Black metal musicians around Appalachia have incorporated traditional instruments and natural themes in raw but majestic music that somehow captures the epic nature of the mountains.
For Blue Ridge Outdoors, I profiled Panopticon, Twilight Fauna, Nechochwen and Vials of Wrath. Read more at the magazine.
In November, Gatlinburg, Tennessee, was scorched by a human-started wildfire that escaped Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP) and killed at least 14 people and destroying more than 700 houses and businesses.
The fire was started by people, but it was aided by the steep slopes, overgrown brush and tightly packed buildings in the tourist town.
Read more at Blue Ridge Outdoors.