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 // 19 Articles
Columns // 59 Articles
Reviews // 802 Articles
Blogs // 482 Articles

L'Heure d'été: Osheaga 2015 | 15 Sep 2015 // 9:00 PM

Montreal's Osheaga Festival has quickly become the best destination festival in North America, during which the city pops with music, art, and culture.

A Light in the Black: Ronnie James Dio, 1942-2010 | 16 May 2010 // 9:31 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.


Born Again, Again | 1 Aug 2011 // 4:00 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 // 4:00 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.


Iron Maiden: The Book of Souls | 30 Aug 2015 // 8:30 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 // 2:00 AM

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


The Battlefield- "Last Train Home" (audio) (premiere) | 25 Nov 2015 // 6:00 AM

The Americana trio returns with the sweetest new Christmas song you'll hear this year.

Inaya Day and Joe Cozzo - "Road to Recovery" (video) (premiere) | 25 Nov 2015 // 5:42 AM

The EDM producer pays tribute to his little son in this moving new track and video.

//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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