Friday, January 28, 2011

Festival Updates 28/1

RockHarz (DE) - We Butter The Bread With Butter
Metaltown (SE) - Deicide
Wacken (DE) - Suidakra, Eläkeläiset
Party.San (DE) - Aborted, Witchburner, Skeletonwitch
Metal Hammer (PL) - Judas Priest
Sweden Rock - Hardcore Superstar, Five Horse Johnson
Graspop (BE) - KoRn, Disturbed, Pain, Cradle of Filth, Bring Me The Horizon
Metalfest Germany - Evocation, Postmortem, Purgatory
Metalfest Austria - Evocation, Postmortem

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Hellfest 2011 Batch #3

Apart from two more "surprise acts", France's Hellfest have now completed their line-up with this final batch of bands:

Rob Zombie
The Cult
Morbid Angel
Iggy And The Stooges
Cavalera Conspiracy
Alter Bridge
Kyuss Lives!
Monster Magnet
Mr. Big
Cradle of Filth
Corrosion of Conformity
Municipal Waste
Maximum The Hormone
Crucified Barbara
Black Rain
Suicide Silence
Hail of Bullets
Grand Magus
Anal Cunt
Total Fucking Destruction
The Dwarves
Times of Grace
US Bombs
Deez Nuts
Svart Crown
Hangman's Chair

Meanwhile Satanic Warmaster and Street Dogs have both cancelled their appearances at Hellfest.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Festival Updates 26/1

Wacken (DE) - Onslaught, Venomin James, Torture Squad
Brutal Assault (CZ) - Soilwork, Tsjuder, Your Demise
Metalfest Austria - The Sorrow
Metalfest Czech Republic - Epica
Bloodstock (UK) - Nevermore, Napalm Death
Sonisphere Switzerland - Judas Priest, Whitesnake, In Extremo, Mr. Big, Kreator, HammerFall, The Damned Things, GWAR, Papa Roach, Cavalera Conspiracy, Mastodon, The Damned Things, Devildriver, Skindred, Times of Grace, Escape The Fate
Sonisphere Poland - Mastodon
Sweden Rock - Morbid Angel, Crashdïet

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Festival Updates 25/1

Metaltown (SE) - KoRn, Cavalera Conspiracy, All That Remains, Khoma, Doctor Midnight & The Mercy Cult, F.K.Ü.
Tuska Open-Air (FI) - Jex Thoth, Cause For Effect, Cavus, Gaf, Feastum, Goresoerd, Lighthouse Project
RockHarz (DE) - Neaera, Cripper, Fiddler's Green
Sweden Rock - Doc Holiday
Norway Rock - In Flames, Volbeat, Edguy, Crucified Barbara, Hellyeah, Cancer Bats, Djerv, Mercenary, Kvelertak
High Voltage (UK) - Black Country Communion, Michael Schenker Group, Spock's Beard, Pallas, Jethro Tull, Caravan, The Enid, Mostly Autumn

Monday, January 24, 2011

Download batch #2

England's Download Festival have released the second batch of bands confirmed for their 2011 event as follows:

Alice Cooper
Bullet For My Valentine
Alter Bridge
Mr. Big
The Cult
Masters of Reality
Rise To Remain
The Gaslight Anthem
The Damned Things
Hollywood Undead
Black Veil Brides
Escape The Fate
Sacred Mother Tongue

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Festival Updates 23/1

Headbangers Open-Air (DE) - Circle II Circle
Graspop (BE) - Cavalera Conspiracy, Times of Grace
Getaway (SE) - Opeth
Metalcamp (SL) - Airbourne
Building A Force (DE) - Powerwolf, Hail of Bullets, Sacred Steel
Hammerfest (UK) - Power Quest
Metalfest Germany/Austria - Tankard, Helrunar, The Faceless

And Norway's Inferno have completed their full line-up with the addition of: Akercocke, Voivod, Meshuggah, Urgehal, Napalm Death, Forbidden, Gothminister, Illdisposed, Rotten Sound, Imperium Dekadenz, Slavia, Temple of Baal, Djerv, Astaroth, Today Is The Day, No Dawn, Rikets Crust, Cease of Breeding, Hideous Divinity, Altaar, Dornenreich, Summon The Crows, DHG, Infernal War, Bhayanak Maut, Harm, Nidingr, Manifest, Resonaut, March of Echoes, Haust, The Kandidate, Trap Them, Caro, The Farmhouse Killings, Gaza

First 2011 Reviews

Sirenia - The Enigma of Life by James Donovan
TNT - A Farewell To Arms by Andy Lye
Lemmy (DVD) by Andy Lye
Moonreich - Loi Martiale by Brad Sanders
Falkenbach - Tiurida by Brad Sanders
Thomas Giles - Pulse by Brad Sanders

Keep an eye on the site as over the next few weeks we're lining up reviews for Die Apokalyptischen Reiter, Evergrey, Assassin, Crowbar, Woods of Desolation, Destruction, Lazarus A.D., Heretoir, Artas, Mean Streak, Onslaught, The New Black, Heathendom, Brocken Moon, Woebegone Obscured, Sacrarium, Svartsyn, Before The Dawn, Korpiklaani, Whispers of Fate, Omnium Gatherum, Hour of 13, Coldspell, Darkest Era, Emerald Sun, Dirty Passion, Bullet, Jag Panzer, Shakra, Voodoo Circle, Ihresgleichen, Vinder, Arafel and Deadlock plus a few live reviews.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Festival Updates 18/1

Wacken (DE) - Hail of Bullets
Getaway Rock (SE) - Alice Cooper, Hellyeah, Corrosion of Conformity, Graveyard
Sweden Rock - Hawkwind, FM, Seventribe
Sonisphere UK - Motörhead, Mastodon, In Flames, Parkway Drive
Z Rock (UK) - It Bites, Madmax, Takara
Metalcamp (SL) - Die Apokalyptischen Reiter, Cold Snap, Beholder
Metal Bash (DE) - Facebreaker

Friday, January 14, 2011

Changes to Accept's tour

Where previously some venues had been left as "TBC" in German metal legends Accept's tour schedule, these dates have now been confirmed, with some changes.

The venue for Madrid on January 21 has been confirmed as La Riviera.

The Pamplona date on January 22 will now take place at Rockstar Live in Bilbao.

The venue for Barcelona on January 23 has been confirmed as Razzmatazz 2.

The Katowice date on February 4 will now take place at Studio in Krakow.

The venue for Warsaw on February 5 has been confirmed as Stodola.

The Gdansk date on February 6 will now take place at Eter in Wroclaw.

Steelwing will not play in Athens on February 13.

And finally Accept were confirmed at the end of December as the first headliner for Metalfest Open-Air in Pilsen, Czech Republic.

Festival Updates 14/1

Party.San (DE) - Triptykon, Gorguts
Metal Female Voices (BE) - Operatika, Triosphere, Bare Infinity
RockHarz (DE) - Powerwolf
Wacken (DE) - Triosphere, Shraphead, Stormzone
Summer Breeze (DE) - The Ocean, Enslaved, Einherjer, Rev 16:8, Rotting Christ
Sweden Rock - Kansas
Metalfest Germany/Austria - Darkened Nocturne Slaughtercult, Raw, Ultrawurscht, Andras

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Festival Updates 11/1

Brutal Assault - Einherjer, Scepticflesh, Dagoba
Wacken - Devildriver, Battle Beast
Sweden Rock - Stryper
Roadburn (NL) - Yob cancelled
Metalcamp (SL) - Arch Enemy, Brainstorm, Achren
Hammerfest III (UK) - Ill Niño, Turisas, Triaxis, Graveyard, Battleaxe, Jaguar, Elixir, Dirty Rose, Holy Grail, Svart Crown, Headcharger, Breed 77
Bloodstock (UK) - Exodus, October File, Brezno

Lemmy Competition

After its cinematic debut in late 2010 Lemmy, the documentary movie about legendary Motörhead front-man Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray on January 24 in the UK.

For more information on the movie and the DVD release see

To celebrate the release of the film on DVD we have three copies to give away as part of prize packs including Lemmy-branded playing cards, matches and bottle opener.

For a chance to win one of these prize packs, send your name and the answer to the following question to lemmy[at]

Question: According to Lemmy in his eponymous biography, how did he get the nickname "Lemmy"?

Closing date: Friday February 11 @ 23:59 GMT

Check the competitions page for rules and conditions of entry.

New Reviews 11/1

This was the last batch of reviews posted in 2010. We have a few more stragglers to catch up on, and the first 2011 reviews will be posted very soon.

Therion - Shepherd's Bush Empire 2010 by Andy Lye
The Rocket Dolls - Frame by Andy Lye
Kevin Wood & From The North - Monument by Andy Lye
Nomad Son - The Eternal Return by Andy Lye
Istapp - Blekinge by Chris Poling
District 97 - Hybrid Child by James Donovan
Hellish Crossfire - Bloodrust Scythe by Jackson May
Triosphere - The Road Less Travelled by James Donovan
Groan - The Sleeping Wizard by Andy Lye
Solefald - Norrøn Livskunst by Brad Sanders
Forbidden - Omega Wave by Andy Lye
Children of Technology - It's Time To Face The Doomsday by Jackson May
Phobia - Unrelenting by Jackson May
Viral Load/Putrid Pile - Split by Jackson May

Friday, January 07, 2011

Festival Updates 7/1

Elsrock (NL) - Destruction, Legion of The Damned, The Kandidate
Rock Hard (DE) - Morgoth
Metalcamp (SL) - Blind Guardian, Virgin Steele, Taake, Deicide, Death Angel, The Ocean, Serenity, Obscura, Mercenary, October File, Bulldozer, Ava Inferni
Party.San (DE) - Enslaved, Exhumed, Cliteater
Roadburn (NL) - Mamiffer
Metalfest Germany/Austria/Switzerland - Secrets of The Moon, Krisiun, The Black Dahlia Murder

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Jukebox:Metal's Best of 2010

We ended the year last night by posting our Best of 2010 lists; the top 20 albums of the year according to each of the staff, with a few honourable mentions and other bits and pieces.

You can see how we saw the year here, and we apologise for Jackson being so wrong about other recent Overkill albums.

No one album appeared in everyone's list, but the most selected were Overkill's Ironbound and Triptykon's Eparistera Daimones, which both appear three times out of four. After that Iron Maiden, Blind Guardian, Red Sparowes, The Ocean, Lair of The Minotaur, High On Fire, Howl, Atheist, Landmine Marathon, Kvelertak and Ludicra were all selected twice.

Festival Updates 1/1

Sweden Rock - Clutch, Molly Hatchet
Metalcamp (SL) - Kreator, Accept, In Extremo, Hate, Imperium Dekadenz
Summer Breeze (DE) - Criminal, Imperium Dekadenz, Smokeblow, Vreid, Trigger The Bloodshed, Wolf, Devil Sold His Soul, The Sorrow, Facebreaker, A Pale Horse Named Death, 9mm Assi Rock 'n' Roll, Der Weg Einer Freiheit
FortaRock (NL) - Paradise Lost, God Dethroned
RockHarz (DE) - Sepultura
Metalfest Germany/Austria/Switzerland - Mercenary