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Metalheads 101

Metalheads 101

There are plenty of blogs online about metal music, but they only tell half the story. On this blog, I don’t just review metal bands, I talk about what it means to be a metalhead. If you think metal is more than just a musical genre, if you eat-sleep-drink and LIVE heavy metal, if you wake up every day with a song on your lips and a blastbeat in your heart, than this blog is for you.

If you’re a metalhead, thinking about becoming a metalhead, or just curious about what makes metalheads tick, Steff Metal is a great place to hang out. It’s written by me, Steff, a legally-blind author, blogger and metal maiden living in New Zealand with my cantankerous drummer husband and our medieval sword collection. I’m passionate about metal, books, archaeology, travelling, sausage rolls and ducks.

I update the blog 2-4 times per week, so there’s always something new to read. Start at the very beginning, with Metal Lifestyle 101, to learn a little more about how this site came about.

Next, you might be interested in Metalheads 101. It’s a primer for metalifying your life – we talk about everything from what makes a band metal to what classic metal albums are the best to how to survive your first metal show. If you’re new to metal or looking to become one of those super-awesome metal know-it-alls, the discussions on these posts will give you heaps to think about.

Here are a few of the most popular Metalhead 101 articles:

Metalheads 101: Surviving Your First Metal Concert

Metalheads 101: What IS Metal, Anyway?
Metalheads 101: Is this band metal? Is that band metal?
10 of My Favourite Doom Metal Albums of All TIme
Metalheads 101: What is a Metalhead?
Just What Exactly IS Post-Metal, Anyway?
10 of My Favourite Post-Metal Albums
Pirate Metal Albums Reviewed
HP Lovecraft Metal Albums Reviewed
Steff’s Guide to Collecting Vinyl Records
Steff’s Top 5 Black Metal Albums of All Time
Promoting Your Metal Band Online
A Brief History of Christian Metal
Folk Metal: Origins, Theory and Discussion
How Did You Discover Metal?

Then, head over to some of my favorite articles about awesome stuff:

Why I Write

So You Want to Live Off-the-Grid?
42 Ways to Krieg up Your Life
You Asked, I Answer: AMA with Steff
10 Ways to Get Involved in Metal Subculture WITHOUT Being a Poser
101 Ways to Cheer Yourself Up
10 Dark Steampunk Books to Enjoy
Halloween Costumes for Metalheads
The Post in which I Answer 100 Random Question in order to Avoid Writing My Novel
10 Totally Metal First Date Ideas
Metalhead’s Guide to Interior Decorating
Advice on Getting Your First Tattoo
Bang the Head that Will Not Bang: Headbanging Techniques
25 Things a Metalhead is Thankful For

If you’re after more specific advice, my advice column Ask a Metalhead tells it like it is. (If you want help with a certain problem, email me on steff @ steffmetal DOT com.)

Fear & Loathing & Squirrels: What to Do When You’re Scared Shitless
Ask a Metalhead: I Got Dumped
Help! My Friend Won’t Stop Copying Me

Every metalhead knows aesthetics are important. Hence, my column Kvlt Fashion contains some of my most popular articles:

Black Metal Fashion
Folk Metal Fashion
Death Metal Fashion
Power Metal Fashion

If you fancy yourself a bit of an intellectual history buff, my occasional forays into my archaeological past reveal some metal history:

The Mysterious History of Ouija Boards
History of Beer
Emperor Caligula
HP Lovecraft’s Influences on Heavy Metal Music

For metalheads with wanderlust, Grymm & Frostbitten Lands (the metal travel column) gives you all the advice you need for exploring grymm and frostbitten lands

5 Metal Things to do in Jordan
Surviving Summer Metal Festivals
5 Metal Things to do in Hamburg
5 Metal Things to do in Egypt

You can read about some of the other popular columns in the Columns tab, but if you like what you’ve seen so far, why not sign up to read Steff Metal on your RSS? Or, you can join me on Facebook or Twitter for bite-sized bits of metal awesomeness.

Thanks for reading. Stay Grymm \m/