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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: 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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Interview: PHIL CAMPBELL

Phil Campbell

Following a cancelled interview slot at the summer's Bloodstock Festival, we were fortunate to be able to reschedule when the Bastard Sons tour came through Manchester. Phil himself spent some time with me at the band’s hotel before the evening's show.

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Interview: GIRLSCHOOL

Girlschool

A recent British classic era metal tour rolled through the UK. Joining headliners Saxon and Fastway were long-standing legendary band Girlschool. We had the opportunity to chat with the band in their dressing room prior to their afternoon soundcheck.

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Interview: WEDNESDAY 13

Wednesday 13

“For me Alice Cooper has been my rock and roll hero – his path, from how he started to where he is right now, has been very inspiring to me.” – Wednesday 13 Calling all ghouls, monsters, and creatures of the night. Wednesday 13, who mixes punk rock and metal …

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Interview: Jason Rockman of SLAVES ON DOPE

slaves on dope

Slaves On Dope unleashed their latest release, HORSE, on October 7th, 2016, via the ILS Group (ILS). Heavy yet melodic, the album features two killer tracks that feature special guests – “Script Writer” (featuring Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels) and “Interplanetary Mission” (featuring Bill Kelliher). “Working with Darryl was a dream come …

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