MEMORIAM Guitarist Founds New Project, AS THE WORLD DIES [Video Teaser]

Scott Fairfax, of Memoriam (English death metal, signed to Nuclear Blast Records) fame, has been churning out a record for his new project, As the World Dies. Chris McGrath, a lifelong friend of Fairfax, will be behind the kit. McGrath has been involved with Ashen Crown (another English death metal outfit) and has also helped out Memoriam as their drummer for one live show. On bass guitar is Phil Milman (also from Ashen Crown), and second guitarist is Topher O’Meagher, from English metal band Gehtika. On vocals is former The Face of Ruin singer, Alex Mumford. Continue reading

PhD in Heavy Metal Music: Australian University

The University of Newcastle, Australia, has always been an attractive place for young Aussies to study. With the announcement that it would offer a PhD program in heavy metal, it became cooler than ever. This is one of the best universities in the country, which consistently ranks among the top 10. To get such recognition for heavy metal music is awesome, but expected as well.

The problem with this genre is that it rarely gains recognition among scholars. People want to learn more about it. There are many passionate musicians who would love to study heavy metal from an academic point of view. But so far, they haven’t had such a chance.

The PhD program at the University of Newcastle will be supported by a scholarship, and it will be available for two domestic and one international candidate.

This is a highly challenging program. The candidates have to be ready to approach heavy metal music with a studious and serious attitude. They will have to write a research proposal and an actual PhD dissertation. But hey; at least the topic will be fun and they will be required to listen to music while writing.

About the Program

Professor Simon Springer is the person in charge of the program, which will be conducted under the direction of the Centre for Urban and Regional Studies. This Centre is committed to research on complex political, cultural, social, economic, and environmental policies and relations that transform regions and cities.

The scholarship program is not specifically focused on heavy metal music. It’s open to those who want to study the “Geographies of Homelessness, Veganism, Unschooling, or Heavy Metal Music.” We’ll have to admit: all these niches sound cool, but who could resist studying heavy metal at university?
The deadline for applications is 15 August 2019. You better hurry up! The successful scholars will start their studies between 01 January 2020 and 31 August 2020.

Two domestic students will receive an annual living allowance of $27,596. The scholarship for one international student will also cover the cost of tuition fees (that’s not necessary for domestic Aussie students, since the Research Training Program covers their tuition).

The course will be mostly focused on the geography of heavy metal. As a global music phenomenon, the genre and its subgenres represent unique subcultures and unique scenes. Australia, despite its distance from the geographical heart of the culture, has deep connections with the countries it originated from.

The researchers who gain this scholarship will focus on exploring the relationship between Australian heavy metal and colonialism, the lyrical themes in Aussie metal bands, the cultural diversity within the heavy metal scene, gender issues, and many other concepts that turn the genre into something worthy of academic research.

How Do You Qualify?

This is the hard part. You need at least a BA Honours degree to apply for the program. The candidates with an MA degree in Geography or a related field will have a priority during the selection process. The related fields include Political Science, Media Studies, International Studies, Sociology, etc. To apply for the program, you need to send your CV and a research proposal to Professor Simon Springer’s email.

Since the application deadline is coming close, you might consider the option to ask for proposal writing help. Giving up is not an option when the opportunity is so attractive. If you collaborate with a professional writer, researcher or editor, you might have that proposal done on time. It’s just a preliminary project that would set the track of your PhD dissertation.

Are You Interested?

Heavy metal music doesn’t get too much recognition in the stiff world of academic studies. They are focused on classical music and modern sounds that appeal to the general masses. We’re finally seeing a reputable university offering a great program that would advance the research and knowledge in this field. This PhD program will help us understand the origins of metal music, and the way the Australian subculture is influenced by colonialism and other factors.

If you’re ready to approach the genre with such a studious mindset, you might be the perfect candidate for the program. It’s a scholarship offer, so the least you could do is try.

BIO: Connie Elser is a writer, researcher, and editor for her own blogs. She maintains several online projects on music, culture, and film. Connie is committed to getting more people involved in the world of music, and she chose blogging as a way to achieve that goal.

KADAVAR Release New Single/Video “The Devil’s Master” and Announce Pre-Order Info for ‘For the Dead Travel Fast’

German stoner rock trio KADAVAR will release their fifth studio album, For the Dead Travel Fast (Nuclear Blast), on October 11. In advance of this highly anticipated work, the band has just released a video for the lead single, “The Devil’s Master.”

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LIVE & BUSH Extend The Alt-imate Tour!


LIVE and Bush are back on U.S. soil after a successful UK tour! And to top it all, it’s the original line-up of LIVE, featuring, Ed Kowalczyk (vocals, guitar), Chad Taylor (guitar, backing vocals), Patrick Dahlheimer (bass) and Chad Gracey (drums, percussion). The enough can’t be said about Bush who have been keeping ALT rock alive since the 90’s. Led by frontman Gavin Rossdale the band still sounds as good if not better than they did well over 2 decades ago.

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NARCOTIC WASTELAND Feat. Former NILE Frontman Dallas Toler-Wade Kicks Off Tour!


Extreme metal four-piece Narcotic Wasteland – the full-time project of former Nile frontman Dallas Toler-Wade – hit the stage in Columbus, OH tomorrow, launching a 20+ city North American tour supporting San Diego Death Metal band Pathology on select dates. Select dates will also feature support from Contrarian and Malignancy. Continue reading

THE CONTORTIONIST Keyboardist “Great Music Is Able To Remove You From Your Surroundings And Put You In A Place”

Indianapolis IN may not be the first place that comes to mind as a hot bed for progressive metal, but it’s where the members that make up The Contortionist call home. While their 2010 debut, Exoplanet, had more of a traditional metalcore sound it would also prove to be more of a one off sound for the band as they would experiment with their sound going into the more prog realm they’ve become known for on albums like 2014’s Language and 2017’s Clairvoyant respectively.  Their upcoming EP, Our Bones, continues the evolution of the bands sounds with more emphasis on atmosphere and includes a take on the Smashing Pumpkins hit, 1979. Continue reading

Best Music To Play In The Workplace

Best music to play in the workplace

Companies that recognize the benefits of fostering a great employee atmosphere love workplace innovations. This means being competitive in a business sense, but it also means allowing a little freedom for employees to feel comfortable.

If you are employed by a company that allows music to be played in the workspace, you are lucky indeed. If you are the person responsible for creating a great workspace, consider adding music to the workplace. When you do, give your choices of genres and styles some thought.

Work environments are diverse, and so are employees. It is rare to find a group of people with completely similar tastes in music. Along with this, not every style of music is conducive to productivity. When you choose music for the workplace, it is good to have a sense of how various music styles affect people.

Rock and Metal

Rock music is typically loud, and it has a signature sound that includes aggressive lyrics and amplified instruments. This type of music encompasses a wide range of styles. At least a few people on your staff will love the prospect of having driving metal sounds at work, but the vast majority of people will be distracted. Rock is very diverse. Classic rock combines many styles however, and it could be a welcomed addition to a work environment.

Classical Music

There is many clinical studies that show how listening to classical music increases brain activity. Though this is true in controlled studies, classical music often creates a feeling of tension for people who are not used to listening to it. Plus, classical music has volume and expression extremes that can be unexpected. If you like the sound of classical music, use it to create a sophisticated ambiance in lobby areas.

Folk and Country Music

This type of music centers on the telling of stories. Modern country and folk music sometimes gets confused with rock because it tends to have a great deal of energy. Sometimes, the poetry in folk music can be distracting for people listening. This includes people who are trying hard to get work done. The twangs and drawls of country and folk music can also be irritating to people on your staff that do not identify with the style.

Meditation and New Age Music

This type of music features slow and easy speeds, harmonies, and volume levels. While this music is wonderful for relieving stress and anxiety, it has a tendency to lull listeners into a mental state where they become non-productive. The goal of this music is calmness. This is great for relaxing with a glass of wine at home after work, but it can be counterproductive when people are on the clock.

Pop, Dance, and Electronica

This genre generally features fast beats, weird club sounds, and lyrics that are not always appropriate for public spaces. Much of this music is produced using digital technology, and it is best enjoyed at very high volumes. Its sound is also paired mostly with youth culture. Though many dance and pop tunes are loved across many demographics, playing them in a workplace could be very distracting to workers and customers.

Easy Instrumental Music

This music is designed to have neutral soothing affects and universal appeal. It usually features a combination of real instrument playing and digital sound production. Music tracks in this genre are longer than their pop music counterparts, and they rarely feature singing. Most professional places that have background music choose to play light instrumental sounds that are vibrant, but they never command attention.

All music styles have their positives and negatives in a work environment. The idea is to find music that pinpoints a “happy medium” between what employees love, and what people visiting the workplace will not consider too harsh.

The secret to finding the perfect music to play in the workplace is mixing. The purpose of playing music in a work environment is breaking any sort of monotony. Ambient music also makes a workplace seem more warm and inviting. Mixing music styles and genres tends to keep people interested in their tasks. It also promotes vibrant activity that is fun, attractive, and engaging.

Any mixed music source that you choose to play in the workplace should be designed for that purpose. Some music has copyright restrictions that control how it can be used and played in commercial environments. The best way to avoid legal complications regarding music in the workplace is utilizing non copyrighted music streaming services. These services provide vast data banks of music that can be used in any environment without the risk of copyright infringement. They also provide an incredibly diverse range of music styles from which to choose.

Your workplace could be a mechanic shop where most employees work best with hard rock sounds. On the other hand, it could be a busy office where light jazz is preferred. The environment could also be an airport terminal where neutral New Age music soothes workers and guests. The idea is to match musical sounds with the people who listen to it the most, and to promote the goals set forth in the particular workplace.

Employees and patrons of most businesses appreciate hearing music. Know that the music that you play in the workplace reflects powerfully on the image you want to create. Keep the tunes fresh, and always make sure your music source is free of royalties and exorbitant fees. Background music should be a tool for increasing productivity. It should never be a financial burden.

DEVILDRIVER Guitarist Reveals Concept For Upcoming Double Album “Main Idea Was Taking Away Of Liberties and Bondage Of The Human Soul”

Neal Tiemann has had a storied career in the music industry as a session guitarist as well as being a full time member of a handful of big bands.  From starting out as a session guitarist turned member for James Hart’s post Eighteen Visions band Burn Halo, to becoming a part of Brandon Saller of Atreyu fame’s solo band Black Cloud Collective which would then become Hell or Highwater.  This before finding a home in Devildriver where he’s put out 3 albums, one of which is an upcoming double length concept album, in a 3 year span. Continue reading