The holiday season may not be upon us just yet, but it's never too early to start planning. When buying a gift for a metalhead, your gift better rock, otherwise you're going to illicit a "mehhh" before a "fuck yeah!" Don't sweat, heshers and moshers, we've got you covered.
Metalheads and rock 'n' rollers rejoice: there's some kick-ass, devil-horn worthy gifts on the market just for you, whether for for a birthday, Halloween, or, you know, for yourself.
It's always the season for head-banging.
Slayer: The Vinyl Conflict collects all 10 Slayer studio albums in one LP collection, remastered, including inner sleeve art. Lamb of God: The Hourglass: The Super Deluxe Set includes the limited edition definitive collectors set including a vinyl box set, a Mark Morton Signature Series Jackson Dominion D2, the band's entire catalog on individual USB sticks in a cigarette pack case, a personalized Lamb of God guitar coffin case, and more. Pantera: The Cowboys From Hell The Ultimate Edition Box Set, celebrates the 20th anniversary of the album and includes a newly remastered version of the original record, unreleased and rare live performances from tour among a ton of other items.
Heavy metal and rock foodies are more common than you think, grilling up saucy slabs of meat by day and moshing by night. Mosh Potatoes by Steve Seabury dishes out recipes from such musicians as John Petrucci (Dream Theater), Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed), Charlie Benante (Anthrax) and Alex Skolnick (Testament).
Or you could go the memoir route. Hit up the bookstore for tomes from such musicians as Dave Mustaine, Steven Adler, Sammy Hagar, Slash, Ozzy Osbourne, Lemmy Kilmister, Vince Neil, Tommy Lee, and more.
Game night for metal fans usually consists of fierce bouts of Dungeons and Dragons, but hey, here's to switching things up now and then. We present two metal themed versions of Monopoly. The AC/DC version has game pieces that include cannons (from For Those About To Rock), dynamite bundles (from "TNT") and the schoolboy hat favored by guitarist Angus Young. Metallica Monopoly players get through "Pass Go" via historic Metallica events and locations, like childhood dwellings and festivals, with such iconic pieces as the hammer from the Kill 'Em All album cover and the snake from the Black Album. These certainly aren't the first bands to get their own Monopoly games. Other editions include The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Grateful Dead and KISS, but the AC/DC and Metallica versions rock heavier, for sure.
The Periodic Table of Heavy Metals poster supplies a table of 303 heavy metals--from AC/DC to Five Finger Death Punch to Zozobra-- charted according to genre in the shape of the signature metal devil's horns. Find it at Pop Chart Lab.
Life After Death:
As if the KISS Koffin wasn't enough, now you can bury yourself, heavy metal style, on a budget for $650 with a KISS Urn. According to Eternal Image, Inc., a public company that manufactures brand-name memorial products, "The urn offers fan a unique expression of their passion for the legendary rock band," stands eight inches tall, and three more models are expected on the market later this year. Find one at Eternal Image. (You can also check out the company's Star Trek products, but the "Gifts for Your Nerd Pal" list is one for another day.)