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