1. Tuska Open Air 2011 - Day 2

    Tuska Open Air 2011 - Day 2 icon Saturday at Tuska had the main stage reserved for more 'mellow' music - at least if you consider all the thrash and death from the first day. The opener was Epica, Dutch symphonic/progressive metal led by a very charismatic Simone Simons surrounded by long hair tall Dutch men. With a bunch of nice keyboards and guitar solos supporting Simone's melodic … (read on)

  2. Tuska Open Air 2011 - Day 1

    Tuska Open Air 2011 - Day 1 icon Helsinki's 'pain' festival as I was told the name translates into, goes all the way back to 1998 and has seen a yearly growth in the number of attendees and also the quality of bands that performed on its stages. The 2011 edition (22 - 24 July) was the first one held in a new location, called Suvilahti, a former … (read on)

  3. Bon Jovi, Bucharest, July 10th

    Bon Jovi, Bucharest, July 10th icon And here I come with a (late) review for the year’s greatest concert – Bon Jovi Open Air on the 10th of July. Actually, it’s better that I write this review later; I had some time to relax and write a slightly more objective review. Only slightly. :) Bon Jovi is one of the first bands I’ve been able to … (read on)

  4. Norway Rock Festival 2011 Day 3

    Norway Rock Festival 2011 Day 3 icon The night from Friday to Saturday was not the driest one I ever experienced, hence the mud and fixing whatever was damaged overnight was probably the main reason for the little amount of crowd gathered to watch the black metal band which participated in the pre-selection for Eurovision, Keep of Kalessin. Of course, I guess the blame can also be … (read on)

  5. Norway Rock festival 2011 Day 2

    Norway Rock festival 2011 Day 2 icon The second day in Kvinesdal announced itself quite unstable weather wise, but it turned out better than expected. The day was opened by the local Norwegian progressive band Pagan's Mind, whom I haven't noticed having too many shows in their home land. But I noticed quite a few enthusiast fans among the few ones gathered in the mud in front … (read on)

  6. Norway Rock festival 2011 — Day 1

    Norway Rock festival 2011 — Day 1 icon My second time in Kvinesdal, Southern Norway has been one of the most amazing festival experiences one can ever have. I believe I managed to meet the best photo crew that can share the same tent and press area for some days and make each second go away with an incredible amount of laughter. Therefore, my good musical experience at … (read on)

  7. Rock The City 2011 in images

    Rock The City 2011 in images icon Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Click here for the entire gallery. (read on)

  8. Lake Of Tears, Abigail and Tiarra - Arenele Romane

    Lake Of Tears, Abigail and Tiarra - Arenele Romane icon Since 2006, Lake of Tears have been rocking the Wallachian plains at least once every few years and once again, on a rainy June evening, they proved they can still do it. The Swedish old school doom/gothic metal band has been “threatening” their Romanian fans since February with a concert focusing on their eighth album “Illwill”, and as far as … (read on)

  9. Nova Rock Day 3

    Nova Rock Day 3 icon One last well timed train-bus combo brings me to the warm and sunny festival area, much earlier than desired but the next train would have been too late though, hence I ended up watching the Sheffield metallers Bring Me The Horizon. I don't know how young the tattooed boys performing a fast and aggressive metalcore are, but they mainly all … (read on)

  10. Nova Rock Day 2

    Nova Rock Day 2 icon Leaving behind a windy and cloudy Vienna, I arrive to a sunny, warm and even more dusty festival area just in time to see Clutch on the Blue stage. I was so looking forward to see them again and it was delightful. Neil Fallon's deep voice is just beautiful and a treat for the ear. Show wise it's not much … (read on)

  11. Nova Rock Day 1

    Nova Rock Day 1 icon 1 hour away from Vienna, in the fields of Pannonia, lies the small city of Nickelsdorf next to which the Nova Rock festival is hosted. It started with a good impression as the transport to the festival area from Vienna was well organised, with frequent trains and buses waiting to pick up the travelers and take them to the entrance. … (read on)

  12. Scorpions - Bucuresti - 9 Iunie

    Autor Miron Panaitescu (Romanian version only) De fiecare data cind vreun discoman/rapper/hip-hopper/manelist/alt tip de ratati incearca sa imi explice cit de valoroasa este insiruirea de unde acustice pe care ei in mod fraudulos au botezat-o “muzica”, eu ii dau imediat replica, explicindu-i ca valoarea nu dispare niciodata, vezi trupe ca Judas Priest, Black Sabbath sau Scorpions. Ai caror membri (fondatori) … (read on)

  13. Judas Priest live in Oslo - June 14

    Judas Priest live in Oslo  - June 14 icon I landed at noon from a trip to the NovaRock festival in Austria where the day before I had just watched Iron Maiden and System of a down live. Now, back in Oslo, it's time to head towards the Spektrum scene to see another one of heavy metal's legends - the Brits from Judas Priest. According to the announcements made … (read on)

  14. Danzig at Effenaar, Eindhoven

    About two hours before the show I received an email from the venue that all photo passes had been cancelled by the band management. Though this was a bit of a disappointment, there was more time to enjoy the show. When I arrived at the venue, it was very empty. With Judas Priest playing about 30 km away and Iron … (read on)

  15. Enslaved at Henie Onstad, Oslo

    Enslaved at Henie Onstad, Oslo icon After witnessing a majestic Dimmu Borgir show with the National Orchestra and choir on a Saturday night, Sunday brought another special concert in the land of the Vikings. This time it was held a bit further away from the city center, at the Henie Onstad Arts Center, which offered an interesting collection of black&white concert photography from the 70s, 80s … (read on)

  16. Dimmu Borgir with the National Orchestra & Choir in Oslo

    Dimmu Borgir with the National Orchestra & Choir in Oslo icon The concert that took place at Oslo Spektrum on May 28th 2011 might have been a once in a life time experience, considering the amount of work, preparations, rehearsals and arrangements that are needed to make it happen. Of course there's going to be at least a TV airing of it, if not a DVD, but the live atmosphere and … (read on)

  17. Inferno Metal Festival 2011 - Day 3

    Inferno Metal Festival 2011 - Day 3 icon After my 3rd edition at this festival I still can state that being at this festival in Oslo is one of the most appealing ways to spend the easter time so far. The only downside is that the weather decided to be incredibly good these days and being an indoor festival doesn't allow one to take much advantage of that … (read on)

  18. Inferno Metal Festival 2011 - Day 2

    Inferno Metal Festival 2011 - Day 2 icon The second day of the yearly Easter metal festival in Oslo, Norway, has started off with the aggressive rock from Djerv, a band who started catching people's attention only in 2010 but have already made it on the main stage of this festival. It's a female fronted band and the confident presence of Agnete Kjølsrud, plus her powerful voice, brings … (read on)

  19. Inferno Metal Festival 2011 - Day 1

    Inferno Metal Festival 2011 - Day 1 icon The 3 days full of dark and extreme metal on the Rockefeller and John Dee stages in Oslo have kicked in on Thursday, April 21st and as the first performers we have the Norwegian trio from Diskord on the small stage of John Dee. If by the time I entered the venue I was still a bit sleepy, it all … (read on)

  20. Inferno Metal Festival 2011

    Inferno Metal Festival 2011 icon As every year, the Inferno metal festival that takes place during the Easter weekend in Oslo, Norway, is opened by a Club day on Wednesday. The club day means a multitude of bands who, for one reason or another, wouldn't be added to the main list of performers, but instead they are being split at 6-7 stages all over the … (read on)