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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…

“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…

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…

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