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172 – The Significance of Image in Music

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On this week’s show, we explore the idea of image and how it has evolved to encompass not just an aesthetic look but carefully crafted lore and mythos that listeners can delve into and explore outside of a band’s music. Is image a vital component to becoming a hugely successful band in the 21st century? Is it a coincidence that bands with a striking aesthetic – Ghost, Sleep Token, Creeper, even Code Orange – have gained significant traction in a relatively short period of time? How and why is image relevant to an auditory medium? We also draft in Metal Hammer editor Merlin Alderslade to get his perspective and what significance a band’s image might (or might not) have on editorial decisions made in the magazine.

On top of that, we discuss the Adele shuffle kerfuffle, the grammys’ lack of self-awareness and the new album from Cynic as well as live reviews of Rolo Tomassi, Mogwai and Sleep Token.

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