Justin was a professional journalist for more than 10 years before he left full-time news to pursue freelance writing. He started his career at a rural weekly newspaper; worked as a police and crime reporter for a chain of daily newspapers and worked for the Associated Press in three different bureaus, including San Francisco. His work has appeared in USA Today
, The Washington Post
, The Los Angeles Times
, The New York Post
, The Chicago Tribune
, msnbc.com, CNN.com and many others.
His freelance work has appeared in Gauntlet Magazine, Metal Maniacs and other magazines and websites.
He's interviewed numerous metal and punk artists including King Diamond, Lamb of God, The Black Dahlia Murder, Cannibal Corpse, Napalm Death, Six Feet Under, Celtic Frost, Jello Biafra and Henry Rollins. Justin is working on a book.
From Justin M. Norton:
Like many impressionable kids in the mid-1980s, I caught the metal bug when the resident troublemaker in my middle school introduced me to Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden. My entire universe was upended when I heard Venom's "Black Metal," which rattled my entire Catholic upbringing in one sitting. My life was never again entirely normal. After college, I pursued a career in mainstream journalism, but never stopped listening to metal or going to shows. At a certain point it made sense to combine my passions.
I love anachronistic music that is completely unfit for the average palate. Metal also led to another passion -- Chicago and Delta blues music. Feel free to link to me on MySpace,
especially if you or your band have an interesting story.