Heavy Metal Spin Class Is a Thing

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Halston Bruce, cycling instructor
A tune by Death pumped through the speakers in the basement of SYNCStudio in Williamsburg. Halston Bruce, a tattooed chick with curly red hair, donned a headset microphone and mounted her stationary bike. This innaugural heavy metal cycling class (last Thursday) had been her longtime vision, and she percolated with excitement.

"Let's turn this basement into a double bass-ment!" she proclaimed.

Cue the Led Zeppelin.

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10 Death Metal Albums to Listen to Before You Die

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Morbid Angel
Death metal is such a vague term, even though it is in itself a sub genre of the greater umbrella of heavy metal music. But, when it comes to extreme metal, a death metal band can writing good songs is important. But more impressive is if a band can write a collection of good songs, thrown together cohesively in the form of an album. We now present our list of the10 Death Metal Albums to Listen to Before You Die.

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Unlocking the Truth: "They're Natural Kids and That's the Way Its Gotta Be"

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Unlocking the Truth at Coachella
Most rock stars don't squirm and look pleadingly to their mother for rescue when asked about their song lyrics. Nor are they "approaching" 90 pounds, just finishing up seventh grade--or making $1,000 a day busking on the street. But Malcolm Brickhouse, 13, is not your average rock star. The guitarist/singer of pre- and teen metallers Unlocking the Truth recently took time away from his classes at PS 22 in Brooklyn to, oh, nothing, open for Guns N' Roses at The Joint at the Vegas Hard Rock, whose gaming floor/bar he won't be able to legally populate for another eight years. Not to mention playing Coachella and the ultimate "how I spent my summer" essay-in-the-making thanks to this summer's Warped tour.

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Grim Reaper's Steve Grimmett Loved the Beavis & Butt-Head Spoofs

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Steve Grimmett
Grim Reaper may be best known for the jokes Beavis and Butt-head cracked at their expense, but they're enjoying a new wave of genuine appreciation from fans younger than the songs that made the band famous. The New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) veterens recorded only three albums--See You in Hell, Fear No Evil, and Rock You To Hell--that found minor U.S. success in the 80s before legal troubles with record labels split up the band.

Tonight, 6/10, vocalist Steve Grimmett leads a revamped line-up (without original guitarist Nick Bowcott, who has tendenitis) in the first of a two-night stint at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn. We talked with him about the groundswell of renewed interest in Grim Reaper and, yes, about Beavis and Butt-head.

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How Facing Manslaughter Charges Saved Randy Blythe of Lamb of God's Life

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Randy Blythe in film As the Palaces Burn, directed by Don Argott
In 2012, filmmaker Don Argott thought he had finished shooting his documentary on Virginia metal band Lamb of God when he got the call that lead singer Randy Blythe had been arrested while the band was on tour in the Czech Republic. Blythe was being held on charges of manslaughter for an incident that had occurred two years prior and was facing up to 10 years in prison. Argott's film was far from over.

As the Palaces Burn has its NYC premiere Monday, March 3, at the Highline Ballroom. It chronicles the first leg of the 2012 tour and the dark turn of events that followed, including Blythe's trial. We discussed this unique rock documentary with both Argott and Blythe.

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A Pale Horse Named Death: Type O Negative Guitar Mixed With Too Much Perspective

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A Pale Horse Named Death
Is Sal Abruscato the Dave Grohl of NY metal? He was only 21 when Type O Negative, the band he helped form, put out their Roadrunner Records debut. He drummed with the NYC goth-metallers for three records and tour cycles before joining Life of Agony in 1993, staying until their 2011 demise. Then, much like Grohl, Abruscato boldly emerged from behind the drums to lead his own lineup, A Pale Horse Named Death. He proved to be an adept singer and guitarist, even though, the Brooklyn-born musician quips, "I'm not as successful as Dave Grohl."

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Six Things You Learn Being Addicted to Metal

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Robert Bejil, Flickr
Most people regard metal music as an anti-intellectual, chest-beating, noisy fit for cavemen. Despite this being 100 percent true, there are a few positive things that result from having an intense dedication toward one of the most juvenile forms of music out there. While listening to metal may still sentence you to a life in your parents' basement, at least you'll have learned a few things on the way to sleeping on a pile of empty potato chip bags. Here are six things you learn being addicted to metal.

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Luc Lemay of Gorguts Talks Tibet and Intellectual Death Metal

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Gorguts' 2013 album Colored Sands has in recent weeks landed on many best-of-the-year lists -- and not just lists limited to metal. The record is a masterpiece, composed by French-Canadian guitarist and vocalist Luc Lemay, the only consistent member of the band he co-founded in 1989.

Tonight, Gorguts closes their tour at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn, and back on Halloween, Lemay spoke to us from his home in Montreal. He explained how a toddler's coloring book inspired a death metal album, how Buddhism can be metal, and how metal can be academic.

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Did you know that the history of Tibet was going to be the concept for Colored Sands when you wrote the music?

I knew even before I wrote a single song that I was going to talk about it. It's a very funny story. I'll tell you how I got the idea for that. One day, my girlfriend came home, and she had just visited a friend of hers, and this friend had a little youngster, maybe a three- or four- or five-year-old, and this kid had just colored a mandala from a coloring book. And he or she offered the mandala [picture] as a gift to my girlfriend. So my girlfriend came home, and she told me about this little story: "The kid colored a mandala in a book and offered it to me." And I said, "What? A what?" And she said, "A mandala." And that just caught my attention. The word.

So, from there, by reading on mandalas, [I saw] the Dalai Lama was mentioned many times. I got interested in knowing about this character, how he was found as a kid...Every story led to another one, up to the Chinese invasion of 1950.


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The 10 Best Folk Metal Bands

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A distinct subgenre of heavy metal called "folk metal" has developed over the past few decades. Spawning from the New Wave of British Heavy Metal in the mid '80s in Europe, the harmonies and melodies of power metal, were combined with traditional instrumental folk music to create a visceral, nature-based sound. We use the term "folk metal" to describe several different offshoots of metal that are influenced by Celtic, Medieval, and even Nordic themes.

This type of extreme music is often inspired by Paganism, the elements, and folklore. Musically, one can hear traces of death metal, black metal, progressive, industrial, ambient, experimental and doom metal all within one song. Bands often take listeners on musical journeys that come to life with epic, thunderous and pulsating music, full of vivid descriptions and tales of evil creatures, pirates, Vikings, enchanted kingdoms, ancient mythology and warfare. What began in Europe has spread all over the globe, as folk metal bands come from nearly every country on the planet where there is heavy metal. We now present our list of the 10 Best Folk Metal Bands.

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The 10 Best Metal Albums of 2013

Categories: 2013, Metal

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Inevitably, every "best of" list features some tiny--or not so tiny--bias from its compilers. Journalistic objectivity takes precedence, sure, but when even the definition of "metal" is subject to interpretation, there's no true one-size-fits-all best-of list. But that's often the best part of the entertainment for the reader/armchair critic--the "What the fuck is this deaf mother-effer thinking?!" And then weighing in with their own, much better list.

How to compare/choose between Lita Ford and Ishan? Between the Melvins and Toxic Holocaust? In short, it's impossible. By not including, for instance, Cali hipster metallers Deafheaven on the list, and by including Fates Warning, well, let's just say, "Let the lambasting begin!"

That said, overall, metal in 2013 was remarkably healthy, with progenitors Black Sabbath topping the Billboard chart for the first time in their long career, and many hundreds of worthy heavy music albums fomented in dark depths of metal minds. All art is valid, even if it's made by Monster Magnet in 2013. Let's do this.

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