Adrien Begrand
PopMatters Contributing Editor

Adrien Begrand has been writing for PopMatters since 2002, and has been writing his metal column Blood & Thunder since 2005. A regular contributor to Decibel, Terrorizer, Iron Fist, NPR, and more, he resides in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Follow and interact with him on Twitter and Instagram.

Features // 18 Articles
Columns // 59 Articles
Reviews // 801 Articles
Blogs // 162 Articles
//Features

A Light in the Black: Ronnie James Dio, 1942-2010 | 16 May 2010 // 10:31 PM

In a genre that loves its iconic figures, Ronnie James Dio was one of the biggest. Sadly, one of metal's ageless wonders proved to be mortal after all.

The Best Metal Albums of 2008 | 16 Dec 2008 // 3:00 PM

It was a stellar year for metal, and an eclectic year, too: Norweigian prog-metal, goth-infused death metal, Swedish thrash, black metal, and stoner rock all make the list.

//Columns

Born Again, Again | 1 Aug 2011 // 5:00 PM

Critically panned 28 years ago, Black Sabbath's bizarre 11th album, Born Again, has gone on to earn a cult following of its own.

To Hell and Back: An Interview With Andy Sneap of Hell | 12 Jun 2011 // 5:00 PM

Obscure New Wave of British Heavy Metal band Hell has made the unlikeliest of comebacks thanks to its biggest fan, who just so happens to be one of the most famous metal producers in the world.

//Reviews

Nickelback's 'No Fixed Address' Tour Clearly Doesn't Give a Damn | 16 Mar 2015 // 3:00 AM

On their latest tour Nickelback’s shtick rings hollower than usual -- and for this band, that’s saying something.

Pixies May Have Changed, But Their Energy Is Still Strong | 15 Oct 2014 // 7:00 AM

The revamped Pixies prove there's plenty of fuel left in the tank yet.

//Blogs

Dead Rock West - "The Price of Love" (video) (premiere) | 31 Jul 2015 // 7:00 AM

The new video by the California duo is a live rendition of an Everly Brothers classic.

Stern - "Your Level Best" (audio) (premiere) | 31 Jul 2015 // 6:00 AM

Call it what you will, but the Brooklyn band has created one surreal, dark record.

//Mixed media
//Blogs

A Chat with José González at Newport Folk Festival

// Notes from the Road

"José González's sets during Newport Folk Festival weren't on his birthday (that is today) but each looked to be a special intimate performance.

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