Anthrax on Mars

No this is not a report about a horrible diseases on Mars we could potentially bring back to Earth - that was pretty much the plot of The Andromeda Strain, except that disease came back from the moon. 

The absolute power of metal covers

There were certain common denominator bands we all listened to before any of us ever heard the term "The Big Four."

The Big Four of metal is no more

2011 was quite a year for Metallica and the Big Four of metal, which was obvious considering the big tour every die hard metal fan had been praying for since the dawn of time finally came together.

Celebrating the glory days of thrash metal

As a young metalhead, the mid-eighties were a really exciting time for me. Speed/thrash metal was an exciting sound, bringing in the anger and velocity of punk, taking the music into brave new territory.

Unplugging: Deadmau5 bashes Miami’s Ultra Music festival

New Year’s resolutions never last long, and we can unfortunately see trouble stirring in the music world already, despite the fresh new year that has welcomed a number of new tour and performance news.

The importance of thrash metal

2011 has been a huge year of anniversaries in the headbanging metal world, especially thrash metal.

How metal helped save vinyl

Years ago, I started seeing a lot of record stores that catered to rappers and DJ's by selling albums and turn tables.

Finding your inner zombie

At first I figured zombies were going to be a trend in horror, they'd have their time, then go away, but it looks like zombies are indeed here to stay as the monster of the new millennium. 

Is Judge Dredd back for more?

Judge Dredd was a great comic book, and sadly, long before Hollywood took comics seriously, it made an absolutely dreadful movie with Sylvester Stallone. 

Remembering Metallica's Cliff Burton

It's hard to believe twenty-five years have passed since Metallica lost bassist Cliff Burton in a freak bus accident on September 27, 1986.

The Big Four, metal and baseball

As any self-respecting metalhead knows by now, The Big Four of Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax played Yankee Stadium on September 14.

The power of the almighty riff

If you wanted to be a guitar god back in the eighties, you moved out to Hollywood and enrolled at GIT, the Guitar Institute of Technology.

This portable device can detect Anthrax

Researchers at Cornell University and the University of Albany recently unveiled a portable device capable of detecting the presence of even a tiny amount of anthrax spores within an hour.

Back to the metal underground at square one

With the Big Four of metal, Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax, all finally touring together, it's amazing to see how far things have come since these bands got started three decades ago.

Stephen King still digs Metal

In Stephen King's On Writing, the best selling author talked about how important it is to create an environment where creativity can thrive, and that meant pushing out the outside world.

The Big Four: Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax and Megadeth

It was the tour many thought wouldn't happen, but it blazed across Europe, and recently had a triumphant show in Indio, CA. 

Unplugging: Lollapalooza’s lively line up and a Buddy Holly tribute

What’s hot in the music world? MXDWN has the Unplugging update all right here.

One Day As A Lion Announce First Live Shows and More [Unplugging]

Away from the computer and the mobile web, there's a whole lot of music going on. It's time for Unplugging with our friends at

The "Big Four" Make Metal History and More [Unplugging]

It’s always nice to see bands put aside their differences and come together for one night of legendary music making. That was the case for the “big four” in thrash metal – Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax, and Megadeth – at the Sonisphere Festival in Sofia, Bulgaria.