Historical figures, events and discoveries that are totally and utterly heavy metal.

January 13, 2011 27 Comments

Metalheads 101: What IS Metal, Anyway?

One feature Steff Metal has been sorely lacking is a column dedicated to metal newbies. I’ve been assuming everyone who stumbles upon this site has been a metalhead for hundreds of years already, and would find such a column boring. I was wrong. Metalheads 101 is the ultimate course on how to become a metalhead. […]

January 12, 2011 6 Comments

Metal History: The Voynich Manuscript

As one of a handful of ardent students of ancient literature at university (I studied ancient Greek and Egyptian hieroglyphs to honors level, with a slight diversion into Akkadian) and a love of make-up languages like Tolkien’s Quenya, I admit to spending many an afternoon sipping tea in the classical studies library and discussing manuscript […]

January 11, 2011 0 Comments

Linking Horn for the New Year

I’ve just heard the news that Alestorm will be coming to New Zealand. This is exciting for 2 reasons – 1. I quite like them and it will be an epically fun night (and I can dress up like a pirate wench, which I probably will do) and 2. If this is a success, it […]

January 4, 2011 8 Comments

Steff Metal’s Christmas Break

I don’t know about you, but I’ve had a quiet holiday break, and it’s been lovely. Sun, beach, family, friends, and delicious food. It’s been all good. I got utterly spoiled at Christmas – got a new iPod with my name engraved on it, two books and a handmade iPod case (made by a close […]