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
Video Interviews

Interview with guitar legend STEVE VAI

Antihero Magazine's Mark Dean caught up with legendary guitarist extraordinaire, Steve Vai, during his Passion and Warfare anniversary shows in…
Concert Reviews

Concert Review: MINISTRY and DEVILDRIVER at O2 Ritz Manchester

MINISTRY and DEVILDRIVER at O2 Ritz Manchester – 19 August 2016 Review by Mark Dean || Photos by Christopher James Ryan…
Bloodstock Open Air

Interview: TWO TALES OF WOE

Interview with Dublin's sludge/doom masters, TWO TALES OF WOE
Bloodstock Open Air

Interview: Jay Jay French of TWISTED SISTER

Interview with Jay Jay French of TWISTED SISTER Interview by Mark Dean [separator style=”line” /] I understand that the band…
Interviews

Interview: Jon Dette of MESHIAAK

Interview with Jon Dette of MESHIAAK Interview by Mark Dean || Photos by Scott Martin In a thrash world gone…
Bloodstock Open Air

Interview: Rasmus Bom Andersen of DIAMOND HEAD

Diamond Head are a band that have been around the musical block several times and back. Formed in 1976 in…
Interviews

Interview: Mikko von Hertzen of the VON HERTZEN BROTHERS

Finnish band of brothers, the Von Hertzen Brothers, are a group whose unique style of music has really grown on…
Interviews

Interview: Joel O’Keefe of AIRBOURNE

In between playing guitar in Airbourne, drinking beer, and climbing stage scaffolding, Joel O’Keefe does the odd interview. We were…
Bloodstock Open Air

Festival Preview: BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR 2016 – Ten Bands We Want to Check Out!

Festival Preview: BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR 2016 - Ten Bands We Want to Check Out!
Interviews

Interview: Jake Smith – THE WHITE BUFFALO

Interview with Jake Smith aka THE WHITE BUFFALO Interview by Mark Dean “I’ve always loved the combination of things that…
Interviews

Interview: Darren Wharton of THIN LIZZY and DARE

Interview with Darren Wharton of THIN LIZZY and DARE Interview by Mark Dean While attending Ramblin Man Fair last weekend…
Interviews

Interview: Blues Guitarist – Joanne Shaw Taylor

Antihero Magazine's Mark Dean recently had the opportunity to chat with blues rock guitarist Joanne Shaw Taylor about her upcoming…
Interviews

Interview: Herman Li of DRAGONFORCE

Antihero Magazine's Mark Dean recently had the opportunity to chat with DRAGONFORCE guitarist Herman Li about the band's latest latest…
Concert Reviews

Festival Review: RAMBLIN MAN FAIR in Maidstone, Kent – UK

RAMBLIN MAN FAIR Mote Park in Maidstone, Kent – July 23 – 24, 2016 Words by Mark Dean Festivals are…
Download

Festival Review: DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL 2016

Castle Donington Park has long been regarded as the spiritual home of heavy metal and rock festivals in the UK.…
Concert Reviews

Concert Review: HEART at O2 Apollo Manchester

Heart have been treading the rock-n-roll highways and byways since the early seventies. Initially treading a path between folk rock…
Interviews

Interview: Ronnie Romero of RAINBOW and LORDS OF BLACK

Interview with Ronnie Romero, vocalist for RAINBOW Interview by Mark Dean [separator style=”line” /] I was lucky enough to have…
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Interview: Taki Sassaris from EVE TO ADAM

Mark Dean chatted with EVE TO ADAM vocalist, Taki Sassaris, about the long and often challenging journey to Redemption, the…
Interviews

Interview: Zach Allen and Harrison Marcello from TEMPT

Formed in New York City, with an astonishingly young yet accomplished line-up, Tempt set out their stall in magnificent fashion…
Concert Reviews

Concert Review: JD & THE STRAIGHT SHOT at Manchester Arena

Leave your prejudices and narrow-mindedness at the door, embrace the raw, basic, earthy elements of music and lift up your…