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.

MetalSucks
Metal-Sucks-logo.png
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)
Headquarters
Brooklyn, New York City
,
U.S.
Area servedWorldwide
Founder(s)Axl Rosenberg (Matt Goldenberg)
Vince Neilstein (Ben Umanov)
URLwww.metalsucks.net
RegistrationOptional
Launched2006; 16 years ago (2006)
Current statusActive

HistoryEdit

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.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "About MetalSucks.net". 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'". Roadrunnerrecords.com. 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". Vice.com. 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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