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Metal Guitarist/Producer James Murphy Suffers Brain Tumor Relapse

James Murphy Has Brain Tumor Relapse; Donations Welcome

James Murphy, former guitarist of both Death and Testament, as well as founding member of the death metal band Disincarnate, has had a relapse of the brain tumor that sidelined him back in 2001. Murphy stated that the tumor had returned but that it was a non malignant and that it was being treated pharmacologically. Unfortunately, those medications have serious side effects that have left him unable to work. The option for different medications is available, but at a cost of over $1000 a month, and he needs a minimum of 6 months of medication for treatment to be effective. With his medical expenses extremely high and James not being able to work due to the side effects of the current medications, the metal community is being asked to come together and help one of their brothers and donate to help him beat this once and for all.

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Map of Metal

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Map Of Metal is a totally addictive and endlessly entertaining interactive website, designed by Metal Historian Nick Grant and Graphic Designer Patrick Galbraith. The site traces Metal music all the way through from its 1960s beginnings to its latter-day mutation into crazily specific genres (Black Ambient, Mathcore, Crust Punk, Swedish Death Metal, etc ad infinitum). The artists featured are as diverse as Black Sabbath, Queen, Slayer, Lamb of God and Cannibal Corpse. Different genres of music not usually associated with metal – Punk Rock, Grunge and Post Rock – but with ties to the genre are also represented. The Map of Metal is available to order in various poster sizes (and would surely make an amazing gift), but the online version includes hundreds of sound files and doubles as a heavy-metal radio station. It takes a few minutes on the site to orient yourself and get used to how the interactive functions work, but it’s best to get started by clicking on the “Navigation Map” thumbnail in the upper right hand corner of the page. Then just drag your cursor all over the place, from sub-genre to sub-genre, as you explore the Origins of Head Banging in all its brutal glory. Valhalla, I am coming.

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Gail Interviews Metalocalypse Director Jon Schnepp!

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A snowy day (like we are having right now in NYC) provides a great opportunity to just sit at home and read shit on your computer. For starters, check out my metalriffic new interview with Jon Schnepp, director of everyone’s favorite Adult Swim series Metalocalypse, which is up now for your reading pleasure at Ink 19 Dot Com! Please enjoy, and Death to False Metal!

Flowchart of Heavy Metal Band Names

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Horns up, Metalheads. Metal Injection has posted a hilarious and educational Flowchart of Heavy Metal Band Names, which is just hours of crazy fun. While anal retentives will find the chart to be far from completist, it is fairly in-depth and even includes a few “mistakes” – such as listing “Led Zeppelin” under misspelled band names, then misspelling the band’s actual name. Also, the category of “Deadly Things” includes Death By Chocolate, which is actually a British retro psychedelic band whose music is not metal in the slightest. Lots of fun!

Death Metal Band Logos


When I saw the above graphic, featuring a collection of black and death metal band logos, I immediately recalled my reaction every time I open a package of promo CDs from Earache, and chagrin to myself over how impossibly difficult it is to even decipher the name of the band. Hilariously enough, Viceland.com discusses this very phenomena in an Interview with Christophe Szpajdel, a 37-year-old Belgian artist living in the UK. During the last 20 years, Szpajdel has designed more than 7,000 logos, mostly for black and death metal bands from all over the world, including Emperor, Moonspell, Nachtmystium and Enthroned. Nearly as entertaining as the interview itself are the passionately dimwitted comments from readers. Enjoy!