1. Amorphis' “The Beginning of Times” Tour — Bucharest

    Amorphis' “The Beginning of Times” Tour — Bucharest icon The Finns from Amorphis will be touring all over Europe during the next two months or so, promoting their new record “The Beginning Of Times“. The tour started on the 2nd of November in Tallinn, and will have two parts. The first part will end in the UK on the 26th of November, and has Leprous (Norway) and NahemaH (Spain) … (read on)

  2. Metal Female Voices Festival 2011

    Metal Female Voices Festival 2011 icon For the 9th time this festival took place in the Oktoberhallen in Wieze, Belgium. As the name states, this festival is all about bands that have female vocalists. And, like in the previous years, the management did an excellent job in recruiting bands for the festival. Friday started off with only 3 bands, but nice enough to get a taste … (read on)

  3. Heidenfest 2011 - Review

    Heidenfest 2011 - Review icon This October I decided to add a new band to the list of the 'bands I traveled to see abroad' and this time it's about the nutcases known by the name of Trollfest. They are a part of this year's Heidenfest, together with Finntroll, Turisas, Alestorm, Arkona, Wintersun, Dronenreich and Skalmold. The lineup sounds pretty cool for a weekend party, … (read on)

  4. Southern Discomfort 2011

    Southern Discomfort 2011 icon Kristiansand, a city of a bit over 80.000 people, located in the South of Norway, is the host of Southern Discomfort, a two days (9th & 10th of September 2011) indoor festival with great headliners and awesome mood among its vistors. Being hosted by not very big venues (Kick, with a capacity of 700 and PÃ¥ Hjørnet, smaller than that), … (read on)

  5. Brutal Assault 2011 - Festival review

    Brutal Assault 2011 - Festival review icon The 16th anniversary edition of one of the biggest European extreme metal festivals took place in the Old Army Fortress from Josefov - around 130 km from Prague, close to the Polish border. The festival gathered approx. 17 000 visitors coming from different parts of the world to enjoy an unique metal festival atmosphere. The two main stages were situated … (read on)

  6. Dark Bombastic Evening 3

    Dark Bombastic Evening 3 icon The third edition of Dark Bombastic Evening brought together 12 bands of the European underground stage with fans from every corner of Europe at the Alba Iulia Fortress, and all of these fit like fork and knife for two days in a friendly festival with lots of good music. After the last two editions which took place in various clubs … (read on)

  7. Masters of Rock Festival 2011

    Masters of Rock Festival 2011 icon This year it was the ninth edition of the biggest metal festival from Czech Republic. The focus of the festival is mainly traditional heavy metal but every year there is a variety of bands and metal styles for every metalhead. This year´s line-up was very promising, many bands being a must-see. I personally was looking forward a lot since last … (read on)

  8. 70.000 TONS OF METAL Cruise report

    70.000 TONS OF METAL Cruise report icon 70.000 TONS OF METAL - “The trip of your lifetime” A festival story by Marc Hansen, Björn von Oettingen and CRIPPER Have you ever believed a Caribbean cruise is only for old people? Have you ever believed that a Caribbean cruise is an almost boring trip? Have you always believed that Metal and cruise ships are not compatible? You are … (read on)

  9. Metal Camp 2011

    Metal Camp 2011 icon Metalcamp Festival - Tolmin Slovenia, 2011 Tolmin, one of the most appropriate locations for an extreme metal festival, is the city that named the whole region. At a first glance, the city seems quiet, with tidy houses and lots of flowers, but once you reach the concert area, you see people from every corner of the world. During the festival … (read on)

  10. Tuska Open Air 2011 - Day 3

    Tuska Open Air 2011 - Day 3 icon The last day of the festival was nicely thought by the organisers. Only 3 bands on the main stage, with the last show ending at 9 PM so that everyone could get home in decent time and start the working week on Monday somewhat rested. We went there early to watch the performance of the crazy Norwegians from Kvelertak. I … (read on)

  11. 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)

  12. 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)

  13. 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)

  14. 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)

  15. 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)

  16. 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)

  17. 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)

  18. 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)

  19. 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)

  20. 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)