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My name is Seth Werkheiser (founder of Noise Creep, Buzzgrinder), and I've been publishing nerdy metal trivia on Twitter since 2011.

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Megadeth’s 1992 'Countdown to Extinction' was recorded in Burbank, CA, during part of the Rodney King Riots. With a 6pm city-wide curfew in effect, the band actually had to leave the studio in the early evenings.

Unsane hits the stage at 3am and proceed to lay waste to the place in front of just a few people. One of those few people? "Gerard Cosloy from Matador (Records),” explains vocalist / guitarist Chris Spencer, “and that's how we got a deal with them.”

Favorite albums in 2015:
Napalm Death, 'Apex Predator – Easy Meat'
Sleater-Kinney, 'No Cities to Love'
4ARM, 'Survivalist'
Faith No More, 'Sol Invictus'
Royal Thunder, 'Crooked Doors'
Super Unison, 'Super Unison'
Torche, 'Restarter'
Sumac, 'The Deal'
Coliseum, 'Anxiety's Kiss'
Spylacopa, 'Parallels'
OHHMS, 'Cold'
Mutoid Man, 'Bleeder'
Ghost, 'Meliora'

Free download: 120 Questions from 2014 PDF


Electric Wizard's name comes from combining two Black Sabbath songs, 'Electric Funeral' and 'The Wizard.' "We were very wasted and we had to come up with a name," said current guitarist Liz Buckingham, "we just came up with Electric Wizard and stuck with it."

Eyehategod drummer Joey LaCaze, a founding member of the band, died in 2013 from respiratory failure. He was just 42 years old.

Agoraphobic Nosebleed's, 'Make a Joyful Noise,' includes a lyrical line, "By lord, savior producer, douche / Fuck Kurt Ballou."

Sodom's 'Obsessed with Cruelty' was actually recorded two different times in 1986, in two different German cities, Berlin and Nuremberg, on two different labels- Metal Blade Records and Steamhammer Records, and even with a different guitar player.

Ben Verellen of Helms Alee is the brother of Dave Verellen, who handled vocals for Botch and currently fronts part-time mathcore super group Narrows.

Longest Converge track: 'Jane Doe'

Before ASG released 'Blood Drive,' guitarist / vocalist Jason Shi was packing online orders for the band and noticed one from the Relapse Office. Turns out it was an order from the VP, who said they had some fans at the office. Shi mentioned, "you guys should put out our next record.” After some more emails and phone calls they did just that.

In early February of 2015, Cannibal Corpse was honored by their long time label Metal Blade Records for achieving a huge career milestone - two million total albums sold worldwide.

Rob Zombie has a storied life as an artist. He was a production assistant on the set of 'Pee-Wee's Playhouse,' and he met Sean Yseult while attending Parsons School of Design in 1985 (and would start White Zombie with her).

The cover of Cannibal Corpse 'Eaten Back to Life' was banned in Germany and censored elsewhere for its violent album art and lyrics, forcing the band to release the album in a black case.

Sonata Arctica started out as Tricky Beans in 1996.

Doro's Warlock was the first female-fronted band to play the UK's Monsters of Rock Fest in Castle Donnington.

Dreaming Dead, previously Manslaughter, was formed in 2006 by singer / guitarist Elizabeth Schall and drummer Mike Caffell. The name came from Schall digging through assorted H.P. Lovecraft books, when she stumbled upon the two words - and the domain name wasn’t taken!

Hatebreed founding guitarist Wayne Lozinak didn't make his first full-length album appearance until 2009's 'For The Lions.'

Royal Thunder were (incorrectly) name after Bob Dylan’s 'Rolling Thunder’ Tour.

Witchfinder General were not only an influence on Lee Dorian and Cathedral, but they were named after the 1968 British horror film of the same name, starring Vincent Price. The set used for the music video for Stone Temple Pilot's 'Sex Type Thing' was also used by Sunny Day Real Estate for their video 'In Circles,' which came out in 1994.

Sound Barrier pre-date Living Colour by about four years. Sound Barrier were noteworthy for being a Los Angeles hard rock band in which all four original band members were African-American. So some could say the didn't just break the "Sound Barrier," but the color and cultural barrier, as well.

Formed in 1989 as Dolmen, the group changed their name to Absu (a mythical subterranean ocean) in 1991.

The Skid Row name cost the band $35,000, sold to them by Gary Moore of Thin Lizzy.

Guitarist Justin Lee Brannan (Most Precious Blood) is the current president of the Bay Ridge Democrats.

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“Capitol Records turned it into one big fucking nightmare,” said guitarist Gary Holt, “throw speed into that mix and it was just too much.” Though it sold 52,364 copies to date, 'Force of Habit’ was the band’s first not to rank on the Billboard charts. Perhaps that's why Exodus took a break in 1993.

Flotsam and Jetsam's 'No Place for Disgrace' was almost named 'Blessing in Disguise.'

Previous give-aways:

Slaves B.C., 'All Is Dust and I Am Nothing' (Feb 2016)

Tesseract, 'Polaris' (September 2015)

Fuck the Facts, 'Desire Will Rot' (August 2015)

High on Fire, 'Luminiferous' (June 2015)

SIG:AR:TYR, 'Godsaga' (Apr 2015)

Prong, 'Songs from the Black Hole' (Apr 2015)

Royal Thunder, 'Crooked Doors (Apr 2015)

Twingiant, 'Devil Down' (Mar 2015)

Venom, 'From the Very Depths' (Jan 2015)

Revocation, 'Deathless' - Metal Blade Records (Oct 2014)

Islander, ‘Pains’ EP - Victory Records (Oct 2014)

Slaves BC / Grace & Thieves Split (Sept 2014)

Black Crown Initate, 'The Wreckage of Stars' - eOne (Sept 2014)

Overkill, 'White Devil Armory' - eOne (July 2014)

Primitive Man / Hexis Split (May 2014)

Mod Cabin beard pack (Feb 2014)

Giza, 'Future Ruins' (Jan 2014)

Truckfighters, 'Universe' (Jan 2014)

Throwdown, 'Intolerance' - eOne (Jan 2014)

Erimha, ‘Reign Through Immortality’ - Victory Records (Dec 2013)

Monuments Collapse / Breag Naofa Split LP (Dec 2013)

Axeslasher / Call Of The Void 7″ (Dec 2013)

Impending Doom, 'Death Will Reign' - eOne (Nov 2013)

Living Sacrifice, ‘Ghost Thief' Solid State Records (Nov 2013)

'Hellbent for Cooking: The Heavy Metal Cookbook' (Nov 2013)

Pyres, 'Year of Sleep' (Oct 2013)

'Mean Deviation: Four Decades of Progressive Heavy Metal' (July 2013)

'Ministry: The Lost Gospels According to Al Jourgensen' (July 2013)

'The Merciless Book of Metal Lists' (July 2013)

Black Metal Coffee Mug (July 2013)

Holy Grail, 'Ride the Void' - Prostehtic (Jan 2013)

Everything In Slow Motion 7" (Oct 2012)

God Machine sticker pack (Sep 2012)

'DOOM: Love Poems for Supervillains' (Aug 2012)

Black Metal Coffee print (Aug 2012)

Evil Treats t-shirt (Aug 2012)


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Jerry Cantrell’s solo on 'Grind' was lifted from his ADAT demo that he made.

Pantera, 'Goddamn Electric,' from 2000s ‘Reinventing the Steel,’ went platinum in just two months time. Slayer guitarist Kerry King recorded the outro guitar solo backstage at Ozzfest in Dallas, TX in one take.

Slayer's 'Divine Intervention' peaked at #8 on the Billboard Charts in the US, selling 93,000 copies in its first week.

Cathedral’s 'Night of the Seagulls' was inspired by the 1975 horror movie of the same title.

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Music is not (Runhild Gammelsaeter's of Thorr's Hammer) only love though, she also has a PhD in cell physiology from the University of Oslo and serves on the Board of Directors of a Norwegian biotechnology company.

The (Clark) brothers also co-own Invisible Creature, a design and illustration studio responsible for album artwork for the likes of Foo Fighters, Coalesce, and Norma Jean.

Loudblast may have been the first French death metal band. I thought they were my little secret, actually. I fell in love with them on the Barge to Hell after watching vocalist / guitarist Stef Buriez make some of the most awesomely twisted death metal faces while jamming Florida-inspired French death metal on the pool deck.
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Unappreciated Scholars
Full Metal Hipster - solid podcast
Ritual Grim
Inhale the Heavy
Vinyl Altar - Great record shop in Philadelphia
Metal BandCamp
Xtapolapometal - Metal + The Simpsons
Pizza Brain - Philadelphia pizza shop
Good Road Network - they make touring easy
Piercing Metal - metal & pop culture
Nine Circles - metal reviews and features

List is always growing.
Ghost had signed to Seven Four Entertainment in 2012, an imprint label under the Universal Republic mega label. The band apparently got around a $750,000 advance, which Vince Neilstein at MetalSucks says was, "not rumor, it’s fact."

According to Ian Keith Rogers, producer Wharton Tiers (who recorded Helmet's debut, 'Strap It On') recorded the vocals on 'Meantime' using a, "635 Electrovoice, which is an $80 mic."

In a 1999 interview, Cedric Bixler-Zavala says At the Drive-In got their name from Poison's, 'Look What the Cat Dragged In.'

The cover of Baptist's 'Bushcraft' was shot with a unique filter: "Our friend Jill shot it using her underwear for a filter."