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|Type of business||Private|
Type of site
|Founded|| Brooklyn, New York |
Brooklyn, New York,
|Founder(s)||Axl Rosenberg (Matt Goldberg)|
Vince Neilstein (Ben Umanov)
|Alexa rank||35,049 (July 2018 [update] )|
MetalSucks is a heavy metal music-themed news website. The site features reviews, interviews, information on latest metal releases and blog-like posts from the writers, most notably Vince Neilstein and Axl Rosenberg.
The site was founded in December 2006 by authors Ben Umanov and Matthew Goldenberg who use the pen names Vince Neilstein and Axl Rosenberg.
In April 2009, MetalSucks was awarded Metal Hammer's Web of Death Award for "Best Reviews" for its "honest, insightful, unpretentious – and fun – reviews."
On April 12, 2011, F.Y.E. released the MetalSucks Fan Pack, a CD compilation that included 20 bands and a T-shirt. The item was exclusive only to F.Y.E. stores.
On August 15, 2011, MetalSucks announced The Metal Suckfest, a two-day music festival to take place in Manhattan on November 4 and November 5 of that same year. Municipal Waste and Cynic were announced as headliners.If the inaugural festival is a success, there are plans to make it an annual event.
On October 4, 2009, MetalSucks found some controversy when one of the site's writers was accused of leaking the album Axe to Fall by Converge onto the internet prior to its official release.The site formally apologized for the leak.
In July 2016, the site attacked black metal band Deströyer 666. In a Facebook post the site stated, "Deströyer 666 frontman K.K. Warslut is a racist, and apparently doesn't mind being labeled one, as he calls his fans 'faggots' and 'pussies' at an NYC show earlier this week."The post linked to a page on their site where they expanded on the moment and the history of K.K. Warslut in the metal community, stating "Earlier this week, we reported that K.K. Warslut, frontman of Australian black metallers Deströyer 666, has alarmingly racist, misogynistic and violent tendencies." In response, the band claimed they have received death threats, and published the personal information for Goldberg and Umanov. MetalSucks eventually deleted all negative articles about the band and apologized for the posts, citing their regret that the band had received death threats because of the posts.
In August 2017, the site published an open letter by The Anti-NSBM Working Group to Hells Headbangers Records, a metal record label, that they alleged sold music by white supremacists.
On February 28, 2018, MetalSucks wrote about controversy surrounding Norwegian black metal band Taake.On March 27, 2018, MetalSucks posted a photo they received of Watain touring guitarist Set Teitan giving the Nazi salute. The band refuted the photo stating, "The gesture on that picture was done in jest that’s as much as we have to say about that." On March 30, 2018, MetalSucks followed-up by posting both the band's denial and video of the same guitarist doing the same salute in 2011.
On April 4, 2018, MetalSucks (expanding on a 2016 story by Swedish outlet The Etc.) reported members of Swedish black metal band Marduk allegedly bought items from a National Socialist group with the intent to distribute. Marduk would go on to deny the claims. In February of that same year, MetalSucks reported that the band had a concert cancelled in Oakland due to security concerns. Vince Nielstein wrote, "The Swedish black metallers have been plagued by accusations of Nazism for some time. These accusations seem to stem from misinterpretations of their work, although it’s easy to see how those misinterpretations come about."
On April 11, 2018, MetalSucks wrote a lengthy editorial about the owners thoughts and feelings on the topic of Nazi imagery in the metal scene along with what they considered to not to be acceptable usage and what was based on history and context.The article included Anti-Semitic insults they had received due to their multiple articles and posts regarding the topic in the past.
On May 3, 2018, MetalSucks posted a second editorial about Nazism and racism in the metal scene called, "Of Course Black Metal Is Racist—It’s Evil". In it they recapped events that had happened in 2018 on that topic to that point in time.
On December 20, 2018 Adam "Nergal" Darski of Polish blackened death metallers Behemoth took to his personal Facebook to respond to an email his management received from Metalsucks regarding a photo of Nergal with Rob Darken of Graveland who Metalsucks accused of NS ties as well as the Bölzer shirt Nergal was wearing in the picture, another group accused of NS ties; according to Nergal, MetalSucks was asking for a comment from Nergal about the story; Nergal noted that he's aware and disagrees with Darken's political views.Nergal has since referred to MetalSucks as "the biggest troll" and "least reliable source of information". As of 2019, the article has not been published.
On July 24, 2018, MetalSucks reported on a 2017 Facebook post belonging to the Pestilence vocalist and guitarist Patrick Mameli. In the post they alleged that Patrick Mameli, on his personal Facebook page, response to a photo of him with blonde dreadlocks, responding to a comment that compared his look to Milli Vanilli with the statement in his native Dutch, "Je zegt dat ik een neger ben?" The site alleged that the use of "neger" translated to English as the discriminating vulgarism nigger. Along with the comment, MetalSucks also alleged that the singer also "propagates Jewish stereotypes", pointing to his support of United States President Donald J. Trump moving the nations embassy in Israel.
In response, the band posted a statement, reading in part, "PESTILENCE nor myself are in any way a political band. We do not condone or support nazism or racism in any way. Pestilence exists only to create awesome music for our listeners and fans." Patrick Mameli adding in the statement, "On being a racist, 'for god's sake, my 'soon-to-be' wife is ASIAN, how could I be rasist?"
On July 26, 2018, Pestilence announced that their entire U.S. tour was cancelled, blaming it on MetalSucks, stating "Thanks to metalsucks and their followers, our US minitour has been cancelled by our U.S. promotor."The website responded with the comment, "For the record, we were fans not that long ago."
On May 18, 2011 founder Axl Rosenberg made the following comment when asked about the origin of his pen name. "A lot of people think it's so we can do undercover investigative journalism and express our honest opinions without fear or reprisal, but that's not true at all. It's just that if the father of a fourteen year old girl you met at Avenged Sevenfold show is looking for you, and he thinks your name is 'Axl Rosenberg', it's going to be a lot harder for him to track you down."
Years later this remark began to generate controversy contradicting the progressive message Metalsucks was attempting to get across in its modern form prompting Rosenberg to issue an apology.
Behemoth is a Polish blackened death metal band from Gdańsk, formed in 1991. They are considered to have played an important role in establishing the Polish extreme metal underground.
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White Wizzard is an American heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 2007. The band has released one demo, one EP and four albums,; Over the Top released in 2010, Flying Tigers released in 2011, The Devil's Cut released in 2013 and Infernal Overdrive released 2018. The end of the band was announced on Facebook by Jon Leon on April 24, 2018. Jon Leon announced he was reassembling the band on Facebook on March 26, 2019.
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Batushka is a Polish black metal band formed by Krzysztof Drabikowski. Their music and lyrics, which are written exclusively in Old Church Slavonic language, are inspired by the Eastern Orthodox Church. The band members wear habits and eastern orthodox schemas during live performances to conceal their identities, and remain anonymous. In contrast with many other black metal bands, they use seven and eight string guitars.