J.J. Anselmi is the author of Heavy: A Memoir of Wyoming, BMX, Drugs, and Heavy Fucking Music (2016). His second book, Doomed to Fail: The Incredibly Loud History of Doom, Sludge, and Post-Metal, is forthcoming from Rare Bird in late 2019. An English teacher, he’s played drums in multiple heavy bands, including In the Company of Serpents and Former Worlds. He’s currently the drummer of Drainage, a sludgy metalcore band from Long Beach, California.