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Let’s Talk: Are Record Labels Relevant Anymore?

With this question an important topic in our modern music manifesto, it seems it is a question that has been begging answers for years now.

With the work of singularity and independence coming into play in the music industry, less and less artists have had to rely on the demanding schedule and pay schemes of record labels. Whether it be independent or corporate, the feelings are mutual with record labels becoming less and less prevalent in our industry.

More so for financial support than anything else – and to merely shift the artists around on a spreadsheet to ultimately balance the books – record labels are not nearly as important for underground and bedroom music artists, who can distribute their own music themselves.

With artists fully in control of their music, their are fantastic sites out there that can allow artists to obtain 100% of all music royalties – without having to do unnecessary splits at the business table.

It is important to uncover that some record labels out there are sourced independently and the majority of them are musicians themselves. Keen, motivated and simply happy to be where they are, these more indie-sleuths of the corporate world are a far more dazzling prospect to keen up-starters and demonstrate a more creative side to the industry. Where investments, global value and profits are still important, these indie individuals like to take a back seat on such matters, and focus more so on the music.

Transgressive, Domino and Mind of a Genius Records are a few that do exactly that. But, with these still alive in our industry, many are far too hesitant with the prospect of incorporating contracts and verbal agreements into their music – when all they want to do is just play it.

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So, what’s your view? Are record labels a dying breed? Should we leave them behind as we get our music industry back on track from lockdown? Or do we need them know more than ever simply for financial stability?

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Sleep Token – “This Place Will Become Your Tomb”: Album Review

Ethereal and chaotic all swirled into one complex creation, the shrouded mystery of Sleep Token return with their second highly anticipated album, aptly named This Place Will Become Your Tomb.”

Although not nearly as prevalent in the castings of metal as their debut of Sundowning had in 2019, TPWBYT still harks back to the chaotic rage-inducing of Gods and Offering with Alkaline and Hypnosis in this second attempt of divinity.

Where it lacks in overall oomph for a metal/rock album, it makes up for its quality through experimentation and electronics. One thing I certainly love about bands is when they don’t exactly conform to their first sounds from their debut – and start to branch out to new avenues and new possibilities of drawing new fanatics.

Lead singer Vessel has a perfect gothic tone to his voice – streaked with a guttural voice and a deep monotone to make the ocean weep. With it, comes to the experimental value of Sleep Token – inclusive of creepy piano, programmed beats and delectably delicious guitar grooves – which personally, I love. It may take a listening to get the other metal-heads on board, but I don’t personally mind the new image and poetic enchantment they’re bringing to this work.

My favourites on-repeat are certainly pop-inducing Mine, heavy-herald of Distraction and pre-amble of The Love You Want.

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The other-worldly concept of this band is simply divine, and I can’t get enough of it.

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I may very well hark over to The Night Does Belong To God every once in a while, but damn does it get me more excited to see them live next year.

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Isle of Wight Festival this WEEKEND: What are your set highlights?

The Isle of Wight Festival is set to kick off this weekend, and so what are you most looking forward to in set performances and artist appearances?

After Gallagher’s triumphant return to the main stage belting out Oasis classics – and falling out of a helicopter after – it certainly brings out the festival in a new, raucous light.

“Who said Rock ‘n’ Roll is dead, Keith Moon eat your drum skin out.”

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What’s the Greatest Music Album created?

Another day, another discussion.

It’s time to drop trowel and get dirty with this one. Any album, of any genre, of any decade – what’s the greatest made? Now, that may be a tall order, but I know you can at least suggest a few contenders. Or, maybe you’re ballsy and know the greatest music album created already. Whether it be from a forum you read impartially or whether it’s from your own intellectual thoughts of music knowledge and understanding, pit them against one another in the comments and we can get angry with one another. I mean, if it comes to that. I doubt it would though, as you guys are all great.

Anyway, I digress – GET TO IT!

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Tenacious D: The Beatles Tribute

Whilst on the topic of The Beatles, Tenacious D have returned to the rambunctious escapades of their lyrical ingenuity and musicality with their cover of You Never Give Me Money / The End by The Beatles. Fun and simply stupid in all the right places, it’s a fantastic depiction of the terrible twosome who make fantastically hilarious music, and a fantastic little nod to one of the greatest bands in the world that ever decided to pick up their guitars and start playing music.

If you grab a couple minutes, I implore you to have a watch and a listen, it’ll be sure to crack up a smile on your weekend.

Thanks folks, do enjoy the rest of your Sunday.