Check out what´s been happening in TMR land in 2016, here is our Hammer Smashed Facts & Stats for 2016!
Biggest and most epic thing first – in 2016 The Metal Rebel fulfilled a longtime dream, to bring a Swedish metal band to perform in Indonesia! Old school brutal death / grind heroes DERANGED from Malmo in Sweden went touring in November with us in Banyuwangi.
The first show was BANYUWANGI METAL GERILYA and off to Bali for MADNESS MANIAC. This was super cool and something I have personally wanted and been trying to do for a long time, and I´m so happy that everything went so well and smooth. Big thanks to the promoters on Bali MADMAN CREW for arranging the tour and taking care of us!
The tour was a big success and I really wish to do more of this kind of work as an agency between the East and the West. To help bring the metal scenes even closer. Check out the trailer video for the Deranged Minitour in Indonesia, full video coming soon on TMR YouTube Channel.
We also re-launched the new website in april 2016, and I must say that I think it kicks fucking ass! It´s cleaner and more easy on the eye than the old one, having a much more professional music magazine feeling to it. I´m still learning by trial and error with the design, layout and the features of the website and that will keep on evolving in 2017.
The features and content of The Metal Rebel is something I think about every day, and to be honest I don’t really know what we should be focusing on. Is it reviews and our own features like interviews and scene reports, or maybe only reviews and promoting bands? In classic style text like we do on the website – or maybe in shorter in-your-face videos on Instagram? What do you think? Feel free to leave your comments below, we need your input!
2016 was also the year when TMR started promoting bands from outside Asia. I get so many emails from bands across this metal globe every week, and it feels just stupid not helping them reach out to Asia and the rest of the world as well. I called the new feature GLOBAL METAL ATTACK and so far we featured bands from Brazil, Romania, Sweden and Japan – just to name a few. This is something TMR will keep doing – promoting great metal bands from across the world!
TMR also became media partner with a Filipino metal festival for the first time, and not just any festival. We hooked up with PULP SUMMERSLAM FESTIVAL in Manila, the biggest international outdoor metal festival in Southeast Asia. And what´s even more cool is that this was the first time for TMR to have official TMR CREW on the ground in The Philippines. Val Verzosa was our photographer for the event and Aldie “Acey” Pilena made a great festival report.
Just like our colleague and friends over at UNITE ASIA, TMR also started doing BAND SUBMISSIONS in 2016. Just like with the feature GLOBAL METAL ATTACK, we get so many submissions from bands asking us to review and promote their stuff, so I´ll try to highlight the best of it every week in this new feature. Many times I´m swamped in work here as a freelancer so I don’t have that much time everyday, but I´m really doing my best and I´ll do it even better in 2017.
When I went touring with Deranged as their Tour Manager, I also visited some friends in Bandung and the merch scenes there, in an attempt to try to bring some awesome merch over to Europe. I visited EASTERN WOLVES, COWBOY FROM HELL and LAWLESS JAKARTA, these are just some of the brands I think can be distributed in Europe, starting in Sweden with me.
My vision is to start selling the merch on the TMR ONLINE SHOP in early 2017, and see how it does in the Swedish market first. There are so many things to consider when you want to import stuff like merch to the European Union, like all the banned chemicals in textiles and prints for example. That is something I have to be 100 % sure of before I even start selling merchandise here.
I wish to produce the new official TMR merch soon as well, and our merch must be 100 % safe to wear – both for our health and for the environment. Im spending much time to find eco-friendly producers of merch, if you have any information about this, please contact us or leave a comment.
I´m sure I have forgotten some of the cool stuff that happened in 2016 but I really need to wrap this article up by now, gotta go and be a family man haha.
And lastly, here are some HAMMER SMASHED FACTS for TMR 2016.
TOP 5 MOST POPULAR POSTS ON TMR WEBSITE:
- BANGLADESH SCENE REPORT
- HAMMERSONIC FESTIVAL FULL REPORT
- MATICRUST GIVE ADVICE ON HOW TO GO TO EUROPE
- HAMMERSONIC PICS PT2
- MINIGUIDE TO BANGKOK METALCORE
TOP 5 COUNTRY VISITS ON WEBSITE
- UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
TMR made 58 posts in 2016 (april to december), who received 18.094 views from 9.122 unique visitors.
I want to thank all of you Metal Rebels out there for your love, support and caring – thanks to you I keep doing this! I´m really looking forward to 2017, it´s gonna be the year when TMR finds it´s way and the right path – and when we do, nothing can stop us.