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|Type of business||Private|
Type of site
|Founded||Brooklyn, New York|
Brooklyn, New York,
|Founder(s)||Axl Rosenberg (Matt Goldberg)|
Vince Neilstein (Ben Umanov)
|Alexa rank||35,049 (July 2018[update])|
MetalSucks is a heavy metal music-themed news website. The site features reviews, interviews, information on latest metal releases and blog-like posts from the writers, most notably Vince Neilstein and Axl Rosenberg.
The site was founded in December 2006 by authors Ben Umanov and Matthew Goldenberg who use the pen names Vince Neilstein and Axl Rosenberg. They chose these names as they were based on Jewish versions of stars they idolized, Vince Neil and Axl Rose.
On August 15, 2011, MetalSucks announced The Metal Suckfest, a two-day music festival to take place in Manhattan on November 4 and November 5 of that same year. Municipal Waste and Cynic were announced as headliners. If the inaugural festival is a success, there are plans to make it an annual event.
Over the years, MetalSucks has received negativity from the metal community as being overly critical of metal bands due to their personal beliefs and musical content, among other issues.
In July 2016, the site attacked black metal band Deströyer 666. In a Facebook post the site stated, "Destroyer 666 frontman K.K. Warslut is a racist, and apparently doesn't mind being labeled one, as he calls his fans 'faggots' and 'pussies' at an NYC show earlier this week." The post linked to a page on their site where they expanded on the moment and the history of K.K. Warslut in the metal community, stating "Earlier this week, we reported that K.K. Warslut, frontman of Australian black metallers Deströyer 666, has alarmingly racist, misogynistic and violent tendencies."  Later, MetalSucks deleted all negative articles about the band and apologized for the posts, citing their regret that the band had received death threats because of the posts.
On February 28, 2018, MetalSucks wrote about controversy surrounding Norwegian black metal band Taake. On March 27, 2018, MetalSucks posted a photo they received of Watain touring guitarist Set Teitan allegedly giving the Nazi salute. The band refuted the photo stating, "The gesture on that picture was done in jest that’s as much as we have to say about that." On March 30, 2018, MetalSucks followed-up by posting both the bands denial and video of the same guitarist doing the same salute in 2011. On April 4, 2018, MetalSucks (expanding on a 2016 story by Swedish outlet The Etc.) reported members of Swedish black metal band Marduk allegedly bought items from a National Socialist group with the intent to distribute. Marduk would go on to deny the claims. In February of that same year, MetalSucks reported that the band had a concert cancelled in Oakland due to security concerns. Vince Nielstein wrote, "The Swedish black metallers have been plagued by accusations of Nazism for some time. These accusations seem to stem from misinterpretations of their work, although it’s easy to see how those misinterpretations come about."
On April 11, 2018, MetalSucks wrote a lengthy editorial about the owners thoughts and feelings on the topic of Nazi imagery in the metal scene along with what they considered to not to be acceptable usage and what was based on history and context. The article included Anti-Semitic insults they had received due to their multiple articles and posts regarding the topic in the past.
On May 3, 2018, MetalSucks posted a second editorial about Nazism and racism in the metal scene called, "Of Course Black Metal Is Racist—It’s Evil". In it they recapped events that had happened in 2018 on that topic to that point in time.
On July 24, 2018, MetalSucks reported on a 2017 Facebook post from Pestilence vocalist and guitarist Patrick Mameli. In the post they alleged that Patrick Mameli, on his personal Facebook page, response to a photo of him with blonde dreadlocks, responding to a comment that compared his look to Milli Vanilli with the statement in his native Dutch, "Je zegt dat ik een neger ben?" The site alleged that the use of "neger" translated to an American racial slur. Along with the comment, MetalSucks also alleged that the singer also "propagates Jewish stereotypes", pointing to his support of United States President Donald J. Trump moving the nations embassy in Israel.
In response, the band posted a statement, reading in part, "PESTILENCE nor myself are in any way a political band. We do not condone or support nazism or racism in any way. Pestilence exists only to create awesome music for our listeners and fans." Patrick Mameli adding in the statement, "On being a racist, 'for god's sake, my 'soon-to-be' wife is ASIAN, how could I be rasist?"
On July 26, 2018, Pestilence announced that their entire U.S. tour was cancelled, blaming it on MetalSucks, stating “Thanks to metalsucks and their followers, our US minitour has been cancelled by our U.S. promotor." The website responded with the comment, "For the record, we were fans not that long ago."