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Napalm Death image courtesy Earache Records

Napalm Death image: Earache Records

Home of Metal

Celebrate the Midlands as the birthplace of metal with a digital archive of metal music, memorabilia and fan stories, launched at Wolverhampton Art Gallery.

Home of Metal is a brand new project aimed at creating the first digital archive of metal music, memorabilia and fans stories.

Launching at Wolverhampton Art Gallery on Saturday 25 October, 10am - 4.30pm, the project coincides with the 40th anniversary of when the term 'heavy metal' was coined by music journalist Lester Bangs when describing Black Sabbath.

Metal t-shirt

Get snapped in your metal t-shirt

Get photographed in your band t-shirt

Home of Metal warms up with as unique opportunity for fans of Judas Priest, Napalm Death, Godflesh, Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin to be photographed wearing their prized band t-shirts.

The event, which will take place at The Giffard Arms, Wolverhampton on Friday 19th September, 9pm - 11pm will be a great chance for metal fans from far and wide to get together and share this exciting occasion.

Images will be taken by the Birmingham photographer Steve Gerrard, who has been capturing bands in action for over 20 years, and has photographed some of the biggest names and artists. The photographs will then go on display at Wolverhampton Art Gallery at the official launch event in October.



Memorabilia and stories

The launch event at the city centre Art Gallery encourages fans of Judas Priest, Napalm Death, Godflesh, Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin to come along and share their experiences of their favourite band. Fans are encouraged to bring memorabilia along with their personal stories to the gallery to be recorded - all of which will go towards the new digital archive, which aims to tell the true story of metal.

Home of Metal is also part of Hello Digital, The Midlands' first digital festival, for more information and a full listing of events go to

Wolverhampton Art Gallery

Wolverhampton Art Gallery


Capsule the organisers are also keen to hear from any volunteers with a keen interest in history or music who may wish to get involved in Home of Metal. Volunteers will be fully trained in archiving digital data and recording oral histories, as well as having the opportunity to be involved in a small, dedicated team who will get to work on a ground breaking project. For more information go to

The Home of Metal project is led by Capsule in collaboration with Black Country Arts Partnership, the New Art Gallery Walsall, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and Wolverhampton Art Gallery. A second day is being held at New Art Gallery Walsall on Thursday 6 November 6pm - 9pm, with further events taking place across the region in 2009.

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