MetalSucks is a heavy metal music-themed news website. The site features reviews, interviews, information on latest metal releases and blog-like posts from the writers, most notably Vince Neilstein and Axl Rosenberg.

Type of businessPrivately held company
Type of site
Online newspaper
Available inEnglish
FoundedBrooklyn, New York City, U.S.
December 2006; 15 years ago (2006-12)
Brooklyn, New York City
Area servedWorldwide
Founder(s)Axl Rosenberg (Matt Goldenberg)
Vince Neilstein (Ben Umanov)
Launched2006; 16 years ago (2006)
Current statusActive


The site was founded in December 2006 by authors Ben Umanov and Matthew Goldenberg who use the pen names Vince Neilstein and Axl Rosenberg.[1][2]

In April 2009, MetalSucks was awarded Metal Hammer's Web of Death Award for "Best Reviews" for its "honest, insightful, unpretentious – and fun – reviews."[3]

On October 4, 2009, one of the writers for MetalSucks was accused of leaking the album Axe to Fall by Converge onto the internet prior to its official release.[4] The site formally apologized for the leak.[5]

On April 12, 2011, F.Y.E. released the MetalSucks Fan Pack, a CD compilation that included 20 bands and a T-shirt. The item was exclusive only to F.Y.E. stores.[6]

On August 15, 2011, MetalSucks announced The Metal Suckfest, a two-day music festival to take place in Manhattan on November 4 and 5 of that same year. Municipal Waste and Cynic were announced as headliners.[7] If the inaugural festival is a success, there are plans to make it an annual event.[8]

In 2017, Rosenberg co-wrote a non-fiction book about heavy metal with Christopher Krovatin.[9]

In 2022, MetalSucks was acquired by entertainment company The Orchard, a subsidiary of Sony. Rosenberg and Neilstein both announced the news on their personal Twitter accounts,[10][11] revealing they would be leaving the company entirely after a "transition period" and that Christopher Krovatin would be reprising his role as the "Emperor Rhombus" pseudonym to take over as editor.


  1. ^ "About". MetalSucks. Retrieved February 14, 2012.
  2. ^ "How the Co-Founder of MetalSucks Made His Dream Into His Day Job". CreativeLive Blog. September 3, 2014. Retrieved October 30, 2017.
  3. ^ "Web Of Death Awards: The Winners". Metal Hammer. April 1, 2009. Archived from the original on September 21, 2012. Retrieved February 14, 2012.
  4. ^ "Don't Download the Leaked Converge: An Open Letter to Fans". Noisecreep. October 8, 2009. Retrieved February 14, 2012.
  5. ^ "REGARDING THE LEAK OF CONVERGE'S AXE TO FALL". MetalSucks. October 6, 2009.
  6. ^ "PRESENTING THE METALSUCKS FAN PACK, EXCLUSIVELY AT F.Y.E. | MetalSucks". MetalSucks. April 8, 2011. Retrieved July 7, 2018.
  7. ^ "MUNICIPAL WASTE, CYNIC Confirmed For 'The Metal Suckfest'". August 16, 2011. Archived from the original on February 1, 2013. Retrieved February 14, 2012.
  8. ^ "Vince Neilstein of MetalSucks on Their Upcoming Two-Day Concert Festival". Noisecreep. August 17, 2011. Retrieved February 14, 2012.
  9. ^ "These Guys Got High as Hell and Wrote a Massive History of Metal". December 5, 2017. Retrieved February 6, 2022.
  10. ^ "Benjamin on Twitter". Twitter. February 7, 2022. Retrieved May 29, 2022.
  11. ^ "Axl Rosenberg on Twitter". Twitter. February 7, 2022. Retrieved May 29, 2022.

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