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Past articles by Taylor:

10 musical acts you forgot performed on ‘Charmed’

Charmed should be talked about in terms of its promotion of a number of musical acts over the course of its eight seasons. → Read More

10 famous people you didn't know were in heavy music

For all the times hardcore, metal and heavy music are considered underground genres, they actually have some reverent followers in the mainstream media. → Read More

Stereo Stargazer (ex-Senses Fail) drops first solo EP since leaving band

Garrett Zablocki (ex-Senses Fail) is ending eight years of silence under Stereo Stargazer with his first solo EP, ‘Lay Me To Rest If I Say, “I’m Done.”’ → Read More

Metal giants In Flames bring heat and heart with 13th album, ‘I, The Mask’

By album No. 13, most bands would be tapped out of creativity. What a great thing it is that In Flames are nothing like most bands. → Read More

11 musicians who are also tattoo artists

Some musicians are also tattoo artists. Of course, it’s not just money that puts the machine in their hands, but the need for more artistic expression. → Read More

13 throwback emo lyrics that broke your heart

When this style of music was first coming out, “emo” was saddled with a handful of negative connotations. But for some emo is much more than that. → Read More

Guitarist Nita Strauss shreds into spotlight, finally sees her name in lights

Guitarist Nita Strauss, who is most known for serving as Alice Cooper’s touring guitarist, talks the road from touring in her teens to her solo debut. → Read More

Behemoth stun NYC with subversive exhibition, ‘Thou Art Darkest’

Upon opening the booklet that comes with Behemoth’s new LP, I Loved You At Your Darkest, the reader is met with three revealing words: “Say your prayers.” If there were ever a phrase to describe the Polish black-metal giants, it would be that one. It is also a perfect representation of the band’s new traveling … → Read More

Blue October frontman on how not to be a rockstar

Blue October frontman Justin Furstenfeld talks to Alt Press about what it takes to “man up” and be a real artist in light of band's new record. → Read More

Inside Lil Peep’s listening party for posthumous ‘Come Over When You’re Sober Pt. 2’

Lil Peep continues to live on through memories and new music as a listening party was held for the rapper’s posthumous ‘Come Over When You’re Sober Pt. 2.’ → Read More

Andy Black details solo concept record, graphic novel ‘The Ghost Of Ohio’

The marriage between visual art and rock music drove Andy Black to create ‘The Ghost Of Ohio,’ as well as his sophomore solo record of the same name. → Read More

‘Aggretsuko’ roars into Season 2, boosts American metal scene

'Aggretsuko' creator Yeti and the U.S. Sanrio marketting team talk about the show's upcoming second season, fan response, and the American metal scene. → Read More

Jonathan Davis says heavy music is his least favorite

In the May 2018 issue of Alternative Press, we interviewed Korn’s Jonathan Davis about his new solo record, Black Labyrinth. → Read More

Kevin Lyman teams up with former NY Governor David Paterson to combat opioid crisis

“This is a moment in time where we all need to stand for something, and I see that in the Warped kids.” —Kevin Lyman → Read More

LIMBS confront religion and sexuality with debut full-length, ‘Father’s Son’

[Photo by Becky Kovach, Big Picture Media] The Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost; to millions of Christians around the world, the Trinity refers only to the divine. On LIMBS’ debut full-length, Father’s Son, it means much more. The chaotic post-hardcore band’s record confronts the earthly father just as much as the heavenly one. The secular and the metaphysical clash, bringing forth songs that… → Read More

Hawthorne Heights reflect on growing up on the road on ‘Bad Frequencies’

What happens when a punk kid grows up? That is the question posed by Hawthorne Heights’ massive 13-track record, Bad Frequencies. The first full-length the band have put out in five years ponders the ever troublesome dichotomy of rebellious youth and adult responsibility. Inspired by the end of Warped Tour as a full cross-country tour, JT Woodruff found himself reflecting on what happens when a… → Read More

Senses Fail: “Bands weren’t talking about death or losing someone; they were talking about girls”

Four hours before Senses Fail take the stage at New Jersey’s Starland Ballroom on March 17, vocalist Buddy Nielsen is in the middle of painting one of his nails black. “I’m trying to wear what I would have worn back then,” he explains, focusing intently on getting the polish just right. He’s referring to the year 2002, when the band started performing their first-ever EP, From The Depths Of… → Read More

The evolution of tattoo culture in America

Tattooed people have long been viewed as strange or societal outliers. The overarching American ideology demotes tattoos to low class symbols, and often keeps high-level, high-paying jobs out of a tattooed person’s reach. There is a persisting notion that tattooed people are less educated, less refined and more aggressive than “regular” people—or even involved in criminal activity. However, with… → Read More

The evolution of tattoo culture in America

From streets to shops Martin Hildebrandt is credited as being the first professional tattoo artist. He set up shop in New York City, the hub of American tattoo culture, and invented the tattoo machine in 1891. The first professional female tattoo artist to do the same was Millie Hull, who opened for business during the World War II era. The move from streets to shops was a crucial step in… → Read More

Adult Swim’s most metal cartoon pet is going on tour and we talked to his creators

[Photo by: Mr. Pickles/Adult Swim] Mr. Pickles can do just about everything. He’s a faithful dog that can fetch, call for help when his humans are in trouble and, of course, rip the faces off his victims and bring them back to his satanic lair. He’s the most metal cartoon pet you’ll ever meet, and to prove it, he’s going on tour with Exodus and Municipal Waste. The Thrashtacular Tour will… → Read More