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Reporting from the Dark River Festival (DRF) 2018 had become a very intimate, inspiring and moving matter. The crew’s welcome, attention and even care for my concerns was touching. No need to mention that the line-up, crowd and course of events was no less than great. In a year in within that I am forced to focus on nothing but my most fragile health, it was one of the brightest moments when I learned that I would actually able to report from this very festival again! So here we go again, and return to the Dark River Festival. The Kymiest…

A raw and snotty or a homage to Judas Priest Roughly two years back a band asked if obscuro.cz were reviewing unsigned bands. Soon Ms Cesar Little met their Lone Gunmen’s vocalist Hendrik and their guitarist Robin for a very inspiring conversation on their EP ‘Dawn’, their music in general, influences, the topics of their lyrcis and whatnot. Lone Gunmen (Hendrik Noack [vocals], Stefan Riesz [bass], Robin Görss [guitars], Marius Müller [drums]) see themselves as a Groove Metal band and have just released their first full-length album, called ‘Lead Skies’. I began listening and writing and enjoying their style which…

Squealer is a band founded long ago – all the way in to the heart of the kooky 1980s. Probably you have never heard of them before, probably you have and thought they’ve split ages ago or maybe you’ve seen them rocking the Caribbean cruise never knowing the long miles they’ve come. We, Raisa and Katja, met Lars for an interview and whole the band backstage on their anniversary gig – for which they invited the bands the local colleagues TonTourismus and the Czech friends Sebastien to share stage with them. Squealer – 35 years of metal “Lars, 35 years…

Novojičínská metalová kapela Emerald Shine se v dohledné době bude muset rozloučit s aktuálním baskytaristou Radkem. Emerald Shine už nyní hledají náhradníka a zájemci se stále mohou hlásit. Znáte hráče nebo hráčku na baskytaru, který by do Emerald Shine zapadl? Nebo jste dokonce vhodnou osobou Vy sami? Neváhejte a kontaktujte kapelu. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3mdekjcoNI Emerald Shine ve své tvorbě spojují energičnost metalové hudby se zvukem akustických nástrojů, jako je harfa, housle a flétny. K rozmanitosti a originalitě jejich hudby dále přispívá využití tří různých vokálních stylů a progresivních hudebních prvků. Všechny nástroje jsou na koncertech hrány živě. Co může kapela novému členovi nabídnout? – koncerty…

“Empath” – that’s Devin Townsend’s new album to be released tomorrow (March 29th) promoted by his tour beginning the very same day in Helsinki (tour dates here) ! Shows all over Europe follow, such as Thursday April 4th in Berlin or Saturday April 6th in Prague! In May and June he will conquer the stages in North America and return to Europe in November for more shows! Devin Townsend. I have never been a friend of genres and all the more names that simply exceed the dimension of this term by their unique style I find most inspiring. Devin Townsend…

Pražská The Corona Lantern se opět vrací na českou metalovou scénu, a to právě dnes, kdy vypouští nový singl s názvem „Turning Possibly Into Never“. Tato nadějná melancholicko-atmosferická formace rozvířila vody českých kovových prken naposledy v roce 2015, kdy vydala album „Consuming the Tempest“. Recenzi na něj si můžete přečíst zde. https://thecoronalantern.bandcamp.com https://bandzone.cz/thecoronalantern https://www.facebook.com/thecoronalantern/

I love festivals. I love metal festivals in particular. And most of all, I do love small metal festivals! How about you? Do you prefer the big, monstrous mega shows as that of Wacken or Nova-Rock? They come along with standing at the in-field gate for two hours waiting to be let in exactly at the last chords of the last  song of the one big name you have wanted to see all your life, watching the show from a spot 100 m off the stage and thus on one of these large screens supplying a perfect outdoor-TV feeling, walking…

Or A Gig Report: Beast in Black supported by Turmion Katilöt Winter 2019. Carnival. Downtown Frankfurt turned into a huge party area. Little off the city center in the legendary Batschkapp two Finnish bands are scheduled to play their shows. Beast in Black supported by Turmion Katilöt. It is the first headlining tour for Beast in Black promoting their second album “From Hell With Love”. This tour is a risky endeavour. Two bands only and none of which has much of reputation in continental Europe. Beast in Black has toured on German stages for the first time only 14 months…

During Nummirock 2017, VORNA invited me to meet them in their camp for a long and intensive interview (>>link). We spoke of their band dynamics, personalities that make the band; how they come up with new music; the role of their ‘seventh band member’ (actually their manager) and many things more. Recently we spoke again – little before their Metal Crane Festival show in the legendary Nosturi and met in a cozy venue office, the musicians snugly lying on comfy couches in an easy-going mood … VORNA only lately finished their work on album No 3 the release date of…

A Rough and Diverse Sound Crawling Its Way Under Your Skin Review by Cat Maverick (aka Bastian Blessing) A few weeks ago I visited the second Metal Crane Festival in Helsinki. The festival – just like my whole trip to Finland – was a unique and overwhelming experience, which is why I decided to write an article about it and tell the world (see). Before the festival, most of the band names on the lineup were unknown to me, including Medeia. My mentor (Ms Cesar Little) asked me to pick my favorite bands of the festival to be included as…

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