1. Dark Bombastic Evening - review of the 4th ritual

    Dark Bombastic Evening - review of the 4th ritual icon The number of festivals held in Romania is slowly increasing every year, but as far as I notice on the web or through news from my friends, they follow the same pattern: rent a huge space, bring 'big' bands that sell your tickets, cage the participants within some fences and tell them to have fun there, there's hardly any interaction … (read on)

  2. Tuska Festival 2012 - Day 3 Review

    Tuska Festival 2012 - Day 3 Review icon Being set up quite close to the city center and populated areas in Helsinki, the Tuska festival has a curfew different from any other I've seen. Friday and Saturday the 'noise' has to end at ten PM and Sunday at nine, making it possible for everyone to get their rest and have the chance to go home at decent times … (read on)

  3. Tuska Festival 2012 - Day 2 Review

    Tuska Festival 2012 - Day 2 Review icon Not the easiest of mornings in the Finnish capital, yet I managed to make it by 13:30 to the festival grounds to watch the performance of the Finnish hard/heavy rock (formerly death metal) band Amoral, as I was going to have an interview later on that day and it would have made my life easier if I got to 'know' … (read on)

  4. Tuska Festival 2012 - Day 1 Review

    Tuska Festival 2012 - Day 1 Review icon This was my second year at the Finnish Tuska metal festival, and it strongly reinforced the feeling that I should join this festival rather often, as it simply is an awesome experience. From the moment you go to pick up your wristbands until you say the final goodbye to the festival grounds, it all happens with so much politeness and … (read on)

  5. OST Fest 2012, or how a friendly PR doesn't a festival make

    OST Fest 2012, or how a friendly PR doesn't a festival make icon First, a rant, preceded by a disclaimer: this review is intentionally being written a while after the event; this ensures that the author's head is cool enough to avoid swearing (too much). So, here we go: after we'd kinda given up on going to OST Fest 2012, StudioRock received the documentation for press access. That was one impressive email: it … (read on)

  6. Graspop festival 2012 - Day 3

    The final day of Graspop 2012 didn't start too encouraging, as it was raining like crazy in Eindhoven when we left and it did so a big part of the drive to Dessel. It also kept on raining until later in the afternoon, making the tents rather crowded and hot. But, rain is afterall part of the outdoor festival life … (read on)

  7. Graspop festival 2012 - Day 2

    Saturday started with good weather and fresh Dutch stroopwafels which taste fantastic when warm. Highly recommended. Another driver from Eindhoven to Dessel and we're just in time to attend Heidevolk's concert in the Metaldome. I only knew a song from Heidvolk, but it was enough to make me want to see them live since they sing about being Vulgaris Magistralis … (read on)

  8. Graspop festival 2012 - Day 1

    Graspop festival 2012 - Day 1 icon I still wish I had a wider festival experience to be able to compare Graspop to other events, but, due to what I see on various social media about festivals like Hellfest or Wacken, I believe that Graspop is still one cool relaxed festival. I mainly mean that from the point of view of amount of time needed to relocate … (read on)

  9. Fortarock 2012 review

    Fortarock 2012 review icon As far as my experience goes with the Netherlands and Dutch people, the word “practical” is one of the first that come to mind when describing them. And it also applies to the Fortarock festival, which has the biggest advantage of being a one day festival. A young and growing festival, located in the Brakkenstein park in the city of … (read on)

  10. Eclectic Addiction: White Walls, Monarchy and Axial Lead

    Eclectic Addiction: White Walls, Monarchy and Axial Lead icon Mini-review: a week ago the StudioRock Bucharest crew went to see White Walls live in a small Bucharest pub we've never been to before. The support bands were Monarchy, which we knew, and Axial Lead, which we didn't. More on them later. Ageless Club is a small pub that wouldn't strike one as a metal venue: it had tables; they … (read on)

  11. South of Heaven: Vulture Industries, Helheim, Taake in Oslo

    South of Heaven: Vulture Industries, Helheim, Taake in Oslo icon It's been a long time now since I wished to catch a live performance by Vulture Industries, after seeing plenty of youtube videos, as each of them made me more and more curious. And, finally, May 2012 brought the band to Oslo for the already established event South of Heaven. It's true that the event headliners were the band's Bergen … (read on)

  12. Ørkenkjøtt release concert at John Dee, Oslo

    Ørkenkjøtt release concert at John Dee, Oslo icon Two days after I got so impressed by the opening act that I wished the headliner would stop playing and have the first band come back on stage, I got to witness another fantastic opening performance. This time it was the Norwegian quintet Domene, who played as support band for the Ørkenkjøtt release concert in Oslo, at John Dee. It’s … (read on)

  13. Pain of Salvation & Cryptex live in Oslo

    Pain of Salvation & Cryptex live in Oslo icon With two 'Road salt' albums released until September 2011, Pain of Salvation has embarqued on an European tour with the support of the Germans from Cryptex. The stop in Oslo was in the small 'John Dee' venue, which led to a rather compact crowd in front of the stage and a nice atmosphere altogether. I got inside during the Cryptex … (read on)

  14. South of Heaven: Obscura and guests in Oslo

    South of Heaven: Obscura and guests in Oslo icon Obscura’s 2012 tour aimed at promoting their latest release, Omnivium, brought the Germans to the smaller stage of Chateau Neuf in Oslo, together with their 3 support acts: Exivious from the Netherlands, Gorod from France and Spawn of Possession from Sweden. For me personally, the event started earlier than the moment when the first tune was played on stage, since … (read on)

  15. 70,000 Tons Of Metal 2012

    70,000 Tons Of Metal 2012 icon Everybody who was able to be part of the maiden voyage of 70.000 Tons Of Metal in 2011 was exhausted by this very special experience. It was absolutely proven that a luxury cruise ship and more than 2000 party-willing Heavy Metal pirates are a completely suitable match. And so it was quite obvious that a second edition of the outstanding … (read on)

  16. The launch of Autumn's latest album

    The launch of Autumn's latest album icon When I arrived at the venue, the doors were still closed and a few people were waiting to get in. This would actually prove to be the tendency of the evening. Everything was late, but nobody complained. After a few minutes the doors finally opened. Once inside, I noticed nobody was in a hurry tonight. Not the band, not the … (read on)

  17. Concert review: Arch Enemy in Tilburg

    Concert review: Arch Enemy in Tilburg icon The concert started with a bit of a delay, which meant I could actually make it in time, I still had to wait almost half an hour before the first band took the stage. Strangely enough, this was the first gig in a while in this venue that wasn't sold out. The first band was ChthoniC from Taiwan. I had … (read on)

  18. Concert review: In Flames in Tilburg

    Concert review: In Flames in Tilburg icon For the second day in a row, the 013 venue was sold out. Though the musical style this evening was way different than the previous evening (Marillion), the bands were destined to make this evening a great one. The evening was opened by the Norwegians of Insense. Their musical style is hard to define, since it's not exactly in one … (read on)

  19. Concert review: Marillion in Tilburg

    Concert review: Marillion in Tilburg icon This Tuesday it was finally time to see Marillion. I hadn't seen the band in quite some years, so I was really looking forward to it. With the venue being sold-out in a short time, it was almost a given fact that the atmosphere in there would be great. Unfortunately, I arrived very late at the venue due to traffic … (read on)

  20. Opeth and Pain of Salvation

    Opeth and Pain of Salvation icon Pain of Salvation have come a long way since their first musical experiences, and have gathered a rather big following during the years. This time around, they started their set in front of a sold-out crowd. They only had about 40 minutes of playing time, and it was no wonder that almost all songs on the playlist were from the … (read on)