Saturday, December 31, 2011

Latest Reviews Update 31/12

Here's the second batch of updates before the turn of the new year. Next week we should be catching up the last few releases we intend to cover from 2011, plus the last few live shows we attended. Then it's on to the new stuff for 2012!

Archgoat - Heavenly Vulva (Christ's Last Rites) by Brad Sanders
DoomDogs - Unleash The Truth by Andy Lye
Mythological Cold Towers - Immemorial by James Donovan
Crylord - Blood of The Prophets by Andy Lye
Lost Dreams - Blinded By Rage by James Donovan
Savoy Brown - Voodoo Moon by Andy Lye
Burzum - From The Depths of Darkness by Brad Sanders
Metal Female Voices Festival 2011 by James Donovan
Krux - III: He Who Sleeps Amongst The Stars by Andy Lye
The Devil's Blood - The Thousandfold Epicentre by James Donovan
Svölk - Svölk 'em All by Andy Lye
Dragonland - Under The Grey Banner by James Donovan
Dead To This World - Sacrifice by James Donovan
Riotgod - Invisible Empire by Andy Lye
Astral Doors - Jerusalem by Andy Lye
Ray Wilson & Stiltskin - Unfulfillment by Andy Lye

Friday, December 30, 2011

Amorphis live photos

Live photos from Amorphis's show at Islington Academy in London, England on November 27, 2011 are now online here.

The Quill live photos

Live photos from The Quill's show at the Barfly in London, England on November 22, 2011 are now online here.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Latest Reviews Update 29/12

As the end of the year approaches it's that time where the rush to cover as many of the albums which fell through the cracks throughout the last 12 months is on. Here's a batch of a stuff posted over the last few days. Expect at least one more update before midnight on the 31st, and probably at least one catch-up batch in the first week of January.

Morton - Come Read The Words Forbidden by James Donovan
Magnum - Evolution by Andy Lye
Blasphemist - Shadowtorned World by James Donovan
Bonfire - Fireworks... Still Alive! by Andy Lye
Yaotl Mictlan - Dentro del Manto Gris de Chaac by Brad Sanders
Hypocrisy - Hell Over Sofia by Andy Lye
High Voltage Festival 2011 by Andy Lye
Kampfar - Mare by Brad Sanders
Grabak - Sin by Brad Sanders
Srodek - Förfall by Brad Sanders
Various - ZZ Top: A Tribute From Friends by Andy Lye
Mastercastle - Dangerous Diamonds by James Donovan
Nine Covens - ...On The Coming of Darkness by Brad Sanders
Black Oath - The Third Aeon by Andy Lye

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Byfrost live photos

Live photos from Byfrost's set supporting Taake at The Underworld in London, England on October 19, 2011 are now online here.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Festival Updates 27/12

Party.San (DE) - Sodom, Gospel of The Horns, Necros Christos
Metalcamp (SL) - Hatebreed
Keep It True (DE) - Mystik cancelled, Whiplash
Masters of Rock (CZ) - Edguy, Gotthard, Firewind, Black Majesty

Monday, December 26, 2011

Leaf Hound live photos

Live photos from Leaf Hound's 40th Anniversary show at the Borderline in London, England on November 4, 2011 are now online here.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Festival Updates 24/12

Summer Breeze (DE) - Amon Amarth
With Full Force (DE) - Heaven Shall Burn
Wacken (DE) - Saxon, Sanctuary, Schandmaul

Friday, December 23, 2011

Festival Updates 23/12

RockHarz (DE) - Sepultura
Wacken (DE) - Crimes of Passion, Testament, Leningrad Cowboys
Summer Breeze (DE) - Hatesphere, Cattle Decapitation, Eskimo Callboy, Corvus Corax, Incantation
With Full Force (DE) - We Butter The Bread With Butter, Eläkeläiset
Metal Assault (DE) - Hirax cancelled
Graspop (BE) - Slayer, Europe, Pennywise, Unearth, As I Lay Dying, Texas In July, Leprous, Ihsahn
Brutal Assault (CZ) - Hatebreed, Suicide Silence, Municipal Waste
Metaltown (SE) - Machine Head
Sweden Rock - Gotthard

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Festival Updates 21/12

Metalcamp (SL) - Finntroll
PPM Fest (BE) - Trollfest
Sweden Rock - Soundgarden
Wacken (DE) - Kamelot, Sylosis
Summer Breeze (DE) - Insomnium, Audrey Horne
Inferno Switzerland - Shining, Djerv, Nekromantheon, Benighted, Svart Crown, Arkhan, Vuyvr
With Full Force (DE) - Comeback Kid
Rock Hard (DE) - Unisonic

Monday, December 19, 2011

Festival Updates 19/12

Sweden Rock - Motörhead
Graspop (BE) - Sabaton
Wacken (DE) - Manticora, Delain
With Full Force (DE) - Insomnium
Summer Breeze (DE) - Deicide

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Festival Updates 18/12

Wacken (DE) - Graveyard, Unearth, Wölli & Die Band Des Jahres, Darkest Hour
With Full Force (DE) - Excrementory Grindfuckers, The Bones, Dark Funeral
Summer Breeze (DE) - Epica, Glorior Belli, Die Apokalyptischen Reiter, Toxic Holocaust, The Rotted, Farsot
Ragnarök (DE) - Nachtmystium
Forces of Metal (NL) - Twisted Sister cancelled, Where Angels Suffer cancelled, Symfonia cancelled, Chrome Division cancelled
Sweden Rock (SE) - Katatonia
Rockstad: Falun (SE) - Danko Jones

Iced Earth live photos

Live photos from Iced Earth's show at the Academy in Birmingham, England on November 5, 2011 are now online here.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Symphony X live photos

Photos from Symphony X's show at the Islington Academy on London on October 26 are now online here.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Latest Reviews Update 16/11

Haken - Visions - James Donovan
Jon Amor Blues Group - Jon Amor Blues Group - Andy Lye
Transnight - The Dark Half - James Donovan
Evile - LIVE: The Garage, London 2011 - Andy Lye
Warbringer - Worlds Torn Asunder - James Donovan
Textures - Dualism - James Donovan
HateskoR - Paint My Fear - James Donovan
Venom - Fallen Angels - Andy Lye
Autumn - Cold Comfort - James Donovan
Nightwish - Imaginaerum by James Donovan
Redemption - LIVE: The Underworld, London 2011 - Andy Lye

New Evile interview

Our new interview with Evile members Ol Drake and Ben Carter is now online, in which they discuss writing and recording their latest album, touring, and illegal downloading.

Read the full article here.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Festival Updates 15/12

Rockstad: Falun (SE) - Epica
Wacken (DE) - Sacred Reich, Insomnium, Amaranthe, Eisenherz
With Full Force (DE) - The Browning, Die Lokalmatadore
Summer Breeze (DE) - Firewind, Unearth, Entrails, Excrementory Grindfuckers, Månegarm
Forces of Metal (NL) - Manowar cancelled

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Festival Updates 14/12

Wacken (DE) - Oomph!
Ragnarök (DE) - Thurs, Imperious
With Full Force (DE) - Endstille
Summer Breeze (DE) - Eisregen, Protest The Hero
Metaltown (SE) - Slayer
Brutal Assault (CZ) - Machine Head, Morgoth, Insomnium

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Festival Updates 13/12

Sweden Rock - Sebastian Bach
Wacken (DE) - Gehenna
Summer Breeze (DE) - Unleashed
With Full Force (DE) - Eyes Set To Kill
Metalcamp (SL) - Machine Head
Rockwave (GR) - Machine Head, Paradise Lost, Lucky Funeral
Rockstad: Falun (SE) - Crashdïet, Deals Death, Panzer Princess

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Festival Updates 12/12

With Full Force (DE) - Nasum, Skeletonwitch
Wacken (DE) - Riotgod, Eschenbach
Summer Breeze (DE) - Oomph!, Evergreen Terrace, Die Kassierer
Metal Female Voices (BE) - Delain, Arkona, Meden Agan, Seduce The Heavens
Roadburn (NL) - Mars Red Sky
Brutal Assault (CZ) - Sick of It All, Six Feet Under, Pig Destroyer, Darkest Hour, Aborted, Toxic Holocaust

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Festival Updates 9/12

Metaltown (SE) - Marilyn Manson, Lamb of God, Killswitch Engage, Trivium, Anthrax, Within Temptation, Sabaton, Devildriver, Vader, Skeletonwitch
Wacken (DE) - D-A-D
Summer Breeze (DE) - ASP
With Full Force (DE) - Pro-Pain
Loud (BG) - W.A.S.P., Annihilator
Sweden Rock - Exodus

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Festival Updates 8/12

Wacken (DE) - Warbringer, Dodheimsgard, Vogelfrey
Summer Breeze (DE) - Mono Inc., Ghost Brigade, We Butter The Bread With Butter, Be'lakor
With Full Force (DE) - Poison Idea, Pro-Pain
Helsinki Metal Meeting (FI) - Paradise Lost, Turisas, Die Apokalyptischen Reiter, Engel, Oldschool
Gothenburg Winter Metal (SE) - Dark Tranquillity, Nifelheim, Amaranthe, The Unguided, Ryot

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Festival Updates 6/12

Wacken (DE) - Nasum, Kylesa
Summer Breeze (DE) - Dark Tranquillity
With Full Force (DE) - Children of Bodom
Metalcamp (SL) - The Black Dahlia Murder
RockHarz (DE) - Oomph!, Knorkator, The Other, Red Fang

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Festival Updates 5/12

Wacken (DE) - Red Fang
With Full Force (DE) - August Burns Red
Summer Breeze (DE) - Darkest Hour, The Generators, In Solitude
Sweden Rock - Saint Vitus
Graspop (BE) - Killswitch Engage, Alestorm, Exodus, Hatebreed, Devildriver

Friday, December 02, 2011

Festival Updates 4/12

Sweden Rock - Electric Boys
Wacken (DE) - Warrior Soul, Electric Wizard, D.R.I.
With Full Force (DE) - Dying Fetus, Trivium, Lamb of God
Summer Breeze (DE) - Before The Dawn, Black Sun Aeon, Deathstars
Download (UK) - The Prodigy
Metalfest Croatia - E.N.D., Evil Blood
Metalfest Germany East - Nachtblut
Metalfest Germany West - Nachtblut

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Festival Updates 2/12

Summer Breeze (DE) - Six Feet Under, Anaal Nathrakh, Deez Nuts
Vagos Open-Air (PT) - Arch Enemy, Northland
Wacken (De) - Ghost Brigade, The Black Dahlia Murder
Inferno (NO) - Triptykon, One Tail One Head
With Full Force (DE) - Emmure

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Festival Updates 30/11

Hard Rock Hell (UK) - Ace Frehley cancelled

Kings of Black Metal (DE) - Impaled Nazarene, Forgotten Tomb
Metalcamp (SL) - Eluveitie
Wacken (DE) - Circle II Circle
Bang Your Head!!! (DE) - Gotthard, Sabaton, Exodus, Primordial, Kamelot, Moonsorrow, Suicidal Angels, Armored Saint, Oden Ogan, Warbringer
Rock Hard (DE) - Bolt Thrower
RockHarz (DE) - ASP, Coppelius, Tanzwut
Gods of Metal (IT) - Opeth, Lamb of God, Trivium
Tuska Open-Air (FI) - Lamb of God, Apocalyptica, Trivium, Hatebreed, Suicide Silence, Mokoma, Corpsessed, Lock Up, Metsatöll, Inferia, One Morning Left, Bob Malström
Brutal Assault (CZ) - Amon Amarth, Be'lakor, Dodheimsgard

Monday, November 28, 2011

Festival Updates 28/11

Wacken (DE) - In Flames, Suicide Silence, Broilers
Masters of Rock (CZ) - Sabaton, Within Temptation, Hell, Exodus, Thin Lizzy, Suicidal Angels, Kreator, Arch Enemy, Kamelot, Paul Di'Anno, Milking The Goatmachine, Korpiklaani, Stratovarius, Deathstars, Pain, Unisonic, Tiamat, Freedom Call, Kissin' Dynamite, The Sorrow, Saltatio Mortis, Skyforger, Odium, Salamandra, Visací zámek, Arakain Doga, Legendy se vrací, Vitacit, Horkýže Slíže

Tickets for both Masters of Rock, and the Czech Republic edition of Metalfest Open-Air are also now on sale at a special price for a limited time.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Redemption live photos

Live photos from Redemption's show at The Underworld in London, England in October now online here.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Festival Updates 26/11

Sweden Rock - Slade, Graveyard, Girlschool, Tygers of Pan Tang, Nationalteatern
Roadburn (NL) - Doom, Chelsea Wolfe, Kong
Brutal Assault (CZ) - Heathen, Converge, Protest The Hero
Hammerfest (UK) - Cerebral Bore
Bloodstock (UK) - Behemoth
Copenhell (DK) - Trivium, Lamb of God, Anthrax, Skeletonwitch

Additionally, Fleshgod Apocalypse have been added to all editions of Metalfest Open-Air.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Festival Updates 22/11

Vagos Open-Air (PT) - Arcturus, Textures
Roadburn (NL) - Witch, Farflung, Valient Thorr, Nachtmystium
Metalcamp (SL) - Amon Amarth
Sweden Rock - Sacred Reich
Bloodstock (UK) - Sanctuary, Grand Magus, The Black Dahlia Murder
Neurotic Deathfest (NL) - Origin, Decapitated, Aborted, Hour of Penance, Coldworker, Cattle Decapitation, Debauchery, Internal Bleeding, Betraying The Martyrs, Leng Tch'e, Nexus Inferis

Monday, November 21, 2011

Latest Reviews Update 21/11

Infinita Symphonia - A Mind's Chronicle by James Donovan
Seven - Freedom Call by James Donovan
Deathstars - The Greatest Hits On Earth by Andy Lye
Vallenfyre - A Fragile King by James Donovan
AFM Records - 15 Years Metal Addiction by Andy Lye
Leviathan - Beyond The Gates of Imagination Pt.1 by James Donovan
Gotthard - Homegrown: Live In Lugano by Andy Lye
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter - The Greatest of The Best by James Donovan
Nemesea - The Quiet Resistance by James Donovan
Chris Cornell - Songbook by Andy Lye

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Festival Updates 21/11

Party.San (DE) - Bolt Thrower, Iron Lamb, Cattle Decapitation
Graspop (BE) - Motörhead, Trivium, Dimmu Borgir, Children of Bodom, Amon Amarth, Lamb of God, Sick of It All, Paradise Lost, Death Angel, Sacred Reich, Obituary, August Burns Red, Emmure, Nasum, Comeback Kid, H2O, Winterfylleth, Ensiferum, Skeletonwitch, Winds of Plague, Whitechapel, The Spudmonsters

Friday, November 18, 2011

Black Sabbath confirm festivals

In addition to the confirmation of a headlining spot at Download which formed part of Black Sabbath's 11/11/11 reformation announcement, the band have now revealed the first leg of their 2012 world tour, including headlining the following festivals:

Azkena Rock (ES)
Bergen Calling (NO)
Gods of Metal (IT)
Graspop Metal Meeting (BE)
Hellfest (FR)

Around these festival dates Sabbath have also confirmed stadium shows in Russia, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Holland, France and Germany, with more expected to follow.

Hellfest will release their tickets and announce another 45 bands on November 25.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Festival Updates 17/11

RockHarz (DE) - Amon Amarth
Roadburn (NL) - Priestess, Danava, Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell, Atlantis, Conan, Year of The Goat, Saturnalia Temple, Internal Void
Metalcamp (SL) - Pain
Forces of Metal (NL) - Twisted Sister, Sonata Arctica, Elvenking, Where Angels Suffer
Headbangers Open-Air (DE) - Hobbs Angel of Death
Helsinki Metal Meeting (FI) - Soen, Evergrey, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Sinisthra, Pressure Points, Oranssi Pazuzu, For The Imperium, Amoral, Carnalation, Axegressor
Wacken (DE) - Volbeat

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Graveyard live photos

Live photos from Graveyard's set at the High Voltage Festival at Victoria Park in London, England on July 24, 2011 now online here.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Latest Reviews Update 12/11

Riot - Immortal Soul by Andy Lye
Mike Patton - The Solitude of Prime Numbers by James Donovan
Onslaught - LIVE: The Garage, London 2011 by Andy Lye
The Wheel - The Wheel by Andy Lye
Dead By Wednesday - The Last Parade by James Donovan
Black Sun Aeon - Blacklight Deliverance by James Donovan
Liam Tarpey - Warm Up My Bones by Andy Lye
World Under Blood - Tactical by James Donovan

Friday, November 11, 2011

Festival Updated 11/11

Roadburn (NL) - Killing Joke, Michael Gira, Celestial Season
Download (UK) - Metallica, Black Sabbath
RockHarz (DE) - Paul Di'Anno, Emil Bulls
Inferno (NO) - Sólstafir, Vesen

Additional, Dark Tranquillity have been confirmed for all nine Metalfest Open-Airs.

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Festival Updates 9/11

Sweden Rock - Symphony X, Bonafide
Roadburn (NL) - Lord Vicar, Orchid, Hammers of Misfortune, Purson, Sigiriya, Urfaust, The Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation, Barn Owl, End of Level Boss, Jucifer
Party.San (DE) - Warbringer, Ghost Brigade
Bloodstock (UK) - Alice Cooper

Black Country Communion photos

Live photos from Black Country Communion's set at the High Voltage Festival in Victoria Park, London on July 24, 2011 are now online here.

Friday, November 04, 2011

Festival Updates 4/11

Damnation (UK) - Decapitated cancelled

Vagos Open-Air (PT) - Overkill, Enslaved
ProgPower Europe (NL) - Vanden Plas, Nightingale, The Levitation Hex, Fracture, Empty Yard Experiment
Sweden Rock - Hell

Additionally, W.A.S.P. have been added to eight of the nine Metalfest Open-Airs (they will not play in Loreley, Germany).

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Festival Updates 2/11

Kings of Black Metal (DE) - Mor Dagor
Bloodstock (UK) - Dimmu Borgir, Anaal Nathrakh, Corrosion of Conformity, Hatebreed
Roadburn (NL) - Red Fang, Yob, Celeste, Black Breath, Black Cobra
Sweden Rock - Lynyrd Skynyrd

Additionally, Alestorm have been added to all nine Metalfest Open-Airs.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Festival Updates 28/10

Christmas Metal Geiselwind (DE) - Equilibrium
Eindhoven Metal Meeting (NL) - Benighted, Alestorm, Necrophobic

Hammerfest (UK) - Amon Amarth, Wizard, The Painted Smiles, Kyrbgrinder, Inferno, Gentlemen of Distorted Sound, Trucker Diablo, Savage Outlaw, Spirytus
Roadburn (NL) - Pelican, Dragged Into Sunlight, Aun, Church of Misery, Ancestors, Horisont, Christian Mistress, Tombs, Bob Wayne
Rock Hard (DE) - Girlschool, Unleashed, Graveyard
Summer Breeze (DE) - Sick of It All, Napalm Death, Subway To Sally

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Inferno Festival launch Swiss edition

Norway's Inferno Metal Festival, traditionally held at multiple venues in Oslo in April, have launched a Swiss edition to take place in March 2012 in Lausanne.

The first confirmed bands for the event are:

Tickets are on sale for the first day (Friday March 9) only at the moment. Tickets for the Saturday and two-day passes for both days will go on sale soon. Full details are online here.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Latest Reviews Update 25/10

Chickenfoot - III by Andy Lye
Threat Signal - Threat Signal by James Donovan
Memory Driven - Animus by Andy Lye
Doogie White - As Yet Untitled by Andy Lye
Johnny Winter - Roots by Andy Lye
Sweden Rock Festival 2011 by Andy Lye
Sepultura - Kairos by Brad Sanders
Rwake - Rest by Brad Sanders
Cloak of Altering - The Night Comes Illuminated With Death by Brad Sanders
Black Country Communion - Live Over Europe by Andy Lye

Monday, October 24, 2011

First announcements from Sweden Rock and Bang Your Head!!!

As well as being the the on-sale date of tickets for the 2012 edition of Sweden Rock, today also beings the first bands to be confirmed for the event, as follows:

Mötley Crüe
Blue Öyster Cult
Dimmu Borgir
Gamma Ray
Danko Jones

As always, to coincide with the on sale date for next year, today we also present our report from this year's festival.

Meanwhile, in Balingen, Germany the Bang Your Head!!! festival have also confirmed the first bands for their 2012 event:

Arch Enemy
Primal Fear
The Devil's Blood
Atlantean Kodex

Friday, October 21, 2011

Festival Updates 21/10

Hammerfest (UK) - Exodus, Achren, Arthemis, Chemicals of Democracy
Wacken (DE) - Saturnian
Roadburn (NL) - Ulver, Jesu, White Static Demon, JK Flesh, Final
Party.San (DE) - Incantation, Rompeprop

Additionally, Behemoth have been confirmed for all nine Metalfest Open-Airs.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Festival Updates 17/10

RockHarz (DE) - Blind Guardian
Roadburn (NL) - Dopethrone
Metalcamp (SL) - Sabaton, Heathen, Korpiklaani, Paradise Lost, Kataklysm
Metalfest Austria/Germany East/Germany West/Croatia - Death Angel, In Extremo

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Latest Reviews Update 16/10

DoomSword - The Eternal Battle by Andy Lye
Nachtblut - Antik by James Donovan
Eric Sardinas - Sticks & Stones by Andy Lye
Gary John Barden - Eleventh Hour by Andy Lye
Thulcandra - Under A Frozen Sun by James Donovan
Evile - Five Serpent's Teeth by Andy Lye
Visions of Atlantis - Maria Magdalena by James Donovan
Mpire of Evil - Creatures of The Black by Andy Lye

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Latest Reviews Update 13/10

Anterior - Echoes of The Fallen by James Donovan
Derek Sherinian - Oceana by Andy Lye
Diamond Plate - Generation Why? by James Donovan
Van Canto - Break The Silence by James Donovan
Mojobone - Crossroad Message & Tales From The Bone by Andy Lye
Karl Demata Band - Cross The Mountain by Andy Lye
Revocation - Chaos of Forms by James Donovan
The Living Fields - Running Out of Daylight by James Donovan
Insomnium - One For Sorrow by James Donovan
Iced Earth - Dystopia by Andy Lye

Sunday, October 02, 2011

The Treatment live photos

Live photos from The Treatment's set on the Metal Hammer Stage at the High Voltage Festival in Victoria Park, London, England on July 24, 2011 are now online here.

Festival Updates 2/10

Roadburn (NL) - Coroner, Anekdoten, Leaf Hound, Virus, Dark Buddha Rising, Hexvessel, Gnod, Necro Deathmort, Spiders, Bongripper, Necros Christos, Fleshpress
Helsinki Metal Meeting (FI) - Edguy, Stam1na, Swallow The Sun, ICS Vortex
Ragnarök (DE) - King of Asgard
Metalfest Open-Air Austria/Croatia/Germany East/Germany West - Powerwolf
Metalfest Switzerland - Vader

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Evile live photos from London

Live photos from Evile's Five Serpent's Teeth album launch show at The Garage in London, England on September 29, 2011 are now online here.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Latest Reviews Update 28/9

Falloch - Where Distant Spirits Remain by Brad Sanders
Epysode - Obsessions by James Donovan
Axel Rudi Pell - The Ballads IV by Andy Lye
The Gathering - LIVE: Lakei, Helmond 2011 by James Donovan
Cipher System - Communicate The Storms by James Donovan
Anthrax - Worship Music by Andy Lye
Brutal Truth - End Time by Jackson May
Degradead - A World Destroyer by James Donovan

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Festival Updates 24/9

Christmas Metal Lichtenfels (DE) - Unleashed

Bloodstock (UK) - Paradise Lost, Watain
Wacken (DE) - Machine Head, Napalm Death, Sick of It All
Metalfest Open-Air Austria/Croatia/Germany East/Germany West - Vader
Neurotic Deathfest (NL) - Gorguts, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Suffering Quota, Cyanide Serenity

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Onslaught live photos

Live photos from Onslaught's show at The Garage in London on September 23 now online here.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Festival Updates 20/9

Hammer of Doom VI (DE) - Lord Vicar

Wacken (DE) - Winterfylleth, In Extremo
Roadburn (NL) - The Obsessed, 40 Watt Sun, Sólstafir, Devil, Agalloch,
Neurotic Deathfest (NL) - Abysmal Torment, Sublime Cadaveric Decomposition, Uncleansed, Modus Delicti
Hammerfest (UK) - Evil Scarecrow, Hell, Hammer of The Gods, Anterior, Virus, Holosade

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Latest Reviews Update 18/9

Saltatio Mortis - Sturm Auf Paradies by James Donovan
Fyrnask - Bluostar by Brad Sanders
Forgotten Tomb - Under Saturn Retrograde by Jackson May
Helstar - LIVE: The Purple Turtle 2011 by Andy Lye
Huron - Mary Celeste by Andy Lye
Despise You/Agoraphobic Nosebleed - And On And On... by Jackson May
Eric Gales - Transformation by Andy Lye
Lechery - In Fire by Andy Lye

Thunder live photos

Live photos from Thunder's set on the Classic Rock Stage at the High Voltage Festival in Victoria Park, London, England on July 24, 2011 are now online here.

Clutch Sweden Rock live photos

Live photos from Clutch's set on the Sweden Stage at the Sweden Rock Festival in Sölvesborg on June 9, 2011 are now online here.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Metalfest Expands

The Metalfest Open-Air event will return in 2012, and in addition to the existing five instalments in Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria and Switzerland, a second German event will take place, plus festivals in Poland, Italy and Croatia.

The first confirmed bands for all nine events are:

Blind Guardian (except Dessau, Germany)
Legion of The Damned

Additionally, Metalfest Croatia have confirmed:

Ashes You Leave
Infernal Tenebra
Rising Dream

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Festival Updates 13/12

Damnation (UK) - Grand Magus, Conan, A Forest of Stars, Illuminatus, Humanfly, Talons, Cerebral Bore
Christmas Metal Lichtenfels (DE) - Venom

Hammerfest (UK) - Skindred, Sci Fi Mafia, Heaven's Basement
Party.San (DE) - Immortal, Archgoat, Tankard, Nocte Obducta
Forces of Metal (NL) - Samael, Kamelot, Edguy, Steelheart, Rock Sugar, Draconian, The Poodles, Jettblack, Crashdiet, Dark Funeral, Saint Deamon, Symfonia, Chrome Division
Wacken (DE) - Watain, Dimmu Borgir, Paradise Lost

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Latest Reviews 12/9

Decapitated - Carnival Is Forever by James Donovan
Fozzy - LIVE: Dingwalls, London 2011 by Andy Lye
Arkona - Slovo by James Donovan
Alice Cooper - Welcome 2 My Nightmare by Andy Lye
Adrenaline Mob - Adrenaline Mob by Andy Lye
All Pigs Must Die - God Is War by James Donovan
Arctic Flame - Guardian At The Gate by James Donovan
AC/DC - Let There Be Rock by AndyLye
Devil - Time To Repent by Andy Lye
Cerebral Bore - Maniacal Miscreation by Jackson May
Vomitory - Opus Mortis VIII by Jackson May
Kruk - It Will Not Come Back by Andy Lye
Aosoth - III by Jackson May

Monday, September 05, 2011

Latest Reviews 5/9

J.D. Overdrive - Sex, Whiskey & Southern Blood by Andy Lye
Coma Divine - Dead End Circle by James Donovan
P-A-U-L - Tales From The Gravel by Andy Lye
Pestilence - Doctrine by James Donovan
Unkind - Harhakuvat by James Donovan
U.S. Christmas - The Valley Path by Andy Lye
The Treatment - This Might Hurt (re-issue) by Andy Lye
Various - Swedish Hitz Goes Metal by James Donovan
Chthonic - Takasago Army by James Donovan
Power Theory - Out of The Ashes, Into The Fire by Andy Lye

Sunday, September 04, 2011

Iced Earth interview, part 2

In this second part of our extensive interview with Iced Earth, founder/guitarist Jon Schaffer and new vocalist Stu Block discuss new album Dystopia, the forthcoming world tour, and the ideas they wrote about in the new songs. Read it here.

Legacy of Emptiness interview

Read our new interview with Legacy of Emptiness vocalist/guitarist Eddie Risdal here, in which he discusses recent events in Norway, his other band Ancestral Legacy, and the evolution of metal in Scandinavia.

Festival Updates 4/9

One of the last festivals of 2011, Italy's Rock Hard II have confirmed their final running order.

And for 2012:
Inferno (NO) - Anaal Nathrakh, Agalloch
Neurotic Deathfest (NL) - Napalm Death, Suffocation, Morgoth, Acheron, Beneath The Massacre, Carnifex, Within The Ruins, Molotov Solution

Iced Earth interview, part 1

In this first part of our extensive interview with Iced Earth, founder/guitarist Jon Schaffer and new vocalist Stu Block discuss the current transitional period for the band and how the arrival of Block is the start of long-term stability. Read it here.

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Festival Updates 1/9

All in 2012:

Hammerfest (UK) - Anthrax, Paradise Lost, Chimaira, Lawnmower Deth, Fury UK
Bloodstock (UK) - Orange Goblin, Anvil
Neurotic Deathfest (NL) - Cannibal Corpse, Behemoth, Legion of The Damned, Misery Index, Suicidal Angels
Rockstad: Falun (SE) - Sabaton, Amaranthe, Nocturnal Rites, In Mourning

Helstar live photos

Live photos from Helstar's show at the Purple Turtle in London, England on August 29, 2011 are now online here.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Steelheart live photos

Live photos from Steelheart's set at the Sweden Rock Festival in Sölvesborg on June 10, 2011 are now online here.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Accept live photos

Live photos from Accept's set at the Sweden Rock Festival in Sölvesborg on June 9, 2011 are now online here.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Down live photos

Live photos from Down's set at the Sweden Rock Festival in Sölvesborg on June 10, 2011 are now online here

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Latest Reviews 21/8

Ravencult - Morbid Blood by Brad Sanders
Electric Earth - Touching The Void by Andy Lye
Anvil - Juggernaut of Justice by Andy Lye
Skálmöld - Baldur by James Donovan
The Gates of Slumber - The Wretch by Brad Sanders
Fleshgod Apocalypse - Agony by James Donovan
Leprous - Bilateral by Andy Lye
Sarabante - Remnants by James Donovan
Moon - Caduceus Chalice by Brad Sanders
Vargton Projekt - ProgXpriMetal by James Donovan
Iron Lamb - The Original Sin by James Donovan
Edguy - Age of The Joker by Andy Lye
Pro-Pain - 20 Years of Hardcore by James Donovan

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Chris Jericho (Fozzy) interview

Read our new interview with Fozzy singer Chris Jericho here, where he talks about the progress of the band, writing their next album, and not touring the United States.

Neil Fallon (Clutch) interview

Read our new interview with Clutch singer Neil Fallon here, where he talks about setlists, the band's limited edition beer, and their next album.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Latest Reviews 14/8

Moonsorrow - Varjoina Kuljemme Kuolleiden Maassa by James Donovan
Rival Sons - Pressure & Time by Andy Lye
The Rain I Bleed - Narcissist by James Donovan
Vader - Welcome To The Morbid Reich by Brad Sanders
Svartsot - Maleductus Eris by James Donovan
Jasta - Jasta by Andy Lye
Communic - The Bottom Deep by Andy Lye
Toxic Holocaust - Conjure And Command by James Donovan
Premonition 13 - 13 by Andy Lye
Chained And Desperate - Divine Authority Abolishment by Brad Sanders
Crustacean - Greed, Tyranny And Sodomy by James Donovan

Friday, August 12, 2011

Festival Updates 12/8

Christmas Metal Lichtenfels (DE) - HammerFall, Anvil, Lizzy Borden, Gorgoroth, Vader, Enema of Death
Christmas Metal Geiselwind (DE) - Van Canto, In Legend
Unirock (TR) - Opeth cancelled, Katatonia cancelled

Wacken (DE) - Scorpions, Ministry, Amon Amarth, Gamma Ray, HammerFall, U.D.O.
Hammerfest (UK) - Anthrax, Lawnmower Deth, Paradise Lost, Fury UK, Chimaira

Monday, August 08, 2011

Glenn Hughes live photos

Live photos from Glenn Hughes' exclusive acoustic set at the launch event for his autobiography 'Deep Purple And Beyond' at Idea Generation Gallery in London on May 12, 2011 now online here.

Friday, August 05, 2011

AC/DC 'Let There Be Rock' competition

On August 15 one of AC/DC's most legendary performances with vocalist Bon Scott will finally be released on DVD having gone out-of-print on VHS long ago.

Let There Be Rock, until now survived only by the double-CD soundtrack album available in the Bonfire box set, is being released on DVD and Blu-Ray to commemorate the 30th anniversary of its theatrical release.

For a chance to win a copy of the Let There Be Rock DVD along with an AC/DC t-shirt, send your name and the answer to the following question to acdc[at]

Question: Which album were the band touring when Let There Be Rock was filmed in Paris in 1979?

Closing date: Friday September 2 @ 23.59 GMT

See the competitions page for conditions of entry.

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Festival Updates 4/8

Bloodstock (UK) - Foul Body Autopsy, Impaled Existence, Hostile Rising, Bury The Conscious, Visitor, Wolfcrusher
Hard Rock Hell (UK) - Ginger, The Treatment, Warbringer
Global East (UA) - Children of Bodom cancelled

Kings of Black Metal (DE) - Belphegor cancelled
Wacken Open-Air (DE) - Cradle of Filth
Headbangers Open-Air (DE) - Silver Mountain, Portrait, Blacksmith

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Latest Reviews 31/7

Deadend In Venice - See You On The Ground by James Donovan
Goatsnake - LIVE: The Forum, London 2011 by Andy Lye
Lock Up - Necropolis Transparent by James Donovan
Split Heaven - Street Law by James Donovan
Voodoo Highway - Broken Uncle's Inn by Andy Lye
Shining - VII: Född Förlorare by James Donovan
Unearth - Darkness In The Light by James Donovan
The Ransack - Bloodline by James Donovan
Tesla - Twisted Wires & Acoustic Sessions by Andy Lye
Iwrestledabearonce - Ruining It For Everbody by James Donovan

Friday, July 29, 2011

Queensrÿche live photos

Photos from Queensrÿche's set on the Festival Stage at Sweden Rock Festival on June 9, 2011 are now online here

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Liv Kristine (Leaves' Eyes) interview

Read our new interview with Leaves' Eyes singer Liv Kristine here, in which she discusses her homeland of Norway, new album Meredead, and the female-fronted metal scene.

Bobby Liebling (Pentagram) Interview

Read our new interview with Pentagram front-man Bobby Liebling here, in which he talks about the band's struggle for recognition, returning guitarist Victor Griffin, and new album Last Rites.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Festival Updates 19/7

ProgPower Europe (NL) - Symphony X
Headbangers Open-Air (DE) - Jaguar cancelled, Praying Mantis
Bloodstock (UK) - Evil Scarecrow, Mortad, Akarusa Yimi, Achila, Spires, Lifer, Soulsphere, Pure Negative, Uburen

Kings of Black Metal (DE) - Lifelover

Monday, July 18, 2011

Latest Reviews 18/7

Manic Depression - Impending Collapse by James Donovan
SSS - Problems To The Answer by James Donovan
S.O.S. - I Owe You Nothing by James Donovan
Surtr - World of Doom by Andy Lye
Stream of Passion - Darker Days by James Donovan
Gallow God - False Mystical Prose by Andy Lye
Philip Sayce - Ruby Electric by Andy Lye
Valsans - Sword by James Donovan
Burzum - Fallen by Brad Sanders
Deviant Syndrome - Inflicted Deviations by James Donovan
Lightnin' Malcolm - Renegade by Andy Lye
Earth Crisis - Neutralize The Threat by James Donovan
Corpus Christii - Luciferian Frequencies by Brad Sanders
Eyehategod - Live by Brad Sanders
In Flames - Sounds of A Playground Fading by James Donovan
Joanne Shaw Taylor - LIVE: Islington Academy 2011 by Andy Lye
This Will Destroy You - LIVE: The Garage 2011 by Brad Sanders
Legacy of Emptiness - Legacy of Emptiness by James Donovan

Friday, July 15, 2011

Headbangers Open-Air Updates

Germany's Headbangers Open-Air, set for July 28-30 in Brande-Hörnerkirchen, have published their final running order for 2011, including the addition of John Cyriis' new band S.E.T.I., performing an exclusive Agent Steel set.

At the same time the first bands for the 2012 edition of the festival have also been confirmed.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Festival Updates 14/7

Party.San (DE) - Watain, Truppensturm

Keep It True (DE) - Anvil
Getaway (SE) - Manowar
RockHarz (DE) - Arch Enemy

Runnings orders for some more events are now online, including Wacken, Tuska, Summer Breeze, and as posted last week, High Voltage. Check out the Festivals Page for full details.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Amorphis extend tour

Finnish metallers Amorphis have extended their Autumn/Winter headlining tour in support of new album The Beginning of Times by adding 16 dates in Finland.

Their full schedule is online here.

Friday, July 08, 2011

High Voltage running order

The full running order for the High Voltage Festival, taking place on July 23 and 24 in Victoria Park in London, is now online.

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Tarot interview

Read our new interview with Tarot guitarist Zachary Hietala, in which he discusses the re-recording of their debut album, releasing CDs in an increasingly digital climate, and playing at last year's Helsinki Dio Memorial concert.

Monday, July 04, 2011

The Mariana Hollow interview

Read our new interview with The Mariana Hollow members Rebecca Spinks, Danny Russell, Richie Walden and Scott Chesworth, in which they discuss their forthcoming album Velvet Black Sky, existing without a label, and the female-fronted metal scene.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Festival Updates 29/6

Bloodstock (UK) - Primordial, Xerath
Hard Rock Hell (UK) - Lizzy Borden, The Rocket Dolls, Kobra And The Lotus, Crashdiet, Anzi Destruction
Sonisphere UK - Ginger, Spy Catcher, Mad Dog, James Cleaver Quintet, Feed The Rhino, Witchsorrow

The full running order for Sonisphere UK is also now online, along with Metalcamp in Slovenia.

Monday, June 27, 2011

New Reviews 27/6

A round-up of the last 12 reviews published on Jukebox:Metal:

Black Country Communion - 2 by Andy Lye
Altar of Plagues - Mammal by Brad Sanders
Amaranthe - Amaranthe by James Donovan
Portrait - Crimen Laesae Majestatis Divinae by James Donovan
Blut Aus Nord - 777 Sect(s) by Brad Sanders
Riverside - LIVE: Scala 2011 by Andy Lye
Falconer - Armod by James Donovan
Symphony X - Iconoclast by Andy Lye
Riverge - Rebirth of Skull re-issue by James Donovan
Pagan's Mind - LIVE: Underworld 2011 by James Donovan
A Pale Horse Named Death - And Hell Will Follow Me by Andy Lye
Iced Earth - Festivals of The Wicked DVD by Andy Lye

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Hanging Doll Interview

Read our new interview by James Donovan with Hanging Doll members Alex Cooper, Sally Holliday and Dan Leddy, who talk about forming the band, forging their own sound within the genre, and new album The Sacred & Profane.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Festival Updates 25/6

High Voltage (UK) - Heaven's Basement
Metalcamp (SL) - Belphegor, Steelwing
Graspop (BE) - Ozzy Osbourne cancelled, Channel Zero

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Running Orders

We've updated several festival pages with complete running orders for this year's events as follows:

With Full Force (DE) downloadable PDF also available
RockHarz Open-Air (DE) downloadable PDF also available
Sonisphere Sweden
Sonisphere France
Getaway Rock (SE)

Bloodstock acoustic stage

England's Bloodstock festival have announced that the Jägermeister-sponsored acoustic stage will return in 2011, with the first acts confirmed being Pig Iron, Guardian of Andromeda, Operation Error, The Last In Line and Inferno.

More acts across all four stages are expected soon.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Iced Earth live photos

Photos from Iced Earth's set on the Rock Stage at Sweden Rock Festival in Sölvesborg on June 10, 2011 are now online.

Festival Updates 16/6

Keep It True XV (2012) (DE) - Psychotic Waltz
Metalcamp (SL) - Tasters, Bliksem
Wacken (DE) - Ghost, The Murder of My Sweet, Blechblosn, Mambo Kurt, Skyline

And Sonisphere Bulgaria has been cancelled by the request of the license owners. Both the Sonisphere creators, and Bulgarian promoters Balkan Entertainment claim no responsibility for the cancellation.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Mr. Big live photos

Photos from Mr. Big's set on the Festival Stage at Sweden Rock Festival in Sölvesborg on June 10, 2011 are now online.

Monday, June 06, 2011

Download Festival Running Order

The complete running order for the UK's Download Festival is now online.

Sunday, June 05, 2011

New Reviews 5/6

Sacrilegious Impalement - Exalted Spectres by James Donovan
Tarot - The Spell of Iron MMXI by Andy Lye
Arkona - Stenka Na Stenku by James Donovan
Dripback - Inhaling The Ashes by James Donovan
Týr - The Lay of Thrym by James Donovan
Black Sabbath - Born Again (Deluxe Edition) by Andy Lye
Karma To Burn - V by Andy Lye
Arch Enemy - Khaos Legions by Andy Lye
Amorphis - The Beginning of Times by James Donovan
Ogen - Black Metal Unbound by Brad Sanders
Alestorm - Back Through Time by James Donovan
Saxon - Call To Arms by Andy Lye
Graveyard - LIVE: Borderline 2011 by Andy Lye
Rise And Shine - Empty Hand by Andy Lye
MaYaN - LIVE: Escape Veenendaal 2011 by James Donovan
Behemoth - Abyssus Abyssum Invocat by James Donovan
Pain - You Only Live Twice by Andy Lye

Saturday, June 04, 2011

Staying The Course: An Interview with Stefan Kaufmann

Read our interview by Andy Lye with U.D.O. guitarist Stefan Kaufmann, who talks about touring, the music market and the band's classic sound.

Second Chances: An Interview with Jack Driessen

Read our interview by James Donovan with MaYaN keyboard player Jack Driessen, who talks about forming the band, writing their debut album, and the inevitable Epica comparisons.

Festival Updates 4/6

Graspop (BE) - Pagan's Mind
Damnation (UK) - Godflesh, God Is An Astronaut, Altar of Plagues
Brutal Assault (CZ) - Nerevcell, Cryptopsy, Norther cancelled
Download (UK) - Raven Vandelle, Dane McPherson, The Last Republic, Welcome Wednesday, Sons of Icarus, Never Means Maybe, Intraverse

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Festival Updates 31/5

Bloodstock (UK) - Hell, Dripback
Denmark Rock - Malrun, Andromeda
Summer Breeze (DE) - Amorphis
Metal Female Voices (DE) - Dylath-Leen
RockHarz (DE) - Stratovarius, J.B.O., MaYaN, Long Distance Calling
Vagos Open-Air (PT) - Devin Townsend Project

Monday, May 30, 2011

The Free Hajduci: An Interview with Barnabás Ungár

Read our interview by James Donovan with Dalriada keyboard player Barnabás Ungár, who talks about the influences and Hungarian history and folk music on the band's songs.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Festival Updates 24/5

Rock Harz (DE) - Haggard
Wacken (DE) - Betontod
RockHarz (DE) - Silverlane
Summer Breeze - Death Before Dishonor, Adept
Vagos Open-Air (PT) - Nevermore cancelled
ArtMania (RO) - Nevermore cancelled
Brutal Assault (CZ) - Nevermore cancelled
Bloodstock (UK) - Nevermore cancelled, Primevil cancelled
Neuborn Open-Air (DE) - Ross The Boss

Monday, May 23, 2011

New Reviews 23/5

MaYaN - Quarterpast by James Donovan
Pagan's Mind - Heavenly Ecstacy by James Donovan
Evergrey - LIVE: Islington Academy 2011 by James Donovan
HammerFall - Infected by Andy Lye
Deströyer 666 - To The Devil His Due by Jackson May
Anaal Nathrakh - Passion by Brad Sanders
Seven Thorns - Return To The Past by James Donovan
Borealis - Fall From Grace by James Donovan
Fireforce - March On by James Donovan
Autopsy - Macabre Eternal by Jackson May
U.D.O. - Rev-Raptor by Andy Lye