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Lindsay Schoolcraft’s “Martyr” (Album Review) Sticking out of a lot of albums, that all sound the same, is hard today. If you are critical with what you hear – also on an emotional level – finding new music hard can be hard. This album though is 100% approved to be fresh, original, emotionally accessible and plain out a masterpiece. Lindsay Schoolcraft, former witch at the keys in Cradle Of Filth, has a very unique style, both in her artistic appearance but also in her musical compositions, which are in no way inferior to those of her other bands. If you…

Rockharz Festival – a re-/preview 2019-20 A re-/preview by Cat Maverick and Friend X There are a lot of festivals in summer. Some are rainy. Some are sunny. Some are hot and dry, some are cold and wet. Some are located somewhere in a kind of desert-like steppe, in a park, on a racetrack, a muddy meadow and so on. Some are located in the middle of nowhere, some in a big city, nearby small towns, little villages, next to airfields and so on. However, there is only one festival embedded in such a wonderful, picturesque landscape as the Rockharz…

Eluveitie, special guests Lacuna Coil, support Infected Rain – or “A very busy November Rain day with three very different bands at once” Concert review by Friend X and Cat Maverick It was November, the eighth, the day, God created Rock and Roll. Sadly, he not only created Rock and Roll on this day but a lot of traffic on the motorway and streets not of London but in and around Stuttgart, the town which sites the venue of the day, “LKA-Longhorn”, a medium-sized club with a capacity of 1500 people. Further on, the God of Thunder, Lightning and Heavy…

The world is on hold it seems. Life has slowed down profoundly. Shows are cancelled. Complete tours cancelled or postponed and there is an undeniably big question mark on our festival season if only as no one can say how long the current measures need to be active. And then we move our eye towards the Grand Old Lady Britannia and see Asterix and his crew still shredding the stages there. What? Ah? No. Not Asterix. Not even Gaulish or French. But Canadian: Anvil! Yes, Anvil. Utmost resiliently these foundations of Thrash Metal keep on touring – at least for…

Live Report from “The Black Heart Tour” of Marko Hietala Supported by Oceanhoarse @ Z7 in Pratteln Some shows are worth travelling to see them. Marko Hietala presenting his solo album accompanied by some exceptionally great fellow musicians and supported by Oceanhoarse certainly is such a show. Among the large number of projects he is in, is there any of those that matters more to him than the others – apart from obvious features, I ask him (interview to be posted soon)? He points out how special his solo album has become to him. The album “Pyre Of The Black…

Dragonforce @ Substage, Karlsruhe, 7.2.2020 It’s a rather cold and uncomfortable February day when people start queuing up at the entrance of the Substage in Karlsruhe and the reason is well known for spectacular high-speed guitar solos, to say so, the fastest band of the universe with an average of 200 bpm during their songs. Some people are also curious because they will present a new bass player. Anyway, let’s wait (in the cold) and see (in the warmth of the venue) … The Substage is located in Karlsruhe Oststadt, not too far away from the motorway A5, at the…

Listening to the new album by avantgarde black metallers feels like an intimate re-union with an old friend who has given much to your life. He has brought you a lot of joy, unexpected and unforgettable moments and mostly he’s found empty places in your soul and filled them with the genuine essence of something you’ve ever craved for. So when I hear the first tones of  „Hearts of No Light” time stops and I am emerging into a new reality which has nothing to do with the normal one I live in most of the time. I am fully…

Dorja Dreikönigskeller Frankfurt, 20.2.2020 It’s the evening of Carnival Thursday, better known as “Altweiberfasching” in Germany when people start to gather in a little dead end street next to the shores of the river Main, a bit cold but at least not raining … Dreikönigskeller The Dreikönigskeller is located in Frankfurt Brückenviertel, next to the Eiserne Steg with a direct view over the Main. It is a tiny venue, very cozy, not much more than the stage and the bar with a little space for the audience. To say so, it has the size of my living-room. Parking is difficult…

Sunset over crystal blue Lake Lucerne waters crossed by the famous Chapel Bridge – Time to leave the picturesque city centre and walk along the rails to cosy venue called “Schüür”, literally translated into “barn”. Indeed, the charm of this historic building makes a perfect setting for metal concerts. Tonight is the night. A very special night, no doubt. The program consists of two parts: First, the semi-final of the Swiss Wacken Open Air Metal Battle demands the ultimate performance of it’s competitors. Then Bloodred Hourglass, the Finnish Melodic Death Metal heroes play their first ever headlining gig outside their…

The Euroblast Prog Metal Festival 2019 was a very relaxed experience. Some 46 bands plus after show party gigs on four days is rather a marathon than a program. Take this report as an appetizer. Let’s fly in to breathe some Kölsch metal air and explore the treasure island of the German festival calendar. The Smell Of Vinegar … Essigfabrik in Cologne – quite close to the huge Lanxess Arena – is a very atmospheric venue for a festival, even more if the weather invites us to spend some time in the cozy yard between the stage slots. There is…

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