Thursday, December 30, 2010

Summer Breeze add Nuclear Blast night

After being such a successful idea at the 2010 festival, Summer Breeze Open-Air in Germany have added a night of bands signed to Nuclear Blast to the 2011 event, the day before the main festival kicks off.

Now appearing on August 17 will be:

Scar Symmetry

Monday, December 27, 2010

Avantasia live photos

Photos from Avantasia's show at Fryshuset Arenan in Stockholm, Sweden on December 5, 2010 are now online.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Monster Magnet/Seventh Void live photos

Photos from Monster Magnet's show at the Electric Ballroom in London on November 26, 2010 with support from Seventh Void are now online.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

New Reviews 25/12

Stahlmann - Stahlmann by Andy Lye
Wino - Live At Roadburn 2009 by Andy Lye
Mojobone - Cowboy Mode by Andy Lye
The Big 4 Live From Sofia, Bulgaria by Andy Lye
David Rock Feinstein - Bitten By The Beast by Andy Lye
Droids Attack - Must Destroy by Andy Lye
SweetKiss Momma - Revival Rock by Andy Lye
Tristania - Rubicon by James Donovan
All Ends - A Road To Depression by James Donovan
The Quireboys - Live In London by Andy Lye
Magica - Dark Diary by James Donovan
Michael Bormann - Different by Andy Lye
No Hawaii - Snake My Charms by Chris Poling

Festival Updates 25/12

Metalcamp (SL) - Virgin Steele, Thaurorod
Metalfest Germany/Austria - Entombed
Metalfest Czech Republic - Accept
Wacken (DE) - Kreator, As I Lay Dying
With Full Force (DE) - Volbeat
Sweden Rock - Mr. Big
Metal Assault #1 (DE) - Nifelheim cancelled, Desaster
Neurotic Deathfest (NL) - Beneath The Massacre, Beheaded, Hate Eternal, Antropomorphia, Obscura, Magrudergrind, Vulvectomy
Brutal Assault (CZ) - Nevermore, Exodus, Khold

Metal Assault #1 have also confirmed their final running order.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Festival Updates 23/12

Sonisphere Switzerland - Iron Maiden, Slipknot, Alice Cooper, Bring Me The Horizon, In Flames, Architects, Hatebreed
Sweden Rock - Whitesnake, The Cult, Buckcherry
With Full Force (DE) - More Than A Thousand, Death By Stereo, Hatebreed
Wacken (DE) - Iced Earth, Exodus, Vreid, Morgoth, Serenia, Hellsaw, Tauthr, Volcano
Summer Breeze (DE) - Sodom, Decapitated, Moonsorrow
Bloodstock (UK) - Tarot, Arthemis, Powerquest
Graspop (BE) - Triptykon
Helsinki Metal Meeting (FI) - Ghost, Kvelertak
Roadburn (NL) - Casper Brötzmann Massaker
Party.San (DE) - Morgoth
Masters of Rock (CZ) - Virgin Steele

Monday, December 20, 2010

Festival Updates 20/12

Metalcamp (SL) - Kylesa, Rising Dream, Kalmah
Brutal Assault (CZ) - Triptykon, Exhumed, Vader, Gorguts
Metaltown (SE) - KoRn
Wacken (DE) - The Haunted, Tsjuder, Morbid Angel, Blowsight, Saltatio Mortis
With Full Force (DE) - Madball, Agnostic Front, Knorkator
Summer Breeze (DE) - Marduk, Tarja, Sonic Syndicate
Sweden Rock - Rob Zombie
Graspop (BE) - Whitesnake, Journey, Rob Zombie, Foreigner, Firewind, FM, All That Remains, Architects, Ghost, Suicide Silence, Escape The Fate
Rock Tower (DE) - Pegazus

Friday, December 17, 2010

Festival Updates 17/12

Party.San (DE) - At The Gates
Metaltown (SE) - Watain
Sonisphere Poland - Iron Maiden
Bloodstock (UK) - At The Gates
Wacken (DE) - Rhapsody of Fire, Children of Bodom, Tokyo Blade, Motörhead, The Prophecy, The Smack Ballz, Visions of Atlantis
Summer Breeze (DE) - Kampfar, Hayseed Dixie, Turisas
With Full Force (DE) - 50 Lions, Die Kassierer, Evile
Hammerfest (UK) - Blitzkrieg, Viking Skull, Sylosis, Godsized, Lower Than Atlantis, The Treatment, Turbowolf, Idiom, Bleed From Within, Feed The Rhino, Never Means Maybe, The Mercy House, Abadden, Diamanthian
Metal Female Voices (BE) - Doro, System Divide, Diabulus In Musica
Sonisphere France - Metallica, Slipknot, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax
Sonisphere Spain - Iron Maiden

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

New Reviews 15/12

As the end of the year approaches, with only a few new albums remaining, we thought we'd take the time to catch up a few of the missed releases from earlier in the year.

Voodoo Six - Fluke? by Andy Lye
White Widdow - White Widdow by Andy Lye
Stratovarius - Darkest Hours by Andy Lye
Fleshwrought - Dimentia/Dyslexia by Jackson May
Kvelertak - Kvelertak by Brad Sanders
Altar of Plagues - Tides by Brad Sanders
Circle of Dead Children - Psalms of the Grand Destroyer by Jackson May
Hail of Bullets - On Divine Winds by Jackson May
Nymf - Nymf by Andy Lye
Broughton's Rules - Bounty Hunter 1853 by Brad Sanders
Murder Construct - Murder Construct by Jackson May
Waking The Cadaver - Beyond Cops. Beyond God by Jackson May
Seventh Void - Heaven Is Gone by Andy Lye

Plenty more to come over the next couple of weeks, including the Jukebox:Metal Best of 2010 lists and galleries of photos from sets by Kreator, Exodus, Seventh Void, Death Angel, Monster Magnet and Avantasia.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Festival Updates 13/12

Wacken (DE) - Heaven Shall Burn, Blaas of Glory, Ski King
With Full Force (DE) - The Casualties, Negator
Summer Breeze (DE) - Skeletonwitch, Excrementory Grindfuckers
Sonisphere UK - Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax
Bang Your Head!!! (DE) - Accept, Lordi, Death Angel
Neurotic Deathfest (NL) - At The Gates, Septycal Gorge, Sarcolytic, Logic of Denial
RockHarz (DE) - Turisas, Letzte Instanz
Sweden Rock - Electric Wizard

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Festival Updates 12/12

Sweden Rock - Helloween, Moonspell, The Damned
Wacken (DE) - Sodom, Primal Fear, Trivium, Hayseed Dixie, Subway To Sally, Russkaja, Accuser
Summer Breeze (DE) - Kalmah, Hail of Bullets, Corvus Corax, HammerFall
With Full Force (DE) - Misery Index, Street Dogs, Krawallbrüder, Ill Nino
Metaltown (SE) - Soilwork, Graveyard, Ghost
Rock of Ages (DE) - Jethro Tull, Treat, Wishbone Ash, The Poodles
Elsrock (NL) - Symphorce, Asphyx
Metalfest Germany/Austria - Misery Index

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Graspop 2011 Batch #1

After spending a couple of days announcing their headline acts for 2011, Belgium's Graspop Metal Meeting have released the first batch of bands for the rest of the bill.

Iced Earth
Arch Enemy
Masters of Reality
The Damned Things
Heaven Shall Burn
Angel Witch
The Black Dahlia Murder
Parkway Drive
Spiritual Beggars
Electric Wizard
While She Sleeps

Festival Updates 8/12

Metaltown (SE) - The Black Dahlia Murder
Graspop (BE) - Scorpions *, Ozzy Osbourne *
High Voltage (UK) - Dream Theater *
Gods of Metal (IT) - Mr. Big *
Copenhell (DK) - Mayhem *, Kvelertak *
Sauna Open-Air (FI) - Ozzy Osbourne *
Tuska Open-Air (FI) - At The Gates, Arch Enemy, Exodus, Meshuggah, Killing Joke, Enslaved, Moonsorrow, Witchery, Agnostic Front, Kvelertak, Spiritual Beggars, Grave, Mygrain, Church of Misery, Misery Index
With Full Force (DE) - Deez Nuts
Summer Breeze (DE) - Farmer Boys
Wacken (DE) - Stier
Bloodstock - Grave Digger

* part of the Judas Priest announcement.

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Judas Priest to retire

This morning a press release from English metal legends Judas Priest stated the band will retire after one final World tour.

The Epitaph tour will start in Europe in the Summer of 2011 with selected festival appearances. More dates will be confirmed for the rest of the World soon. So far:

09 - Sweden Rock Festival
11 - Sauna Open-Air
17 - Copenhell Festival
19 - Hellfest
22 - Gods of Metal Festival
25 - Graspop Metal Meeting

23 - High Voltage Festival

05 - Wacken Open-Air

Monday, December 06, 2010

Festival Updates 6/12

Wacken (DE) - Sepultura, Knorkator, In Solitude, Skálmöld
Summer Breeze (DE) - Suicidal Tendencies, J.B.O., Bolt Thrower, Witchery
Metalfest Germany/Austria - Primordial
With Full Force (DE) - The Black Dahlia Murder, Elakeleiset, Die Apokalyptischen Reiter, Peter Pan Speedrock
Vagos Open-Air (PT) - Morbid Angel, Tiamat
Metaltown (SE) - At The Gates
Sonisphere UK - Biffy Clyro
Download (UK) - Linkin Park, Rob Zombie

Roadburn sold out all of the weekend tickets in approximately 20 minutes on the day of release. Some tickets for the Sunday Afterburner event priced at €25 remain.

Tuska Open-Air, in Helsinki, Finland, having already moved locations for 2011 from the Kaiseniemi Park to the Suvilahti, has now moved dates due to a "competing festival" looking set to be scheduled on the originally planned weekend of July 1-3 (probably Sonisphere). Tuska will now take place on the weekend of July 22-24. The first bands will be announced soon.

Friday, December 03, 2010

Slipknot to return in Summer 2011

The first announcement this morning from the organisers of the Sonisphere Festival in the UK confirms that Slipknot will return to the live stage next Summer for the first time since the death of bassist Paul Gray.

Sonisphere will confirm another headliner, plus full ticket details, on Monday December 6.

Festival Updates 3/12

Wacken (DE) - Warrant, Khold
With Full Force (DE) - Terror, Carnifex
Summer Breeze (DE) - Tyr, Kvelertak
Helsinki Metal Meeting (FI) - Turmion Kätilöt, Corroded, For The Imperium, Zeroscape
Metaltown (SE) - Cradle of Filth, Raubtier, Parkway Drive
Metalcamp (SL) - Watain
Sweden Rock - Joan Jett and The Blackhearts
Metal Female Voices 9 (BE) - Therion, Leaves' Eyes, Trail of Tears, Amaranthe, Deadlock

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Festival Announcement Advent Calendars

Last year three German festivals, Wacken, With Full Force and Summer Breeze used online advent calendars to confirm one band per day throughout the month of December for the next edition of the festival. This year all three are doing the same, and the confirmations for December 1 are:

Summer Breeze - Arch Enemy
Wacken - Excrementory Grindfuckers
With Full Force - Parkway Drive

Metalcamp (SL) - Amorphis
Hammerfest (UK) - Sabaton
Metal Female Voices (NL) - Draconian, Midnattsol, Visions of Atlantis, Hanging Doll
Bloodstock (UK) - Coroner, Criminal

Monday, November 29, 2010

Exodus live photos

Photos from US thrash metal veterans Exodus' headlining show at Islington Academy in London on November 23 are now online.

A review of the show will follow shortly.

System of A Down tour

The big tour announcement for next Summer (until Van Halen formally confirm their tour, of course), and another in the long line of badly-kept secrets, has been confirmed this morning. System of A Down, who never really broke up in the first place, will reunite for a run through some of Europe's biggest festivals in 2011, which heralds the first announcments from Download, Greenfield and Metaltown on the metal music radar (as well as Novarock, Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park in the pop/rock domain).

As such, our latest batch of festival announcements looks like this:

Download (UK) - System of A Down, Avenged Sevenfold
Metaltown (SE) - System of A Down
Greenfield (CH) - System of A Down, Lacuna Coil, Sick of It All, Parkway Drive, Kvelertak, Comeback Kid
Metalfest Germany/Austria - Saxon, Alcest
Roadburn (NL) - Corrosion of Conformity (Animosity line-up)
Ragnarök (DE) - Kampfar, Mångarm, Bifröst

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Festival Updates 25/11

Bloodstock (UK) - Lawnmower Deth, Angel Witch
Sweden Rock - Destruction, Dan Reed Band, Raubtier, Ghost
Hammerfest (UK) - Satyricon, Wolf
Metalfest Germany/Austria - Amon Amarth, Amorphis
Roadburn (NL) - Earth, Winter, Scorn, Sourvein, Coffins, Hooded Menace, Void ov Voices, Menace Ruine, The Secret, Beaver, Aluk Todolo
RockHarz Open-Air (DE) - Amorphis, Emil Bulls, Orden Ogan, Hackneyed, The New Black
Metalcamp (SL) - Arkona, Vanderbuyst

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Hellfest 2011 Batch #2

France's Hellfest have released their second wave of bands, including two headliners.

Black Label Society
Bolt Thrower
Electric Wizard
Black Dahlia Murder
Comeback Kid
Masters of Reality
Mekong Delta
Pain of Salvation
The Gates of Slumber
Audrey Horne
Red Fang
Satanic Warmaster
Arma Gathas
Street Dogs

The next allocation of special offer tickets are on sale until January 1, 2011 priced at €109. The full ticket price after this special offer period will be €139.

Annihilator live photos

Live photos from Annihilator's show at the Islington Academy in London on November 20 are now online.

Photo galleries for the support bands Sworn Amongst and Svölk are also available.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

New Reviews 18/11

Monster Magnet - Mastermind by Andy Lye
Rhapsody of Fire - The Cold Embrace of Fear by Andy Lye
Triptykon - Shatter by Andy Lye
Dio - Dio At Donington: Live 1983 & 1987 by Andy Lye
Nachtmystium - Addicts: Black Meddle Pt. II by Brad Sanders
The Union - The Union by Andy Lye
Enslaved - Axioma Ethica Odini by Brad Sanders
Ed Kowalczyk - Islington Academy 2010 by Andy Lye

David "Rock" Feinstein Competition

Niji Entertainment continue their intensive release schedule on November 29 with the new album from David "Rock" Feinstein, cousin of Ronnie James Dio, and we have two copies to be won. Bitten By The Best includes one of Dio's last ever recorded vocal performances on the track Metal Will Never Die.

For a chance to win, send your full name and the answer to the following question to feinstein[at]

Question: Which band featuring Ronnie James Dio on vocals also included David Feinstein on guitar?
a) Rainbow
b) Black Sabbath
c) Elf

Closing Date is Friday December 10 at 23:59 GMT

Visit the Competitions Page for conditions of entry.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Festival Updates 15/11

Bloodstock (UK) - Therion
Roadburn (NL) - Shrinebuilder, Yob, Voivod, Rwake, Ludicra, Imaad Wasif, Master Musicians of Bukkake, Black Mountain, Black Pyramid, Blood Farmers, Gomer Pyle, Dead Meadow
RockHarz (DE) - U.D.O., HammerFall, Tarja, Grand Magus, The Sorrow, Feuerschwanz, Stahlmann, Frei.Wild
Sweden Rock - Overkill, Styx, Rage (acoustic), The Haunted, Mason Ruffner
Bang Your Head!!! (DE) - Sonata Arctica, Crimson Glory
Metalcamp (SK) - Moonsorrow
Metalfest Germany/Austria - Kivimetsän Druidi

Monday, November 08, 2010

Festival Updates 8/11

Roadburn (NL) - Evoken, Weedeater, Carlton Melton, Yakuza, Lonely Kamel, White Hills, Dragontears, Wolf People, Cough, Buzzov*en, Stone Axe
RockHarz (DE) - Hypocrisy, Paul Di'Anno, End of Green, Caliban, Saltatio Mortis, Hail of Bullets
Sweden Rock - Saxon, Rhapsody of Fire, Walter Trout, Mustasch, Agent Steel, Jason And The Scorchers, Fläsket Brinner, Groundhogs
Bloodstock (UK) - Morbid Angel
Headbangers Open-Air (DE) - Baron Rojo, Pegazus, Leviathan
Metalfest Germany/Austria - Rage

In addition Roadburn have announced a November 27 on sale date for tickets (three-day tickets only, there will be no day tickets), and RockHarz will start their sale on November 15.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Kyuss Lives!

After original Kyuss vocalist John Garcia's successful "Garcia Plays Kyuss" tour in 2010, three of the four original members of the legendary stoner band are reforming in 2011.

Garcia, bassist Nick Oliveri (Mondo Generator/ex-Queens of The Stone Age) and drummer Brant Bjork (Brant Bjork And The Bros/ex-Fu Manchu) will reform for a European tour in March/April next year, completed by Bruno Fevery on guitar, under the name Kyuss Lives!.

Garcia: "You know, the whole reason I ever considered doing this with Brant and Nick was the feeling we all shared during Hellfest this year. To be able to play with such amazing musicians again is a dream come true for me. This will also be a huge chance for me to let everyone know about Garcia Vs Garcia which should be coming out Fall of next year."

For the full tour itinerary, click here.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Halloween Updates

Festivals first, all for 2011:

Headbangers Open-Air (DE) - Astral Doors
Bang Your Head!!! (DE) - Asphyx, D-A-D, Crashdïet, Stormwarrior
Party.San (DE) - Morbid Angel, Ensiferum, Taake, Nachtmystium, Belphegor, Hail of Bullets, Negura Bunget
Neurotic Deathfest (NL) - Atheist, Exhumed, Macabre, NOX, General Surgery
Inferno (NO) - Atheist, Okkultokrati
Summer Breeze (DE) - Caliban, The Haunted, Primordial, Saltatio Mortis, Vomitory
Getaway Rock (SE) - Immortal
Metalfest Germany/Austria - Sodom, Milking The Goatmachine
Rock Hard (DE) - Overkill, Atlantean Kodex

And as for site content:

Master - The Human Machine by Jackson May
Shot - Shot by Andy Lye
Therion - Sitra Ahra by Andy Lye
Realmbuilder - Summon The Stone Throwers by Andy Lye
Tank - War Machine by Andy Lye
Torche - Songs For Singles by Brad Sanders
Winterfylleth - The Mercian Sphere by Brad Sanders

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Dio Competition

The first posthumous Ronnie James Dio release from the newly formed Niji Entertainment Group will be a double live album, Dio At Donington UK: Live 1983 & 1987, containing Dio's complete sets from both his appearances at the legendary Monsters of Rock festival. We have two copies to give away, coinciding with the international launch of the new Ronnie James Dio store at

For a chance to win, send your full name and the answer to the following question to dio[at]

Question: With which band did Dio record guest vocals in 2006, playing the character Dr. X?
a) Iron Maiden
b) Queensrÿche
c) Black Sabbath

Closing Date is Friday November 26 at 23:59 GMT

See the competitions page for rules and small print.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Helsinki Metal Meeting flesh out line-up

After announcing Accept as one of the headliners for the 2011 Finnish Metal Expo, part of the Helsinki Metal Meeting, the organisers have bolstered the line-up with seven more bands:

Battle Beast
The Man-Eating Tree

Tickets go on sale on November 1. More bands are expected to be added soon.

Sweden Rock kick off with Ozzy

Making their first announcement for the 20th anniversary edition of the festival, Sweden Rock have confirmed their first headliner: Ozzy Osbourne.

Osbourne will be making his Sweden Rock debut and the headlining spot will be his only show in Sweden in 2010.

Four days tickets (Wednesday to Saturday) and three-day tickets (Thursday to Saturday) also went on sale this morning in conjunction with the announcement. The first 3000 tickets sold (either three or four days) will receive a commemorative anniversary t-shirt. Details are available on the information page.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Festival Updates 22/10

First some final updates from the last few festivals of 2010:

Hammer of Doom IV (DE) have released their final running order, which is now online.
Hard Rock Hell (UK) have revealed a number of cancellations, some of which were already common knowledge (Fastway, Cloven Hoof) and some not (Tank, Ignominious Incarceration, Blackstorm), but have confirmed Enforcer, The Slide and a UK exclusive performance from Lizzy Borden instead.

And for 2011:

Neurotic Deathfest (NL) - Atheist, Exhumed, Macabre, NOX, General Surgery
Bloodstock (UK) - Triptykon
Roadburn (NL) - Zoroaster, Kilimanjaro Dark Jazz Ensemble
Metalfest Germany/Austria - Watain, Eisregen, Arkona, Excrementory Grindfuckers

Sweden Rock's first announcement and ticket on sale date will be October 25.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Stockholm Rock Out Part 3 cancelled

Sadly after being forced to cancel their planned festival in the Spring, replacing it with a low-key event and scheduling two new ones for September and October, the third and final part of the 2010 Stockholm Rock Out has also had to be cancelled.

Headliners W.A.S.P. will instead play their own show at the same venue, the Gambla Tryckeriet in the Alvika region of Stockholm, with support from Chris Laney.

Fans can contact their point of sale to either get a refund for the their festival ticket, or exchange the it for a partial refund and a W.A.S.P. ticket.

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Glenn Hughes live photos

On Tuesday night Black Country Communion front-man Glenn Hughes played at the Islington Academy in London on his extensive UK solo tour, which will be his last for some time as he turns his attention to BCC in 2011.

Our photos from the show are now online. A live report will follow soon.

Monday, October 04, 2010

Some now, more soon

After the annual Summer lull in releases (which are still fairly constant, just not in the same volumes as the pre-Christmas Autumn period) the schedule is picking back up again, so here are a half a dozen new things, with lots more coming soon.

Black Country Communion - Black Country by Andy Lye
Halford - Made of Metal by Andy Lye
I Shalt Become - Poison by Brad Sanders
Black Anvil - Triumvirate by Brad Sanders
Tom Frelek - Moment of Certainty by Andy Lye
Satanic Warmaster - Nachzehrer by Brad Sanders
Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction - We Are Volsung by Andy Lye

There are also new videos from Bon Jovi and Cradle of Filth on the videos page.

Saturday, October 02, 2010

The First All-2011 Announcement Batch

For the first time the week's festival announcements are all for next year. Hellfest and Helsinki Metal Meeting have both made their first announcements this week, with tickets now on sale for Hellfest at a special price until the end of November, and tickets for HMM going on sale on November 1.


Hammerfest (UK) - Accept
Kings of Black Metal (DE) - Watain, Troll, Inquisition
Metalfest Germany/Austria - Destruction, Thaurorod
Roadburn (NL) - Circle, Pharaoh Overlord, Winterfylleth, Incredible Hog
Rock Hard (DE) - Enslaved, Anacrusis, In Solitude

Saturday, September 18, 2010

2011 Festival Listings online

Now that a few annual events are well under way confirming bands for their 2011 editions, some even releasing their tickets already, we have now put the festival listing page for next year online.

So far Wacken Open-Air, Kings of Black Metal, Metalfest Open-Air (Germany and Austria), Bloodstock, Hammerfest, Ragnarök, Rock Hard, Roadburn, Inferno, Metalcamp, Tuska Open-Air, Rockweekend, Karmøygeddon, Headbangers Open-Air and Keep It True have released details for next year, with many more likely to start up their announcements soon.

Check here for the full details of each of the above, plus all the others in time. The latest confirmations have been:

Wacken - Mayhem
Kings of Black Metal - Dornenreich
Metalfest Germany - Kalmah
Metalfest Austria - Kalmah
Bloodstock - Rhapsody of Fire
Hammerfest - Biohazard, Municipal Waste, Revoker, Attica Rage, Mutant

Friday, September 17, 2010

Ozzfest UK set-times released

The full running order with timings has been released for Ozzfest UK, this coming Saturday September 18.

Full details here.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Making up for lost review-time

Another big content update this week. Here's a batch of ten new reviews:

Netherbird - Monument Black Colossal by Brad Sanders
Innerwish - No Turning Back by Andy Lye
Frankenshred - Cauldron of Evil by Andy Lye
Lustre - Glimpses of Glory by Jackson May
Atolah - Relics by Andy Lye
Sesta Marconi - Where The Devil Dances by Andy Lye
Bonded By Blood - Exiled To Earth by Andy Lye
Nightmare World - No Regrets by Andy Lye
Godsmack - The Oracle by Andy Lye
Death Angel - Relentless Revolution by Andy Lye

Look out for some more towards the end of the week.

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Ed Kowalczyk live photos

A couple of weeks ago Live front-man Ed Kowalczyk kicked off his Alive World Tour in support of his new five-star album Alive in London at the Islington Academy.

Our photos from the show are now online. A live report will follow soon.

Long Time No... Metal

Indeed it has been about a week shy of a month since the last update here, but now back from Summer breaks and all other kinds of non-metal business, here's what's gone on in that time:

Horseback - The Invisible Mountain by Brad Sanders
Cephalic Carnage - Misled By Certainty by Jackson May
Paul Gilbert - Fuzz Universe by Andy Lye
Ed Kowalczyk - Alive by Andy Lye
Hero Destroyed - Throes by Jackson May
Exhale - Blind by Chris Poling
Angelus Apatrida - Clockwork by Andy Lye
Empires of Eden - Reborn In Fire by Andy Lye
Gentlemen of Distorted Sound - Bone Idol EP by Andy Lye
Sister Sin - True Sound of The Underground by Andy Lye
Kreator - Hordes of Chaos: Ultra Riot by Andy Lye
Negura Bunget - Pamintului by Brad Sanders

Witchery - Conqueror's Return
Ozzy Osbourne - Life Won't Wait
Bonded By Blood - Prototype: Death Machine
Behemoth - Alas, The Lord Is Upon Me
Decrepit Birth - The Resonance
Sabaton - Uprising
Iwrestledabearonce - Danger In The Manger

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Autumn Tour News

As well as the recently announced special shows from Alice Cooper, Therapy? and Cathedral, several European/UK tours are materialising for the traditionally busy Autumn schedule.

Glenn Hughes has announced a run of UK shows throughout October, most recently adding stops in Reading and Belfast. This is likely to be his last solo tour for a while as he turns his attention to his new band Black Country Communion, who's debut album is released via Mascot Records on September 20.

Before joining the Thrashfest tour (which runs through the end of November and into December, but skips the UK), Exodus have added some UK headlining dates with Man Must Die in mid October.

Annihilator are in the process of booking their first European headlining tour for a very long time, with currently confirmed dates in Poland, Czech Republic, UK and Germany. More dates are expected soon.

Similarly Stuck Mojo will return to Europe in October, with dates already set for Germany, and Blaze Bayley is constantly adding dates to a second UK leg of his tour for the Promise And Terror album.

Finally UK dates have been confirmed for Monster Magnet in November following the October release of their new album Mastermind, with Sheffield, Birmingham, Cardiff, Reading, London, Manchester and Southampton all on the schedule.

Announcements Starting To Split

For the remainder of the year it's likely that confirmations for both late 2010 and into 2011 will be coming out each week, with several festivals now having set out their stalls for next year.

Bloodstock (UK) - October File cancelled, Behemoth cancelled, Cathedral, Winterfylleth
Firefest (UK) - Shotgun Symphony
Damnation (UK) - Paradise Lost, The Ocean, October File, Maybeshewill
Stockholm Rock-Out Part 2 (SE) - Roxie 77
Stockholm Rock-Out Part 3 (SE) - W.A.S.P.
Hard Rock Hell (UK) - Stratovarius, Paul Dianno cancelled
Metal Hammer (PL) - Jurojin
Ozzfest UK - Paradise Lost, Black Spiders, Jettblack, Revoker
Summer Breeze (DE) - Behemoth cancelled, Endstille

Headbangers Open-Air XIV (DE) - Jaguar

Monday, August 09, 2010

NightMare World Competition

The unsigned English progressive metal band, currently including Threshold guitarist Pete Morton in their ranks, released their debut EP No Regrets in 2009 and we have four copies to give away.

To win send your answer to the following question, and your full name, to nightmareworld[at]

Question: Which other Threshold member produced NightmareWorld's EP?
a) Damian Wilson
b) Richard West
c) Karl Groom


Go to our Competitions Page for rules and entry details.

Two More For 2011

Two more festivals are getting in early with their 2011 announcements, one being Wacken, who's 2010 event is only a week old.

Organisers have confirmed the Worldwide exclusive festival appearance of Tobias Sammet's Avantasia for next year, along with Apocalyptica, Suicidal Tendencies and Blind Guardian.

Meanwhile in Norway the Inferno extreme metal festival, set for April 20-23, have announced Aura Noir and Immortal.

More festivals are expected to get the ball rolling on their 2011 editions soon.

Non-line-up Related Festival News

Before this week's line-up updates for the remaining festivals of a the year (as well as a couple for next year) a few events have issued updates of other kinds.

The running orders for ProgPower Europe and Elsrock, both in Holland, are now online, and ProgPower Europe have released details of their day tickets. They do warn that the Saturday is likely to be the first to sell out, so fans are urged to move quickly if they want to attend that day.

Firefest (UK) have sold out the extra allocation of tickets for their Friday night pre-party after moving to a larger venue because the original one sold out so quickly.

The second day of Sonisphere Finland was hit a freak storm at around 16:00, leaving some 40 people injured, the second stage damaged beyond repair and several of the bands' equipment also damaged, including second stage headliners Mötley Crüe. Iggy & The Stooges managed just four songs in an impromptu acoustic set on the main stage, as they were unable to play their full second stage set, while Alice Cooper and Iron Maiden had to push their sets back by around two hours while repairs and checks too place, Cooper forced to borrow equipment from Slayer in order to perform.

Monday, August 02, 2010

No New, So Here's Some Old

Not that old though. This coming week we have no new releases to review, so instead he's a batch of albums released in recent weeks:

Man.Machine.Industry - White Trash Devil In A Jesus Christ Pose by Andy Lye
Black Majesty - In Your Honour by Andy Lye
Decrepit Birth - Polarity by Jackson May
Danzig - Deth Red Sabaoth by Andy Lye
Kingdom of Sorrow - Behind The Blackest Tears by Andy Lye

Coming soon: Sister Sin, Witchery, Realmbuilder, The Rocket Dolls, Paul Gilbert, Innerwish, Gentlemen of Distorted Sound, Empires of Eden, Angelus Apatrida, Korzus, Kreator, Hero Destroyed, Fatal Embrace, Kiko Loureiro, Ed Kowalczyk and photo galleries from our Summer festival activities.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The End In Sight

The last few festivals of the year are winding up their line-ups now, with just one proper month of events remaining. The latest updates are:

Stockholm Rock-Out Part 2 (SE) - Kingdom Come
Brutal Assault (CZ) - Barren Earth
Wacken (DE) - Abrogation, Blaze of Glory, Dymytry, Vice, Cardiac Casper, Lower Than Zero, Rezet, Void Creation
Ozzfest UK - Steel Panther
Bloodstock (UK) - Collapse, Flayed Disciple
Rock Area (DE) - Cast In Silence cancelled, Godslave
Eindhoven Metal Meeting (NL) - Katatonia cancelled, Endstille, Moonspell, Paradox cancelled
Sonisphere UK - The Defiled, Enforcer, Karma To Burn, October File, Winnebago Deal, Sweet Savage, Malefice, Cerebral Ballzy, No Mean City, You And What Army, Stand Up Guy, This Is Divine, Love Amongst Ruin, Heights, Hearts Under Fire, Kvelertak, Bleed From Within, Headcharger, Sacred Betrayal.

Ukraine's Pro Rock Open-Air has been postponed to August due to severe weather. The line-up for the rescheduled event will be released soon.

Finally the full running orders for Sonisphere UK and Party.San Open-Air are now online, and having completed their 2010 edition this past weekend, Headbangers Open-Air (DE) have continued to add to their 2011 event, confirming Striker and Crystal Viper.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Slightly-overdue content update

It's been a little while since the last batch of review links, but there's still been stuff going up. Our next festival stop is High Voltage in London, but until then:

Lisa Smith's Powerhaus - Maze of Souls by Andy Lye
Halford - Live In Anaheim by Andy Lye
Phase Reverse - Phase Reverse by Andy Lye
Sons of Liberty - Brush-fires of The Mind by Andy Lye
Wicked Sensation - Crystallized by Andy Lye
The Empire Shall Fall - Awaken by Andy Lye
Limbonic Art - Phantasmagoria by Brad Sanders
Bon Jovi - Live At The O2 Arena Night 11 by Andy Lye
John 5 - The Art of Malice by Andy Lye

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Approaching The End of The Season

It's not long now until the bulk of the festival season is over for 2010. Our next stop is High Voltage in London, but elsewhere activity continues:

Metal Hammer (PL) - Pain of Salvation, Votum
Sonisphere UK - Converge, Kylesa, Good Charlotte, Earthtone 9, Tiger Please, Straight Lines, Little London, Out of Sight, Chrome Hoof
Wacken (DE) - Penthagon, Altar
Stockholm Rock Out Part 2 (SE) - Damn Delicious, Wasted Saints, Debbie Ray
Global East (UA) - Moonspell
Keep It True XIV (2011) (DE) - Agent Steel
Damnation (UK) - Anaal Nathrakh
Eindhoven Metal Meeting (NL) - Alcest, Rotting Christ, Samael, Finntroll, Varg, Carach Angren, Gorath, Metsatöll, Nothnega
Devilstone (LI) - Grave
Bloodstock (UK) - Grieve, Betraeus, Burn The Hive, Achren, Mithras cancelled
Brutal Assault (CZ) - Lyzanxia, Callisto

Lastly, Hard Rock Hell IV (UK) has now sold out of weekend tickets which include accommodation. Only single day tickets remain.

New Foreigner Competition

Earlier this year Foreigner released their first new studio album for 15 years, and coinciding with their London appearances at the High Voltage and iTunes festivals, we have two copies of the deluxe edition to give away.

The deluxe edition of Can't Slow Down, the first album to feature vocalist Kelly Hansen, is a three-disc set including a live CD titled Greatest Hits Live and a DVD of live and studio footage.

To win send your answer to the following question, and your full name, to foreigner[at]

Question: Prior to joining Foreigner Kelly Hansen was most famous for fronting which American rock band formed in 1984?
a) Quiet Riot
b) Hurricane
c) Ratt


Go to our Competitions Page for rules and entry details.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Content Update

After the week away at Sweden Rock we are now back under way reviewing the latest releases. Added so far:

Vince Neil - Tattoos & Tequila by Andy Lye
Ozzy Osbourne - Scream by Andy Lye
Jex Thoth - Witness by Andy Lye
Crystal Viper - Defenders of The Magic Circle: Live In Germany by Heather Lee
Bad Habit - Bad Habit by Heather Lee
Primal Fear - Live In The USA by Andy Lye

And on the Videos Page, new clips from Equilibrium, Indica, Edenbridge and Nevermore.

And don't forget the competitions to win albums from Ozzy Osbourne, Jimi Hendrix and L.A. Guns

Monday, June 21, 2010

Headbangers Open-Air Sold Out

The 13th edition of Headbangers Open-Air, held in Brande-Hörnerkirchen, Germany, has sold out just over a month before the event.

The classic metal festival, with an emphasis on the 1980s, has suffered several band cancellations this year, but in each case has found a worthy replacement, and boasts a bill featuring Solitude Aeturnus, Grand Magus, Raven, Omen, Virgin Steele, Tygers of Pan Tang, Destruction, Icon and several more over three days.

The most recent line-up change has seen Warmachine postpone their appearance until the 2011 edition, to be replaced this year by Steel Horse. Last week Wolf were replaced by Grand Magus.

The final running order is expected soon.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Festival Updates Resume

Graspop (BE) have announced that Ratt will not be replaced following the cancellation of their European tour last week. Instead ReVamp and Billy Talent each move one slot later in the day on June 25 and the opening slot is deleted. Ratt were replaced by FM at the Download Festival (UK) last weekend, and Saxon will replace them at Gods of Metal (IT).

Hard Rock Hell (UK) - Airbourne
Getaway (SE) - Deathstruction
Wacken (DE) - Hathurs
Sonisphere Turkey - Orphaned Land cancelled, Accept
Bloodstock (UK) - Opeth
With Full Force (DE) - Grand Magus, Marduk, Maximum Penalty, Yupprice, Earth Crisis cancelled, Street Dogs cancelled
Eindhoven Metal Meeting (NL) - Kreator, Exodus, Death Angel, Suicidal Angels, The Vision Bleak, Helstar, Paradox, The 11th Hour, Izegrim
Sonisphere Romania - Accept, Paradise Lost, Orphaned Land, Anathema
Rockmaraton (HU) - Rotting Christ cancelled
Metalcamp (SL) - Rotting Christ cancelled
Eisenwahn (DE) - Fleshgod Apocalypse, Mastication of Brutality Uncontrolled

Friday, June 18, 2010

Various Running Orders Online

Several festivals are fast approaching and have now published their full running orders:

Gods of Metal
Sonisphere Turkey
Sonisphere Greece
Tuska Open-Air

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Tracii Guns' L.A. Guns Competition

With 2009 being the 10th anniversary of L.A. Guns' Shrinking Violet album, guitarist Tracii Guns has reunited with vocalist Jizzy Pearl and released a new deluxe edition CD. We have three copies to give away.

Guns has signed his line-up of the band to Steve Vai's Favored Nations label to release the new deluxe edition of Shrinking Violet, including previously unreleased live bonus tracks of L.A. Guns classics featuring the current line-up.

Go to our Competitions Page for entry details.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Ozzfest UK announced

For the first time in several years Ozzy Osbourne's touring festival will make a stop in the UK as part of his World tour supporting new album Scream.

Full details are now online here.

Tickets go on sale on Friday at 9am.

Heaven & Hell back on High Voltage bill

The High Voltage Festival have finally announced their plans for Heaven & Hell's special guest slot on Saturday July 24, following the band's cancellation of their European tour due to singer Ronnie James Dio's health, and subsequent passing.

The remaining members of Heaven & Hell, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Vinny Appice, will play an exclusive tribute show to Dio, with special guest vocalists Glenn Hughes (ex-Black Sabbath/ex-Deep Purple) and Jorn Lande (Masterplan/Jorn) in place of their originally scheduled set.

This will be the band's only tribute concert to their departed singer this Summer.

Monday, June 14, 2010

New Ozzy Osbourne Competition

On June 21 Scream, the first Ozzy Osbourne album since 2007's Black Rain, and the first to feature guitarist Gus G., is released in the UK and we have three prize packs to give away.

The packs include a copy of the album, a signed lithograph and a t-shirt.

Go to our Competitions Page for entry details.

New Jimi Hendrix Competition

On June 7 Sony Music released a brand new CD of Jimi Hendrix’s best songs, called Fire: The Jimi Hendrix Collection, and we have three copies to give away.

The collection includes for the first time songs from the new Valleys of Neptune and is released to coincide with the licensing of Jimi’s song Fire for use in ITV’s FIFA World Cup advertising.

Go to our Competitions Page for entry details.

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

This Week's One And Only Update

The festival season is approaching the half-way point in a couple of weeks, Jukebox:Metal's first stop is Sweden Rock tomorrow, but first there are a few confirmations rolling in:

Metal Hammer (PL) - Opeth
Damnation (UK) - Earthtone9
Stockholm Rock Out (SE) - U.D.O.
Wacken (DE) - Dew-scented, Frontal, Demolished
Metaltown (SE) - Soulfly, Sodom, Witchery, Eldrimmer
Sonisphere (UK) - Corey Taylor, Gary Numan, Voodoo Six, Philip Sayce, Sacred Mother Tongue, Outcry Collective, Army of Freshmen, GU Medicine, Six Hour Sundown, Japanese Voyeurs, Turbowolf, General Fiasco, RSJ, Lights Go Blue, Endless Dark, Don Bronco, Allies, Slam Cartel, Tom Hollister Trio
Bloodstock (UK) - Powerwolf, Hospital of Death

Rockweekend (SE) have announced that due to record ticket sales they are extending their ticket price offer until the day of the festival (July 8) instead of raising prices from today as planned.

Following the recent cancellations of Ratt's European tour, announced yesterday, and Steel Panther's dates at the end of June and beginning of July, amongst others, Pretty Maids will replace Ratt at Sweden Rock, Van Canto will replace Steel Panther at Gods of Metal, and at Graspop Death To Stereo replace Earth Crisis and Krypteria replace Deicide.

There's no word yet on who will replace Ratt at Gods of Metal, Download or Graspop. There will be no replacement at Sauna Open-Air; the time will be filled by extending the sets of other confirmed bands. The latter two's full running orders, plus Metaltown's, are now online.

And lastly, the search box on the site is fixed!

Ratt Cancel European Tour

Due to emergency hernia surgery required by vocalist Stephen Pearcy, Ratt have been forced to cancel their entire European tour, which included a mixture of festival appearances and headlining shows supported by Anvil.

The affected festivals are:

Sweden Rock
Sauna Open-Air (FI)
Graspop (BE)
Download (UK)
Gods of Metal (IT)

Monday, May 31, 2010

Bank Holiday Weekend Update #2: site content

From the top down the site has seen the following updates over the last few days:

Y&T - Facemelter by Heather Lee
Wild Side - Speed Devil by Heather Lee
FM - Metropolis by Andy Lye
Lightning Swords of Death - The Extra Dimensional Wound by Brad Sanders
HammerFall - Live at The Electric Ballroom by Andy Lye
Molly Hatchet - Justice by Andy Lye
Enemy of The Sun - Caedium by Andy Lye

Ozzy Osbourne
Black Majesty

Streams & Downloads Page

The Haunted

Videos Page

Bank Holiday Weekend Update #1: festivals

First the bad news. As it gets closer to the business end of the festival calendar the cancellations are rolling in.

Masters of Rock (CZ) - Masterplan cancelled
Headbangers Open-Air XIII (DE) - Jag Panzer cancelled, Warbringer cancelled
Gods of Metal (IT) - Steel Panther cancelled
Graspop (BE) - Steel Panther cancelled, Rise To Remain cancelled

However, festivals are moving fast to book replacements and some of the cancellations above have been resolved already:

Headbangers Open-Air - Destruction, Tygers of Pan Tang
Gods of Metal - Raven
Graspop - The Poodles, Iron Mask

And following the news last week that Mastodon were forced to cancel all of their festival appearances this Summer, Graspop and Sweden Rock have already replaced them with Carcass and Mustasch respectively.

Headbangers Open-Air have also announced their day splits for 2010, and have added three bands to their 2011 line-up: Demon, Vulcain and Beehler.

Elsewhere some events are still completing their line-ups:

Bang Your Head!!! (DE) - Destruction, Hades, The Quireboys, The Haunted, Treat, Artillery, Darkane
High Voltage (UK) - Bigelf
Stockholm Rock Out (SE) - Lizzy Borden
Download (UK) - Ricky Warwick, Anathema, Devil Sold His Soul, Danny Vaughn, Ginger, Sondura, The More I See, Trigger The Bloodshed, Taylor Hawkin's & The Coattail Riders, The Dirty Feel, Jettblack, Enemo-J, Starseed, Everything Burns
RockHarz (DE) - Illdisposed
Hard Rock Hell (UK) - Hardcore Superstar, Benedictum, Kobra And The Lotus, Starseed, Pythia, The Plight, Die So Fluid, Evil Scarecrow, FuryON, Raising Sand, Blackstar Whiskey
Party.San - Autopsy

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Mastodon Cancel Summer Tour

Due to guitarist Bill Kelleher being diagnosed with pancreatitis (a sudden inflammation of the pancreas which can have severe complications and high mortality despite treatment) Mastodon have been forced to canel their European Summer touring plans, which most involved festival appearances.

The affected events are:

Sonisphere Poland
Sonisphere Bulgaria
Sonisphere Greece
Sonisphere Turkey
Sonisphere Romania
Sonisphere Czech Republic
Sonisphere Switzerland
Sweden Rock
Tuska Open-Air (FI)
Graspop (BE)

Doctors are optimistic over Kelleher's condition and expect him to make a full recovery over the coming weeks.

Monday, May 24, 2010

More Weekend Content

More new reviews:

Brain Drill - Quantum Catastrophe by Chris Poling
Blood of Kingu - Sun In The House of The Scorpion by Brad Sanders
Cathedral - Live at ULU, London by Andy Lye

In the wake of Ronnie James Dio's death, Jorn have written and recorded a new song, Song For Ronnie James, which will be the lead track on a tribute album by the band to be released in July featuring covers of several Dio tracks, both well known and not. The video for Song For Ronnie James has been added to the videos page.

New Traditional/Power Metal Reviews

By pure coincidence Monday brings the release of four new traditional and/or power metal albums in the UK:

Masterplan - Time To Be King by Andy Lye
Sabaton - Coat of Arms by Andy Lye
Thunderstone - Dirt Metal by Andy Lye
Enforcer - Diamonds by Andy Lye

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Jukebox:Metal re-opens

It's the end of a very solemn week in the metal world, but some positive things have been happening:

ProgPower Europe (NL) - Klone, Love De Vice, Haken
Hard Rock Hell (UK) - Saxon, Helloween, Tigertailz, Blitzkrieg, Fatal Smile, Dumpy's Rusty Nuts, Gentlemens Pistols, Attica Rage, 9xDead, Blind Ambition, Gypsy Pistoleros, Headrush
Stockholm Rock Out (SE) - Bulletboys, Wig Wam, Dirty Penny
Summer Breeze (DE) - Count Raven
Sonisphere Spain (ES) - Anathema, Saxon, Suicidal Tendencies, Deftones, Porcupine Tree, Annihilator, W.A.S.P., Soulfly
Bloodstock (UK) - Meshuggah, Desecration
Brutal Assault (CZ) - Sadist, Alkonost
Norway Rock (NO) - Gary Moore
Wacken (DE) - Kataklysm cancelled, The Bosshoss
Global East (UA) - Dark Tranquillity

And one for next year, Keep It True XIV, scheduled for April 2011, have confirmed Crimson Glory as one of the headliners.

Sweden Rock have added a fifth stage to this year's event, called the NeMiS (New Music In Sweden) Tent. The complete bill for this can be see here.

Following Ronnie James Dio's death several festivals are expected to pay tribute during the 2010 season. Download, Bloodstock and Sweden Rock have all already re-named stages after the Heaven And Hell front-man, and Sweden Rock are also planning a tribute ceremony on their main stage.

Then on the October Sweden Rock Cruise there will be an all-star tribute concert featuring Lions Share plus guests including Mikael Åkerfeldt (Opeth front-man), Joacim Cans (HammerFall singer), Messiah Marcolin (ex-Candlemass singer), Ian Haugland (Europe drummer), Johan Edlund (Tiamat front-man), Mike Wead (King Diamond guitarist) and more to be confirmed.

Finally High Voltage have announced that Opeth have moved from the Prog Stage on Saturday to the Metal Stage on Sunday due to "phenomenal fan demand". What they really mean is they kicked Venom off the bill and needed a replacement.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Tributes to Ronnie James Dio Flood In

While Jukebox:Metal remains down, and the Download Festival have renamed their second stage the Ronnie James Dio Stage, metal musicians from around the World, including many who have worked with Dio, have shared their thoughts following the singer's death.

Our original report is constantly being updated with new comments, so keep checking back.

Ronnie James Dio dies, Jukebox:Metal closes in honour

The sad news that vocal legend Ronnie James Dio died after losing his battle with stomach cancer at 7:45am CST (13:45 GMT) has devastated the metal world.

In his honour, Jukebox:Metal will close for the next few days. Visits to the site will reveal the following screen in tribute.

Click the image to read a report and collected tributes from around the metal World.

Ronnie James Dio, 1942-2010

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Keep It True XIV (2011)

With the 2010 edition of Keep It True already done the organisers are nearly finished booking up next year's event, recently confirming Crimson Glory as one of the headliners.

They say most of the tickets were sold to attendees of this year's festival, but there are still some left from the organisers themselves via email, Nuclear Blast's store, and the Hellion Records store.

For full details, click here.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Poland's Metal Hammer Festival Returns

After a two-year absence the Metal Hammer Festival returns on August 27 at the Spodek Hall in Katowice, headlined by KoRn.

Tickets are on sale now with a range of options and prices available.

See the full details page linked above for more information.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Ozzy Album Put Back

The release date of Ozzy Osbourne's new album Scream has been moved back by one week from June 14 to June 21, 2010.

Osbourne's tour itinerary can be found here.

Rockweekend Slash Prices

Despite previously selling tickets at full price, and even at a slightly reduced "early bird" price, Sweden's Rockweekend have slashed the prices of weekend tickets to less than half-price until June 6, 2010.

Right now weekend tickets will cost just 595,- SEK or 895,- SEK including camping. After June 6 they will rise to the standard prices of 1495,- SEK and 1795,- SEK respectively.

Visit our information page linked above for full details.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Mid-Week Update

A handful of festival confirmations first:

Hammer of Doom IV - Iron Man, Mirror of Deception
High Voltage - Down 'N' Outz
Wacken - Wistaria, Total Riot, Vita Imana

In tour news Joe Satriani announces some European headlining shows in October, and Accept have added two shows supporting AC/DC in Germany on May 24 and June 13, plus a special headlining show at the Z7 club in Pratteln, Switzerland on June 12. Their complete itinerary can be found here. They have also debuted the video for Teutonic Terror from new album Blood of The Nations, which can be found on the videos page.

And finally three new reviews:

Extreme - Take Us Alive: Boston 2009 by Andy Lye
Pretty Maids - Pandemonium by Heather Lee
Howl - Full of Hell by Brad Sanders

Monday, May 10, 2010

HammerFall & Dream Evil Photos

Some photos from the London stop of HammerFall's UK tour on Thursday May 6 at the Electric Ballroom with special guests Dream Evil are now online here.

Three More Reviews To End The Weekend

To accompany the fine contributions from our new writers, here are three more reviews for the weekend:

Iced Earth - Box of The Wicked
Rhapsody of Fire - The Frozen Tears of Angels
Exodus - Exhibit B: The Human Condition

There are also new videos on the videos page from Y&T, Karma To Burn, Ion Dissonance, Mnemic, Rhapsody of Fire and Scar Symmetry.

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Jukebox:Metal Expands Staff

Making our first real links with North America Jukebox:Metal is pleased to announce we have expanded our reviewing staff in order to better cover some of the extreme metal genres like black metal, death metal and post-metal/hardcore, and widen our coverage of some of the more melodic genres.

Joining the team are Brad Sanders and Chris Poling from Ohio, and Heather Lee from New Jersey. Please check out their first contributions below, and looks for some additional live reports from the United States in due course.

Skyforger - Kurbads by Brad Sanders
Unleashed - As Yggdrasil Trembles by Chris Poling
Andre Matos - Mentalize by Heather Lee

Saturday, May 08, 2010

A Handful of Updates

A few big festival updates this weekend, in terms of numbers of bands. Several festivals will still be trying to secure a replacement in the wake of Heaven & Hell's unfortunate cancellation, while many more are all but complete for the year.

Sonisphere UK - CKY, Sabaton, The Ghost of A Thousand, Inme, All Forgotten, Chickenhawk, Deaf Havana, While She Sleeps, Failsafe, Firebug, Kellermensch, The Bendal Interlude, TheWorldOnFire, Rinoa, Bow And Arrow, Me Vs Hero, Tek One, Bury Tomorrow

Graspop - Soulfly, Slash, Hatebreed, Ignite cancelled, ReVamp, Sick of It All, Oceans of Sadness, Devin Townsend, Dear Superstar, Earthcrisis, Spoil Enginge

Unirock - Entombed, Belphegor, Amorphis, Dark Funeral, Evergrey, Necrophagist, Nevermore, Behemoth, Korpiklaani, Since Yesterday

Magic Circle @ Metalcamp - Hamlet

Graspop have also confirmed the day splits for this year, and have released day tickets priced at €75,- per day.

Having self-confirmed via their MySpace page, Hanging Doll have inadvertently triggered speculation that the Restaurant Stage (last year sponsored by Alarm) will return at this year's Sweden Rock Festival. This stage is positioned alongside the site restaurant, which is outside the main gates to the festival area, meaning fans without tickets can watch bands on this stage for free.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Heaven & Hell cancel all 2010 shows

Unfortunately Heaven & Hell have been forced to cancel all of their scheduled appearances in Europe this Summer. Vocalist Ronnie James Dio, who was diagnosed with stomach cancer in November 2009, is still not healthy enough to tour, despite significant progress in combating the disease.

The affected festivals are:

Bloodstock Open-Air (UK)
High Voltage (UK)
Sonisphere Bulgaria
Sonisphere Czech Republic
Sonisphere Finland
Sonisphere Romania
Sonisphere Sweden
Sonisphere Switzerland
Sonisphere Turkey

Final Review Instalment For The Bank Holiday

One last batch of reviews for the bank holiday weekend. More stuff to come throughout the week.

Candlemass - Ashes To Ashes
Tesla - Alive In Europe!
Karma To Burn - Appalachian Incantation
Carmine Appice's Guitar Zeus - The Definitive Guitar Zeus (re-issue)