Monday, December 31, 2018

"Metal Band Bans Photographer After Copyright Clash

When piracy hits the mainstream news, it’s often in relation to books, games, music, TV-shows and movies.
These industries grab headlines because of the major players that are involved, but they are not the only ones dealing with piracy.
In the age of social media, photographers are arguably the most pirated creators of all. Many people don’t even consider ‘copyright’ when sharing an image they find online.
That can be quite frustrating for people whose livelihoods depend on selling photos, especially when commercial outlets use their work for free. This issue was highlighted again this week by photographer J. Salmeron.
This summer he took a great shot of Alissa White-Gluz of the metal band Arch Enemy at the Fortarock festival. The photographer posted it on Instagram where it was well received. Even by the singer herself, who re-posted it on her account.
Technically, nobody is allowed to repost photos without permission but Salmeron generally doesn’t object to fans sharing his work. When it’s used for commercial purposes, however, it becomes a problem.
So, when the photographer, who also happens to be a lawyer, noticed that “Thunderball Clothing” used the photo to promote their goods – which the singer was wearing – he decided to take action.
Thunderball Clothing’s instagram post
In an email to the company, Salmeron pointed out that he would generally request a licensing fee of at least €500. However, in this case, he would be happy if the company donated €100 to the Dutch Cancer Foundation.

Sunday, December 23, 2018

"Remembering Chuck Schuldiner: The godfather of death metal

Twenty years on from Death’s final album, The Sound Of Perseverance, we remember visionary musician Chuck Schuldiner – the man who pioneered a genre and was taken too soon

" Metal Fans Like Drugs & Alcohol According To New Study

A new study from suggests that metal fans most likely enjoy consuming alcohol and drugs. Say what?

Top 30 of 2018 by Underground Metal Zine


Remember when we’d read the end of year lists in Metal Forces/Kerrang!/Metal Hammer, perhaps even Terrorizer, and we’d all (pretty much) agree on, or at least positively line up, with most? Not today, folks. I’ve read countless lists to this point and every one of them are completely different. Some Top 50’s, I only identified with a handful or less. The massive proliferation of music available now is mind boggling. I expose loads on my own Twitter blog and we cover a whole gamut here at BAZ, but in all reality, we are only scratching the surface.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

"The best books for rock and metal fans this Christmas

Books, glorious books! We compile a list of the best books you can buy the beloved rock fans in your life this year

Saturday, December 15, 2018

"The top 10 metal Christmas songs

The top 10 metal Christmas songs
Just because it's Christmas doesn't mean you can't crank out the metal!

Monday, December 10, 2018

Friday, December 7, 2018

"How Century Media Records changed metal forever

How Century Media Records changed metal forever
Over three decades of noise, Century Media have helped to shape the sound of metal itself. As the heavyweight label celebrates 30 years, we relive its amazing journey

"Why the death of genres is bad news for metal

Why the death of genres is bad news for metal
With fans having access to more different types of music than ever, are metal’s various scenes in trouble?

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

"Can Amazon's Alexa identify these metal bands?

Can Amazon's Alexa identify these metal bands?
Alexa is built into many Amazon devices, including the Echo and Dot, but does it recognise metal?

Saturday, November 17, 2018

"The world of rock and metal reacts to Stan Lee's death

Musicians from across the world of rock and metal have posted their thoughts and condolences following the death of Stan Lee

Monday, November 5, 2018

"Scientists study the psychology of death metal

Scientists study the psychology of death metal
Psychology professor William Forde Thompson of Australia's Macquarie University and his colleagues have published a series of scientific papers about the appeal of death metal. The scientists were surprised to learn that death metal fans aren't particularly angry or violent people and actually in a happy place whilst head-banging to the likes of Morbid Angel (above) and Cannibal Corpse (below). The research reminds me of how my dad was always so surprised at my love for goth music even though I was a generally happy teen. From Scientific American:

Saturday, November 3, 2018

"Manowar’s Karl Logan arrest: Disturbing details emerge

After Manowar guitarist Karl Logan was arrested in August on charges of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor - further details emerge