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need help getting a t-shirt (outside of the USA)

I'm going to the King Diamond concert in October in Chicago and was thinking about getting a nice long-sleever for the show (all my shirts are short sleeved and size L, well i lost weight and now wear a men's small). I found a great one here but they don't ship to the USA or Canada. Also it's only size M. Anybody know if these might be available in size S anywhere that ship to the USA?
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Opinion on bands - Septicflesh

It's time for that thread again, where people get to say whatever the hell they want about bands, other than "they're crap" or "they rock".

This time, I'd like to know what people at F_M think of Greek symphonic death metal act Septicflesh.

Don't be afraid to say whatever you want about the band, if you disagree or agree with someone, comment on why you do.

NO IN-FIGHTING! There are no right or wrong answers; these are just opinions.

Personally I really enjoy the band, especially their recent efforts 'Communion' and 'The Great Mass', in that these albums have a much stronger direction to me than their previous work before their break in 2003 which had a darkwave synth sound. Though I'd really like to know what others think about them, especially as I often hear their name brought up in suggestion as a superior alternative to their peers in Rotting Christ.
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Kamelot/Nightwish in Denver

This was an impromptu decision, we were not planning on going until the last moment, but boy, am I glad we went!
I hadn't been following either Nightwish or Kamelot for a while and didn't know Kamelot had a new singer.
I also "outgrew" Nightwish some time at the end of "Tarja's period" and never got into them with then new singer Anette Olzon. I listened to several songs from their 2012 album right before the concert, and thought it was worth going - they seemed to reinvent themselves, not necessarily in a style that suits my taste 100%, but this was promising to be an interesting concert, definitely not boring.

Kamelot was opening for Nightwish, and since they are more up my alley than Nightwish, I was hoping for a bit more time. They were great!
What happened with Nightwish's show perhaps is better explained in this article:

In short, singer Anette Olzon was taken to the hospital right before the show, and Kamelot backing singers ("Kamelot girls") did an amazing job filling for her. I don't think anybody left the Ogden theater after the announcement that this will be partially "mass karaoke" concert. I regretted not being familiar with songs, normally I know every single song at the concert I go to, but not this time.


The article also has a couple of videos that I thought did a decent job showing the atmosphere - crowd was super-supportive, and Elize and Allissa did an outstanding job!
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On the fence about ProgPower?

If you've been wanting to go to ProgPower, but you've always been on the fence, this year may be your very last chance.

So if you've wanted to go, but were never sure about going, get your ass moving and get your tickets for this year so that there will be a next year.

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Nightwish and Kamelot are kicking off Wednesday and Thursday.

Sound of a Generation - an interview with Pilgrim

Recently, I landed an interview with Jon Rossi of the New England trio, Pilgrim. It was a refreshing talk, as they're all young men who are not only just starting out but already have an idea about heavy metal's history.

Much of what’s toted today as rock music leaves much to be desired in my eyes. Hair gel’d fringes and indie rock sounds aren’t what I consider even remotely close to what rock music is and what it’s about, though most of the youngsters of today seem to dig it. A lot.

Mainstream rock music, let alone heavy metal, has mutated into a different beast altogether, which – though (sadly) inevitable – seems to build up ideas in many young people’s minds of what these genres are and where they’ve come from.

(Happily) inevitable, is that there are and will always be exceptions to this pattern, such as the three youngsters in the heavy rock/doom metal band Pilgrim, signed to Poison Tongue Records (founded and managed by Primordial’s Alan Averill; a man whom mainstream media has begun to recognise as an established name in the heavy metal underground).

It was refreshing in more ways than one when I sat down to talk to singer/guitarist Jon Rossi, otherwise known as “The Wizard”. How often do you come across musicians emerging into their twenties these days, who still revere the legacy and history of their favourite music these days? Well, I haven’t.

It’s impressive how Pilgrim has succeeded in getting signed to a record label after cropping up on MySpace, especially in the Internet’s nature of information overload.

I don’t even know how to describe how lucky we are, that Alan Averill from Primordial heard our music and decided to give us a shot on his label (Poison Tongue). We feel like it was a shot in the dark, since he could have picked any band but chose to go with us instead. We’re totally grateful for that!

Though you totally hit the nail on the head when you said “information overload”; there are so many bands now, and I know a lot of young bands who don’t get the recognition that they should receive. They should be paving the way for new music, but no labels want to give them a chance, because they’re not going to sell many records. If people had a different outlook, then we’d have different music, right now! That’s the total truth!

Whenever it comes to discussing the nature of the music industry, it seems that the conclusion is that you have to put in a lot of love to carry on.

Yeah, that’s what it comes down to: love, patience – a lot of patience – and time.

We started Pilgrim a really long time ago when all of us were still in high school, though at first we went through a lot of different bands, phases and names. Then we took a short little break when we hit a creative lull, but after that I had a bunch of new material that would become Pilgrim.

Together, we tried to put on as many shows as we could, though at the time no one would allow us to play in their venues because they didn’t want to hear our music. So we ended up going to New York where some of our friends (from our home state of Rhode Island) lived, on their suggestion to see if audiences would respond better to us over there. And sure enough, it worked! Pilgrim had spent a whole year going back and forth from New York to play shows. This, coupled with what we had on the Internet, was perhaps why Alan (Averill) was so interested in our band, since we had a little underground following by then (which is cool!)

The rest of that story is now history!

(Click here to read the rest of the interview, at Me(n)tal-Meltdown)


While I'm at it, here's also a review of comedy from esteemed stand-up act Steve Hughes, whose Big Issues tour looks at political correctness:

(Read it at Me(n)tal-Meltdown)


Opinion of bands - Amorphis

It seems right to have one of these, again. While I personally am fond of Amorphis (namely 'Tales from the Thousand Lakes' and the Tomi Joutsen (current singer) era), I know that not everyone likes them, and some can't even stand them. Since the point of these posts is to get people to air out what they like or dislike about something, as long as they explain why, let's have another opinions post.

The rules are

1) Say whatever you want on the band in question, and explain why you feel that way

2) Get involved! If you disagree with someone - comment on why you do!

3) (and most important rule) NO IN-FIGHTING. There are no right or wrong answers, these are opinions.

No flaming people for liking Amorphis, and certainly no flaming people for not liking Amorphis. Let's get talking!

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Me(n)tal-Meltdown is BACK!

Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s good to be back on British soil again, after a month in the frozen tundras of the North.

Well… pavements, really. You can see the hills from Oslo, but it hardly comes close to a tundra. While it was certainly frozen, it didn’t really keep the locals from going about their daily routines as normal.

To summarise my trip, it would be fitting to bring up the points most relevant to this blog.

What were some of the highlights of my time in the North?

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Christmas and You - Partners in Liberty


I hope that you all are well.

It occurred to me the other day that in light of the season, now would be more fitting than ever to present the results of my own personal meditations on the holidays.

While I didn’t grow up with Christmas, here at Me(n)tal-Meltdown we strive to recognise the importance of spreading goodwill and festive cheer to each and everyone of you. Christmas – or Yule, as it’s known in parts of Europe – is a time to reflect upon ourselves and what we can do to make the people around us a key part of our lives.

(Read more at my blog, Me(n)tal-Meltdown)