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Tom Araya and Slayer

The 30-year metal reign of Tom Araya and Slayer

Suicide, serial killers, Satan worship, demonic possession, hatred, violence, and depravity: succeeding as a heavy-metal band through the '80s and early '90s meant being able to withstand a gauntlet of accusations as the cause of all of society's ills.
Coolest of the heavies
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  August 03, 2012

Lemmy and Motörhead are still raising hell

At 66 years old, Motörhead's Lemmy Kilmister is still at it, playing the game and loving every minute, having fun while so many of his contemporaries act dour and aloof.
An Ace, in Spades
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  August 03, 2012

The Big Hurt: An unknown legend comes in from the cold

From the early '70s through the late '90s, artist branding guru Harold Wells worked with nearly every major label, coming up with perfect names for some of the most famous acts in rock history.
Return of a band namer
By DAVID THORPE  |  June 01, 2012

The all-seeing eye of rock and roll

The Masons of Amicable Lodge have tattoos curling out from under their button-down shirts. They wear giant rings and waist aprons that look like oversize satin envelopes. They wear ties and medals and amulets. They carry staffs. Each month, they gather
How the Boston rock scene grew up, got real jobs, and became — Freemasons?
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  February 18, 2011