THE VARANGIANS

History is filled with tons of drama, blood, gore, and probably more blood. It is no wonder that heavy metal draws on history as inspiration for some of the greatest songs of all time. I can really only highlight one example, but suffice to say, history is filled with badasses, archvillians, and crazy stories. Just turn a Ken Burn’s documentary on and crank up the tunes! The Varangian was the name given to a group of river vikings that ruled the Kievan Rus’ (modern day east Russian Federation) and developed…

Read More

Hollywood Metal 100

Hollywood Metal Episode 100 (audio) Welp, we made it to 100 episodes… I’d like to thank all the bands that we’ve had on the show over the past couple years and all the positive feedback I’ve received from metal fans across the world. The show is, and will always be, an outward display of my inward passions so its great to know there are a least a few others who dig the content too. Episode 100 featured my dear buddies in PHALGERON (formerly Phelegethon) who have been a large part…

Read More