ROUGH TIMES is NOT your classic webzine, don't expect to find here all the latest news & updates/reviews from bands & labels of the moment... That's NOT the idea... The idea is to give exposure to labels & bands & artists that I really LOVE.. I don't intend reviewing an album if this is not satisfying me or just because this is the last hype of the moment... I don't care and I don't care about the so-called "objectivity"... my musical tastes FIRST, love it or leave it !
Rock, Hard-Rock, Heavy-Metal, Hard-Core, Punk musics (and subgenres) have always been more than just "musics".. it is a passion, a life-style that accompanies me since the age of 13... Being just a "listener" went rapidly NOT enough... I have started acting for the scene back in the late 80's with first a fanzine (named INITIUM), then a band (no need to talk about this, no skill at all - ha !), and later small distro/labels.. before running more seriously more recent projects like INFERNO Records, BLEED Records, HAMMERED Blog... and now my new (and probably last ) project called ROUGH TIMES !
Born 1969, grew up with the NWOBHM sounds, musically educated with cult french magazines that were ENFER and METAL ATTACK, definitely nailed to the style when "The Number Of The Beast" by IRON MAIDEN was released... From 1982, it was clear life would never be the same ! Young & getting wild to the HEAVY sounds of SAXON, VENOM, BLACK SABBATH, MOTORHEAD, Young Fab also discovered thanks to school mates the NOISE, FILTH & FURY of Hard-Core/Punk bands like G.B.H, DISCHARGE, BROKEN BONES but also CRO-MAGS, BAD BRAINS, FUGAZI... and later on, through the 90's, everything that was ALTERNATIVE, EXPERIMENTAL, GRUNGE, INDUSTRIAL (SONIC YOUTH, NINE INCH NAILS, SOUDGARDEN, ALICE IN CHAINS)...
Passion & curiosity grew up as years went by ... Fate was SEALED... no turning back ! No Music = No Life !