A collection of the worst (best) metal covers of all time

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Sad and Useless offers this fantastic collection of Metal album covers. Here are a few that caught my eye. They share many more.

Dr. Rockso, just because.

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Analyzing all known Metal lyrics with natural language processing

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Iain ("an ex-physicist currently working as a data scientist") scraped Dark Lyrics and built a dataset of lyrics to 222,623 songs by 7,364 metal bands, then used traditional natural language processing techniques to analyze them. Read the rest

Crazed heavy-metal drummer accompanies "I'm a Little Teapot" and many, many others

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Joey Muha is a heavy metal drummer of enormous skill and verve and long, beautiful flowing locks who has filled his Youtube channel with dozens and dozens of videos of him drumming along to songs that don't, at first blush, lend themselves to heavy metal percussion. But he proves conclusively that heavy metal drumming makes all music better. Read the rest

Headbangers caught in the moment

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Danish photographer Jacob Erhbahn captured metalheads mid-headbang at music festivals around Europe. The result is Headbangers, a full-color book compiling the best of these unrestrained moments of metal bliss.
In this collection Ehrbahn’s camera stops time and captures the surprising and life-affirming moments when the headbangers abandon all semblance of vanity and surrender to the rhythm. Ehrbahn transports us to an intimate world disconnected from time and space—a universe where it’s possible to transcend the frenzy and enter an altered state that brings calm, joy, and relief.

Headbangers by Jacob Erhbahn (Amazon)

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Portraits of the women of Botswana's heavy metal subculture

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South African photographer Paul Shiakallis produced a series of photos, "Leathered Skins, Unchained Hearts," of the "queens" of Botswana's heavy metal "Marok" scene, mostly in their homes. Read the rest

New frontrunner in the none-more-black new materials world championship

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A group at Saudi Arabia's King Abdulla University of Science and Technology have developed a new carbon-nanotube-based material that absorbs 98 to 99 percent of light between 400 and 1,400nm, from all angles, making even blacker than Rice University's 2008 none-more-black, Boston and Duke's 2008 none-more-black and Leiden University's 2009 none-more-black. That's pretty fucking black. Read the rest

Okilly Dokilly, a Ned Flanders tribute, metal band

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Talk about BRUTAL. Rip It Up tells the history of this awesome tribute band, and shares a link to some of their music!

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Vegan Black Metal Chef makes lasagna

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This Vegan Black Metal Chef is Brutal. Read the rest

Animation about Black Sabbath guitarist losing his fingers

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"Fingers Bloody Fingers," with Sabbath's Anthony Frank “Tony” Iommi, from The Complete History of Heavy Metal. Read the rest

This is the best funny video on the entire internethole

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This. Looping. Forever. Read the rest

Black Metal + Yakkity Sax =

Sheer hilarity. (Thanks, Fipi Lele!)

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Bart Simpson apologizes to Judas Priest

Above, Bart's "apology" on behalf of The Simpsons writers for referring to Judas Priest as "death metal" in a previous episode which infuriated the group's very vocal fans. From The Guardian:

The original slur came in a storyline where Homer starts illegally downloading music, leading to an anti-piracy investigation from the FBI and an escape to immunity in a Swedish consulate. The FBI counter by hiring the "death metal" Judas Priest to blast a piracy-themed rework of their track Breaking the Law, with the words changed to "Respecting the law: copyright law!"
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Iron Maiden's social-media/piracy success story was wrong(ish)

Contrary to my post from earlier this week, Iron Maiden did not decide to tour latinamerica based on Internet analytics about the countries where their music was most pirated. The author of the story made an "error." However, there was research showing that the countries where Maiden was making millions from live shows were also the countries where their music was pirated most. Read the rest

UPDATED: Iron Maiden makes millions by touring countries where their music is most pirated

Update: Iron Maiden did not decide to tour latinamerica based on Internet analytics about the countries where their music was most pirated. The author of the story cited here made an "error." However, there was research showing that the countries where Maiden was making millions from live shows were also the countries where their music was pirated most.

Iron Maiden hired a BitTorrent analytics company called Musicmetric to determine where piracy of their music was highest, then scheduled tours of those countries. They made millions touring Central and South America. Iron Maiden LLP has outperformed the UK music sector as a whole and was named one of the "1000 Companies That Inspire Britain" by the London Stock Exchange. Read the rest

Uncle Acid and the deadbeats' retro psych metal

Uncle Acid and the deadbeats are an excellent retro psychedelic metal band from the UK. (Peter Bebergal talked about them on last week's episode of GWeek.) This video is for "I'll Cut You Down" from their album Blood Lust. They also have a new record out, Read the rest

Metal from 12 year olds

Unlocking the Truth is an an awesome heavy metal band made up of 12-year-old schoolkids who've been playing together since they were five. They totally, utterly rock.

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Slayer's heavy metal Christmas sweater

Sadly, Slayer's holiday jumper has sold out. This is the perfect evolution of the black heavy-metal t-shirt, something for an aging headbanger cohort. I hope they do pajamas and hot water bottle cozies next.

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