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Study: '80s Metalheads Turned Out Pretty Great

They're satisfied with life, have fewer regrets

(Newser) - Heavy metal was the No. 1-selling music genre in 1989, and parents feared the worst: that Satan worship, drug use, loads of sex, and suicide went along with it, write researchers in the journal Self and Identity . Records were burned, "Parental Advisory" warning labels were born, and some '... More »

'Brilliant' Babymetal Upsets 'Troo' Metalheads

Many critics love Japanese metal-pop band

(Newser) - The Japanese band Babymetal mixes headbanging with J-pop melodies and choreography in a way that "upsets the status quo"—and that's a good thing, writes Adrien Begrand at NPR . While metal fans are divided over the trio of Japanese teen girls (Suzuka Nakamoto, Yui Mizuno, and Moa... More »

8th-Grade Metal Band Signs Record Deal With Sony

Unlocking the Truth could be reap nearly $1.8M

(Newser) - Their voices only recently dropped, but that didn't keep a hot new metal band from signing a record deal with Sony. All three members of Unlocking the Truth will be starting eighth grade next year, but in addition to their two-album contract (with an option for at least another... More »

'Excessive Headbanging' Could Kill, Say Researchers

But researchers assure us that 'rock 'n' roll will never die'

(Newser) - Researchers are warning of the dangers of seriously rocking out. Doctors in Germany treated a 50-year-old man last year who suffered from a brain injury tied to headbanging, they say, per Wired . "He had no history of head trauma, but reported headbanging at a Motörhead concert four weeks... More »

American Drummer Jailed for 'Insulting Islam'

James Kottak was drunk in Dubai airport, authorities say

(Newser) - Drunk and sweary is no way to go through a Dubai airport, a Scorpions member has discovered. James Kottak, the German heavy metal band's American drummer, was sentenced to a month in prison in the emirate for allegedly ranting about "non-educated" Muslims, giving the middle finger to fellow... More »

Gwar Frontman Found Dead at 50

No foul play suspected in Dave Brockie's death

(Newser) - Dave Brockie—or Oderus Urungus, as he was known onstage as frontman for heavy metal band Gwar—was found dead in his home last night. He was 50. The cause of death has not yet been determined, but foul play is not suspected, Style Weekly reports. Police were called to... More »

8M Acres of China Farmland Too Polluted to Farm

That's 2% of its arable land

(Newser) - More than 8 million acres of China's farmland are too polluted with heavy metals and other chemicals to use for growing food, a Cabinet official said yesterday—that's about 2% of China's 337 million acres of arable land. The threat from pollution to China's food supply... More »

Neo-Nazi Metal Star Busted for Terror Plot

French suspect Vikernes planned 'large act'

(Newser) - A Norwegian black-metal musician and alleged sympathizer of mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik has been arrested in France on what authorities say was suspicion he could be planning "a large terrorist act." Prosecutors identified the suspect as Varg Vikernes, a neo-Nazi who earned notoriety in the 1990s after... More »

Metal Singer Busted in Murder-for-Hire Case

Police: Tim Lambesis tried to hire undercover detective to kill wife

(Newser) - The frontman of Christian-leaning heavy metal band As I Lay Dying has been arrested after allegedly trying to hire an undercover cop to kill his estranged wife. Tim Lambesis, 32, was taken into custody without incident near San Diego yesterday, Reuters reports. "The information came to us late last... More »

Next for Ai Weiwei: Heavy-Metal Album

Seems prison time turned Ai Weiwei toward hard rock

(Newser) - Artist, activist, and persistent thorn in the side of Chinese authorities Ai Weiwei has decided to turn up the volume—by way of a heavy-metal album. The 55-year-old dissident says he gained an interest in music during the 81 days he was detained by authorities in 2011. The guards "... More »

Twisted Sister Not Gonna Take Ryan Using Its Song

Dee Snider denounces use of metal anthem

(Newser) - In yet another campaign music clash, Twisted Sister has told Paul Ryan's campaign that it's not gonna take Ryan's use of its 1984 hit "We're Not Gonna Take It." Frontman Dee Snider has demanded Ryan stop using the heavy metal anthem at rallies, reports... More »

Metal Singer Faces Charges in Fan Death

Randy Blythe out on bail in Prague after bust before concert

(Newser) - Randy Blythe, frontman of the metal band Lamb of God, has been released on bail after his arrest in Prague for the death of a fan. The 19-year-old fan died two years ago from head injuries he suffered after Blythe pushed him off a stage and onto concrete during a... More »

Megadeth Frontman Hails Santorum

But it's not an endorsement, Dave Mustaine says

(Newser) - Rick Santorum and heavy metal—together at last? Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine took a look at the GOP field in an interview with Music Radar and picked Santorum over too-rich Mitt Romney, too out-there Ron Paul, and "angry little man" Newt Gingrich. Mustaine, who founded Megadeth after getting kicked... More »

Jon Bon Jovi: I'm Not Dead

Wanted alive: Rocker quashes death rumors

(Newser) - Jon Bon Jovi wants his fans to know that, contrary to rumors sweeping the Internet, he hasn't gone out in a blaze of glory. A news blog printed a fake report of the rocker's death which quickly spread across Facebook and Twitter, E! Online reports. When Bon Jovi... More »

Tomorrow Is Nigel Tufnel Day

Holiday for Spinal Tap goes all the way up to 11

(Newser) - Spinal Tap fans, turn up your amps: Tomorrow is Nigel Tufnel Day. Last year, one hardcore Tap devotee chose 11/11/11 as the perfect day to celebrate the 1984 mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap. In one classic scene, guitarist Tufnel informs the filmmaker (Rob Reiner) that his amplifiers have extra power... More »

GWAR Guitarist Found Dead on Tour Bus

Cory Smoot, 34, was 'Flattus Maximus' in metal band

(Newser) - Cory Smoot, lead guitarist for gruesome heavy metal veterans GWAR, was found dead on the band's tour bus yesterday after a concert in Minneapolis, AP reports. GWAR lead singer Dave Brockie it's not yet known how Smoot, just 34, died, and "at this point we are just... More »

Warrant's Jani Lane Dead at 47

Glam-metal singer found dead in LA hotel

(Newser) - Jani Lane, frontman of '80s hair-metal kings Warrant, has been found dead in a Los Angeles-area hotel. No cause of death has been established for the 47-year-old singer, who had a history of problems with alcohol, TMZ reports. Lane, who left the band in 2004 and returned for a... More »

Heavy Metal Soothes Sharks

They rub their snouts on speakers for right music, boat operator discovers

(Newser) - How do you soothe an angry shark? You can rock him to near-submission with heavy metal. That's what one Australian charter boat operator has discovered after witnessing sharks blissfully rubbing their snouts against caged underwater speakers belting out the sounds. "I guess the visual people expect is that... More »

Heavy Metal Speaks the Truth

And in a world of fiction, it's due for a resurgence

(Newser) - Heavy metal is outlandish, it’s ridiculous, it’s frightening—and it relates fundamental truths about the dark side of human nature, writes James Parker in the Atlantic . Indeed, its dark lyrics echo the writings of mythographer Sir James George Frazier: “We seem to move on a thin crust... More »

Slipknot Bassist Found Dead

Paul Gray was 38; foul play not suspected

(Newser) - The bassist for the heavy metal band Slipknot was found dead today in a hotel in Urbandale, Iowa, police say. Paul Gray was 38. Police do not suspect foul play in his death, but they are investigating, and an autopsy is set for tomorrow, reports the Des Moines Register . Gray... More »

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