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Bands Still Can Explode Out Of Nowhere: The Surprising Reality

There is a myth in music today that it takes years to build up from the underground in order to become a big band. You might be saying “Sure folks like Bieber can come up out of nowhere but they are pop stars with big money behind them, my tiny indie band can’t blow up...

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The Cult Of Personality And Heavy Metal

If metal is supposed to be about the individual then why do we spend so much time in our hero worship of the stars? Metalheads like to claim that they are immune from the common threads that make people so awful and yet they perhaps engage in more hero worship than any other subgroup of...

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Hellfest Day Three: A Return To Earth

So we come to the final day. A day that had one of the sickest lineups that I have ever seen on any festival ever, and I’m not just saying that because of Black Sabbath. I was running around all day – sweating, yelling and stressed beyond belief, but loving every bloody minute of it....

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Day 2 Of Hellfest: Watch The Flames Burn Higher and Higher

Day two of Hellfest saw me wake up with the first traces of festival plague. I had developed something of hack overnight – I would be wheezing far more than I would like this particular Saturday. Of course – by this point the festival was in full swing. Some of my friends had gotten laid,...

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Day One Of Hellfest: The Survival Fires

Ah day one of Hellfest. The air smells of infinite possibility. Maybe we’ll get to sleep with a rock star this year. Maybe we can avoid the mud that plagued the festival all weekend (We definitely couldn’t) maybe we will get so earth shatteringly drunk that we won’t remember inevitably throwing up all over EVERYTHING....

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Finding Salvation By Chilling Out

There are very few true ‘tricks’ to surviving in the music industry. I mean as soon as you can accept crippling poverty you are pretty much set. That being said, something that I’ve been realizing I’ve been getting a lot better at (and thus profiting from) has been mellowing out. This isn’t my pretentious way...

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Tour Diaries: The People Of The Midwest

So as I trek about the country on tour I’m learning a lot about the geography of this great country of ours. So as I delve deeper into this nation I want to right a little bit about what you can expect to find in different regions of the country. Today I m on my...

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“Play music, it’s good for the soul!” An Interview With Hyena Kill

Hyena Kill are one of the most exciting heavy bands on the UK scene today. This duo is taking the promise of bands like Queens Of The Stone Age and Deaftones and bringing it to the underground. Wonderfully abrasive and fully aware of their own bombast their upcoming record Atomised is a testament to all...

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Iconography – What It Means For Your Indie Band

Rock and roll would be nothing without its distinct iconography. Hell, that’s actually true of popular music in general. If you look at some of the most significant and iconic bands of all time they have all been defined by having a distinct look, a look that fits into their narrative and that on at...

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Big Kids in the Music Industry – How To Reach The Next Level

Remember when you were a kid and you’d go out on the playground at recess to play with your friends? Remember how the big kids would be around and use words you didn’t understand and laugh at jokes you thought you would never get? Remember wondering what it would be like to get to play...

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