Fans of British comedy, panel shows, Stephen Fry and proving their friends wrong no doubt know the global phenomena that is QI. Turning facts upside-down and defying the public consensus to show us all up as idiots. The people behind the show (aka the QI Elves) have created us this heavy metal factfile so you can impress your mates at the pub tonight.

1. The Big Bang was quieter than a Motörhead concert.

  1. The lead singer of the death metal band Hatebeak is a 27-year-old parrot called Waldo. The band never tours because they’re concerned the decibel levels of live gigs would harm his hearing. He’s not the only non-human extreme music star. Caninus were a pitbull-fronted grind band. Their two lead singer dogs were called Basil and Budgie.
  2. Led Zeppelin performed in Denmark under the name ‘The Nobs’ because Eva von Zeppelin, granddaughter of the inventor of Zeppelin airships, threatened to sue them otherwise for tarnishing the family name.
  3. Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi once blew up Richard Branson’s prize carp. It was in 1983, while at his recording studios, and Iommi launched fireworks into his private lake and accidentally destroyed some of his fish. Iommi described Branson as ‘not happy at all’ about it.
  4. Cats get stressed out when they listen to heavy music. Research published in the Journal Of Feline Medicine And Surgery showed that if you put headphones on a cat and play it AC/DC music, its heart rate and pupil size will increase. (When they’re played classical music, by contrast, cats’ heart rates and pupil sizes decrease).
  5. A ‘mosh pit’ should really be called a ‘mash pit’. The term ‘mosh’ was coined accidentally by the band Bad Brains in about 1980. They meant to yell out on stage ‘mash it – mash down Babylon!’, a reggae inspired term. This was misheard as ‘mosh it’, and the phrase stuck.
  6. In 2007, a Swedish man had his heavy metal addiction classified as a disability, and was given financial benefits and allowed time off work to go to metal gigs. He went to 300 gigs per year.
  7. The term ‘heavy metal’ was coined by Steppenwolf in the song Born To Be Wild – but they weren’t talking about a music genre in the song, they were referring to a motorbike.
  8. The last time Monty Python star Graham Chapman appeared on film before he died was in the music video for the Iron Maiden song Can I Play With Madness.
  9. In a 2014 episode of The Simpsons, Bart wrongly referred to metal band Judas Priest as ‘death metal’. Following outrage from fans, the following episode opened with Bart writing on the blackboard: ‘Judas Priest is not “Death Metal”’.
  10. This Is Spinal Tap is the only film on IMDB to be rated out of 11, not 10.

The QI Elves also debunked three of heavy metal’s biggest myths for us. Just to warp our reality completely.

Myth: Metal musicians do a lot of shouting, but they can’t actually sing.
A recent survey of popular music singers, conducted by VVN Music, found that the two musicians with the greatest vocal range were both metal singers: Corey Taylor (Slipknot) and Mike Patton (Faith No More)

Myth: Ozzy Osbourne intentionally bit the head off a live bat on stage. 
It wasn’t intentional; he thought it was a rubber toy until he bit it, at which point he was distressed to find ‘my mouth was instantly full of this warm, gloopy liquid, with the worst aftertaste you could ever imagine.’

Myth: Metal music makes people violent and angry.
A study recently published in the journal Frontiers In Human Neuroscience found that listening to ‘extreme music’ – including heavy metal, emo, punk, screamo and hardcore – calms people down. After listening to extreme music, fans of these genres showed decreased levels of hostility, irritability and stress, and increased levels of inspiration and motivation.

Heavy Metal Music facts from the QI Elves

On this date in history, 9/10/2006, Deer Creek hosted the Family Values Tour, featuring Korn, Deftones, Stone Sour, Flyleaf, Dir En Grey, 10 Years, Bury Your Dead, Deadsy, Bullets And Octane, and Walls Of Jericho.

Right away, Walls Of Jericho set the bar high, delivering a crushing opening set. Bullets And Octane were more of an old school hard rock band with a little punk spice. I enjoyed their set, too.

Deadsy featured Gregg Allman’s son, but I don’t think the offspring inherited much of the old man’s talent.

Bury Your Dead and 10 Years played good sets, but surprisingly it was the female fronted bands who got the biggest mosh pit action that day.

Walls Of Jericho were unmatched until Flyleaf took the stage, and although their music was nowhere near as fierce, the crowd had grown by their stage time, and the metal masses were hungry for action.

The pits made Flyleaf much more interesting to me than they would have been otherwise. Stone Sour, Deftones, and Korn all delivered killer sets and topped off a great day of sunshine, a little rain, and a lot of rocking!

Written By Braddon S. Williams aka The Concert Critic

On This Date in History

On this date in history, 8/21/1993, I saw Anthrax, White Zombie, and Quicksand at Deer Creek, in Noblesville, IN. Quicksand began the show with a punishing set of their own unique brand of post-hardcore metal. They were touring in support of their debut album, Slip, which went on to influence the likes of Deftones and many others.

White Zombie followed with their patented horror themed insanity. This was my first time to see all the bands on the bill, and from that day forward, anything Rob Zombie has been involved in has had my attention.

Anthrax were in the era when John Bush was their lead singer, and he did a tremendous job. I knew of him from his work with Armored Saint and have always loved his voice. He was a perfect fit for Anthrax, even though Joey Belladonna will always remain their most popular front man.

Bush sounded great on the classic stuff, but had also contributed heavily to one of the best Anthrax tracks of all time, “Only.” For bonus cool points, Anthrax threw in a crushing rendition of “Thieves” by Ministry…pure adrenaline rush!

My son Luke was 8 years old and had discovered the word “mosh” and he kept telling me he was going to mosh. I told him repeatedly that he wouldn’t be doing that, as he was too young and small.  When Anthrax played “Caught In A Mosh” near the beginning of their set, a colossal circle pit materialized in the center of the lawn and Luke ran down onto the walkway between the lawn and the pavilion and looked up at me in wide-eyed intensity and proclaimed “I’m not going in there!” I told him that was a pretty good idea and inwardly smiled a huge smile! Every band killed that night and Luke became a gigantic Rob Zombie fan. Proud papa? You bet!

Written By Braddon S. Williams aka The Concert Critic

On This Date in History

Motionless-in-White-motionless-in-white-37815829-500-281On this date in history, 8/14/2015, Slipknot, Lamb Of God, Bullet For My Valentine, and Motionless In White combined to play an impressive show at Deer Creek. I had seen each of these bands at least twice, but the teaming up of 4 such diverse bands made for a really enjoyable time.  Motionless In White kicked off the show with youthful energy and the charismatic presence of Chris Motionless, a less menacing version of the goth icon, Marilyn Manson. Whether one labels them metalcore, goth metal, or whatever other metal subgenre one wants to use, Motionless In White write great songs that translate well in big outdoor shows.

 

imagesBullet For My Valentine played the best show I have ever seen them play, doubtless spurred on by what preceded them and mindful of the titans that would follow. They had just released Venom, their 5th album, and it seemed they were fired up to make it successful.

Lamb Of God also had recently released a new album, VII: Sturm und Drang, the latest in a long line of crushing collections of brilliantly constructed mosh inducing mayhem.

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Indeed, as someone who was up in the lawn area, the pits were quite volatile and ferocious, a perfect accompaniment to the precision attack of the Richmond, Virginia maestros.

Few bands could follow Lamb Of God on a good night, but Slipknot are one of them, and follow they did, playing probably the most impressive set I’ve yet to see them play.

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Everything was louder, brighter, simply MORE…a 9 ring circus from Hell…the Iowa based madmen bring the spectacle and I’m quite sure they have done for young metal fans what Kiss did for me in my formative years, which is to say they act as a gateway to so much discovery. One just has to peek behind that door and walk in to a world of music and entertainment.

Written By Braddon S. Williams aka The Concert Critic

On This Date in History

On this date in history, 8/14/2007, Ozzfest made its final stop at Deer Creek. This was the free show that had generated tickets with an online code.  I scored seats on the back row of the center section of the pavilion and they were awesome for both audio and visual enjoyment of the main stage bands. Speaking of bands, this Ozzfest featured Ozzy Osbourne, Lamb Of God, Static-X, Lordi, Black Tide, Hatebreed, Behemoth, DevilDriver, Ankla, Nile, The Showdown, 3 Inches Of Blood, Daath, In This Moment, and Chthonic.

The first band, Chthonic, are from Taipei, Taiwan. They were quite interesting visually and didn’t sound like anything Ive ever heard before. Next up was In This Moment, touring in support of their debut album. Maria Brink was obviously a star in the making, and her vocals have since elevated her band to great success. They played a rock solid set that day.

The next band that I really liked was The Showdown, a more traditional hard rock styled band, but full of attitude and energy just the same. Great vocals and rockin’ tunes gained them some new fans, no doubt about it.

Nile followed with a set of supreme brutality, as the Egyptian themed death metal juggernaut played with crushing precision and confidence, absolutely astonishing technical ability from top to bottom.

I don’t recall much about Ankla, either good or bad, so I’m guessing I must have been distracted or just missed them entirely.

DevilDriver kept the intensity going with their manic metal meltdown providing mosh ready material for their entire set.

The second stage area was a dust bowl that day, and all the really heavy bands had to contend with a continuous white haze of stirred up earth creating a perpetual fog in the air.

I didn’t think it would be possible to be more powerful or heavier than Nile, but somehow Behemoth pulled it off. I can’t even describe how insanely, monstrously METAL their sound was…literally like a seismic, F5 tornado velocity propelling their blackened death metal onslaught.

Hatebreed followed that and suffered somewhat for it. They are always solid, and Jamey Jasta certainly knows how to whip a crowd into a frenzy, but as heavy as Hatebreed is, they couldn’t compete with that performance that proceeded them, in my humble opinion.

All in all, a lot of diversity coupled with some of the heaviest bands ever on the second stage made this final Ozzfest one of the most memorable second stage lineups.

The first band on the main stage was Black Tide, an extremely young band that showed great potential. Nothing exceptional musically, but everyone has to start somewhere, and Ozzfest is a pretty cool place to call a beginning. Lordi were up next, and they were pretty horrible, to be blunt. Borrowing (okay, stealing!) liberally from GWAR, Slipknot, Mushroomhead, and any other band that has ever worn masks, and not bringing anything of musical merit, quickly earned them a hostile reaction from the discerning metal masses.

Static-X set things right with a sizzling performance. Wayne Static led his “evil disco” band through a high energy holocaust of a performance that set the stage for my favorite band of the entire show, the mighty Lamb Of God. LOG crushed all in their path, earning the coveted headliner status and playing directly before Ozzy himself came out and finished the show, and his namesake tour, in grand fashion.

I attended Ozzfest in 10 consecutive years and I have countless memories of those shows. I salute Ozzy for bringing so many great bands on tour and for nurturing so much talent in the heavy metal universe.  Lots of bands that passed through this system became major stars following their association with Ozzfest. That in itself is a pretty amazing legacy.

Written By Braddon S. Williams aka The Concert Critic

On This Date in History