Heavy Music Headquarters was founded in 2016 by veteran heavy metal writer Chad Bowar and includes a staff of metal scribes from around the world.
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We are always looking for contributors to the site to write album reviews, lists, interviews and other content. If you’re interested in writing for Heavy Music Headquarters, send an email to email@example.com Experienced or not, if you have passion for metal and writing, we want to hear from you!
Chad has been a music writer for more than 20 years. In addition to being About.com’s heavy metal editor for more than a decade, he has written for numerous publications and sites over the years including Outburn, Loudwire, Noisecreep, Metal Injection, Heavy Consequence, New Noise, Hails & Horns, Amp and many others. He is a longtime radio broadcaster as well and resides in the Denver, CO area. Follow him on Twitter: @chadbowarmetal
Abstract Samm is one of those weird hipster types with an “obscure” music taste that she is more than ready to tell you about. From reviews to interviews and back, there is always some sort of project going on involving bands from every realm of the musical spectrum with this one. She hosts a weekly radio show for WRUU in Savannah, Georgia and is known professionally as a “Trivia Master”, hosting game nights and music bingo throughout the city. Though she began as a photographer of all things weird, she has eventually made her way to a dip in multiple pools of creative greatness. Check her art out on Instagram @abstractsamm and her radio show’s official page .
Tom Campagna is a high school math teacher from northern New Jersey with an affinity for major sports, video games, humor and of course, metal. He has been actively writing for over half a decade and currently also contributes to Invisible Oranges and Brutalitopia. You can follow him on Instagram: @snags_metal
Darren Cowan spent most of the new millennium writing and photographing bands for such heavy music outlets as Bravewords, Metal Underground, The Gauntlet and Blistering.com. He is a former English teacher and graduate of Western Michigan University. He designs and sells calendars consisting of his own concert and nature photography. He listens to a wide variety of hard music. You can find find Cowan banging his head and pumping his fist in the Live Music Capital of the World: Austin, Texas.
A news reporter by day, in his own time Brendan has been freelance writing about heavy music for more than 15 years. He lives near Wollongong, Australia with his partner and 20-month-old son. His work has been featured in publications such as Sydney street press The Music (formerly Drum Media) for more than a decade, long-running (and now defunct) Aussie alternative music magazine Blunt and its recently reactivated website, Metal Hammer magazine and its Louder website, Australian Guitar magazine and the Loud Online webzine. He enjoys nearly all forms of heavy music, but has a particular penchant for melodic death metal. He’s also interviewed many of metal’s biggest names, from Bruce Dickinson and Rob Halford to Kerry King and Ice-T. His other interests include film and TV, reading biographies, cricket, rugby league, listening to podcasts and supporting his local basketball team. Follow him on Twitter.
Dan’s life was forever changed in early 1982 when hearing Ozzy Osbourne’s Diary Of A Madman for the first time. It was an experience that opened his musical horizons and led him down a deeper, darker path of discovery. The following years found Dan unearthing bands like Metallica, Slayer, Sodom, Death, Tiamat, Moonspell and Entombed as his tastes grew more diverse and extreme. Dan has played in the metal scene for the past 20 years and has toured the Southwest portion of the United States. Dan is married and a father to two beautiful children and lives in Phoenix, Arizona. Follow him on Twitter: @DanielDragoAZ
Mike has been listening to heavy music since 1977. He is old and picky, with preferences leaning towards prog, old school metal, and anything else well-played that pushes boundaries. As a former producer, he has a keen ear for how music sounds and is arranged. Follow Mike on Twitter: @huck_n_roll
According to Arash, his life mostly revolves around five things: metal, horror, sci-fi, pasta and rugby. With years of writing experience focused on rock and metal, you can often find him stumbling upon bands’ pages on Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Spotify and other music sites, trying to have fun and discovering new music, new boundaries. Also, he often responses to the nickname “Big Cat”! Follow him on Twitter: @arashk, on Instagram: @arashkhosronejad and check out his blog
Alex is a fresh-faced metalhead currently studying journalism across the pond in Nottingham. Being 19 you might expect his playlists to be awash with waves of metalcore clones and his walls coated in an interminable number of posters depicting indistinguishable hordes of long-haired teenagers that all scream slightly differently to one another. You’d be wrong. Alex’s tastes are expanding but he places his loyalty within the realms of thrash, death, sludge, power, doom and pretty much anything that follows the word ‘progressive’. You can find links to his many ramblings, whether they be published on the Nottingham Post, Left Lion magazine, Platform Magazine or his own personal website, over on his Twitter.
Dan Marsicano is a music critic from New Jersey who has spent over a decade writing about every metal genre imaginable. He has written for Noisey, Metal Underground.com and About.com Heavy Metal, just to name a few. He prefers Ride the Lightning over Master of Puppets. You can find him tweeting about nonsense daily at @DanMarsicano
Adam McAuley is a music reviewer that has been involved with a number of websites including a long stint with Ultimate Metal. Presently he writes for Metal Bite and Heavy Music HQ. He has a Bachelor of Arts in English from University of Toronto as well as a diploma in Business Accounting from Cambrian College. He prefers the opinionated nature of writing reviews over other types of articles like interviews and news. He lives in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada.
The Evan sealed his last great semblance of humanity roughly 16 years ago when he surrendered to the irresistible siren song of metal. Graduating from alternative and nu-metal was no easy task, but patience and a willingness to embrace the whole of the underground hastened his transformation—sharp blue eyes became useless and pale, his healthy skin thinned to a translucent and phantasmal white, once short-cropped grew long, shaggy, and rife with insect, and, most importantly, his ears steadily fine-tuned to all the hard and heavy things that, inevitably, should not be. Never to be fed by hand, the Evan has a strong affinity towards robust rhythm sections, psychedelic accents, and no shortage of chugs, slams, and growls.
Gino Sigismondi’s fate was sealed when he received a copy of Motley Crue’s “Shout at the Devil” for his 13th birthday. Despite his best attempts to become the next Nikki Sixx, he instead found himself happily ensconced in the Chicago suburbs, managing tech support for Shure Inc., recording his own personal rock anthems in his basement as The Sum, and pondering the important questions in life, like: “How much of Kiss Alive is really live?” Hey, if you can’t join ‘em, write about ‘em!
Hailing from the land of poutine, Gorguts and Arcade Fire, Étienne is a musician, board game café host and unabashed nerd who now blogs about music because he likes collecting hobbies almost as much as he does side jobs. Étienne’s foray into heavy music started in the realm of prog and ’80s metal, but has since expanded to pretty much every corner of the genre, with a penchant for the atmospheric or the melodic. While not listening to music, he can be found writing for way too many musical projects or remixing metal/rock into synthpop/retrowave. Follow him on Twitter.