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Avenged Sevenfold topping the UK album charts is good for Metal

September 1st, 2013

It’s not the first time that a metal band has reached #1 in the UK Albums Chart, but it feels like a rarer and rare occasion, so Raz talks about why we should all celebrate Avenged Sevenfold doing so with Hail To The King.

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Avenged Sevenfold have reached #1 in the UK Album Charts with Hail To The King and that’s a great thing for Heavy Metal because, like it or not, it is a subculture. Sure, it’s a subculture that sells out Wembley Stadium and fills Donington Park every year, but metal is a niche genre nonetheless.

It requires effort to keep up with and only the very dedicated (me and you) ever know what’s going on in the metal world on a daily basis. That’s why Avenged Sevenfold appearing in such a high-profile position in non-metal media is important. It reminds “them” that “we” are still here.

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You Me At Six were commissioned to write a song about a rollercoaster. GTFO.

March 7th, 2012

Hugh Platt is a bitter, old man, but he’s not as clever as he thinks he is. You Me At Six have just confused the hell out of him, for example.

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I now this got announced yesterday, and really, given our form at irritating fans of You Me At Six by repeatedly not providing them with the uncritically-positive reviews their fanbase craves, we probably should’ve been on this sooner but someone somewhere in Thorpe Park’s PR department thought it was a good idea to give You Me At Six money to write a song about their new rollercoaster.

In other news, humankind are apparently still the dominant species on planet Earth, which remain the only known object in the entire cosmos where life has been proven to exist.

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Slipknot make history whilst getting US #1 album

September 4th, 2008

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Slipknot love getting the headlines and they’ve done it once again by claiming the #1 spot on Billboad Top 200 Chart in the US with All Hope Is Gone, but only after an ultra dramatic recount.

Initially, the album was announced as debuting at #2 with sales of 238,272, just 13 sales behind The Game’s 238,285-selling third album, LAX – the closest margin in SoundScan history.

Roadrunner Records requested an historic recount from SoundScan and the chart positions were reversed with Slipknot winning by 1134 albums. The final recount numbers are 239,516 for All Hope Is Gone and 238,382 for LAX sold during their first week of release. Not bad.

All Hope Is Gone only got to #2 in the UK, beaten by The Verve’s comeback album. That’s probably quite annoying, but Slipknot have been nominated for their first ever MTV Video Music Award for ‘Psychosocial’.

Watch the MTV VMA-nominated video to ‘Psychosocial’ by Slipknot

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