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