Review: Bloodstock Open Air 2010

•October 16, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Back in August I went to Bloodstock in England to write a review for Xtreme Radio, and now it’s been posted for all to see! In the upcoming weeks I’ll also post links to the interviews I did with Fear Factory, Edguy, Hanging Doll and Violation Complex.

Bloodstock was amazing, the atmosphere was great there and the line-up was great, particular highlights being Fear Factory and Bloodbath. Defiantly worth going. For those of you who couldn’t go, you’ll have to make do with my article, which can be found at this location. Below is a video of one of my favourite acts of this year, Bloodbath’s ‘Eaten’. Enjoy.

Dark Tranquillity Confirmed for 70000 Tons of Metal!

•October 14, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Swedish Band Dark Tranquillity has been confirmed for the 70000 tons of Metal Cruise/Festival.

This means that a grand total of 31 of the 40 bands have been confirmed at this time! So far the line up of bands is as follows:

  • Agent Steel
  • Amon Amarth
  • Cripper
  • Dark Tranquillity
  • Death Angel
  • Ensiferum
  • Epica
  • Exodus
  • Fear Factory
  • Finntroll
  • Forbidden
  • Gamma Ray
  • Iced Earth
  • Korpiklaani
  • Marduk
  • Moonspell
  • Nevermore
  • Obituary
  • Rage
  • Raven
  • Sanctuary
  • Saxon
  • Sodom
  • Sonata Arctica
  • Swashbuckle
  • Testament
  • Trouble
  • Tyr
  • Uli Jon Roth
  • Unleashed
  • Whitchburner

Great line up so far? I think so! But so it should be for the cost. As much as I’ve talked about it before, this sounds like one of the ultimate metal experiences. The insurance on that boat must be expensive. Over 2000 metal heads head banging and moshing on a luxury cruise liner? I know, it sounds awesome to me too…

Bloodstock announces Triptykon

•October 12, 2010 • Leave a Comment

The Doom Metal group Triptykon has been confirmed for Bloodstock Open Air 2011, bringing the total number of bands confirmed for BOA 2011 up to three, along with Rhapsody of Fire and Immortal.

Immortal was announced at BOA 2010 to the crowd to be appearing the following year, of course to a massive response. This will be their first UK appearance since 2002 and it’s going to be their only UK date in 2011. Bloodstock’s 2010 line-up will be hard to top for 2011, with this year including Opeth, Fear Factory, Children of Bodom and Bloodbath and Twisted Sister among others. I’m still holding out for Dethklok for this year though.

As more bands are confirmed I will be listing them here. In the mean time, look out for the Bloodstock article I wrote for Xtreme Radio over the summer. When it goes up it will be linked here.

Kamelot enters Norwegian top 10

•September 21, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Kamelot’s new album ‘Poetry for the Poisoned’ has entered the Norwegian album charts at #7 .

It’s usual for bands to do well in thier home countries, and although I usually think of Kamelot as a Scandinavian band, only the lead singer Roy Khan is Scandinavian. Having just cancelled their North American tour due to Khan’s illness, their have been reports of apathy from the lead singer. Although the band seems optimistic that Khan will return to the band, could this be Kamelot’s last album featuring Khan? I hope not.

Having not heard their newest album at time I can’t say whether this success is warranted, but I’ll be reviewing it here soon enough.

Sonata Arctica announce a new tour, postpone DVD

•September 20, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Sonata Arctica plans to tour Europe in early 2011, news which comes soon after the postponement of the bands new live DVD.
Elias Viljanen, guitarist of Sonata Arctica broke his hand during a daily exercise routine, which means he won’t be able to play the bands scheduled DVD performance in Italy on the 30th. The upside is that Elias should be recovered for the South American tour, which starts in mid-October.
More good news, the band will be embarking on a European tour in February/March 2011. Seeing as they’ve decided to drop by Wales, I’ll probably go and see them. Here’s hoping that they’ll have improved their choice of setlist songs by then. Dates for the European tour are below and can be seen on the band’s website:

25.02.2011 (H) – Petöfi Csarnok, Budapest
26.02.2011 (SLO) – Cvetlicarna, Ljubljana
27.02.2011 (I) – Alcatraz, Milan
01.03.2011 (CZ) – Masters of Rock Café, Zlín
02.03.2011 (A) – Szene, Vienna
04.03.2011 (D) – Kaminwerk, Memmingen
05.03.2011 (D) – HsD, Erfurt
06.03.2011 (B) – Hof ter Lo, Antwerp
07.03.2011 (D) – Garage, Saarbrücken
08.03.2011 (CH) – Z7, Pratteln
10.03.2011 (F) – Theatre Barbey, Bordeaux
11.03.2011 (E) – Apolo, Barcelona
12.03.2011 (E) – La Riviera, Madrid
13.03.2011 (E) – Rock Star Live, Bilbao
15.03.2011 (F) – Transbordeur, Lyon
16.03.2011 (F) – Élysée Montmartre, Paris
18.03.2011 (GB) – Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton
19.03.2011 (GB) – Corporation, Sheffield
20.03.2011 (GB) – Garage, Glasgow
22.03.2011 (GB) – Academy 2, Manchester
23.03.2011 (GB) – Milennium Music Hall, Cardiff
24.03.2011 (GB) – Sub 89, Reading
25.03.2011 (GB) – Koko, London
26.03.2011 (D) – Essigfabrik, Cologne
28.03.2011 (NL) – Effenaar, Eindhoven
29.03.2011 (NL) – Patronaat, Haarlem
30.03.2011 (D) – Halle Gartlage, Osnabrück
31.03.2011 (D) – Substage, Karlsruhe

Within Temptation announce tour to support the release of a new album in early 2011

•July 29, 2010 • Leave a Comment
Symphonic Metal band Within Temptation will be touring from February next year, with their new album to be released just before although no set date has been announced as of yet.
A post on the band’s website promises more information before long, both regarding the tour and the album, the latter of which has been early awaited . The band’s last two studio albums debuted at #1 in their home country of the Netherlands, so the pressure is defiantly on for another hit!
Released tour dates are listed below:
25-02-2011 Heerhugowaard (NL), De Waerdse Tempel
27-02-2011 Tilburg (NL), 013
28-02-2011 Amsterdam (NL), Paradiso
06-03-2011 Groningen (NL), Oosterpoort
09-03-2011 Stockholm (S), Annexet
10-03-2011 Oslo (N), Sentrum Scene
11-03-2011 Copenhagen (DK), Vega
13-03-2011 Hamburg (D), Docks
14-03-2011 Berlin (D), Columbiahalle
15-03-2011 Warsaw (PL), Stodola
17-03-2011 Dresden (D), Schlachthof
18-03-2011 Vienna (A), Arena
20-03-2011 Munich (D), Tonhalle
21-03-2011 Zürich (CH), Volkshaus
22-03-2011 Milan (I), Alcatraz
24-03-2011 Barcelona (E), Razzmatazz
25-03-2011 Madrid (E), La Riviera
27-03-2011 Paris (F), Le Bataclan
28-03-2011 Cologne (D), E-Werk
30-03-2011 London (GB), Shepherd’s Bush Empire
31-03-2011 Brussels (B), Ancienne Belgique
01-04-2011 Esch/Alzette (L), Rockhal
02-04-2011 Kerkrade (NL), Rodahal

MetalTube (MT)

•June 22, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Introducing MetalTube (or MT for short), a weekly highlight of all things metal on YouTube. The ‘Cover of the Week’ feature is being turned into this feature so increase the lifespan of this feature.

MetalTube will deal with anything Metal on YouTube, such as concert videos, interviews, song covers, channels and more! So starting from a week today, I’ll be posting what will technically be the third YouTube video in the series (MT #3).

Stay tuned!