The Depressing Truth About Playing Music

Today I published a story in Men’s Health about a recent survey that seemed to show that musicians — not just famous musicians, but all musicians — live an average of 25 years less than the average US population. I personally found the survey a bit frothy, somewhat biased and lacking certain key definitions —


An Interview with David Ellefson and Jay, of Johnny Wore Black

While Megadeth fans continue to flood the comment boards with speculation as to the band’s next move, bassist Dave Ellefson has been keeping busy with one of his more absorbing side projects — the cinematic voyaging of Johnny Wore Black, whose second album, Walking Underwater Pt. 2 , (HELLHOUND Music) was released last month. Together

Ester Segarra

Metal Hammer’s 2014 Albums of the Year

One of the highest privileges and most nerve-whittling duties in contributing to Metal Hammer is submitting your annual Albums of the Year list as the final weeks draw to a close. I begin compiling my list in January by creating a playlist in iTunes, so that whenever I come across a compelling new album, I

Coal Chamber

Coal Chamber Announces North American Tour

Back in October, I caught day two of this year’s Knotfest in San Bernadino and over the course of the day, I saw approximately fifteen sets. Volbeat, Exmortus, Five Finger Death Punch and of course, Slipknot all put on riotous sets but one of my favorite moments of that day was catching DevilDriver’s full set

Jeremy Promo

Death Punch’d: An Interview With Jeremy Spencer of Five Finger Death Punch

I first met Five Finger Death Punch when they played the Epicenter festival in September, 2011. I was covering the festival for Metal Hammer but there would be a slant towards FFDP, who were just about to release their American Capitalist album. Limp Bizkit and Staind were the headliners on a bill that also included