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Grymm Comments: On Coming Out and Acceptance in the Metalverse… Again.

Grymm Comments: On Coming Out and Acceptance in the Metalverse… Again.

“Back in 2014, I wrote a piece on what it was like to be a gay metalhead, trying to find acceptance not only from the metal community when they find out about my orientation, but also from the gay community when one of “their own” doesn’t exactly march to the same drum that they do. The amount of people who weighed in on it, giving support while thanking me off-site for writing it was staggering, and to this day I’m amazed at how many people it touched when I wrote it. And in those last seven years, the scene shifted dramatically.” Updates.

The Willowtip Files: Watchmaker – Erased from the Memory of Man

The Willowtip Files: Watchmaker – Erased from the Memory of Man

“Pennsylvanian-based independent label Willowtip Records was established by Jason Tipton in the late ’90s. From humble beginnings the label has stood the test of time, becoming one of the most respected and highly regarded record labels in the extreme metal scene. It takes something special to create a label with a consistently unfuckwithable roster of quality, innovative artists, while retaining long-term integrity and durability. Willowtip is the self-proclaimed forward-thinking label, releasing a slew of modern classics and top-shelf albums that may have a lower profile but are more than worth your while. This feature focuses on a pivotal early period in the label’s history that had a huge impact on my own extreme metal tastes. As such, I am highlighting some outstanding albums released by Willowtip between 2001-2006.” Watchmaker knows what time it is.

Contrite Metal Guy – Mistakes Were Made [N00b Cautionary Tales and Warnings Edition]

Contrite Metal Guy – Mistakes Were Made [N00b Cautionary Tales and Warnings Edition]

“The life of the unpaid, overworked metal reviewer is not an easy one. Cascading promos, unreasonable deadlines, draconian editors, and the unwashed metal mobs – it makes for a swirling maelstrom of music and madness. In all that tumult, errors are bound to happen and sometimes our initial impression of an album may not be completely accurate. With time and distance comes wisdom, and so we’ve decided to pull back the confessional curtain and reveal our biggest blunders, missteps, oversights and ratings face-plants. Consider this our sincere AMGea culpa. Redemption is retroactive, forgiveness is mandatory.” The foolishness of youth.

Stuck in the Filter – August’s Angry Misses

Stuck in the Filter – August’s Angry Misses

“It bears mentioning that in light of how much I had going on this month, my ability to properly cover the better offerings in the metalverse took a hefty punch to the dick. But just because I missed the opportunity to wax poetic over a bunch of cool stuff doesn’t mean I forgot about them. This segment is my chance to at least touch upon them briefly for your edification, with the help of my fellow colleagues!” Filter Techs…assemble.