Monday, 1 May 2017

Mark Dean

I'm a 40+ music fan. Fond mostly of rock and metal - my staple musical food delights. Originally from Northern Ireland, I am now based in the UK-Manchester. I have a hectic musical existence with regular shows and interviews. Been writing freelance for five years now with several international websites. Passionate about what I do, I have been fortunate already to interview many of my all-time musical heroes. My music passion was first created by seeing Status Quo at the tender age of 15. While I still am passionate about my rock and metal, I have found that with age my taste has diversified so that now I am actually dipping into different musical genres and styles for the first time. Photo: Mark Dean with Jeff Kendrick of Devildriver - Photography by Olga Kuzmenko

Interview: Tony Kakko of SONATA ARCTICA

Sonata Arctica - Tony Kakko

Finnish power metallers Sonata Arctica have been around the music scene since 1996. Each album release has been followed by a subsequent surge in popularity leading up to last year’s The Ninth Hour. Lyrically that album dealt with a close look at the entire world as it is now on …

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Interview: Noora Louhimo of BATTLE BEAST

Battle Beast

Battle Beast are a band that have been playing their brand of European power metal since 2008. They have been increasing their international profile with every subsequent album release. Touring in support of their latest album, Bringer of Pain, I had the opportunity to have a chat with singer Noora …

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Led by former Prince collaborator Liv Warfield and Nancy Wilson, co-founder of Heart, ROADCASE ROYALE has a rich background in rock and R&B. Warfield, Wilson, and their bandmates bring their decades of experience from the upper echelon of the music industry to ROADCASE ROYALE, along with a renewed sense of …

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Interview: Joey Vera of ARMORED SAINT

Joey Vera

Armored Saint are a colossus, and Win Hands Down will long be remembered as one of the seven wonders of modern metal. The album – the band’s seventh studio offering in a career spanning more than three decades – is all things Armored. This is Armored Saint, and this is …

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Interview: CAR BOMB

car bomb

Long Island, New York mathcore act, Car Bomb made their rounds in the UK while supporting Gojira recently, and Antihero Magazine’s Mark Dean had the opportunity to chat with vocalist Michael Dafferner and bassist Jon Modell when the band stopped in Manchester. Mark Dean:  Afternoon, I’m sitting in the Manchester …

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Interview: Brad Gillis of NIGHT RANGER

night ranger

Night Ranger truly epitomizes the sound of the 80’s, while at the same time transcending it. Since their reunion in 1996, they have brought their guitar heavy, melodic brand of hard rock into the 21st century with their unparalleled talent, energy, and creativity. Antihero Magazine journalist Mark Dean had the opportunity …

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Interview: Jake Oni of ONI


In Japanese folklore, the Oni is a malevolent shapeshifting demon, able to take on many guises as it spreads pain and misery. The constantly shifting, ever-evolving sound of Ontario, Canada’s Oni is no less elusive, though unlike their namesake, amidst the brutality and violence they weave great beauty, and a …

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Interview: Roger Glover of DEEP PURPLE

deep purple roger glover

Antihero Magazine had the opportunity to chat with a Rock n’ Roll legend. Songwriter, bassist, and producer, Roger Glover, talks to Mark Dean about the upcoming April 7th, 2017 release from Deep Purple, titled Infinite, which marks the band’s twentieth studio album. Mark Dean: Do you find these press schedules …

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Interview: Chris Cheney of THE LIVING END

The Living End - Chris Cheney

Shots have been fired. The Living End’s seventh album, Shift, is the hard-line sound of a band on the warpath. Pity the fool in its sights. The Living End has a history of tough talk. There have been riots, revolutions and resistance, and Chris Cheney, Scott Owen and Andy Strachan …

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