THE METAL DEN (www.themetalden.com) is an online webzine that promotes hard rock and heavy metal music, offering regularly updated news content, interviews, CD/DVD reviews, remixes/mashups, and investigative reports. THE METAL DEN, also referred to commonly as “TMD”, enjoys readers in over 100 countries around the world. TMD’s owner and editor, Randy “Rocket” Cody, launched the webzine initially in February of 2005 via Myspace, while writing for leading heavy metal site metalunderground.com. The next year in 2006, Cody partnered with Eddie Karam of Florida based THE EDGE FACTORY, to officially launch the website for THE METAL DEN.
Cody’s also well known for posting successful hoax articles, like the one that fooled the United Kingdom site Metro in 2017 by sending a fake press release that claimed Lady Gaga was going to collaborate with METALLICA and sing on their next album to be released in 2019. The fake article was titled “Metallica ‘set to record album with Lady Gaga for release in 2019’.”
Did you know that Neon Nettle site pulled down a 2017 story that featured my work? I found the archived version, so fans can learn more background on the matter.— Randy Rocket Cody (@rocketmetalden) September 2, 2018
Chester Bennington was About to Expose the Truth Behind Chris Cornell's Death: https://t.co/iiCoIsqLfs @TheMetalDen pic.twitter.com/uxAEKeKe6M
However, without a doubt, Cody is most well known for his work investigating the deaths of Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington. He posted over 400 long format reports between 2017 and 2018, reaching over an estimated one billion online readers in that time due to his work being published at many major mainstream news sites, including the Detroit News in the USA, one of the top 10 most read newspapers in the United States. Cody was interviewed about the late SOUNDGARDEN frontman’s purported suicide by hanging, and a subsequent Detroit News newspaper article was circulated to the public next which featured Cody. The article was titled ‘Chris Cornell Death Probe Leaves Some Unsatisfied’, and the news story next exploded into a viral sensation when LINKIN PARK vocalist, Chester Bennington, was found hanging on Chris Cornell’s birthday two months later in 2017. Cody’s work was immediately deemed a hoax by the Inquisitr news site by way of a piece titled “For Some Reason, People Believe Chester Bennington And Chris Cornell Were Murdered By A Pedophile Ring.”
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