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Friday, October 24 • 12:30pm - 1:45pm
The Changing Face of Metal: Evolution or Identity Crisis?

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Links About Cross-pollination with other genres has always been crucial to the development of metal. In the internet age, the metal scene is no longer localized, leading to hyper-fast exchange of ideas and turnover of eras. Metal bands now seamlessly mix into traditionally non-metal tours and festivals. Labels fearlessly sign diverse rosters. The "metal" sound is no longer definable. Should it be restricted by definition? How can the metal scene hold its ground? Does it even need to?
Panelists Paul Conroy ChannelZero Entertainment/Ferret Music (moderator) Guy Kozowyk Vocalist, The Red Chord/Owner, BlackMarket Activities Kevin Lyman, President, 4Fini, Inc. (Mayhem Festival, Warped Tour, Taste of Chaos) Harlan Frey, VP Tour Marketing & Artist Development, RoadRunner (Tour Marketing) Ben Umanov, Co-Founder/Co-Editor In Chief, MetalSucks.net

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