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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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Unscarred-French Thrash on the Rise

My first introduction to Unscarred actually came on a night of disappointment when I was 17. I had been meant to go see them and review their show in the Parisian suburbs, but at the last minute my parents told me it was too dangerous and I wasn’t allowed to go. Nevertheless, before the show...

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6 UK Music Festivals You HAVE to Attend

Music festivals are a hobby for many, the magical worlds that exist for a weekend, even a week long, the music, the stages of varied musical taste, it’s a great experience. Here are the top six festivals around the world that you MUST go to! Reading & Leeds Festival WHEN: August 22nd-24th 2014 WHERE: Reading & Leeds, UK...

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Call Out To Rock, Punk, Hardcore And Metal Bands For Free Compilation

Very few publications do a good job of focusing on rock, punk, hardcore and metal, while also keeping their eyes and ears open and supportive of the underground. My friends at Intamission Music so excellent work, so when they provided me with information about their new compilation album that is planned to be free for independent...

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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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The Dillinger Escape Plan Drop The Very Mean “Prancer”

You knew it was going to be mean and heavy, but it’s nice to have it confirmed. The Dillinger Escape Plan‘s new single “Prancer” carries on with the metal band’s career trajectory, with ample servings of both hardcore and punk, and when I say punk, I mean the meanest of Black Flag’s material. It’s relentless,...

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The Dillinger Escape Plan Are Coming…

Metal/prog/hardcore/math rock group The Dillinger Escape Plan apparently see it fit to give music another curb stomping treatment in Spring 2013. They have announced a full-length follow up to 2010’s heavy masterpiece “Option Paralysis”, which in my view, all serious music listeners should listen to. (After this album, go backwards through their discography) Just announced: the...

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I.M.P Artist News Update – Videos, Awards, and Tours, Oh My!

2012 has been quite the year for Independent Music Promotions, and we’re happy to announce the following news from our artist roster. Here are the latest updates: Australian alternative/indie rock quartet Monks of Mellonwah just won the “Best International Rock Artist” award after a show-stopping performance at the 2012 Los Angeles Music Awards November 15...

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Exclusive Interview with Mark Vanstone of solo rock project Anunnaki

Anunnaki is a rock/progressive solo project by Mark Vanstone that contains strong gothic and metal influences. I admire any artist who puts in the effort and does everything themselves, and Anunnaki’s moody, emotionally charged music shows a lot of ambition. “Hybrid”, his new single,  is quite heavy and brooding, similar to output I’ve heard from...

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