a different take on the genre though. The band Hacktivist have taken music that is closer to the sounds of artists like Tesseract, Meshuggah and Between the Buried and Me and have decided to rap over it. Nu-Djent? Progressive New Nu Metal, with actual Metal? Yeah, I have no idea what kind of labels kids are slapping on this stuff, but it’s a lot better than half the bands I listened to in school (*cough* Papa Roach, Limp Bizkit).
So, will I listen to Hacktivist again? Perhaps not, as I prefer my vocals to either be screaming or singing, but I still find it interesting the different styles and approaches that people are taking with music. And if you think the band are bad, I dare you to try and listen to the new Linkin Park album. I know which I would rather listen to….
I have to admit, I was kinda rooting for the apocalypse theory. Not that I’m depressed or anything, but I do hate a lot of people, so I’d give my life if it meant everyone else would go down with me.
But that didn’t happen, so I guess we still have to live in this dirty and polluted world and pretend we don’t hate all the assholes around us.
On that positive note, happy new year, motherfuckers! I know we haven’t been writing much, but we were hoping the apocalypse would show its fat face.
We haven’t had a post here since October, and this is really not our fault. It’s not easy being a slob, you know? Being lazy takes a lot of talent and dedication, so next time you accuse any of us for not writing on this site, at least learn to appreciate how hard it is to be as bad as us.
Having said that, I had to jump on the 12/12/12 bandwagon and acknowledge this kickass date. The last time we’ll have such a nice date. Sure, we’ll have 11/12/13 next year, but it’s not gonna be the same.
Will the world end this year? God, I hope so. I really do. Unfortunately I’m not 6, so I can’t believe in superstitious crap like the horoscope, religion, prophecies about the apocalypse, Dave Mustaine being over the Metallica feud, those kinds of things. So no, it won’t happen. But do I want it to happen? Hell yes.