Mütter Of All Spectacles: ‘Rammstein: Paris’ Shows Why Concert Films are Still Relevant

By Andrew Bansal

In an age of hi-resolution cellphone cameras and low-quality YouTube uploads, the production of elaborate, professionally shot concert films has decreased quite noticeably, as concert-going humans can now not only record and upload their own personal concert videos but can also easily broadcast them live to their own audience at the tap of a touch screen. Understandably, lesser number of bands are investing in full-on concert films, and many in the heavy metal realm simply purchase footage from music festivals and release them as is without adding any perspectives or flavors unique to the band. Enter Rammstein. Following their previous four concert films ‘Live aus Berlin’ (1999), ‘Lichtspielhaus’ (2003), ‘Völkerball’ (2006) and ‘Rammstein in Amerika’ (2015), the German industrial metal group is back with another breathtakingly spectacular video project. ‘Rammstein: Paris’ is set for release on DVD, CD and Blu-Ray via Spinefarm Records on May 19th, and opened to theatrical screenings worldwide this week, as the first Los Angeles screening was held at the Downtown Independent last night, Thursday March 23rd. Continue reading “Mütter Of All Spectacles: ‘Rammstein: Paris’ Shows Why Concert Films are Still Relevant”

Let Fallen Legends Rest in Peace: Thoughts on the Dio Hologram & Posthumous Exploitation in Metal

By Andrew Bansal

As the Ronnie James Dio hologram prepares to make its U.S. debut at the Pollstar Awards at the Novo in downtown Los Angeles tonight, I ponder the poignance of this moment. The Dio hologram first debuted at last year’s Wacken Open Air festival, where the Dio Disciples (the tribute band featuring members of the Dio band) played the music while the hologram appeared to replicate the great man’s signature stage moves and “sing” pre-recorded vocal tracks. Its introduction in the U.S. was rather inevitable, and long before tonight’s debut, there have been talks of the hologram-fronted band going on tour. In this article, I intend to express my thoughts on the extent and validity of posthumous exploitation in our beloved genre, and how it should be perceived from the fans’ perspective. Continue reading “Let Fallen Legends Rest in Peace: Thoughts on the Dio Hologram & Posthumous Exploitation in Metal”

An Honest, Accurate Summary of the NAMM Experience

By Andrew Bansal

Another NAMM in the books. My first NAMM experience since 2014, fifth overall, and most certainly the last. Yes, the 2017 edition of this convention finally pushed me past the tipping point in a manner that not only made me question and regret the decision to attend, but convinced me to never attempt to enter the Anaheim Convention Center during a NAMM weekend. Taking all perspectives into consideration, here’s an accurate summary of what a typical NAMM experience is like, and why you should not bother attending, if you haven’t done so yet. Continue reading “An Honest, Accurate Summary of the NAMM Experience”

Comic Book Review – Slayer ‘Repentless’ #1

By Andrew Bansal

In the year 2017, there are numerous bands that have sustained themselves successfully for three decades or more, but very few can claim to be more than just bands. Some go on to become brands, broadening their horizons beyond mere music to produce and sell various types of merchandise. Slayer is, without doubt, one such entity, and in addition to everything else they stand for, they are about to venture into a whole new territory: comic book land. Yes, Slayer is putting out a series of comic books via Dark Horse. ‘Repentless’, based on the band’s latest full-length release of the same name, and more so on the music videos created in support of the album, is a graphic story told through a trilogy of issues. Issue #1 is set to hit shelves worldwide on January 25th 2017. The album itself was a mixed bag, to say the least, but the corresponding comic book seems to be an entirely different animal. Continue reading “Comic Book Review – Slayer ‘Repentless’ #1”

From The Archives: An interview with original AC/DC bassist Mark Evans

By Andrew Bansal

In this week’s ‘From The Archives’, we revisit our interview with original AC/DC bassist Mark Evans. This interview was conducted on September 22nd 2011 and originally posted as audio. During this time, Evans was doing press to promote his autobiography ‘Dirty Deeds – My Life Inside & Outside of AC/DC’. In this interview, he gave us a taste of some of the things he writes about in the book, and we thought you would enjoy reading an excerpt from the in-depth conversation here. Continue reading “From The Archives: An interview with original AC/DC bassist Mark Evans”