By Jason Roche
Next time you find yourself in a shouting match with a metal head about what band’s penultimate album had the best guitar solo on the third track (it happens) you’ll probably find yourself thinking 1) What have I done with my life? B) How drunk am I? Or III) Are there online resources I could pore over that would help me when I get into these inevitable pissing matches? The answers to the first two questions lie within. Dig deep. The answer to the third, though, is a resounding FUCK YES. Here, we’ve rounded them up for you. Use the following websites to brush up on your metal knowledge, and never be wrong about anything metal ever again.
This site is the TMZ of the heavy metal world, combining both breaking news and gossip-mongering. If someone in the metal community does or says something stupid, this site will be on top of it…and won’t let it go. The site’s never-ending chronicle of every ridiculous thing Dave Mustaine says is a great example.
Metal Injection specializes in original video content featuring all the bands making waves in metal today. If you’ve ever wanted to hear every modern band talk about their own albums, their favorite albums, or just other cool shit they like, this is your destination. They also have some of the better metal-oriented humor content out there, such as their celebration of “Black Metal History Month.”
Though it does not start as much trash-talking as it used to, the comments section here is still one of the most spirited homes of “debate” in the online metal community. If you’ve ever wanted to read every press release issued by a metal band within the last decade along with transcripts of every radio interview they did during the same time period, this site is your starting point. Just don’t expect any actual useful commentary.
Have you ever wondered who comprised the lineup of Dutch death-metallers Prostitute Disfigurement’s 2001 debut album, Embalmed Madness? NO? Well, you can find out that information here anyways. Whether it was released on a more well-known metal label like Metal Blade, or on a clear vinyl pressing of 50 copies, this site provides minutiae about every metal release out there.
Have you ever wondered what Illinois death-metallers Waco Jesus were saying on “Mass Pussy Obliteration,” the lead-off track from their 2000 debut album, The Destruction of Commercial Scum? NO? Well, you can find out anyway here. (It’s actually pretty grisly, if you can believe that.) They also have lyrics from bands with actual talent.
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City of Devils
This is one of our favorite sites for Los Angeles metal coverage. There is more of an emphasis on Eastside and stoner metal, but we’re okay with that as we have been turned on to quite a few bands because of that emphasis. The site went without updates for about six months, but recently kicked back up again at the beginning of the year.
No Clean Singing
This site lives up to its name by covering all things with very abrasive vocals. Due to its focus, it is very proficient at discovering bands in the death, black and doom metal genres that may slip under the radar of the bigger websites. It has also picked up steam over the last year in terms of music premieres for said bands that are still building their buzz. This is a great site to get in on the ground floor with the heavy buzz bands of tomorrow.
Despite what some metal elitists may hope, deathcore and metalcore are still things. Lambgoat straddles the lines between metal, hardcore, and punk in their focus. It is definitely worth paying attention to if you want to know what a lot of the newer metal kids are into, though their comments section is often just as horrifying as Blabbermouth’s. If your favorite hardcore band has members die in a vehicular accident, don’t bother looking here for comfort.
Bandcamp has become one of our favorite resources for sampling and purchasing new music. The interface is incredibly simple on both the user and supplier ends. That simplicity, however, has (much like the rest of the Internet), created a glut of crap to wade through to get to the gems. Once each day, Metal Bandcamp picks a band and attempts to steer you through the muck.