4/25/2014

Bollnäs Metal Rules in 2014 with great mix of local swedish bands

Wow, the traditionell Bollnäs Metal Rules festival comes in 2014 with a killer line-up. So far Inmoria, Gormathon, Bloodbound ,Senate of Prevail and Neuros Moonshiner have been confirmed for this event that will take place on May 31st 2014 at

Långnäsparken
Långnäsvägen
821 00 Bollnäs


Wish I could be there, sounds like heaven on earth. If you want to more about the bands just click on the band name. I've linked all of their band names with their sites on Facebook.

For more info of the festival itself just go over to the Facebook event page or go to the festival subpage of the venue. Most of all have fun there and if you like please let me know how it was with writing a comment or writing me a short Email.

4/23/2014

Serbian Progpower-Metal band AlogiA preparing new album

This band ist set a bit more in the modern progmetal style. But that's not the only thing that makes them remarkable from other bands around. Their albums are recorded in Serbian language but the raw music translates into any culture. Because they’ve gained such a following in England and the US, they’ve translated their first album into English, and are working on a English version of their upcoming work as well.

At the moment the band is preparing their long-awaited new album,Elegia Balcanica, due to be released in September 2014 which will be distributed worldwide. The band recently signed a contract with Miner records which should give them better possibilities to distribute their music.

If you like to get to stay in touch with the band, head over to the band's Facebook site or check out more video stuff on their Youtube channel.

As for now check out one from their older videos below to get a idea of the band's abilities.

4/18/2014

Easter-Gift: Progmetal Double CD from Neverdream for free download

Time is running really fast, by now we've left the first quarter of the year behind us. It's time for the tradition to send all the old ghosts of winter to rest and to celebrate easter it with a easter fire here in germany.

And it's the time to give away little presents mostly to children but also adults surely are happy when they receive a little gift. These time I'm glad I've run across a tip that lead to the website of the band Neverdream. It's a italian progmetal band with a very unique style. Lyrically they always focus on one topic to each record, which is mostly a dark-themed one.

Most recently the band did put out a double (!!!) CD under the title of "The Circle" telling a dark thriller story. They were able to get the support of Andy Kuntz, who is the vocalist of the german progmetal band Vanden Plas. The sensation is that the band is giving away the whole record as a free download! There are also pdf files available that tell the story of the record as well as files that contain the lyrics in it's original (italian) language and in a translated english version.

Just jump over to the download page to get your copy. The older records are also available from the same page. If you like to have a physical copy of the album then click on Buy now button directly under the download images. You will get two CD's along with a 16 sided booklet.

As a alternative to that please also pay attention to the donate paypal button on the right site of the linked website directly under the website banner. Making music and recording stuff ain't free so please consider at least giving back some bucks for the stuff you've taken. If you want to stay in touch with band head over to their Facebook page and give some a like.

For all of you that like to listen to some snippets first of the record I've added the trailer to the album below. Enjoy this piece of fine music and happy easter to all of you!

4/17/2014

Rewind to Wacken 2013 and 2012 with german TV station zdf kultur

It has just been announced that Wacken Open Air 2014 will be broadcasted by the german TV station 3Sat live. Great news!

For all those of you who would like to re-live some of the (hopefully) sweet memories of the both past events I've got great news as well:

German TV station zdf.kultur will broadcast stuff from Wacken Open Air 2013 and 2012 on the upcoming Saturday night 19th to 20th of April 2014.

For exact timetable and bands see the notices below, all times are german time. Maybe these stuff can also be seen through the webstream of the TV station at the online-webstream of the station but I don't have proper information if there is a region-lock active so go and just try your luck.

Update 2014/04/20: Missed it out? The TV station still streams all the shows on demand for free. Same here with region-lock so just click on the artist name to see if it works outside germany,too. Bandnames without a link seem to have given no permission for streaming.

Besides that there are many more goodies to find there,too. Just click on this search-string to show off what there is, for example interviews but also the big cut-together shows seem to be still up for viewing. Keep in mind that this might only last for a limited time, so better hurry.

20:15 Wacken 2013: Alice Cooper und Motörhead
21:15 Wacken 2013: Deep Purple
22:15 Wacken 2013: ASP
23:15 Wacken 2013: Lingua Mortis Orchestra Featuring Rage
00:10 Wacken 2012: Dimmu Borgir & Orchestra und Cradle of Filth
01:10 Wacken 2012: Sepultura & Les Tambours du Bronx
02:05 Wacken 2012: In Flames
03:05 Wacken 2012: Testament
04:05 Wacken 2013: Anthrax

4/11/2014

Doom/Psych-Festival Reverence coming to Portugal in September


This summer a blast of psych, stoner, shoegaze, doom, prog, garage and beyond bands will play on the Reverence Festival in Portugal. HAWKWIND, PSYCHIC TV, SWERVEDRIVER, ELECTRIC WIZARD, RED FANG, THE WYTCHES and CRIPPLED BLACK PHOENIX. Plus MOON DUO, WOODS and PROCESS OF GUILT have been added to the bill.

The whole thing will take place on 12th and 13th September 2014 at Parque de Merendas in Valada, which runs along the banks of the Tejo river and includes a fluvial beach, picnic areas and coffee shops. Traditional Portuguese food and drinks including vegan and vegetarian will be available, as well as camping facilities adjacent to the festival site with toilets and showers.

Valada is a small picturesque village, famous for agriculture and wine production. Located approximately 60kms inland from Lisbon and 550km from Madrid, easily accessible via train from Lisbon where shuttle buses will be running from nearest station Reguengo to the festival site.

Early bird 2 day passes: €55.00 // after June 30th: €70.00 // Daily Ticket: €38.00. Tickets can be purchased online at this location.

For more information go to the website of the festival or head over to Facebook or Twitter.

Update 2014/05/03: Portuguese psych/ doom festival, Reverence has released its final heavy line-up with additions and a poster to accompany it. The festival features the amazing HAWKWIND, PSYCHIC TV, SWERVEDRIVER, ELECTRIC WIZARD, GRAVEYEARD, RED FANG, THE WYTCHES, CRIPPLED BLACK PHOENIX and many many more.

Update 2014/05/09: There are still bands added to the line-up! So there is even more value for money for everyone who decides to go to the festival. The latest additions to the line-up include pysche-rocker Bardo Pond and fellow Americans Sleepy Sun.

Update 2014/06/04: More bands have been announced! With today's additions sixty bands playing over two days on four stages are now confirmed for this festival.
The latest additions to the line up include Brooklyn shoegaze pysch band A Place to Bury Strangers, The Black Angels's guitarist Christian Bland & the Revelatorsplaying for the first time in Europe and Austins Holy Wave. Portuguese acts Dreamweapon and 10000 Russos, Berlin's Francois Sky and DJ's Nuno Calado andTiago Castro complete the lost of acts just announced.

Update 2014/07/11: The latest additions to the line-up have just been released! Completing the line-up for 2014 are Austin psych heroes The Black Angels, Sweedish heavy-metal four-piece Bombus, Lisbon trio Miss Lava, The Rising Sun Experience, The Jabberwocky Band & Celestial Bums.

Check out the poster below to find out which bands made it to the final line-up (new bands are already included).








4/08/2014

Chasing Dragons stream first track of their upcoming record online

Wow, female vocalists can add a lot to a band. They're not that often to find but every once in a while you'll find them. And when you do maybe you'll think the same - those women must be hardcore since they give a lot just to be accepted by the metal community.

One of them I recently ran across are Chasing Dragons. The band from Leeds are due to release their new record, ‘Checkmate’ on 2nd June via Trash Unreal Management. The band that has already released several EPs and singles just hit me very hard with the release of the track "For the sake of murder". Drawing comparisons to Iron Maiden, Avenged Sevenfold, AFI and Aiden come up to your mind when listening to their stuff.

As always its up to you to check their music out for yourselves and of couse please let me know what you think of them. For more information on the band check out their website and stay in touch with them through Facebook.



Update 2014/06/02: Show for June 4th has been cancelled, the band writes on Facebook about it:

"(...) Due to unforeseen venue actions entirely out of our hands, our show on Wednesday night with Death2Disco at The Macbeth in London has been cancelled. We're absolutely gutted to not be able to play for you guys but rest assured, the date is being REARRANGED for later in the summer! So we will be down to see you guys...If anyone has purchased tickets for this show in advance, please contact your vendor for a refund.

We'll keep you all posted with news on the new date...

Sorry for any and all inconvenience caused but it really is completely out of our control(...)"


May 30 "CHECKMATE" HOMETOWN LAUNCH: Chasing Dragons w/Bad Pollyanna, Euthemia & more - Leeds, Eiger - Leeds, United Kingdom
Jun 4 Chasing Dragons VS Death2Disco,with Killatrix, Cross Wires The Macbeth, London - London, United Kingdom
Jun 14 Chasing Dragons VS Salutation, Nottingham - Nottingham, United Kingdom
Jun 21 Chasing Dragons VS The Riverside, Selby  - Selby, United Kingdom

Jun 24 Chasing Dragons VS The Parish, Huddersfield Huddersfield, United Kingdom 
Jun 26 Chasing Dragons VS Corporation, Sheffield - Sheffield, United Kingdom
Jun 27 Chasing Dragons VS The Pot & Kettle, Rhyl, Wales w/ Artisfiction - Rhyl, United Kingdom
Aug 02 Chasing Dragons VS The Shed, Leicester - Leicester, United Kingdom
Aug 22 Chasing Dragons VS Steph's The Club That Rocks, Consett Consett - United Kingdom
Sep 19 Chasing Dragons VS The Underworld, London w/ Tagada Jones - London, United Kingdom


I will add more dates as I get to know them by updating the article so please check back from time to time if you're interested in seeing the band live.

4/07/2014

Armonight to hit the road with catchy new album

Power Metal from Italy is still alive and kicking! One of them is the band Armonight. The band just recently. released the album  "Recover".

The ten tracks on "Recover" are a mix of rock-style Armonight but, unlike previous work, namely the debut "Suffering And Passion" in 2010 and the subsequent "Tales From The Heart", dated 2012, the new studio effort has numerous catchy guitar riffs from the first listen. The band, in doing this, intends to deviate from the melancholy aura that characterizes the gothic genre which has been so sterotyped in the past by critics, through the presence of keyboards and female vocals.

In the last year and a half, Armonight played a long series of concerts in the UK, Switzerland,Netherlands, France (and, of course, Italy). In the upcoming months the band will tour Europe from August 29 to September 20. The venues have still to be confirmed. Just take a look on their website and on Facebook to stay up to date on these dates as well as for more info about the band.

But nothing describes music better than listening to it, so here you go:

4/02/2014

MONSTER posts new trailer of the album "The Arrival"

MONSTER recently completed the line-up with the addition of the new guitarist Klaas Olthoff (ex-BURIAL VAULT / THE DAMNATION).

At the moment the thrash metal five-piece is working on completing their very first full album release. The record is tentively schedulded for release this year but MONSTER are still looking for a record label.

For all those who would like to listen early to some snippets of the recording the band has released a brandnew ten minute long teaser giving insight into the songs of the album.

Looking forward to this release, sounds like a piece of reallly, really heavy stuff coming our way.

If you want to know more about the band, go and click through to their website or contact them directly via E-Mail.