Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Latest Reviews Update 29/2

Testament/Death Angel - LIVE: The Egyptian Room, Indianapolis, IN by Brad Sanders
Xandria - Neverworld's End by James Donovan
Pythia - The Serpent's Curse by James Donovan
Pilgrim - Misery Wizard by Andy Lye
Autopsy - All Tomorrow's Funerals by Jackson May
Black Messiah - The Final Journey by James Donovan
Woods of Ypres - Woods 5: Grey Skies & Electric Light by Brad Sanders
Lyriel - Leverage by James Donovan
Hellsaw - Trist by James Donovan
Corrosion of Conformity - Corrosion of Connformity by Andy Lye
Wino & Conny Ochs - Heavy Kingdom by Andy Lye
Napalm Death - Utilitarian by James Donovan
Christian Mistress - Possession by Brad Sanders
UFO - Seven Deadly by Andy Lye

Festival Updates 29/2

RockHarz (DE) - Tyr
Sweden Rock - Axel Rudi Pell, Bad Company, Cannibal Corpse
Party.San (DE) - Ragnarok, Kali Yuga
Download (UK) - Saxon, Fozzy, Sebastian Bach, Dropkick Murphys, Rise To Remain, Corey Taylor, Cancer Bats, Gun, Heaven's Basement, SOiL, Sylosis, The Quireboys, The Defiled, While She Sleeps, The Treatment, James Cleaver Quintet, We Are The Ocean, Upon A Burning Body, Red, White & Blues, Kopek, Butcher Babies, Marmozets
Eindhoven Metal Meeting (NL) - My Dying Bride, Haemorrhage, The Devil's Blood, Totenmond

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Festival Updates 23/2

Sweden Rock - Imperial State Electric, Michael Schenker
Bloodstock (UK) - Lock Up, Chthonic, Alcest, Demonic Resurrection, Winterfylleth, Eastern Front, Headcharger, Ancient Ascendant
Getaway Rock (SE) - Yngwie Malmsteen
Metalcamp (SL) - KoRn, Steelwing, Milking The Goatmachine, Septic Flesh, Heidevolk, Noctiferia, Warbringer, Nexus Inferis, Ava Inferi, Metalsteel
Metaltown (SE) - Dark Tranquillity, Mayhem, Primordial, Unleashed, Avatar, Descend
Summer Breeze (DE) - Architects
Brutal Assault (CZ) - Finntroll, Skarhead, Root
Gods of Metal (IT) - Black Veil Brides, Lizzy Borden, Cannibal Corpse

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Epica interview

New interview with Epica singer Simone Simons and guitarist Isaac Delahaye now online here, in which they discuss new album Requiem For The Indifferent, touring the UK, and composing their music.

Festival Updates 21/2

With Full Force (DE) - Soulfly, Gojira, I Killed The Prom Queen
Sonisphere Spain - Machine Head, Evanescence, The Offspring, Six Hour Sundown, Kobra And The Lotus, Paradise Lost, Fear Factory, Rise To Remain
Sonisphere France - Meshuggah, The Darkness, Combichrist, Ghost, I Killed The Prom Queen, Lacuna Coil
Sonisphere UK - Faith No More, KISS, Queen, Evanescence, Within Temptation, Marilyn Manson, Tim Minchin, The Darkness, Wolfmother, Flogging Molly, Incubus, Mastodon, Fields of The Nephilim, Lacuna Coil, Cypress Hill, Refused, The Blackout, Gojira, Andrew WK, Katatonia, Ghost, Switchfoot, I Killed The Prom Queen
Graspop (BE) - Twisted Sister, Gojira, My Dying Bride, I Killed The Prom Queen, Lagwagon, Kobra And The Lotus, Cancer Bats, Black Spiders, While She Sleeps
Hard Rock Hell (UK) - Blackfoot, Dogs D'Amour, Electric Boys, Skinny Molly
ProgPower Europe (NL) - Anubis Gate

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Symphony X interview

New interview with Symphony X bassist Michael LePond now online here, in which he discusses new album Iconoclast, the band's changing style and sound, and trying to acknowledge the fans' complaints.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Festival Updates 18/2

Tuska Open-Air (FI) - Megadeth, Edguy, Sabaton, Sonata Arctica, Demigod, The Man-Eating Tree, Amoral, Winterwolf, For The Imperium, Final Assault, Vorum, Jess & The Ancient Ones,
Rockwave (GR) - Black Sabbath cancelled, Ozzy Osbourne & Friends
Hellfest (FR) - Black Sabbath cancelled, Ozzy Osbourne & Friends
Graspop (BE) - Black Sabbath cancelled, Ozzy Osbourne & Friends, I Killed The Prom Queen, As I Lay Dying cancelled
Gods of Metal (IT) - Black Sabbath cancelled, Ozzy Osbourne & Friends
Download (UK) - As I Lay Dying cancelled

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Festival Updates 16/2

Sweden Rock - Reenact
Ragnarök (DE) - Impiety, Velnias
Costa de Fuego (ES) - Guns N' Roses, Marilyn Manson
Summer Breeze (DE) - Evergreen Terrace cancelled, Terror
Neurotic Deathfest (NL) - Cyanide Serenity cancelled, Gorod, Putrid Pile, Hate, Blasphemer, Modus Delicti cancelled, Kenos, Dyscarnate, Sephirah, Begging For Incest, Denial Fiend cancelled
Download (UK) - Killswitch Engage, Nightwish, NOFX, Black Veil Brides, Shinedown

Lastest Reviews Update 16/2

Sear Bliss - Eternal Recurrence by James Donovan
Therapy? - A Brief Crack of Light by James Donovan
Suicidal Angels - Bloodbath by Andy Lye
Obsidian Butterfly - Obsidian Butterfly by James Donovan
Devilish Distance - Deathtruction by Jackson May
Psycroptic - The Inherited Repression by James Donovan
The Mariana Hollow - Velvet Black Sky by James Donovan
Stubb - Stubb by Andy Lye
Liberteer - Better To Die On Your Feet... by Jackson May
Aborted - Global Flatline by Jackson May
Orange Goblin - A Eulogy For The Damned by Andy Lye
Azaghal - Nemesis by Jackson May
Ektomorf - The Acoustic by Andy Lye

Coming soon: Edguy live, Corrosion of Conformity, Pilgrim, Christian Mistress, Rage, UFO, Woods of Ypres, Lyriel, Help! For Japan, Autumn live, Vengeance, Xandria, Lost World Order, Temple of Your Soul, Rich Robinson live, and more...

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Festival Updates 15/2

Sweden Rock - Orange Goblin, Steel Panther
Sonisphere Switzerland - Metallica, Slayer, Motörhead, Mastodon, Gojira, Eluveitie
Metaltown (SE) - Gojira, Kobra And The Lotus, Skitarg
RockHarz (DE) - Deathstars, Deadlock
Alcatraz (BE) - Immortal, Iced Earth, Testament, Hell
Bloodstock (UK) - Testament
Party.San (DE) - Naglfar, Dead Congregation

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Chthonic interview

Read our new interview with Chthonic front-man Freddy Lim here, in which he discusses movies, politics, history, and their influences on the band's music.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Festival Updates 10/2

Sweden Rock - Sabaton, The Darkness
Gods of Metal (IT) - Slash, Amon Amarth, Adrenaline Mob, Children of Bodom, Cancer Bats
SWR Metalfest (PT) - Hypocrisy, Angel Witch
Bang Your Head!!! (DE) - Pain, Breaker

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Festival Updates 8/2

Summer Breeze (DE) - Paradise Lost, Katatonia, Vallenfyre
Sofia Rocks (BG) - Iggy & The Stooges, Ugly Kid Joe
Wacken (DE) - Massacre
RockHarz (DE) - Paradise Lost
Sweden Rock - Fear Factory
Jalometalli (FI) - Iced Earth, Heathen, Crimson Glory

Friday, February 03, 2012

Latest Reviews Update 3/2

And so the final batch of 2011 reviews are up.

Draconian - A Rose For The Apocalypse by James Donovan
Graveworm - Fragments of Death by James Donovan
Slartibartfass - Schwarz Verhüllt by James Donovan
Tombs - Path of Totality by Chris Poling
Popa Chubby - Back To New York City by Andy Lye
Intense - The Shape of Rage by Andy Lye
Evergrey - A Decade And A Half by Andy Lye
Ancient VVisdom - A Godlike Inferno by Andy Lye

And the first 2012 ones.

Lvcifyre - The Calling Depths by Jackson May
Abigail Williams - Becoming by Jackson May
Lacuna Coil - Dark Adrenaline by James Donovan
Battle Beast - Steel by James Donovan
Stahlmann - Quecksilber by Andy Lye
A Pale Horse Named Death - LIVE: Borderline, London 2011 by Andy Lye

Live Reviews Update 3/2

Chthonic - Sub89, Reading 2011 by James Donovan
Joanne Shaw Taylor - Islington Academy, London 2011 #2 by Andy Lye
Byfrost - The Underworld, London 2011 by Andy Lye
Lacuna Coil - ULU, London 2011 by James Donovan
Iced Earth - Islington Academy, London 2011 by James Donovan
Iced Earth - Academy 2, Birmingham 2011 by Andy Lye
Symphony X - Islington Academy, London 2011 by Andy Lye
Amorphis - Islington Academy, London 2011 by James Donovan
Arch Enemy - Shepherd's Bush Empire, London 2011 by Andy Lye
Napalm Death - The Underworld, London 2011 by James Donovan
Clutch - The Rock, Copenhagen 2011 by Andy Lye
Molly Hatchet - Islington Academy, London 2011 by Andy Lye
Pentagram - The Garage, London 2011 by Andy Lye

Festival Updates 3/2

Graspop (BE) - Guns N' Roses, Machine Head, Sebastian Bach, Gotthard, Cannibal Corpse, Black Veil Brides, Adrenaline Mob, The Treatment
Metalfest Germany East - Brainstorm, Steelwing, Graveworm, Krypteria, Fueled By Fire, Nexus Inferis, Turbowolf, Huntress, Akrea, Emergency Gate, Gurd, Lonewolf, Plenty of Nails, Elderich, Nailed To Obscurity, Infesting Swarm, Kain, Longed For Fusion, Slow Kill System, The Atmosfear, Mindreaper, Surface, Strydegor, Rising Storm, Skipdown, Clitcommander, Aletrun, Obscura Religio, Northern Eternity, Next Damage
Metalfest Germany West - Brainstorm, Steelwing, Krypteria, Fueled By Fire, Nexus Inferis, Turbowolf, Huntress, Akrea, Emergency Gate, Gurd, Lonewolf, Asenblut, Kain, Horrizon, Burial Vault, Darkest Horizon, Impactor, Rotovathor, Frigoris, Asator, Crystallion, Throbbing Pain, Spielbann, State of The Art, Threnodia, Dying Source
Metalfest Austria - Brainstorm, Steelwing, Graveworm, Kontrust, Krypteria, Fueled By Fire, Nexus Inferis, Turbowolf, Huntress, Akrea, Emergency Gate, Gurd, Lonewolf, Against Our Burial, Dark Reflexions, Ecliptica, Tulsadoom, Sensylis, Scarecrow NWA, U.G.F., Kill Roboto Kill, Tuxedo, Dragony, Waldwind, Mortal Infinity, Diabolos Dust, Doulbair, Heaven Grey
Metalfest Croatia - Brainstorm, Steelwing, Graveworm, Fueled By Fire, Nexus Inferis, Huntress, Emergency Gate
Metalfest Switzerland - Brainstorm, Steelwing, Fueled By Fire, Nexus Inferis, Huntress, Gurd
Metalfest Poland - Brainstorm, Steelwing, Graveworm, Fueled By Fire, Nexus Inferis, Huntress
Metalfest Italy - Brainstorm, Steelwing, Fueled By Fire, Nexus Inferis, Huntress
Metalfest Czech Republic - Huntress
Bloodstock - Iced Earth, Sepultura
Wacken - Megaherz, Manimals, We Butter The Bread With Butter

Hellfest 2012 Final Batch

France's Hellfest have made their final big band announcement for the 2012 festival, and have completed the stage splits for the event as well. The newly confirmed bands are:

Guns N' Roses
Mötley Cröe
The Obsessed
Within Temptation
Uriah Heep
All Shall Perish
Dropkick Murphys
Cancer Bats
Sunn O)))
Hank Williams III
Lock Up
Heaven Shall Burn
Sebastian Bach
Arson Anthem
October File
The Atomic Bitchwax
Sublime Cadaveric Decomposition
Big Business
The Rodeo Idiot Engine
Black Bomb A
The Bronx
Vitamin X
Jesus Crost
Lasting Values

Additionally, Whitechapel and All Pigs Must Die have cancelled.

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Festival Updates 2/2

Sonisphere Poland - Metallica, Black Label Society, Acid Drinkers, Hunter, Gojira, Luxtorpeda
Sweden Rock - Flower Kings
Party.San (DE) - Dark Fortress, Insomnium, Malignant Tumor
Roadburn (NL) - Electric Orange
Loud (BG) - Lacuna Coil
Sofia Rocks (BG) - Guns N' Roses

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Festival Updates 1/2

Hammerfest (UK) - Blitzkrieg cancelled, Savage Messiah, A Thousand Enemies
Inferno (NO) - Autopsy, Decapitated, Throne of Katarsis, Aborted
Roadburn (NL) - Priestess cancelled, Black Tusk
Rockstad: Falun (SE) - Orphan Gypsy
Download (UK) - Megadeth, Slash, Fear Factory, Black Label Society, Five Finger Death Punch, Reckless Love, Rise Against, Kyuss Lives!, Terrorvision, As I Lay Dying, Ginger Wildheart, Periphery, Steel Panther, Billy Talent
Summer Breeze (DE) - Desaster, Lacuna Coil
With Full Force (DE) - Machine Head