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Austin Lamb - Co-Editor in Chief

My name is Austin Lamb and I am a senior at Oswego High School. This is my third year with 42Fifty, and I can't wait to get back into writing and reviewing. I greatly enjoy playing and listening to music, as well as writing. I've always been interested in writing, especially about things that can be critiqued and looked at subjectively. I play the guitar in a band with my friends and primarily listen to metal music but enjoy and appreciate all genres. I hope that my editing abilities, writing knowledge, and leadership skills will pay off for the publications.

Ink180 gives survivors a second chance

The Ink180 tree mural symbolizes a chance at new life through vibrant handprints from each of the survivors they have helped. Credit: Austin Lamb, 42fifty

According to the U.S. Department of State, approximately 6.3 million people unwillingly participated in forced commercial sexual exploitation at any given time in the United States in 2021. This issue is present everywhere, but Illinois specifically is a hotspot for sex trafficking and human trafficking in general.  Ink180 is a prominent business in the Oswegoland community that helps people recover from traumatic experiences, promotes community activism, and increases awareness about the dangers of sex trafficking, both locally and nationally.

PowerSchool Transition Results in Need for Support

"Welcome to the TECH HUB" is signed on a brick wall, with a computer monitor facing towards the camera in front of the wall.

After District 308’s switch from Tyler to PowerSchool as a student information system for attendance and grades, parents and students have been reporting seemingly unending struggle with the service. Although many issues have been resolved, students have reported being unable to log in, parents have voiced missing information necessary to create an account, and some accounts have been deleted.

Liturgy’s ‘93696’: The soundtrack to transcendence 

93696 Album Cover

It is rare to encounter an artist or collective with as much creative prowess as Liturgy. Fronted by founding guitarist and vocalist Haela Hunt-Hendrix, Liturgy serves as a vehicle for some of the grandest and most well-orchestrated metal compositions of the modern age. Hunt-Hendrix describes the band’s style as “transcendent black metal”, which transforms the traditionally gritty, unpolished black metal style into a much more lush and grand experience, including experimentation with electronics, choir, bells, and other complex instrumental layerings. The band heavily incorporates heavenly themes, with Hunt-Hendrix even writing a manifesto about the extensive lore and central themes behind the band. 

Sleep Token and experimentation in mainstream metal

Photo of lead singer "Vessel" singing, while the band plays behind them. The stage is shrouded in smoke as blue light dims the room in an ethereal glow.

Metal bands rarely garner mainstream attention or success, and the few times that they do, they are criticized for “selling out” or using too many “clean vocals” (singing, to normal people). But what happens when, in perfect circumstances, a band can retain their experimental and abrasive qualities while also drawing in new fans through the accessible and catchy side of their music?

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