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They Could Have Been A Contender: Earthtone9

We look back at Earthtone9's almost-rise to the top...

When Earthtone9 split up originally in 2002 there was a barely contained outrage that swept throughout the UK metal underground. How, people asked, could such a unique and challenging band dissolve due to their frustrations at being ignored? Why were inferior bands climbing the ladder of commercial success whilst the Nottingham noisemakers struggled on to diminishing returns?

It’s a good question, but in reality no one should have expected too much from a band who had originally intended to split up before the release of their debut album. With that in mind, it’s fair to consider the legacy of Earthtone9 a success… But, oh, how much more they could have achieved.

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