4 Years Ago (2017)
For some strange reason I didn’t post anything during this period.
8 Years Ago (2013)
If you look at the Wikipedia page for Zoltan Bathory, the earliest musical output you get is from 2004, where he played bass in the band “U.P.O”. However his story begins a long time before that, in communist Hungary.
He was basically trying to succeed in a genre that didn’t have a voice in communist Hungary.
So he comes to America.
And the first FFDP album was recorded by the band. They produced it and paid for it.
REFORMS and CHANGES present challenges for every business. So why should it be any different for the Music and Entertainment Business?
TV content providers and streaming services take a lot of gambles with shows, just to remain relevant.
Are the labels doing that?
The Entertainment business instead asks for laws to be re-written in order to protect their business labels.
Music is always a risk game.
No one is entitled to make it in the music business.
There is no safety net.
I was still listening to Protest The Hero and writing about it.
Society today is all about multi-tasking.
My drive home from work at that time consisted of the following songs;
“Shepherd Of Fire” – Avenged Sevenfold
“Lift Me Up” – Five Finger Death Punch
“Mist” – Protest The Hero
“Live In Love” – Times of Grace
“Fallen” – Volbeat
“Bulletproof” – Evans Blue
“Be Still and Know” – Machine Head
And all of the above songs can be traced back to other songs.
Here are some examples;
“Shepherd Of Fire” – the influence of Megadeth’s “Trust” and Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” are unmistakable.
Of course “Enter Sandman” had its main riff come from a band called Excel and a 1989 song called “Tapping Into The Emotional Void.” Megadeth’s “Trust” intro was also inspired by the Pittsburgh Penguins’ entrance theme “The Boys of Winter.”
“Lift Me Up” – the vocal melody influence is from “The Ultimate Sin” is very similar.
And then the post morphed into a Bad Company review.
Dream Theater had a 5 week sale run and by week 6 the album was done.
Avenged Sevenfold was still going strong after 12 weeks.
Five Finger Death Punch was also going strong after 16 weeks.
Black Sabbath had an 18 week run before it disappeared to come back again.
Trivium had a 4 week run of sales. It was a quick spiral out of the public consciousness and a lot of people didn’t like the Draiman influence on it.
And Stryper had a two week sale run.
There is no safety net.
A lot of artists are doing multiple projects. It’s not all about the one band.
Jared Leto does acting and Thirty Seconds to Mars.
Corey Taylor does Slipknot, Stone Sour and book writing.
Rob Zombie does his solo project and Directing.
Nikki Sixx at the time was doing Motley Crue, Sixx: A.M. + Radio DJ, Book Author and Photographer.
Claudio Sanchez was doing Coheed and Cambra, his Prized Fighter Inferno side project and Comic / Book Author.
It’s the way to survive in the business.
And that’s another wrap for another week.