Congrats to this week’s “12 Days of Nuclear Blast Giveaways” winner!

I think this week’s contest was a little too obscure.

Although a lot of people tried, I had only one person correctly identify one of the pictures. So congratulations to Dale, who will receive CDs from Success Will Write Apocalypse Across The Sky and Avantasia. The free stuff comes courtesy of the good folks at Nuclear Blast Records.

So who were those bands, anyway? Take a look.

Wolves in the Throne Room

And behind door number two, we have …


Sorry if this one was a little too obscure. But thanks everyone for playing. We’ll try it again soon.


Congrats to this week’s “12 Days of Nuclear Blast Giveaways” winners

UPDATE, DEC. 23 – Hey, this contest is over, but why don’t you play Noise Pollution’s latest contest, which you can find right here.

Congratulations to Tanya and Danielle, the winners of this week’s contest. Both will receive a copy of Hammerfall’s new album, “No Sacrifice, No Glory.” Tanya will also receive a copy of Samael’s “Above” album, while Danielle gets a copy of Edguy’s “The Singles” disc.

Both Tanya and Danielle correctly identified the street urchin pictured below as an interviewee from the hilarious documentary “Heavy Metal Parking Lot.” Check him out, yo.

If you want to see and hear the guy’s opinion of heavy metal, punk rock and even Madonna, click here. Be warned: It’s laced with profanity, so those with sensitive ears might be offended. Personally, I think it’s hysterical … I’ve never heard so many creative uses of the “f-bomb.”

Thanks to Charles and Loana at Nuclear Blast Records for providing the swag. I’ll do another contest next Monday and at least one more between Christmas and New Year’s, so check back later.

It’s hard to give free stuff away

Well, good old Noise Pollution has been growing in traffic all year long … but I tell ya, it’s harder than ever to give stuff away on this site.

Anyhoo, I got two responses to my first “12 Days of Nuclear Blast Giveaways” contest. Exactly two. So what the hell, I’m gonna make them both winners.

Congrats to Tony: who gets a copy of Darkane’s “Demonic Art” and the “Monsters of Metal: Vol 6” video collection. Meanwhile, Ed gets the Slyosis disc, “Conclusion Of An Age” and a copy of Death Angel’s  DVD, “Sonic German Beatdown.”

Ed and Tony answered the question: Who is the most overrated guitarist in Metal?

Tony wrote: “To me I would say that Zakk Wylde is overrated. Being in my thirties and old enough to see Zakk during his whole career it just seems that he just still sounds the same. Yes, guitar players will always be identified by their own “sound” but it seems that if you ask most people about Zakk Wylde they always say the same thing,that he is the guys who makes his guitar go “wheawwww” in all his songs.( I’m sure you know the sound that I am talking about).

“It seems that people don’t air guitar Zakk Wylde riffs and solos like they do for say Eddie Van Halen or Dimebag or pretty much any other “known guitarist” ( I personally usually end up air guitaring Chuck Schuldiner) He just doesn’t seem to have those riffs that stand out in my mind like other guitar players. I guess those are my reasons for saying his guitar work is overrated.

“On a totally different aspect of why I don’t care for him is because I read this quote from him saying that he has no respect for people who are not true to themselves. This bothers me coming from a guy who when it was trendy had cock rock hairsprayed hair,then when that was no longer cool, he started with the dirty southerner trend (Pride and Glory) when that band Jackyl was big.Once again that was no longer cool, and the trend became dudes wanted to be bikers and wear biker gear,(I still hate OCC and West Coast Choppers for this trend) so guess what?, Zakk grows a beard puts on a leather vest and starts Black Label Society. That isn’t being true to yourself in my opinion. But to each his own I guess.” 

Meanwhile, Ed wrote: “KIRK HAMMET of Metallica is the single most overrated guitarist in Metal History. Why you ask? He hides behind the Wah (Wah Pedal) & NEVER ventures outside of it. Probably a good thing in his case, ’cause if he was ever brave enough to step away from the Wah, he would have to compete with REAL Shredders Like Mustaine & Company. They would send him packing back to his Wee Wee Pedal in a Metal instant! Even in his prime, if he attempted to play “Rust in Peace” his Wah fingers would twist in knots!

“God Bless Mr.Hammet! Someone needs to.”

I’ll be back next week with another contest.

Contest! The 12 Days of Nuclear Blast Giveaways!

Here’s the deal. Nuclear Blast Records was nice enough to send me copies of several new releases over the past 12 months … and all of those CDs and DVDs have been piling up on my desk.

So I think I’ll give them away.

The plan is to do one or two contests each week between now and Christmas, with the winners receiving a random CD or DVD from my Nuclear Blast pile. Some of items in the pile include Hammerfall, Death Angel, Edguy, Avantasia, Slyosis, Mantic Ritual, Therion, Darkane and Success Will Write Apocalypse Across The Sky.

For today’s contest, simply answer the following question: Who is the most overrated guitarist in metal?

The answer should be a few sentences or a paragraph (this is an opinion question, after all, so I’m grading on content, not on you finding the answer I necessarily agree with). For example, you could write: “Yngwie Malmsteen is the most overrated guitarist, because any monkey can learn to play arpeggios if you train it long enough and reward it with a banana occasionally. Besides, Yngwie looks stupid on-stage: The man prances like a reject from a community theater production of ‘The Nutcracker.'”

So put on your thinking caps and some NB swag could be yours. Please send your answers to Please put “12 Days Contest” in the subject line.

The deadline is Friday at noon, Central Time. Good luck.

Did you know you could win two free passes to see In Flames in Louisville??

In case you missed the announcement, you could win two free passes to see the Sept. 30 In Flames show at Expo 5.

The Swedish masters will be joined by 3 Inches of Blood, Between The Buried And Me, The Faceless and a group of regional bands on the second stage. The free passes come courtesy of metal promoter Terry Harper.


Just send an e-mail with “In Flames” in the subject line to: and I will pick a winner at random on Monday, Sept. 14.

Good luck.