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Welcome back my friends to the rock that never ends, we’re so glad you could attend, bang your heads, bang your heads…

Okay, so I’m paraphrasing Emerson, Lake and Palmer there, but I dare you not to get the song stuck in your brainpan for a few minutes at least.

For those with a yearning to know more about Metalholic Magazine, you’ve found the right page. Metalholic was founded in fall of 2008.

While the life of metal writers is a frugal and thankless one, we have kept our readers and metal fans up-to-date on the latest happenings, album reviews, and tons of great interviews.

In April 2010 we rolled out our print edition which was well received, and mind-blowing fun, but hard to maintain in the current economic climate. It shall one day return but for now, you techno-minded speed freaks, you can find it all at your fingertips online.

In November of 2010, Metalholic faced a major tragedy of meta-proportions as our website was essentially hijacked and two years worth of work was mostly lost. Still, metal cannot be held down, and will not die, so here we are resurrecting our true passion, and marching forward.

The one argument repeatedly debated was/is, what counts as metal these days? First let me say that metal is more about attitude than sound. I’ve seen country artists that have the metal attitude (Johnny Cash and Shooter Jennings come to mind). So I’ve always found it amusing when some metalheads dismiss other genres or variations of metal simply because they’re not metal enough.’

Growing up, Led Zeppelin and Kiss were considered metal, now they’d be merely more than pop bands. As heavy as Black Sabbath was, they don’t hold a candle in weightiness to some of today’s black metal bands… Yet, they are still metal to me.

Hair metal was barely more than hard pop rock and Aquanet, but we still listen and call it metal. AC/DC is a simple hard-partying garage band, but I don’t know a professed metalhead who doesn’t love them.

Hard rock and metal is all one fluid state of mind, and Metalholic will cover it all. From the ‘light alloy’ (as Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott calls it) to the heaviest and darkest of extreme metal genres. If it rocks, it rocks, and that’s all that matters.

Don’t get hung up on a name or a sub-genre, get hung up on the music!

Thanks for your support of our beloved form of music, and Metalholic as well!

Rustyn Rose

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