Jon Wiederhorn

Author of 'Louder Than Hell,' 'Raising Hell' and four artist memoirs.
    Nov 7, 2019
    NSFW: The Most Disgusting + Gore-Filled Metal Lyrics of All Time

    Thrash bands such as Slayer, Exodus and Blood Feast had some pretty sick lyrics that alarmed some of the mainstream. But as soon as Death emerged in 1984 with songs like “Corpse Grinder “and “Evil Dead,” and Possessed surfaced the next year with…

    Thrash bands such as Slayer, Exodus and Blood Feast had some pretty sick lyrics that alarmed some of the mainstream. But as soon as Death emerged in 1984 with songs like “Corpse Grinder “and “Evil Dead,” and Possessed surfaced the next year with…

    Thrash bands such as Slayer, Exodus and Blood Feast had some pretty sick lyrics that alarmed some of the mainstream. But as soon as Death emerged in 1984 with songs like “Corpse Grinder “and “Evil Dead,” and Possessed surfaced the next year with…

    Oct 31, 2019
    Fire Away: The Worst Pyrotechnic Accidents Of All Time

    Kids are told, “If you play with fire you’re going to get burned.” Adults don’t always follow their own advice, especially rock stars. Many big name acts rely on showers of flame to make their shows sizzle and setting off controlled explosions at…

    Kids are told, “If you play with fire you’re going to get burned.” Adults don’t always follow their own advice, especially rock stars. Many big name acts rely on showers of flame to make their shows sizzle and setting off controlled explosions at…

    Kids are told, “If you play with fire you’re going to get burned.” Adults don’t always follow their own advice, especially rock stars. Many big name acts rely on showers of flame to make their shows sizzle and setting off controlled explosions at…

    Nine Inch Nails' The Downward Spiral: How the infamous Tate house provided a breeding ground for ideas

    Nine Inch Nails’ debut album, 1989’s Pretty Hate Machine, was an angsty, electronic pop album coloured with grinding samples and sporadic guitar blasts that sounded like a head-on collision between Depeche Mode and Killing Joke. Released on TVT…

    Nine Inch Nails’ debut album, 1989’s Pretty Hate Machine, was an angsty, electronic pop album coloured with grinding samples and sporadic guitar blasts that sounded like a head-on collision between Depeche Mode and Killing Joke. Released on TVT…

    Nine Inch Nails’ debut album, 1989’s Pretty Hate Machine, was an angsty, electronic pop album coloured with grinding samples and sporadic guitar blasts that sounded like a head-on collision between Depeche Mode and Killing Joke. Released on TVT…

    Oct 18, 2019
    The 23 Most Savage Rock + Metal Diss Tracks of All Time

    Delivering snarky, well-timed barbs is a fine art, and the effects of a vicious diss can linger longer than the pain of a broken rib. Maybe that’s why so many hip-hop diss tracks have escalated tensions between rivals and even resulted in stabbings…

    Delivering snarky, well-timed barbs is a fine art, and the effects of a vicious diss can linger longer than the pain of a broken rib. Maybe that’s why so many hip-hop diss tracks have escalated tensions between rivals and even resulted in stabbings…

    Delivering snarky, well-timed barbs is a fine art, and the effects of a vicious diss can linger longer than the pain of a broken rib. Maybe that’s why so many hip-hop diss tracks have escalated tensions between rivals and even resulted in stabbings…

    Sep 4, 2019
    Death Angel: "We were trying to be progressive when we barely even knew three chords!"

    When they formed as teenagers in 1982, San Francisco’s Death Angel strived to play complex, unconventional thrash influenced equally by Metallica and Rush. “Right off the bat, we were trying to be progressive when we barely even knew three chords,”…

    When they formed as teenagers in 1982, San Francisco’s Death Angel strived to play complex, unconventional thrash influenced equally by Metallica and Rush. “Right off the bat, we were trying to be progressive when we barely even knew three chords,”…

    When they formed as teenagers in 1982, San Francisco’s Death Angel strived to play complex, unconventional thrash influenced equally by Metallica and Rush. “Right off the bat, we were trying to be progressive when we barely even knew three chords,”…

    Aug 29, 2019
    "Without Any Evil, There's No Good": Tool Look Back on '10,000 Days'

    This feature was originally published in 2008. Expanding upon the formula (or lack thereof) of 2001's Lateralus, Tool's 10,000 Days — released five years later — is filled with bizarre time signatures, unconventional riff structures, and open-ended…

    This feature was originally published in 2008. Expanding upon the formula (or lack thereof) of 2001's Lateralus, Tool's 10,000 Days — released five years later — is filled with bizarre time signatures, unconventional riff structures, and open-ended…

    This feature was originally published in 2008. Expanding upon the formula (or lack thereof) of 2001's Lateralus, Tool's 10,000 Days — released five years later — is filled with bizarre time signatures, unconventional riff structures, and open-ended…

    Aug 28, 2019
    Fighting, Friction, Fibonacci: Tool Look Back on 'Lateralus'

    This feature was originally published in 2008. Instead of taking a lengthy break after touring for 1996's Ænima, Tool headed right back into the studio, were the musicians quickly got on each other's nerves. At the same time they became involved in…

    This feature was originally published in 2008. Instead of taking a lengthy break after touring for 1996's Ænima, Tool headed right back into the studio, were the musicians quickly got on each other's nerves. At the same time they became involved in…

    This feature was originally published in 2008. Instead of taking a lengthy break after touring for 1996's Ænima, Tool headed right back into the studio, were the musicians quickly got on each other's nerves. At the same time they became involved in…

    Aug 27, 2019
    'Aenima': Tool Look Back on "Esoteric, Spiritual" Breakthrough Album

    This feature was originally published in 2008. The first Tool album recorded without Paul D'Amour on bass, 1996's Ænima is texturally expansive and darkly psychedelic. In addition to passages that crash with the force of a head-on collision, there…

    This feature was originally published in 2008. The first Tool album recorded without Paul D'Amour on bass, 1996's Ænima is texturally expansive and darkly psychedelic. In addition to passages that crash with the force of a head-on collision, there…

    This feature was originally published in 2008. The first Tool album recorded without Paul D'Amour on bass, 1996's Ænima is texturally expansive and darkly psychedelic. In addition to passages that crash with the force of a head-on collision, there…

    Aug 26, 2019
    Tool Look Back on Breakthrough Album 'Undertow': "The Honeymoon Was Over"

    This feature was originally published in 2008. More complex and multi-textured than Tool's 1991 debut EP Opiate, the group's full-length follow-up Undertow, released two years later, marked the band's first major step in musical evolution. It also…

    This feature was originally published in 2008. More complex and multi-textured than Tool's 1991 debut EP Opiate, the group's full-length follow-up Undertow, released two years later, marked the band's first major step in musical evolution. It also…

    This feature was originally published in 2008. More complex and multi-textured than Tool's 1991 debut EP Opiate, the group's full-length follow-up Undertow, released two years later, marked the band's first major step in musical evolution. It also…

    Aug 25, 2019
    'Opiate': Tool Look Back on "Raw" Debut EP, "Exciting" Early Days

    This feature was originally published in 2008. Primitive by Tool standards, 1991's Opiate is still more developed and expressive than most alt-metal records of the era. Driven by youthful aggression and contempt, the songs lunge and hammer in…

    This feature was originally published in 2008. Primitive by Tool standards, 1991's Opiate is still more developed and expressive than most alt-metal records of the era. Driven by youthful aggression and contempt, the songs lunge and hammer in…

    This feature was originally published in 2008. Primitive by Tool standards, 1991's Opiate is still more developed and expressive than most alt-metal records of the era. Driven by youthful aggression and contempt, the songs lunge and hammer in…

    1994: The albums that changed the world

    1994 was the most brilliant, exhilarating, chaotic year in the most turbulent, exciting, glorious decade metal has ever experienced. In the genre’s great particle accelerator, atoms were colliding constantly, whole new universes popping into…

    1994 was the most brilliant, exhilarating, chaotic year in the most turbulent, exciting, glorious decade metal has ever experienced. In the genre’s great particle accelerator, atoms were colliding constantly, whole new universes popping into…

    1994 was the most brilliant, exhilarating, chaotic year in the most turbulent, exciting, glorious decade metal has ever experienced. In the genre’s great particle accelerator, atoms were colliding constantly, whole new universes popping into…

    Woodstock '94, Mud, sweat and beers: The clash of cultures that summed up metal’s maddest year

    As they prepared to take the stage to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the original Woodstock, Nine Inch Nails looked out from the covered backstage area at the sheets of rain pouring from the sky. The 200,000 fans waited on the mud-slick field,…

    As they prepared to take the stage to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the original Woodstock, Nine Inch Nails looked out from the covered backstage area at the sheets of rain pouring from the sky. The 200,000 fans waited on the mud-slick field,…

    As they prepared to take the stage to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the original Woodstock, Nine Inch Nails looked out from the covered backstage area at the sheets of rain pouring from the sky. The 200,000 fans waited on the mud-slick field,…

    Aug 9, 2019
    An Analysis of Influences Heard on Slipknot’s ‘We Are Not Your Kind’

    Every great band has its influences. Sometimes it sounds great when a group writes something that sounds a whole lot like a song by one of their favorite outfits — not just like another song, but in the style of one or more of their major…

    Every great band has its influences. Sometimes it sounds great when a group writes something that sounds a whole lot like a song by one of their favorite outfits — not just like another song, but in the style of one or more of their major…

    Every great band has its influences. Sometimes it sounds great when a group writes something that sounds a whole lot like a song by one of their favorite outfits — not just like another song, but in the style of one or more of their major…

    Aug 8, 2019
    Interview: Slipknot’s Corey Taylor Once Again Embraced Pain to Create Unflinching Art

    When Slipknot released the crushing, commanding .5: The Gray Album in 2014, label executives fans and maybe even band members breathed a collective sigh of relief. Once again, the Knot proved that they were survivors. They had lived through the death…

    When Slipknot released the crushing, commanding .5: The Gray Album in 2014, label executives fans and maybe even band members breathed a collective sigh of relief. Once again, the Knot proved that they were survivors. They had lived through the death…

    When Slipknot released the crushing, commanding .5: The Gray Album in 2014, label executives fans and maybe even band members breathed a collective sigh of relief. Once again, the Knot proved that they were survivors. They had lived through the death…

    Aug 8, 2019
    How Born of Osiris Guitarist Lee McKinney Made 'The Simulation' a Rocking Reality

    Progressive metalcore band Born of Osiris celebrated their 10-year anniversary by completely re-recording their 2007 debut EP The New Reign as The Eternal Reign, and launching a tour to pay tribute to their fans who continued to embrace their…

    Progressive metalcore band Born of Osiris celebrated their 10-year anniversary by completely re-recording their 2007 debut EP The New Reign as The Eternal Reign, and launching a tour to pay tribute to their fans who continued to embrace their…

    Progressive metalcore band Born of Osiris celebrated their 10-year anniversary by completely re-recording their 2007 debut EP The New Reign as The Eternal Reign, and launching a tour to pay tribute to their fans who continued to embrace their…

    Aug 5, 2019
    Lamb of God's Mark Morton Talks Debut Solo Album, 'Anesthetic'

    He didn’t set out to make a star-studded solo album; he just wanted to write songs. In fall 2016, When Lamb of God guitarist Mark Morton came up with the main riff of what became “Imaginary Days,” he loved the proggy, atmospheric vibe of the tune,…

    He didn’t set out to make a star-studded solo album; he just wanted to write songs. In fall 2016, When Lamb of God guitarist Mark Morton came up with the main riff of what became “Imaginary Days,” he loved the proggy, atmospheric vibe of the tune,…

    He didn’t set out to make a star-studded solo album; he just wanted to write songs. In fall 2016, When Lamb of God guitarist Mark Morton came up with the main riff of what became “Imaginary Days,” he loved the proggy, atmospheric vibe of the tune,…

    Aug 5, 2019
    Review: Slipknot’s ‘We Are Not Your Kind’ Permeated With Experimentation

    Every longtime Slipknot fan knows that ex-drummer Joey Jordison and late bassist Paul Gray (who died May 24, 2010) were instrumental in writing the first four Slipknot albums, Slipknot (1999), Iowa (2001), Vol 3: (The Subliminal Verses) (2004) and…

    Every longtime Slipknot fan knows that ex-drummer Joey Jordison and late bassist Paul Gray (who died May 24, 2010) were instrumental in writing the first four Slipknot albums, Slipknot (1999), Iowa (2001), Vol 3: (The Subliminal Verses) (2004) and…

    Every longtime Slipknot fan knows that ex-drummer Joey Jordison and late bassist Paul Gray (who died May 24, 2010) were instrumental in writing the first four Slipknot albums, Slipknot (1999), Iowa (2001), Vol 3: (The Subliminal Verses) (2004) and…

    Jun 18, 2019
    Florida Death Metal's Gory Rise, Groundbreaking Reign: The Definitive Oral History

    This story was originally published in January 2009. "There's a lot of motherfuckers in this world walking around with teeth missing because of me," says Deicide frontman Glen Benton, who was known for playing shows back in the late '80s while…

    This story was originally published in January 2009. "There's a lot of motherfuckers in this world walking around with teeth missing because of me," says Deicide frontman Glen Benton, who was known for playing shows back in the late '80s while…

    This story was originally published in January 2009. "There's a lot of motherfuckers in this world walking around with teeth missing because of me," says Deicide frontman Glen Benton, who was known for playing shows back in the late '80s while…

    Jun 14, 2019
    The exclusive oral history of Nirvana's debut album 'Bleach'

    More It was shortly after the 20th anniversary of Nirvana's debut album Bleach when I started working with co-writer Katherine Turman on the book Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal. At the time, we planned to include a chapter…

    More It was shortly after the 20th anniversary of Nirvana's debut album Bleach when I started working with co-writer Katherine Turman on the book Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal. At the time, we planned to include a chapter…

    More It was shortly after the 20th anniversary of Nirvana's debut album Bleach when I started working with co-writer Katherine Turman on the book Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal. At the time, we planned to include a chapter…