DNA Lounge: Wherein the metal is documented.

Photos of our first event after the end of our suspension, which was also our first live show of 2010, are up now: the sold out Saint Vitus + Saviours + Laudanum + Dusted Angel show.

A packed house with bands on stage was a great way to start the year!

Saint Vitus was also, I think, the 900th band to perform on our stage since my tenure here began in 2001.

Today: Battle of the Bands. Tomorrow: Death Guild.


Wake up! It's Wasabi O'Clock!

Wasabi smoke alarm raises a stink in Japan

Instead of an ear-piercing wail, the device unleashes the chemical compound allyl isothiocyanate, which gives horseradish, mustard, and wasabi their bite. A red LED on the alarm also starts flashing when smoke is detected.

In tests on sleeping people with normal or no hearing, the device woke nearly all subjects up within two and a half minutes after the stench hit their nostrils. Further tests determined the ideal intensity of airborne wasabi to wake people up but not hurt their eyes in the process.