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Starter Pack: Mastodon

As they return to the UK for a long overdue headline tour, we look at the history of Mastodon. From their sludgy early days to their prog-rock leanings to being labelled as “sell outs” to eventually becoming one of modern metal’s most beloved and influential bands, this is the essential

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Starter Pack: Stick To Your Guns

Currently tearing up the UK in support of their new album ‘True View’, Orange County’s Stick To Your Guns have become the heroes of the melodic hardcore circuit for their uncompromising and ever-evolving approach to hardcore, and dedication to it since 2003. This is the story of how they came

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Starter Pack: Avenged Sevenfold

As they embark on a brand new world tour in support of their incredible new album, ‘The Stage’, we tell you all you need to know about Avenged Sevenfold. The Early Days Avenged Sevenfold’s career began in 1999 in the their hometown of Huntington Beach, California; originally a four piece

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Starter Pack: Metallica

As they make their return with ‘Hardwired…To Self-Destruct’, Already Heard’s Edward Layland brings you up to speed with all things Metallica. When Lars Ulrich first met James Hetfield in 1981, they “certainly didn’t hit it off”. Hetfield hardly spoke and Lars could barely play. However, Ulrich knew absolutely everyone in

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Starter Pack: Iron Maiden

As they prepare to return to Donington once again for this weekend’s Download Festival, we’re here to bring you up to speed on all things Iron Maiden with our “Starter Pack” feature. From their formation to world-conquering, metal pioneers, we’ve got all the need-to-know details on the history of Maiden

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Starter Pack: Megadeth

After a far too long absence from this site, today we’re bringing back our “Starter Pack” feature. Just as the title suggests, “Starter Pack” is a beginners guide to some of the biggest and most influential bands in rock, metal and punk history. In this edition, Already Heard writer Edward

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Starter Pack: The Movielife

In a new series, we look to bring you completely up to date with the music you should be listening to in the simplest way possible. Including a potted history and all the essential albums and songs you need to hear, “Starter Pack” is everything you need to start a

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Starter Pack: Pearl Jam

Who Are Pearl Jam? Seattle grunge legends. Formed in 1990, founding members Eddie Vedder (Vocals), Jeff Ament (Bass), Mike McCready and Stone Gossard (Guitars) have been with the band ever since. Drummer Matt Cameron – formerly of Soundgarden – took over stick duties in 1998. Pearl Jam were born out

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Starter Pack: Green Day

In the next part of our “An Essential Guide To…” series, we take a look at one of the headliners for this weekends Reading and Leeds Festival –  Green Day. As always we give you a detailed history on the band, rate three of their albums; For Beginners, For The

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Starter Pack: Thirty Seconds To Mars

Today we’re launching a new feature called “An Essential Guide To…” As you can probably guess, the feature sees us giving you an all you need to know guide to some of the best and biggest bands around.  We give you a detailed history on the band, rate three of

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