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.