Adrien Begrand
PopMatters Contributing Editor

Adrien Begrand has been writing for PopMatters since 2002, and has been writing his monthly metal column Blood & Thunder since 2005. His writing has also appeared in Metal Edge, Sick Sounds, Metallian, graphic novelist Joel Orff's Strum and Drang: Great Moments in Rock 'n' Roll, Knoxville Voice, The Kerouac Quarterly, JackMagazine.com, StylusMagazine.com, and StaticMultimedia.com. A contributing writer for Decibel, Terrorizer, and Dominion magazines and senior writer for Hellbound, he resides, blogs, and does the Twitter thing in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Features // 18 Articles
Columns // 59 Articles
Reviews // 801 Articles
Blogs // 29 Articles
//Features

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.

The Best Metal Albums of 2008 | 16 Dec 2008 // 2:00 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 // 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.

//Reviews

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.

Pixies May Have Changed, But Their Energy Is Still Strong | 15 Oct 2014 // 6:00 AM

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

//Blogs

Blood and Thunder: Entering the Echo Chamber | 28 May 2015 // 3:02 AM

In an age when writers regularly churn out "content" at dizzying speeds, truly great music makes a writer slow down and take time to reflect.

Blood and Thunder: We All Wanna Touch a Rainbow | 21 May 2015 // 4:00 AM

Once upon a time, Ronnie James Dio rounded up a bevy of heavy metal legends to record a charity single. Yet no amount of superstar power could stop the song from falling by the wayside.

//Mixed media
//Blogs

'Wanted' Is a Spaghetti Western That Will Leave You Wanting

// Short Ends and Leader

"The charisma of Giuliano Gemma and some stellar action sequences can't save this sub-par spaghetti western.

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