Sunday, January 31, 2010

The Past Week In Metal

First as always, some festival updates, and we'll kick off with the new confirmations as follows:

Metalfest Hungary - Nightmare, Astral Doors
Metaltown - In Flames (headliner), Raubtier, Dark Tranquillity
Brutal Assault - Gojira, Catamenia, Monstrosity
Sweden Rock - Slayer, Suicidal Tendencies
Getaway Rock - Motörhead, Europe, Vader, Deicide, Aggressive Chill
Party.San - Dying Fetus, Ketzer
Kings of Black Metal - Impiety, Setherial

Elsewhere Bloodstock have added Sonata Arctica and have had a bit of a reorganisation by moving GWAR and Gojira to Sunday and Ross The Boss to Friday. Keep It True XIII have been forced to replace Siren, confirming instead Steelwing. And finally Orodruin and Argus have both cancelled their appearances at Doom Shall Rise. Replacements should be announced shortly.

In tour news Wolfmother will support KISS on their four German dates and Threat Signal have announced they will be the special guests on (hed)P.E.'s extensive European tour, making this their first ever tour of Europe. Heathen have had to postpone their headlining tour in March but hope to reschedule later in the year, and Arch Enemy have added a date to their schedule, headlining the second day of the multi-discipline Long'I'Rock Music Open-Air Festival in Longirod, Switzerland.

And last of all, in reviews, check out this batch of the the latest albums/EPs:

Throwdown - Deathless
Charred Walls of The Damned - Charred Walls of The Damned
Ihsahn - After
CodeJak - Hell Yeah
Overkill - Ironbound

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Hellfest Batch #3

Still making their announcements in large-scale batches, France's Hellfest have released the following list of new confirmations:

John Garcia
Jello Biafra And The Guantanamo School of Medicine
Between The Buried And Me
Brant Bjork And The Bros
Mondo Generator
The Young Gods
Yawning Man

GWAR have cancelled, however. The remaining headliners are expected at the end of February.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Download 2010

England's Download Festival have made their long-awaited first announced tonight, revealing rock legends AC/DC as the first headliner, along with Them Crooked Vultures, Megadeth, Motörhead, Stone Temple Pilots, Deftones, Bullet For My Valentine, Wolfmother and Volbeat.

The event will take place at its usual Donington location on June 11-13. Tickets are now on sale at various prices.

Full details so far on our new page.

This Weekend In Metal

As always, besides the sad news that rock legends Scorpions will retire after their next album and tour, a quick rundown of the weekend's festival confirmations to start. First to Sweden where Rockstad: Falun have added Alestorm. In Germany Rock Am Härtsfeldsee have announced Amon Amarth and Undertow, Ragnarök 7 have added Ensiferum, Fjoergyn and Thormesis, and Summer Breeze have had Suffocation added to the Nuclear Blast label night.

In the UK the new High Voltage Festival have confirmed Joe Bonamassa, and say they will reveal the full line-up on February 8, while Hammerfest in Wales had added Crimes of Passion, Beholder, Arthemis and SSS to their opening Thursday night warm-up event and Daath and Zonaria for the Saturday.

And lastly in Slovenia Metalcamp have confirmed Obituary, Norway's Inferno have revealed their complete running order, and there are new detail pages now available for for Paris Extreme headlined by The Exploited, Arch Enemy and Agnostic Front, and Germany's Noisegate 3, also headlined by Arch Enemy.

In tour news both Sacred Steel (here) and Arch Enemy (here) have announced new Euroepan tours for 2010, and Blind Guardian have added three extra dates to their Autumn tour with Steelwing:

19 - Warsaw - Stodola Club
22 - Gothenburg - Brewhouse
23 - Stockholm - Fryshuset

In reviews we have the new albums by Dark Illusion (Where The Eagles Fly), Astral Doors (Requiem of Time) and Dream Evil (In The Night), and last of all the downloads page has been updated with new songs by Excalion, Van Canto, Burning Black, Mortemia and Sandstone.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Several For Summer Breeze

Germany's Summer Breeze Open-Air have added several bands to their line-up in one go:

Agnostic Front
End of Green
The Black Dahlia Murder
Heaven Shall Burn
Raised Fist

They have also announced that this year's Newcomer Stage competition has been rebranded as the New Blood Award, and the winners will now be given a special award at the end of the night.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Festivals, Reviews and More

First some new festival confirmations. Metalfest Open Airs Germany, Austria and Switzerland have all added Six Feet Under, Hole In The Sky confirmed Obituary and Obliteration, Wacken confirmed Gojira, Imperial Dekadenz, Degradead and Eternal Legacy, and Suicidal Angels have announced they will be playing Kaltenbach Open-Air.

Brutal Assault have been busy again, adding Napalm Death, GWAR and The Black Dahlia Murder, and RockHarz in Germany have added Overkill, Varg, Van Canto, Undertow, Excrementory Grindfuckers and Black Messiah.

Kreator have been confirmed for Portugal's SWR Metalfest XIII, and in Belgium Graspop have issued their third release, announcing reunited Belgian outfit Channel Zero, Motörhead, Amon Amarth, As I Lay Dying, Obituary, Ghost Brigade and Job For A Cowboy.

Bloodstock haven't added any more bands this week yet, but have released their VIP tickets for 2010. Details here.

In tour news Sylosis have been confirmed as the support act for Fear Factory's four UK dates in February (full itinerary here), Grammi winners Mustasch will open for KISS on their two Swedish dates in June, and Sweden's Wolf have added some extra shows on home soil (here).

And in the latest reviews check out The Quireboys live in London in December, The Devil's Blood's 2009 album The Time of No Time Evermore, and the new 2010 covers album by Six Feet Under, Graveyard Classics III.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

A Few Days of Festival News

Summer Breeze have announced that this year's label night in the Party Tent the day before the festival starts proper will be hosted by Nuclear Blast and will include performances from Rage, Equilibrium, Suicidal Angels, Annotations of An Autopsy, Unleashed and Milking The Goatmachine.

Milking The Goatmachine were also recently added to the bill for Party.San Open-Air, along with Under That Spell and Sarke. The Czech Republic's Brutal Assault confirmed Sarke as well, plus Trial of Tears and Brazilian legends Sepultura, while elsewhere in Germany Wacken added Metsatöll, Headbangers Open-Air XIII announced Stormwarrior and Kings of Black Metal confirmed Kampfar.

In Sweden Rockweekend confirmed Saxon and after their slip-up with their poster last weekend Sweden Rock eventually revealed Opeth.

And finally in Holland Neurotic Deathfest released the day splits for the event and completed the line-up with the addition of Benediction and Malignancy, and in Austria Kaltenbach Open-Air confirmed Mastic Scum, Epsilon, Harmanic, Heathen Foray, Horns of Hattin and Varulv.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Winternoise Cancelled

Headlined by Immortal, the Winternoise Festival scheduled for January 23 in Hamm, Germany, has been cancelled by organisers Burningstage Concerts.

In a statement (currently only in German) on the Burningstage website the reason for the cancellation has been cited as poor ticket sales.

Ticket holders can either get a refund from point of purchase, or use the ticket for entry into the Kings of Black Metal Festival on April 10 in Giessen, which will be headlined by Immortal and also includes Inquisition and Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult from the Winternoise bill.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

New Festival Pages

Information pages for the following festivals are now available:

Hexentanz (DE) (Unheilig, Letzte Instanz etc.)
Walpurgisschlacht (DE) (Doro, Rage, Tankard etc.)
Rock Am Härtsfeldsee (DE) (Subway To Sally, Rage etc.)
Deathfest (UK) (Brujeria, Immolation etc.)
SWR Metalfest XIII (PT) (Triptykon, Dying Fetus etc.)
Rockstad: Falun (SE) (Sabaton, Gamma Ray, Pretty Maids etc.)

U.D.O. Confirms More Support

U.D.O. have posted an update regarding the support acts for their European tour. Label-mates Mob Rules, Manimal and Dezperadoz have all been booked for two shows each, while Interitus have four shows.

There will be no support in Finland, and local support only in Austria.

Full details, including confirmed days for previously announced festival appearances so far, are here.

Helsinki Metal Meeting Complete, Plus More

The Helsinki Metal Meeting, part of the Finnish Metal Expo, has completed its 2010 billing with the addition of Leverage, Winterborn, Tukkanuotta and various interviews and clinics with the likes of Alexi Laiho from Children of Bodom, Marco Hietala from Nightwish and Esa Holopainen and Tomi Koivusaari from Amorphis. They have also confirmed the full running order, which is now online here.

Hammer of Doom III is also fast approaching and they have had to alter their final billing with the withdrawal of Procession and Griftgård. These have been replaced with Ahab and Old Season.

A handful of other confirmations have surfaced over the last couple of days too. Bloodstock have announced that France's Gojira will play their only UK show of 2010 on the first day of the festival. Sweden Rock have added Poland's Behemoth, and Ragnarök 7 have confirmed both Gorgoroth and Sarke.

Now a little bit of tour news: with their June 22 show in Madrid long sold out, KISS have added another Spanish date on June 25 at the Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona. The full 2010 European tour can be seen here.

Finally in ticket news Metalfest Open-Air Czech Republic's ticket price has increased to €34,- (strangely cheaper in local currency at CZK 700,-, which is approximately €27,-) and, also in the Czech Republic, Masters of Rock's ticket price will increases to €48,- on January 15.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

More 2009 And The First 2010 Review

As promised some more reviews of 2009 releases which were passed over the first time round have been posted. You can now read about Voivod's live DVD Tatsumaki: Voivod Japan 2008, and the last offering from The Poodles (Clash of The Elements).

More next week.

The final site update is some brand new 2010 stuff. First off we have the new Eluveitie video for Thousandfold (from Everything Remains (As It Never Was) due out on Nuclear Blast on February 22) and the trailer for Primordial's new DVD All Empires Fall (out March 1 on Metal Blade) on the videos page. Secondly we present the first review of a 2010 release with the brand new Mustasch album Mustasch.

Next week look out for Six Feet Under's new covers album and possibly one or two others.

The Last 2006 CD Reviews

Several sections of the site have been updated this weekend, starting with another batch of archive CD reviews from 2006.

The final ones to be moved over from the old Jukebox archives for that year, from October, November and December, are albums by UFO (The Monkey Puzzle), Disillusion (Gloria), Whitesnake (Live In The Shadow of The Blues), Billy Idol (Happy Holidays), Ektomorf (Outcast), and Uli Kusch's short lived Beautiful Sin (The Unexpected), plus an extensive run-down of the all-star heavy metal tribute to The Beatles Butchering The Beatles, Comes With The Fall's The Reckoning EP and the first ever CD re-issue of Agentz' classic '80s debut Stick To Your Guns.

Friday, January 08, 2010

Other Festivals Finally Join The Party

Some other European festivals have finally made their first announcements of 2010. Wacken have confirmed Canada's Voivod, Sweden Rock have added Stratovarius, ProgPower Europe announced Oceans of Sadness, and Party.San have added Devourment, Necrophagist, Suicidal Angels and Varg.

In ticket news Sweden's Rockweekend three-day festival passes will still be available at the special price of 1195,- SEK until February 1, after which they will go up to the normal price of 1495,- SEK.

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Z Rock Postponed

The 2010 edition of Z Rock has been postponed from its original dates of May 7-8 until October 1-2. This was primarily a financial decision by the organisers. Ticket details are expected in the next few days and should go on sale in July. The rest of the line-up should arrive in three weeks (i.e. at the end of January).

Before the decision to reschedule former Journey singer Steve Augeri was confirmed, along with Von Groove, Marseille, Hollywood Tease, The Storm, Arabia and Eden.

The event will still take place at JB's in Dudley, England.

Fear Factory, Heathen and Fu Manchu tours

The recently reformed Fear Factory, whose new album Mechanize will be released on February 8 through Germany's AFM Records, US thrash veterans Heathen supporting their new Evolution of Chaos album due out on Mascot Records on February 1, and American stoner rock legends Fu Manchu, who released their latest album Signs of Infinite Power back in October on Century Media, have all confirmed European tours for the coming months.

The complete itineraries are now online: Fear Factory | Heathen | Fu Manchu

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Metropole Ruhr Festival

A one-day thrash metal event scheduled for April 4 at the Turbinenhalle in Oberhausen, Germany, the Metropole Ruhr Festival has completed its line-up, strengthening it considerably with the addition of Flotsam And Jetsam, Exhumer, Exciter and Living Death.

Full details of the event are here.

More Metalfest Open-Air Bands

The German, Austrian and Swiss editions of Metalfest Open-Air have all had Månegarm added to their bills. In addition the Austrian event has confirmed Despised Icon, Harmanic and Cruzada.

Karma To Burn Add Mainland Dates

In addition to the previously announced UK shows in April, and their appearance at Roadburn in Tilburg, Karma To Burn have added a string of mainland Europe headlining shows in the first half of April, keeping them on tour for a straight month.

The new dates are:

01 – Karlsruhe – Substage
02 – Paris – Nouveau Casino
03 – Schijndel – Paaspop Festival
04 – Weil der Stadt – JH Kloster
05 – Hamburg – Molotow
06 – Berlin – Knaak Club
07 – Marburg – KFZ
09 – Osnabrück – Westwerk
10 – Leuven – Het Depot
12 – Basel – Kaserne
13 – Zurich – Rote Fabrik
14 – Milan – Circolo A.R.C.I. Magnolia
15 – Bern – ISC

The full itinerary can be found here.

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Winger Add Dates

Winger's previously announced European tour has been expanded with new dates added for Norway, England and Germany. The extra dates are:

19 - Leknes - Lofothallen
20 - Oslo - Rock The Boat

03 - Nottingham - Rock City
06 - Bochum - Matrix
07 - Berlin - Columbia Club
08 - Munich - Backstage
10 - Aschaffenburg - ColoSaal

For the full list of dates so far, click here.

Ticket Updates

A quick update on ticket availability. Tickets are now on sale for the following events:

Tomahawk (DE)
Sonisphere Switzerland (CH)
Unirock (TR)
Doom Shall Rise (DE)
Karmøygeddon (NO)

Monday, January 04, 2010

First Confirmations of 2010

The festivals to make the first band announcements of 2010 are Kaltenbach Open-Air in Austria and Summer Breeze in Germany. Although Overkill have let slip that they are confirmed for Tuska Open-Air in Finland, Devil Side in Germany and Queens of Metal, also in Germany, before any of the events have made their own formal announcements.

As for the other two, Kaltenbach had added Keep of Kalessin, Shining, Mångarm, God Dethroned, Skyforger and Darkane, and Summer Breeze have confirmed The 69 Eyes, Hacride and Fejd.

With Overkill's premature self-confirmations we have added new festival pages for Devil Side and Tuska Open-Air, ready for when they each confirm their first bands officially and announce ticket details.

And finally, in a small bit of tour news, U.D.O. have confirmed RAM and Torch as the supporting bill for both of their shows in Sweden (Gävle on January 29 and Gothenburg on January 30). Check out U.D.O.'s full 2010 itinerary so far here.

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Some Extra 2009 Reviews

As always January is a bit of a slow month in terms of new releases, which gives us time to pick up a few of the left-overs from 2009 that we didn't get around to at the time.

Check out the new reviews of the latest releases by Sacred Steel, Catch 22, Death Row and Paradox, plus the live reunion DVD by Creed.

There's also a new archive review from October 2006 of Blind Guardian live in London.

Over the next week or so there will be at least one more batch of 2009 albums reviewed before we start on the 2010 releases.

Friday, January 01, 2010

More For The Metalfest Open-Airs

Over the last couple of days the Metalfest group of festivals have been adding bands to some of the editions (mostly the same ones, it has to be said), with the Swiss one, which had been lagging behind a little, getting the biggest announcements, adding a lot of the bands of note that are already confirmed for the other dates.

The only real new bands to be announced are Thyrfing, who have been added to Germany, Switzerland and Austria, and Tuxedo and Unhale, both added to Austria. All three have also formally confirmed Suicidal Angels, but the band announced their participation themselves some weeks ago.

Otherwise Switzerland has been bolstered with Sepultura, Behemoth, Korpiklaani, Deicide, Marduk, all of which are already confirmed for Germany, Austria and some of them for Hungary.

The website for the Czech Republic edition of the event is still not online, so most of the line-up for that remains unknown.

End of Year Top 20 (and yes, more Wacken bands)

As 2009 has now drawn to a close, the Jukebox:Metal top twenty albums of the year list is now online. Let the arguments begin!

And of course, Wacken have added some more bands: Schlemish, Maroon, Varg and Letzte Instanz.