The Year in Heavy Metal: 2012
Wes Borland has had a hand in so many different metal and rock projects, it can be hard to even put a finger on what genre he should be categorized under. That's why I decided a long time ago to not put him in a category at all. His band Black Light Burns released a new album this year, The Moment You Realized You're Going To Fall, and it's an ambush of melodic metal and whimsical bridges, among many other influences. At his show at the Rocky Point Cantina on September 27, he showed some love to the New Times by quoting an article/interview we had earlier that week. Let's just say it was about his new music video at the time that anyone "shouldn't be caught watching at work." The eight-minute "How To Look Naked" should be watched just about anywhere else though; check it out here
Grammy Museum's "History of Heavy Metal" Exhibit
The GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE, in cooperation with Revolver Magazine, debuted Golden Gods: The History of Heavy Metal on April 11, 2012, to coincide with the annual Revolver Golden Gods Award Show.
It teaches the history of metal, the bands that made the genre famous, and also offers a look at the controversy that has surrounded the genre for almost 50 years. It's still running through February of 2013, with everything from the original art for Dio's 1983 album Holy Diver, Ozzy Osbourne's cape from his appearance at the 1974 California Jam and Eddie, Eddie, Iron Maiden's stage mascot, who greets visitors coming to the second floor from the third. The exhibit also houses a variety of interactive exhibits, meant to teach visitors about metal including a vocal "scream" booth, double- kick drum interactive, and tutorials on metal riffs.