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Last year, at this same time, I sat here in my office at Rock Father HQ, taking stock of the year that was about to be behind us. I don't believe that I'd ever done such a proper year-end wrap-up, but when I posted my "2015 Greatest Hits," I declared that "it's all downhill from here." I don't know if that was really accurate, but from a site standpoint, I can tell you that I ended 2016 with a bang - November and December were the biggest traffic months in the history of THE ROCK FATHER Magazine... and I'm just getting started. 

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Whenever I post about this band, I always have to preface things with a little note of backstory... because PRODUCT OF HATE isn't simply just another metal band: We've been friends since 2009, and I currently co-manage them. While many of you who frequent the site are familiar with my family entertainment endeavors, perhaps you didn't know that I still have my hand in the music world on a regular basis, or that I occasionally direct and edit music videos. "Kill. You. Now." is the opening track on PRODUCT OF HATE's Napalm Records debut, BURIED IN VIOLENCE (Amazon | iTunes), and the video is the second of three that we recently filmed. Officially-released this past Friday via Heavy Blog is Heavy, the clip has gained steam in recent days, appearing on sites like Blabbermouth and The PRP (among many others). As PRODUCT OF HATE closes out their month-long tour with Mushroomhead, Sumo Cyco and Madame Mayhem this week, I'm sharing the new video here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine. Nope, this video isn't for the kids...

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The eve is finally upon us. Tomorrow, after years of work, and a rollercoaster ride of ups-and-downs, PRODUCT OF HATE will release their debut album, BURIED IN VIOLENCE (iTunes | Amazon) . If you're just joining us here at THE ROCK FATHER Magazine, what you might not know is that this is not just another band I happen to be covering - they're my friends, and I've been with them for the long haul, serving as ½ of their management team, and being their music video director and editor since 2010. There's been an incredible team working with us behind-the-scenes to launch their Napalm Records debut, and this past month has been exciting. The new video for "Monster" is out - the song is in rotation on SiriusXM Liquid Metal, and it hit #10 on the iTunes Metal Hot Tracks Chart. Yesterday we got word that BURIED IN VIOLENCE was the #3 Most-Added Record for the week on the CMJ Radio Charts, and songs are starting to receieve play on a Global level. While that's all fantastic, there is much work to be done for this still-relatively unknown band, and tomorrow what really counts will take place - the album will be out, and audiences will be able to experience it and have their say. Now, if you'd like an early taste, you can stream the album in its entirety via the Napalm Records webstore! Click here to listen, and if you dig it, pick up the album on CD or Vinyl, or snag a killer bundle pack!

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There's that quote - the one attributed to Thomas Fuller that I always tend associate with Harvey Dent in THE DARK KNIGHT... "The night is darkest just before the dawn." When it comes the metaphor, it was 2010 that was one of my darkest times. My wife and I were new parents, struggling to find our way and learn how to manage life with a child, just as all new parents do. The emotions of parenthood were intermixed with my own improperly managed depression and anxiety, and there were "events" throughout the year that were just not good. Blow-up after blow-up, I was cracking - allowing myself to be influenced by others, working with the wrong people... for the wrong company, and not knowing what I was really doing... or what I should be. 

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You've heard a lot about Wisconsin's PRODUCT OF HATE here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine, and for good reason - I've been their co-manager since 2010. I've also had the honor of calling these five guys my friends and brothers, the end result of a chance meeting when I caught them live in Kenosha, Wisconsin back in 2009. Now, after years of hard work, PRODUCT OF HATE's debut album, BURIED IN VIOLENCE (iTunes | Amazon), will be in stores everywhere on February 5, 2016 through legendary metal label Napalm Records. Last week, the new single "Monster" hit radio - quickly entering rotation on SiriusXM Liquid Metal (shout to Jose Mangin for getting behind it!), and this week it unexpectedly hit #10 on the iTunes Metal "Hot Tracks" Chart. With the track grabbing so many new ears, we've released  a new video to accompany it - one of three all-new videos that we shot this month to support the release. As with past PoH clips, I'm handling Directing and Editing duties, and for this batch of videos we had a fantastic new crew. Check out "Monster" below!

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As we sit here on the edge of one year, and on the cusp of another, it's come time to reflect on all that 2015 has brought us, and everything that 2016 may have in-store. Our social feeds are filled with tales of triumph and sorrow, as our friends and colleagues both celebrate their victories, and mourn their losses. It's always this time of year, among the melancholy post-Christmas days when the "holiday high" wears off, that everyone either can't turn the calendar quick enough, or they wish to bask in a year of successes that they hope will never end. For our family, this was a great year - and professionally, it was likely my best year, maybe not from a financial standpoint, but one of adventure and accomplishment in all of the areas in which I'm hoping to achieve. Time for a little horn-tooting, because it's all downhill from here...

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