Steff Metal is written by me, Steff – dark fantasy author, metalhead, and amateur archaeologist. On this site you’ll find all sorts of different articles, from lists of recommended albums to essays on medieval torture, from concert and festival reviews to pictures of my cat.
To help you navigate through my archives, I’ve divided my content into regular columns and features. To read all posts in a certian column, either click on the link below, or use the blog links in the navigation bar, the sidebar or under the title of each post.
The heavy metal advice column. I answer reader questions about heavy metal, writing and life. See Ask a Metalhead: I got dumped as an example.
All my blog posts on metal music, CD reviews, gig reviews and metal music news come under this category. See 10 of my favourite doom metal albums of all time.
I’ve visited 26 countries, and have written a few articles on metal travel and places of interest all around the world. See 5 Metal Things to do in Egypt.
Metal events and happenings, concerts, festivals and advice on throwing epic metal parties. See a concert review of Goatwhore / Impiety live in Wellington.
Reports on heavy metal fashion, macabre designers, diy fashion and the best places to buy metal shirts online. Read my popular series on metal sub-culture fashion, starting with Fashion for Power Metallers.
Learn about living off-grid, growing and butchering your own food, and getting back to the heart of human existence … all with a metal soundtrack. See So You Want to Live Off the Grid?
Reviews of fiction and non-fiction books you might enjoy, as well as interviews with authors. For example, 10 Dark Steampunk Books to Enjoy.
Movie reviews and news from horror films and metal documentaries. I like to make lists, such as Steff Recommends 10 Horror Films that Don’t Totally Suck.
Horns up! Every couples of weeks I compile a list of links to weird and wonderful metal musings all over the web.
My most popular column. Metal History profiles people, places, events and discoveries from throughout history that in some way relate to or have contributed to metal. See Metal History of Beer.
Most weeks, I compile a mixtape of metal and not-so-metal youtube videos for your listening and viewing pleasure (although many argue over my definition of “pleasure”). Each mixtape is centred around a theme – usually one discussed earlier that week, like a Metal Mixtape dedicated to Countess Bathory.
Since this blog also serves as my writing portfolio, runes posts focus on articles I’ve written, writing problems I’m overcoming and news about my upcoming novel.
The lifestyle column for metalheads. I write about the heavy metal lifestyle, heavy metal attitude and the metal outlook.
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A weekly round-up of what I’m reading, watching, and doing, and what I’m listening to while all that’s going on. See Post-Scriptum: Knightriders, Hobbits and Ginger Beer.