Monday, February 22, 2010

Kaltenbach Open-Air 2010

With the addition of Infinity, Austria's Kaltenbach Open-Air have completed their line-up for 2010 and have released the final running order.

The full billing is:

Dying Fetus
Dark Funeral
Keep of Kalessin
God Dethroned
Suicidal Angels
In Slumber
Hail of Bullets
Horns of Hattin
Heathen Foray
Mastic Scum
Distorted Impalement
Brewed & Canned

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Firefest VII

England's Firefest, a melodic rock festival now in its seventh year, will be a two-day event this year, starting later in the day than normal, with seven bands per day.

The festival will take place at its now usual venue of Rock City in Nottingham on October 30 and 31. The first 250 weekend tickets will be £85, after which tickets will be £48.50 per day (£97 for the weekend).

All the bands appearing will be playing their only UK show of 2010. The confirmed line-up is:

Lynch Mob
Jimi Jamison
Stage Dolls
Grand Design
Pretty Maids
Grand Illusion
Bangalore Choir
Beggars & Thieves

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Confirmation Round-Up

Sweden Rock have confirmed some of the specific days some bands will play, and have also announced that one-day tickets will be limited to 1000 per day and will be on sale from February 22. Additionally Death Angel, Blackberry Smoke and Pendragon have all been added to the line-up.

High Voltage (UK) - Transatlantic
Jalometalli (FI) - Suffocation, Dream Evil, Demelich, Gorgoroth
Deathfest (UK) - Negura Bunget, Wormrot, The Way of Purity
Rockweekend (SE) - Skid Row, Obituary
Sonisphere Switzerland (CH) - Overkill

On the site the new videos from Wizard, Nightrage and Mammutant are now available on the videos page, and in review we have the newest releases from Jon Oliva's Pain (Festival) and Rage (Strings To A Web).

Helsinki Live

In Finland a one-day event to be held on June 5 called Helsinki Live is the second confirmed European appearance of Guns N' Roses, who will headline the event.

The rest of the bill currently includes The Prodigy, Skunk Anansie and Danko Jones.

Tickets are on sale now.

Sonisphere Greece

The Sonisphere series of events have confirmed the first Greek edition, to take place at Terra Viba Park in Malakasa on June 24.

Another one-day version it will feature the "Big Four" of thrash metal, Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax, plus Stone Sour, Mastodon and Bullet For My Valentine.

Tickets go on sale on Monday February 22.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Germany's Tomahawk Festival Cancelled

Due to poor advance ticket sales the Tomahawk Festival, scheduled for March 13 in Hamm, has been cancelled by promoters Burningstage Concerts. This is the second festival the company have had to cancel in 2010, following a similar set of circumstances with the Winternoise Festival in January at the same venue.

Obituary, who were scheduled to appear, will play an extra headlining show at the N8 Club in Osnabrück instead, with support from Persefone, who were also due to play at Tomahawk and are opening for Obituary on their tour.

Latest Batch of Bands for Graspop

Sticking to the tried and tested method of announcing bands in large batches, Graspop have made another release, taking their line-up to 49 confirmed acts. The newest additions are:

Paradise Lost
Cannibal Corpse
Between The Buried And Me
Steel Panther
36 Crazyfists
A Day To Remember
Rise To Remain

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Heathen Begin Rescheduling

After being forced to cancel their March tour, Heathen have begun announcing make-up dates in April and May, although only two are direct replacements for the cancelled shows in Essen and Rotterdam.

The currently confirmed dates are here.

A New Week, New Announcements

Several festivals, it seems, didn't bother taking a break for the weekend and have wasted no time at all continuing to announce bands.

Download (UK) - Rage Against The Machine (headliner), Aerosmith (headliner), Stone Sour, Five Finger Death Punch, Lamb of God, 30 Seconds To Mars, Billy Idol
Elsrock (NE) - Napalm Death, Agnostic Front, Lizzy Borden, The Lucifer Principle
Sweden Rock (SE) - Billy Idol, Aerosmith (headliner)
With Full Force XVII (DE) - Fear Factory, Slayer
Bloodstock (UK) - Twisted Sister (headliner), Edguy
Wacken (DE) - The New Black

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The Rest of Last Week

Last week proved to be a very busy week across Europe for festival confirmations, and they break down as follows.

Ragnarök 7 (DE) - Skyforger
RockHarz (DE) - Deicide, Marduk, Vader
Festung Open-Air (DE) - Nachtmystium, Affliction Gate
Wacken (DE) - Smoke Blow, Hanggai
Summer Breeze (DE) - Dew-scented, Dream Evil, Månegarm, Parkway Drive, Psychopunch, Sideblast
Party.San (DE) - Napalm Death, Desaster, Lividity

Sweden Rock (SE) - Gary Moore (rock set), Guns N' Roses (headliner)
Stockholm Rock Out (SE) - Jani Lane cancelled, Great White, Kix, Shameless, Tuff, Crashdiet, Tigertailz
Getaway (SE) - Megadeth, The Quireboys, Sonic Syndicate, Crucified Barbara, Lavett, The Generals, Raubtier, Heaven's Basement, Airbourne

Bloodstock (UK) - Bloodbath, Gorgoroth, Black Spiders
Brutal Assault (CZ) - Hypocrisy, Ragnarok, Arsis
Kaltenbach Open-Air (AT) - Holy Moses, Incantation, Funerus, Darkfall, Mentor

Monday, February 15, 2010

Metalfest Open-Air Latest

All five of the Metalfest events have confirmed new batches of bands in the last week, as follows.

Scared To Death
Black Inhale

12 Years of Silence
Burial Vault
Deadbeat Hero
Perish Sanity
Pleasant Torture


Velvet Seal

Czech Republic:
Trail of Tears
Astral Doors

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

AC/DC Iron Man 2 Video Online

In a unique collaboration Marvel and AC/DC have teamed up to release a soundtrack album for the new 'Iron Man 2' movie comprised entirely of classic AC/DC songs.

The first video to come from the project, featuring AC/DC's song Shoot To Thrill is now online in our videos section.

The album will be released as a standard CD and deluxe CD/DVD set on April 19.

Sweden Rock Confirm First Headliner

Although Slayer, confirmed last week, are expected to be a headliner at this year's Sweden Rock Festival, the first formally announced headline act for 2010 is U.D.O., who will play on the now-traditional shorter Wednesday, on June 9.

This morning there was also a strong rumour from Sweden's primary national newspaper that Guns N' Roses will headline the festival. This is the same newspaper that announced Aerosmith's appearance in 2007, then a major coup for the festival, before the organisers did. They say the festival hopes to announce major artists this week.

Monday, February 08, 2010

High Voltage Launch Full Website

High Voltage, the new classic rock festival scheduled for July in Victoria Park, London, have launched their full website, and their "full line-up", which so far seems a little small to fill two days.

In addition to the already confirmed bill Down will headline the Metal Hammer Stage, Magnum will appear on the Prog Stage and The Answer and blues legend Gary Moore will appear on the Main Stage.

Exact days/times are still to be confirmed.

Sunday, February 07, 2010

More New Releases Reviewed

Another bumper update this week, mostly down, it has to be said, to the ridiculously busy release schedule last week.

So, check out these new reviews:

Heathen - Evolution of Chaos
Annihilator - Live At Masters of Rock
Hellfueled - Emission of Sins
Fear Factory - Mechanize

Look out later this week for one another new release in Rage's Strings To A Web, and perhaps a couple more from last week.

And The Rest of the Week

The week continued as it started, with several festivals issuing updates as follows:

Metaltown - Bullet For My Valentine, Kreator, Bleeding Through, Sonic Syndicate, Dream Evil
Rock Hard - Keep of Kalessin
Sweden Rock - Mastodon
Party.San - Lock Up, Onheil
Norway Rock - Megadeth, Immortal
Brutal Assault - Lock Up, Gorgoroth, Bleed From Within

Just days after being confirmed for Stockholm Rock Out, Vince Neil has cancelled. Slaughter have been confirmed in his place.

And after the cancellations of both Orodruin and Argus Doom Shall Rise have announced Seamount and Garden of Worm as replacements, re-completing their line-up.

Big Rockweekend Announcement

After announcing one or two bands every few weeks, Sweden's Rockweekend have finally weighed in with a substantial list of bands confirmed for 2010. First they made the announcement of Twisted Sister, then the following in one go, all of which apart from Sepultura are home-grown talent:

Electric Boys
Abramis Brama
The Murder of My Sweet
Astral Doors
Lions Share
Mama Kin
Dawn of Silence
Hellsingland Underground
Gasoline Queen
ZZ Rock
The Cougars
Lucy Seven
Status Quiz
Rock N Roll Allstars

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

A Flurry of Activity

There has been another huge batch of festival confirmations already this week. Here's the rundown:

Sweden Rock - Fates Warning
Bloodstock - Heaven & Hell (headline)
Stockholm Rock Out - Vince Neil, Pretty Boy Floyd, Steelheart, Nasty Idols, Vains of Jenna, Killer Clan of F.U.N.
Bang Your Head!!! - Nevermore, Fates Warning, The New Black, Toxin
Wacken - Ill Niño
Kings of Black Metal - Enthroned
Sonisphere Switzerland - Amon Amarth, Lauren Harris
Metalcamp - Hammerfall, Varg
Rockarea - Sodom
RockHarz - Hypocrisy, Rage, Dark Age
Deathfest - Hour of Penance, Infestation, Ramesses, Palehorse

Arch Enemy have added four UK dates to their tour, with support from Sabbat and Enslaved, and Swallow The Sun and Long Distance Calling have been confirmed as support for Katatonia's New Moon Over Europe tour, where two dates in Greece have also been added to the end of the schedule.

Lastly, another brand new review, this time for Bruce Kulick's third solod album BK3.