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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: 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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Interview: Justin Furstenfeld of BLUE OCTOBER

Blue October

Since the release of their eighth studio full-length, Home, in April of 2016, American alt-rockers Blue October have been touring in support of the album. During their UK tour, Antihero Magazine’s senior journalist, Mark Dean, caught up with Blue October frontman and founding member, Justin Furstenfeld, for chat while the band …

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Interview: Niklas Sandin of KATATONIA

Niklas Sandin

Masters of dark Swedish metal, Katatonia, released their tenth full-length album, titled The Fall of Hearts, in May of 2016. Antihero Magazine’s Mark Dean had a chat with bassist Niklas Sandin as the band prepares to kick-off a North American tour. “I don’t know if it has that much to …

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Interview: Rich Moss of STONE BROKEN

Stone Broken

Stone Broken are a 4-piece hard rock band from Walsall, UK. Formed in late 2013 from the fragments of 2 local bands, Rich, Kieron, Chris & Robyn, have formed a dynamic outfit that delivers a BIG chunky rock sound with huge choruses. Antihero Magazine‘s senior journalist, Mark Dean, had the …

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Interview: Phil Lewis of L.A. GUNS

L.A. Guns

“I think we owe this to our fans who have stuck with us during the many ups and downs of the band’s long and checkered career” – Phil Lewis. After almost 15 years, fans can expect to enjoy the true sound of L.A. Guns once again, as TRACII AND PHIL …

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Interview: Myles Kennedy of ALTER BRIDGE

Myles Kennedy

Does Myles Kennedy need an introduction? That was what I asked myself when trying to write this piece. Certainly, he would be instantly recognizable to anyone that has followed rock music in recent years. Finishing his tour and returning home for the holidays, I was immensely fortunate to catch up with the singer/guitarist during some "down time" before his festive break.

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Interview: Chuck Garric of BEASTO BLANCO

Beasto Blanco

Rock bassist Chuck Garric has had a varied musical background, playing with artists as diverse as L.A. Guns and Dio. However, since 2002 he has remained a consistent presence both touring and contributing to the studio recordings of another rock legend, Alice Cooper. I had the opportunity to have a brief chat with Chuck while he had a rare few days off between touring legs.

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Interview: Derrick Green of SEPULTURA


On viewing the quite detailed album cover, together with the title track, I wondered if the new album would also be termed as a concept record. We got behind the Sepultura creative process. Derrick Green even revealed some quite surprising musical influences to me over the course of our chat.

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Interview: Adam Dutkiewicz of KILLSWITCH ENGAGE

Killswitch Engage

US Metalcore band Killswitch Engage are regular road warriors - jumping from one tour to another, they rarely seem to stop to take a breath. Fortunately, I managed to grab guitarist Adam D for a brief period off the treadmill for a chat when they came through Manchester to play two nights with Bullet for My Valentine.

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Interview: Steve Rothery of MARILLION

Steve Rothery - Marillion

he last time I personally witnessed the band live was back in the eighties in the Fish-era, and at the height of their commercial success. Despite Steve Hogarth having joined 27 years ago, I have never seen them live until now in 2016 in Manchester. I had the chance to chat to guitarist, Steve Rothery, prior to the band’s soundcheck.

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Interview: Rob Caggiano of VOLBEAT


Volbeat are currently on a monster rock package ripping the roofs off UK arenas with Alter Bridge, Gojira, and Like a Storm. Ahead of their Manchester show and just after the band’s soundcheck, we caught up with guitarist Rob Caggiano to discuss a range of topics from artistic freedom to collecting vinyl.

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