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Actually, this was meant to be only a photo of two Finnish guitar wizards because of their birthday, today. But then, these two gentlemen deserve more of our attention. They are virtuosos on their guitars, passionate live performers, and most variable. There is hardly a niche of the metal universe they have yet not been performing in. And certainly they are way more than “only guitar players” in several bands. Happy Birthday, Kimmo Korhonen and Janne Perttilä! At times they even share stage, when playing together in Barren Earth (impressions from their gig on Nummirock 2018). Nummirock and rain go…

A gloomy November night in Berlin … A very interesting line up will shred the stage of “Huxleys Neue Welt”, a very traditional venue in Berlin Neukölln. The Portuguese Prog Metal veterans Moonspell have brought the Black Metal masters Rotting Christ along and special guests from Switzerland, Silver Dust. Moonspell have passed into a legend status by now. Born in the wild 1990s their style has changed as often as the decades inbetween and yet evolved into a “clearly Moonspell”. The the whole concept of pressing bands into the boxes of genres, subgenres and sub-subgrenre is pellucitly absurd all the…

Insomnium released “Heart Like A Grave” (review) back in October and immediately kicked of a series of tours beginning with release shows in their home country Finland and then continental Europe.  Our photos were taken on their show in Berlin in early December. This tour – currently continued in the UK and Finland – is the first with Jani Liimatainen (The Dark Element with Anette Olzon) since he was officially presented as the band’s additional guitarist. Jani has been a friend and stand-in for Ville Friman for years when Ville could not tour due to his day job obligations. He…

Text: Friend X Cellar Darling presented their recent album “The Spell” on a headlining tour supported by Oceans and Forever Still. Obscuro reports from their show in the stuffy cellar club Nachtleben in downtown Frankfurt back in October 2019. Is It Folk Metal Or Prog Metal? One does not need much to say when it comes to Cellar Darling. Three excellent and brilliant Swiss (and partly Irish) musicians and even more important, friends who already had a career in their former band together. This band still exists since they left but Cellar Darling prove, they are neither a copy nor clone…

by Friend X Isn’t it the Maschinist who gets an engine running, who ignites the initial spark? Heldmaschine had a support band that could not have been any better, they had their own “Maschinist”! As many of the fans have known Heldmaschine personally and followed ever since, the family reunion could begin. This being said, it was a funny side fact that the venue “Musiktheater Rex” in Bensheim is sited in former factory hall, perfect for these two Industrial bands. The Early Years It has been quite a while ago that I watched Heldmaschine so I was very curious…

“Macro” is consequentially the name of the just released album following JINJER’s recent EP “Micro”. An album considered Djent or Progressive in any way is hardly trivial enough to make a relaxing background entertainment for office work but perhaps your kickboxing workout. And yet this could not at all be an adequate approach to JINJER’s music. “Macro” demands the listener’s complete and undivided attention which is the key to open the portal into their world of multi-layered arrangements, complex and yet harmonic tunes, an abundance of deepest emotions, groovy bass lines, hardest drumming and last but certainly not least Tatiana’s…

Review by Saber One thing is for certain…the fans are in for a treat! Everyone who knows Mayhem should know by now that they can’t be put into a box. The band of course has it’s roots in the dark forests of Norwegian black metal, along with the history that gave birth to the genre. Nothing can ever change that…but if you think that makes them predictable, you’re dead wrong! I imagine that those who stay in dark cold corners judging themselves to be the definition of “kvlt” or “trve” will complain, just as they always do anyway. Aside from…

Text and photos by Friend X, photos edited by Ms Cesar Little. Tate? – Tate? – Tate?  What comes in mind when you first hear this name? To the older ones amongst us, it might be Sharon T a t e, the murdered wife of Polish director Roman Polanski… To those amongst us, who are interested in art and paintings, the T a t e Gallery of Modern Art would come in mind … Well, this was yesterday and some decades ago. There is another Tate coming up, as rising star in the music business. This Tate is Lauren, Lauren T a t e ! – And with her, she brings her band, Hands Off Gretel, and again wait,…

The Dark River Festival is a perfect setting for accidental interviews. The relaxed atmosphere invites to forget about schedules and duties in a conversation that simply happens as a mutually interesting topic meets an occasion. This pretty much explains how I met Tuomo Latvala, drummer of Omnium Gatherum and why it took him several attempts to pack his gear. Omnium Gatherum just ended their gig when, I come backstage and take a break of my own watching them packing their gear. One after another, the musicians take a moment of rest and a drink themselves, chat and then resolve packing.…

Text by  Friend X (and Ms Cesar Little), photos by Andreas Schieler Alice Cooper and his phenomenal band opened the German leg of ‘Ol Black Eyes Is Back’ world tour in Mannheim (SAP Arena) supported by the Black Stone Cherry (in the European tour leg, but Halestorm” in the US) on September 11th. What’s the secret of the grandmaster of shock rock’s shows while his career exceeds the life span of most bands if not that of their musicians, too by now? The EP “Breadcrumps” and the tour make his 50-years anniversary package. Whatever, you can always be sure about…

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