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About The Writers: June Activities

Metalunderground.com is run by a variety of individuals who are passionate about both metal and music in general. Many of our staff members have side projects going on, and those of you who keep in touch via social networks, email, and the like, may have already heard about them. I wanted to take this opportunity to highlight for our readers some of our current staff activities and their involvement in the metal community.

Doug (aka deathbringer) is busy working on the much demanded browse-able archive of columns and op/eds, revamping the photo gallery, and more. He just recently launched a bands by country list on the main bands page, if you haven't seen it yet. He's also excited that EyeHateGod and Nachtmystium are coming through his little town and plans to cover the show for our readers.

David (aka Rockstar_Scribbler) is currently promoting his book "Rock Stars: The rise, fall, and rise of 80's front men into pop culture." A paperback version is currently available through Lulu Publishing, and a Kindle version will be published this Fall through Oak Tree Press. For reviews and more information on "Rock Stars" go to this location. David is also working on a new segment for his weekly column, The Rockstar Ramblings, adding a "Mailbag" email address for readers to send in questions, comments, and feedback. He will then be picking the best submissions and posting them periodically in the column with answers, feedback, and hopefully a laugh or two.

Frank (aka Progressivity_In_All) is a Music Licensing Representative at SESAC in Nashville, TN. He was formerly the front man for Dark Hound and now runs a solo rock band in the vein of Porcupine Tree and Blackfield titled Flight Plan. Frank is working with ET Brown from Dark Hound to start Rampant Struggle Records in Nashville, as well as a promotion company titled "Nashville M.A.R.C.H. -- Metal And Rock Community Helpers."

Pierre (aka chaos_3:16) is currently working on two recording projects - a heavy metal concept album titled "Circle of Shadows" and a progressive rock/metal project named "Gillen H20." You can keep update about the projects through the Gillen H20 MySpace page. Pierre does product reviews on music gear aimed at a younger audience who still see gear without all the industry smoke and mirrors in place. In regards to the reviews, Pierre stated "I strip away the illusions, and simplify the explanations, and let the functionality and tone of the products stand on it's own merit without swaying them with flashy licks and death defying fretboard antics, so they make the best most informed decisions when purchasing gear." You can check out the video reviews at this location.

Matt (aka Dasher10) just recently started a new band entitled Habu. Matt commented in regards to the new project "I may need to fire a member over musical differences come our second practice. It's fun to navigate those politics."

Ty (aka xFiruath) is currently in the process of setting up several new high profile interviews for bands with upcoming releases. Without giving too much away, let's just say you'd be a "Sucka" if you didn't "Scream" for a certain album. He's also hoping we get a new Opeth album soon and can't wait to hear how Septic Flesh plans on topping the "Communion" album.

We'll be updating what our writers are up to on the first Saturday of every month, so check back next month to stay up to date on the activity of the Metalunderground.com staff.

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Anonymous Reader
1. METAL "UNDERGROUND" ? writes:

SEEMS LIKE YOU'RE COVERING WAY TOO MANY MAINSTREAM METAL BANDS TO BE CALLED "UNDERGROUND". WHY NOT COVER ALL THE THOUSANDS OF GREAT UNSIGNED BANDS THAT ARE ACTUALLY "UNDERGROUND". I MEAN, ALL THESE BANDS THAT ARE FEATURED ON HERE ALREADY HAVE ALL THE PUBLICITY AND EXPOSURE WITH FANS AND PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD, SO WHY NOT HELP THE LITTLE GUY OUT AND LET THE WORLD KNOW ABOUT WHATS GOING ON IN THE ACTUAL UNDERGROUND.

THANKS FOR YOUR TIME.

BENJAMIN f***ING WALSH
YOU CAN LISTEN TO MY BAND @ www.myspace.com/belowthelineusa

# Jun 5, 2010 @ 10:23 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. deathbringer writes:

You obviously really don't read this site and just came to spam your band link here. Please see our bands page (underground bands tab) and also this FAQ.

And maybe this one too if you actually want to get covere here.

Complaining and not reading certainly won't get it done.

# Jun 5, 2010 @ 11:10 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Demise writes:

1: did you just trash this site and then ask the readers who respect this site to go and check out your band? I fail to see how that helps you

# Jun 6, 2010 @ 1:17 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
Anonymous Reader
4. RTB writes:

^haha, no sh!t.....a shameless plug and caps lock.....talk about hitting the daily double....
MU is definently blowing up....just keep those mistakes to a minimum with breaking news and writting wrong setlist reviews at shows ala pentagram and everything is creme cheese.....

# Jun 6, 2010 @ 1:40 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Dasher10 writes:

Yes, I don't report on underground bands. Hence why I recently interviewed a band that just released their first EP as well as another that only released a single demo track.

# Jun 6, 2010 @ 1:54 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Demise writes:

^ i'm not going to say that the writers here should not care what they post. But i think some people overreacted to the mistake involving dio. these guys contribute to this site because they love metal not because there payed to do so.Since there not hired to work on this site 24/7 i don't mind an occasional screw up

# Jun 6, 2010 @ 1:54 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Demise writes:

my post is in regards to RTB I did not refresh before I posted apologies

# Jun 6, 2010 @ 1:56 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. RTB writes:

Some did demise, but most of the criticism was deserved...espcially involving an artist of that magnatude....but live and learn, and im sure the mu learned a harsh leason...i have full confidence they'll bounce back......

# Jun 6, 2010 @ 2:56 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. hellrat writes:

just fer sh!ts & giggles i checked out dodey hole's (#1) crappy band and shall take the liberty to review it here:

fvcking dog sh!t---not much else to say... sorry dude :)

RT brother....you still bent about the dio deal? come on man...'underground wasn't the only media that jumped the gun on that one---and while there was a brief period of inappropriate defensiveness by the writers, i think the situation was ammeliorated as quickly as possible by all responsible....

hell of a lot more than can be said for the generally contrived bullsh** mainstream media that is spoonfed to willing and eager idiots the world over, which also so often assumes the revoltingly arrogant attitude of being above and beyond reproach....eh?

i send a hearty cheers! and some big a$s fvckin horns up! to the good and decent staffers here at the mighty 'underground

thanks, and keep up the great work guys and gals \m/ X \m/

# Jun 6, 2010 @ 6:18 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. ssdd_13 writes:

This site is the best one for keeping up on any nad of the metal music scene. Keep up the great work.
\m/ \m/

# Jun 6, 2010 @ 9:17 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. ssdd_13 writes:

'nad' is supposed to be 'and' sorry for the type-o.....negative peace

# Jun 6, 2010 @ 9:18 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. brandedcfh420 writes:

ssdd13 made a new term for metalunderground.com:

NAD = New and Different

This term can be used in situations like this one. Some people, and I have in the past, see that too many mainstream bands are covered more than "underground" bands.

# Jun 6, 2010 @ 9:33 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
Anonymous Reader
13. RTB writes:

Morning rat, na, of coarse not my brother, i aint bent, but any news source that breaks the wrong story deserves criticism....now there were some idiots that went overboard with there blasts but i think it would be a little bias and nieve to think any news source that prematurely breaks a story or prints a false or incorrect one should be left off the hook, without any criticism....dont you?...i luv the site as well, i want it to succeed, but my thing is when i like something or am passionate about it, im usually there harshest critic because i want them to strive to be the best or on top....call me crazy

# Jun 6, 2010 @ 11:00 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. hellrat writes:

surely not brother! bust them balls when the bustin is due, but once the fvck up has been taken care of and apology issued....well then its just kickin dead ponies ;)

if we're voicing criticizms here...my vote goes for NEVER another sorry tale about fvckin brett the wigdanna, or ANYthing to do with vengie7x ever again!!

that sh!t AIN'T METAL....

# Jun 6, 2010 @ 3:03 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. Demise writes:

hellrat they cant stop posting about a7x the members here have to much fun making fun of their fanboys

# Jun 6, 2010 @ 3:18 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. hellrat writes:

nah, i know demsie....it WAS kinda fun hammering all three of the vengie's poofy fanboiz...

but them dumb fvcks must of finally got just a wee bit of the picture and came to the crushing realization that they can NEVER win

poor Lil' Vengers...

# Jun 6, 2010 @ 9:50 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. hellrat writes:

also wanted to thank dasher for the triptykon review, but looks like we ain't allowed to comment on reviews???

anyway, thanks brother---nice job

# Jun 6, 2010 @ 9:55 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. Cynic writes:

I echo deathbringers comment about poster 1 here - "You obviously really don't read this site."

# Jun 7, 2010 @ 5:11 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. weasel321 writes:

I agree with "hellrat" (post 17). would it be possible for us to comment on the cd reviews y'all do?

# Jun 9, 2010 @ 5:42 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. xFiruath writes:

I've advocated for adding a comment feature on the reviews in the past, but it's not something that's going to happen. The unfortunate fact is that any comment board on any review would be filled with barely readable drivel consisting of all caps, expletive laden, exclamation point covered nonsense from people who disagreed with the review. If you guys want to discuss a particular review though, you could certainly create a new thread in the forum for that purpose. I'd personally like to hear from people who have read any of my reviews and then checked out the band.

# Jun 9, 2010 @ 5:58 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. wilco writes:

dont matter what they say do think the writters
are a bunch of cool f***ers
keep it up
hornsup

# Jun 9, 2010 @ 7:37 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. RTB writes:

Well 20, doesnt that make it more entertaining when that kind of thing happends?
I ve read alot of the cd reviews, and they are alot better than concert reviews on this site.....i d think it be great as well for a cd review post....

# Jun 9, 2010 @ 11:46 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. brandedcfh420 writes:

well rtb, since its better than concert reviews be sure to throw somehting in there for us to read!!!

# Jun 10, 2010 @ 12:26 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. n0thinghead writes:

xF \m/

# Jun 16, 2010 @ 8:31 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. The_Avant_Garde writes:

I think im late on the commenting here thing, but, whats up? haha

# Jun 20, 2010 @ 6:20 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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