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Diary of a Madman #9: The Lost Art of Shred Guitar

King Diamond is the frontman of both Mercyful Fate and the eponymous King Diamond. Photo: Cecil/Wikimedia Commons

“Guitar gods are the only gods who exist, in this world or in the next,” says Dr. Hex

Diary of a Madman #8: A Tribute to Blue Frog

Dr. Hex performing at the album launch of Albatross' Photo: Prashin Jagger

On the verge of it shutting down, and possibly relocating to nether realms, Dr. Hex takes a walk down the Blue Frog memory lane

Diary of a Madman #7: Concept Albums Without Concepts

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Dr. Hex laments the death of storytelling through music in an age where “attention spans are shorter than Tyrion Lannister”

Diary of a Madman #6: Seedy Sales in the 21st Century

Riju Dasgupta. Photo courtesy Sagnik Kamarkar/Deadshotzine

Dr. Hex on the problem of illegal downloads and why music collectors are the laughing stock of the masses

Diary of a Madman #5: Do Tribute Gigs Deserve Cover-age?

Riju Dasgupta. Photo courtesy Sagnik Kamarkar/Deadshotzine

“Are tribute gigs cancer to the Indian metal scene?” asks mad scientist Dr. Hex in our metal special column

Diary of a Madman #4: What Indian Metal can learn from Ric Flair

Riju Dasgupta. Photo courtesy Sagnik Kamarkar/Deadshotzine

“Don’t try and be Ric Flair, try and be yourself. Wooo!” says mad scientist Dr.Hex in our metal special column

Diary of a Madman #3: Power Metal Fan in a “Progressive Metal Country”

Riju Dasgupta. Photo courtesy Sagnik Kamarkar/Deadshotzine

Mad scientist Dr. Hex laments the country’s lack of appreciation for power metal

Diary of a Madman #2: Eccentric Concert Promoters

Riju Dasgupta. Photo courtesy Sagnik Kamarkar/Deadshotzine

Mad scientist Dr. Hex on the “idiosyncrasies of gig/festival organizers” in our metal special column

Diary of a Madman #1: ‘What is Metal?’

Riju Dasgupta. Photo courtesy Sagnik Kamarkar/Deadshotzine

“To be metal, is to be free. Metal is the yada in yada yada yada, and it signifies freedom,” says mad scientist Dr. Hex in our latest metal special column

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  • May 24th, 2017 The Foxtrot Project V2 Tour ft Neel Sarkar Project in New Delhi at Piano Man Jazz Club
  • May 24th, 2017 Lucy Rose in New Delhi at Oddbird Theater
  • May 24th, 2017 Shubhangi Joshi Collective, Kaly Aani in Mumbai at AntiSocial
  • May 25th, 2017 The Foxtrot Project V2 Tour ft Rohan Ganguli Quartet in New Delhi at Piano Man Jazz Club
  • May 25th, 2017 Rainburn, Signal W in Bengaluru at Blue Frog



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