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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: 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

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

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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Interview: Paul Logue of EDEN’S CURSE

Formed in 2006, Multinational Melodic Metal band Eden's Curse have risen from their humble beginnings as an internet based studio project to a fully blown touring outfit with five studio albums and one double-live release to their name. Touring their latest album, Cardinal, I managed to catch up with bassist Paul Logue to have a brief chat before their Manchester show.

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Interview with TRIVIUM’s Matt Heafy

trivium

From their debut release Ember to Inferno way back in 2003, Trivium have been evolving and developing their musical sound. Never staying in one place in terms of classification and genre, their latest release Silence in the Snow has managed to continue in that vein. Well, time seems to pass …

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Interview: Rick DeJesus of ADELITAS WAY

Adelitas Way

The new single, “Ready for War (Pray for Peace),” is a pretty powerful lyric video – can you outline the message behind the video and how the video itself was made? The song was inspired by our Police officers and soldiers who prepare every day and then go work hard …

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Interview: Dean Howard of CATS IN SPACE

CATS in SPACE

Interview by Mark Dean [separator style=”line” /] Cats in Space is an unusual name, and its whole sound seems to hark back to another musical era. Was that an accident or part of a great devised plan? Everything about CATS in SPACE is absolutely calculated as a big hark back …

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Interview: Matt Heafy of TRIVIUM

Trivium

Trivium frontman, Matt Heafy, looked back on the band’s musical legacy to date, and gave us his views on the latest Metallica musical offerings, as well as subjects ranging from cooking to collecting vinyl. Our illuminating chat touched on many aspects of the band’s early development right up to how the band was operating in 2016.

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