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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…

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…

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…

“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…

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…

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…

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