Interviews Recommended The Business

Aborted frontman compares touring Europe vs. U.S.

We talked to Sven de Caluwé of Belgian brutalists Aborted yesterday in San Francisco. Sven really elaborated on the differing aspects of touring Europe vs. the United States nowadays, confirming some long-held suspicions that it’s just better in Europe.  Hopefully, it’s not that bad Stateside as Aborted finish up their current tour with Origin and Cattle Decapitation. Note to U.S. venues: …

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Chimaira frontman Mark Hunter talks pros and cons of DIY

Chimaira frontdude Mark Hunter is no stranger to calling out bullshit.  Whether it’s on his Twitter or in subsequent interviews, Mark consistently shows why he is one of the very few forward-thinking metal musicians out there today. While his much talked about tweets from last September were quite the no-holds-barred reality check for anyone getting into the music …

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The Agonist’s Alissa White-Gluz says record labels need to “dissolve”

We were back in San Francisco last night to talk to the Agonist frontwoman Alissa White-Gluz before their set opening for Kittie and Blackguard. Aside from the usual ice-breaker question about being a girl on a metal tour, Alissa tackled the pros and cons of downloading, the importance of self-management (“If you want something done right, …

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DIY Technology The Business

Can’t use Kickstarter internationally? Then try PledgeMusic!

We’ve professed our love for Kickstarter here before (and crowdsourcing funds for your band, in general) so you don’t have to rely on a record label advance.  And indeed many bands have successfully used Kickstarter to fund their albums, tours, and even new gear. But, as much as we love it, there’s one little problem with Kickstarter — you can only …

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Metalhead stereotypes

If you saw the title of this blogpost and expected it to be some in-depth analysis of misconceptions in metal, you couldn’t be more mistaken! Instead, we have some more hilarious stuff that we found on Deviant Art (yes, again) to show you. Portuguese artist LusoSkav crafted this series of “funny because it’s true” caricatures of people from all walks …

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The metal zodiac!

Since this was such a hit on our Facebook Page, I figured I’d throw it up here too. I’m not much into horoscopes, but I can definitely get into this metal zodiac.  It’s been around for almost a year now, but I came across it again on creator Jolly Rotten’s page at Deviant Art.  Jolly is …

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Wasn’t tape-trading also “piracy?”

Many people today condemn file-sharing as “piracy,” especially those who are deeper entrenched in the media cartel (obviously Lars, among others).  From a metalhead’s perspective, the glaring hypocrisy is how so many old-school metal bands made a name for themselves via the 1980’s tape-trading scene! If you don’t remember what tape-trading was, here’s a quick rundown: When cassette …

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“The Internet — the thing that’s going to make my job obsolete!”

“The Internet — the thing that’s going to make my job obsolete!” That’s a half-joking remark made by Decibel Magazine editor-in-chief Albert Mudrian in the upcoming web documentary On the Record. Metal Injection (who produced the five-part series) say On the Record is a look at the past decade in metal, particularly the effects of the Internet on the …

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Interviews Recommended The Business Touring

Andy Dörner of Caliban says merch and touring pays the bills

Recently, I caught up with Caliban frontman Andy Dörner and asked him about the differences between touring in Europe versus the U.S., their new release I Am Nemesis, and how touring pays the bills.   The music industry has been changing dramatically  (downloading, declining album sales, etc.). So, how do you guys stay current with the industry and find …

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LORD bassist Andy Dowling on the music biz (“the evolving industry”)

LORD is one of Australia’s highest profile heavy melodic bands. Having toured both nationally and internationally with artists such as: Queensryche, Nightwish, Saxon, Nevermore,  and Gamma Ray, as well as their own headlining tours and festival appearances.  Our Australian representative Jake Weber caught up with LORD’s bass player Andy Dowling to talk to him about …

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