Let Yourself Be Huge – Why Success In Modern Metal Is All About Inclusivity

No band is an island. At the end of the day, music as we know it today wouldn't exist without the unique marriage between the people making the music and their fans. The relationship is often a complicated one: pre-supposing a simple, two way street in which the artist gives the fans music and they, in turn, give them adoration, money and fame is naive. It's also highly irrelevant to metal. Beyond the few, rare names (a lot of which belong to an older and, sadly, dying generation), metal hasn't been about the megastar for decades now. The field is too saturated, too filled with great acts. Continuing to play the game and hoping to "get big" is a fool's cause; you most likely won't fill stadiums, won't sell platinum records and won't win that perfect record deal (which, by the way, doesn't exist).

Cyclamen – Creatuneau

Cyclamen has always been a project that defies conventional wisdom about how bands should work. It's all attributable to the genius of Hayato Imanishi, who is essentially Cyclamen all by himself. The Japanese prog/tech metal visionary has built up a grassroots following for his work, and he continues to innovate how musicians can connect with and deliver content to their fans. Before Protest the Hero's subscription exclusive songs, in early 2015, he had an idea. An exclusive fan package, with merch, artwork and more being delivered to a few fans who signed up for the package at the time. Around 30 people signed up to it, and the third Cyclamen album, Creatuneau was made exclusively for them. Creatuneau is made up of tracks with nonsensical titles, and was made in a short window of time by Hayato alone. This is perhaps the purest view one can get into the mind of a creator, and it's quite a unique experience.
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Best of British: Cyclamen

In celebration of the release yesterday of their debut full-length Senjyu, we're going back to the beginning of Cyclamen with one of their first tracks, Never Ending Dream. I guess I'm cheating slightly, g... Read More...
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Cyclamen – Senjyu

Cyclamen Senjyu 01. Mother 02. The Seeker 03. Thirst 04. Hope 05. Comfort 06. With our Hands 07. Grand Annihilation 08. Devoid 09. Hellrise 10. Revenge 11. Senjyu 12. Full Moon Night Hayato Iman... Read More...