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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…

The Dark River Festival is the kymiest festival there is, they say. The venue near the Kymijoki is located in the Finnish Kymenlaakso which is as much the valley as the county. It is the only spot in the world the Dark River Festival (DRF) crew can think of to have this festival. I learned that this festival is really different (see interview with Henri Eerola). Bands love to return to the ‘kymiest’ stage and the ‘kymiest’ crew, said the musicians I asked. So do the fans.  What’s pulling not the moths to the light but the metalheads to the…

JINJER have been touring nearly continuously for two years. We have seen them rock the stages of festivals big and small, such as the most traditional midsummer festival in Finland Nummirock in 2017, the German Summer Breeze in 2018 or this year even in Wacken. At the moment they are touring Europe, hopping from one festival stage to a club stage and back. We visited their tour stop in Marburg lately, supported by Of Colours and Unprocessed. Of Colours – Warming Up The Hot-Summer-Night Crowd First support act was Frankfurt based „Of Colours” with a 30-minutes slot. They deliver…

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/

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