Home Of Metal in +1 magazine



Home Of Metal was recently featured in +1 Magazine

Though the The Home Of Metal is a tailor made vehicle for fanboys’ adoration for all things Page, Plant, Butler, Broadrick and Halford the project ultimately aims to repackage Birmingham in musical, tourist-friendly wrapping paper. Just like  Manchester and Liverpool have so successfully done with Madchester/The Smiths and The Beatles respectively. But the Black Country’s considerable musical pedigree is arguably going to be harder to sell to their local authority as a potential money spinner. As even with the best will in the world Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Napalm Death and Godflesh aren’t quite as brochure friendly as the fab four. ‘Nazi Punks Fuck Off’ souvenir pencil case anyone?
By David Hopkins

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Home Of Metal was recently featured in +1 Magazine

Though the The Home Of Metal is a tailor made vehicle for fanboys adoration for all things Page, Plant, Butler, Broadrick and Halford the project ultimately aims to repackage Birmingham in musical, tourist-friendly wrapping paper. Just like  Manchester and Liverpool have so successfully done with Madchester/The Smiths and The Beatles respectively. But the Black Country’s considerable musical pedigree is arguably going to be harder to sell to their local authority as a potential money spinner. As even with the best will in the world Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Napalm Death and GodFLesh aren’t quite as brochure friendly as the fab four. ‘Nazi Punks Fuck Off’ souvenir pencil case anyone?

By David Hopkins

1 comment on “Home Of Metal in +1 magazine

  1. Pete Nelson Steve

    2009 is the 30th Anniversary of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal. There have been lots of festivals and events to celebrate this – although mostly in… Germany?

    Several Birmingham Heavy Metal artists were at a big NWOBHM festival in April…. In Hamburg <:o)

    The Birmingham area had some great and very influencial NWOBHM bands. Grim Reaper, Witchfinder General, Diamond Head, Wrathchild, Handsome Beasts, Jameson Raid, Cloven Hoof, Scarab, Quartz, Split Beaver…

    Yet, no NWOBHM in the archive…

    Madness that you have left so many bands out of the story.
    The simple fact is that Birminghams Metal heritage is probably better celebrated and understoof by German Metal fans than most people in Birmingham.

    It is almost as if you are saying that ALL Birmingham had was Sabbath and Priest (and Led Zep who aren’t really a Brum band…) I just don’t get why you closed it down to just such a tiny number of bands… and I still reckon the only reason for including Napalm Death and Godflesh must be because there is a ND fan in the team 😉

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