Indie music and various press stories…

GR logoIsn’t it strange to see magazines and ezines reviewing and rating high bands that belong to a major label’s roster and on the other hand ignore or low rating bands that release their own stuff independently or belong to small labels in general?
 
I have been witnessing such cases from more than 15 years that I’ve been dealing with the rock/metal scene and that thing won’t ever change. To get the whole picture, just imagine an independent newcomer hardly being presented by any magazines or ezines and getting low ratings on the whole… but when that newcomer gets signed by a major label, then every magazine and ezine sees the truth and starts praising that promising newcomer, which is so good and got signed by the major label and how great their music is and how greater it will be in the future – they think of themselves like “little fortunetellers” in a way! And the funny thing is that this ain’t an imaginary story, but something that has happened (and will happen) far too many times over the years.
 
Many magazines and ezines have dug up a band’s release and they have praised their next one, not due to the music quality (even though that thing may occur from time to time), but mostly owing to the band’s label change. The bigger the label, the better the album and the more praising it will gain from the majority of mags and ezines. It’s obvious that they are trying to have good relations with every music label and that ain’t bad at all. Then again, it’s bad not to be true to your music principles and your “music opinion” to be totally trash when it has been dictated by third parties.
 
Thank God there are lots of magazines and especially ezines around for the fans to choose what they want to read and make their comparisons. They may not all have the same exposure or promotion by the big music or PR labels, but as long as you’re searching for good quality music then the refined mags or ezines will come along. Hence, never stop searching till you find something that really expresses you and suits you in every way…
 
PS1: Sometimes the biggest surprises, in music and not only, come from bands and people that we are not aware of…
 
PS2: The Model Spotlight for this month is the hot Talia Mint. Check out her interview and pics here.
 
PS3: Unfortunately, Martin Eric Ain (Hellhammer, Celtic Frost), one of the most important musicians & songwriters of extreme metal music, passed away suddenly due to heart attack a few weeks ago at the age of 50. Extreme metal fans & music will always be grateful to Martin. Thx for the music Martin… Rest In Peace…

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