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Author Archives: Metal Insider

The rock icons that shaped heavy metal

Posted by on April 25, 2018

Heavy metal developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, primarily in the United Kingdom, with roots in blues-rock and psychedelic/acid rock. The unbridled energy and abrasive sounds, characterized by frenetic guitar distortion, pounding rhythms and deafening screaming, portrayed an emotional intensity that had never been explored before. There were quite a number of emerging rock bands […]

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Photos: Life of Agony return to Brooklyn at Saint Vitus, 4/19/18

Posted by on April 20, 2018

It’s been quite a journey for Life of Agony. From Brooklyn hardcore band with an iconic first album (1993’s River Runs Red), to increasingly more commercial band. Singer Keith Caputo leaving the band to be replaced by Ugly Kid Joe singer Whitfield Crane. The band breaking up for a while. Caputo transitioning from Keith Caputo to […]

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Headbangers Casino: Rise of the Metal Slot Games

Posted by on April 16, 2018

It comes as no surprise that music is one of the most popular and lucrative arts in human society and it is even less of a surprise that the genre of rock rules the charts on a regular basis. In 2017, it took 22.2% of US album consumption shares with rap/hip-hop and pop lagging behind […]

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Interview: Black Satellite talk Type O Negative covers

Posted by on April 13, 2018

Tomorrow (14) will be the 8th anniversary of the passing of Type O Negative frontman Peter Steele. As big of a hole as his passing left in the landscape of heavy music, the band’s legacy continues on. New York by way of Pennsylvania duo Black Satellite are carrying on the dark, gothic legacy of the […]

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Rockfest Barcelona might be this Summer’s best international metal fest

Posted by on April 2, 2018

In recent years, the American metal festival scene has changed for the  better. While Mayhem Fest is sadly gone and Ozzfest doesn’t exist as a touring fest any more, there are plenty of destination fests. Danny Wimmer Presents has stepped up to fill a hole, with multiple events around the country from April to October. […]

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Photos: Udo Dirkschneider kicks off North American tour in NYC, 2/23

Posted by on March 1, 2018

German heavy metal legend Udo Dirkschneider came to fame in the early ’80s as the frontman of Accept, returning to the band twice. However, as a solo artist, he’s released way more solo albums, and this current tour focuses on his solo career. The 65 year-old ‘s North American tour kicked off in New York […]

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Headbangers Brawl: How much is too much to spend on concert tickets?

Posted by on February 28, 2018

The Smashing Pumpkins (semi) reunion tour might be adding dates in L.A. and Chicago, but ticket sales for the rest of the shows seem to be sluggish. Many are quick to point to bassist D’arcy Wretzky’s absence as a key reason for the initial low sales. However it’s safe to assume that another (and possibly even bigger) reason is the […]

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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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