He briefly endeavored to become a rock star, but his two major stumbling blocks — a complete lack of talent or charisma — soon put an end to that dream. Craig has organized gigs, hosted radio shows, and along with contributing to About.com Heavy Metal, he also writes for Hellbound.ca, PopMatters.com and maintains his own NZ-based metal blog, sixnoises.com. He is the music editor and feature writer for New Zealand skate magazine Manual, and contributes to its co-publication Spoke.
From Craig Hayes:
Metal has been a constant, never-wavering companion throughout my life, but it is more than just my favorite style of music. Within metal's various sub-genres there are ideas, myths, tenets, philosophies, theories and concepts that have profoundly affected the way I live my life and view the world.
Metal is about endless possibilities, and the vital need to continually ask questions about ourselves, about the societies we live in, about what we believe is true, and about those who seek to govern our lives in any way, shape or form.
Metal is about independence, strength and tackling themes and issues that safe and complacent music avoids. Metal doesn't kowtow to decaying, anodyne norms. Metal is loud, proud and welcomingly obnoxious. I love it. Of course, I'm not telling you anything you don't already know. But I'm very happy to be here at About.com Heavy Metal to write about why we love metal.