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How Cambridge Rock Festival was saved by a lottery winner

Posted by on February 22, 2018

Cambridge Rock Festival started out in 2004 and it was meant to be a more relaxed alternative to the mammoth festivals around the UK. And it worked beautifully, as the event’s popularity grew more and more each year until it became a staple for mid-range festivals. Held in the green oasis of Cambridge, it is […]

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Photos: Marilyn Manson returns to New Jersey, 2/16/18

Posted by on February 19, 2018

Last Thursday (15) during his bizarre rant in Long Island that led to the show ending early, Marilyn Manson called New Jersey a “shithole.” He might not be a fan of the Garden State, but he didn’t show that the following night at a sold-out show at Sayreville, NJ’s Starland Ballroom. Metal Insider contributing photographer […]

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Headbangers Brawl: Is Judas Priest still Judas Priest?

Posted by on February 12, 2018

Today we were hit with the disconcerting news that Judas Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton would be sitting out the band’s current tour due to Parkinson’s Disease. It’s another in a long line of musicians aging out of touring. Malcolm Young, Brian Johnson, Neil Diamond, and Mr. Big’s Pat Torpey are among those that have had […]

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From unblocking YouTube to browsing securely – your guide to VPNs and proxies

Posted by on February 1, 2018

Internet privacy is huge — especially if you’re downloading music or trying to sidestep geographical limitations. But, are you sure when you should be using a VPN vs. a private proxy? Most people don’t know the difference—sure, both options give you a private space for browsing, downloading, and securely using the internet—no matter where you’re […]

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Headbangers Brawl: Yeah, the Grammys happened

Posted by on January 29, 2018

It’s the Monday after the Grammy awards, so it’s time for every armchair quarterback to sit back and analyze what’s known as Music’s Biggest Night. It’s like we have a sort of Stockholm Syndrome – we keep wanting the awards ceremony to do better, and of course it doesn’t. Of course, hard rock and metal […]

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Spotify playlist: Atala guitarist Kyle Stratton’s top 10 favorite sludge/doom tracks to drop acid to

Posted by on January 23, 2018

This Friday (26), California sludge/doom rockers Atala will drop their latest album, Labyrinth of Ashmedal on Salt of the Earth Records. To get people psyched, we asked guitarist Kyle Stratton to give us a list, perhaps of music that informed the making of the concept album. Instead, he provided the following, which might be even better:  […]

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Headbangers Brawl: On Slayer’s final world tour

Posted by on January 22, 2018

It’s hard to shock the jaded metal industry, but earlier today, Slayer, the heaviest of the Big Four bands, did just that by announcing via a 30 second video clip that they’d be touring the world one last time. While details are still somewhat scarce, this is coming directly from the band, not just swirling […]

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Metal by Numbers: the best selling metal and rock of 2017

Posted by on January 4, 2018

  It should surprise no one that streaming is surpassing sales as the medium of choice for people buying albums. Yet as evidenced by the list below, people are still buying music, too. Nielsen just released their year-end report that found that streaming grew 12.5% with album sales down about 19%. Vinyl sales still increased, […]

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Metal Insider’s 11 most shocking moments of 2017

Posted by on December 20, 2017

For a while now, we’ve been recapping the year in metal by looking at some of the most surprising, sad, ridiculous or generally WTF moments that have taken place over the prior 12 months. With things like Tim Lambesis’ and Randy Blythe’s brushes with the law, Baroness’ near-fatal bus crash and Lostprophets Ian Watkins being […]

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Interview: Jake Bowen talks solo material, next Periphery album, backing tracks

Posted by on November 13, 2017

WMSC/Montclair’s The Metal Teddy Bear Experience caught up with Periphery guitarist Jake Bowen on Thursday when they played a sold out show at New York City’s Playstation Theater. They spoke about his electronic music project with Misha Mansoor, the next Periphery album, Nolly Getgood’s participation with the band since he departed, and fast food. You […]

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