Some call the ‘60s a decade of conscious evolution, others a decade when man reverted to an animalistic state instead of “liberating” himself as is claimed and Western morality went down the tubes. Some just can’t remember it at all. For those of us who were born long after that time, there’s plenty of archival footage…

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Published 13 years ago, Slash still stands as one of the seminal rock autobiographies of all time- and why wouldn’t it be? From cover to cover it’s nothing short of eventful, ranging from the inspiring and enthralling to the humorous and downright tragic; following one Saul “Slash” Hudson through his youth and formation as a…

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French rock? You don’t hear about it much but it certainly exists. One of the many bands in France working their way up is Uncut, a trio heavily rooted in the long-running traditions of American rock and blues. Their latest release Blue makes their sonic foundation bluntly, abundantly clear, especially with the opening track “Family…

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While music releases have been allowed to pour out as usual over the course of this year (albeit, some have been delayed), a great deal of films have not been so lucky. It’s not just the major Hollywood films either, up until now you probably never heard of the film Iron Survivor 2, let alone…

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This has been a long time coming. After six albums and 23 years with Slipknot and six albums and 28 years with Stone Sour, Corey Taylor has finally released his solo debut CMFT. You think this record would have happened sooner, and certainly Corey has talked about a solo release for quite some time. Being…

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Manitoba is a highly underrated province as far as music goes. When you think of Canadian music, you’re usually thinking firstly of Toronto for its musical contributions and the presence of the major industry there, then Vancouver and Montreal to lesser degrees. How many times do you hear, in the context of the soundtrack of…

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In the alternative rock and metal ecosystem, Deftones have distinguished themselves as one of the most unique and identifiable bands of the last 25 years. Over the course of their career, they’ve continuously evolved and toyed with nu metal, post-hardcore and shoegaze, now returning with their ninth album, a record dubbed equal parts alt-metal and…

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Imagine the rumbling alt-rock of Royal Blood, the stonery fuzz of Queens Of The Stone Age, a few dabblings of Jack White neo-garage and numerous other influences mixed together and made louder, more chaotic and more cocksure. That’s the essence of what Winnipeg trio Ex Ømerta has concocted and perfected into what they call bastard…

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Derek Sherinian has carved out a place for himself over the years as one of the most distinguished keyboardists in rock and metal, easily identifiable by his guitar-like approach to the ivories. After playing for the likes of Alice Cooper, Billy Idol, Yngwie Malmsteen, Joe Bonamassa and Steve Vai, Sherinian currently has a fitting, well-earned…

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The golden age of vinyl, the golden age of albums. The decade that saw all sorts of rock subgenres blossom and guide the transitional flow from ‘60s hippie psychedelia and folk through to the singer-songwriter age and progressive and art rock, the proto-heavy metal of the late ‘60s and earlier half of the ‘70s into…

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