While most visitors to concerts and festivals concentrate on the obvious only, the bands on stage, I often like to take a closer look behind. Who are the people working hard for it since we know, Pink is not there for our entertainment? What goes on backstage, who is in charge? How much work is behind a three days’ event? At least, who are those people who seem to play a role in front of stage as part of the audience? Here is a little insight from the Rock and Metal Day'z, Whitsun 2022.
Summer has come to the Hessian hinterlands and so have some 1200 metalheads to celebrate the M:O:A festival after two years break. A cosy metal festival with family atmosphere and cool music! Long life the small festivals!
The early summer sun has burned the metalheads while they celebrated the first wave of festivals. You might now think of Metalfest Plzen or much bigger and more mainstream, Rock am Ring and im Park with 85,000 spectators as the first ones to come up. Cut the last two zeros. I’m talking about a much smaller, laid-back festival, the Rock & Metal Day'z at Oschersleben nearby Magdeburg.
Sirkuit Preikker is Samuli Peltola's mental health outlet. Living with mental disorders is living in hell. Samuli and the author share their own hells to crash the stigmata and inspire to speak openly of what it is: a disease.
Mjatt Lee is part of a circle of young musicians from the deep South of Taiwan who work on different musical projects together. One of them being Abyss of Gehenna, which has signed with the Ukrainian label Reality Fade for the release of their debut album. Another of these projects is a slam band Emasculated Vituperation which has signed with the Indonesian label Brutal Mind and is making a splash in the extreme world with their debut album.
A wunderkind he is, Nikhil, engaged in several projects such as Bludgeoned, Theurgy or Undeciphered. But then there also is his solo project Anal Stabwound and playing gigs with different jazz and rock bands.
Meet Míra Holly aka Amon, guitarist of the Czech EBM band Insanidroid. He took the opportunity of the pandemic pause to come up with a set of finest cinematic instrumental songs released under the alias of Míra Holly’s Synthwaver.
Meet Kimmo Korhonen, main creative force of Solacide, but as guitarist known also from Waltari, Amberian Dawn or Barren Earth (live). He and Matti Jauhola founded Solacide as teenagers in 1996. But Kimmo tells us also about his other and former bands, how they work and what he learned from playing with them.
The Finnish Modern Melo Death band Distress Of Ruin are back with their new emotional single "Solace Of The Night". Guitarist Simo and vocalist Lauri give us share some tales of the band's evolution and dynamics. And then Wolfheart gave a howling waking kiss...