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katatonia drummer

It’s no secret that more often than not, being a member of a relatively successful and celebrated band often isn’t enough to pay the bills, let alone support of a family. With this in mind, it’s no wonder why bands like In Flames and All That Remains have become more commercial — death metal’s cool and all, but it won’t put food on the table like a catchy radio-friendly song will. We’re fascinated with the often “boring” 9-5 grind that many metalheads have to go through to be able to support their passions, and we bring it up in interviews all the time.

At the end of the day, music, merch, and ticket sales split five ways simply doesn’t make ends meet for many bands. Evidently Katatonia is one such band, and their situation has put drummer Daniel Liljekvist in a position where he has to choose either his art or providing for his family. This isn’t exactly a tough choice to make — when it comes down to it, making sure your kids come home to a house with proper food and utilities supersedes all — but it’s a harsh reality to accept. Liljekvist has left the band in order “to concentrate on my family and get a normal job that gets the bills paid.”

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all we love we leave behind

It’s always intriguing to get a closer look at the visual and aesthetic realm that surround an artist’s music. Album covers, leaflet artwork or even artist drawn works can all give us a more immediate connection with an album or a song. We were excited then when Converge, undoubtedly one of the most interesting acts out there, released a video for the title track off their last album, All We Love We Leave BehindYou can watch it on Epitaph Records‘ YouTube channel or right here after the jump!

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perturbator dangerous days

As you may have noticed, at the behest of our wallets, we’ve been highly saturated by news regarding Finnish record label Blood Music. Yesterday, two fifths of our schedule had something to do with the label, and that’s no simple coincidence. Blood Music have been picking up a ton of steam lately, with each year seeing more music releases from the label than the last.

Formerly, the label’s bread and butter came almost exclusively in the form of extremely limited one-time-only represses of “classic” records licensed from outside sources, but now Blood Music is shaping up its own roster of original artists to capitalize on their now dedicated fanbase. Perfect for business — “if you like these high profile releases from artists A and B, we’re also selling a record from new artist C that you may be interested in.”

Ah, the ol’ Blood Music switcheroo; I come for the progressive black and death metal, I stay for the cheesy 80′s-inspired retrofuturistic electronic music. Wait, what?

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Italian alt-metal band KLOGR (pronounced Kay-log-are, if you can believe it) are likely a band you’re not too familiar with, so allow us to introduce you. With a hard rock musical style that can fit in with groups like Lacuna Coil and Karnivool alike with the globally conscious subject matter made savvy by Gojira, the group are set to release their new album Black Snow on April 29th. We’ve got a sneak peak of the record with a new track titled ‘Guilty and Proud,’ which you can stream below.

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cloudkicker blood music

Finnish label Blood Music made waves with the news of their controversial mystery releases, whereby folks could pre-order two separate releases based only on the color of each LP and Blood Music’s reputation — no artist, album, or genre information available. As it turns out, the label had a very good reason to keep these releases a mystery; Blood Music were planning the first ever open-sourced commercial music release in history, releasing Cloudkicker‘s early EPs and debut album The Discovery on vinyl without permission from band mastermind Ben Sharp, and in order to curb any controversy and leaks of information, they went on sale without  They were able to do this 100% legally, as Sharp released all of his music through a Creative Commons 3.0 license, which states the end-user can do whatever they please with Sharp’s work — commercial or otherwise — as long as appropriate credit is given to the artist.

As legally sound as it is, many out there have expressed concern over the ethics of this practice. However, these releases are taking full advantage of the spirit of Creative Commons, which emphasizes open information and collaboration for the greater good — much of the artwork for these releases had to be re-drawn or expanded upon. Blood Music aren’t in the business of skeevy profiteering on the works of others, either. Without being legally obligated to, they donated upwards of $600 in royalties from the LP sales directly to Cloudkicker via Bandcamp. They’ve even sent Sharp 120 CDs and 20 LPs for his own use to keep or sell. Quite generous!

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SERDCE - Timeless

Blood Music sure has been making headlines in the last week or so. With the reveal that their Mystery Release is none other than Cloudkicker, the label has already set records for being the first label to press a Creative Commons work without seeking the artist’s permission. Now, Blood Music are here to prove that they are not all about controversy: SERDCE from Belarus, signed under the label, are just the ticket to do so. The band is currently streaming two new tracks over at our friends No Clean Singing. Go check it out!

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bloodshot dawn album 2 kickstarter

I hadn’t heard of Bloodshot Dawn until just a few weeks ago, which was a grave, grave mistake. I am now obsessed with these guys and their amazing take on melodic death/ thrash metal. Our very own Noyan gave their debut album a perfect score, and even went as far as saying, “If anyone can bring melodeath back, these guys have a good chance of doing so. In essence, Bloodshot Dawn are the heroes that Gothenburg needs.” I couldn’t agree more with Noyan’s sentiments, and the band has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the recording of their highly anticipated follow-up album.

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Either by some sort of mistake or act of ballsiness, someone at 98.9 The Rock has leaked a track off of the hotly anticipated new Mastodon album Once More Round the Sun. The song is called ‘High Road,’ and after only one listen I’m already digging it more than the bulk of tracks off of The Hunter. Comments from the band about returning to a “vintage” Mastodon sound are ringing true here. Listen to it right now below before it inevitably gets yanked. There is autoplay, so be warned.
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the hell

In the past year or two, British hardcore enigmas The Hell have captured our hearts and minds with their completely over-the-top spirit — an ignorant tough-guy hardcore outfit with a Colbert Report tongue in cheek spin. I mean, that’s always been my assumption; taking a look through their hilarious Facebook page and the fact that they have anywhere between four to twelve anonymous members should be enough to know that The Hell is all in good fun at the expense to good taste.

The latest in The Hell shenanigans comes in the form of an an announcement that the group had signed to Prosthetic Records. A video accompanying the press release depicts the band kidnapping label head E.J. Johantgen and holding him hostage in an effort to get a record deal. Check out the brief video below.

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fit for an autopsy 2014

Evidently, vocalist Nate Johnson’s name has become a verb for when Nate Johnson leaves your band. Johnson has a bit of a wrap for bandhopping, with at least seven bands under his belt. His most recent band, Fit For An Autopsy, appear to be a bit upset in the new announcement wherein they coin the new phrase while introducing their new vocalist Greg Wilburn of The Devastated.

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