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Musicians You Should Know – He is Legend

In Musicians You Should Know on July 16, 2009 at 4:44 pm

He+Is+Legend This week’s focus is He is Legend, a rock  band from North Carolina.  Hit the jump to find out why you should know about this band.

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Musicians You Should Know – High on Fire

In Musicians You Should Know on July 7, 2009 at 12:45 pm


For this week, the article is dedicated to Oakland’s own High on Fire.

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Musicians You Should Know – Flipper

In Musicians You Should Know on June 28, 2009 at 10:31 pm


The Musicians You Should Know article returns! This will become a weekly article designed to spread the word on bands I believe should get a bit more exposure. If you have a band you think deserves an article dedicated to them, please contact me. I am always interested in new music, and like I said, if I like your band you will get your own article/advertisement. Now, on with today’s induction, Flipper.

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Musicians You Should Know:: Part 3

In Musicians You Should Know on April 8, 2009 at 12:41 pm

Deviating a bit from my past inductions, today I want to introduce you to a band that hails from Nirvana-based territory of Olympia, Washington that certainly doesn’t fall into the “grunge” category. This band is none other than a black metal band named Wolves in the Throne Room.


Now when most people think of Black Metal they probably think of bands like Mayhem or Gorgoroth. Well, Wolves in the Throne Room is a bit different from that. Their sound has a more ambient vibe to it. Even though the band accepts the label of being a Black Metal band, they are also quick to say that they’re not restricted to any musical label, and you’ll quickly see that to be the case once you listen to one of their albums. You can find a whole slew of sounds and influences on their albums. You’ll get everything from black metal (of course), crust punk, thrash, doom metal, and at times, even folk. To say it’s a trip to listen to a Wolves in the Throne Room album is a bit of an understatement.

This is certainly a band that has a sound unlike most you have heard. Like my previous inductions of Hank III and Unknown Hinson, these are guys that I respect a great deal because they don’t feel like they have to adhere to one certain genre. And lets face it, in the heavy metal world, that’s certainly a feeling that isn’t mutual amongst many bands.


Wolves in the Throne Room (2004)
Demo (2005)
Diadem of 12 Stars (2006)
Two Hunters (2007)
Live at Roadburn 2008 (2008)
Malevolent Grain (EP) (2009)
Black Cascade (2009)

Musicians You Should Know:: Part 2

In Musicians You Should Know on April 1, 2009 at 12:49 pm

Continuing on with this ongoing series of articles, I am here yet again to bring you another artist that you might not know about….but you should.

While you may be unaware of this man’s music, you probably know his voice. If you’ve ever watched the Squidbillies on Adult Swim, you know that he is the voice of the main character on the show, Early Cuyler. Yes, my induction for today is the legend, the King of the Country/Western Troubadours, Unknown Hinson.


Unknown Hinson may or may not be the alter ego of North Carolina native Stuart Daniel Baker. Initially upon looking at Unknown Hinson and reading his backstory, it’s really easy to just push him off as a novelty act. Don’t let yourself do that. While most of his songs are relatively humorous in nature, his guitar playing and singing is outstanding. I think it’s extremely awesome that someone who can play as well as this man does chooses to do the type of music he does. When I go on and on about his guitar playing, I’m not exaggerating. If hearing the playing on the album doesn’t do it for you, check out some videos of him playing live. You’ll quickly see just how good he really is.

Another thing about Unknown Hinson that I really enjoy is, like the previously mentioned Hank III, his music is very unique. A lot of his songs can range from a traditional country sound to rock.  I also love the fact that even though you know the songs are supposed to be funny, that doesn’t take away from just how much you enjoy them. It’s hard to give most of these songs multiple listens and not find yourself singing along eventually.

One disadvantage that I have encountered with Unknown Hinson is the lack of avaliability when it comes to his albums. Granted, I do live in a pretty backwoods portion of the country, but it still seems like they’re hard to come by. As usual, I will list his discography below. One of these (The Future is Unknown) you can find on If you want the rest, you’ll probably have to visit his website,


21 Chart-Toppers – Released in 1999 by Uniphone
The Future is Unknown – Released in 2000 by Uniphone
Rock and Roll is Straight From Hell – Released in 2002 by Capitol
The Future is Unknown – Re-released in 2004 by Capitol
Target Practice – Released in 2006 by Coffin Case
Unknown Hinson: Live and Undead – Released in 2008 by Uniphone/SBDMusic