Volume 96, Issue 13
Thursday September 19, 2002

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Metal Sludge

http://www.metal-sludge.com/

This Web site is an absolute must-see for all metal fans. Metal Sludge covers every aspect of the metal scene in an unapologetic, in-your-face fashion, embracing the age-old credo of "sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll."

The opening page features news briefs on relevant music information. These are interspersed with hilarious commentaries from the site's talented writers, who use clever pseudonyms such as "Ozzy Stillbourne" and "Bastard Boy Floyd."

Another highlight is the F.U. Award, which is everything that its name implies. The most recent one was awarded to Vince Neil, whom "Stillbourne" described as "about as useless as a trap door on a life boat."

The site's interviewers continually risk ass-kickings, purely for the sake of entertainment. For example, in "20 Questions with Tom Morello," Morello is asked if he feels "guilty for helping cause the whole rap-metal thing." Metal Sludge asks the type of questions the public is interested in, but writers from magazines like Rolling Stone are afraid to ask.

Finally, for true "Sludgettes" and "Sludgeaholics," there is tons of Metal Sludge paraphernalia available for sale online. Get your T-shirt, kids: this one's worth it.
Mega Metal Music

http://members.tripod.com/~PsychoAngel

This Web site violates one of the top 10 "don't dos" of the Internet world right from the get-go. The opening page announces the site is "under construction," but doesn't offer any information as to when it will be completed, or even what is being done to improve it.

This leaves the unassuming Web surfer with no other option than to believe that this "construction" is a clever facade for a crappy Web site whose creator refuses to own up to the site's lameness.

The terrible combination of a bland gray background overlaid with stark, red writing offends the eyes, while the unorganized, half-assed layout of linked pages fails to catch the viewer's interest.

Linked pages include sections on metal bands from each decade, starting from the '70s. Web surfers can click on a decade to learn more about that particular era – well, at least in theory.

In truth, each subsection features nothing more than a list of bands, with a few uninspired reviews interspersed for "flavor." The Web master writes that Lamb of God is "heavy and sounds great;" he then changes things up in his review of Killswitch Engage: "the album is good and sounds great."

Insert wince here.

–Megan O'Toole

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