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TESTAMENT and ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO guitarist Alex Skolnick is “immersed in global rhythms,” writing his first acoustic album with PLANETARY COALITION for a spring 2014 release. The entire process is being documented via Artist Share, a platform that connects creative artists with fans in order to share the creative process and fund the creation of new artistic works.

An ethnically flavored collective of diverse musicians from all over the world, PLANETARY COALITION is driven by the acoustic guitar of Skolnick, whose work spans jazz (ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO), metal (TESTAMENT), and world music (RODRIGO Y GABRIELA). Its mission is to tie together the virtuosity of jazz, the power of metal and the passion of the musical styles of Gypsy, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Indian, Asian, African, Latin and other indegenous lands. Through the universal language of music, PLANETARY COALITION intends to bridge the gap between different cultures, increase ecological awareness and explore the threads that connect musical expression with regional identity.

PLANETARY COALITION is more than a band; it is a collective of people from many different walks of life and various regions of the globe.

In a recent interview with Chris McGovern, Skolnick stated about PLANETARY COALITION: “It’s a bit of an ambitious project, and it’s going to be my first crowd-funded project, but basically it’s going to be my first acoustic album, my first world music album, and it’ll have some electric as well. But that’s just the musical side of it. I’ve already written some music for it and recorded it with some great local musicians, including Max Z.T. and violinist Rachel Golub. Depending on how things go, the goal will be to involve musicians from all over the world, from different cultures and regions, and to write music around them, collaborate with them, and eventually have a social component too, where we actually tell the story of some of these regions — the untold story from their perspective, including slide shows, video, etc. It’s a vision I’ve had for a while now, and the few times I’ve performed the music, the response has been very good. Even on this metal web site, BLABBERMOUTH.NET, where they hate everything, they actually seemed to really like this music. Even though it’s not metal music, it has an intensity.”

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Class dismisse-oh shit

A two-year foundation degree in heavy metal being offered by New College Nottingham has been labelled as an “easy option” and a qualification that would “lack weight” in finding work by education campaigners.

The degree, which was developed by music lecturer Liam Maloy and will teach students about a range of subjects including the composition of heavy metal and its effect on popular culture, film and even video games, is planned to start this September, despite causing some controversy amongst critics who feel it isn’t a degree that can be taken seriously when it comes to looking for work.

Could we soon be seeing whole modules dedicated to Maiden and Sabbath?

“There are too many degrees being offered that lack credibility in the marketplace,” says Chris McGovern, chairman of the Campaign for Real Education.

“I suspect that may be the case with this course, unless you want to be a heavy metal star, in which case why would you need a degree in the subject? It might seem an attractive, easy option to some people. But you don’t need to do a degree in heavy metal. It’s a waste of time.”

“It’s a degree, so it will be academically rigorous,” counters Liam Maloy. “In the past, heavy metal has not been taken seriously and is seen as lacking academic credibility when compared with other genres such as jazz and classical music. But that’s just a cultural construction.”

Read more over on the BBC website

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