Good News, Bad News For Metal at the Grammys

The Grammys is one of those events that are a lot like the Academy Awards. Often times the right people win, and many times it’s obvious the voters don’t know sh*t from shinola. This is what happened back in 1989 when Metallica’s first opportunity to win a Grammy went to Jethro Tull instead, which caused significant booing from the fans in the audience.

The greatest metal albums of all time

Rolling Stone magazine recently conducted a poll for the greatest heavy metal albums of all time.

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.

The importance of thrash metal

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

Unplugging: Black Sabbath reunites for new album

In light of National Metal Day, MXDWN honors all the hard rockers in the news this week, because without them, what would we head bang to?

Slayer's Reign in Blood and the peak of thrash

1986 was an amazing year for metal, and with the speed metal/thrash scene peaking, three masterpieces of the genre came out that are all currently celebrating their 25th anniversaries. 

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.

Remembering Jani Lane and Warrant

When I saw the news that Jani Lane, the lead singer of Warrant, had finally lost his battle against alcoholism at the age of 47, I was shocked for about half a second, then reality quickly set in.

Unplugging: Danzig, Slayer & the Fun Fest

For those feeling a little blue about the fleeting summer, let us reassure you that you have much to look forward to.

Metal and your mental health

One of the biggest misconceptions people have about metal is it screws kids up, or makes them delinquents.

On violence and video games

The never-ending debate about the alleged link between violence and video games has hit the news yet again.

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.

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.