The SkullsNBones Metal Social Network Is Back!

The SkullsNBones Metal Social Network Is Back!

Support: In 2006 the founders of SkullsNBones set out on a mission to unify the heavy music world by establishing an online community that would exist in the fringe of the internet. Our goal was to cultivate the underground, and provide a social space that was entirely our own.  For years that network of artists, enthusiasts and supporters grew into the first true social network for heavy music in history. SkullsNBones later evolved into a dedicated blog focused on producing powerful content such as interviews, live photos, album reviews, etc. This took priority over the demanding cost & upkeep of a true social network.  We ultimately took down the social features to concentrate on what we believed was the more important aspects at that time.  But the times have changed my friends, and SkullsNBones is finally in a place to give the social network side the focus it deserves. We are proud to announce that nine years after its birth, SkullsNBones will once again be a true Social Network for Metal. The launch of the SkullsNBones community has been in the plans for many months now. We learned a lot about running a social network over the years and with that knowledge we’re proud to have built a space that will allow fans, bands and industry alike, to become useful supporters of the scene we all love. Today we have activated the first wave of social features.  We hope you will try them out, see everything that can be done on our site, and let us know what you would like to have as options in the future on our feedback...
Rolling Stone’s Kim Kardashian Cover Is Justified?

Rolling Stone’s Kim Kardashian Cover Is Justified?

Support: The debate over Kim Kardashian on the cover of Rolling Stone‘s July 16th issue has risen to a boiling point, especially with the hard rock & metal world (as if one of our artists would ever elegantly grace the cover).  There have been many reactions to the pick, most notably Sinead O’Connor with her short, but powerful rant: What is this cunt (“I don’t smile much because it causes wrinkles”) doing on the cover of Rolling Stone? Music has officially died. Who knew it would be Rolling Stone that murdered it? Simon Cowell and Louis Walsh can no longer be expected to take all the blame. Bob Dylan must be fucking horrified. ‪#BoycottRollingStone‬ #AGenerationIsBeingGroomedAndSilenced‬ While speaking about it recently, someone close to me made a fantastic point about its validity: “Groupies have always been a part of music.”  My jaw dropped to say the least, and I honestly couldn’t find words to respond. They were right, and looking to covers past (the Boston Marathon bomber, Michael J. Fox, Ron Burgundy, Charlie Sheen, Mitt Romney, etc.), this groupie on the cover is closer to music than many of her predecessors. This realization got me thinking more about our anger toward the new cover and the issue with Rolling Stone having people like Kim Kardashian is not so much about having no tie-in to the creation of music. The evidence shows that the magazine has never committed to exclusively showcasing artists on the cover (http://www.rollingstone.com/coverwall).  It’s the job of the editors to pick polarizing characters to feature on the front page so it will sell more copies, whether we like who that is or not. I then thought...
Exodus Live Photos From Tuska Open Air Metal Festival 2015!

Exodus Live Photos From Tuska Open Air Metal Festival 2015!

Support: Exodus performed at Tuska Open Air Metal Festival on Friday, July 27th 2015.  Photos by Sam Roon. Support: Have you seen these yet? Amorphis Live Photos From Tuska Open Air Metal Festival 2015! Lamb Of God Live Photos From Tuska Open Air Metal Festival 2015! Bloodbath Live Photos From Tuska Open Air Metal Festival 2015! Opeth Live Photos From Tuska Open Air Metal Festival 2015! Alice Cooper Live Photos From Tuska Open Air Metal Festival...
Lamb of God “VII: Sturm und Drang” Track-By-Track Album Review!

Lamb of God “VII: Sturm und Drang” Track-By-Track Album Review!

Support: Lamb of God are set to release “VII: Sturm und Drang” on July 24th via Nuclear Blast Records.  It’s no secret the entire crew here at SkullsNBones are huge fans of this band so apologies in advance for the slightly biased review I’m about to deliver. Lamb has released four tracks from an album that is already showing itself to be something way more than we anticipated.  We might still have Josh Wilbur as the sixth member of the band behind the board in the studio, but the sound has evolved in a way that shows the whole team has shifted into something new. Is it Randy Blythe‘s voice, or perhaps the awe-inspiring story that has traveled with him from Eastern-Europe?  Is it a new flair from Chris Adler‘s rhythms or the way they work with John Campbell?  Maybe it’s the way the guitars of Mark Morton and Willie Adler are moving together in a way that is a little more than Lamb of God‘s signature groove… In any case, the band sounds fresh, and ready to take on the world once again with an album that will stand the test of time.  This is how it’s done kids:   Still Echoes The album wastes no time with an intro, going straight into a track you’ve probably blasted fifty-thousand times already.  The first thing to note here is how they’ve taken the epic nature of the second half of 2012’s “Resolution” and brought it into the music in a new way.  It’s fucking aggressive, with a nuance that shows you exactly who rules the modern metal world.  Still Echoes is a fantastic track, but you already knew that.   Lamb of God – Still Echoes   Erase...
Bloodbath Live Photos From Tuska Open Air Metal Festival 2015!

Bloodbath Live Photos From Tuska Open Air Metal Festival 2015!

Support: Bloodbath performed on the main stage at Tuska Open Air Metal Festival on Saturday, July 28th 2015. Photos by Sam Roon. Support: Have you seen these yet? Amorphis Live Photos From Tuska Open Air Metal Festival 2015! Exodus Live Photos From Tuska Open Air Metal Festival 2015! Opeth Live Photos From Tuska Open Air Metal Festival 2015! Alice Cooper Live Photos From Tuska Open Air Metal Festival 2015! Lamb Of God Live Photos From Tuska Open Air Metal Festival...
Lamb Of God Live Photos From Tuska Open Air Metal Festival 2015!

Lamb Of God Live Photos From Tuska Open Air Metal Festival 2015!

Support: Lamb of God performed at Tuska Open Air Metal Festival on Friday, June 27th 2015.  Photos by Sam Roon. Support: Have you seen these yet? Opeth Live Photos From Tuska Open Air Metal Festival 2015! Exodus Live Photos From Tuska Open Air Metal Festival 2015! Amorphis Live Photos From Tuska Open Air Metal Festival 2015! Bloodbath Live Photos From Tuska Open Air Metal Festival 2015! Alice Cooper Live Photos From Tuska Open Air Metal Festival...
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