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Where are the classics?

March 21st, 2006

I was listening to the local Classic Rock station the other day and it made me wonder, what are today’s Metal/Hard Rock classics? Every now and then the station will play songs like RATT “Round and Round,” Billy Idol “Rebel Yell,” Whitesnake “Still of the Night” or Bon Jovi “You Give Love a Bad Name.” Man it’s so hard remembering these tunes came out twenty years ago! Talk about feeling old (I’m 35 this month)!

I’m not saying the song(s) would have to play on the radio to be a “classic” either, don’t get me wrong. For example I consider Metallica “Master of Puppets,” Queensryche “I Don’t Believe in Love,” Crimson Glory “Lady of Winter” and Dream Theater “Pull Me Under” to be classics in their own right. If you want to get more obscure I could pull tunes from albums by Fifth Angel, Sword or Malice as well!

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Band first, pleasures later

March 15th, 2006

I saw this posted on Blabbermouth today and just had to post about it here, it’s too funny to pass up! On the other hand, there’s a lesson to be learned here.

Minnesota based metal band SI6KS were holding a CD release party/show and apparently their guitarist had been celebrating way too much (translation: drunk!). Here is the video of the drummer coming to his breaking point:

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Band Promotion - Example

March 8th, 2006

I’ve been noticing more and more lately how the traditional side of Metal is really lacking when it comes to proper band promoting/branding. What do I mean by this? Let me show you a positive example of a band doing it right (whether you like this band or not is irrelevant):

Band: Hawthorne Heights
Album: If Only You Were Lonely
Label: Victory Records

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Wow, I never saw the day that the band Disturbed would be the topic of my first music related post here at MetalAges. However, it is very relevant to what just happened to me this week…I bought my first digital album from iTunes!

I had purchased tracks here and there before, but had always said that I would never buy a full digital album. I’m one of those guys who likes to have that physical piece of plastic and paper in my hands when I get a new album. However, lately I find myself more and more sitting at the computer and looking to quickly (and easily) access the album I want to listen to, and at a moments notice. I have a lot of my collection ripped to my computer and my CDs are mostly sitting upstairs collecting dust.

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MetalAges Resurrected

March 4th, 2006

Hello folks!

Well, it’s been a long time coming, but MetalAges has now been resurrected in blog format to continue promoting metal the masses. We went offline (well, the zine did) in 2001 and we continued down an alternate path in the metal music scene (web development, small label, web projects)….well, read the About Us section for the full history of MetalAges if you’re interested.

The old zine slogan still applies here; “Spanning the metal timeline, early 80s and beyond!” I’ve been listening to metal for going on 20 years now (ugh!) and the 80s scene is very dear to me as that was my first exposure to this wonderful genre of music, so I will always support the bands from that era (many of whom continue to release albums to this day). I also continue to forge ahead and listen to new bands and different sub-genres of metal, so I hope to turn you all on to some new bands along the way.

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