The Concert That Changed My Life Forever

By Andrew Bansal

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For the past seven years, March 17 has reminded me of the one concert that took place on this date in 2007, and changed my life forever. Every year, I’ve thought about doing this writeup, but there’s just something about 2015, perhaps the fact that I’m turning 30, or that some of my all-time favorite albums are turning 30, that has put me in a constant quest for nostalgia, and I’m able to recall and reminisce better than ever before. This brings me to finally making an attempt at doing justice to the unforgettable experience that was the Iron Maiden show at Palace Grounds in Bangalore, India, on March 17 2007. Continue reading

10 Young Bands Essential To Clean-Singing Heavy Metal

By Andrew Bansal

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Zach Slaughter [Skull Fist]

Living in an era dominated by various forms of extreme metal i.e. heavy music punctuated by harsh growling vocals, the old-school heavy metal/classic hard rock fan in me yearns to hear bands with clean-sung vocals, and convinces me that I was born four decades too late. But, thankfully there still remains a talented albeit minute group of musicians that choose to bear the flag for clean-singing heavy metal. Through this list I attempt to highlight the efforts of ten such bands. To keep the focus on young, rising talent, the criteria for selection has been limited to bands that have at least one and not more than two full-length albums released. And befor anyone points out the obvious, I’m excluding Night Demon because my involvement with them transcends beyond the scope of this list, but otherwise they would be a no-brainer selection. Without further ado, here’s the list, along with a little taste of each band’s music, strictly in alphabetical order. Say ‘Yes’ to clean singing and give these bands a listen. Continue reading

Tour Blog: Rise Of The Demon – Part 4

By Andrew Bansal

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Night Demon’s tour with Skull Fist and Elm Street entered its final week for a run of West Coast shows, and after several ups and downs in the first three weeks, things came to an extremely eventful and action-packed conclusion. Fasten your seat belts and enjoy this rollercoaster installment of the ‘Rise Of The Demon’ tour blog, but before doing so, check out parts 1, 2 and 3 if you haven’t yet. Continue reading

Tour Blog: Rise Of The Demon – Part 3

By Andrew Bansal

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After a fruitful mid-West leg, Night Demon’s winter tour went through the states of Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, Utah and New Mexico during the past week for a variety of positive and negative experiences. In this installment of the tour blog, I attempt to capture all of our adventures and misadventures, but before that, check out parts 1 and 2 if you haven’t done so yet. Continue reading

Tour Blog: Rise Of The Demon – Part 2

By Andrew Bansal

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Night Demon’s US tour with Skull Fist and Elm Street soldiered on into its second week through treacherous weather, playing to audiences on the East Coast and in the Mid-West. It’s been an eventful few days for Night Demon, and I’ll attempt to capture all of it for you in this part of the blog. But before that, check out Part 1 if you haven’t yet. Continue reading