Whats up people, are we having fun yet out there? The #AloneTogether movement, the completely odd rush on Ass Wipe, and a World Pandemic that is affecting the Region, The Country, and the World. I am not a health expert so I am definitely not here to tell you the effects of the Covid - 19 or whether this is hysteria or rightfully executed, not my place, not what this blog is about.
Was taking a look at some stats from the Podcast... Looking at the last calendar year, maybe you haven't checked out the Podcast yet? Well... if that is indeed the case, maybe start with some highlighted episodes from others who seem to really like these particular demonstrations... with that being said, here are the 10 MOST DOWNLOADED episodes of The Heavy Metal Over A Six Pack Podcast in the last calendar year....
Inspired to write today thanks to the legendary Dee Snider... \m/ ... The NFL Super Bowl Halftime show... we discussed this on previous episodes... but ya... comes up every year doesn't it??
I am actually a huge sports fan, in particular... the Football variety... I am actually over this topic. There is something that I have figured out in our travels with the HMOA6PACK Podcast... and Metal as awesome as it is in a niche genre... especially the heavy variety.
The super bowl halftime show for those of you that are un aware is metal biased, they are required and maybe need to attract an audience greater than we produce. We shall someday officially take over the world but for now... our mosh pits and shenanigans will have to seek residency elsewhere. Think of a pie chart of what kind of music the world listens to , I'd be willing to bet our sliver is much smaller than Brenda's over there... damn Brenda goin for seconds all the time...
But... if it helps anyones feels... the NFL couldn't even get a Super Bowl in Atlanta right... the hip hop capital of the world almost kinda sorta and only 20 seconds of some as far as I'm concerned no name whoever rap a few chords... (do rappers have chords?? Sorry... ignorance is bliss)
We are undoubtably the best source for killer amperage and pump up volume.. that's why "Welcome To The Jungle", "Enter Sandman" and other anthemic rhythms are used in between plays... even Iron Maiden, Drowning Pool, FFDP, and others can be heard around the stadium at times... but when it comes to an average 98.2 million viewers for a single game and event.. Not gonna happen... put out a pretty face and pre record their tunes to avoid another incident of forgetting the National Anthem lyrics.. and you have a party.
I think sometimes... subject matter alone may prevent an epic Metal Performance under the eyes of the SB halftime show... another reason why I don't lose sleep that my own proclaimed binky "August Burns Red" probably won't feature a pigskin performance... however... give me "White Washed" on the way out of a locker room and I too could probably lead the league in sacks for a season..
If there was a band that probably should have been there... ESPECIALLY since they have reunited after so many years.. "Guns n Roses" ... Welcome To The Jungle is a stadium in any locker room all the way down to Pee Wee... excite the old school heavy hitters and give em the Axl... football ratings will survive the fumble.
Oh well.. Until then.. go Pats! \m/ Drink Beer and Stay Metal
Where are the fans?
So here’s the thing, this particular blurt out or blog if you will I have no statistics or facts or breakdowns from news stories, other bloggers, or any shit like that. I’m using the ol’ Eye Ball Test… meaning this is what I see.
We at the podcast, we enjoy the privilege and pleasure of working with tons of artists from all over, we talk to and meet some incredible people. We even started working the show scene with our “Promoter Team” and started setting up shows working in the New England area.
Aside from what we are directly involved in, we watch and check in on the groups that we connect with and new groups we have yet to connect with ALL THE TIME! Which is why I propose the question…. WHERE ARE THE FANS??
Local shows from all over… try to keep the social media experience involved, you have to this day and age if you’re not a Social Media Giant might as well be dead in this new world; I notice lots of these photos and vids, very few are focusing on the venue and turnout, WHY You may ask? Prob because the attendance numbers to put it blunt, SUCK. Is it because the bands are bad? NO! I have seen, met, witness, and promoted some of the best talent out there! Incredible stuff! WHERE ARE THE FANS?!?
Secondly, (that might not be a word, but hey… find professional writing elsewhere) Have you ever noticed that anytime you ARE at a show, you meet and mingle with some locals, everyone at that show is in a band.. HAHA … just throwing it out there in regular convo, “Ya I know Justin, he used to be the guitar player in the band I’m currently in…. We are about to drop an EP, it’s huge, we will be on tour with Devildriver next month…” I have a hard time remembering the last time I had a conversation with someone at an event (Local and National mind you) where the person willing to engage in any form of conversation isn’t a Musician themselves!
So I ask yet again, WHERE ARE THE FANS?!?! It can’t be humanly possible that every interaction in front of a loud ass PA speaker only happens in the presence of the next Metal God of the future? Someone other than those of us critiquing the show based on our own stage performance and guitar rig set up is attending a display of glorious heavy metal music?
Did we forget the reason for live performances? Now, once upon a time LIVE music was the only way to get your kicks and listen, you know when records and 8 tracks weren’t so readily mobile and avail by asking Siri… BUT!! Live performances are the Real experience. You go see a movie at THE MOVIES for High Definition sound and Picture performance. Live performances are the SAME thing! High definition sound quality not attainable through Apple Ear Pods or Sony walkmans…. The true quality performance can only be attained through a sound system wired and geared to handle the db’s. Plus the energy… Can’t forget the energy, and shit if it catches your fancy (it certainly tickle mine!) … Lights! Blinking flashy blasts of high output voltage!
I fear for a world where local music venues die off because we are so saturated in the market like a Dunkin Donuts in Massachusetts… because with saturation follows closure. No more local venue. Consider this… I hear that people don’t like the amount a cover is for a small venue, 8 to 10 bucks? Yikes right??? But … a national headliner will demand 100-150 for a stadium show and hit ya for a 300 percent merch mark up and the venue has you take out a small mortgage to afford a beer and hotdog, and heaven forbid a water so you don’t die of thirst mid mosh. Give me the 8 dollar cover to see a killer talented band, selling merch for 10 bucks a Tee … throw in another 5 for the EP and 4 bucks a drink, 5 if you’re a mixer. Thats a 40 dollar night out with a good buzz and prize to take home. If you’re not into the cover, just remember, us promoters set these covers to take care of the overhead for the venue, that’s the bartender, the space, the door dude making sure no snot bags sneak in with fake ID’s, and a sound guy that’s trained to make you awesome.. If that cover gets smaller and the numbers don’t show, that’s another band that doesn’t get paid that night… “But they are out there for exposure man…” Tell that to their practice spaces and gas tanks… me must get back together everywhere in this world… and remember… LIVE MUSIC MATTERS!
So I ask ONE FINAL TIME, where are the fans….
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Episode 47 we chose for our Featured Artist on the podcast “In Depths” from the UK. This band shared with us their music to share with the listeners and are a definite worth while look up for any fan of metal, hard rock, and even maybe a little brutality in their music. These guys rule for a couple of reasons… one brutal but beautiful, these songs have a great hook catch to them but still maintain a dark brutality that any heavy metal fan craves in their songs, but the best thing is the fact that these guys take so many different influences and it shows in their music, it has stylings unlike any other and are truly very unique but still killer. We collected the following info via an email chain and we thank the guys for offering it up to us! Check out the episode to hear the music but more importantly, look up the band and hear the music!
We reviewed the album on the Pod, both hosts found this album to be highly ratable… certified Banana Bread in the unique “Smashed Banana” rating system we use on the HMOA6PACK Podcast.
Callum Smith - Vocals
Aaron Furnival - Drums
Troy Huxley - Bass
Jordan Ault - Lead Guitars/Clean Vocals
They have recently released our full length album 'Devil in the Deep' through Chugcore Promotions.
They are proudly endorsed by Collision Drumsticks & Vocalzone.
First Question: One of our favorites, where do you guys draw inspiration for your music? Idols, heroes, etc
1. In terms of our influences, were influenced by many different genres not just metal, these include Rap, Funk, Latin, Blues & Jazz just to name a few & you can hear a lot of these influences in the album Devil In the Deep.
In terms of our metal influences bands like Black Tounge, Emmure, King 810, Tool & Lotus Eater to name a few & seeing success from from fellow underground talents such as This is Turin influences & encourages us massively.
Vocally I take a lot of inspiration from the above mentioned bands but I also like to explore bands such as Signs of the Swarm, Shadows of Intent & amazing vocalists like Dickie Allen as I personally love blending that guttural brutal vocal with the raw aggression of screaming.
Second Question: Lot of powerful titles and lyrics to your songs, what drove the music and how it was written?
2. Liam our old vocalist was the driving force behind a lot of our lyrics & song titles, he drew inspiration from events & experiences in his own life & he know he holds his lyrics very dear & personal to him, I took over on the vocals in October & I am hoping I can carry the torch for him drawing inspiration from experiences in my own life to create sincere, emotional & raw lyrics with hard hitting titles.
Third and final question: Thoughts on your music video for "Drown The Rat" how the creation of it came to be and thoughts on the final product?
3. With the video we wanted it to be as dark and hellish as the track itself, we had a lot of help from Cantey at Dark North Media and came out with what we deem to be not short of a masterpiece. It's everything we need it to be and says what we need it to say.
Abandoned houses & black war paint is always gonna be cool in metal & I mean, who doesn't like a real pigs head surrounded by occult imagery & candles.
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