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.
Sunday, May 16 2010
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.
Tuesday, December 16 2008
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.
Wednesday, August 27 2008
Ronnie James Dio's original three-year sojourn with Black Sabbath was mercurial, but it completely transformed and re-energized the band.
Wednesday, April 30 2008
Though lumped in with post-punk acts, Killing Joke were considerably less edgy than their peers, their blunt, pulverizing music echoing the rage and cynicism expressed in the songs making them somewhat of an anomaly.
Sunday, March 2 2008
PopMatters surveys the smorgasbord of Scandinavian pop, metal and everything in between at the by:Larm Festival in Oslo, Norway. Great music, splendid weather, $12 beers and lots of hot dogs later, we emerge already looking forward to next year.
Monday, August 1 2011
Critically panned 28 years ago, Black Sabbath's bizarre 11th album, Born Again, has gone on to earn a cult following of its own.
Sunday, June 12 2011
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.
Wednesday, May 4 2011
Sabaton's strange combination of metal style (power), subject matter (depictions of real war events), image (everyone clad in snow camouflage), and stage presence (goofily jumping around like they're Kiss without make-up), was just too much to bear.
Tuesday, March 22 2011
Warlock was never a musically innovative band, but thanks to legendary singer Doro Pesch, their impact on metal history is indelible.
Sunday, February 27 2011
Constructed around loads of ingeniously-timed movie samples, Graf Orlock's music is some of the most fun grindcore you'll ever hear, psychotic and chaotic yet insidiously catchy, but the first impression is always unforgettable, thanks to their artwork.
Monday, March 16 2015
On their latest tour Nickelback’s shtick rings hollower than usual -- and for this band, that’s saying something.
Wednesday, October 15 2014
The revamped Pixies prove there's plenty of fuel left in the tank yet.
Thursday, January 23 2014
The flamboyant yet grounded P!nk inspires a capacity crowd on the final leg of her year-long world tour.
Thursday, November 14 2013
When faced with the task of restoring one's credibility, cranking out the old stuff always works.
Wednesday, November 6 2013
A recent stop on the trio's reunion tour yielded a streamlined, subtly triumphant show.
Thursday, March 26 2015
This week's best metal release finds some musical innovators from Brooklyn up to their philosophical shenanigans once again.
Thursday, March 19 2015
This week in metal features legendaries killing it on the live circuit and a surprising debut from the oft-forgotten world of speed metal.
Thursday, March 12 2015
An essential Judas Priest reissue reminds us that when it comes to metal, they really don't play it like they used to.
Thursday, March 5 2015
This week in metal brought a much needed injection of creativity into black metal and the 30th anniversary of a classic yet underrated metal album.
Thursday, February 26 2015
Album anniversaries of the music of Led Zeppelin and Slayer highlight this week in metal: one is a sprawling double album epic, the other a stepping stone for one of metal's most important bands.