Opinion

MIND OVER METAL | SHINING A LIGHT ON THE DARK ROOTS OF METAL

Throughout time music has been an ever evolving art form that has embraced and expressed the culture and life views of many tribes and nations and the worldviews and beliefs that make them unique. From the very beginning of creation music and sound have played an important role in molding and shaping the voice and expression of basic human communication. Sound

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LAMB OF GOD: “AS THE PALACES BURN” FILM REVIEW BY METAL MARK!

The mighty Lamb Of God will be releasing their long awaited film, “As The Palaces Burn,” worldwide on February 27th. What starts out as a documentary on the band’s rise to fame, the deep connection with their fans around the world, and the beginning of the “Resolution” touring cycle, quickly turns at a dramatic moment in the film when the

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TUSKA OPEN AIR METAL FESTIVAL 2013 RECAP!

Yep, it’s fucking January and Tuska Open Air Metal Festival was all they way back at the end of June 2013.  Par for the course of my life, the brand new 3T hard drive I bought from Western Digital crashed right after the festival, in-between that and my wedding, taking with it all my interview footage and photos. My heart

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IS THERE A PLACE FOR POLITICS IN MUSIC?

I think 50% of people right off the bat are not going to click through and read this article because they don’t want to be bothered with a political rant, which is unfortunate because I think those people might be disillusioned to the more broad meaning of ‘politics’, having been exposed to all of the very loud ignorance one might

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CREATING MUSIC: THE GREAT INSECURITY

As I sit here strumming on my acoustic 5-string bass in the ‘office area’ of my living room in downtown Helsinki, I have found myself being very analytical about what I’m playing; concerned heavily about what I should be creating, who my target listener is and how to put something together that will be entertaining to hear and play.  In

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SAM ROON’S TOP 10 ALBUMS OF 2013!

In my opinion, the last few years have not produced many good albums.  Hell, last year I wound up only posting a top 5!  This year, however, things were a little different…  This time around I was cutting bands from a long list of records that I genuinely enjoyed, and I am really excited to share my thoughts on the best

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PUSSY RIOT MEMBERS TO BE SET FREE?

According to VoiceProject.org, zeenews.india.com and various other sources (after a simple google search), Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina of the performance art band Pussy Riot will be set free as a part of an amnesty bill backed by Russian President Vladimir Putin.  “I agree… That such actions must be pacifying, must emphasise the humanity of our state,” said Putin (quote from ZeeNews). Also

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10 REASONS LOCAL METAL SHOWS ARE BETTER THAN MAJOR TOURS!

Perhaps it’s my love of the underground bands, the scene or just the general experience of being in a dive bar with loud music to bang my head to while I drink my beers, but I fucking love local shows. It just popped in my head that I should post why and I am surprised at how quickly I was

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METAL MARK’S TOP FIFTEEN METAL ALBUMS OF 2013!

It’s that time of the year again! December means that everyone here at SkullsNBones gets to look back at the year and put together our list of favorite releases. 2013 was packed with incredible album after incredible album, so this was probably the toughest list I’ve ever had to put up. I had a list of sixty two records, and

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CREATING MUSIC: THE GREAT INSECURITY

As I sit here strumming on my acoustic 5-string bass in the ‘office area’ of my living room in downtown Helsinki, I have found myself

SAM ROON’S TOP 10 ALBUMS OF 2013!

In my opinion, the last few years have not produced many good albums.  Hell, last year I wound up only posting a top 5!  This

PUSSY RIOT MEMBERS TO BE SET FREE?

According to VoiceProject.org, zeenews.india.com and various other sources (after a simple google search), Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina of the performance art band Pussy Riot will be set