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This is Hardcore 2014 on the Independent Music Promotions Blog

Cracking Skulls at This Is Hardcore Festival: Day 2

On the morning of this strange, but fine day at the 2014 This Is Hardcore Festival I used public transport in the United States for the first time on my own. This was an enlightening experience if nothing else, exposing me to the strange realities of a land where this sort of thing isn’t taken...

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This is Hardcore 2014 on the Independent Music Promotions Blog

Cracking Skulls at This Is Hardcore Festival: Day 1

This Is Hardcore Festival 2014, the first metal festival I have ever been to where I didn’t have full press credentials, or any sort of guaranteed backstage access. I knew I could get interviews, but I would have a motherfucker of a time handling it. What kind of madness would overcome me, would I be...

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Why Your Band Needs an Interesting Angle

Why does your band need an interesting angle? Ever since Upon A Burning Body’s frontman Danny Leal had the gall to ask “What publicity stunt?”when questioned on his recent highly irresponsible attempt to garner interest for his new record, I’ve been thinking about my article on gimmicks. It didn’t take me long to realize that...

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Fear and Loathing in Clisson-Coming of Age in the Pits of Hell: Part 5

Hellfest 2014. One of the biggest heavy metal festivals of all time. This year there would be such greats playing as Iron Maiden, Slayer, Carcass, and Black Sabbath. Suffice to say, the French metal scene was aflutter with anticipation for months on end. They were preparing what was surely to be the greatest heavy metal...

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Fear and Loathing in Clisson-Coming of Age in the Pits of Hell: Part 4

Hellfest 2014. One of the biggest heavy metal festivals of all time. This year there would be such greats playing as Iron Maiden, Slayer, Carcass, and Black Sabbath. Suffice to say, the French metal scene was aflutter with anticipation for months on end. They were preparing what was surely to be the greatest heavy metal...

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Fear and Loathing in Clisson-Coming of Age in the Pits of Hell: Part 2

Hellfest 2014. One of the biggest heavy metal festivals of all time. This year there would be such greats playing as Iron Maiden, Slayer, Carcass, and Black Sabbath. Suffice to say, the French metal scene was aflutter with anticipation for months on end. They were preparing what was surely to be the greatest heavy metal...

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Fear and Loathing in Clisson-Coming of Age in the Pits of Hell: Part 1

  Hellfest 2014. One of the biggest heavy metal festivals of all time. This year there would be such greats playing as Iron Maiden, Slayer, Carcass, and Black Sabbath. Suffice to say, the French metal scene was aflutter with anticipation for months before the fest. They were preparing what was surely to be the greatest...

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Black Sabbath Ascends In The Hand Of Dante

13, Black Sabbath’s first studio record with Ozzy Osbourne since 1978’s Never Say Die!, starts off just as one might expect. “End Of The Beginning” punches through with a trunk-rattling dirge of murky low-end guitar guts. It then swivels away into grey as Osbourne ponders his placement in time. Producer Rick Rubin, the great conjurer of...

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Dillinger Escape Plan’s “One Of Us Is The Killer” Lights A Fire Of Inspiration

Dillinger Escape Plan are back with the newly released “One Of Us Is The Killer”, out now via Sumerian Records. They’re a band that continually evolve, and to many, their last outing “Option Paralysis” was about as good as it gets; daring, frantic, and passionate. Well, I’ve listened to the new album about 4 times...

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Exclusive Interview with Hillbilly Vegas

Coming to us from Nashville with some unusually hard-hitting and downright stomp-worthy country rock, Hillbilly Vegas have granted me an exclusive interview. Welcome to Independent Music Promotions, guys. I really enjoyed your new album “Ringo Manor”. Those songs must be an absolute ball to perform live! When you write, do you imagine the live energy...

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Marco Machera “One Time, Somewhere” CD Review plus Exclusive Interview

Marco Machera is not your average composer/song-writer. His approach sits somewhere within progressive pop music, rock and pure experimental. His new album “One Time, Somewhere” starts off with the symphonic/electronic ambient piece “Hello”, which sounds and feels like an elevating healing experience high up in the clouds before you’re transported to the big city, and the...

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Grey Grace bring fast punk rock to Indonesia

It’s inspiring to witness the popularity of rock in all it’s many incarnations worldwide. Punk rock and heavy metal, in particular, have made a huge impact on the youth in some unlikely places where the governments would rather not deal with that kind of aggression. Grey Grace, a punk/rock/hardcore band hailing from Tangerang, Indonesia, is...

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