Kicks for the Mosh Pit
Converse and Vans have had some great music-inspired designs over the years. Converse's spring 2014 line highlights Black Sabbath with prints of their album artwork, for about $65, for sale on the Converse website. However, just last year, Iron Maiden, Slayer and Metallica released a line of Vans. Let's hope the shoe designs just keep on coming -- my Pantera Chucks have seen way too many mosh pits over the years.
Donate in the Name of Rock
I stand strong on the opinion that heavy metal has one big ass heart, and the majority of the industry is dedicated to making the world a better place. So here's a range of charities you can donate to in honor of your favorite metalhead.
There's the Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, co-founded by Dio's widow Wendy Dio (one of my favorite women in heavy metal), and the Solid Rock Foundation, a Phoenix-area effort put forth by Alice Cooper, which provides a way for kids to nourish their creative skills in free after school programs. And speaking of keeping the music spark alive in kids, The Fender Music Foundation is dedicated to keeping music education alive and well for all those future Syd Barrets and John 5s.
The Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Program focuses on educating about the disease and assisting those diagnosed. The Ride for Dime and Dime Scholarship supports the charities that Dimebag Darrell donated to when he was alive. And Metal of Honor hones in on some very deserving charities, including Pathway Home, which is a PTSD rehabilitation facility in the San Francisco Bay Area; and Hope for the Warriors, which is similar to Wounded Warriors but not as big so they need the funds. In fact, Mayhem has raised more than $150,000 to date for the organizations.
Whether it's for a professional musician or someone who is constantly plugged into their iPod, the Audio-Technica ATH-M5ox Pro Monitor Headphones will impress any music lover. There's refined ear pads, three detachable straight and coiled cables, large-aperture drivers, sound-isolating ear cups, and a strong bass. These work for just about everything across the board, whether you are just using them for personal listening, recording, examining important audio applications, or even utilizing live sound.