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Gama Bomb's Philly Byrne: "I'm A Filthy, Swindling Downloader"

No stranger to speaking his mind on issues he believes in (like his band's campaign to "stamp out inferior metal"), GAMMA BOMB frontman Philly Byrne spoke out recently in favor of downloading on MTV Headbangers Blog. Byrne's comments mark the first time that an artist has written Headbangers Blog to support downloading in the face of a vocal majority of artists who do not condone it.

The outspoken GAMA BOMB frontman goes onto explaining why downloading is such a vital part of the experience of "the music fan of the 21st century" and why artists shouldn't be completely against it, either:

"Reading MUDVAYNE's Chad Gray's blog on illegal downloading on this site, I couldn't help feeling like I'd heard his spiel about musicians getting shafted before. Chad's analogy of a man (read: band) making a fine wooden chair (read: record), only to have the chair stolen (read: downloaded) out from under him, was a striking one, but it's an oversimplification.

If a musician's job was as simple as "make disc, sell disc, win," record companies wouldn't have latched onto the "360 degree record contract" (that's the one where they get a cut of t-shirt sales, licensing and live fees, kids) more than 10 years ago. Nor would they have released CDs, which allowed people to get their hands on their masters in movable file form back in the mid-'80s. That was an admission that music business models now mean more than just money from wax.

Chad made a good point when he mentioned Radiohead's "honesty box" experiment. When one of the world's most popular bands' fans will only pay £3 ($5) on average for their album, what's the use in fighting people who want your niche, indie label, corner-genre product for free? As long as they hit the shows and buy the coasters, who cares? Let them have it!"

You can read the entire entry on downloading written by GAMA BOMB's Philly Byrne on Headbangers Blog here.

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1. metalheaddrummer101 writes:

wow...a musician who is not anti-downloading:)

# Dec 7, 2008 @ 1:03 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. brandedcfh420 writes:

im a filthy swindling downloader too...

# Dec 7, 2008 @ 1:36 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Popctrl writes:

Or you can do like me. I only download. If a CD is good, I send a donation to the band. (Most bands have some sort of Paypal thing set up on their websites.) This way I don't get DRM or any other stupid bullsh**. And I have a ton of CDs and no cases cluttering my space.

Also, I understand that someone like Gama Bomb should get money, but does Ozzy really need my $5? I think not.

# Dec 7, 2008 @ 1:39 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. ZT writes:

Wow Phil, you want a f***ing medal?

# Dec 7, 2008 @ 1:50 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Tomo writes:

I'm worse. I'm A Filthy, Swindling Uploader

# Dec 7, 2008 @ 6:18 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. psythe writes:

^my personal favourite :)

# Dec 7, 2008 @ 9:58 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. metalheaddrummer101 writes:

Tomo-that was epic awsome!

# Dec 7, 2008 @ 10:29 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. That_One_Guy writes:

Go Philly! When I used to download music (back when it was legal) if I liked the music enough, I'd go out and buy the CD.. I'd go to the shows. But now I don't really get a chance to check out a band without just forking over the money for a CD, so I don't get a chance to check out a lot of new bands..

# Dec 7, 2008 @ 10:58 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. MetalMoshinMatt writes:

Gama Bomb effin rules.
He has some good points.
Listen to Trasher.

# Dec 7, 2008 @ 11:34 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. b.bristowe writes:

Do you guys actually stop downloading music because of the law?

# Dec 8, 2008 @ 2:35 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. psythe writes:

^ Why don't you ask Lance...


NO CHANCE LANCE!!! ahahahah f*** I'm hilarious :P

# Dec 8, 2008 @ 7:19 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. brandedcfh420 writes:

b.bristowe writes:
Do you guys actually stop downloading music because of the law?

no. why should we?

# Dec 8, 2008 @ 10:43 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. BrunoHockalugie writes:

BOO this man!
Illegal Downloading is killing rock and roll! I have NEVER "downloaded" an album and never will.
If music is even 1/4 as important to you as it is to me, you would have no problem paying for it.

I guarantee, by this Philly guy's attitude, he is not older than 25. That is about the cut off age for people who respect the musicians enough to support them, and the current generation that thinks they are entitled to music (and everything else) for free.

And don't pull that, "I go to the shows," bullsh**. The number of people that attend rock concerts decreases every year. Check out the Livenation numbers over since 2001.

# Dec 8, 2008 @ 11:21 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. brandedcfh420 writes:

BrunoHockalugie writes:
And don't pull that, "I go to the shows," bullsh**. The number of people that attend rock concerts decreases every year. Check out the Livenation numbers over since 2001.

maybe if bands were not being so gay with the way they make their music and present themselves, the numbers may be higher than they are now!!!

# Dec 8, 2008 @ 11:38 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. BrunoHockalugie writes:

Brandedcfh420- LOL! Very true Branded, very true!

# Dec 8, 2008 @ 12:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. brandedcfh420 writes:

wasnt trying to piss any1 off on that at all, just an observation as to the line-ups that have been put together lately. it seems that so many bands that people love to hate have been put together to kill metal!! STAND AND FIGHT FOR METAL!!!!! KILL ALL POSER BANDS!!!!!!

if the labels would put good bands that draw good crowds on the same bill, then im sure the crowds would be large and loud!!

# Dec 8, 2008 @ 12:14 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. That_One_Guy writes:

Bruno -- If more bands came to Des Moines, Iowa, I might be able to go to more shows.

Now playing: Kreator - "Winter Martyrium"

# Dec 10, 2008 @ 11:47 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. Txmetalhead writes:

I have downloaded songs too...but the downloaded versions usually sound pretty sorry.
I prefer to pay for the album online...such as IT. Also, it is lot of cheaper to buy the album, then attend some band's shows...with the price of concert tickets, lately. I still love concerts, though.
MERRY DOWNLOADING everyone!!

# Dec 10, 2008 @ 12:20 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. Bastard_Of_Bodom writes:

Here in Canada, we can download as much music as we want :)

# Dec 10, 2008 @ 12:34 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. BrunoHockalugie writes:

TOG- That always makes it hard. I am spoiled- no one skips LA and it's suburbs.

# Dec 10, 2008 @ 1:22 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. That_One_Guy writes:

I know. Every time I read about awesome tours I get so jealous because no good bands come to Iowa. Slipknot and Trivium are coming. *Sarcastic cheer, then shudder*

# Dec 10, 2008 @ 1:25 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. brandedcfh420 writes:

i know what u mean TOG. sh1tknot will be right beside our apt complex in feb. o dear god, all the sheep-knots running around in their jumpsuits...why me......WHY?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?...lolololooll

# Dec 10, 2008 @ 2:15 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. That_One_Guy writes:

branded -- I got one up on you. I don't live very far from the band members themselves.. Lol.

# Dec 10, 2008 @ 2:18 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. brandedcfh420 writes:

sorry to hear that sir. sending as much positive energy as i can to help you in your time of need...

# Dec 10, 2008 @ 2:28 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. That_One_Guy writes:

LOL!

# Dec 10, 2008 @ 2:30 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. Fuck A Name writes:

^If I believed in god, Ide pray for you both.

I download entire discographies weekly, so I think you all pretty much know where I stand on the downloading thing. :)

The point is, times are changing. While I don't like it, the age of the cd will be over within a decade, maybe more, but it's coming.

the massive ease of making a band, and releasing your own music to the world via myspace, youtube, and itunes, means there are too many bands in existence to afford all the music kids these days listen to. The most recent ipod that just came out has 160 gigabytes. That's almost 32000 songs. (50000 if you listen to 30-second grindcore songs lol). Just the possibility of there being that much music in existence for one person's personal tastes demands that a person obtain as much as they can for as little as they can; ergo, free.

Listen to the band. If you respect them, buy a cd. I own In Sorte by dimmu borgir and Sacrament by Lamb of God. DO they need my money? most certaintly not. but i think they deserve it. I like everything by Rage against the Machine, but why would i pay those commi bastards a cent? Download ftw.

I frequently buy local or underground band cd's as well, in that it's impossible to download their music anyway, and they actually NEED my support. Also the reason why i go to their shows. and buy their t-shirts. Ted Maul, one of my favorite bands in the world, just posted that they were going on hiatus due to financial trouble's with some of the band member's rent payments. Coincidentally, I just ordered their album White Label overseas a few days before. When I saw the bulletin about their money woes, I ordered a t-shirt.

This gama bomb guy is alright. I'm gonna download his album now lol.

# Dec 10, 2008 @ 6:23 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. brandedcfh420 writes:

FAN, ive seen posts with your name but not your pic...is this you at a diff pc or some1 else using your name??!!

# Dec 10, 2008 @ 6:40 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. Fuck A Name writes:

it's me lol I just keep posting on other people's computer's lately, so i don't bother logging in, since some of my friends have their own accounts on here, and i don't want them accidentally starting a flame war on here under my name lol

# Dec 10, 2008 @ 6:52 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. Jackrum writes:

May the wrath of Lars smite you down you swindler you..


seriously.. SWINDLER???????

# Dec 10, 2008 @ 6:56 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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30. That_One_Guy writes:

"The wrath of Lars" Lol.

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