Heavy Metal? On Life Support

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After commenting on the article featuring Gene Simmons about rock being dead, I had to think about the genre we’ve been covering since 2003.

Metal. Now, over the years we’ve evolved as people. All 3 of us live our own lives, we’ve done different things, and taken different paths to sustain ourselves. E still does photography, Karma is still editing, and I’m still editing and writing articles as well as fiction, however, metal is no longer the main focus. Why you ask? Well, because my friends, metal is clearly on life support.

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So, your city sold out? Time for a road trip!

King Diamond would like to welcome Jess and the Ancient Ones as the opening act for the North American tour this fall. The occult rock group from Kuopio, Finland, was personally selected by King Diamond himself to be the openers on the tour.

Jess and the Ancient Ones is an occult rock band from Kuopio, Finland. This seven-headed entity was given birth by Thomas Corpse and Thomas Fiend, its purpose being the exploration of magical realms beyond the mundane. The band’s lyrical concept is based upon the personal occult experiences of the writers, which combined with music, creates a strong mystical atmosphere. With the vocal talent Jess as their frontwoman and three guitars in the lineup, JATAO draw inspiration from heavy metal and rock groups of the classic era, such as Mercyful Fate, Roky Erickson, Iron Maiden and Abba. Watch their latest video for “Astral Sabbat” on YouTube HERE. For more information, visit their official website, jessandtheancientones.com, as well as follow them on twitter and facebook: twitter.com/JatAO_Official,facebook.com/jessandtheancientones.

Gene Simmons Claims Rock is Dead – My Take? Not Really

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Recently, Gene Simmons from the iconic rock band KISS had these thoughts about the state of rock and roll. ROCK IS DEAD. You can read the full article he did with his own son in this link.

In this interview, he stated that file sharing is one of the main reasons rock isn’t popular anymore. He also states there aren’t many acts or performers who stand the test of time because of greedy men in white suits making and shaping bands along with teenagers who think they are entitled to get their music for free. Gene has a point however I don’t think rock is entirely gone.

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Rihanna Rocks or Does She?

Should this matter to metal fans if she rocks Judas, Krokus, and Motley and doesn’t listen to their music? I actually saw this conversation unfold virally in a Facebook group I’m no longer in. I couldn’t take the hypocrisy, but that’s a story for another day.

Let’s move on.

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The Atlas Moth’s “The Old Believer” drops today

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#latergram alert: What better time to promote a little #theatlasmoth “The Old Believer” drops today! Here’s some shots from that night at Wall to Wall Recording in Chicago when Gojira & crew stopped by to record on the title track after their gig at the Aragon with Slayer. Fun and productive night indeed! Good luck guys!!! #profoundlorerecords #theoldbeliever #gojira #joeduplantier #gojiraofficial #yakuza #cantstoppromoting #pr #supportlocal #buyvinyl

(Pssst… for you geeks out there, lower left-hand pocket; that gem recorded The Police’s “Synchronicity” album. You’re welcome!).

Queens of the Stone Age – Riverside Theatre Milwaukee Wisconsin 5/7/14

Since I’m not the hugest Queens fan, I asked my husband Adam, to be a guest writer on this review. Here are his thoughts!

After many failed attempts to see my favorite band, I finally got a chance to see them two nights ago at the Riverside Theatre in Milwaukee. Unfortunately, due to the show in Chi being sold out, we had to make the trip and hey, who doesn’t like an excuse to leave town, right?

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