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Ten Years Later, We Still Give A Fuck: A Decade of Lamb of God’s ‘Ashes of the Wake’

In the early 2000s, the heavy metal community was in shambles. Pantera had imploded, and we’d later tragically lose Dimebag Darrell all together. Slayer was on cruise control. Metallica released St. Anger, and Machine Head’s Robb Flynn put on a shiny track suit and tried to rap. Our world needed a hero — and sorry, Dave Mustaine, but Megadeth had already taken one too many Risks to earn back our collective trust.

There’s a good chance this isn’t the only Ashes of the Wake retrospective you’ll read this week, but there’s an even better chance this is the …

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LIVE REVIEW: The Blood Brothers @ FYF Fest in Los Angeles, California (8/24/2014)

There’s a certain sense of euphoria that rushes into you when you’re waiting for your favorite band to take the stage. The steam from the fog lights, the pure energy from the crowd waiting to explode upon hearing that first note. You wait desperately for the house music to fade and the lights to fall. You roll around on the balls of your feet, checking your phone every two seconds, counting down the minutes.

That anxiety, that natural high of anticipation creeps in through your toes and makes its way to the bottom of your stomach, where it settles — …

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EDITORIAL: The Potential ‘If I Stay’ Sequel Is Nothing Like The Original

Amidst all the coverage surrounding the failure of Sin City: A Dame To Kill For at the box office you may have missed the news that another weekend release, the adaptation of If I Stay, actually made more on its opening weekend than the film’s estimated production cost. That’s a lengthy way of saying it is a bonafide success, despite the fact critics largely panned the teen romance, and though it may seem impossible to those unfamiliar with the original story, a sequel is a very real possibility.

WARNING: Major If I Stay spoilers ahead (duh).

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EXCLUSIVE: Fine Fine Titans Tour Blog #3

Grand Rapids, Michigan hard rock outfit Fine Fine Titans have quickly become one of the most talked about unsigned bands of 2014. Between their recently released Omega EP, as well as many performances across our great nation, this group has everything going for them and show no signs of slowing their climb to the top of rock’s underground anytime soon.

Today, we are excited and honored to complete the series of tour blogs the band has agreed to write for UTG during their recent string of dates. The third entry, which covers the end of the run and everything that …

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10 YEARS LATER: Rise Against’s ‘Siren Song of the Counter Culture’

If you were to look at Pitchfork’s scathing 2.9/10 review of Rise Against’s third studio album today, you’ll find more snark-filled jabs against young adult angst and punk ideologies stuffed into a letter to Ralph Nader than you could shake an X-emblazoned fist at. Plenty has changed in the past ten years since that was published, though. For example, Mr. Nader’s been given a reasonable break and these Chicago natives have made strides towards maturity (and consequentially, commercialization).…

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EXCLUSIVE: Fine Fine Titans Tour Blog #2

Grand Rapids, Michigan hard rock outfit Fine Fine Titans have quickly become one of the most talked about unsigned bands of 2014. Between their recently released Omega EP, as well as many performances across our great nation, this group has everything going for them and show no signs of slowing their climb to the top of rock’s underground anytime soon.

Today, we are excited and honored to continue sharing a series of tour blogs the band has agreed to write for UTG during their current string of dates. The second entry, which covers time spent in Connecticut and Pennsylvania, can …

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‘Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle’ 10 Years Later: Still High After All This Time

In the summer of 2004 I was seventeen and living a life that could best be described as straight edge. It’s not that I lived in a world thriving with drugs and alcohol that I fought daily to avoid. On the contrary, I came up in a modest, middle class household in a tiny rural town with a population well below 5,000 people. I didn’t do drugs, but I also had no idea where to find them if I had any desire to try them in the first place. Everything I knew about weed and the effects it had on …

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Sounds of the (Down) Underground: 5 Australian Acts You Should Be Listening To

Australia has a proud history of punching above its weight, musically speaking. This is particularly true when it comes to acts operating in the heavier music spectrum. With the seemingly endless advances in streaming and social media technologies making the ears of the world more accessible than ever, the Australian independent scene is thriving. The result is an influx of bands across a variety of genres making a considerable impact on the music scene globally.

As a UTG contributor and proud Australian who resides deep within the nation’s undisputed punk rock heart of Melbourne, it gives me great pleasure to …

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A Decade Under The Influence: 10 Years Of Taking Back Sunday’s ‘Where You Want To Be’

In the fall of 2004, I had just turned 14 years old. I was unsure of how my clothes were supposed to fit my body, and over the summer, I had grown a substantial neck beard. Girls were becoming more interesting by the day, and high school was no longer a far off destination, but a rapidly impending stop on the road to adulthood. People were still reeling from the Friends finale, and celebrities were showing their nipples on national television. It was a lot to take in.

As is the case with most teenagers, I was living my life …

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10 Questions We Have About ‘Apes 3′ After Watching ‘Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes’

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes just wrapped its first weekend of release here in the United States, and based on its $73 million dollar haul at the box office I think it’s safe to say a third film in the modern Apes franchise is not far from being a reality. It has long been rumored that a trilogy was the plan from day one, but as Hollywood has suffered a few misfire franchise launches in recent years (Mortal Instruments, Beautiful Creatures) executives have become a bit more hesitant to guarantee anything until they see a return …

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UTG PREVIEW: The 8 Must-See Acts At 80/35

Tucked away in Des Moines, Iowa is 80/35, one of the best festivals slated for the holiday weekend. Headliners Cake, Conor Oberst, Ziggy Marley, and Dr. Dog help round out an electric lineup of local, regional, and national talent who are all pouring into the heart of America for this annual event. Named after the crossing of the two major interstates in Des Moines (I-35 and I-80) there is no doubt 80/35 is ramping up for one of the best music-filled Fourth of Julys anyone could ask for and we couldn’t be more excited to be …

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UTG LIST: The Best Releases You Might Have Missed From The First Half of 2014

If there’s one thing 2014 has brought us thus far it is an array of fantastic music. It seems as though every week there is a new record released that needs to be thrown into the consideration for album of the year. For our mid-year review at Under The Gun, we wanted to bring you a list of records that we feel contain some of the best material released so far this year. However, we decided to focus on those that you might not have had a chance to hear yet due to being the works of (currently) lesser-known acts.…