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 // 802 Articles
Blogs // 265 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

Iron Maiden: The Book of Souls | 30 Aug 2015 // 9:30 PM

Instead of coasting like a legacy act, the metal greats push themselves like never before on their 16th album.

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.

//Blogs

Bauda - "Vigil" (audio) (premiere) | 2 Sep 2015 // 10:00 AM

The Chilean band follow the example of Anathema and Porcupine tree and come through with a revelatory progressive rock track of their own.

Jasmine Jordan - "Smile" (video) (premiere) | 2 Sep 2015 // 3:30 AM

It's always a good time for bright, uplifting soul/R&B.

//Mixed media
//Blogs

Country Fried Rock: Drivin' N' Cryin' to Be Inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame

// Sound Affects

""If Drivin' N' Cryin' sounded as good in the '80s as we do now, we could have been as big as Cinderella." -- Kevn Kinney

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