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[GIG UPDATE] Mary’s Blood Supports Dragonforce in Hong Kong Concert

令人眼睛閃亮的嘉賓 — 日本全女班搖滾樂團 Mary’s Blood將為Dragonforce香港演出作暖埸。

All-girl J-rock group Mary’s blood will be opening for Dragonforce in Hong Kong. *eye candy*

Supporting Band 暖埸樂團: Mary’s Blood
Date 日期: 30 Aug 2015
Time 時間: 8:30pm
Venue 地點: Music zone, KITEC
Ticket 票價: $480(adv), $580(walk-in)

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[GIG NEWS] Sick Of It All – Live in Hong Kong

硬核樂迷注意!我們非常喜愛的傳奇Sick Of It All將聯同本地備受推崇的硬核樂團 King Ly Chee 荔枝王再次作亞洲巡演(十月四日香港站)。

Calling all hardcore fans! Our beloved hardcore legend Sick Of It All will be back in Fall with Hong Kong’s respected hardcore veteran King Ly Chee for their Asia Tour (Hong Kong stop – Oct 4.)

Sept 25 – Singapore
Sept 26 – Jakarta
Sept 27 – Kuala Lumpur
Sept 29 – Bangkok
Oct 1 – Shanghai
Oct 2 – Beijing
Oct 4 – Hong Kong

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[GIG NEWS] Against The Current – Live in Hong Kong

美國流行朋克搖滾樂團Against The Current將於香港(9月2日)和台灣(9月8日)演出。

American pop rock / pop punk band Against The Current will perform in Hong Kong (Sep 2) and Taiwan (Sep 8).

Against The Current – Live in Hong Kong
Date 日期: 02 Sep 2015
Venue 地點: MacPherson Stadium
Ticket 票價: $680 (VIP with meet & greet), $480, $380

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[NEWS] Facts About Metalheads – Part 1: LOYALTY 重型音樂樂迷最忠實?

喜歡重型音樂朋友最忠實?你又是否下面形容的一份子?

Spotify的上月發表一份調查結果,發現在眾多音樂流派中,重金屬擁有是最忠實的追隨者。數據以比較世界各地不同的音樂流派和樂迷比例作基礎。

在一封Relapse Records市場部主管Bob Lugowe給Mashable雜誌的電郵中對此提到:「無論是穿著滿縫自己喜歡樂隊襟章的皮䄛,抑或總是購買同一專輯所有版本作收藏,甚至把樂團名稱和歌詞忍痛紋在身上,有些更會長途前往音樂會和音樂節一睹他們的金屬之神演出,整個金屬家族也非常忠於自己所愛。」

Metalheads are the loyalest? Are you part of the gang described below?

Spotify last month published data that found heavy metal has the most loyal fans across the world of any major genre. They put together a series of charts showing the variety of musical genres online and how these genres vary around the world.

In an e-mail to Mashable, Bob Lugowe, director of promotions and new media at Relapse Records, stated about metalheads’ dedication to their genre: “Whether it’s wearing a ‘battle jacket’ full of sewn-on patches of their favorite bands, buying every vinyl color and edition of their favorite album, tattooing their favorite band mascot on their arm or traveling exceptionally long distances to concerts and festivals, metalheads are extremely diehard and dedicated to their favorite bands and the genre as a whole.”

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[NEWS] Facts About Metalheads – Part 2: HAPPINESS  重型音樂樂迷是快樂一族?

近日澳洲昆士蘭大學心理系博士生作了一個實驗,故意激起接受測試的參與者的情緒,要求他們回憶生活中令人沮喪或憤怒的事情,然後可選擇聆聽自己喜歡的音樂或沉默十分鐘。

結果選擇重型音樂的朋友聆聽音樂後冷靜下來,變得豁然開朗。

負責實驗的博士生解釋:「這是有趣的發現,因為他們的歌曲選擇有一半包含了憤怒或侵略的訊息,其餘都離不開關於孤獨和悲傷的主題。然而,參與者表示,他們用音樂來提高幸福感,有被愛的感覺。總括來說極端音樂令樂迷有正面影響和自我規管的作用。」

University of Queensland honours student Leah Sharman and Genevieve Dingle, doctor of psychology, deliberately angered test subjects by asking them to recall frustrating or irritating events in their lives. They were then given the option of listening to 10 minutes of music of their choice, or spending the same time in silence.

They report that those who listened to heavy music became “inspired” and “mellow” after their listening sessions.

Sharman says: “It was interesting that half of the chosen songs contained themes of anger or aggression, with the remainder containing themes like isolation and sadness.

“Yet participants reported they used music to enhance their happiness, immerse themselves in feelings of love and enhance their wellbeing. All of the responses indicated that extreme music listeners appear to use their choice of music for positive self-regulatory purposes.”

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[NEWS] Facts About Rock Fans – Part 3: It Sucks To Go To Shows Alone?! 獨自出席演唱會很不濟?!

女孩子獨自出席演唱會很不濟?! (其實有些也適用於獨自出席演唱會的男孩)。Alternative Press 發表了一篇文章,講述女樂迷獨自出席音樂會是個非常不濟的經歷。妳有會否產生共鳴?

以下是一些有趣論點。

1.跟蹤者
自己一個前往演出會場總是容易成為跟跟蹤者和劫匪的目標,即使路途十分安全,也少不免會膽戰心驚。

2.孤獨
獨自去看演唱會亦表示在排隊的時候沒有朋友與你分享期待的喜悅,二你唯一可以做的就是耗盡手機電池,遊走網上虛擬世界。你亦會成為被兜售二手門票、樂隊周邊產品和瓶裝水的目標。

3.憂心被人霸佔位置
口渴想買個飲品?想排隊購買樂隊周邊產品?想去洗手間?不要妄想了!因為你可能會失去自己的最佳位置。

4.受到不必要的注意
雖然大部分時候你可以板起臉來面對。

5.激烈的Mosh Pit
你沒有朋友與你手牽手一起阻擋嘗試向前衝的瘋狂女樂迷,也沒有人幫你擋着crowd surf的人。沒錯,每個人都是你的敵人。

6.批評的眼光
當你告訴在場別人自己一個到場觀看演唱會,不要驚訝他們會給你一個憐憫的眼光。

Alternative Press published an article describing how much it sucks for girls to attend concert alone as a girl. Do you share the same thought?

Although we don’t think not all are valid, here’re a few interesting points to discuss.

1. Fear of Stalkers
Getting to the show As a woman with a fear of bandits, marauders and the like, I find parking and walking to and from the venue to be the most nerve-wracking thing to do by myself.

2. Loneliness
Standing in line by yourself If you were with a friend, you’d be talking away about things you would normally talk about. By yourself, your only choice is to drain the battery on your phone. (Or meet new people, if that’s your thing. Yeah, no.) You’re also more of a target for people scalping tickets/shirts/water outside.

3. Worry Someone Will Steal Your Spot
Want to get a drink? Can’t. Want to grab merch when there’s no line? Can’t. Nature calls? Too bad. You can’t do any of these things and not risk losing your spot.

4. Unwanted male attention
Although most of the time resting bitch face fixes this problem.

5. Rough Mosh Pit
You don’t know anyone to link arms with to block out the girls that run through the crowd in a chain to get up front. You don’t have anyone to help keep you from getting kicked in the temple by a rogue crowd-surfer. Really, everyone is your enemy.

6. Judgment
And if you’ve decided to go to a show alone, just don’t be surprised if a they give you thr looks of pity when you tell them you in fact are there alone.

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[NEW NOISE] Worthwhile – Relentless

今晚向大家介紹一個非常高質的旋律硬核(melodic hardcore)樂團。如果你仍然沉醉於 Being As An Ocean 上月在香港的演唱會,你一定會愛上同樣令人感動的Worthwhile。他們充滿哲理的歌詞和細膩的旋律使Worthwhile成為我們近期最喜愛的旋律硬核新樂團。

他們昨天推出新視頻Relentless,並會在7月17日推出專輯。(連結在上) Worthwhile 表示:「很興奮終於可以與樂迷分享這個新曲我,們花了很多時間在製作新專輯上,亦為此創作感到非常驕傲。」

If you still drown in the memory of Being As An Ocean’s concert last month, you’ll find melodic hardcore newcomer Worthwhile has equal compelling energy. This band is one of our latest favorite in this genre with sincere lyrical content and infectious melody.

They have just released new video “Relentless” off their upcoming full-length album, Old World Harm, which will be released July 17.

Worthwhile says, “We are so excited for everyone to hear what we have been working on. It has been a while since we have put out new tunes. We spent a lot of time making sure everything was right with this album and we are so proud of it.”

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[NEWS] Breaking Benjamin May Score No.1 With Comeback Album

還記得04、05年期間發行多張膾炙人口的單曲包括So Cold和Diary of Jane的Breaking Benjamin嗎?想不到樂團休息六年後,本週將有機會憑專輯Dark Before Dawn問鼎美國專輯榜冠軍之位!成員在多年間不斷更替,現在只有主唱Benjamin Burnley為原本成員。

After taking a break for 6 years, Breaking Benjamin is highly possible to score their first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with their latest release, Dark Before Dawn, Frontman Benjamin Burnley is the only original member since their breakthrough with singles like So Cold and Diary of Jane in 2004.

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[NEWS] HUNDREDTH – FREE (Full Album Stream)

向大家介紹一下這個post-hardcore/metalcore樂團Hundredth’s新專輯FREE。如果你喜愛在心中(或向着牆壁)跟富感染力的breakdown為自由高歌,Hundredth的音樂會使你很容易與產生共鳴。你也可以在上面個單觀看樂團最新視頻Inside Out。

Hundredth’s new album FREE was out last week via Hopeless Records (stream full album above.) If you love to scream for freedom along the infectious breakdowns, you will find it easy to relate to their lyrics. The band recently premiered music video for their song “Inside Out” which can also be found in the playlist.

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[NEWS] Deryck Whibley Prepared For Sum 41‘s Comeback Gig

上週我們才跟大家回顧過Sum 41的All Killer No Filler經典流行朋克專輯,去年差點因酗酒問題而失去生命的主唱Deryck Whibley剛宣布即將以Deryck Whibley And The Happiness Machines名義舉行小型演出,作為下月Sum 41於Alternative Press頒奬禮回歸作表演嘉賓的熱身。

While we had just taken a look back at Sum 41’s classic album All Killer No Filler last week, frontman Deryck Whibley, who almost lost his life due to alcohol problem last year, had just announced he would be playing a few warm up gigs under the name Deryck Whibley And The Happiness Machines before Sum 41’s official comeback at Alternative Press Music Awards.

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[NEWS] Want Some Arch Enemy Sauce?

死亡金屬樂團Arch Enemy再替炎夏升溫,不過與音樂無關,而是推出名為Burning Angel的辣醬。不知味道會否與他們的結他一樣火辣呢?

The death metal titans now has an unexpected merch – a habanero hot sauce named Burning Angel. Will this be as blistering as their sound?

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[NEWS] Simple Plan – Saturday

Simple Plan 推出新曲 Saturday 供樂迷試聽。歌曲將收錄在樂團預計於年未出版的的第五張專輯,此歌有否令你想起Fall Out Boy首張專輯Saturday一曲?

Simple Plan have released a brand new song titled Saturday from the band’s 5th studio album that will be out later this year.

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[NEW ALBUM] The Black Dahlia Murder – Abysmal

記得去年來港演出的The Black Dahlia Murder?去這死亡金屬樂隊將於9月18日以萬眾期待的專輯Abysmal回歸,所以暫時只好欣賞着封套設計和試聽今天推出的新曲 Vlad, Son of the Dragon。

Remember The Black Dahlia Murder who performed in Hong Kong last year? he death metallers will return with the much-anticipated, new full-length album “Abysmal”, which is officially set for a September 18 release. You can listen to their new song “Vlad, Son of the Dragon” above.

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[FLASHBACK] PIXIES – Where Is My Mind

Where Is My Mind是另類搖滾樂團Pixies 90年代創作的作品。歌曲經常出現於不同電影,其中包括無人不曉的Fight Club。它亦被不同著名樂隊重新演繹,雖然Placebo的版本也非常出色,但絕對比不上Pixies的原作。

Look at the grey sky, daydream endlessly and wonder where’s your mind? Where Is My Mind is one of the finest alternative rock tune in the 90’s by Pixies.It’s widely used in movies including Fight Club, and is frequently covered by popular bands – though Placebo’s version is enchanting, no one beats Pixies’ original!

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[FLASHBACK] Marilyn Manson – Sweet Dreams

很多人不知道其實此曲屬於英國殿堂級新浪潮樂團Eurythmics – 沒錯,就是無可替代的 Annie Lennox所屬樂團。

Many don’t know this song is originally written and performed by British new wave band Eurythmics – yes, that’s the irreplaceable Annie Lennox.

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[FLASHBACK] Taking Back Sunday – Better Homes And Gardens

樂團身爲Emo界巨頭之一,多年不斷推出新作,剛完成與好友 The Used 完成巡演。上月推出Better Homes And Gardens,更動員消防部門及電力工作人員輔助,以控制大火。

As one of the leader of the Emo Movement, Taking Back Sunday continues releasing new works in the last 15 years. The band has just completed national tour with The Used and revealed new track “Better Homes And Gardens”. They also seeked help from Greensboro Fire Department’s Battalion Chief Dwayne Church and a crew of recruits to help control the blaze.

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[FLASHBACK] Radiohead – There, There (Hail to the Thief, 2003)

There, There的旋律與這星期的憂鬱天氣很配合喔!據說歌曲是關於主唱Thom Yorke拒絕從夢境醒來的故事。希望下週天氣會好轉吧!

The song theme, which seems to be about refusing to wake up from the dream, perfectly echoes to the falling sky this week. Hope the sun will come out next week!

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[OPEN LETTER] ROCK • LOVE • LGBT

昨天是你個歷史性的時刻,同性戀婚姻在美國合法化。「以後再沒有同性婚姻,只有婚姻。」即使是搖滾界看似非常強捍的樂手,也因無知、使人痛心的指摘,而選擇生活在惶恐之中。

Judas Priest 的主將Rob Halford於九八年公開同性戀身份:「我覺得身邊的人早已知道我是同性戀者,但最近才覺可以正式公開自己的性取向。」

朋克樂團 Against Me! 主唱Laura Jane Grace (原名Tom Gabel) 兩年前公開自己正接受變性手術:「這是一個非常可怕的經歷。當中有很多未知之數,這是我自己作出的選擇——其實也不算是什麼選擇,因為我已經站在自殺或選擇改變的線上⋯⋯」

其實不只是同性戀/雙性戀/變性者權益,我們還有很多方面需要爭取——動物權益、種族歧視、性別歧視、貧窮、言論自由等——步向一個更公平的社會。

Peace,
Your Dinosaur Friends

Yesterday was a historic moment – gay marriage is legalized in the States. “There’ll be no gay marriage. It will just be MARRIAGE.”

The society has been putting unbearable pressure to those choose to love. Even for the toughest-looking men in the rock scene, they had chosen to live in shadow for years because of all the nonsense, hurtful label.

Judas Priest’s Rob Halford came out in 1998, “I think that most people know that I’ve been a gay man all of my life, and it’s only been in recent times it’s an issue that I feel comfortable to address … something that I feel has a moment, and this is the moment to discuss it.”

When Against Me!’s Laura Jane Grace (formerly known as Tom Gabel) opened up about undergoing transgender surgery, “it’s scary; I’m not gonna lie. It’s really frightening feeling like there’s so much uncertainty, and that you’ve made a decision — even though it wasn’t really a decision, because it was based on, “Either I’m going to kill myself, or I need to address this.””

Not only LGBT rights, there’re still a lot to act on the road towards an equal society – animal rights, racist, sexism, poverty, freedom to of speech, etc.

Peace,
Your Dinosaur Friends

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