That’s right — depending on the tempo of the music and the range of motion of your noggin, you could be looking at a head or neck injury, Australian researchers report in today’s British Medical Journal.
Andrew McIntosh, an associate professor of biomechanics at the School of Risk and Safety Sciences as the University of New South Wales, and his research assistant, Declan Patton, attended several hard rock and heavy-metal concerts, taking careful note of the most popular head-banging techniques in the audience.
While head-banging generally refers to violent, rhythmic movement of the head, it takes various forms. At the concerts McIntosh and Patton attended, the “up-down” style — which looks like you’re bobbing for apples, long hair covering your face at all times — trumped the others. The “circular swing” (long locks swung around your head like a mini tornado) the “full body” (hair whipped up and down in exaggerated fashion) and the “side-to-side” (looks like you’re shaking your head in disagreement) didn’t get as much representation. (Thanks to our resident head-banging expert, tech editor Larry Greenemeier, for those colorful descriptions.)
After rockin’ out with Ozzy Osbourne, Skid Row and Whitesnake, among others, McIntosh and Patton got down to business. Based on the popularity of the up-down style of head-banging at the concerts, and the average tempo of 11 songs deemed the best for head-banging by a minion of local musicians, the scientists developed a mathematical model of how violently you’d have to shake your noodle to hurt yourself. Their conclusion? Head-banging to a song with a tempo of 146 beats per minute can make you dazed and confused (read: give you a headache and make you dizzy) if you’re rotating your head by more than 75 degrees.
For the record, popular heavy metal often has a tempo of 180 beats per minute, according to the study. So head-banging to faster tunes with even more range of motion (say, 120 degrees) could cause a neck injury — mainly pain, McIntosh and Patton conclude.
“If the tempo is increased, you have to accelerate more to keep in time,” McIntosh tells us. “You’ve got a limit to that range of motion. The more you’re going through it, the higher the risk of mild brain injury or some sort of neck injury.”
The tongue-and-cheekiness of the research aside, musicians have actually hurt themselves head-banging. A 15-year-old drummer in his neighborhood band suffered an aneurysm in his cervical vertebral artery, according to a 1991 case report in the journal Pediatric Neurosurgery, and Evanescence guitarist Terry Balsamo had a stroke three years ago that his docs blamed on his head-banging tendencies.
Worried? Try to rotate your neck at no more than 45 degrees. Alternatively, consider slower tempo, easy-listening music instead — or a neck brace, McIntosh and Patton suggest.
“You could have a stylish neck brace built into a leather jacket,” McIntosh quips. “We didn’t take into account whether if someone had a poodle-style hairdo, that that might dampen some of the acceleration, or if dreadlocks make it worse. The next step would be to look at the effects of some of these hairstyles.”
Source: Scientific American
Solana Productions, Inc., has videotaped a live performance by the rock group Hinder that is currently being delivered to fans via cell phones.
The four-camera shoot, recorded at San Diego’s 4th and B nightclub, featured hundreds of screaming, slam-dancing fans enjoying the post-grunge group’s music.
Solana crews captured every electrifying moment of the band’s 10-song set on Panasonic video cameras recording in 24p. One camera isolated on the performers on stage, while two others were situated in the pit in front of the band. The fourth camera rolled from the back of the room.
Solana sound technicians used a variety of microphones and mixers to record Hinder’s performance and fan response.
The result was a raucous rock-and-roll show experienced from every conceivable angle.
Solana cameras also recorded backstage interviews with band members Austin Winkler (vocals), Joe “Blower” Garvey (guitar), Mark King (guitar), Mike Rodden (bass), and Cody Hanson (drums).
The video is now available on the Sprint cell phone network.
The Oklahoma-based band is receiving media attention for re-energizing the hard rock scene, and developing a loyal fan following. Hinder was recently profiled in several newspapers, including, “The Los Angeles Times.”
The group is currently headlining the Jagermeister Music Tour, with Trapt and Rev Theory also on the bill. In early 2009, Hinder will join Motley Crue’s Saints of Los Angeles Tour, which will also include Theory of a Deadman and the Guitar Center contest winners, The Last Vegas.
Solana Productions, Inc., is a San Diego video production company that serves broadcast, cable and corporate clients throughout Southern California. The company shoots in all video formats, including Sony XDHD and Panasonic HD.
More information is available at SolanaProductions.com.
Video footage from the MONSTER CIRCUS show at The Masquerade Showroom in Las Vegas, NV on December 9th is available below. The band consists of Dee Snider, Rudy Sarzo, Bruce Kulick, Tony Montana, Bobby Rock, John Corabi.
Eddie Van Halen launches the all-new EVH(R) Wolfgang(R) electric guitar, available worldwide beginning Jan. 2009. The EVH Wolfgang guitar represents Eddie’s 35 years of experimenting with guitars, over two years of intense research and development, and a full year of brutal road testing during the top-grossing Van Halen 2007-2008 tour.
It was during the massive 2007-2008 Van Halen tour that the all-new EVH Wolfgang guitar went through extensive live “road testing” performance trials. The tour kicked off in fall 2007, and Eddie punished early versions of the new Wolfgang each night; playing every updated prototype onstage under the full, unfiltered spotlight of his fans. The results are reflected in the EVH Wolfgang guitar; produced to Eddie’s exact specifications and with features identical to the Wolfgang guitars he records and performs with.
“A guitar is a very personal extension of the person playing it. You have to be emotionally and spiritually connected to your instrument. I could have just stayed at home and built this guitar for myself. I do this because a lot of people ask if they can get what I use. Well, yes you can and what you get is identical to what I use,” commented Eddie. “From the basics of the guitar to painstaking aspects like the binding and everything else–we re-did everything on this guitar.
“Every aspect and component of this guitar has been examined and upgraded to the highest standards possible: stainless steel frets, double-potted custom-wound pickups, five-piece binding on the matching body and headstock, custom-made signature tuning machines and Floyd Rose(R) bridge, new low-friction pots, and the list keeps going … we left no stone unturned,” said Eddie. “Everything that I’ve built, destroyed, stumbled onto, learned and experienced is in this guitar.”
When Eddie Van Halen made his debut into the rock music scene in 1978, he did so with a homemade guitar (later known as “Frankenstein”). At a time when his monster technique and tone demanded a high-performance, indestructible guitar, he created his own to reach his own seemingly impossible standards. For over 35 years, he has continued to examine and improve every variable within the instrument, all culminating with the new EVH Wolfgang guitar.
In 2007, Eddie Van Halen and Fender(R) collaborated to launch the first EVH brand high-performance products, including the all-new EVH 5150III (TM) amplifier, the limited run of Eddie Van Halen Frankenstein(TM) replica guitars and an array of high-quality EVH brand accessories.
For more information, exclusive photos, video and news updates, go to www.evhgear.com.
KOCH Records announces the addition of critically-acclaimed heavy trio HIGH ON FIRE to its roster. The band just completed a run of West Coast dates and now will focus on writing the new CD that will be released in Summer 2009.
HIGH ON FIRE — Matt Pike (guitar, vocals), Des Kensel (drums) and Jeff Matz (bass) — has released four critically acclaimed albums during its career, starting with their debut, “The Art of Self Defense,” on the now defunct Man’s Ruin label. Their latest album, “Death Is This Communion,” was released in 2007.
Kerrang! has called HIGH ON FIRE “a metal juggernaut,” while Spin describes them as “a beast of a band.”
High on Fire performed on Gigantour 2008, alongside heavyweights Megadeth and KOCH recording artists In Flames, and recently wrapped up a tour with Opeth.
We are very pleased and relieved to bring you the great news just in time of Christmas, that we have just released another 4 smokin’ CD’s. Being a valued customer of ours, we wish to advise the following artists and titles are now available for ordering from our website on .
The following titles are –
Artist – Road Ratt
CD Title – You Love Us CD
Artist – Jungle Blue
Title – Call Of The Wild
Artist – Taupier
CD Title – That Was Then
Artist – Bad Attitude
CD Title – Prisoners Of Rock
With all the class you can expect from Suncity releases, these 4 new discs have been months and months in the making and have also been delayed many times.The end result is the most important thing and believe me – I think every fan will be once again very impressed.
From all the staff at Suncity Records, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and an ultra safe New Year!! Let’s make 2009 an even more rockin’ year than 2008.